DIVE INTO WRITING

Writing on Wednesdays

Join me for a new 90-minute webinar series. A different writing topic every month.

Discover the monthly topics below, along with dates and times for each month or click now for all six sessions.

Mastering the craft of writing depends on continuing education as a writer. Upgrading and improving your skills matters!


Ask yourself –What do you need as a writer—right now? Time to get focused? Want to understand a key element of craft better? Ready, or long overdue in understanding the business side of writing?
In the DIVE INTO WRITING webinars you’ll find insights into different elements of the writing craft, the writing life and the writing business.


Dip your toes into one class at a time, or jump into the deep end of the pool with the six-course bundle. (It’ll save you some money.).
Each webinar will be jam-packed with information, handouts and further steps you can take and motivation!​​

Join any session for only $29 or grab them ALL for $145

Save $29 (that’s ALL 6 for the cost of 5!)
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As a special bonus for everyone who joins the full six-session set, I will include a special webinar January 18th, 2018 on staying motivated and inspired for writers!
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Pick a session below to start.

ACTIVE SETTINGS: For All Fiction Genres

OCTOBER 18th, 5 PM PACIFIC

Give your setting an active role in your story. Use Deep POV to spin boring descriptions into engaging prose. Find out if you’re writing passive–or active setting and if you are maximizing the setting possibilities in YOUR  story.

You’ll learn:

• How does setting impact your story?
• What is the difference between active and passive setting?
• How can setting show characterization?
• How can setting impact your conflict…both internal and external?
• What does a reader need from a setting vs. what they don’t need?

(All new examples!)

ANALYZE THIS: SCENE SURVIVAL TEST

NOVEMBER 15th, 5 PM PACIFIC

Submissions live or die by the strength of scenes. Are your scenes loaded with key elements or bloated with filler? Bring a scene from your story and come prepared to test its strength.

You’ll discover:

• Why scenes are considered the building blocks of a novel.
• What is the difference between a scene and a sequel?
• Seven most common errors for poor scenes.
• The three elements that MUST be clear to a reader in a scene.

ACTIVE BRANDING: 8 Elements That Take YOUR Brand to a Whole New Level. . .whether your published or yet-to-be-published

DECEMBER 13th, 5 PM PACIFIC

 What Makes You Buy One Book Over Another and What this means for Authors—Examining the 8 codes of primal branding and how they impact how we all choose a book, and why. You’ll never look at branding the same way.

You’ll also be amazed to find:

• What Nora Roberts, Sherrilyn Kenyon and Stephen King have in common.
• What is meant by pagans or unbelievers.
•How key words can differentiate YOUR brand in a good way.
• Why some authors, and stories are much more memorable than others and why [hint: it’s not about t he writing].

WRITING ACTIVE HOOKS or How Many Hooks Are Enough?

JANUARY 17th, 2018, 5 PM PACIFIC

Whether you’re a plotter or a pantster (seat-of-pants writer), the simplest way to avoid a sagging middle is to understand how to continually build hooks into your story. So how many hooks are enough and where should you use them? Knowing the answer to that question can be the difference between a compelling story and one that drags.

You’ll grasp:

• Which are the 10 most universal hooks and why.

• What exactly is a hook and how do they work?

• Where should you place your hooks in a manuscript?

• How too many hooks can trip you up as much as too few hooks.

WRITING CHARACTERS OF THE OPPOSITE SEX

FEBRUARY 21st 2018, 5 PM PACIFIC

When is simply writing a masculine or feminine pronoun to indicate the sex of a character enough?

You’ll discover:

• The differences between male and female body language so your men are men and your women are women.
• Why are the sexes different and how to incorporate those differences on the page.
• How do the different sexes flirt?
• What are some of the key differences between the way men and women communicate?

