Book Country member Kelli Mahoney won the intensive creative writing course offered by Penguin Random House Writers’ Academy in our sweepstakes last November. The Writers’ Academy is offering a new online creative writing class for beginners with Jane Lawson in March. Kelli shares what she’s learned from Michal Shavit, Editorial Director at Harvill Secker, and the best writing advice she’s received from the course. Connect with Kelli on Book Country.
Janet Umenta: What has been your favorite session so far in the course?
Kelli Mahoney: I don’t know if I can choose a favorite. Every week poses a challenge and an opportunity to push me outside my comfort zone. The writing assignments push me to create a more compelling and cleaner story, and the advice provided in the videos and readings are priceless. I do like the progression from character development to plot. Also, the writing prompts have opened up the flood gates of creativity, so sometimes we’ll have a 500 word piece to write that suddenly becomes a 6,000 word chapter of the book I’ve been working on. Continue reading