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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

great openers.

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

Dampproofing Dialogue

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

Nailing Theme

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.

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