2017 Stepping IN
Classes for new to intermediate writers
(Note classes may change and new ones will be added)
The Bread and Butter of Writers – Linda Gilden – Learn the basics of magazine article writing in this information-packed workshop. Topics addressed will be how to break in to the magazine market, where to find marketable ideas, the importance of titles, leads and endings, how to study the markets to find a perfect fit for your manuscript, making the most of your interview time, using the Internet in writing and much more. Discover how to make the most of your research by repurposing it for other articles and books. Find out how to give editors what they want so that your work stands out from the slush pile. Network with other writers for research as well as for encouragement and fellowship and use article placement as a successful marketing tool.
Whose Voice is it Anyway – Vonda Skelton – The technique of communicating your character’s voice isn’t limited to dialogue. In this workshop you’ll learn how to develop character and dialogue that will make your characters come alive on the page.
Writing Strong Book Proposals – 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.
Ten Things You Never Say to an Editor – Denise Loock – Need we say more? Learn how to work with an editor and the do’s and don’ts of the editing process.
Children’s Writing 101 – Michelle Medlock Adams – As the author of more than 30 published children’s books, including her award-winning board book, “God Knows You” and her best-selling “What Is . . .” series, Michelle shares some do’s and don’ts that have taken her manuscripts out of the slush pile and into the editors’ hands.
Pitches & One-Sheets: What’s in Your Toolbox? – Sarah Loudin Thomas – Writing the book can feel like the easy part when you realize you now have to “sell” it to an agent or editor. We’ll discuss how to sit down opposite a publishing professional at a 15-minute appointment without hyperventilating, crying, or spilling a bottle of water in the professional’s lap (I totally did that). Bring your best verbal pitch and copies of your one-sheet if you’re up for a friendly critique, otherwise just come prepared to listen and ask questions that will help you pitch your work.
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2017 Stepping UP
(Classes for Intermediate to Seasoned Writers)
(Note classes may change and new ones will be added)
Laughter is Serious Business – Using Humor in Your Writing – Vonda Skelton – In his blog post, The Secret to Writing Humor, Brent Diggs states, “Nearly every tool of comedy is denied to the writer.” In this workshop, you’ll learn how to find humor in daily life, as well as humor-writing techniques to help you bring laughter through your written words
Start Making Money Now! – Michelle Medlock Adams – Of course, you’re not in this for the money. But, hey, why not make some money and minister through your writing? In this comprehensive class, you’ll discover various places to sell your writing. You’ll learn how to organize your time to maximize your earning and ministry potential. And you’ll learn those “tricks of the trade,” that will increase your chances of selling your work on a consistent basis.
Blogging for Writers – Edie Melson – Most writers dread the time spent blogging, even though it’s a proven method of building an online presence. Edie helps you find alternative ways to blog, without giving up valuable writing time. Included are tips for starting/joining a group blog, how to find topics, and cluster blogging. She will also share tips to engaging your blogging audience, including the etiquette of commenting, the importance of open-ended questions, and formatting to make your posts more readable and shareable.
Preventive Health Care for Manuscripts: Poisonous Punctuation Practices – Denise Loock – No editor, agent, or publisher will be attracted to a toxic manuscript. Proper, preventive health care will ensure that your work is fit for publication. In this workshop, we’ll examine six poisonous punctuation practices that can send your manuscript to the morgue. Ellipses Envenomed. Quick-kill Quotation Marks. Hazardous Hyphens. Contaminated Capitalization. Deadly Dashes. Infectious Italics.
When the Work Begins: After the Contract is Signed – Cindy Sproles – This class walks the author through the publication process by teaching the importance of a teachable heart, working with an editor, the editing process, your part in decision making regarding book covers, and marketing. Writing the manuscript was easy, the work begins after the contract.
Compass Point Plotting (Plotting for Pantsers) – Sarah Loudin Thomas – Since I began writing, I’ve thought of myself as a “pantser,” but as I’ve produced more books I’ve realized that there IS a method to my madness. Compass Point Plotting is a helpful technique to keep you on track as you go shooting off into the wilderness of story. The class covers how to set your four general compass points (key points in the story arc) and then use them as directional guides to keep you from rabbiting off in a crazy direction.
Whys and Hows of Social Media for Writers – Edie Melson -Many writers mistakenly assume it’s either too late or too early to build a solid social media presence. Edie will walk you through the reason social media is non-negotiable for almost all writers, and how to find a way to make it work for your specific situation. Included will be information on why we need a social media presence before we get a contract. Which networks work best for which audience (and why you need to be active on more than one). How to use scheduling programs to keep your social media time commitment manageable. How to compose effective updates that increase shares. What you need to know to connect with your book’s potential audience.
The Writers Personality – Linda Gilden – The Writer’s Personality? What does my personality have to do with the way I write? Your personality affects the way you see the world. Therefore, everything you write is influenced by your point of view. What are the healthy habits of a sanguine writer? Why does a melancholy writer seem to get more projects done? How can a choleric writer organize his or her checklists for the most benefit? What can encourage a phlegmatic writer? Upon examination we will find that we all have characteristics of more than one personality. Our writing will be stronger if we understand our personalities, the personalities of our characters and our readers.
Friday Early Bird Classes – These classes are TO BE ANNOUNCED
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Nine spots will be available for one-on-one mentoring by Award Winning, Best Selling author, Yvonne Lehman, Best Selling author and speaker Vonda Skelton, and Social Media whiz-gal, Edie Melson.
Mentoring spots are open to ADVANCED writers who have a novel in progress. The mentoring will be a 1-hour one-on-one time where Yvonne and Vonda (Vonda will do speaking as well) will work specifically with you on your novel, fiction or non-fiction proposal, plot and writing. While Edie will work with you on your website, blog, and social media. The cost is $40 (additional to your boot camp registration) and the spots are first come, first serve. You will contact firstname.lastname@example.org AFTER you register to apply for one of these mentoring spots.
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