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Are you a published writer? Or are you looking to get published? We are here to help. We have some wonderful people who volunteered their time and their talents to help you with your quest in this field. These seminars are free and are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Stop by today.

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  1. February 3rd - 9th

    Many writing advice books and gurus will tell you that there is no such thing as writer’s block, that to even consider it, you invite it in or that suffering a block is just an excuse for not writing. Yet we all know that paralyzing fear. That moment when we sit down and put our hands to the keyboard and nothing comes. Pretending it doesn’t exist doesn’t help. This workshop will address how to determine the cause of the silence as well as strategies to get those voices sounding loud and clear in your head again.

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    After building a career with three releases a year, K.A. Mitchell left her day job to pursue writing full time, only to find herself paralyzed by silence in her head. It took half of one very scary year to find the rhythm again. Now that she’s been through that hell and come out on the other side, she plans to share what she learned with her peers, hoping to curtail the vacation time of muses everywhere.

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  2. February 15th

    There are reasons why romance readers pick up stories with one type of hero and not another. They have expectations for this hero. Satisfy these expectations and readers are more likely to enjoy your story.

    But we have to do more than simply give readers a ‘type’ of hero. Heroes should be individuals. They have goals, motivations, flaws and other traits. We’ll talk about how to make your hero one of a kind, a hero readers will remember and love.

    Note: We’ll be talking specifically about SciFi Romance heroes in this workshop but I’ve used the same process for my contemporary and paranormal heroes.

    Day One - Morning
    We’ll talk about why readers choose stories with one type of hero and not another.
    We’ll discuss the reader expectations for cyborgs, bounty hunters, aliens, clones, androids and other SciFi romance hero ‘types’.

    Day One - Afternoon
    Now that we know the reader expectations, we’ll discuss how to take a character ‘type’ and craft him into a character, giving him goals, motivation, flaws and other traits.

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  3. February 7-28

    Writing M/M Romance presented by A. Cathering Noon

    When "what he said" isn't enough

    Writing M/M romance, or "male/male" romance, came about in the late 1960's (probably much earlier, but that's when folks admit to it), written largely by and for women. It has its roots in the fan communities and stories were mimeographed (anybody remember those?) to be passed around at conventions or mailed (yes, snail mail) back and forth.

    And then came the internet.

    Now, with the explosion of ebooks and the ease of sharing stories via forums and archives, the genre has come into its own. There are now more and more original stories with two male characters who meet, have conflicts, and fall in love. And yes, there's the sex.

    We'll talk about how to write convincing male characters and how to handle pronoun confusion. We'll touch on some elements of erotic writing and how to make scenes as hot, or as sweet, as one wishes.

    Most of all, we'll have fun. Join me for some discussion and, most of all, some writing.

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  4. March 7-13

    Show Not Tell presented by Michele Drier

    Bring the reader into your story by understanding and using techniques that show the action.

    Showing not telling brings readers into the action and characters of your story. This class will teach you ways to use active verbs, body language and dialogue tags to pump up your writing through examples, exercises and critiques.

    You'll look at body language, ("I don't get it." He picked up a pencil, turned it over and scratched his head.) instead of "I don't get it," he said.

    Active verbs include ways to eliminate (at least limit) auxiliary forms of "to be" (e.g. was).

    Reducing gerunds and using appropriate verbs (a grown woman doesn't "scamper". Just because it's in a Thesaurus doesn't mean it should be used.

    There will be short writing exercises (no more than a paragraph) and peer critiques.

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  5. January 12-14

    Top 10 Sales Skills for Authors presented by Ruth Kaufman

    In our rapidly changing marketplace, authors need the To p 10 Sales Skills to increase readership and be discoverable among hundreds of thousands of romance novels available.

    In today’s competitive and fast-changing marketplace, neither published or as-yet-unpublished authors can afford to take refuge behind their keyboards, hoping increased name awareness and royalties will materialize on their own and turn into increased readership. To make the most of our writing efforts, authors must learn to be salespeople and marketers. Learn strategies for breaking through fears or shyness and be bold in your quest to grow your career.

    Corporate sales and marketing veteran and Amazon bestselling author Ruth Kaufman explains why authors should learn the Top Ten Skills all successful salespeople share, then helps participants create and apply an individualized sales plan.

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  6. January 18-22

    Self-Editing presented by Ann Jacobs

    Self-editing for fiction writers

    Ann Jacobs, multi-published author of bestselling, award-winning novels and novellas, takes you step by step through the self-edits you need to perform before presenting your book or novella to a publisher, a private line editor or the world in general.

    - Maximize the functionality of your word processor to help clean your manuscript while recognizing its limitations

    - Realize where your skills lie when it comes to grammar, punctuation, spelling and word choice, and tailor your self-editing process to account for your strengths—and mitigate your areas of weakness (in other words, where to focus your self-editing efforts to best advantage)

    - Learn to recognize when your manuscript is as good as you can make it—before turning it in to be judged/contracted/presented to the end purchaser

    Seminar is an accompaniment to a short, to-the-point book, available in print ($9.99) or digital ($3.99) format from Amazon. Will run a special on the digital version during the time of seminar.

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