Marketing and Do I Have To?
As a USA Today bestselling author, Tamera Alexander has learned a few things about marketing books. In this workshop, Tamera will share practical tips about how to market your novels and grow deeper reader relationships. Topics covered include 1) How do you write “the best book you can?” 2) What defines a great web presence 3) What to include on your author website 4) Creating an Author Brand and 5) Tips on how you can deepen reader relationships through social media.
Writing Realistic Christian Fiction
We live in a fallen world filled with secular entertainment that entertains millions of fans a day. How can an author write with a Christian worldview, with true-to-life characters and still be relevant in today’s world? Join Hallee Bridgeman as she dissects how to reach a Christian market with real characters, inspiring stories, and entertaining plots without compromising Christian values.
The Ultimate Self-Editing Checklist…and How to Use It
Whether submitting to an agent or editor or self-publishing, a clean manuscript is a must! Follow this checklist to have the ultimate clean manuscript. This workshop covers the origins of the checklist then elaborates on the major parts including having the right spiritual attitude. With that frame of mind, instruction is provided to plan character names, conflict, general plot lines, and how to knock out that first draft super-fast. Then we move into corralling the front and back matter, the most important self-revision steps that every writer MUST perform, and concludes with the nitty-gritty checklist items to result in a very clean manuscript.
How to Rock the Opening to Your Novel
How long does it take a reader to stop reading? How many pages will an agent read before passing on a project? Unfortunately, you may only get one page to impress your reader or a publishing professional. In this session, we will go over the pitfalls seen in many openings. Barbara M. Britton has judged several well-known writing contests and she will reveal what to avoid when you begin a story.
10 Fundamentals of Fiction Writing
There’s a lot that goes into writing a novel that will make readers rave, but thankfully the elements are not a mystery. The good news is that writing CAN be learned. All of us, no matter where we find ourselves on this journey, can improve our writing and make our craft stronger by studying just ten fundamentals that will make our writing shine. In this workshop, you will learn the keys to writing a compelling story with authentic characters, giving your reader an experience they won’t soon forget.
Writing to Target: Love Inspired
Dina Davis & Toni Shiloh
This workshop will describe the different lines of Love Inspired, what editors are looking for, how to craft an eye-catching blurb, items to include in a 1-2 page synopsis, ways to insert conflict, and things to avoid when submitting your proposal.
Websites for Writers
Your website is like “home base” for your online presence Every time someone visits, you’ve scored a run. This class includes information about why writers need websites and offers helpful, practical information about choosing a web host company, registering a domain, and tools for building beautiful a do-it-yourself site. It also mentions pitfalls that can make you “out” before you reach first base.
The Benefits & Business of Podcasting for Writers
If you’re not currently listening to podcasts from a writer’s perspective, you’re losing money. Are you aware of the advertising benefits of podcasting? Did you know you can reach more people in a properly positioned 30-minute podcast than you can in a blog or radio interview? Do you want your book content to impact the Gen Z’s, Millennials, and or Boomers? This workshop will cover everything you need to take advantage of the Age of Podcasting.
Use Your Other Writer’s Voice to Market Your Words
Do I Need an Agent?
An author of long experience, who has been represented for decades and is now a literary agent himself, Bob will discuss what an agent does, why and when writers might need an agent, and how writers can and should get an agent.
Tips and Tricks for Organizing Your Writing, Research, Characters, and More
Robin Lee Hatcher
Chaos is often a good description of a novelist’s life. A writer must keep track of plot, characters, productivity, and much more while also trying to stay on top of life in general. In nearly forty years as a writer, Robin has developed a number of techniques and strategies to help her stay organized even in the midst of chaos. This workshop will look at many of the tools she uses or has used to organize her characters from book to book, to make sure her imaginary world comes to life, and to keep herself as productive and positive as possible.