11 MALE ARCHETYPES

March 14th, 2018, 5 PM PACIFIC

Have you ever experienced the spark of a story and jumped in with fire and passion only to find out that 30 or 50 or 75 pages later the story sputters and dies? Do you know the number one reason for this phenomenon: weak, one-dimensional characters. Characters without depth, without dimension do not drive their stories? Enter the need to understand and exploit archetypical figures. Not clichés, but three-dimensional characters that readers respond to time and time again.

Learn:

• In-depth analysis of the 11 most common male archetypes
• What each archetype fears
• Response of each archetype to a threat or problem
• Looking at the shadow side of the archetypes
• What drives each archetype 
• Discovering the gifts of each archetypes
• Learning how archetypes interact with other archetypes
• Examples of each archetype in books, movies, TV shows and more

Bonus Webinar!

Are You Ready? Making 2018 an Amazing Year for YOUR Writing

JANUARY 18th, 2018, 5 PM PACIFIC

You’ll discover:

• Learn THE number one reason we set ourselves up to fail.
• How habits can work for you or against you.
• Defining who is a real writer and why.
• The power of knowing you’re not alone.

• The difference between a going-to-be-a-published author and a want-to-be-a-published author.
• How to juggle the demands of being a published author.

Remember, if you sign up for the full set of webinars you get this webinar as a bonus! That’s 7 webinars for the price of 5.

What attendees are saying.

“Thank you for your support and guidance. I think about your insights every time I sit down to write.” ~ Deanna H

“I have to tell you your presentation was exactly what I needed to help me move forward with my various writing projects. You are an Amazing instructor!”
​~ M Taylor​

“I tell everyone who wants to listen what a deal your classes are. If I have one Ah Ha for my money, I think I’ve got my money’s worth. In your classes I experience multiple Ah Ha’s.” ~Howard L 

Mary Buckham

USA Today bestselling author, Mary Buckham writes the best selling WRITING ACTIVE series for writers – WRITING ACTIVE SETTING and WRITING ACTIVE HOOKS. She is also the co-author of BREAK INTO FICTION® with NYT author Dianna Love and has taught online and live writing workshops to writers of all genres around the US and Canada.
Mary doesn’t just teach writers though, she practices what she preaches, writing Urban Fantasy w/attitude. Love romance, danger & kick-ass heroines? Find it in her Alex Noziak or Kelly McAllister series!

FAQs

HOW DO I ATTEND?

• Choose the session you want and click the button. After you purchase your session or sessions you will see a welcome page with information on how to join your session. That’s it! I will also send you a series of welcome emails with details on joining each of your sessions along with the your sign-in links. You do not need to install any application or join a site to attend.

WHAT TO EXPECT IN MY SESSION.

• I will have a lot of material to cover so I will start promptly at 5 pm Pacific Time. I will introduce the topic and present the material along with visuals (slides) to reinforce the lecture. You will see a comment column on the right of the window and can use it to post observations and questions during the webinar. it’s as close to being in the same room together as we can get online.

WILL I RECEIVE A REPLAY?

• Everyone who joins one of the webinars will have access to a replay of the session for 30 days after the date of their webinar. You will receive an email with the link to the replay and can watch the replay as often as you like for the 30 days. Unfortunately, since it is a replay there will not be an opportunity to post questions, unlike the live event.

HOW LONG IS THE EARLY-BIRD PRICE ON THE FULL SET AVAILABLE?

• Until September 13th, 2017, which is the start of the first session. After that you can still purchase individual sessions at $29 each.

IS THERE A PAYMENT PLAN OPTION AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE THE FULL SET?

• Yes, when you click on the button for the full set you will see an option to select either a single payment or 3 monthly payments, whichever works best for you.

WHAT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS?

• If you have any questions or need more information before your webinar please email me at assistant@MaryBuckham.com and either my assistant or I will respond as promptly as possible.

DO YOU WANT TO ATTEND AS A GROUP?

• Are you part of an association or a writer’s group and want to attend as a group? Please let me know by email and we can make arrangements: assistant@MaryBuckham.com.