We Don’t Need No Stinking Muse with Elizabeth Hoyt
Writers supposedly need a muse to create--- but what
if that muse lies down on the job and refuses to get back up? In this workshop,
we’ll discuss how a professional writer sits her butt in the chair and gets the
manuscript written---muse or no muse.
Story Mastery with Michael Hauge
During this two-part seminar, Hollywood script and
story consultant Michael Hauge, best-selling author of Writing
Screenplays That Sell and Selling Your Story in 60 Seconds: The
Guaranteed Way to Get Your Screenplay or Novel Read, will reveal how great
love stories go beyond their explorations of love and passion to reveal
character arcs, inner transformation and universal themes. By examining both
the Inner and Outer Journeys for your heroine and hero, you will add power to
your story structure, depth to your characters, credibility to their
relationships and commercial potential to your fiction.
*This workshop is 4 hours broken into 2 hour sessions.
Back by popular demand......Floridian Idol
Anonymously submit the first two pages of your
manuscript (not contracted) at registration and our dynamic
volunteers will read the pages aloud to the group. The Agents and Editors will
offer their valuable feedback on each submission. Be aware this is not for the
faint of heart, we occasionally get some Simon Cowell type comments.
Write In with FRW Writers
Have a case of the been there, done that? Instead of
traipsing into Cozumel, put your creative juices to work at our write
in. The hardest part of writing is finding the time to sit your butt in a
chair and write the novel which is what makes Nanowrimo so popular each year.
Bring your computer, notepad or whatever you use and see how much you can you
write in an hour or two. Feed off the creative juices of other and the
vibe that a group of writers brings, not to mention the prizes we will be
Editors and Agents Appointments
Sign up at registration on Thursday to have some
valued one-on-one time with our Agents & Editors.
Super Fans - The Secrets to Selling More
Books with Penny C. Sansevieri
At the end of the day, for all of the marketing we do,
for all of the Tweeting, Facebook-ing, and blogging we really just want to know
if it’s paying off. Does any of this sell books?
How to Sell Books by the Truckload on Amazon with
Penny C. Sansevieri
Amazon is a great place to sell books, but most
authors don’t realize that Amazon has an internal sales machine that will
actually help you market your book, for free, if you trigger it? It’s called
their internal algorithm and, not that dissimilar from ranking on Google, once
Amazon’s algorithm kicks in, you could see a boatload of free promotion come
your way from Amazon.
Rogues, Villains, and Damsels in Distress Why We Love
Historicals with Elizabeth Hoyt, Jade Lee, Tracey Lyons, and Alyssa Maxwell
From Billionaires to Cowboys, and the Everyday
Man…What is the Contemporary Reader searching for? Heather Graham, Demi Alex, Sarah
Anderson, Susan Carlisle, Jean Gordon, and Erin McCarthy
How, When, and Why-nots of Self Publishing with Deb
Ann Davis, Traci Hall, Christopher Hawke, Cheyenne Kopf, Abigail Owens, and Kristen Wallace.
You Can't Just Throw In A Vampire: Creating Paranormal
Novels Your Readers Will Love with Alyssa Day
Creating believable paranormal worlds and characters
that readers love and want to keep coming back to takes a lot more than just
tossing a supernatural creature into your romance novel. Learn secrets to
creating wonderful characters, dialogue, setting, and worlds that invite your
readers into your story with New York Times and USA
Today bestselling author Alyssa Day.
Redeeming the Antagonist with Nancy Brophy
When your antagonists states, "I am the mistress
of all evil." Can she/he be redeemed to become the hero/heroine in the
next book? The answer is yes. This workshop will show how to use POV,
motivation, back story, and character development to create a sympathetic, yet
believable character through either a second chance or a retelling of the same
story from a fresh perspective.
When Your Dog Eats Your Manuscript, or Working Through
Life’s Disasters with Susan Carlisle
Meeting that deadline, pulling that promotional
project together or getting those business bills paid aren’t always easy but
when life gets in the way it can be almost impossible. When there are tail
wagging good days you have to be as productive as possible to counteract for
the Howling at the Moon bad days and the In the Dog House horrible days. This
workshop will share how to deal with the days that come when it seems noting
will get done and what to do if you know you can’t meet that deadline. This is
a serious subject handled in a fun way by someone who knows what it is to write
while a child is ill or do revisions while sitting on the side of her hospital
bed. It is all about being productive when it seems beyond challenging to do
Writing is Revising with Nancy J. Cohen
How do you turn a lump of coal into a diamond? In this
workshop, you’ll learn how to hone your manuscript into a gem of a
read. Common beginner mistakes will be addressed, such as head
hopping, flashbacks, and misused character tags. Then over 30 tips on
self-editing will be offered to steer you on
the correct path. Tools to aid your job will also be
mentioned. It takes more than a single line edit to make your
work shine, whether for a submission or for indie publishing. Revising
your story through several drafts takes meticulous attention to
detail, intense read-throughs, and a sharp eye for
repetitions. You’ll want your book to be as perfect as possible
“Wiggle Writer” Coffee Chat with Deborah Ann Davis
Address the insidious “Sitting Sickness” by becoming a
“Wiggle Writer." Did you know the Surgeon General recommends 30 minutes of
exercise five times a week? However, even if you carve out the time to go to
the gym faithfully, if you spend the day behind the computer (and let's face
it, most of us do), your health is compromised regardless. In my workshop, I
propose a way to painlessly incorporate movement into a sedentary day that
could change the health of our industry. Be prepared to do a little wiggling
and a lot of laughing. What better way to have Fun in the Sun?