Beginning Bookkeeping Basics for Writers
As self-employed writers, it is up to us to keep appropriate and detailed records. Whether you will prepare your own taxes or hire a Tax Specialist, you will need your receipts and royalty stubs to have those figures for our tax forms. In this class I will give you easy ways to keep your financial records organized and ready to use before that April 15th deadline. This class will not cover tax particulars as each state has specifics, but it will touch on the Schedule C form categories. Once I started this system, my accountant said, “Thanks, you make my job of preparing your tax forms quick and easy.”
How to Give and Receive Constructive Criticism
Whether you are a new writer or a seasoned one, the value of finding a critique partner or partners is an important aspect in continuing to strengthen your writing. As a new writer, they can help you fix those tell-tale signs that you are a new writer. As the seasoned writer, your partner(s) can help where something in your work is not clear, comes off harsh to the reader or just isn’t quite right. I will share tips to give a helpful critique even if you are new as well as help you be less harsh if you’re the seasoned one. And what about those tough ones? We will discuss what to do when that happens.
Diversity is Good Business
Joy K. Massenburge
Each individual is unique. Recognizing those individual differences can separate your writing business from the next. In this session, you will be introduced to the four basic personality preferences to approach diversity organically and build relationships that last.
Queries & Proposals that
Make Agents & Editors Take Notice
This workshop will begin with a quick but essential behind the scenes look at everything that makes the publishing world work: from queries to pub boards. Participants will be encouraged to start studying the industry to see how it will work to their advantage and how they can use market knowledge available at their fingertips to impress agents and editors as well as craft the best queries and proposals. Attendees will be encouraged to fill out an approved and successful prospective query/ proposal sheet before the workshop and throughout the session with the intention of having a ready-to-go proposal by the end of the hour.
The Romantic Arc
The romantic arc is the very heart of a romance novel. How do you take two people with conflicting external and internal goals from “hello” to “I love you?” The romantic arc is all about the emotional journey that ends up with your love interests finally together. Tina Radcliffe will discuss the Stages of Intimacy as well as the Falling in Love Arc she’s created.
Combining scriptural principles with engaging dialogue, this workshop presents strategies for researching and writing historical fiction, memoirs, or biographies while targeting tough questions, such as what to include— and exclude—when writing about the past.
No Missed Deadlines
Writing for publication means deadlines—not only for manuscripts, but for publisher’s title questionnaires, blog interviews, endorsement requests, and more. Without a system of organization, things can fall through the cracks, tainting our professional reputation. In this workshop, we’ll explore practical ways to track assignments and manage goals, using calendars and charts and files.
The Super Synopsis
Few things inspire more dread in the heart of a novelist than the word “synopsis.” We can write a novel faster than a speeding bullet, but the synopsis is our kryptonite. Learn some tools to bring this villain to his knees – and convert him into an ally in your quest for truth, justice, and a publishing contract.
Characterology: Creating and Developing Memorable Characters
When listing the elements of a good story, character is always among them. The reader’s ability to connect with the story hinges on how well they bond with the character(s). In this class, we will discuss the importance of character, delve into developing characters, and go through some development exercises.
Dr. Ronda Wells
Authors will learn a fresh approach to create medical scenes and otherwise devise diseases, maim characters, and put heroines and heroes in the hospital. Come learn about the process of becoming a doctor, what each specialty actually does, how licensing works, and find new resources for medical information.
The Intuitive Writer
Novellas have become more and more popular to readers. They are great for the busy reader who likes to start and finish a story in one sitting. They can be a good tool for the writer as well. But they can be a headache! Trying to cram your novel-minded structure into a quarter of the size…it can be stressful. Why not think about novellas from a different angle? Perhaps wonder if the planning might be completely different? Or, for my pantster friends, to consider that some planning can make for a greater impact?
This class focuses not simply on marketing techniques, which are always changing, but on the mental, emotional, and spiritual mindset an author should maintain while marketing.
Instagram for Authors
Candice Pedraza Yamnitz
How do you grow your circle using Instagram? Anyone can build a solid followership doing these few steps consistently and still have a healthy social media and life balance. Using my method, you will build relationships and find future readers. Learn how to: 1) Attract your audience with your profile 2) How to take attractive pictures 3) Use hashtags 4) Form content on a regular basis 5) Use stories for you benefit