Fiction: Writing Life Experience Fiction
What stories have your life experiences created? Have you considered fictionalizing one or more of those stories? Fiction based on the author’s own past can result in a novel that not only engages and entertains the reader, but one that touches the soul of readers who may have lived a similar experience. This workshop explores both the benefits and the challenges of fictionalizing an experience from the writer’s own life.
Nonfiction: Book, Blog, or Article?
What criteria does your idea have to meet in order to qualify for a full-length book? Is your idea useless if it cannot pass the book test? Is writing articles worth your time? As an author, do you have to have a blog? Learn the answers to these questions and more from the perspective of an experienced literary agent.
Specialty: Writing with Your Reader in Mind
When a reader considers a new book, she must decide whether to invest her time, as well as her hard-earned money, in it. Once she sits down to read, a commitment is required on her part to stay invested. After all, there are numerous distractions trying to keep her nose out of that book. Similarly, when we writers sit and face a blank sheet of paper, or the blinking cursor on the computer screen, we are making an investment—not just of creativity and ideas, but of heart. To serve our readers well, we must first know ourselves well so we can transfer that deep understanding onto the page. In this workshop you will learn tangible ways to stay balanced in each of five key areas (Inner Life, Intellectual Life, Emotional Life, Physical Life, and Relational Life) so you can write from a place of vulnerability and integrity. Writing well demands everything we have to give. And a reader who has invested her precious time, attention, and money deserves nothing less.
The Writer’s Life: When Life Gets in the Way of Your Writing
Life doesn’t stop to make room for our writing. Just when you’ve figured out how to write around your day job, you find out you have to move or you need surgery. Kids get sick, friends need us, and life-altering events turn our world (and our schedule) upside down, with no thought for our deadlines. This workshop will equip you to recognize what is keeping you from being as productive as you’d like to be and know what to do about it. We will cover:
- The difference between circumstances that put your writing on hold and everyday distractions and interruptions that can derail you (and strategies for dealing with both)
- How to write during stressful seasons
- When it’s okay to take a break
- How the worst thing that could happen to you can benefit your writing (and your readers)
- How to meet deadlines when you can barely keep up
- The difference between getting interrupted and being interruptible
- Tips for recognizing what is really keeping you from writing, and what to do about it.
Marketing: Facebook Marketing Strategies
Whether you're launching a new book or marketing an indie collection, Facebook can be an author's best friend. In this fast-paced class, participants will be given dozens of ideas to enhance their Facebook marketing experience. Strategies to reach readers will be taught, and the imagination will be stirred as we discuss all that Facebook has to offer authors and readers.
Publishing: What Does an Agent Do Anyway?
This workshop showcases the multiple tasks a good agent performs for his or her clients. In addition to looking for a publisher that’s a good fit for the author and the manuscript, agents can play “Bad Cop” with publishing houses, give feedback on covers and titles, maybe even get a movie deal! Come find out just what an agent can do for you.
Business: Working with a Freelance Editor
Writers can polish and submit their best possible manuscripts to agents and publishers by first teaming up with professional freelance editors. A freelance editor can determine whether the book concept is marketable to traditional publishers, point out the manuscript’s overall strengths and weaknesses, figure out how to capitalize on the strengths and fix the weak areas, get rid of typos and other errors; format the manuscript using industry-standard guidelines, and even polish the punctuation, usage, grammar, and spelling to make the manuscript shine! This workshop will explain the process of working with an editor: how to find one, choosing the right one for you, knowing what to expect, determining what type of editing to request, working with track changes, understanding costs, contracts, and agreements, and getting the most out of the experience.