2015 Classes




Boot Camp offers two levels of learning:  Infantry and Officer Levels.  We encourage writers to look closely at their personal level of writing and step into that track of learning.

Don be led astray by super faculty because each faculty member will teach in both tracks.  You will benefit the skills of each teacher regardless of your writing level.

Infantry Level

What’s Your Story? (How to write a memoir) Larry Leech -None of  us have a story to tell. We have stories. But not all worth writing about. Come learn how to determine what is and what isn’t a book-worthy story. We’ll look at themes, character arc, story arc, basic memoir-writing ideas, and other key elements needed to write a memoir that will sell. **This is a 2 part class shared by both Infantry and Officer Levels

Ten Simple Exercises to Improve Your Craft- Bob Hostetler – A highly practical session prescribing self-editing exercises to help writers develop themselves into craftsmen.

What’s the Big Idea? – Torry Martin - Two areas where writers tend to stumble when putting together a story are “the big idea” and pacing. For “the big idea,” this means, “Does this story need to be told as a book or a movie and will it keep audiences engaged for 300 pages or 90-120 minutes?” Engaging the audience, however, starts on the page. You need a reader to keep turning pages of your book or screenplay in rapid succession because the story propels them forward with energy and purpose. Readers need to see the movie as they turn pages, and if the script drags, the movie certainly will. How do you determine if your idea is “big” enough to carry a movie? And how do you make sure your script has strong pacing? In this class we will be delving into detail about the importance of the big idea and solid pacing.  I’ll be using some of my own stories as examples.
Hooks That Won’t Let Go – Bob Hostetler – Twenty ways to write a hook to your article, story, query, or book that will compel interest.

Socialite 101 – Edie Melson – Learn how how to jump on the social media bandwagon.  Tips, examples, and step-by-step instructions on Twitter and Facebook. AND MORE.

Sentence Craft – Denise Loock - Dovetail. Inlay. Filigree. The hallmark of master artisans is attention to detail. What do your manuscripts reveal about your sentence skills? Don’t settle for forgettable. Aim for Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations. This workshop will cover sentence structure, sentence variety, word choice, and imagery. Bring a WIP.

Officer Level

Nonfiction Book Proposal – Larry Leech – For writers working on, or having completed, a non-fiction book, we’ll examine the necessary elements to write the non-fiction book. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn ways to identify your target audience and unique selling point, strengthen your first chapter and one sheet, and eliminate errors that can keep your manuscript from being picked up by a publisher.

Twenty Questions for Speaker – Bob Hostetler -  Start now learning how to cross-train for your writing career. For  all writers who speak or aspire to speak…which should be all of us.

Comedy Shorts for Stage or Screen – Torry Martin - Everything you need to know about writing comedy sketches for short films or staged productions. Emphasis on format, story and structure, character and dialogue, dialogue, DIALOGUE!

Advanced Social Media – Edie Melson – Take your social media to the next level in this in-depth class on tweaking and building a stronger social media presence.

The Amazon Launch Pad – Eddie Jones – Learn  how to launch your book on Kindle and print via Amazon and B&N.com.


God asks us to ADVANCE not retreat. Writers ADVANCE!