Sign up for The Master Toolbox Series Online!
Tools of the writing trade need a sharpen? Need to pick up some new
ones? No worries! Beginning in September, 2022 and monthly through
February, 2023, the New England Horror Writers will present two hour Zoom
webinars (which will include exercises and time for Q&A) that delve deep into the
specifics of craft and business skills!
Open to the general public and NEHW members, each class will focus on a
specific topic. Instructors are Kristi Petersen Schoonover and Trisha J.
If you’re looking to build some new skills, these micro-focused, affordable classes
are the way to go—and yes, we have plans to offer subsequent sessions with
different topics every fall-winter going forward!
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.
Check out the schedule below, and when you’re ready to sign up, click here: PUT
Here’s the full schedule:
Wednesday, September 28, 2022 – 7—9 pm
Story Openings Blueprint
We’ve only got one sentence to hammer that “you must keep reading me!”
message home—and many writers don’t realize that sometimes, a piece getting
moved out of slush is dependent on the strength of that one sentence. From do’s
and don’ts to mining and can’t-miss criteria, this class gives the blueprint for
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 – 7—9 pm
Excess Hardware: Wordiness and Filter Phrases
We build stories from words and phrases—but sometimes we use more
hardware than necessary to get the job done! This course teaches how to
thoroughly inspect the piece to identify extra words and filter phrases and how to
remove them for a cleaner reading experience.
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 – 7—9 pm
EnTITLEment: Top-Notch Titles
A title isn’t just a label in My Documents. A good one should tell the editor or
reader something about the story—right down to its tone. EnTITLEment provides
the tools to nail a top-notch title every time, so that it not only stands out in an
editor’s inbox—it pops in a ToC!
Wednesday, December 14 – 7—9pm
The Architecture of the Submissions Process
There’s more to the submissions process than just clicking send. We’ll offer
plenty of insider tips on everything from formatting, market searching and close
reading of guidelines to cover letters and bios to ensure pieces get considered.
We’ll also cover other mechanics like tracking and how to develop
structured—but easy—processes that guarantee we don’t inadvertently screw
Wednesday, January 25 – 7—9pm
At best, dialogue can say a lot about characters, make them leap off the page,
and be incredibly memorable; at worst, it can waterlog the pacing, tell instead of
show, turn the story into a boring lecture and quite literally, say nothing. We’ll not
only study how to write effective dialogue that makes characters feel organic,
we’ll look at formatting, dos and don’ts, and how to make choices about what
comes out of people’s mouths.
Wednesday, February 22 – 7—9pm
When it comes to theme, many of us probably didn’t feel like the sharpest tool in
the shed that was high school English—but as writers, understanding theme is
crucial: it’s the support beam of the story. We’ve got a fool-proof, easy way to
identify theme and thematic statement, and we’ll teach its use in building a story
that will stand the test of time.