Classes Drake Offers

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Before you start writing your story, you need a clear idea of what your job is as a Story Creator. Join award-winning author Maxwell Alexander Drake as he presents his class, "Dynamic Story Creation Part One – The Philosophy of Story Creation." This class gives you insight into the theory of story creation, generating a strong foundation for you to build upon and ensuring readers will be captivated from the very first page. From why readers read stories, to understanding how stories must be created so readers will read yours, this class will help you understand the psychology of what it means to create stories for others, leaving your readers hungry for more. This is part one of this class.

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Once you have a good understanding of why you are writing your story, you don’t need to reinvent the wheel on how you are going to create it. Join award-winning author Maxwell Alexander Drake as he presents his class, "Dynamic Story Creation Part Two – The Invisible Layer." We have been telling stories for thousands of years, and during that time all the tools you need to create compelling, well-thought out stories have been created. This class introduces you to many of these tools in a way that will stoke the creativity within you, keeping you motivated and organized as you move through the creation of your own story. This is part two of this class.

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All great stories need both a hero and a villain. Join award-winning author Maxwell Alexander Drake as he presents his class, "Dynamic Story Creation Part Three — The Physical Layer & the Hero's Journey." This class will give you the tools you need to create both sides of this opposing force. You will learn to create each in a dynamic way that will capture the hearts of your readers, making them cheer for their triumphs and commiserate their losses.

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Have you ever wondered how sci-fi and fantasy authors create such vibrant, detailed worlds that suck their readers in and wrap them in a blanket so real, you question why our own world is not more like theirs? Join award-winning author Maxwell Alexander Drake as he lets you in on some of the secrets he uses to create worlds during his seminar "How to Create a More Realistic Fictitious World."

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Great stories need great characters. But how do you go about creating the back-story for them? A back-story that will capture the reader's hearts and have them hoping that the characters succeed. Join award-winning author Maxwell Alexander Drake as he helps you answer this very question in his seminar "Character Creation – Who is that masked man anyway?"

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Magic, by definition, is fake. It’s an illusion. However, in a fantasy novel it is supposed to be more than that – it is a fact of the world as much as gravity or physics. But how to make it feel real to the reader? Join award-winning author and lead fiction writer for EverQuest Next Maxwell Alexander Drake as he delves into the mystical topic of weaving Magic into your story.

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With so many terms and styles, diving into the mechanics of the craft of writing can be scary. And Point of View (POV) can be one of the toughest to tackle. Yet, if used correctly, POV is a wonderful and powerful tool that is the backbone of your story. Join award-winning author Maxwell Alexander Drake as he helps break this piece of the writing puzzle down into something you can use to enhance your writing style.

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Ever wonder how the really good books suck a reader in and hold their attention page after page. It's not the characters, nor the plot of the book. It is the way in which the author writes that separates their story from the pack. Join award-winning author Maxwell Alexander Drake as he presents his class "Don't Tell Your Story, Show It!" During this class, you will gain insight into how to put your story together in a compelling way that will have your readers turning page after page to see what happens next.

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Dialogue - that is, well written dialogue in fiction - is one of the hardest things to master. That's because dialogue in fiction is not really people talking to each other. It is conversation with drama that also needs to move the plot of the story while giving the reader insight into the inner workings of your characters. Sounds like a lot? It is. Join award-winning author Maxwell Alexander Drake as he gives you some insights on how to craft dialogue that will not only sound realistic, but be relevant to your story.

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Stories are about conflict. And there is no purer form of conflict than a good ole fisticuffs-style brawl. Or sword fight, laser battle, western shootout, and even two chicks pulling each other's hair. Yet, how to put that much action down on paper and not only make it believable, but enjoyable and exciting to read? Join award-winning author Maxwell Alexander Drake as he brings you deep inside the violence, breaking it down piece by piece, and giving you some tricks you can use to create more realistic and exciting fights.

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Understanding when and how to use physical conflict in your story is all well and good. But, how to write it? How do authors paint such a vivid, action-packed fight scene that readers can "see" in their mind using only the written word? Join award-winning author Maxwell Alexander Drake as he peels back the mystery and looks at using words to craft action. Action that your readers will not simply read, but experience.

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Successful authors aren’t just passionate creatives, they’re also small business owners. Join award-winning author Maxwell Alexander Drake as he gives a detailed breakdown of the money associated with traditional publishing, self-publishing, and everything in between. This class will help you set your expectations, so you can remain motivated, even when it seems all odds are against you. You will learn what monetary milestones to prepare for and how to best navigate the world of writing as a business in order to make the most of your money.

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So you have the desire to write a book and get it published. But, what does that really mean? Agents, Editors, Publishers, Reviewers, Book Doctors, Acquisitions, Contracts, Literary Attorneys, Self-Publishing, Traditional Publishing, Print On Demand, eBooks, Foreign Language, and the list goes on. What does it mean to "write for profit" and what are the pitfalls you should watch out for? Join award-winning author Maxwell Alexander Drake as he gives you some insights into the real world that is the Publishing Industry. Warning: this class is not for the weak of spirit.

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The worst thing about how difficult it is to get a book published is that, once you have a published book, you realize that was the easy part. The hard part is getting your book into the hands of readers. Fans, Book Signings, Fan Conventions, Libraries, Conferences, Reviewers, Critiques, Blogs, Social Marketing, Retail Stores, Interviews… are any of them worth the time, money and effort? Join award-winning author Maxwell Alexander Drake as he takes you on the journey into the true job of an author – marketing and selling books.

Are you a local
Las Vegas writer?

Drake gives free monthly writing classes for the Clark County Library District. Started in 2010, these classes are a wonderful place to dive into specific topics of writing and learn from a professional writer who earns his living making stuff up.

The classes are free to attendees. Click the link below to check out this group's Meetup page where you can see upcoming events, as well as join so you can RSVP for any of Drake's Classes.

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What Students Say About Drake's Teaching

James Blumling III

I just wanted to say thank you for the great panels at Comic-Con. I greatly appreciate the candid information and realistic perspective you provided in your talks.

Linda Kao

I attended your Friday creative writing classes at the Comic Con and just wanted to say thank you. It was a lot of great information delivered in a fun and interesting way. Your class is one of reasons I'll be back again next year -- seems there are gems among the crowds and craziness!

Aishath Nasir

@MaxwellADrake was a real pleasure, six hours of invaluable tips and advice.

Tim Morley

Learning a lot of great stuff about creating stories from @MaxwellADrake's classes. Can't wait to get home and write tonight :)

Victoria Raschke

Sorting all my notes from Authors Combat Academy. Thank you Author Maxwell Alexander Drake for an informative and fun weekend.

Corey Sierra

Great class, Maxwell demonstrated his knowlege as a writer and it is obvious that he put effort into the presentation. I was especially pleased with his willingness to stay late and answer my own as well as many others individual questions.

Allen Dusk

@MaxwellADrake Your panels are inspiring to the novice and reaffirming to the semi-pro. Thank you!