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I’m Teaching Writing Classes on Skillshare

Posted by on January 13, 2020 in Classes, Writing

Big news for the new year!

I’m teaching a series of writing classes on Skillshare, which is an online teaching platform that works on a subscription model, like Netflix. The first two courses are live now, and you can get two months free through this link.

The people at Skillshare approached me about teaching a couple years ago, but I couldn’t get my head around the idea at the time. Then I took a class on the platform–Jim Richard’s class on sketching people–and do you know what I really liked about it?

I liked how SMALL the class was. Bite-sized lessons, each only five or ten minutes long, and many of the courses are only half an hour in total. Skillshare is about teaching one particular discreet skill, and then another, and then another.

That really appeals to me. I tend to think small: one page at a time, one drawing at a time, one event at a time–the way I keep from getting overwhelmed is to break everything down into really small, manageable bits.

That’s how I get books written. And now I’ve realized–that’s how I can teach, too.

Usually, when I teach a writing workshop, it lasts for two or three days (or two or three months!) and covers SO MUCH. But these classes are going to be different. They’re going to tackle one small building block at a time….just like I do every day.

So. The first two classes are very New Years Resolution-ish, and both of them try to answer the two most common problems I hear about from aspiring writers:

“I want to write a book, but I don’t know where to start.” This class, Start Your Book Today, is my answer to that.

What I also hear a lot is, “I wish I could write, but I’m just not disciplined enough.” Build Great Writing Habits will, I hope, put the “I’m not disciplined enough” myth to bed once and for all.

Next up will be some more concrete, nuts-and-bolts topics, from storytelling techniques to research methods to the revision process. It’s everything I do, one bit at a time.

And…people ask me a lot if I would teach a travel sketching class, so I’m going to give that a try when I’m in Mexico next month. Stay tuned!

Your reviews would mean a lot to me. If you’re already a Skillshare member, you can follow me here to be notified of new classes and updates. And if you’d like to sign up, two free months is more than enough time to check out my classes and anything else you might be interested in. I’d really appreciate it if you’d post a review, share your project, or put a comment in the discussion.

And stay tuned for more!