Creating Memorable Characters, for Fiction, Film and TV
For more: davidcorbett.com
Susan Sachs Lipman
Author of Fed up with Frenzy
The Book's Done, But You’re Not:
Marketing and Promotion for Authors
Susan discussed establishing a platform, writing and pitching releases, blogging, social media, interviews, approaching booksellers, and creating events.
For more: slowfamilyonline.com
Simon Wood: Author of Mystery and Suspense Writer
Simon shared with us his technique for building suspense and how to create a unique and genuinely original plot, twist by twist.
For more: simonwood.net
Priscilla Royal: Author of Medieval Mysteries
Priscilla shared with us her methods of research and how she gets the details just right.
For more: priscillaroyal.com
Cara Black: Author of bestselling and award nominated Aimée Leduc Investigation series
Cara discussed research techniques that she uses to produce her mystery novels set in the 1990's in Paris.
For more: carablack.com
Tanya Egan Gibson: Author, Editor, Writing Coach
Tanya discussed how she used her research to not only enrich her scenes, but to inspire the events, dialogue and subplots in her novels.
She taught us some tricks on how to make a world exciting, and and how to use objects belonging to that world to strengthen both plot and characterization.
For more: tanyaegangibson.com
Lynn Stegner, Author and Educator
Peg Alford Pursell Writer, Editor and Educator
Peg spoke about the art of writing Flash Fiction.
Beth Barany; Creative Consultant for Writers
10 Tips to Jumpstart Your Creativity
Writing is much like exercise: the more we write, the better a writer we become. Beth shared much more than her 10 tips and got us all enthused about the writing process. She offered practical advice to keep our creative juices flowing and gave us exercises to help generate new ideas for every stage of the writing process.
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Anyone Can Write a Kid's Book and Other Myths
A panel of children's book writers
Anyone can write a kids' book, right? Cynthia Chin-Lee, author of six children's books, lead a panel of children's book writers, including SuAnn and Kevin Kiser and Debbie Duncan, and let us know just how difficult and yet rewarding it is.
Weaving fiction into a memoir
Fred Setterberg, author of Lunch Bucket Paradise discussed the personal path he has taken to become a writer of a fictional memoir and why. He read snippets of his work and discussed the how, when, and why one should cling to the facts but allow yourself to invent in some instances.
So you want to publish an eBook?
Debbie Duncan recounted her brave exploits navigating the dangerous arena of self-publishing her first ebook. She gave us a wealth of nuts and bolts information and covered everything from formatting an ebook to dealing with copyright issues.
The Art of Emotioneering
Nora Profit of the Writing Loft spoke about how a writer shoud strive to make an emotional impact in every paragraph. And about how readers hear the words in their heads so writers should make their work rhythmic and interesting to listen to. It was a great session. There will be an upcoming boot camp with Nora in June.
Visit The Writing Loft to learn more about Nora Profit and her creative writing workshops. Nora is also the author of 10 Glaring Mistakes Amateur Writers Make and How to Avoid Them.
The Great Completion: Getting the Book Done
Albert Flynn DeSilver, former Poet Laureate of Marin, spoke about the difficulties he has faced in his past and how they influenced his work and fueled his desire to produce and share. His new memoir titled, "Beamish Boy: A Memoir of Recovery & Awakening" is due out this May.
20% off Mentoring Services!
For a limited time, Albert is generously offering his services as Coach and Mentor for 20% off to Members of the CWC sf/peninsula branch. Download a pdf for more information. Visit his website.
How to Go From Unknown to Bestseller
Ezra Barany used his experience in promoting his own book, the Torah Codes to illustrate his points. He advocated carefully choosing a title by using words which are of particular interest to internet search engines. He also suggested paying special attention to the first sentence, first paragraph and first chapter of one's book. He spoke of the importance of how to make a book easy to read. He also suggested making a book trailer (short video) for Youtube.
For more about Ezrah Barany: thetorahcodes.com
Art of Character
About David Corbett
Susan Sachs Lipman
Fed Up With Frenzy
About Susan Sachs Lipman
About Simon Wood
The Sanctity of Hate
About Priscilla Royal
Murder Below Montparnasse Aimee Leduc Series
About Cara Black
Tanya Egan Gibson
How to Buy a Love
About Tanya Egan Gibson
Because a Fire
Was in My Head
Falkner Award Winner
More about Lynn Stegner
Henrietta The Dragon Slayer
More about Beth Barany
Lunch Bucket Paradise
A True-Life Novel
More about Fred Setterberg
Caller Number Nine
More about Debbie Duncan
10 Glaring Mistakes Amateur Writers Make and How to Avoid Them.More about Nora Profit
Albert Flynn DeSilver
Letters to Early Street
More about Albert DeSilver
The Torah Codes
More about Ezra Barany