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Write Better, Right Now

June 28, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm EDT

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Write Better Right Now with Allison K Williams June 28th 2023 2pm EST


You’ve structured your narrative and know your facts–but how do you make your story sing? 

Go beyond grammar to discover how words and sentence structures deliver comedy, drama and meaning. Develop your own voice, break “rules” and learn how mimicking favorite writers improves our own work. You’ll discover the difference between long sentences and run-ons, when to use similes or metaphor, what the heck a modal verb is (and why they muddy prose), and get a ruling on when, exactly, we should use an adverb.

This lively program includes short exercises to practice building beautiful sentences, and the bonus workbook will help you continue your work after the webinar.

We’ll finish with 4 things you can do NOW to improve your manuscript 25%–no matter how good a writer you already are.

In this webinar, you will:

  • DISCOVER your true writing voice is “like you’d tell a friend, but better”–and weed out the dreaded Special Writer voice.
  • LEARN key elements of great sentences (they work for books, essays, blogs and social media!)
  • UNDERSTAND the difference between high- and low-context communication and when to use each one in dialogue (tip: make the reader “lean forward” to actively assemble information!)

There will be time for a Q & A at the end of the presentation.

This webinar is ideal for anyone ready to level up their writing craft—no matter what level you’re on right now.

Closed captioning is available. ✔
All registrants receive the recording. ✔


ALLISON K WILLIAMS is the author of Seven Drafts: Self-Edit Like a Pro From Blank Page to Book. She has edited and coached writers to publishing deals with Penguin Random House, Knopf, Mantle, Spencer Hill, and St. Martin’s as well as independent & literary presses. She’s guided essayists and humorists to publications including the New Yorker, Time, the Guardian, the New York Times, McSweeney’s, Refinery29, Hippocampus, the Belladonna and TED Talks. As Social Media Editor for Brevity, she inspires thousands of writers with weekly blogs on craft and the writing life.

As a memoirist, essayist, and travel journalist, Allison has written craft, culture and comedy for National Public Radio, CBC-Canada, the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, Creative Nonfiction, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Kenyon Review Online, Travelers’ Tales and Flash Nonfiction Funny.

Allison holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Western Michigan University and spent 20 years as a circus aerialist and acrobat before writing and editing full-time. She leads the Rebirth Your Book writing retreats series.


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June 28, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm EDT
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