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Mastering Writing craft Webinars:

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Raise Your Writing to the Next Level & Learn Crucial Writing Skills at Your Own Pace

To celebrate the launch of my replay library—and to thank you for being part of my writing community—I’m thrilled to offer you a limited-time discount off my standard replay prices.

Each replay is available for 14 days from the time of rental to give you plenty of time to watch your favorite parts, dig into the references mentioned, and put the tips and techniques discussed to work in your own writing.

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Welcome to Jane K. Cleland's "The Anatomy of Charm: Secrets to Crafting Characters Readers Can’t Resist"

The Anatomy of Charm:
Secrets to Crafting Characters Readers Can’t Resist

Do your characters lack that magnetic charm that draws readers in? Want to master the art of creating characters who are irresistibly alluring yet complex?

Charm is not just a trait. It’s a powerful storytelling tool. Explore the intricate layers that make a character charming in this webinar replay.

Welcome to Jane K. Cleland's "Beyond the Surface: The Role of Inner Reflections in Writing Captivating Fiction"

Beyond the Surface:
The Role of Inner Reflections in Writing Captivating Fiction

Struggling to portray authentic reactions? Unsure how to reveal those emotions that live below the surface? Wish your characters felt more relatable and multi-dimensional?

During this one-hour webinar replay, we will explore how to harness the power of inner reflections to add depth, complexity, and intrigue to your storytelling and leave a lasting impression on readers.

Welcome to Jane K. Cleland's "The Perception Gap: Create Compelling and Twisty Plots Using Your Characters’ Views of the World"

The Perception Gap:
Create Compelling and Twisty Plots Using Your Characters’ Views of the World

Do your characters feel flat and one-dimensional? Are your plots meandering without clear conflict to propel the story forward? Leverage perception gaps to breathe life into your characters and ratchet up the tension in your stories!

Whether you write cozy mysteries, pulse-pounding thrillers, or sweeping sagas, this one-hour webinar replay will revolutionize the way you develop characters and plot. Join me and learn how to leverage perception gaps to craft authentic, multifaceted characters that leap off the page.

Welcome to Jane K. Cleland's "Isolation: A Tool for Suspense"

Isolation: A Tool for Suspense

Want to discover how to effectively use isolation in your stories to intensify emotions, escalate tension, and engage readers?

During this webinar replay, we’ll delve into the multifaceted strengths of isolation as a narrative tool, exploring the two types of isolation and how they interact to amplify suspense.

You’ll leave the session armed with actionable insights and techniques that you can immediately apply to your own writing, crafting stories that resonate deeply with your readers and leave them eagerly turning the pages.

Welcome to Jane K. Cleland's "Creating Characters that Resonate with Emotional Truth"

Creating Characters that Resonate with Emotional Truth

Join me for a discussion about how to create relatable characters. We’ll look at how they should dress, the nuance of body language, what they should say (and avoid saying), and how they should act so they connect with readers on a deep, meaningful, emotional basis.

Welcome to Jane K. Cleland's "Boost Your Creativity to Beat the Bots"

Boost Your Creativity to Beat the Bots

Awaken your creative spirit and show the world that imagination outshines algorithms! Join me for this one-hour presentation and reinvigorate your storytelling journey!

We’ll journey through unpredictable idea generation, the impact of a flexible mindset, and the thrill of conceptual blending. In a world fascinated by AI, we’ll affirm your irreplaceable role in storytelling by showcasing how we humans can weave unrelated ideas into compelling narratives—something no algorithm can mimic. Loaded with examples, you’ll leave the webinar with actionable ideas to immediately elevate your writing.

Ready to redefine the boundaries of creativity? Don’t miss this opportunity!

Welcome to Jane K. Cleland's "The Art of Revealing Backstory"

The Art of Revealing Backstory

The past informs the future. The people who populate your stories have a past, and that past dictates, or at the very least informs, their actions.

Sharing that backstory is tricky, though. Share too much information, or share it before readers care about your characters, and they’re likely to lose interest.

To write a page-turner, every sentence must propel the story forward via incident or character interactions, and backstory takes us out of the action, slowing the pace. To reveal backstory effectively, you need to first assess which aspects should be revealed. Then you need to determine how best to share that information.

Learn how to integrate backstory into your narrative while keeping your readers turning pages during my one-hour presentation!

Title reading "Welcome to Jane K. Cleland's: Writing and Selling Middle Grade Fiction with Special Guest, Beth Vrabel" on a yellow gold background with an ornate line frame.

