Breaking Rules to Break In or Break Out

Killer Instincts
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Class Dates: 
May 1 - 31
Allison Brennan

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Every writer wants to take their stories to the next level, but sometimes we’re hampered by the so-called rules. We question story choices, we don’t know if the stakes are high enough or the conflict totally contrived. Insecurities and arbitrary rules stifle our creativity. How can you break into this tough market … or break out of the rut you’re in?

• Rules vs Guidelines

• Stakes 

• Conflict

• Character vs Characterization

• Emotion

• Action


I’ll help you weed through the B.S. and get to the heart of your individual problem. The goal is to give you the tools to fix your own problems — with your story, your writing, or your personal roadblocks.

Instructor Bio: 

 Allison Brennan is a NYT and USA Today bestselling author of more than thirty books and numerous short stories. She is currently writing the Lucy Kincaid/Sean Rogan romantic thriller series and the Maxine Revere cold case mysteries. Her latest books are Shattered (August 2017) and Breaking Point (February 2018.) She lives in Northern California with her husband, five children, and assorted pets. You can reach her through her website

Tread Lightly

Tread lightly...But know that while we are all working together here, the conversation can turn quickly to death, destruction and mayhem. And we are fine with that. We'll even abet you as you work to do the same, to become the best spinner of romantic mysteries and thrillers that you can be. So come on in, the water's blood.