I have been quiet about the online class I have been taking for the past 3 weeks, but I can't hold it in any longer. I am absolutely LOVING Dr. Mira Reisberg's Picture Book Academy and I want everyone to know it!!
Last autumn I took my very first writing class at Gotham Writers Workshop in NYC. I had the option of participating in either an online version of the class or a once a week class in Greenwich Village. I chose to take the "live" class thinking that online classes just weren't for me. In fact, I had a long list of reasons why I was against online classes.
Fast forward one year. I have had two Gotham classes under my belt, along with various workshops and presentations at two conferences. I am really progressing in my writing...yet life is much much busier! Although I desired to take another writing class before the end of 2012, I could not seem to find one that fit my schedule. And truth is, I do not have a consistent day or evening to commit.
Enter Dr. Mira Reisberg and The Picture Book Academy's new e-course "The Craft and Business of Writing Children's Picture Books." Now at first glance, this looks like just another introduction to of picture book writing classes. And I wasn't quite sure that I wanted to spend money on a class that was going to just focus on the basics.
And then I read further...
The cost for this 5 week adventure includes:
-- a one-hour one-on-one Skype or email consultation with me, Dr. Mira Reisberg (a $95 value)
-- access to all course materials for the 5 weeks plus an additional 3 weeks of access
-- your inclusion in a small private online critique group that you get to keep if you like
-- our own private Facebook group
-- a keep-forever searchable pdf of course content (value $80)
-- super handy templates
-- and infinitely more materials than could ever be shared in a geographically in-person class.
Not to mention, Mira states that "At the end of the course, you’ll have a completed manuscript and targeted cover letter ready to send to your ideal editor or agent!"
Wow! I was sold! And for only $249!
Now I know that this sounds like an advertisement, and I apologize for that. But I can tell you, this is perhaps the BEST deal I have ever encountered as far as classes are concerned. Why? Because of Mira.
Mira is so accessible and answers any questions quickly always willing to go above and beyond for her students. In fact, my one-on-one critique was at her house in Sacramento, CA when I was on vacation! She took such care with my work and line by line helped me polish my manuscript until it was shining! I left her house feeling like a real writer on the brink of something big. Her warmth and support have helped me grow so much in the last 3 weeks.
And now, I am working on a cover letter and researching agents/editors to send my manuscript onto. Under Mira's guidance I will have a full package ready to submit before the class is over.
I could go on and on about this class, but most importantly I want to convince many of you to take advantage of this opportunity and enroll. The next class starts on October 29th. Don't you deserve to take this step in your career?