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FREE Replay: Mastering the Agent Hunt: Learn What Agents Want with Special Guest, Adam Chromy

Adam Chromy is a published author, screenwriter, film/tv producer, and literary agent, operating his boutique New York City agency, Movable Type Management for more than 20 years.

Join us as we explore how the best agents don’t simply bring attention to your books, but partner with you to help build momentum, hone your approach, and, ultimately, achieve greater levels of success.

Welcome to Jane K. Cleland's "Forks in the Road: Jane's Character Transformation Roadmap"

Forks in the Road: Jane’s Character Transformation Roadmap

Immersive stories readers can’t put down require characters they can connect with. By aligning character motivations with incidents that result in transformation over the course of the story, you create realistic, believable characters and ensure that they act in ways that feel natural and draw in readers.

Just as Jane’s Plotting Roadmap helps you delineate your plot and control the pace of your story from the inciting incident to the final twist, Jane’s Character Transformation Roadmap will help you to track how your character develops throughout your story, streamlining the process of creating compelling characters your readers won’t soon forget.

Title reading "Welcome to Jane K. Cleland's Set the Using Point of View to Maximize Reader Engagement" on a yellow gold background with an ornate line frame.

Using Point of View to Maximize Reader Engagement

How do you know the best point of view (POV) for your story?

From big-picture revelations to tightly held secrets, POV is a critical part of deciding what your readers (and characters) know and experience throughout your story.

Choose the wrong POV and readers won’t connect with your story. Worse still, if you use too many POVs, readers end up confused, not intrigued. Use my POV decision-making model to discover how to determine what’s best for your story!

Title reading "Welcome to Jane K. Cleland's Set the Stage: Using Setting to Add Intrigue & Suspense" on a yellow gold background with an ornate line frame.

Set the Stage: Using Setting to Add Intrigue & Suspense

Time is more than an era and place is more than a physical location. Time and place should reflect the culture, language, habits, standards, values, shared beliefs, customs, food, mores, pace of life, and so on—and most importantly, what your sleuth thinks of the setting.

From cozies (typically a small town with a sweet and decent feel) to noir (dark and gritty, with a veneer of danger), each subgenre of crime fiction comes with a set of reader expectations when it comes to setting.

Learn how to maximize the impact of your setting (and meet reader expectations) in this webinar replay!We’ll also consider how your characters’ behavior and personalities can drive decisions about your settings and how to use place to add intrigue and suspense. 

Title reading "Welcome to Jane K. Cleland's Mastering the Writing Process" on a yellow gold background with an ornate line frame.

Mastering the Writing Process

Writers often feel overwhelmed and unsure if they’re doing it “right.” If you’re feeling out of control, disorganized, insecure, or anxious, you might have the wrong idea about the anatomy of the writing process. It’s not linear or binary—it’s messy. And that’s okay… discovery and realignment are part of successful storytelling.

In this workshop, you’ll discover strategies for ensuring that your writing process is as efficient as it can be—that it’s right for you. We’ll discuss multiple approaches that have worked for other authors so you can adopt those ideas that, taken together, will create a writing process that’s perfect for you.

Title reading "Welcome to Jane K. Cleland's: Writing and Selling Middle Grade Fiction with Special Guest, Beth Vrabel" on a yellow gold background with an ornate line frame.

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FREE Replay: Writing and Selling Middle-Grade Fiction with Special Guest, Beth Vrabel

Do you know what middle grade readers (and agents) want?

Beth Vrabel is a freelance journalist and prolific, middle grade fiction author of a dozen middle grade novels, including the Cybils’-nominated Caleb and Kit, the ILA award-winning A Blind Guide to Stinkville, and the “Pack of Dorks” series.

Int this discussion, she generously shares her expertise on all things middle grade fiction.

Title reading "Welcome to Jane K. Cleland's: Structure at the Chapter Level: Keep 'em Reading with Big Bangs and Cliff Hangs" on a yellow gold background with an ornate line frame.

Structure at the Chapter Level: Keep ’em Reading with Big Bangs and Cliff Hangs

Want to know my secret to hook readers and keep them turning pages?

How you start and end your chapters can make or break readers finishing your book!

This webinar replay will focus on my “Big Bangs and Cliff Hangs” approach to chapter structure.

The replay also includes a bonus tip segment, bonus handouts, and an easy-to-use writing checklist not shared during the live event!

Title reading "Welcome to Jane K. Cleland's The Mechanics of Effective Writing: Grammar, Punctuation, Formatting & Organizing Your Work" on a yellow gold background with an ornate line frame.

The Mechanics of Effective Writing: Grammar, Punctuation, Formatting & Organizing Your Work

Your story might be amazing, but can you write it well enough to convince agents and captivate readers?

