Writers Groups and Conferences
See below for complete details. I can also tailor a topic to meet the needs of your organization.
Historical Research for Fiction Writers: Enrich and Deepen Your Story
Accurate details in historical fiction lend authenticity and color. We will discuss principles of conducting historical research, resources to explore, and how to document and organize your research.
Making Fiction Come to Life
“I felt like I was there!” In this workshop, we’ll explore ways to draw readers into our stories so they become the characters, so they live in the setting, and so the plot fully engages them. Also, we’ll look at how to describe the story world without overwhelming the reader with details.
How to Make Historical Fiction Come to Life
In this workshop, we’ll discuss how to bring the past to life through plotting, characterization, and setting, and we’ll learn how to weave in historical details in a way that enlightens readers but never overwhelms them or bogs down the story.
More Than Skin Deep—Crafting Characters Who Resonate with Readers
Every author wants characters who feel real to the reader—characters with strengths and weaknesses, quirks and flaws, hurts and secrets and fears and dreams. In this workshop we’ll explore how to delve into nature, nurture, and experience to craft memorable and believable characters.
Serious about Series: Tips on Writing a Seriously Good Fiction Series
Drop and give me ten! Ten basics for fiction writing, that is. We’ll look at common issues seen in first novels from dialogue to point-of-view to setting up a scene. We’ll learn some fiction lingo and we’ll outline the steps to publication. Prepare to sweat—and learn.
Fiction Boot Camp
Learn how to use connection, consistency, and contrast to build a fiction series that readers clamor for.
No Missed Deadlines—Strategies to Keep You on Track
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 - From Dread to 'Done!'
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.
Platform: Find Your Unique Light and Let It Shine
Beginning and new authors hear about the importance of having a platform—and if you have a message or a story, you want it to be heard! In this workshop, we’ll learn how to discover your brand, what makes you unique as a writer. We’ll also learn practical ways to construct a platform that suits you and reaches your ideal readers.
In God's Waiting Room
All writers go through seasons of waiting. In fact, waiting seems to be one of the Lord’s favorite teaching methods. While we sit in God’s waiting room, we can let the Muzak get to us and give way to fear, doubt, and despair, or we can flip through God’s Magazine and learn how to trust Him, seek Him, and live in hope. Together we can allow the Lord to turn waiting from trial to triumph.
Blessed Are...The Beatitudes for Christian Writers
In the Beatitudes, Jesus paints a startling portrait of the Christian character which stands in stark opposition to what is valued in modern American society. In these sayings, we find strength to become the writers Jesus wants us to be. We find encouragement to endure the difficulties of the writing life. And we find the way to encourage our readers to persevere. Together, let’s explore God’s shocking blessings.
For the Long Haul - Career Planning and Goal Setting
Designed for 5-hour teaching track, but can be broken down into components. Making the transition from hobby writer to professional takes more than great writing. We’ll discuss how to develop a professional mindset and habits. We’ll look at career planning, goal setting, organization, and time management. And we’ll explore practical low-tech and high-teach tips to help you meet your goals.
Story Structure as Plotting Tool
An understanding of traditional story structure can be useful when you plot a novel. Analyzing your plot according to the Hero’s Journey model can reveal places where your story is weak or lacking, and can show you ways to improve.