2020 Workshops

March 28, 2020 - Canceled (Speaker and Presentation has been moved to May 16th)

Conflict Hurts with Melinda Curtis

Writing conflict hurts – not just because it makes your characters suffer, but also because it's painful to create and carry through on the page. However, conflict drives story and holds an editor's attention, which means it sells books. Conflict also entices readers to turn the page, which helps create a satisfying experience (plus repeat purchases). Bring a story idea to this interactive course and learn how to build, refine or edit your stories by creating compelling conflict and stronger plots, one element at a time.

Takeaways include:
  • Developing story goals that are hindered by conflict
  • How to deepen character and create emotionally satisfying endings
  • Better understanding of internal and external conflict
  • The "bumpers" that keep your characters acting consistently
  • Conflict that catches the attention of editors and agents
  • Summarizing your finished or developed story
About Melinda Curtis
Prior to writing romance, award-winning USA Today bestseller Melinda Curtis was a junior manager for a Fortune 500 company, which meant when she flew on the private jet she was relegated to the jump seat-otherwise known as the potty. One course shy of a psychology minor, Melinda's role in corporate America included working with a cultural anthropologist and a marketing psychologist to create more compelling packaging and advertising. After grabbing her pen (and a parachute) she made the jump to full-time writer and has over 50 books released. Melinda believes that knowing what makes people tick can add depth and believability to your writing. She recently came to grips with the fact that she's an empty nester and a grandma, concepts easier to grasp than jet-setting on a potty.

April 25, 2020

Book Launch Checklist: Getting Your Book into the Hands of Readers

You've written the book and if that was your only goal, then you're done. But if your goal is to actually have people – other than your mom and friends – read it, you need to announce your new baby to the world. You've spent months (and often years) turning your manuscript into the best book you can write; you've spent a small fortune on a book cover, hiring an editor, proofreading, formatting, and other related expenses – it only makes sense that you would like to see your efforts pay off.

Join us for this round table discussion as we pool our collective wisdom on efforts we tried that worked… or didn't work. Together we'll build a list of activities that have proven successful. Whether you are indie published or traditionally published, there are things we can all do to increase the number of eyes we get on our books.

Bring your enthusiasm and your ideas to share and you'll leave the meeting with a solid checklist for having your most effective book launch ever!

Facilitator: Bonnie Phelps

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May 16, 2020

Conflict Hurts with Melinda Curtis

Writing conflict hurts – not just because it makes your characters suffer, but also because it's painful to create and carry through on the page. However, conflict drives story and holds an editor's attention, which means it sells books. Conflict also entices readers to turn the page, which helps create a satisfying experience (plus repeat purchases). Bring a story idea to this interactive course and learn how to build, refine or edit your stories by creating compelling conflict and stronger plots, one element at a time.

Takeaways include:
  • Developing story goals that are hindered by conflict
  • How to deepen character and create emotionally satisfying endings
  • Better understanding of internal and external conflict
  • The "bumpers" that keep your characters acting consistently
  • Conflict that catches the attention of editors and agents
  • Summarizing your finished or developed story
About Melinda Curtis
Prior to writing romance, award-winning USA Today bestseller Melinda Curtis was a junior manager for a Fortune 500 company, which meant when she flew on the private jet she was relegated to the jump seat-otherwise known as the potty. One course shy of a psychology minor, Melinda's role in corporate America included working with a cultural anthropologist and a marketing psychologist to create more compelling packaging and advertising. After grabbing her pen (and a parachute) she made the jump to full-time writer and has over 50 books released. Melinda believes that knowing what makes people tick can add depth and believability to your writing. She recently came to grips with the fact that she's an empty nester and a grandma, concepts easier to grasp than jet-setting on a potty.

Register for this workshop

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