Upcoming Courses & Events

May 18

Wednesday Writing Retreat

Dive into a container of protected, sacred writing time

Spend your day immersed in your current work-in-progress, with the company and support of other writers.

We’ll meet periodically through the day over Zoom to check in about how our writing is going, support each other, and celebrate (or commiserate!) along the way.

I’ll be there to provide coaching and guidance throughout the day. 

Join us for this new offering — consider picking up a three-pack of retreat days too — and set yourself up with planned writing days you can look forward to in the coming months.

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Schedule In Pacific Time

  • 8:45 a.m. PT — Welcome & Kickoff
  • 9:00 a.m. PT — 90-minute Writing Session
  • 10:30 a.m. PT — Check-In & Break
  • 10:45 a.m. PT — 90-minute Writing Session
  • 12:15 noon p.m. PT — Check-In
  • 12:30 p.m. PT — 25-minute lunch
  • 12:55 p.m. PT — Reconvene
  • 1:00 p.m. PT — 90-minute Writing Session
  • 2:30 p.m. PT — Wrap-Up & Celebration
  • 3:00 p.m. PT — Completion

Schedule In Eastern Time

  • 11:45 a.m. ET — Welcome & Kickoff
  • 12:00 p.m. ET — 90-minute Writing Session
  • 1:30 p.m. ET — Check-In & Break
  • 1:45 p.m. ET — 90-minute Writing Session
  • 3:15 p.m. ET — Check-In
  • 3:30 p.m. ET — 25-minute afternoon tea
  • 3:55 p.m. ET — Reconvene
  • 4:00 p.m. ET — 90-minute Writing Session
  • 5:30 p.m. ET — Wrap-Up & Celebration
  • 6:00 p.m. ET Completion

Zoom

April Events

April Theme: Deep Focus for Writers

April 5

Join the Called to Write coaching community and attend our kickoff event for the month’s theme, Deep Focus for Writers.

Receive access to all our free-for-members events including daily writing sprints, coaching events, and more.

Free for Called to Write members. Writers may join at any time, all writers are welcome.

We will hold additional group coaching sessions over zoom on April 12, 19, and 26.

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11:30 a.m. Pacific Time

Online Zoom Event @ Called to Write

Deep Dive Writing Intensive

April 2022

A Deep Dive Writing Intensive … is a chance to focus deeply on one writing project

… from the comfort of your own home

… with tons of support, coaching, & accountability

… alongside like-minded, focused writers like you!

Two weeks. You + writing + support = massive progress on your book or script.

Prep: April 11 to 17
Dive: April 18 to May 1
Resurface: May 2

Story Craft Q&A with Jeff Lyons 

April 28

Jeff Lyons, the founder of StoryGeeks, is an author, screenwriter, and story development consultant with more than 25 years’ experience in the publishing and entertainment industries. His writing has appeared in Writer’s Digest Magazine, Script Magazine, The Writer Magazine, and Writing Magazine (UK). He has two books on story development published through Focal Press/Routledge.

Jeff joins Called to Write on a monthly basis to talk story craft, story development, premise lines, and more. Find out how to keep the middle of your story from being mushy!

Free for Called to Write members. Writers may join at any time, all writers are welcome.

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1:30 p.m. Pacific Time

Online Zoom Event @ Called to Write

SU Film Virtual Conference

Mindset Strategies for Surviving a Rewrite

April 30

Tackling a rewrite can be intimidating, especially if it involves major restructuring, a page one rewrite, significant overhauling to meet a producer’s needs, or your current draft just isn’t working. Whether you’re writing on spec or on assignment, overwhelm, fear, doubt, and resistance can stop you from starting or even knowing where to start. Thankfully, there are some simple mindset strategies you can lean on to help yourself make the process just that much easier and take your rewrite all the way through to done.
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Online Event

Script University

May Events

Fitting Writing Into Your Life

May 5 to 12

Online course at Script University.

If you aren’t making progress on your screenplay, or you feel blocked every time you sit down to write, it’s time to break the chain of unproductive writing.

In this week-long intensive at Script University, you’ll first watch and discuss (via discussion boards) a three-part video lecture exploring 10 habits and techniques that will keep your writing schedule consistent and productive. I provide coaching and support during this intensive.

I provide feedback on weekly assignments and course discussions.

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One Week Intensive

Online Course at Script University

ADHD Palooza

Wednesday Writing Retreat

May 18

Dive into a container of protected, sacred writing time

Spend your day immersed in your current work-in-progress, with the company and support of other writers.

We’ll meet periodically through the day over Zoom to check in about how our writing is going, support each other, and celebrate (or commiserate!) along the way.

I’ll be there to provide coaching and guidance throughout the day. 

Join us for this new offering — consider picking up a three-pack of retreat days too — and set yourself up with planned writing days you can look forward to in the coming months.

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8:45 a.m. PT to 3 p.m. PT | 11:45 a.m. ET to 6:00 p.m. ET

Zoom

Featured Editors Panel

Making Effective Use of POV in Your Novel

May 24

Ask the Editors! Our Featured Editors, Martha Hayes, Beth Hill, and Lisa Poisso speak to our Called to Write members, held via Zoom.

Here’s what we’ll cover: 

  • Understanding your primary POV choices — and misconceptions writers often hold about them.
  • Using genre, tone, and theme to inform your POV choices for maximum effect.
  • Examining the pros and cons of POV choices, including the limitations and advantages and disadvantages of each

Free for Called to Write members. Writers may join at any time, all writers are welcome.

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11:30 a.m. Pacific Time

Online Zoom Event @ Called to Write

Story Craft Q&A with Jeff Lyons 

May 26

Jeff Lyons, the founder of StoryGeeks, is an author, screenwriter, and story development consultant with more than 25 years’ experience in the publishing and entertainment industries. His writing has appeared in Writer’s Digest Magazine, Script Magazine, The Writer Magazine, and Writing Magazine (UK). He has two books on story development published through Focal Press/Routledge.

Jeff joins Called to Write on a monthly basis to talk story craft, story development, premise lines, and more. Find out how to keep the middle of your story from being mushy!

Free for Called to Write members. Writers may join at any time, all writers are welcome.

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1:30 p.m. Pacific Time

Online Zoom Event @ Called to Write

June Events

ADHD Palooza

Wednesday Writing Retreat

June 15

Dive into a container of protected, sacred writing time

Spend your day immersed in your current work-in-progress, with the company and support of other writers.

We’ll meet periodically through the day over Zoom to check in about how our writing is going, support each other, and celebrate (or commiserate!) along the way.

I’ll be there to provide coaching and guidance throughout the day. 

Join us for this new offering — consider picking up a three-pack of retreat days too — and set yourself up with planned writing days you can look forward to in the coming months.

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8:45 a.m. PT to 3 p.m. PT | 11:45 a.m. ET to 6:00 p.m. ET

Zoom

Construct Compelling Characters 

June 16 to 30

Online course at Script University.

In this course offered through Script University, via online lectures, supplemental readings, video clips, and written assignments and exercises, we’ll consider how character affects all other aspects of story, including plot, theme, and structure, how to build a protagonist with whom the audience identifies, the necessity of empathy and sympathy in crafting character, and how a character’s own shortcomings allow for these, how to both use and play against character types and tropes, the relationship between character arc and plot arcand more.

I provide feedback on weekly assignments and course discussions.

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Two Week Intensive

Online Course at Script University

Manuscript Critiques

Writer's Coaching

Script Notes

Author Website Reviews

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