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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 […]

Writing Villains and Monsters

Workshop runs from 09/11/2017 to 09/24/2017

Have you ever wondered what it takes to write a villain that people will want to see die so badly that they can’t stop reading until they see it? Villains and monsters can be as important to your story as your Hero and Heroine. Learn what it takes to make a truly memorable and deplorable […]

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 […]

Pain Free Synopsis Writing

Workshop runs from 12/04/2017 to 12/29/2017

Novelists and Dramatists need to be able to summarize their stories in succinct 1-4 page synopsis format for marketing purposes.  Do you know how to take that 60,000-100,000 word masterpiece to a mere 500 words and maintain the vigor, and enthralling intensity of character and plot?  Since busy agents, editors and producers REQUIRE a synopsis, […]

Current & Past Workshops

Schmoozing 101

Workshop runs from 08/01/2017 to 08/30/2017

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, […]

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, […]

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 […]


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 […]

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