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  1. All About Characters All Month Long They say that great characters can make up for a weak plot, but weak characters won't do anything for your book no matter how strong your plot may be. Have you read reviews that say, "I just couldn't get into the characters." If readers love your characters, they'll love your books. Isn't this what you want to hear? Dalton, "just Dalton," is a sweet-talking Texas black ops contractor equipped with a sharp mind, big muscles, an intriguing background tragedy that makes him cry over babies, and boatloads of sex appeal. … Romance fans will drool over Dalton and his fellow camo-clad helicopter-riding commandos as they look for runaways and love. (Publishers Weekly, March 14, 2011). Join award-winning author Terry Odell in September for some interactive discussions about characters you love (or love to hate), how to get to know them, what to do when they don't behave, how to make them distinctive. Share your own favorites and ideas. Topics we'll discuss: Getting to know your characters. Do character worksheets send you screaming for thi hills? We'll discuss techniques used to get to know your characters—and whether or not they're "required" before you can write. Revealing characters to your readers isn't the same as revealing it to yourself. A look at the different sorts of characters. Heroes, heroines, sidekicks. Extras, walkons and spear carriers. How can you help your readers keep them straight. The author will also share her technique for naming characters. What makes some characters memorable? Share some of your favorites and let's see what it is they've done—or haven't done—that makes them the kind of people you wish you knew. Who are the characters that you want more of when the book is over? And why? Terry Odell is our Seminar Host

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  2. Steampunk Rocks! All Month Long Week One: Do Your Research! What is steampunk? Period, location, and most importantly: technology. An overview of writers, old and new, who’ve produced steampunk novel and shorts. Week Two: How Do I Incorporate My Research? Steampunk isn’t just throwing in an airship or two; it must include clear indications of the Victorian time period, whether the actual 1800s or a time/location with direct links and comparisons to same. Week Three: My Steampunk Characters. What do your characters do/ say/ think/ believe that makes them steampunk? What adventures or situations can they involve themselves in that scream ‘steampunk’? Week Four: Here’s Adventure! Here’s Romance! Let’s write something steampunk already! K.G. McAbee and and Cynthia D. Witherspoon is our Seminar Host

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  3. Suspense 101-Learning How to Make things Go Bump in the night Driving Book Sales Through Public Relations & Promotions Special price for seminar Whether you are writing a detective novel, a cozy, a mystery, classic whodunit or thriller, your job as a writer is to capture the reader with the first word and keep them breathless until the very last page. Creating a page turner is something Linn Random knows best.  Since exploding into the world of suspense, Linn Random has achieved top reviews for her novels and her name is linked to tingling suspect, action packed excitement and characters that sparkle with intensity. Her novels are fresh with multilayered plots that will leave you breathless.   If you love hart pounding danger, cover to cover action and beautiful resourceful heroines and street savvy men who will leave your pulse racing, enjoy learning the secrets of the trade from this mistress of mystery.   In Week One, attendees will learn about capturing the reader’s attention with a hook and making the reader care about your characters.  Class members will learn to develop urgency, set goals, develop motivation and drive conflict. Linn will help you create your own plot book to give your characters depth, as well as help you develop the perfect setting for your work in progress. Week Two is about plot, subplots and red herrings and where to hide hidden clues. But there is more, creating the mood, developing and creating that incredible dangerous and delicious climax from which there is no escape…except through wit, courage of your heroine and the slight help of that ruggedly handsome man who has been assisting her throughout her mystery. Week Three will be about the importance of research, accuracy in a world that watches CSI and learning how to create an ending that not only satisfies but turning your reader into a fan who can’t wait for your next romantic suspense. The final Week Four, attendees will learn how to develop their unique concept, the long and short blurb and how to brand themselves, their websites and their work.  This is an interactive class where writers will be invited to share their work, questions and comments. Linn Random is our Seminar Host

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  4. Nuts & Bolts of Writing Better April 17 - 26 *making your scenes work hard

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  5. Creating a Personalized Author Marketing Plan 2-27 (M, T, W each week) A marketing plan is a goal-oriented concept that describes what commercial processes you will involve in promoting, selling, or distributing a product or service. Create one that works for you in this forum-style workshop. Participants will share ideas, ask questions, hunt down URLs, and design a personalized resource file to make their plan even more effective. Kayelle Allen, a multipublished, award winning author, founder of Marketing for Romance Writers and Romance Lives Forever Kayelle Allen is our Seminar Host

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  6. How to Create Living, Breathing, Lovable Characters All Month Long

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  7. Dialogue Boot Camp - October 24 - 28 The art of making fake people sound real. Dialogue – make it active, give it punch, and let it work for you in the development of your characters. As much as your character is defined by his or her actions – their intentions, desires, and goals are best expressed to other characters and readers through dialogue. The structure of dialogue is important to character development in that the way that a person uses words, the ebb and flow of the language they use – it is the best and first in your face introduction to who they are. A person’s speech betrays them and reveals them in more ways than most even realize. In this workshop, we’ll learn how to use sentence structure and word choice to make your characters sound unique in your narrative. Deanna Lee is our Seminar Host

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