Sign up for The Master Toolbox Series Online!


 We have six new two-hour workshops—available to NEHW members  and non-members—that delve deep into specific craft and business skills  for authors of all levels.

 We also have some new instructors bringing specific expertise to the table.

 Classes will be two-hour Zoom webinars and include pre-class exercises and post-class notes, with a dedicated time for Q&A.

 Class materials will be sent to registrants ahead of time via email and  are included in the $25 NEHW Member/$35 NON-NEHW Member fees. You can  sign up for any combination of classes. Want to buy access to ALL SIX  webinars? You can do that too: Member price for all six webinars is  $130; Non-member price is $175.

 Take a look at the 2023-2024 schedule:


September 20, 2023

Your Personal Handy Editor’s Toolbox

Instructors: Rob Smales and Trisha J. Wooldridge

 Description: With a combined twenty-four years of editing experience,  Rob and Trisha share the top five editing tools authors can utilize  themselves to enhance writing craft, increase chances of acceptance, and  make future editors happier.


October 25, 2023

Metaphor & Symbolism: Interior Design That Elevates Any Story

Instructor: Kristi Petersen Schoonover

 Description: Founder of the acclaimed 34 Orchard literary journal, editor of Wicked Sick,  and author of dozens of short stories, Kristi takes writers  step-by-step through the powerful tools that bring your fiction to a new  level of mastery.


November 29, 2023

Research: Finding Expert Resources that Get the Job Done

Instructors: Dave Goudsward and Trisha J. Wooldridge

 Description: Retired librarian, author of over twenty-four nonfiction books and frequent guest on such programs as Mysteries at the Museum,  David Goudsward joins Trisha J. Wooldridge, who has journalism  experience, on the ins and outs of research. A good story will survive a  mistake, but there’s always the risk of making an error that draws the  reader out of it. This session presents resources a writer can use to  prevent factual errors and ensure accuracy.


December break.


January 24, 2023

Reading Aloud: Be the Best Sound System for Your Writing

Instructors: Rob Smales and Trisha J. Wooldridge

 Description: A professional reading presentation is essential to  garnering book sales and followers. Rob and Trisha will use their years  of experience reading aloud at everything from bookstore events to  podcasts and conventions to teach the secrets of selecting the best  reading passage, pacing yourself, and delivering with clarity and  power—as well as the conquering of self-consciousness and stage fright.


February 28, 2023

Stage Business and Internal Logic: Everything in Its Place

Instructor: Kristi Petersen Schoonover

 Description: Using twenty-five years of experience as a theater actor,  company manager, backstage runner and playwright, Kristi will show you  how to use stage blocking techniques to keep your scene’s pacing—yes,  even in the dreaded “over dinner” conversation—moving. You’ll learn how  to keep track of movement and objects in addition to what’s really  necessary in “stage dressing” as well as how to maintain logical  character response in action and dialogue.


March 27, 2023

The Architecture of Villain Communication and Psychology

Instructor: Mellisa Sherlin

 Description: Internationally award-winning author Mellisa Sherlin  applies her thirty-seven years of pro publishing experience under her  own name (and several pseudonyms) to share the nuances of solid—but  cloaked—villainy. Whether you’re writing splatter punk, slasher horror,  cozy mystery, romance novel, or true crime, your villains need to sting  the reader every time they appear. This class will show you how to use  dialogue techniques to increase tension and cloak your villains until  you want their evil to emerge.

Sign up for The Master Toolbox Series Online! 

 We have six new two-hour workshops—available to NEHW members  and non-members—that delve deep into specific craft and business skills  for authors of all levels.
 

 We also have some new instructors bringing specific expertise to the table.


Classes will be two-hour Zoom webinars and include pre-class exercises and post-class notes, with a dedicated time for Q&A.
 

 Class materials will be sent to registrants ahead of time via email and  are included in the $25 NEHW Member/$35 NON-NEHW Member fees. You can  sign up for any combination of classes. Want to buy access to ALL SIX  webinars? You can do that too: Member price for all six webinars is  $130; Non-member price is $175.  
 

 Take a look at the 2023-2024 schedule:    

September 20, 2023 Your Personal Handy Editor’s Toolbox 

Instructors: Rob Smales and Trisha J. Wooldridge   Description: With a combined twenty-four years of editing experience,  Rob and Trisha share the top five editing tools authors can utilize  themselves to enhance writing craft, increase chances of acceptance, and  make future editors happier.    

October 25, 2023 Metaphor & Symbolism: Interior Design That Elevates Any Story 

Instructor: Kristi Petersen Schoonover   Description: Founder of the acclaimed 34 Orchard literary journal, editor of Wicked Sick,  and author of dozens of short stories, Kristi takes writers  step-by-step through the powerful tools that bring your fiction to a new  level of mastery.    

November 29, 2023 Research: Finding Expert Resources that Get the Job Done 

Instructors: Dave Goudsward and Trisha J. Wooldridge   Description: Retired librarian, author of over twenty-four nonfiction books and frequent guest on such programs as Mysteries at the Museum,  David Goudsward joins Trisha J. Wooldridge, who has journalism  experience, on the ins and outs of research. A good story will survive a  mistake, but there’s always the risk of making an error that draws the  reader out of it. This session presents resources a writer can use to  prevent factual errors and ensure accuracy.    

December break. 

January 24, 2023 Reading Aloud: Be the Best Sound System for Your Writing 

Instructors: Rob Smales and Trisha J. Wooldridge   Description: A professional reading presentation is essential to  garnering book sales and followers. Rob and Trisha will use their years  of experience reading aloud at everything from bookstore events to  podcasts and conventions to teach the secrets of selecting the best  reading passage, pacing yourself, and delivering with clarity and  power—as well as the conquering of self-consciousness and stage fright.    

February 28, 2023 Stage Business and Internal Logic: Everything in Its Place 

Instructor: Kristi Petersen Schoonover   Description: Using twenty-five years of experience as a theater actor,  company manager, backstage runner and playwright, Kristi will show you  how to use stage blocking techniques to keep your scene’s pacing—yes,  even in the dreaded “over dinner” conversation—moving. You’ll learn how  to keep track of movement and objects in addition to what’s really  necessary in “stage dressing” as well as how to maintain logical  character response in action and dialogue.    

March 27, 2023 The Architecture of Villain Communication and Psychology 

Instructor: Mellisa Sherlin   Description: Internationally award-winning author Mellisa Sherlin  applies her thirty-seven years of pro publishing experience under her  own name (and several pseudonyms) to share the nuances of solid—but  cloaked—villainy. Whether you’re writing splatter punk, slasher horror,  cozy mystery, romance novel, or true crime, your villains need to sting  the reader every time they appear. This class will show you how to use  dialogue techniques to increase tension and cloak your villains until  you want their evil to emerge.

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