Join us for the 2017 Writer’s Workshop! With authors from a wide array of genres and experiences, you will learn everything from how to create a writing environment to publishing an e-book and how to market your publication.

September 9th from 9-6 at Frontier Middle School.

Deadline for the writing/illustration contests on September 1st.

2017 Writer's Workshop

Only $30 per person. Don’t miss it! Family and group discounts are available!

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Schedule and Class Descriptions

9:30am

 

 Earn That Kiss– Writing Swoon-worthy Romance

Presented by: Jo Noelle
Learn to pace the building romance through your plot to maximize emotional attachment with your reader. Discover the key to making your heroine and hero’s attraction sizzle at any heat level.

 Writing Believable Technology

Presented by: James Blevins
As a writer, one of your most important jobs is to get the reader to suspend disbelief. Nothing will draw a reader out of the story faster than getting facts wrong. When it comes to computers and technology, it’s extremely easy to write something that will cause neck-bearded nerds to leave the confines of their parents’ basements with their pitchforks and torches and attack your house– especially if you use popular movies and television as your guide. (I’m looking at you, every superhero show on The CW). This class will correct some of the common errors writers make with regard to computers and technology, as well as teach you what you need to know in order to make believable guesses as to what technology might be like in the future.

 Helping Readers Suspend Their Disbelief

Presented by: Loralee Evans
This class will offer a number of pointers on how writers can help their readers suspend their disbelief and keep it suspended throughout the story; to feel the tension of the conflicts, to see the characters (good guys and bad guys) as real people, and the situations they are in as plausible.

10:30am

 

 “Signs to get your plot on the right road”

Presented by: Tifani Clark
This class uses traffic signs to teach successful ways of developing plot and subplot. There is plenty of hands on ‘driving’ during this class.

 Writing Comedy

Presented by: Shelly Brown
Put a little ha-ha in your ho-hum manuscript. Tips and tricks for adding humor to your writing.

 Making your own personal Wikipedia with Scrivener

Presented by: Michael Bacera
Learn how to use Scrivener Links, External Links, Keywords, and Labels to create your own personal wikipedia within your own Scrivener manuscript. Learn how to use the Research folder and the best way to capture, organize, and label reference materials for future use.

11:30am

 

 To Infinity and Beyond! How to Make Disney Pixar Storytelling Elements Work for You

Presented by: Rebecca Blevins
From Toy Story to Finding Dory, Disney Pixar movies appeal to a wide audience and pack an emotional punch. In this class we’ll analyze several Pixar films and discover what drives their popularity, then learn how to take those effects from the screen and apply them to writing in any genre. If you’re looking for ways to add depth and meaning to your prose, this class is for you.

 The Autopsy of Publishing

Presented by: Charlie Holmberg and Caitlyn McFarland
Authors Caitlyn McFarland and Charlie N. Holmberg take the body of publishing and rip it open for all your eyes to see. Want a healthy dose of the truth behind publishing? Come get a behind-the- scenes look at the journey. This class covers the whole shebang, from writing a story, to querying, to finding an agent, to conquering edits, to debuting, and beyond. It also covers social media conduct and the reality of publishing as a full- time career. Quotes included at no extra cost.

 5 Key Qualities of a Terrific Book Trailer

Presented by: Kathy and Douglas Jones
And how to put it together

LUNCH
1:00pm

 

 The Hard Sell: Signings and Booths 101

Presented by: Rebecca Rode
Book signings can be a dream come true for authors– or a nightmare. We all want to see that line of fans waiting to meet us, but the reality usually means sitting alone at a table while people walk swiftly by. Learn how to prepare for a signing or booth with the best chance of success. We’ll discuss how to choose the best venues and events, how to spread the word, how to create an eye-catching display, and using sales tactics that actually work.

 The Editor is in

Presented by: Lisa Mangum
Ever wonder what an editor sees when he or she looks at a manuscript? Lisa Mangum, Managing Editor of Shadow Mountain, will edit five pages of a short story live in order to demonstrate both content and copy editing techniques.

 What Every Story Needs

Presented by: Tristi Pinkston
Is your book falling a little flat? Learn what crucial elements every story needs, why they’re needed, and how to incorporate them into your writing.

2:00pm

 

 Engaging Readers

Presented by: Kirsten Osbourne
How to engage readers using your stories and Facebook. USA Today Bestselling Author Kirsten Osbourne will discuss how to make your fans think of you when they hear just one word. Keep your fans focused on the next book you are publishing by following a few simple techniques.

 

 Pitch Perfect: You have 30 seconds to sell your manuscript. Go!

Presented by: Lisa Mangum
You may have spent years working on your manuscript, but can you sell it in 30 seconds? The all-important “elevator pitch” can be daunting, but Lisa Mangum offers up several tactics to help authors narrow their focus and emphasize what makes their story unique in order to craft a pitch that can be used in nearly any situation.

 Master Chapter Outline

Presented by: C Michelle Jefferies

A planning and revision tool for both the outliner, and the seat of your pants writer. Plus a free, almost effortless, synopsis of your book when you’re done.

3:00pm

 

 Publish That Book!

Presented by: Rebecca Rode
You wouldn’t build a house without a plan, so why publish without one? In this deeper-than- deep look at the publishing process, you’ll leave class with a customized publishing plan in hand. We’ll discuss the order of operations, budget, which services to hire out, “going wide” vs. Amazon-only, print book pros and cons, keywords and categories, and setting measurable goals. We’ll also examine the processes of several successful indie publishers.

 World-Building: Key Concepts

Presented by: Robin Glassey
We’ll examine six key concepts of world building and the questions which can inspire a writer’s creativity leading to worlds filled with layers and detail, namely: Setting, Culture, Social class, Religion, Magic and Technology.

 It’s All about the Dialogue

Presented by: Rebecca Blevins
Are you worried that your characters sound wooden (and none of them are Pinocchio)? Not sure when (or when not) to use “said” or how to handle a character with an accent? In this class, we’ll discuss how to make your characters sound realistic. After all, they have to learn to talk to each other instead of just to you.

3:00pm

 

 Publish That Book!

Presented by: Rebecca Rode
You wouldn’t build a house without a plan, so why publish without one? In this deeper-than- deep look at the publishing process, you’ll leave class with a customized publishing plan in hand. We’ll discuss the order of operations, budget, which services to hire out, “going wide” vs. Amazon-only, print book pros and cons, keywords and categories, and setting measurable goals. We’ll also examine the processes of several successful indie publishers.

 Writing Comedy

Presented by: Shelly Brown
Put a little ha-ha in your ho-hum manuscript. Tips and tricks for adding humor to your writing.

 It’s All about the Dialogue

Presented by: Rebecca Blevins
Are you worried that your characters sound wooden (and none of them are Pinocchio)? Not sure when (or when not) to use “said” or how to handle a character with an accent? In this class, we’ll discuss how to make your characters sound realistic. After all, they have to learn to talk to each other instead of just to you.

4:00pm

 

 Magic Systems 101

Presented by: Jodi L Milner
From Tolkien to Sanderson, a review of what it takes to make good magic and how to build your own magic system.

 Historical Fiction

Presented by: Tristi Pinkston
Why is this genre so popular, and how can you write it to its best advantage?

 Negative Space in Story: Enhancing the power of your work by writing between the lines

Presented by: Caitlyn McFarland
The best-told stories show more through what isn’t said than what is. In this class, we’ll discuss tools that allow authors to tell the tale between the lines. Learn to pack your story with meaning, manipulate readers’ emotions, and communicate valuable insight into character—all without showing your hand.

5:00pm

Q & A with Lisa Mangum

Book Signing