“Last year, I published my debut novel, Grant of Immunity. The Publisher’s Weekly review of my novel referred to it as a “gripping read.” However, were it not for April’s instruction, guidance and insight, this novel would not exist. I met April after I’d written the first draft of my novel. I was at an impasse, realizing my story wasn’t working, but not knowing what to do to improve it. April read my manuscript. Her comments and analysis helped me craft my words into a credible and cohesive story. She has an extraordinary ability to spot structural flaws and suggest ways to correct and improve plot points. Through April’s guidance and examples, I learned much about adding emotional depth to my scenes, deepening character development and avoiding back-story pitfalls.”
~ Garret Holms, Novelist, Los Angeles, CA
“I’ve attended quite a few writing classes and workshops over the past four decades, but none has taught me as much or helped me more than Deep Story Design Online.”
~ Prof. Douglas Gray, Writer, Columbus, Ohio
“It was pure chance that I stumbled on April’s Deep Story Design workshop, and I’m so glad I did. She reawakened my belief in myself as a writer, and left me full of ideas on how to approach both structure and character design for a novel I’ve been struggling with for some time. Highly recommended!”
~ Shirley Rudolph, Writer, Vancouver, BC
Workshops & Online Courses
Inspiring Strategies for Successful Storytelling
As a writer, you want to write stories that work, stories that satisfy your audience, stories that come alive with meaning. This is true whether you’re writing a novel, a screenplay, or a memoir. Live workshops and online courses are designed to offer practical writing skills coupled with inspiration and motivation to help you write the stories you want to tell.
Live workshops are scheduled on a rolling basis throughout the year. Check the Events page regularly for course updates or sign up for the monthly newsletter to be the first to learn about new courses and discounts.
Deep Story Design Online
Mastering the principles of story structure and the stages of character development is essential for writers who want to design stories with depth and resonance. Deep Story Design is an 8-week online course that integrates lessons in story structure and character development with exploratory exercises that will allow you to:
- Understand the principles of classical 3-act story structure and how it provides the framework for your unique story design.
- Develop strong characters that propel plots and embody transformation.
- Uncover personal truths that reveal the depth and authenticity of your creative voice.
What you learn in these 8 weeks will serve your writing for years to come.
This course is taught once or twice per year and includes live sessions and instructor feedback. To find out when the next session will be offered, check the events schedule above or email for info.
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