Effective writing is a core skill to compete for attention in today’s competitive publishing market. Dig deep into the nuts and bolts of effective writing in this webinar!

Title reading "Welcome to Jane K. Cleland's Astound Your Readers with Perfectly Planted Clues" on a yellow gold background with an ornate line frame

Astonish Your Readers with Perfectly Planted Clues

Clues aren’t just important to the central plot of your story, they’re often the key to rich and satisfying subplots, too! If your clues aren’t clever, your story might come off as poorly planned or contrived.

In this workshop, we’ll discuss tips and techniques to wow readers by seamlessly weaving clues into your stories in ways that will make you look like a plotting genius!

Title reading "Welcome to Jane K. Cleland's Revising Your Own Work" on a yellow gold background with an ornate line frame

Revising Your Own Work

You’ve finished your manuscript—now what? It’s time to polish the story, add complexity to the characters, and burnish the prose. In other words, it’s time to revise! This webinar will show you how to take your manuscript from draft to submission-ready!

Title reading "Welcome to Jane K. Cleland's Three Surefire Techniques for Writing Next-Level Prose" on a yellow gold background with an ornate line frame

July 16, 2022

Three Surefire Techniques for Writing Next-Level Prose

Want to know the secret to writing killer prose?

At its best, prose can stir emotions, drive your plot or storyline, and create a lasting impression on your readers.

Join me as I discuss three proven tactics for writing page-turning prose.

Title reading "Welcome to Jane K. Cleland's Writing Short Fiction that Sells with Special Guest Linda Landrigan" on a yellow gold background with an ornate line frame

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FREE Replay: Writing Short Fiction that Sells with Special Guest, Linda Landrigan

Have you ever considered writing short fiction?

Join me in conversation with Linda Landrigan, editor-in-chief of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, one of the premier publishers of short crime fiction!

Title reading "Welcome to Jane K. Cleland's Write for Your Readers: Give 'Em What They Want" on a yellow gold background with an ornate line frame

Write for Your Readers:
Give ‘em What They Want

Do you know what your readers want?

In your efforts to write a story that’s meaningful and interesting, it’s deceptively easy to forget your audience. Readers come to your work with specific expectations. Fail to meet those expectations at your own peril!

Learn how to analyze readers’ expectations in your genre, and to apply what you learn to character development and plotting during this workshop!

Title reading "Welcome to Jane K. Cleland's Writing Synopses in Queries" on a yellow gold background with an ornate line frame

Writing Synopses & Queries

Hooray! You’ve finished your book. Now what?!

As writers, we wear many hats—many not related to writing at all! Understanding what agents and publishers expect in your synopses and queries is essential if you hope to stand out in today’s crowded market!

In this workshop, you’ll learn the ins and outs of writing synopses and query letters for fiction, literary nonfiction, and memoirs—what to do and what not to do.

Title reading "Welcome to Jane K. Cleland's Subplots Aren't Secondary" on a yellow gold background with an ornate line frame

Subplots Aren’t Secondary

In this workshop we’ll discuss integrating two subplots into your story to help control pacing and serve as scaffolding, supporting and serving your primary plot—crucial.

You’ll be able to use a four-step checklist to help you develop appropriate subplots, one focusing on an interpersonal issue, the other relating to a nonfiction element of your story—also crucial.

Title reading "Welcome to Jane K. Cleland's Raise the Stakes for Your Protagonist—and for Yourself" on a yellow gold background with an ornate line frame

Raise the Stakes for Your Protagonist—and for Yourself

To create edge-of-your-seat excitement, raise the stakes for your protagonist. High stakes lead to emotional truths that resonate with readers.

To move your writing career to the next level, raise the stakes for yourself. Learn more about the craft of writing. Set deadlines. Submit your work.

This webinar will inform and inspire you with specific tips and tactics for success.

Title reading "Welcome to Jane K. Cleland's The Inside Scoop with Special Guest, Paula Munier" on a yellow gold background with an ornate line frame

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FREE Replay: The Inside Scoop with Special Guest, Paula Munier

Want to know the secrets to finding an agent in today’s competitive publishing market?

Paula Munier is a top editor, literary agent, and USA Today best-selling author.

During our discussion, she will share her tips on writing books that agents won’t be able to resist and how to find an agent in the first place.

Title reading "Welcome to Jane K. Cleland's Plotting with an Unreliable Narrator" on a yellow gold background with an ornate line frame

Plotting with an Unreliable Narrator

Unreliable narrators add complexity and intrigue to your stories.

There’s a risk, though, since unreliable narrators must have a credible reason to be unreliable. You can’t add a character who lies, for example, simply because you want to hide the truth.

