Better Characters, Faster

Learn to create characters readers love in this 2-part workshop taught by award winning writing teacher Sue Weems.

How to Create Your Best Characters

Better Characters, Faster is a 2-part class designed to help you create your best characters. Whether you're tackling your first novel or diving into revisions, this workshop will help you create characters that readers fall in love with and want to follow till the end of your story.

Here are the topics we’ll cover in each lesson:

  • Lesson 1: Characters Revised. Characters Revised zeroes in on the five usual character creation slip-ups, offering clear, actionable advice on how to sidestep these pitfalls. Say goodbye to the drag of endless character questionnaires and hello to focused techniques that bring out the best in your characters.
  • Lesson 1: Characters Revised. Characters Revised zeroes in on the five usual character creation slip-ups, offering clear, actionable advice on how to sidestep these pitfalls. Say goodbye to the drag of endless character questionnaires and hello to focused techniques that bring out the best in your characters.
  • Lesson 2: Characters from Scratch. Characters from Scratch speeds up the process of bringing new characters to life. Whether you're staring at a blank page or searching for a fresh angle in your story, this session delivers neat strategies for quick, yet effective character development.

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Better Characters, Faster Class

About Sue Weems

Sue Weems is a certified book coach, writer, editor, and ghostwriter with a proven track record of helping people finish their books.

She’s been a freelance writer for the last twenty years, with powerful storytelling at the heart of her portfolio. She’s written for regional, national, and international organizations, including most recently the South Carolina Council on the Holocaust (First Person Stories of the Holocaust series, 2023). In 2017, she began her ghostwriting career as a co-ghostwriter for a NYT bestselling author. Since then, she’s written for and with academics and nonprofit directors, busy corporate executives, entrepreneurs and fiction writers to craft books that have been picked up by Top 5 publishers.

Her nonfiction specialization includes memoir, business, leadership, self-help/how-to, travel, and educational interest. In fiction, she specializes in mystery, thriller, horror, romance, literary fiction, middle grade, and children’s books.

Sue has an MA in English from the University of California, Irvine and is an award-winning instructor. She currently lives in South Carolina with her family and an impossibly tall pile of books to read.

Joe Bunting

Learn from Sue Weems and Other Authors Today

At The Write Practice, our mission is to create experiences that help you transform from aspiring writer to published author.

That’s why we’re so excited to host monthly classes to give you the training you need to get published and accomplish your writing goals.

Sign up now, or learn more below.

2024 Class Schedule

Find out what classes we have planned for the following year. Note: This schedule is subject to change.

March

Book Writing Tools
Instructor: Bestselling author Joe Bunting

April

Characters
Instructor: Sue Weems

May

Book Study: Still Life by Louise Penny (mystery)
Instructor: Bestselling author Joe Bunting

June

Dialogue
Instructor: Jeff Elkins, the "Dialogue Doctor"

July

Book Sales Tactics
Instructor: Jamie L. Biggs

August

Book Study: Deadly Education by Naomi Novik (fantasy)
Instructor: Bestselling author Joe Bunting

September

Plot Type Mastery
Instructor: Bestselling author Joe Bunting

October

Book Study: All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy (literary)
Instructor: Bestselling author Joe Bunting

November

Point of View
Instructor: TBD

December

TBD

Past Classes

All past classes may be purchased individually, and some are included with your classes membership.

Book Writing Software Class

Book Writing Software Class

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Boys in the Boat: Book Study for Writers

Boys in the Boat: Book Study for Writers

The Boys in the Boat is one of the most successful historical nonfiction books of all time and was recently adapted into a blockbuster film by George Clooney. How does the book work though? And what can writers learn by studying this bestselling book?

Write from the Start: Novel Prep Essentials

Write from the Start: Novel Prep Essentials

Have an idea? Ready to write? Learn everything you need to get started the write way so you can actually finish your book.  By the end of this 3-part class taught by bestselling author and founder of The Write Practice, Joe Bunting, you will be ready to...

Plot Type Mastery

Plot Type Mastery

Do you know which of the 9 types of story you're writing? Do you know how plot type works with form to create stories that just work? Learn everything you need to understand what's really going on at the heart of your story. By the end of this class taught...

How to Get a Literary Agent

How to Get a Literary Agent

Want to get a literary agent for your novel or nonfiction book? Learn how from bestselling author and founder of The Write Practice, Joe Bunting. It can be intimidating to begin the search for a literary agent, but in this class, you'll learn the simple system for...

Membership Bonuses

You can sign up for individual classes, but when you sign up for a membership, you’ll also get all of the following.

The Write Structure Course Mockup

The Write Structure Course

Master book structure for fiction, memoir, and nonfiction and learn to write or edit your masterpiece.

Foundations of Publishing Mockup

Foundations in Publishing

How do you get published and become a professional author? In this extensive course, you’ll learn exactly what it takes to become an author in the 21st century.

Professional Editing

Book Writing Library

10+ hours of video lessons on the ins-and-outs of writing a great book.

There’s more though. You’ll also get:

Community Access

Build your writing team in a community of writers who want to help you succeed.

Get Feedback in Our Writing Workshop

Post your writing and get feedback from your fellow writers in our writing workshop.

Get Published in a Literary Magazine

You’ll have exclusive submissions to our partner literary magazine, Short Fiction Break.

Join Our Writing Contests

Put your skills to the test in our regular writing contests.

Pricing

Sign up for one class or join as a member and save 50 percent, plus get bonuses!

Pricing

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Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question not covered above? Find it here or contact us.

I don't know if I can make it to the live lessons. Will they be recorded?

Yes! All the lessons will be recorded, so if you can’t make it live, make sure to sign up for the paid course to watch the recordings.

Plus, if you sign up for a memberhsip, you’ll have access to many past courses, including Foundations in Publishing and The Write Structure Course.

What if don't live in the United States?

This course is open to all authors and aspiring authors, whether in the United States, Europe, Australia, India, or elsewhere. If you want to write a book, this course is for you. Keep in mind that you’ll gather live on Zoom several times a month with your mastermind cohort, and let us know in your application which of our available time slots works best for you.

When do the payments for the membership end?

You can continue to receive the classes, access to the community and workshops, and access to past classes indefinitely. If you’d like to end your payments, just let us know at admin [at] thewritepractice [dot] com. 

Do the classes include individualized feedback?

The membership plan includes access to our writing workshops where you can receive feedback on your writing.

Our instructors always make an effort to connect with students, but they’re not able to provide feedback. If you’d like coaching and feedback on your writing, please consider signing up for 100 Day Book, our book coaching program, or 1 Year to Publish, our writing mastermind. Thanks!

You Need to Learn the Craft.
Let’s Do It Together!

If you want to get published, there’s no way around it. You have to learn the craft of writing. You also need to learn how the publishing industry works. Plus you need a team who can support you along the way.

At The Write Practice, we want to support you in every facet of the writing process, starting with learning the craft. 

Our unique, practical approach will help you put what you’ve learned to use immediately so you can start becoming a better right away.

Then, we’ll give you the tools to get feedback and share your writing with the world.

Sign up for classes and let’s get started transforming into a published author today.