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Writer’s Digest Webinars: The Ins and Outs of Writing a Series

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Writer’s Digest Webinars WD
         April 26, 2012
This Week’s Featured Live Webinar:
The Ins and Outs of Writing a Series
Session Date: Thursday, May 3, 2012
Starting Time: 1:00pm Eastern
Duration: 90 minutes
Price: $79.00
VIP Price: $71.10
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About the Webinar:

Across bookstores and Amazon, tags have been popping up next to titles: “A Dollhouse Murders Book,” “A Tudor Queens Novel,” “A Jamaica Kincaid Mystery.” Across genres, series have proliferated as never before. What is it that makes series so popular with both publishers and readers?

Learn how to use that thrill of the familiar for your own advantage. In this webinar, we’ll examine what it is that makes series so attractive to both publishing houses and fans. Going element by element, we’ll dissect what goes into different types of series, examining the various ways in which stories are linked together, with particular attention to the way series type differs by genre. We’ll discuss what you need to know to write an open-ended versus a close-ended series, and the pluses and minuses of each approach.

Once you’ve chosen the type of series you want to write, it’s time to get into world-building and character development. We’ll talk about ways in which you can turn your world into a place your readers want to return to again and again, whether it’s an Alabama police station or a Regency ballroom. What is it that draws people in and keeps them there? Learn how to make your characters your readers’ ongoing companions. We’ll discuss character development for the long haul, creating characters who can grow and develop over time, and the art of managing a complex cast of ongoing characters and side characters.

All good things have to end, of course, and so does your series (and this webinar). We’ll conclude with a segment about series exit strategies: knowing when to get out before your readers do. Learn how to create a world that will keep readers – and publishers – coming back time and again!

Who should attend:

  • Writers or aspiring writers who are interested in genre fiction.
  • Writers who read serial novels and are interested in the process.
  • Aspiring writers who are contemplating writing a series.
  • Published writers considering moving from stand-alone to series.

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What you’ll learn:

  • What makes series so popular?
  • Conceptualizing and marketing a series.
  • The typography of different types of series.
  • How series type relates to genre.
  • The pluses and minuses of open-ended versus close-ended series.
  • World-building within your series.
  • Character building in the multi-book universe.
  • Juggling individual story arcs versus the series story arc.
  • Handling reader expectations.
  • Knowing when to end your series.

Lauren Willig ‘s bestselling Pink Carnation series appears regularly on the ALA’s best genre fiction lists. Since her first book, “The Secret History of the Pink Carnation,” came out in 2005, her Pink Carnation novels have won the RITA, Booksellers’ Best and Golden Leaf awards, and nominated for a Quill Award and five separate Reviewers’ Choice Awards. Lauren speaks regularly to writers’ groups and has given workshops at both the Mystery Writers of America and Romance Writers of America conferences. She has taught classes in Harvard’s History and Literature department and Yale’s College Seminar program. A graduate of Yale University, Lauren has a graduate degree in history from Harvard and a JD from Harvard Law School. A former academic and a lapsed lawyer, she now writes full time.

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