A Brand New Series of Classes…
Okay, this is not official yet, but here is what Kris and I are thinking for the Collection Class Series. This is the really fun idea that has popped up a bunch of times since the summer.
This would not be part of the regular workshop classes or subscription, but something very different and you will see why. But the upshot is that by the end of the class, you will have published a five-story collection you didn’t have going into the class.
Here is. the structure of each class in general. A nine week class. (Yes, I said nine weeks.) And each week will have five videos and an assignment.
Week #1… General stuff about collections and the topic of the class. Assignment would be to come up with a number of possible titles and tag lines for your collection that you will be working toward.
Week #2 through Week #6… Videos about the subject of each class and each assignment will be to write a short story. Five stories in five weeks. (I will give you a bunch of prompts each week that fit the topic of the collection, but no requirement you follow any of them. They will be there just to help.
Yes, I will read all the stories, but not for critique reasons, but to help you shape your collection. Meaning I will read each story to tell you my opinion on which story to start with, which story should be put in the middle, which story to end with, and so on. Ultimately your decision, of course. So you will get my feedback after Week #6 (not each week) on how to arrange the stories and Week #6 will, in general, talk about all the varied reasons for story arrangements in different genres and types of collections. (More to it than you would think.)
Week #7… Videos on the reason and how to write collection introductions and story introductions on each story and the assignment will be to write that and back cover copy for your paperback edition.
Week #8… Covers and all the details and you will do a cover for me to help you with and check.
Week #9… Videos on all the aspects of publishing a collection and the assignment will be that you will show me proof for the assignment (a link) that you have published your collection.
So in two months you go from nothing to a collection published, detail by detail, focusing on a certain subject.
SOMETHING EXTRA AND FUN… A CHALLENGE.
If you are signed up and actually turn in all five stories, do a cover, and then on the 9th week assignment send me a link showing that it is published, that is a total win. And I will give you a credit for any Pop-Up you would like. $150 value. A bonus for the win.
But you have to hit each step along the way to hit the challenge.
And now what is really crazy is that we will do this every two months, so six times a year with every one of the classes being a different topic. And the videos will be mostly new each time, focused on how to do a collection with that topic in mind. You can take all of the classes if you want 30 stories and six collections by the end of the year. (A little repeat along the way but not that much, amazingly.)
And I see this going on for a number of years, actually.
So here are the topics we are thinking about for the first year of collections. (I might write along with each one all year long and those attending can read my stories as well. I will give them to you each week.)
2021 Proposed Schedule… Collection Class Series
May/June… Private Eyes
July/August… Beyond Reality
Sept/Oct… Holiday (published end of October for the holidays).
Nov/Dec… Relationships (published ahead of Valentines Day)
The cost would be $500 each and $2,500 if you want all six. Again, this is not in the standard workshop subscription or will it be part of the regular ten workshops a month. We will be doing new regular workshops in the new year as well.
So again, this is not official. Comments do not mean you have to take one of these, just looking for feedback on this in general. And interest. As you have followed along, this took us a while to see how to make this nifty idea work. Not sure yet on doing this, so interest and feedback would be appreciated.
And one point about why I would think of doing all six as this goes along. Writing to order is always a way I get to stretch and it causes my creative voice to come up with stuff I can’t even imagine coming up with. I used to do a lot of stories to specific topics, often topics I never thought I could write about, and I really miss that, writing for Marty Greenberg anthologies. That’s why I am going to do all six if we decide to launch this. I want to push myself and my creative voice. And since I am doing that, might as well share my process and the stories and collection I come up with with the class.
Again, this is not official. Questions or comments, feel free to post them. Just trying to get interest.