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Fiction’s Literary Tools

Workshop runs from 06/05/2017 to 06/30/2017

Literary devices allow fiction writers to manipulate language in a convincing manner that guides the reader. They cannot be blatant but must weave a flawless story. This eight-part course succinctly defines the terminology and provides techniques of 1) General tools such as symbolism, allegory & analogy, exposition, description, prologue and epilogue, 2) Characterizing tools such […]

POV: Going Deep And Staying There

Workshop runs from 06/05/2017 to 06/30/2017

It doesn’t matter if you write first-person narrative or third-person with multiple viewpoint characters—getting deep inside a POV character’s head is the key to writing stories that grab readers by the ba…uh…heartstrings, no matter what genre you’re writing. In this workshop, each participant will have a chance to examine the different genre expectations of POV, […]

Schmoozing 101

Workshop runs from 06/05/2017 to 06/30/2017

Some people call it networking. Some people, however, think that’s far too sterile a name for something that can be so fun in a business which is so creative. Schmoozing. That’s what we do. And we do it sincerely. When we mosey up to the book editor to introduce ourselves, we aren’t there because this […]

Getting Results From Your Author Newsletter

Workshop runs from 07/03/2017 to 07/28/2017

Every author needs a newsletter and an email list of readers. But where do you even start? And how do your build your list? Newsletters are a dynamic vehicle for communicating with readers between books — and selling books when published — but your newsletter is only as good as its content. Find out how […]

The Essential Guide to Plotting and Characterization

Workshop runs from 07/03/2017 to 07/28/2017

In this course, we will discuss how to plot a story, what keeps it moving, and how storytellers drag readers into a fictional world and keep them there. We will learn story structure, pacing, world building, how to connect the beginning, middle and end, and much more.    Lesson One: Brainstorming Lesson Two: Backstory, Plot Sketches, […]

Writing Vivid Settings and Worldbuilding

Workshop runs from 08/07/2017 to 08/18/2017

Setting is often treated as just window dressing, but it can inform every part of a story, right down to plotting and pacing and how characters speak and behave. In this workshop, we’ll discuss how to turn a generic setting into a living, breathing world that your characters inhabit. We’ll talk about how to make […]

Dynamic Dialogue

Workshop runs from 09/04/2017 to 09/29/2017

Description: Sure, dialogue records conversation.  But it can do so much more–if you know how to wield it.  Dialogue can provide subtle backstory, vivid characterization, or shoot a plot forward at high speed.  Great dialogue is memorable and effective.  Bad dialogue is cumbersome and can turn your reader (or potential editor) off quickly.  Multipublished author […]

Watch out Nanowrimo, here I come!

Workshop runs from 10/16/2017 to 10/31/2017

It’s creeping up on us. No, not the holidays, though they are on the horizon as well, but more importantly, National Novel Writing Month. Also known as November.   The 30 days where writers are charged/dared/encouraged to spin 50,000 words worth of a first draft of a novel. That breaks down to 1667 words per […]

Map Building and Landmass Construction In An Imaginary World

Workshop runs from 11/01/2017 to 11/30/2017

MAP BUILDING AND LANDMASS CONSTRUCTION FOR CHARACTERS (AND WRITERS) STRUGGLING IN AN IMAGINARY WORLD Presenter: Beth Daniels, aka Beth Henderson, J.B. Dane   It’s easy to tap out descriptions of the landscape upon which your characters gaze, but it’s tougher for the reader when those characters hit the road and take their quest into new […]

Characters Acting Out of Character: When Good Guys Go Bad (and vice versa)

Workshop runs from 11/01/2017 to 11/29/2017

Writers use different methods to get to know their characters and build them for stories. Sometimes we don’t challenge our characters enough. I plan to help students dig deeply into their characters and push them, the characters and the writers, to see what would make them act against their core values and do things they […]


