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Monday, June 10, 2024

Looking for a Writing Group?

Hi friends! 

I've been busy putting together my next writing tip article, but its topic is rather complex, and writing about it is more time-consuming than a lot of my other posts, so it's not quite ready yet (but it will be worth the wait 😉). If you can't wait that long though, I did put up my quarterly post on Writers Helping Writers that you can check out in the meantime: "Structuring an Ensemble Cast with Plotlines." 

I also have some other exciting news to share . . . 

A while ago, Ben from Apex Writers Group reached out to me and invited me to be a monthly guest on their Zoom calls. I will be teaching the first Monday night of each month, starting in July. Obviously I love teaching others about writing, so this is gonna be awesome for me (and hopefully the writers 🙃)!

My first class will be on negative character arcs, and the next will be on positive steadfast/flat arcs.

Of course, though, if you are reading this, you probably "hear" from me all the time, so it might be helpful to know Apex Writers Group has a lot more than me 😆

They host multiple Zoom calls a week where they invite professionals to teach writers how to write better. They have had guests like best-selling authors Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn and The Stormlight Archives), James Dashner (The Maze Runner), Kevin J. Anderson (who writes in the Dune universe (and worked as a producer on the recent films), and Orson Scott Card (Ender's Game). They've also brought on Angela Ackerman (The Emotion Thesaurus), Joanna Penn (prolific writer and podcaster), Dave Chesson (owner of Kindleprenuer), and more. (I think you get the idea.)

As the name suggests, it's also a writing group, so there is a community element where you can connect with other writers online for writing sprints and virtual get-togethers (and sometimes participate in competitions). 

Apex was founded by one of my writing mentors, David Farland, who taught Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, James Dashner, Brandon Mull, Stephenie Meyer, and others who went on to have very successful writing careers. Unfortunately, David passed away, but fortunately, Apex has recordings of his writing courses that you also get access to when you join.

Here is what Apex says about itself: Apex offers an incredible set of resources for writers, regardless of your stage of development. Whether you want to break into the publishing field, level up to bestseller, or begin selling more books than before. Apex members get access to the training, motivational tools, and supporting community that they need to achieve their personal goals.

It's $47 per month to join, and you can learn more or enroll by visiting their website.

In any case, I hope to see you next time for another tip 😉 (and you can always peruse my previous tips in my Writing Tip Index). Thank you for sharing this journey with me.


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