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Successful Writers Master Class

How to Take Your Writing from Inspiration to Publication
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This course is a dynamic framework featuring "The 10 Ps," or 10 Steps that take you from the foundation, Purpose, through Practice and Process, all the way to Promotion and Publication. How to go from inspiration to publication—from initial idea for your book, to ways to stay focused and motivated, through common hindrances, editing, how to secure an agent, create community and promote your work in the world.

Take this course, and within just weeks, you’ll be enjoying:

  • Innovative writing prompts, and a great skills guide!
  • The clear and concise steps that take you from inspiration to publication!
  • Methods for overcoming writer's blocks and other obstacles!
  • Techniques for setting up a quality writing practice!
  • Tips on editing: moving from compost heap to flower garden!
  • How to create community and build your platform!
  • The secret to finding a literary agent!
  • And so much more...

Wether you are just starting out, or have been writing in fits and starts for years, this course can help you stay focused and disciplined in order to complete that book project you've always wanted to write, learn how to connect with agents, build your platform and community, and finally publish your work and connect with readers.

Even if you already have an MFA in writing, this is a great compliment course that fills in all the gaps that most MFA programs miss, including meditations on practice and persistence, how to write a successful book proposal, how to create community, and powerful tips on effective promotion.

Who is the target audience?
  • fiction writers
  • non-fiction writers
  • bloggers
  • poets
  • memoir writers
  • ALL writers!
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What Will I Learn?
Know the 10 KEY steps for going from inspiration to publication
Improve their writing skills
Discover powerful techniques for staying focused and disciplined toward completing their book
Master aspects of writing practice and discover their own writing process
Learn the proper and effective way to secure a literary agent
Gain new insight on how to build their platform and an audience of eager readers
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  • A pen, pencil, or decent keyboard and an open heart and mind!
  • A computer
Curriculum For This Course
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Welcome to The Successful Writers Master Class
2 Lectures 08:12

Welcome to Brilliant Writer's Master Class For Successful Writers where

you will discover 10 key success principles that will launch and propel

your writing career forward. Before we get started, I wanted to

introduce myself. Enjoy the video and I will see you in the upcoming


Preview 08:12

In this section you will find the course worksheets that correspond with certain lessons. The worksheets are also available within the lessons themselves, but they are listed here so you can conveniently access them all in one place.

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Successful Writers Master Class
11 Lectures 01:54:53

Welcome, once again. This course distills 20 years of learning into one place. You'll learn everything from how to write a novel in 30 days, to transcending writer's block and securing a literary agent. Most importantly, you'll learn how to take your writing from inspiration to publication. This course is essentially an MFA survival guide. The exercises are designed to help you experience your own creative genius directly. Let's get started!

This lesson comes with an audio meditation.

Preview 10:48

Every successful writer I know comes to writing with a purpose. It may start as an urge, an interest, and then blossoms into a need to communicate their experience of the world. It’s a sincere desire to participate, to join the conversation based on your unique take on the world.

Purpose is critical to your success because if it flags or is overshadowed by doubt and distraction, you will never manifest your writing dreams. You must investigate, cultivate, and nourish your purpose for a lifetime of writing success.

The First P: Purpose

Once your purpose is clarified and cultivated, passion is right on its heels. Passion is the engine that drives you and your writing forward. An engine needs fuel. Sincere interest and curiosity are that fuel fired up by active reading and exploration both literary and otherwise, by being physically and intellectually engaged with words. All the successful writers I know have passion for their subjects, they have an unwavering energy about their characters, scenes, plots, and subjects.

This lesson comes with a worksheet and an audio meditation. Just click the link below to download the worksheet and get started! Remember to take as much time as you need to complete the worksheets and audio meditations.

The Second P: Passion

Practice is the cornerstone of success as a writer. Every single successful published author I know sits their butt in the chair and writes. . . and writes and writes again, every day. They write reams of crap and press on through to the brilliant insights lying in wait.

The only way to reach those insights is to keep writing toward them. You might have heard the adage “all writing is re-writing.” It sounds redundant and even tedious, but that’s the adventure, from day to day, moment to moment, we never know what’s hidden in the infinite recesses of our minds, it’s a constant process of discovery. Practice is how we get there, conversing with the self and creating a dynamic way to communicate our unique experience with the world.

The Third P: Practice

Similar to practice is process, which develops over time. It’s everything from the type of journal you use to your favorite pen. It’s about habit, continuity and completion. Everything from the time of day you sit down to write, to how you find yourself editing is included. It’s best for process to happen organically over time, but worth starting with the basics of choosing tools that get you to the page.

I love writing in hard-back canvas notebooks—blank paper with a Pilot-Precise pen. Even when I’m procrastinating, sometime I’ll draw a terrible little picture with a caption beneath it. Just to get the pen moving on the page. Then there is typing up your work and developing an editing process which should be evolutionary and expansive. The successful writer takes their practice seriously and develops it into a process in order to evolve from amateur scribbler to published author.

This lesson comes with a worksheet. Just click the link below to download the worksheet and get started! Remember to take as much time as you need to complete the worksheets and audio meditations.

The Fourth P: Process

One of the biggest challenges I’ve noticed over the years with my students is persistence. Simply sticking with the process. Life happens and grand excuses arise. They feel so real and insurmountable. A death in the family, a divorce, a major move, an illness, a flood, fire, or earthquake—all terrific things to write about and great material for your practice, especially in the specific moments of their happening. Not easy I know, especially if you are feeling weak and overwhelmed.

