Mediabistro instructors are all active, working professionals at the top of their fields teaching the latest industry trends. Every class includes live interaction, personalized feedback, and a focus on completing professional-quality work.
Online classes have a dedicated instructor, assignments, live video discussions, and open forums. You’ll get a high level of attention and personalized feedback from your instructor while interacting with fellow students. If you can’t join live, discussions and materials are archived for you to view at any time.
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS You will need access to a computer and speakers or headphones to participate.
Join fellow writers in your pursuit of a first draft of your manuscript. You'll learn the lost art of craft, the power of the outline, and how to find the "hook" that will sell your novel.
You'll get lessons on characterization, point of view, style, dialogue, plot, and silencing your inner critic. Students will share their work with the class at least three times and will join the instructor in providing feedback to other students.
In this class, you will learn how to:
Write a strong outline -- and know when to change it
Erika Mailman is the author of the novels The Witch's Trinity and Woman of Ill Fame. She has also published two nonfiction books about Oakland history and is a columnist for the Montclarion newspaper in Oakland. She has taught creative writing at the University of Arizona, the Tucson Open University, and others.
"Erika's example, encouragement, acuity, and good humor inspired every writer in our class and helped keep us focused on our goal. Time and money well spent."
"Erika got me motivated to start the novel that had been in my head for years! By the end of the class, I was 150 pages into my book and had the rest outlined."
"Erika is amazing! She breaks everything down into bite-sized pieces and makes novel writing much less intimidating."
"Erika is a dedicated, knowledgeable, fun instructor. She gives solid feedback that really helped me shape my novel."