Fall 2019 Semester

The Fall 2019 semester of She Writes University, brought to you by the Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books podcast, is NOW OPEN for registration. This is your chance to take 8 online writing classes from 8 inspiring female authors, all without leaving your house! Our classes are two-hour online webinars with an opportunity for live Q&A. All students receive a link to view the recording at their leisure, so if you can’t make the live event you’ll get the recording link right after the class wraps up.

early bird savings

Solo Classes

  • Purchase classes individually for just $85 per class.
  • Standard Price: $99

Mini Bundle

  • Build your own semester! Purchase 3 classes for the price of 2 using the code SWU3.
  • Standard Price: $297

Semester Bundle

  • Get all 8 classes for just $500. The first 100 people to register get a free gift!
  • Standard Price: $792


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Fall 2019 Lineup

Our classes are online webinars you can view from anywhere. Attend live or watch the recording at your leisure. Recordings are provided approximately one day after the live event.

Purchasing the entire semester bundle is the best deal, all 8 classes for just $500. You can also purchase 3 classes for the price of 2 using the code SWU3. Individual classes are $85 per class.

Researching Your Novel: How to Get the Details Just Right

with Taylor Jenkins Reid
Sept. 17, 2019 | 7pm ET

In order to write believable fiction that transports your reader to another time or place, you must focus on the details. In this class, Taylor Jenkins Reid supports writers to know what details to look for, how to zero in on the most effective details, and what is arguably the hardest part of researching: knowing when to stop and learning what not to include. Jenkins Reid will share her own process that’s resulted in two best-selling novels, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugoand Daisy Jones & The Six. While this course will focus on fiction examples, memoirists can also benefit from understanding how research can inform your writing process—how to maximize it, integrate it, and when to leave it so your story can take centerstage.

Am I Allowed to Write That? How to be a Responsible and Conscientious Creator

with Rebecca Makkai
Sept. 24, 2019 | 7pm ET

Unless every character you write is exactly like you, fiction involves writing across difference. Those differences might involve identity and demographics, or they might touch upon knowledge, experience, setting, or historical era. With so much valid concern and debate around the touchy issue of appropriation, writers can find themselves crippled by fears: Do I have permission to write this? What if I get it horribly wrong? And even if I do it well, will people be upset that I wrote outside my own life experience? In this course, Rebecca Makkai tackles the subject of writing about “the other” and how to do it responsibly, and well, using her own experience with her novel, The Great Believers, which took her far outside her own lived experience and identity. This class offers strategies and techniques for researching lives unlike our own, for working with filter and sensitivity readers, and for making sure we approach our characters with the respect they deserve.

How to Write Your Best Memoir

with Claire Bidwell Smith
Oct. 1, 2019 | 7pm ET

In this class dedicated to the heart of memoir writing, best-selling author Claire Bidwell Smith, author of the acclaimed The Rules of Inheritance, takes students through an emotional and creative journey of the heart and soul to support them to access their stories, step into the story they’re meant to write, and then crack it all the way open. Memoir requires much of the storyteller—full transparency, self-understanding, and considering what the reader needs and wants from your story. It also requires writers to lay bare the truth, to be fully exposed—and vulnerable in the process. This class will support writers to go there, with compassion and understanding, providing tips that will support you to let your story shine, all the while providing meaning to your waiting readers.

Bringing Hidden Stories to Light: 20 Tips for Uncovering the Story You’re Meant to Write

with Lisa See
Oct. 8, 2019 | 7pm ET

Lisa See has been writing and publishing for over 20 years. She’s written twelve books—a novel series, a memoir, and multiple historical novels. See is known for writing about China, inspired by her own Chinese heritage, and in this class she dives deep into the many ways writers can support their own process—through inspiration, writing what you know, cutting to the bone, and 17 other tips she’s learned over her illustrious career. See will take students of this class on a journey through what she’s learned and what she knows, leaving writers and authors alike with ideas for their own process, new ways of looking at the world of writing and publishing, and a heavy dose of inspiration and connection to the story that’s wanting to be told.

Writing a Thriller that Grabs Hollywood’s Attention

with Wendy Walker
Oct. 15, 2019 | 7pm ET

Wendy Walker, whose page-turners have grabbed the attention of Hollywood and been optioned by Eva Longoria and Reese Witherspoon, offers personal and professional insights on how to write a thriller that will know the socks off your readers—and publishers and studio execs. This course is a nuts-and-bolts of thriller writing class appropriate for beginners who want to understand what sets thriller writing apart from other fiction genres, and also for more experienced writers looking to deepen their craft. Walker will address how to come up with an idea, how to grow it into a novel by choosing a narration structure, how to choose which narration style best suits your story, how to handle backstory, how to choose mood and style for each character, writer’s block, and of course, building in plot twists.

Setting and Sensibility

with Vanessa Hua
Oct. 22, 2019 | 7pm ET

Setting is more than a backdrop. It connects readers to your characters and to your narrative. It beckons the reader into the world you’re asking them to enter into. In this class, we’ll look to examples from novels, short stories, memoirs, and more to examine setting, to show how it is key to characterization, and how it can provide external conflicts and stakes. Vanessa Hua teaches strategies for how to add depth to your setting through research and revision, and an in-class exercises supports students add layers to any setting.

The Secret Life of Queries: How to Write Pitches, Proposals, and Agent Queries That Will Get You Past the Gatekeepers

with Courtney Maum
Oct. 29, 2019 | 7pm ET

In this class, Courtney Maum will guide aspiring authors through the all-important labyrinth of pitches, proposals, and queries—a behind-the-curtain look at everything writers need to know to capture the attention of agents and editors. The value of knowing how to present your work to gatekeepers cannot be overstated, and this class works to demystify the process, while also giving writers some insights, tools, and yes—secrets—that will give their work that extra edge so necessary in today’s competitive world of publishing.

Takeaways from a Runaway Bestseller

with Kelly Corrigan
Nov. 12, 2019 | 7pm ET

In this class, best-selling author Kelly Corrigan takes us on a journey through the lessons learned from the experience of having a best-selling book. In her case, her memoir, The Middle Place, was on the best-seller list for 56 weeks. As it turns out, she learned invaluable lessons through this experience, which she’ll share in this class with her signature enthusiasm and no-nonsense. Equally valuable for memoirists and novelists, Kelly’s takeaways feature all the things she wished she’d known then—giving writers on-the-ground advice and information about the ins and outs of the publishing world, but also ways to work with yourself, your process, and how to draw strength from within—whether you’re just sitting with a new idea, well into your manuscript, or putting the final touches on your final draft.

Save nearly $300 when you purchase the semester bundle! Get all 8 classes for $500.