When Two Authors Are Better Than One, a Co-writing Class

2022 April | Business

WHEN: April 1, 2022 – April 30, 2022 via GroupsIO

Course Description:

Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, Stephen King and Peter Straub, Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith— Although writing is often a solitary exercise, bringing the strengths of two writers together can be extremely rewarding.

In this workshop, we will cover the basics of collaborating, from initial conception through drafting and editing. Learning to use your cowriter as a source of ideas, as well as learning to settle differences of opinion regarding story direction, will be key to your successful novel. Finally, while this workshop will primarily be geared towards structuring and planning the co-writing process, there will be some tips along the way for pantsing-style writers for those who need a more spontaneous approach but want to avoid writing your partner into a corner.

About the Instructor:

Ivy Quinn

Ivy Quinn has written the novel Frozen Ashes and Smoldering Shards with her co-writer, Midnight Voss. The book was part of the USA Today bestselling Sirens and Scales boxset in 2018 and is currently being revamped and expanded into a longer work. She also co-wrote the novella, The Golden Stag, the first in her Jager Detective Agency paranormal noir books with Megan Hussey. That novella was published in the limited edition and also USA Today Bestselling Once Upon a Rebel Fairy Tale anthology set last summer. She worked as a ghostwriter for four years on over sixty novellas and a dozen novels, some Amazon bestsellers. She’s also taught workshops, including one on novella writing and one on adapting fanfiction ethically into original works, for a variety of RWA chapters, including the Maryland Romance Writers, the Central Pennsylvania Romance Writers, the Young Adult Romance Writers, and the Yosemite Chapter of the RWA. Currently, she (usually) balances her graduate school work in psychology with her writing schedule, which includes the Fanged Fairy Tales series, the Vegas Shifters series, and more of the Jager Detective Agency novellas currently in development for Sapphic Alliance Fiction.

Midnight Voss

In addition to her position as Quinn’s sometimes co-author, Midnight Voss specializes in workshops that focus on development of worldbuilding and character voice and has taught for a number of RWA chapters, including North East Ohio Romance Writers Association, Maryland Romance Writers, Outreach International Romance Writers Association, and RWA Online. Her expertise stems from fifteen years of teaching and consulting on writing across several genres, with a focus on rhetorical practices and a literary focus on fantasy and dystopia. The latter has spun into her most recent workshop on adaptation in literature and fairytales.