2014 Classes are still being formulated. Continue to check the site for updates and changes.
FRIDAY EARLY BIRD CLASSES
Friday Early Bird
Talk About It – Lori Hatcher - In today’s world, writers MUST be speakers. This workshop will show you how to conquer your fear of public speaking painlessly and inexpensively by connecting you with one of the oldest and most respected speaker training programs in the world, Toastmasters International. You’ll experience an interactive demonstration of the varied and entertaining components of a Toastmasters’ meeting, learn how to find a Toastmasters club in your area, and discover how to choose one that’s right for you..
Children’s Workshop – Mike Thaler - Spend quality time at the feet of a top selling children’s author. Get the in’s and out’s of writing for children and see the longevity of this author’s career. Top selling author, Mike Thaler, author of the Black Lagoon series (Scholastic) will offer wonderful insight and guidance.
The Five Most Common Mistakes Novelists Make and How to Fix Them - (Infantry) Steven James - Find the blunders that trip up your writing. Learn how to spot and repair them.
What’s the Big Idea? (Infantry) – Yvonne Lehman
You will discover into which genre your idea or work-in-progress fits. There is a process to finding and developing your ideas and it happens in the first few pages.
SOCIALite 101(Infantry) – Edie Melson - Social media for beginners. Even if you’ve never ventured onto the social media, you’ll get the tools you need to start building a platform any publisher would love. Includes info on Twitter, Facebook, Blogging, and other popular networks, as well as how to accomplish it all in 30 minutes a day.
Beating Writers Block (Infantry) – Mike Dellosso
It happens to the best of us – The Blank White Page. In this class writers will learn how to overcome the dreaded writers block.
The Art of Articles – (Infantry) Ann Tatlock - Learn the important basics of jump starting your writing career with articles. Get know how to write articles that can be read by millions.
Writing Killer Suspense – (Infantry) Lynette Eason - Learn what elements make up a rocking, edge of the seat, suspense story. Come prepared for a hands-on experience that you can take home and implement immediately. Workshop will include topics such as: OPEN WITH A BANG – writing the best opening line ever, USE ALL FIVE SENSES. DIALOGUE, INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL CONFLICTS, CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT IN SUSPENSE and, END EACH CHAPTER WITH A HOOK and much, much more.
Locally Grown Produce – (Infantry) – Denise Loock - Dream of global markets? Cultivate local ones first. Develop your skills and build a platform by writing for churches, organizations, and regional news publications. Workshop will cover journalistic style, interview techniques, and professionalism.
How to Create Mind-blowing Twists – (Officer) Steven James -
Serious writers work hard to form the twists and turns in a plot. Learn how to craft the surprise that will leave your readers wanting more.
Are You Telling the Truth?? (Officer) – Ann Tatlock
Understanding how to write with a Christian World View is important. We are called as writers by God and it’s up to us, in a world who pushes Christianity to the side, to stand our ground and write what is good according to God’s word.
Those First Five Pages (Officer) – Yvonne Lehman -Digging deeper into writing effective first pages. Learn the tricks that grab a reader and keep them flipping the pages.
Synopsis… What? (Officer) – Lynette Eason - Whether you want to plot your story first or your already got the novel written, come learn how to PAINLESSLY write a synopsis from beginning to end. The long and short synopsis will be discussed.
Murder of a Manuscript – (Officer) Andrea Merrell – Defensive editing to prevent editorial murder of your manuscript.
Social Media Beyond the Basics –(Officer) – Edie Melson - This is for those who already have an established social media presence. Edie will help you take it to the next level—without spending more than 30 minutes a day. This workshop will show you where to concentrate your effort and what healthy growth looks like in the realm of your online presence.
Time Management for the Writer– (Officer) – Mike Dellosso - Even the best writers have to juggle schedules – work, family, conferences…where do you write. Learn how to manage your work so there is ALWAYS time.