As I said in the first post on workshops, just about one year ago Kris and I started the Online Workshops after years of resisting doing so. I find it hard to believe that it’s been a year.
But so far people seem to be learning and I’m still having fun and learning from everyone who takes a class, which is why I guess I didn’t notice it had been a year until someone mentioned that to me the other day.
As the year went by, we added in other workshops from the first group. We added in Cover Design and Interior Design with Allyson Longuiera teaching most of those. And Kris and I put together World Building and Plotting workshops. And then just this month we added in Promotions and next month will add in the craft workshop Pacing.
We have ideas for other workshops to add in this fall and winter, so watch for those as well. (No hints, sorry, but suggestions welcome.)
But now, as we go over this one year date, in a series of posts I want to detail out what each workshop is about and how it has functioned at this first year point. In other words, give a little more information about each workshop for those of you thinking of taking a workshop this fall or winter, now that we are coming through the summer vacations and travel season.
So second in this series is our two design workshops, Book Cover Design and Interior Book Design. Both of these workshops work standing alone, but also sort of fit together, which is why we started them together last January.
Allyson Longueira, the publisher of WMG Publishing and I both teach these classes. Allyson has a masters degree in graphic design. There is a ton of information in these two workshops.
Many, many people have taken these two workshops together, but make sure you have about ten hours per week to work on the workshops combined, especially in the middle few weeks. It’s easy the first week or so, gets hard in the middle, then easy toward the end of both.
BOOK COVER DESIGN Workshop
Everything you need to know about book cover design, from basic layout to fonts and which fonts work together. This will include how to design covers for both electronic and print books, including spines and back covers. Make your books look professional.
Since we started this workshop, it has turned out to be amazing. Almost everyone struggles in the beginning, but by week #4 and onward their covers are looking very professional, all the way down to the last assignment on branding. I was surprised and pleased when that happened the first time we did the workshop, and that has continued every workshop so far, including the one just finishing as I write this.
This is not an easy workshop because InDesign, the design program we teach book design inside, is not easy. This takes a lot of going to Lynda.com to learn tricks in InDesign. About two out of ten drop around week #3 often due to time constraints, but we always welcome them back for no charge to run at the class again, and a number have and done fine the second time.
This workshop is for anyone who wants to have professional covers on books and stories without always paying someone else to do it. Over 40 videos and a bunch of hand-out information and extra data.
(Offered September 5th and November 10th, 2013)
INTERIOR BOOK DESIGN Workshop
Everything you need to know about designing an interior of a book from basic front page layout to fonts and which fonts work together and which fonts are good for reading. You will learn margins, leading, running headers, masters for page counts, and so much more. This class is for the interior of print books. Make your books look professional. And easy to read.
The experience with this workshop has turned out to be very, very similar to the Cover Design workshop. This is a tough workshop because of the InDesign learning curve, but once the writers are past that, it has been fantastic the wonderful and professional-looking book interiors the writers have designed.
If you don’t think your book interior matters to readers, you are kidding yourself. There is a real skill to interior book design and a lot of standards, and this class can help with all of that. But as with covers, for some people it has taken two runs at it to finally get it under control. And we never charge for the second run.
Over 40 videos and a bunch of hand-out information and extra data.
(Offered September 6th and November 11th, 2013.)
BASIC WORKSHOP INFORMATION
– Each workshop is limited to 12 writers.
– Each is six weeks long.
– Each has five assignments that are not required, but suggested.
– Each writer gets personal feedback at one level or another on assignments.
– Each week is done at the writer’s own pace and usually takes about four hours total per week per workshop.
– Many writers have taken more than one workshop per month.
– There is a forum section on each workshop for more public questions. Private questions are welcome as well.
– Each week there is a general video talking about the assignments.
– Starting day of each workshop is the day each week starts.
– Each six week workshop costs $300.00 Sign-up information and full list of workshops and schedule under Online Workshops Tab.
Any questions, feel free to contact me. I will do two more workshops each day until I get through the list. Comments welcome, of course.