However, I promise you this—when you muster up the energy to write into and through these difficult life experiences, not only will you gain insight and healing, but you will become a better writer, merely by the fact of your persistence. The truth is, most people give up. They bail. But you won’t. You will write through to the other side. You will persist!

This lesson comes with a worksheet and an audio mediation. Just click the link below to download the worksheet and get started! Remember to take as much time as you need to complete the worksheets and audio meditations.

The Fifth P: Peristence

I was recently talking to a best-selling author friend of mine about students in general we sometimes both run across who say they don’t read very often, and we both looked at each other and told them, as if they were standing right in front of us “Then your writing will never improve.” It’s as simple as that.

Every successful writer I know is a voracious and diverse reader. How else do we learn about style and what’s possible with sentence structure phrase and tone? Reading inspires, it gets us to the page, it reminds us how we would say it (write it) differently. And don’t ever say you don’t have time to read, you need to make time in order to become a better writer.

This lesson comes with a worksheet. Just click the link below to download the worksheet and get started! Remember to take as much time as you need to complete the worksheets and audio meditations.

The Sixth P: Perpetual Reading

Many writers still have this tired washed-up romantic notion of the starving artist. And yes, it is difficult to sustain one’s self as an artist in our culture, but not impossible and there are infinite ways to help people, make a good living and devote your life to writing and creativity. So banish that starving artist notion from your head. Nothing could be less romantic than having no money.

In order to nourish your creativity and your life in general it’s nice to have some abundance to help you along. This takes a major mind shift for many of us toward a mind-set of prosperity. Please know that even if you have a more creative mind, your mind is malleable and can change. When I use the word prosperity, I’m not talking just about money, but abundance in relationship, work, community, spirituality and creativity.

This lesson comes with a worksheet and an audio meditation. Just click the link below to download the worksheet and get started! Remember to take as much time as you need to complete the worksheets and audio meditations.

The Seventh P: Prosperity

Writing is both a solitary practice and a deeply communal collaborative process. The path to a successful writing career begins with engaging in community. A tired notion about writers is that of the solo writer toiling away in his or her studio cut off from others. Wash this thought from your mind and reach out.

We do have to spend some quiet solo time writing alone to get the words down, but it’s essential to reach out to colleagues, friends and neighborhood readers. Join a writing group, go to readings, share your work at readings, seek support and help.

This lesson comes with a worksheet. Just click the link below to download the worksheet and get started! Remember to take as much time as you need to complete the worksheets and audio meditations.

The Eight P: Participation

This is where the writer starts to tremble. What the heck is a platform and why do I have to stand out upon it, as if naked upon a cliff edge exposed to the world? Well, the quick answer is audience. Your fans are out there waiting. The auditorium is full, they are chanting for you and you are standing behind the curtain shivering. Stop it. It’s time to build your platform from which you can shout out about your take on the world.

Do you have some insight or new information about a particular topic? Does your novel relate to some interesting aspect of science, history, or sports? These are all aspects from which to build your platform and connect to relevant communities.

All successful writers have a platform, whether that’s being involved in a literary community complete with readings, journals, and literary events, or having specific technical expertise in some aspect of religion, business, science, or history. The important thing is to participate in that community and build your visibility and engagement so by the time your book comes out you have readers, the auditorium is full and you are ready to sing to them!

The Ninth P: Platform

Your job is to get your name and your book out there to your readers. This needs to be embraced and can actually be a lot of fun. However, this seems to be a place we get stuck as artists.

Promotion, especially “self promotion” is often perceived as a dirty word. Time to buff it up and make it shine. Otherwise you will have no readers. People will simply have no idea you or your book exist. Every successful author I know is a tireless promoter. Yes, even the prodigies. Perhaps they don’t have to do quite as much as new writers, but in this day and age there is so much noise, so much mediocre information, that it’s important for you to let the world know you’re there with something relevant, unique, interesting, and positive to share with the world.

So start a blog, connect with a kid about social media, send your work to your favorite journals and magazine, take a class on marketing, PR, and promotion, and let the readers in.

The Tenth P: Promotion
3 Lectures 01:40
Congratulations! You've made it to the end and have completed the course. I hope you've enjoyed your time and feel like a brilliant writer.

Here’s the thing. If you take this course, stick with it, really practice the principles, write your ass off, read the books, take the steps to refine and edit your work as outlined in the course, I am confident over time, you will get published, you will reach readers, you will influence and INSPIRE thousands, maybe even millions of people. This is what I want for you. . .to help your family, your community, for you to inspire the world with your important message, with your powerful story!!
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Albert Flynn DeSilver is an internationally published poet, writer, speaker, workshop leader, and founder of Brilliant Writer dot com. He holds a BFA degree from the University of Colorado and an Masters of Fine Arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute. Albert is the author of several books of poetry and most recently “Beamish Boy: A Memoir,” which Kirkus Reviews called a "a beautifully written memoir, poignant and inspirational, comical and terrifying." Albert served as Poet Laureate of Marin County, California from 2008-2010. Beyond literary journals his instructional writing has appeared in Writers Digest, Poets & Writers Magazine, and elsewhere. He is also a speaker and trainer having taught and presented with international best selling authors, Cheryl Strayed, Elizabeth Gilbert, Maxine Hong Kingston, and U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan among many others. He teaches and hosts extraordinary events for writers nationally. More at albertflynndesilver dot com.

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