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  1. Seven Power Rules of Dramatic Sentences 1st - 5th When I completed my first manuscript, I thought a national day of celebration should be proclaimed.  Imagine my chagrin when I discovered contest judges, agents, and editors weren't impressed by my 700 neat pages.  They expected not only that each chapter, page, and paragraph be effective, but they also demanded that exacting standard apply to each sentence and even each word.  Didn't they know that perfectionism of this level put them at risk for early cardiac arrest? When I had no luck changing their minds, I decided I would have to conform. And these seven rules made all the difference. Lyn Cote will be your Seminar Host

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  2. Jordan Dane's Master Class for Writing Suspense 4th - 17th Join national bestseller & critically acclaimed Jordan Dane when she shares her "Master Class in Writing Suspense." In this unique online class, Dane will provide a comprehensive workshop on writer’s craft that will include: Where do story ideas come from and how to start How to create characters editors are looking for Ten key elements to writing a thriller Where do I go for killer research Ask your questions after every daily session and all during the week of October 4. Answers will be posted the following week – Oct 11-17th. JordanDane is your Seminar Host

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  3. Project Management Skills for the PrePublished AuthorAll month long Author Dana Marton used skills learned at her corporate job to get published and stay published. In the past five years, she's sold 25 books (without an agent) that are published in over a dozen countries in many languages. She's a Rita finalist and the winner of the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence. And it all started with a little project management. --SWAT chart --Force Field Analysis --creating your best possible proposal --your to do list while waiting for the call Dana Marton is our Seminar Host

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  4. The Trickier Bits of Fiction August 16-21 This thoughtful and fun workshop is designed to make developing writers think about the nuances of the craft rather than repeating the same old, same old. The function of each of your characters: goodie? Baddie? Robin Hood? An unreliable narrator?  The page is your stage and your characters the actors; don't let them stand around and just read their lines. Characters must act, react and interact. Chapters 1 and 2 have different functions: how and why and the importance of forward momentum.  Manipulating character emotion: why character emotion and reader emotion need not be the same. Ideas and exercises for becoming your character. Sue Moorcroft writes novels, short stories, serials, articles, courses and writing 'how to' books. She's an experienced creative writing tutor and knows that most 'how to' articles, books and courses about writing a deal with fundamental craft. Moving on to the next level is hard for the developing writer because the material simply isn't out there. So she's agreed to bring you some ... Sue Moorcroft is our Seminar Host

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  5. The Many Layers of Romantic Suspense June 1-15 Romantic Suspense has become it's own genre, neither truly "romance" or "suspense." How can you find your voice when romantic suspense is all over the map? Is there a formula? Are there any guidelines? Sexy or sweet, dark or light, violent or tame, romantic suspense is a vibrant genre that can be blended with any other genre to create something a little new and different. Some of the topics we'll discuss: the romantic suspense triangle (hero, heroine, villain); series, trilogies, stand-alones; pacing & conflict; villains; and research. Questions are welcome!  brief bio: Allison Brennan is a New York Times bestselling author of fourteen romantic thrillers and three short stories. Carnal Sin, book 2 in her supernatural Seven Deadly Sins series will be available on June 22; Original Sin is available now. Her new Lucy Kincaid romantic suspense series starts in January 2011 with Love Me to Death. Allison lives with her husband and five children in northern California. Between kids sporting events and writing, she has no time for fun, but she used to very much enjoy reading, wine tasting, and watching old movies. Allison Brennan is our Seminar Host

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  6. Nuts & Bolts of Writing Better May 24-29 *making your scenes work hard

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  7. Setting the Scene Each word on the page should be used to draw the reader deeper into the story.  Setting each scene, from the background to symbolism, is a crucial part of what grabs the readers and keeps them.  Learn the importance of setting the scene and using active and accurate descriptors to make the world of your characters come alive. Join us as we show you how to make your fantasy world a reality! - Is alliteration a good thing? - How much background is too much background? - Can cutting back on description be a bad thing? Collaborator's Information:  K.G. McAbee has had more than a dozen books and nearly seventy short stories published. Her work has won a variety of awards, including the Dorothy Parker Award of Excellence from Reviewers International, first place in the Writers’ Journal Fiction Contest, and the Independent E-Book Award for Best Reference Book. She is an Eppie Award finalist in fantasy and winner in children’s books, a Dream Realm Award finalist in adult fantasy, a Sapphire Award finalist is short fantasy, and a Derringer Award finalist in mystery. The Dark Legacy, published by Calderwood Books, won the 2008 Dream Realm Award for Best YA Fantasy. She writes fantasy, both YA and adult, mystery, science fiction, pulp and horror. Cynthia D. Witherspoon’s publication experience includes Something’s Got to Give-(2004-2005 The Concept) as well as Chorus of the Dead in Whortleberry Press’ short story collection entitled It Was a Dark and Stormy Halloween.  Her short story Rest My Brothers was most recently published in  Christmas in Space  (Whortleberry Press). Her awards include an Honorable Mention in The Writer’s Workshop of Asheville’s Words of Love Contest (2009) as well as second place in the Eleventh Annual Hub City Writer’s Project Fiction Contest (2009). K.G. McAbee and Cynthia D. Witherspoon is our Seminar Host

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  8. Writing the Novel for Beginners All Month Long Have you always wanted to write a novel but don't know where to start? Let Amber guide you in getting to that first book! Step-by-step on how to create your first novel in as little time as 30 days! Let's put your mind to the test and write that book together! Amber Grosjean is our Seminar Host

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  9. Call of the Wild : Wolf Lore, truths and myths every writer should know about wolves 3rd -17th A month long seminar for writers who are interested in writing about wolves and werewolves in their stories but who want more background on the basic biology and behavior of real wolves.  Writers will also learn why the wolf evolved from admired archetype to savage evil nemesis of man. Lessons: Part 1. Introduction Wolf Natural History A. Basic Biology B. Wolf Behavior Part 2. Wolf Lore in Europe and Central Asia Wolf as totem Wolf as enemy of man Eva Gordon, BA Zoology, MA Biology, California Secondary Teaching Credential in the Life Sciences. She volunteers as a wildlife educator and has volunteered at the Howling Acres Wolf Sanctuary in Southern Oregon. She loves doing presentations on wolf and werewolf lore. She writes paranormal romance and fantasy novels. She is author of the Wolf Maiden Chronicles. Werewolf Sanctuary is book 1 and is followed by Beast Warrior: Viking Werewolf and soon to be published White Wolf of Avalon: Werewolf Knight. With many more coming in the saga. She loves delving into werewolf lore and writes what she calls her  ‘werewolfhistoricals’ romance novels. She also pursues non-fiction scholarly research on global werewolf lore. Eva Gordon is our Seminar Host

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