Take a class with Libby through the Westport Writers’ Workshop! Located in Westport, CT, all classes are currently being offered via Zoom, which means you can attend from anywhere! Visit the Workshop website for up-to-date class offerings, including Intro to Romance and more.
Libby is available for in-person workshops as well as virtual workshops given live via video conferencing software. See below for topics and lengths. Email Libby for availability and rates.
Organization for Writers (1 hour): Drawing on her experience as a professional organizer specializing in clutter clearing and digital organization, Libby shares motivational tips for getting and staying organized, as well as improving efficiency to make the most of your writing time.
Getting in the Flow (1 hour): Get into the flow with your writing and stay there! Libby offers concrete tips and tools to help you increase your word count and maximize your writing time so you can get to The End faster and without tearing (as much of) your hair out. Learn how to carve writing time out of your schedule (even with a full household) and how to make those words flow every time you sit down to write.
Conflict in Contemporary Romance (1 or 2 hours): Keeping two contemporary characters from reaching their happy ending prematurely can be challenging to achieve. We’ll look at how to build conflict from page one, so the happily ever after feels well-earned and satisfying.
High Concepts and Tropes: Stories that Sell (1 or 2 hours): What is a “high concept” book? How is high concept different from a trope? Most agents and editors won’t take on a project unless they can clearly see how to market it. We’ll discuss how to develop an idea into a story that will sell.
NaNoWriMo Prep (1 or 2 hours): Have you ever wondered why all the fuss about National Novel Writing Month? If writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days sounds exciting, this class will help you plan out your month so you have the best chance to meet your word-count goal. If writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days sounds like torture, come learn about why doing NaNoWriMo can be liberating and help you evolve your writing process. Contemporary romance author Libby Waterford has participated in National Novel Writing Month every year since 2008 and has completed the challenge 5 times, most recently in 2020.