Sundog snippets: The learning mutt is learning :)

I haven’t made much progress on Khara House’s May submit-o-rama and that’s kind of pathetic given that I only signed up to submit once a week.

I do have two stories due for the 31st, but can’t see getting another story done this month.  My other two submissions will have to be poetry, if anything at all.  I may just have to concede to failing the challenge.

What’s more exciting (for me, anyway) is that I signed up for some excellent courses in the last few weeks.

First was Marcy Kennedy’s logline, tagline, and pitch webinar, through WANA International.

Initially, the webinar was to have been May 11, but had to be rescheduled due to technical difficulties.  We got to complete the webinar yesterday, May 18, and it was very worthwhile.  Marcy knows of what she speaks 🙂

Then Last Tuesday, I signed up for another WANA International webinar with Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi, authors of The Emotion Thesaurus and the minds behind The Bookshelf Muse blog.

That webinar was also very good, and focused on creative ways to show emotion in your writing.  What works and what doesn’t for modern authors.

I’d highly recommend WANA International courses.  They’re reasonably priced, and the presenters are all experts in their respective fields.  Marcy’s and Angela’s/Becca’s webinars weren’t the first WANA courses I attended.  About a month or so ago, I signed up for Jay Donovan’s internet security course.  He’s one of the techsurgeons behind the WANA site.  It too, was a good one, though I had to miss part of it.

The good thing about WANA webinars is that you get the recording on the other side 🙂

My month-long learning effort, though, is my first Margie Lawson course.  Margie Lawson is my kind of writing teacher.  Her method is deep editing and you really have to experience it to understand it.  It’s eye-opening.  She gets into rhetorical techniques and studying the writing of acknowledged masters.

The course will continue until the end of the month  and I’ll blog about it in more detail at that time, but for now, I’ll just say that you have to check out the Lawson Academy.  Once again, the courses are very reasonably priced.

I got hold of Margie through the Writers in the Storm blog.

That’s all I have for you this week, my friends.  I’ll encourage you to check out WANA International and Margie Lawson for yourselves.  They. Are. Awesome.

Until next weekend, the learning mutt is learning.


8 thoughts on “Sundog snippets: The learning mutt is learning :)

  1. I am so happy you enjoyed your courses, and thanks for attending the one Becca and I put on! I really believe in the Wana courses and love working with this inspiring crew. I also bought a Margie Lawson lecture packet that was really amazing and would love to take a course with her sometime or o the retreat.

    Have a wonderful week! Thanks again for sharing your experiences!


  2. Love this! Those teachers are awesome! I attended Jay’s course (via the recording). And now I’m teaching, too (Ebooks for writers…among others *s*) So glad it’s been worthwhile for you and others.


  3. I’m so glad you enjoyed the course, Melanie! You sound like a woman on a mission, taking all of these courses ;). I love the new online format; it’s so nice to be able to take a course from the convenience of your home, without the travel, overnight stay, and outrageous expenses. I’m taking a facebook course by Lisa Hall-Wilson at WANA next month and I can’t wait!


    • I did, and I get such a kick (and great information) from your blog 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I am a woman on a mission who’s allowed herself to get distracted 😉 In a good way, but still distracted. Getting back into the novel revision shortly – will be querying before the year is out. I swear. Not in a bad way, but still swearing.


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