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Staying the Course: Navigating Each Stage of Your Writing and Publishing Journey with Focus and Persistence Zoom Seminar, Saturday, August 3rd, 2024
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Staying the Course: Navigating Each Stage of Your Writing and Publishing Journey with Focus and Persistence Zoom Seminar, Saturday, August 3rd, 2024

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Saturday, August 3rd, 2024

Live Seminar Via Zoom 10:00AM – 12:00PM Pacific

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Led by Ying Chang Compestine, award-winning author of 25 books, including adult fiction, picture books, and cookbooks, including a starred review in Publisher's Weekly of her upcoming illustrated memoir, Growing Up Under a Red Flag. Her books have been translated into multiple languages and are read around the world. She’s regularly featured on national television programs and prestigious news media, such as The New York Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, and Huffington Post. She’s also been named one of the “50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading” by The Author’s Show.

Join Ying Compestine as she navigates the often complex journey of publishing—from drafting to deal-making. Drawing on her extensive experience as an author of 25 books, Ying offers a unique class designed to guide aspiring authors and illustrators through the multifaceted stages of publication. There will be time reserved for questions. This course provides:  

Hour 1: Building a Strong Foundation

  • Prioritize Your Health: Learn how to take care of your physical and mental well-being to maintain peak creativity and productivity.
  • Effective Time Management: Discover strategies to organize your schedule, ensuring steady progress towards your writing goals without burning out.
  • Stay Focused on Your Goals: Keep your objectives in clear view to guide your decisions and actions throughout your writing journey.
  • Cultivate a Support Network: Build a community of mentors, peers, and collaborators to provide guidance, feedback, and encouragement.

Hour 2: Elevating Your Craft

  • Read Like a Pro: Develop a critical eye for reading to enhance your writing skills and understand what makes stories compelling and successful.
  • Aim for Excellence: Hold yourself to high standards to foster growth and excellence in your work.
  • Deliver on Your Promises: Learn the importance of reliability and professionalism in meeting your commitments and exceeding expectations.
  • Interactive Q&A: Get personalized advice and answers to your specific questions from Ying Compestine.

Can't Make It Live?

No problem! The session will be recorded and available to watch after the seminar concludes.

Don’t miss this opportunity to take your writing to the next level. Reserve your spot now and embark on a journey to success with Ying Chang Compestine!


  • Enhanced Time Management Skills: Learn how to effectively organize your schedule to maintain consistent progress towards your writing goals while avoiding burnout.
  • Improved Writing Craft: Gain insights on reading like an author to critically analyze texts and elevate your own writing skills, ensuring your stories are compelling and successful.
  • Strategic Goal Setting and Achievement: Develop clear objectives and actionable steps to stay focused and motivated throughout your writing and publishing journey.
  • Stronger Support Network: Build a network of mentors, peers, and collaborators who will provide valuable feedback, guidance, and encouragement, helping you navigate the complexities of the publishing world.


Ying was a tremendous resource on all aspects of the professional writing experience…She was a thoughtful editor, an engaging group leader, and an attentive mentor…Ying is also simply delightful company, ready and able to engage audiences large or small in just the ways that they need to be engaged, deftly encouraging growth and engagement in a powerfully natural fashion.” -J. Eric Smith, Writing Workshops, Hawaii retreat, Student

I appreciated your interest in what each of us sought to learn from the workshop and your clear effort to incorporate our personal goals into the program. Most importantly, I found your confidence and ambition infectious.” -Maura Weiler, Workshop Student

Thank you so very much for putting on that workshop, it was not only amazing to get first-hand tips, but completely invaluable. Your guidance has completely revolutionized how I put a story together so that I keep the agents and publishers in mind to keep life easier for them, and also for the reader in how I construct my paragraphs and chapters. I’ve even taken the hook that I wrote in your class and started a book with it! I laid out the chapters first, as if I were going to present it to a publisher, and it has made the writing process a lot more productive than just going with the flow.” -Quinn Whittaker, Book Passage Workshop Student

"I had the distinct pleasure of working with Ying during our September 2023 fiction workshop in Paris, France. From the outset, it was evident that Ying possesses a profound understanding of the craft of storytelling and an unparalleled ability to impart that knowledge. Over the week, she expertly guided our students through an immersive journey into the world of fiction, blending rigorous instruction with inspiration and hands-on experience. Ying's teaching style is captivating and empowering, ensuring that each participant feels challenged and supported. The overwhelmingly positive feedback from our students serves as a testament to Ying's expertise and dedication as an instructor. I wholeheartedly endorse Ying Compestine for any educational or literary endeavor, confident in her ability to bring excellence to any room she enters." -Blake Kimzey, Director, Writing Workshops Paris


This class will meet via Zoom.


You can pay for the course in full or use Affirm to pay over time with equal Monthly Payments. Both options are available at checkout.
  • Instructor: Ying Chang Compestine

  • Saturday, August 3rd, 2024 

  • Live Seminar Via Zoom 10:00AM – 12:00PM Pacific

  • The seminar is fully ONLINE and meets via Zoom