Take your writing craft to the next level

Rayne will teach only a few classes in 2015 to have more time for her writing. Consider her Writer's Craft ebooks covering these topics.

The classes are suitable for intermediate, advanced and professional level authors only. They're not recommended for absolute beginners or the faint of heart. Most classes take place in the format of a Yahoo Group and are organised by different schools. Rayne Hall gives feedback on assignments.

WRITING SCARY SCENES - next scheduled for October 2014

Are your frightening scenes scary enough? Learn practical tricks to turn up the suspense. Make your readers' hearts hammer with suspense, their breaths quicken with excitement, and their skins tingle with goosebumps of delicious fright. Whether you're working on a ghost story, a thriller, a paranormal romance, an urban fantasy or a romantic suspense, this workshop is perfect for planning or revising your scary scenes. One month, twelve lessons, twelve assignments. If you wish, you may submit a scene for critique at the end of the class.

This class requires that students have mastered basic fiction writing techniques. It is not suitable for beginners.

Ebook available. Kindle: viewBook.at/B008IEJTSE 

Artwork by Erica Syverson. Copyright Rayne Hall.


Tighten and tone your writing style, and use simple revision tricks to slim your manuscript in four weeks. Shed thousands of words without changing the plot! This class will make your manuscript shorter, your pacing faster, and your individual author voice stronger. 

Great for self-editing a manuscript before submission to agents and editors, or before indie-publishing. Students must have a full or partial manuscript of at least 20,000 words to work with for this hands-on workshop. 

One month, twelve lessons, twelve assignments. Please note: this is a tough class for authors who are serious about improving their writing craft.

Ebook available. Kindle: viewBook.at/B00AWA7XEE


Short stories are perfect promotional tools. A good story - available as a free ebook, a giveaway, or a freebie on your website - can hook readers on your writing. Learn what kind of story works best to sell your book, how to write it and where to publish it. At the end of the workshop, you will have crafted a complete short story, perfect for whetting readers' appetites. One month, twelve lessons, assignments, feedback and critiques. For experienced writers only.


Even if you've never wielded a weapon, you can create fictional fights which leave the reader breathless with excitement. You will understand different types of weapons and how to write about them, and apply the six-part structure of great fight scenes. Decide how much violence your scene needs, how to describe the terrain, how to create reader emotion, how to combine fighting with dialogue, which senses to use when and how. Learn about female fighters, improvised weapons, self-defence moves to get your heroine out of trouble, battle scenes, building suspense, adapting your writing style to the fast pace of the action, and much more. Write a fight scene so entertaining and so realistic that it stays in the reader's mind. If you wish, you may submit a scene for critique at the end of the class.

This class requires that students have mastered basic fiction writing techniques. It is not suitable for beginners.

Ebook available. Kindle: viewBook.at/B005MJFVS0 

Artwork by Paul Davies. Copyright Rayne Hall.


Create believable magicians (good and evil), fictional spells which work, and plot complications when the magic goes wrong. Learn about high and low magic, witches and wizards, circle-casting and power-raising, initiation and training, tools and costumes, conflicts and secrecy, love spells and sex magic, and apply them to your novel. This is a 4-week class with 12 lessons and practical assignments. If you wish, you may submit a scene for critique at the end of the class.

This class is suitable for plotting or revising a novel or a short story. Students may be new to writing fantasy fiction, but need to have mastered basic fiction writing techniques.

Ebook available. Kindle: viewBook.at/B00CQWXSQI

Artwork by Kuoke. Copyright Rayne Hall.


Learn to create a villain whom your readers will remember for the rest of their lives. Forget the stereotype with the ugly laugh and stinking hot breath who commits evil for evil's sake. Your villains will have personality, ideals, conflicts, feelings. Their single-minded pursuit of what they consider a noble cause will challenge your heroes and chill your readers. Twelve lessons, assignments, lots of feedback.

Ebook available. Kindle: viewBook.at/B00BWYEGX0 


Pull your readers so deep into your story that they forget it's not real. Deepen the PoV of your story beyond what you thought possible, and create an intense experience for youreaders. Learn about the differences between male and female PoV, dominant senses, PoV-specific similes and much more. Twelve lessons, assignments, feedback and critiques. Participants need a full or partial draft to work with and must be familiar with the basic principles of point of view.


SWOT - the management power tool of the corporate world - can propel your writing career forward. Gain insights into the factors which help and hinder your progress, and learn to use them to your advantage. After analysing the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats impacting your career and your WiP, you will develop practical strategies and an immediate action plan. This is an eye-opening workshop for writers who want to push through barriers to achieve success. This is a two-week class with seven lessons, seven assignments, and plenty of feedback.

This class is for authors who are serious about achieving success. It is not suitable for those who write little and only for fun.

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