Current & Past Workshops

Romancing The Holidays

Workshop runs from 05/15/2017 to 05/28/2017

What is the hype with Holiday Romances? Have you ever wondered why so many people do Holiday Romances? Or why there are so many people that read them? Ever wondered what it takes to write a Holiday Romance? Or when to publish it? Or when Publishers even send out calls for them? Well now you […]

Anthropology, Archaeology, & Romance

Workshop runs from 05/01/2017 to 05/28/2017

Agatha Christie, Diana Gabaldon, Elizabeth Peters, Kathy Reichs, Nora Roberts, and Laura Zats have something in common: their novels have aspects of anthropology! In this adventure-filled workshop, we will explore how you can use anthropology to enrich your characters and their worlds. Did you know award-winning writer Ursula K. LeGuin learned to create worlds by […]

CIVILIZATION CREATION 101:

Workshop runs from 04/03/2017 to 04/28/2017

  CIVILIZATION CREATION 101: BORROWING, STEALING, AND RE-INVENTING THE WORLD YOU KNOW INTO THE WORLD YOUR CHARACTERS INHABIT   Presenter: Beth Daniels, aka Beth Henderson, J.B. Dane, Nied Darnell   Writers of contemporary and historical fiction have it easy. They use the world they already live in or the historic one that can be researched […]

Writing a Short Story for Anthology Call-Out

Workshop runs from 04/03/2017 to 04/28/2017

About the Class:  Beginning writers are often told to: “Write the story you want to read, not what someone else might want to see.” This class, instead, deals with catering a short story specifically to a publisher’s request for submissions. Regularly, editors and publishers list upcoming anthologies and the types of stories they’re looking to […]

Writing for the Edit

Workshop runs from 03/06/2017 to 03/25/2017

New writers worry about getting the first draft done while experienced writers want to know how to make the most of their precious writing time.  Both have mental habits that need to be overcome. Let this Editorial Director of a small publishing company with 25+ years of experience explain an 8-Step Process that can organize […]

The Book Factory: Producing Multiple Novels in One Year

Workshop runs from 03/06/2017 to 03/31/2017

Is life getting in the way of you completing that novel? Ever think there’s not enough hours in the day to find time to write? Have a full time job distracting you from your real passion of being a novelist? Are family responsibilities weighing you down and interfering with your writing goals? I’m here to […]

BUILD YOUR OWN BRAND OF MAGIC

Workshop runs from 02/06/2017 to 02/27/2017

There are a lot of magic slingers out there in fictionland. Some follow the old rules, some have new takes on those old rules. And some authors totally reinvent what magic is and how it is used.   But, hey, why not take a pinch from each of those camps and whip up your own […]

PLAYING GODDESS: CHARACTER CREATION FOR FF&P STORIES

Workshop runs from 01/03/2017 to 01/30/2017

When it comes to writing Futuristic, Fantasy and Paranormal stories there is far more than merely deciding on height, build, coloring, past experiences, and hopes and dreams when building a character.   Oh, sure, you’ve still got all that, but it’s expanded! Seven-foot-tall might make a character horizontally challenged in his hometown. Slim and svelte […]

Pitch It or Ditch It? All You Need to Know to Score Big with your Book’s Pitch

Workshop runs from 01/02/2017 to 01/30/2017

Want to practice your pitch for an upcoming pitch session to an agent or editor?  Need help refining your pitch to include in a query letter?  Well, practice makes perfect! Sign on for this handy pitch practice workshop, taught by multi-published author, Kerri Nelson. During class you’ll get to practice your pitch (up to 4 […]

Research For Fiction

Workshop runs from 12/05/2016 to 12/30/2016

  Fiction is the telling of lies so credibly that the reader vicariously lives the story with the characters.  To be believed, a fiction writer has to sound authentic whether depicting period, place, people or circumstance.  One vague or inaccurate detail questioned by a reader cannot will shatter the illusion.  Let Sally Walker walk you […]

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