Johnnie Alexander — Opening Scene Critique Workshop  | Friday only. Click here for more information.

The opening pages of your manuscript need to shine bright to get the attention of a publisher or agent. You’re invited to submit the first five or six pages (the opening scene) of your novel for critique. As a group, we’ll discuss craft elements such as: opening hook; characters; point of view; showing/telling; and voice. This workshop is limited to six participants.

Patricia Bradley — Brainstorming Your Character's Journey | Friday only. Click here for more information.

Each person will have forty minutes where we will explore how the lie their protagonist believes and the wound it creates make that character who he or she is when they walk on the page. Each participant needs to bring a brief (paragraph) synopsis of their story and their character’s goal in the story. This session is limited to six people.

Tamara Clymer — Clean the Clutter


Once you have written the first draft of your book, it’s time to go back through it and look for anything that disrupts the flow. Tamara will walk you through the editing steps and show you what to look for so that your writing will be tight and your message unmistakable to editors and readers.

Kathy Cretsinger — Understanding the Different Ways to Publish Your Book

We have several options to publish our books today. What is the difference between self-publishing your manuscript and publishing with a traditional publisher?

Susan Page Davis — Crafting Great Scenes

We will learn the elements every fiction scene must-have, the difference between conflict and suspense, and how to craft both active and reactive scenes so that the reader is left wanting to read more.

Rachel Hauck — Dialogue: The Fuel of Every Story Engine

Dialogue conveys the emotion and tension of every story. In this class we'll talk about how to "tell the story between the quotes," and add the desired tension and heart to your story.

Harriet Michael — Freelancing 101

Learn the basics of freelance writing in this workshop that covers writers' rights, query letters, contracts, writing magazine articles, short stories, and other short pieces, as well as selling reprints. The instructor will also share insights on specific places that are looking for freelance pieces, what rights they buy, what they pay, and how to submit to them.

Harriet Michael — Writing Powerful Devotions

In this four-hour class you will learn the nuts and bolts of devotional writing and how to write devotionals that resonate with readers. You will also learn how to modify devotions to meet the requirements of different publications. The first part of this workshop will be instructional, and the last part will offer a chance to write a devotion and submit it to a magazine for possible publication. Come prepared to write in class. Bring your laptop, iPad, or just pen and paper so that you can submit your completed devotion to a magazine either while in class or once you return home.

Amy Parker — Rhythm, Rhyme, & Musicality

In this interactive workshop for children’s writers, best-selling children's author Amy Parker leads you through the process of creating lyrical and poetic language little ones will love. The session will cover rhythm, rhyme, repetition, and readability, providing opportunities to create your verse and receive immediate feedback from your peer group. Attendees are welcome to bring applicable works in progress for in-class feedback and revision.

Dell Self — Book Interior Essentials for Nonfiction Self-publishers

In this workshop, Dell focuses on the proper placement and structure of book parts as well as avoiding book interior mistakes that make a book look amateurish. Homemade is great when the topic is dessert—not so much for books. For better or for worse, your book impacts your credibility.

Delores Topliff  — The Three C's of Poetry

The 3 Cs = Poetry Captures Pictures, Creates a Mood, Conveys a Feeling.  Anyone can be released to write poetry. This session offers inspiration to jump-start or increase your poetry writing in rhymed, unrhymed, and in any poetry genre.

Shannon Vanatter— Polishing the First Three Chapters | Friday only. Click here for more information.

The first three chapters of every fiction book needs to shine. You’re invited to submit three chapters or 30 pages, whichever comes first to Shannon via email and she will have your chapters ready for a one on one critique on Friday, March 20, 2020.  These twenty-five-minute sessions are based on a first come first served basis.

Shannon Vanatter — Avoiding Redlines and Rejections

This class compiles a list of top twelve mistakes revealed by published authors and editors. For each mistake, there is an easy fix. The result: clean copy that will grab the editor and make it hard for them not to offer you a contract again and again.