Practice your Pitch with Jade Lee and Cindy Dees
You’re on the hot seat as you pitch your story to Jade
Lee, USA Today bestselling author of over 50 books, then work with her as she
tears your story down to the bare bones before you build it back up. Once
that’s done, walk across the room and practice it again with New York Times
bestseller Cindy Dees. By the time you walk out, you’ll be able to pitch with
ease, write with clarity, and best of all, love the story you’re writing from
beginning to end!
How to Become a Branding Badass with Rhonda Stapleton
and Erin McCarthy
We've all heard the term, we all think we know what it
means for our careers, but how do we actually brand ourselves in a practical
way? In an interactive workshop walk out with a preliminary branding concept
just for you and your books.
Reinventing yourself with Marcia King-Gamble and
Be prepared to participate in this fun and exciting
workshop presented by published authors, Marcia King-Gamble and Sandra Madden.
This workshop will enable you to answer a variety of questions and make new
writing career decisions.
Creating a new you – at least on paper. Let's discuss
solid reasons for reinvention.
Does reinvention reflect a change in your career
goals? Or is your career flagging? Has your publisher dropped you
or did they go out of business? Are poor previous sales records hindering
you? Do you need a kick-start after taking a considerable hiatus from
writing? Should this different genre include a new identity for you? What
will taking a pseudonym mean?
Sandra and Marcia will offer pros and cons from their
own unique experiences. But there's more. Much more.
Bringing the H.E.A.T. with Tanya Michaels
Romance novels run the gamut of sweet stories without
love scenes to erotic tales with very explicit sex. Tanya--who has written
books with no sex, hot Blazes, and erotic novellas--will discuss a wide range,
but whether a subgenre is G-rated or X, we want to give readers swoon-worthy
chemistry between the characters. (It's been 200 years since Jane Austen
wrote Pride & Prejudice, and readers still sigh over
Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy.) One way to make chemistry palpable is through
H.E.A.T.--Heightened Emotion, Awareness & Tension. These can be the
building blocks for memorable intimacy, whether the characters consummate their
relationship physically or not. Examples will be given from a wide variety of
novels, TV shows, and films.
Analyzing the Romance Plot with Priscilla Oliveras
The romance plot is far more than a simple: boy meets
girl, boy gets girl, they live Happily Ever After. Let’s face it, a plot like
that makes for a dull story, the opposite of the Keeper Shelf novel we aspire
to write. Using classic romance principles and the classic romance comedy “You’ve
Got Mail,” attendees will see how the eight essential elements can be woven
together to create a Keeper Shelf novel that keeps them clamoring for more.
The Makings of an Effective Critique Group with
Kristen Wallace, Victoria Pinder, and Rossie Cortes
Getting feedback on your work is one of the hardest
things you can do as a writer, but the right critique group can take you from
Slush pile to Greatness. Whether you are currently searching for a group, had a
past unfavorable experience, or are wondering if critique group is even for
you, this workshop will guide you along the ins and outs of what a great
critique group looks like and how to build one.
Blogging For Fun and Books with Jamie
Ever wanted to receive free books? USA Today bestselling author
Jamie K. Schmidt will show you how to set yourself up as a review
blogger so you can receive brand new books -- even before they are
published -- sent directly to you by either the author or the publisher. You
can choose the genre and blog or review as little or as much as you like.
In class we'll go over Goodreads, Netgalley, and other popular places to
request review copies of books. We'll also go over setting up a WordPress
website to blog on and write some blog posts. There will be a discussion
on how to get more people to see your blog and affiliate advertising to make
you some extra cash on the side.
Show Me the Funny with Elisabeth Staab
Humor is a funny thing. It can bring a dry story to
life, make a villain actually sort of likeable, and even turn the pain of an
emotional story or a taboo topic into something a little easier to bear. Let’s
talk about the different ways to have fun with your characters, and how you can
put more humor into your writing, no matter your genre.