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 through our plots, characters, and settings. 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

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.

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.