Registration is now open for my next online writing workshop, taking place:
September 18 – November, 2023 / Mondays at 7:00 PM EST
Watch out for details of my next workshop or contact me to get advanced sign up opportunities before general release.
Join former Random House editor, and founder of Write to Sell Your Book, Diane O’Connell for an exclusive 8-week Zoom workshop designed to help writers find literary success.
The Sharpening Your Manuscript Zoom Workshop is designed for 4 writers at a time. Together, you’ll share your writing, offer inspiration, and dive deeply into the lessons taught by your mentor, Diane O’Connell.
Over the course of 8 weeks, you’ll focus on honing your writing skills and identifying the elements that make a manuscript come alive. You’ll be able to pinpoint areas of weakness and enhance strengths.
More than a critique workshop, this 8-week journey is full of insightful lessons and personalized feedback on your submissions. Each week, you’ll perfect new techniques essential to great storytelling.
The closer you are to your story, the harder it is to see its full potential. With Diane’s expert guidance, you’ll be able to uncover all the possibilities you actually have, and how to best approach them.
And who can blame you? There are a ton of things commanding your attention every second of the day, every single day. But the cards aren’t stacked against you. As long as you shuffle the deck properly, you’ll be productive, effective, and successful.
As an aspiring author, you spend a lot of time imagining success. You want to be published, but you doubt your abilities. Does your writing really work? Is your manuscript missing something? You have tons of questions, and very little answers.
Unlock all the secrets and pinpoint the strategies needed to overcome all the obstacles. Figure out those painful dialogue scenes or those tricky plot twists that seem to fall flat. You’ll know when to ditch an idea and when to follow through. But best of all? You’ll finally understand what publishers want in a novel.
Diane O’Connell, a book editor and author with over 30 years of experience, knows exactly how to uncover your obstacles, develop your potential, and awaken the creative writer in you.
You’ll be able to revise your manuscript with ease because you’ll know where you’re going and how to get there. You’ll finally go from guessing to knowing in far less time than you would on your own.
Address flaws and capitalize on elements that editors and publishers automatically uncover in just a few pages of your novel.
Get real, actionable help from an instructor who specializes in mentoring first-time authors. Diane can coax the very best out of you, teach you the story elements publishers crave and propel your writing to a higher level.
Turn the page in your own story and join a small group of aspiring authors in the Sharpening Your Manuscript Zoom Online Writing Workshop.
Do a deep dive into your scenes to discover what’s working, what’s not working and learn how to sharpen your writing skills.
With Diane’s guidance and the knowledge you’ve gained from step 1, you’ll be able to address your story’s weaknesses.
Come away from this workshop with the storytelling skills neccessary to keep writing novels that sell.
Say goodbye to note-taking.
You’ll get your pages—with my notes—sent to you after each session. This also includes a recording of the session so you can refer to it whenever you have the time.
Each week, you’ll email up to 8 pages of material for Diane to review before the group meets over Zoom. She will then share her comments with the class so everyone can learn from each other.
It may seem like a humble start, but your book’s “flap copy,” or teaser influences every aspect of your novel. This guided lesson will help you sharpen your focus and kick off your story the right way.
This class will demystify POV, help you go far beyond just choosing POV to capitalize on the deeper meaning and uses of this essential skill, and help you avoid the most common POV errors writers make all the time.
Get to know your characters and all the past experiences that shaped them into who they are, so you can tell their story with newfound confidence.
Elevate your dialogue and avoid all those invisible traps that snap your audience out of the story.
Use action to make your characters pop, and discover how reactions strengthen those pivotal, emotional scenes.
Understand the difference between showing and telling — then use that knowledge to find a balance that keeps readers and publishers thoroughly engaged.
Keep your readers hooked until the very last page with sustained tension — not just in the big moments but also in the little moments in-between.
Face the dreaded synopsis and craft something so good, so put-together, it will makepublishers clamor to read your manuscript.
Walk away knowing you have a solid grasp on the elements that’ll make for a memorable story over and over again for years to come.
Online group workshops usually accommodate more people. However, the disadvantage is that participants don’t always get the specific help they need to meet their goals. They get lost in the group.
The Sharpening Your Manuscript Zoom Workshop is different. After all, it’s just you and 3 other aspiring authors. This allows Diane to focus on each writer, providing highly-personalized help you can’t get anywhere else.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to transform yourself as a writer.
With 30+ years experience as a staff editor at several publishing houses, writing 200+ articles for national magazines, and authoring 6 books, she’s just the right person to help you get through your trials and come out the other side.
Let’s conquer those roadblocks and become the writer you’re destined to become. Only 4 writers can join the 8-week Sharpening Your Manuscript Workshop at any given time — claim your spot now before slots fill up!
Join a small group of aspiring authors with similar goals, so you get the personal attention you need to succeed as an author.
Tap into and massively improve your strengths as a storyteller — hone your writing skills and unique talents.
Develop the skills needed to get published and become the author you’ve always wanted to be.
Identify the problem areas within your plot and character development and iron them out with real help from an expert in the industry.
Get personalized feedback from Diane O’Connell — including detailed notes and powerful workshop recordings.
The biggest achievements in life are usually accomplished with a little help from someone. Mentors, guides, instructors, or even managers—they’re all available to help and give you a chance. This workshop is no different. I guarantee to give you every tool in my arsenal to learn new skills and get your work published. However, I need you to meet me halfway. If you can show up, do the work, and dedicate yourself to mastering new writing skills, I promise you’ll succeed in your writing.
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Diane O’Connell and her team have the expertise to put any author’s work on the map. With 30+ years of publishing experience, Diane knows the publishing world — from the inside out.
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