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!)
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!
Pick a session below to start.

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.



Are you sure that you are writing your characters of the opposite sex true to their sex? Are your men really men and your women clearly women? What are the differences and why? Reading male or female body language can either be a lifetime of trial and error – or involves a specific study of what sets one sex apart from the other. Making sure our portrayals of characters of both sexes are accurate and grounded in ‘scientific’ facts and research, as opposed to simply being based on personal experience, means we need to make sure our male and female characters are true to their natures. This allows them to draw readers deeper into your story. To help dig into the fascinating topic of the differences between men and women on the page, and how to use it as a writer, we will look at:

• Discovering why men and women are different in specific ways .

​• What are the most obvious differences between the sexes and how to use those differences to create conflict   and tension on the page.

• Male flirting signals vs. female flirting signals.

• How and why do men and women think and speak differently.

• The meaning of an Alpha Male vs an Alpha female.

• Why some men, and some women, do not follow the expected behavior of their sex.


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.


• 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


April 18th, 2018, 5 PM PACIFIC

Body language is driven by emotion. Knowing how emotion can be conveyed to your readers via showing or showing plus telling of body language can make your story shine! Learn to understand what emotional body language really is and why it is essential to your story. To help dig into the fascinating topic of emotional body language, and how to use it as a writer, we will look at: 

  • How Emotional Body Language can enhance the impact of your story.
  • Using Emotional Body language to ramp up conflict and subtext.
  • Linking correct body language to the emotional message its conveying.
  • How to move beyond body language clichés regardless of what you’re writing!


May 16th, 2018, 5 PM PACIFIC

One common refrain I’ve heard time and time again from editors and agents was the lack of fresh, three-dimensional female characters. Enter the need to understand and exploit archetypical figures. Not clichés, but three-dimensional characters that readers respond to time and time again.


• In-depth analysis of the 8 most common female archetypes
• What each archetype fears and why that matters to create stronger characters
• Response of each archetype to a threat or problem
• Looking at the shadow side of the archetypes
• What drives each archetype to act 
• Discovering the gifts of each archetype
• Learning how archetypes interact with other archetypes
• Examples of each archetype in books, movies, TV shows and more

CHARACTERIZATION: What You Need to Know About Your Characters BEFORE you start writing

June 13th, 2018, 5 PM PACIFIC

Have you ever had a very clear and specific image of your protagonist or protagonists and started writing only to have that character become vague or morph on you as you’re deeper into your story? If you’ve struggled with coincidental writing—when our protagonists stop driving their own story and instead start reacting to events around them, or if you’re ready to have a simple, clear way to know who your character really is and what drives him or her, before you start your story, this is the webinar for you.

We will explore:

• Understanding character traits vs character roles
• How to use a character fault to drive your story
• What is meant by an opposing trait
• How to move beyond eye color and body types
• Learn what really drives your protagonist and why
• The power of a character’s belief system 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!



• 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.


• 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.


• 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.


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


• 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.


• 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.


• 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.