This presentation delves into the plotting and character-development complexities associated with the five types of unreliable narrators.

Title reading "Welcome to Jane K. Cleland's Openings that Kill It" on a yellow gold background with an ornate line frame

Openings that Kill It

Join me while we discuss my three-step process to figuring out where to start your stories (crucial) and how to layer in a narrative question that drives your plot and informs your characters’ decisions (also crucial).

We’ll also examine exceptional examples of openings that kill it in crime fiction.

Title reading "Welcome to Jane K. Cleland's What Did You say? Writing Dialogue that Sings" on a yellow gold background with an ornate line frame

What Did You Say? Writing Dialogue that Sings

Dialogue is one of three narrative tools to move the plot along and reveal character (in addition to description and action). Each character must speak with a unique voice—an amalgam of style, tone, intonation, and word choices. During this workshop, you’ll learn what you need to write dialogue that rings with truth. Spend an hour with me while we discuss this crucial concept.

Title reading "Welcome to Jane K. Cleland's Find Your Path to Publication" on a yellow gold background with an ornate line frame
August 14, 2021

Find Your Path to Publication

Join me as I discuss the publication options available for your next work.

Topics will include comparing and contrasting the Big Five (traditional publishers), small presses, hybrids, and DIY self-publishing; discussing how to find a literary agent; and reviewing the editing process—from developmental editing to line editing and from copyediting to proofreading.

Title reading "Welcome to Jane K. Cleland's Mastering Story Structure" on a yellow gold background with an ornate line frame

Mastering Story Structure

Structure is the foundation of your story. In this workshop, you’ll discover when to use a linear structure and when a nonlinear structure is the better choice (crucial).

No matter your genre, this methodical approach will help you create page-turners that sell. Let’s discuss how to apply these indispensable lessons to your writing projects—in any genre.

Title reading "Welcome to Jane K. Cleland's Whisper, Don't Shout" on a yellow gold background with an ornate line frame

Whisper, Don’t Shout

Master strategies to add thematic heft by integrating symbolic imagery, atmospheric descriptions, and visual and word allegories. Raise the bar on your writing!

Title reading "Welcome to Jane K. Cleland's The Art of Backstory: Using Flashbacks & Flash-forwards" on a yellow gold background with an ornate line frame

The Art of Backstory: Using Flashbacks & Flash-forwards

Flashbacks and flash-forwards allow you to reveal backstory not by telling a character’s history, but by showing the events that made the character who he is today. It’s a risky proposition, though, because many times, it’s a thinly veiled excuse for an info dump.

During this webinar, you’ll learn a 3-step decision-making tool designed to help you determine whether to use one or both of these techniques, and if so, how to implement them well.

Title reading "Welcome to Jane K. Cleland's The Perception Gap: How to Use Your Characters' Views of the World to Create Compelling and Twisty Plots" on a yellow gold background with an ornate line frame

The Perception Gap

Perception gaps occur when what one character perceives differs from what another character perceives.

Capitalizing on these perception gaps allows you to use your characters’ views of the world to create compelling and twisty plots and reveal meaningful information.

Join me as we discuss how to (and how not to) use this technique to level up your writing and hook readers time after time.

Title reading "Welcome to Jane K. Cleland's Thematic Writing: How to Use Figurative Imagery, Atmosphere, and Allegories to Add Richness and Depth to Your Writing" on a yellow gold background with an ornate line frame

Thematic Writing: How to Use Figurative Imagery, Atmosphere, and Allegories to Add Richness and Depth to Your Writing

Master strategies to add thematic heft by integrating symbolic imagery, atmospheric descriptions, and visual and word allegories. Raise the bar on your writing!

Title reading "Welcome to Jane K. Cleland's Using Red Herrings: The Art of Distraction" on a yellow gold background with an ornate line frame

Using Red Herrings: The Art of Distraction

One of the secrets of writing success is creating complex and surprising plots is a deliciously sneaky technique writers use to befuddle readers—red herrings.

By using red herrings the same way that a magician uses sleight of hand, you’ll be able to divert your readers’ attention from the actual to the illusionary; if done well, your readers will believe what they see on the printed page—an irresistible way to draw them in and keep them turning pages.

Title reading "Welcome to Jane K. Cleland's Using Red Herrings: The Art of Distraction" on a yellow gold background with an ornate line frame

Writing with a Through-Line Plot (or Storyline)

In this discussion, we talk about writing with a through-line plot (crucial) by breaking it down into three distinct sections: mastering plot twists, the importance of subplots, and the final twist—or that surprise twist that comes after what readers believe is the last twist.

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