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Drake's Brutal Writing Advice

It’s yummy writing advice brutally served inside a warm slice of slightly-offensive humble pie.

Character Motivation, Motifs, Themes, Narcissism, Fulfilling a Reader's Emotional Needs, Conflicts, Story Structure, Reversals, Grammar, Spaghetti, Reader Engagement, Mythic Structure, Symbolism, Plot Arcs, Monomyth Cycle, Scene Arcs, and many more! If any of the above terms confuse, frighten, or sexually excite you, this book is for you!

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Drake's Live Creative Writing Classes

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Are you interested in inviting Drake to speak at your event? Click here to see a list of the classes he offers.

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Drake's Creative Works

High Adventure through the Written Word

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Attend Drake's Free Monthly Writing Classes at the Buffalo Library.

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Online Classes

Have you taken one of Drake’s amazing writing classes he gives at conventions all over the world? Have you tried to get in, but found the room filled to capacity? Now you can take all of Drake’s classes from the comfort of your own home… LIVE!
As a bonus, each class is two-hours in length (as opposed to the limited one-hour at conventions), and class size is kept small, so there is plenty of opportunity for questions.
Each month starts a new block of classes, but slots fill up fast. Click here for more details.

Private Consultation

Want to take your writing to the next level? Want to improve your prose, grasp of story creation, or have a sounding board for your project? Drake has opened himself up for private writing consultation. Space for this is extremely limited. Click here for more details.

Hire Drake

Are you an Event Coordinator for a Fan Convention, Book Festival, Writers’ Conference, or similar event? Would you like to invite Drake to give the classes he has been giving for nearly a decade at the largest events in the country such as Comic Con San Diego and Gen Con? Well you can! Drake is a knowledgeable, dynamic, and always highly-rated presenter. Click Here to find out how you can add him to your event. Your attendees will thank you!

Blog

Do you like reading about creative writing topics? Well, here is a section just for you. At least once a month Drake writes a blog post on something concerning the craft of writing. Click here to go to Drake’s Blog.

PodCast

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Listen in as Drake discusses writing - from the mindset a writer needs to take this to a professional level, to story creation and theory, to becoming a better writer. If you like podcasts, this is one you won't want to miss. Click here for the complete list.

Reading List

Are you working on learning the craft of writing? Well, here is a list of educational books Drake has read that he recommends. Click here for the complete list.

Appearances

Want to know if Drake is coming to an event near you? Check out his scheduled list of public appearances. Links to the events are also provided. Click Here to see his calendar of public appearances.

Handouts

If you're planning to attend one of Drake's workshops, make sure you go prepared. Most of his classes come with handouts you can download and print yourself. Click Here to find out more.

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.


Local Class Group Website

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Live Presentations

Are you an Event Coordinator? Drake is a knowledgeable, dynamic, and always highly rated presenter. Click Here to find out how you can add him to your event. Your attendees will thank you!

Class Handouts

If you're planning to attend one of Drake's workshops, make sure you go prepared. Most of his classes come with handouts you can download and print yourself. Click Here to find out more.

Appearance Schedule

Want to know if Drake is coming to an event near you? Check out his scheduled list of public appearances. Links to the events are also provided. Click Here to see his calendar of public appearances.

Shop Our Book Store

Is learning Creative Writing at your own pace with a good book more your speed? Our online store is a great place to get what you need. Click Here to browse our products.

Testimonials about Drake

  • Marc Tassin

    Director - Gen Con Writer's Symposium

    Maxwell Alexander Drake's educational seminars for writers are exceptional. As the director of the Gen Con Writer's Symposium, I've received significant positive feedback from guests about the value of his programming. Even without that direct feedback, I have ample evidence from the fact that Mr. Drake achieves attendance figures every year that are on par with events featuring our biggest name guests. I believe that the secret to Mr. Drake's success are his well-planned, carefully thought out presentations that focus on practical advice but delivered in an easily consumable format. Guests leave his events energized and educated—the perfect combination to help an author achieve success.

  • Kelly Swails

    Author Coordinator - Origins Game Fair

    Drake is great at conventions. He's personable, knowledgeable, and loves to teach. He has a great work ethic and I enjoy having him as part of the Origins Library.

  • Eli Jackson

    Director - Authors Combat Academy

    Working with Drake was a great experience. He’s responsive, open to students, and fun, too. After seeing him teach at several different conferences, we invited him to be an expert at Authors Combat Academy. He was one of our highest ranked presenters (from our student survey.) He’s always professional. Drake clearly enjoys teaching and he has so much to offer. We’ve invited him back for a second year and are looking forward to having him again. If you get the opportunity to have him at your conference or to take one of his classes, grab it. You don’t want to miss out on this fantastic presenter.

  • Trish Cobb

    Coordinator - KABAM! Fest

    Each year that Mr. Drake has participated in our book festival, he has been a delight to work with and attendees very much enjoyed his presentations. “Drake,” as we call him, has always been a great asset to our festival.

  • Chris Kovach

    Librarian - Clark County Library District

    Drake has been great to work with the past 5 years! He is fun and friendly and the patrons really love his writing program!

  • Bobbie Ann Howell

    Coordinator - Vegas Valley Book Festival

    Maxwell has always been willing ready to participate and has been generous with his time and knowledge. He has been easy to work with and follows through on his commitments.

About Maxwell Alexander Drake

Drake wrote his first novel nearly thirty years ago when he was twelve. A lovely piece of fiction titled The Warlord's Dust. While the world will never see this work (it was, after all, written by a twelve-year-old), the love of storytelling never left him. He's been professionally writing for about ten years, working for both large and small companies. He's done everything from being the Lead Fiction Writer for a massive video game from Sony titled EverQuest Next, all the way down to self-publishing some of his own work. He's worked as a novelist, graphic novelist, been a playwright for movies, TV, and stage, as well as being a tie-in writer for both the video and table-top gaming markets.

Always one of the highest-rated presenters, Drake has been teaching creative writing classes since 2009 at fan conventions, book festivals, writers’ conferences, as well as locally for the Clark County Library District.

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