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Workshops

Registration begins on Friday, June 7, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. 
Workshops are 9:00 - 5:00 Saturday and 9:30 to Noon on Sunday.
Whisky Tango Foxtrot

Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot with Shannon Nemecheck

 

US Military Culture & Speaking the language. Everything you didn’t think you wanted to know about the US Military.

You will learn the structure, the culture, how to speak the language, what its like to be deployed, PTSD, TBI and stressors, the acronyms, basic military training, the differences between civilian and military cultures & attitudes and what influence the US Military has made on the civilian culture.

Get to the Point with Clustering

Get to the Point with Clustering with Lynn Crandall. 

Eliminate blocks, meaningless scenes, and weak conflicts and plots.

Debits and Credits and Numbers...OH MY!

Debits and Credits and Numbers...OH MY! with Jennifer Theriot 

How to put the Account to your Ting (get it? Accounting) and get those books set up. Finances, like the ever dreaded blurbs are necessary and with the right start, you can Write Like a Pro and still keep those books in tip top shape for the tax time!

Promoting Yourself and Your Book on Radio or TV

Promoting Yourself and Your Book on Radio or TV with Debra Parmley 

 

Terrified of being interviewed on radio or TV? Bestselling author and former radio host Debra Parmley was, the first time she had a TV and a radio interview, but she conquered her fears, earned her Toastmasters CC and later become host of Book Lights Radio, part of Readers Entertainment and Circle of Seven where she interviewed authors every Tuesday night. Now she teaches authors how to overcome those fears. Debra will tell you ways to get a radio interview, how to prepare to be on radio or TV, going live and doing improv, how to enjoy your interview and how an interview can help your career.

Self-Editing for Fiction Authors

Self-Editing for Fiction Authors with Julie L. York 

 

What  if I told you that editing begins before you put one word on the page?  This class is not just for beginners, anyone can find ideas that can enhance their own self editing process. This is not simply "a system"  that you have to stuff yourself into to fit, but rather a series of ideas and extensions to what you already do. Let's face it, everyone at every level needs editing, no one writes a cleanly perfect manuscript  the first time, and sometimes getting better only takes a tweak or two. So before shipping your next (or first) masterpiece off to an editor who makes your pages bleed with red ink, come and learn how to be aware,  self-evaluate, add, and self-edit better.

How To Add Humor To Your Writing

How To Add Humor To Your Writing with Lisa Wells

 

You don’t have to write romantic comedy for this presentation to be useful. Even in thrillers and mob-boss obituaries, there are times when the author needs to lighten the stress by including a comic relief moment. When you learn to add humor to your manuscript, you will end up with stronger characters and more engaging plots.

That being said, how do you put funny on the page? There are three basic ways. Those who come to this presentation, will learn what they are, and – BONUS - be taught the formulas used by comedians to whip out something funny on demand. DOUBLE BONUS - You’ll get all of this without expectation of giving up the soul of your first born to Miranda Priestly or selling a kidney to Karen Walker.

FINISH THAT BOOK With The Chunky Method

FINISH THAT BOOK With The Chunky Method with Allie Pleiter

 

Do you feel like you can never find the time to write? Have you been chipping away at the same manuscript forever without much progress? Do you need a system that can get you to typing “The End” with success and satisfaction? Wrangling a fickle muse to meet a deadline—or just to get rid of that looming blank page—is a life-skill for everyone who wants to get serious about their writing. Allie Pleiter, the bestselling author of over 40 books, shares the nuts and bolts of how to manage your muse. You'll learn how to set goals and deadlines that reflect your personal writing style and speed--and smart ways to get faster when you need it. Join the thousands of other writers who have mastered the writing process using Pleiter's popular Chunky Method. With a useful mix of the practical, the inspirational, and the nitty-gritty real life of it all, this workshop gives aspiring or working writers the tools they need to make the magic happen.

The Right to Remain Silent

The Right To Remain Silent with Samantha A Cole 

What does Hollywood get wrong when it comes to law enforcement? A lot! Learn tips and facts from a retired police-officer-turned-author to help you write believable arrest and investigation scenes.

How To Talk Like A Man 

Talk Like A Man with Heather C. Leigh 

Do you have difficulty writing convincing male characters? Do your heroes end up weak and whiney? Or do you tend to overcompensate by injecting too much testosterone, leaving you with a raging, violent jerk?

Creating a hero that readers fall in love with isn’t as simple as substituting a few body parts and tossing in a curse word or two. You need to delve deeper to truly understand the male mind. Hopefully, by the end of this lecture, you’ll be able to create memorable heroes who are more alpha than asshole.

He Said/She Said

He said/She said: Crafting Super Realistic Dialogue with Gregg Bridgeman

 

Gregg Bridgeman is a military trained interrogator and a student of language and culture who speaks passably in a few foreign tongues. He has also edited more than 100 Christian works. The class uses many examples to demonstrate the difference between “really good” and “not so good” dialogue, then gets very specific about the differences between the way men and women communicate, all supported by scriptural references starting with Genesis 5:2. The class concludes with practical techniques authors can employ to make their dialogue more realistic and really pop. Students will also take home a list of nearly 600 ways to say the word “said” without ever actually saying the word “said.”

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

Extra! Extra! Read All About It! with Hallee Bridgeman

 

Newsletter growth, development, and onboarding series: Bestselling author Hallee Bridgeman will explain how she grew her newsletter more than 300% to more than 4000 subscribers with a greater than 60% open rate in just a year, how she creates it, what information goes into it. She will go into depth with what her newsletter onboarding series looks like, and how that engages her readers to inspire a higher open rate.

Historical Romance Antiques Show-And-Tell with Kate Bateman.

Historical Romance Antiques Show-And-Tell with Kate Bateman.

 

Ever handled a real 19thcentury scent bottle, patch box, or teacup? Ever wondered how a button hook works or read a Victorian newspaper? Now’s your chance! 

Romance author Kate Bateman will be bringing her personal collection of antiques for an interactive show-and tell. 

This workshop isn’t just for authors of historical romance, however. Kate will be discussing how all authors can enrich their writing by adding specific detail, how to use real historical events for inspiration, and how to use symbols and themes to deepen and develop your characters.

Suzan's Class for Newbies

So You Wanna Write A Book? with Suzan Tisdale 

A frank discussion about writing that first book and what to do after you've written it. 

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