to Synopsis and Proposal w/ Linda Windsor
easier to write the synopsis
of a novel once the book is finished. But writers must know how to do
order to pitch and sell the book, as well as to have a guide from which
to work while
plotting and writing it. Having been a seat-of-the-pants plotter, Linda
speaks from over 30 novels' worth of positive and negative experience,
what editors and agents want and don't want to see in this make-or-break
first peek at your project.
Using a simple parable from scripture, the
author will demonstrate how you can
build a synopsis--regardless of the fiction genre--by addressing nine
essential questions that
editors want answered. She will also explain the elements of the
proposal, including the basic content, what marketing wants to
see, and the different writing
styles appropriate for the cover letter, synopsis and the sample
to Plot w/ Linda Windsor
Once the synopsis is complete, where do we go
from there? Windsor will show the class how to flesh out a synopsis into
a basic plot by answering provocative questions about the key characters,
their motivations, and the action. This method has saved her hours of
wandering through her novel without a road map to keep her on target, and of
writing scenes that slowed down the pacing.
No, the author will not
know 'everything' that is going to happen in detail. Her characters and
unexpected circumstances or opportunities inevitably will change the original
plan to some degree, changes which she has found are always for the better. In the
end, however, this three-dimensional approach can develop a story that will
draw in readers and keep them turning the pages to a satisfying
Marketing and Platform
Marketing and Platform: Turning
These Twin Dreads into Your Biggest Assets w/ Cheri Cowell
Editors and agents ask “What is your platform?” and
“What is your marketing plan?” These two dreaded questions are part of the
publishing reality. But how do you get a platform if you don’t have one, and
what are you to do when the whole marketing thing overwhelms you? In this class
you will learn to build on your strengths while tapping into a plan any writer
can put into place. You will leave this class with a step-by-step course of
action, so you can confidently answer the twin questions with, “Yes, I have a
platform and marketing plan. Let me show you.”
Queries w/ Cheri Cowell
How to Write Them, Use Them, and Be
More Productive With Them
Come and learn how query templates are
your key to multiplying your efforts, what will make yours stand out from
other queries, and how to avoid those things that scream “amateur.”
Advantage of the e-Book Trend w/ Cheri Cowell
Find out why there is a window right
now for taking advantage of this trend that will soon be closing. Find out if
your book is a good choice for e-conversion. Learn what you should know about
doing it yourself or hiring someone. Learn how material you have in your files now
could be ministering to a new audience as an e-book or audiobook.
Craft of Writing
Proposals that Pop w/ Hartline Literary Agent Jim Hart
Your book proposal is often the
first thing a prospective literary agent and editor will review as part of
their decision-making process. Good proposals are noted and receive responses, while bad
proposals are deleted and forgotten.
Pop” will give you valuable information on what exactly should be, and what
should not be, included in your proposal. Some of the themes discussed will
include: Basic Structure Guidelines, Compelling Cover Letters, and Knowing When
Be Your Own Best Editor w/ Lin Johnson
Writers who make sales and
get assignments not only have good content but also clean copy. Learn how to
think like an editor to clean up your manuscripts before sending them.
Money Writing for Specialty Markets w/ Lin Johnson
A wide variety of markets for freelance writers
exists outside of periodicals and books. Those specialty markets include curriculum, Bible study
guides, drama, puzzles, games, crafts, tracts, devotionals, and greeting cards.
In this workshop, you'll gain an introduction to the genres, learn about any
special qualifications you'll need to write for them, and become acquainted with potential
markets for your manuscripts.
Participating in the Poem w/ Shirley Stevens
This workshop will involve participants in the craft of
poetry. We will
draft poems, share the results, revise poems, and perform
study models by well known contemporary poets and
examine the poetic elements in the models.
poetry is both written and oral, we will read poems aloud and
train our ears to listen to the effects of various elements
of the craft. We will
also experiment with a performance poem: "The Poem
for Two Voices."
writers may profit from practicing elements of the craft
including precise diction, figurative language, alliteration,
assonance, and rhythm.
intermediate,and advanced poets are welcome
to participate in the poem.
Writing for Children
for Young Children: Tapping into Your Inner Child w/ Anne Slanina
This lively, interactive session will focus on
developing an awareness of the inspiration around us in our everyday life and
what grabs young children’s attention.
You will engage in activities to awaken your innate creative nature in
order to find your own special voice for writing for young children.
Knowledge of Child Development to Write for Young Children w/ Anne Slanina
Participants in this session will learn how
knowledge of child development theory can assist in writing for young children.
The session will be a combination of lecture, discussion and exploring
literature that has the potential to guide children’s moral, social and emotional
it all Together: Prioritizing, Collaborating, and Publishing w/ Anne Slanina
Wonderful! You’ve got a great idea for your first
book! Now what?! This session will
explore issues that will empower you to make the necessary decisions for
setting your goals and determining your next steps so that you will be able to
see your dream of a book become a reality.
Should Hire an Agent w/ Hartline Literary Agent Jim Hart
the waters in the publishing ocean can be tricky. It’s easy to go around in
circles and never reach your intended destination. There is danger of running
aground and being stuck in uncharted territory. You need someone that has
sailed those waters and possesses the knowledge and experience to steer you in the
good agent works with you to set goals, plot your course, and then work with
you, and on your behalf, to ‘land’ the publishing deal that is best for you.
You Should Hire an Agent” will address the
following issues: Editorial Contact; Business Management; Career Development;
How to Get Published w/ Lin Johnson
Do you like to write but
don't know how to get your words published? Are you tired of receiving
rejection letters instead of checks? Do you long to see your name in print?
Learn the nuts and bolts of getting published in this class. Topics include
focusing your ideas for publication, targeting the right markets for your
ideas, writing articles, rights and copyright, query letters, keeping records,
dealing with rejection, and basic resources you'll need.
The Writing Life w/ Lin Johnson
Writing involves more than
putting words on screen or page; there’s a whole world of lifestyle/business
aspects to deal with as well. Learn to gather ideas, find time to write, deal
with rejections, develop positive relationships with editors, organize your
resources and records, deal with income/expenses, and set goals.
Article Writing: Beyond the Basics w/ Joyce Ellis
Get fewer rejections by sharpening your skills in this continuing
class. If you’ve taken a basic how-to-get-published course, this track will
help you deepen your article-structuring ability (lack of which is a major shortcoming
editors see in manuscripts submitted to them). You can then put that knowledge into
practice in two of the article types editors look for most, the devotional
article and the personal experience article.
The Art of Interviewing and Shaping Articles From Interviews w/ Joyce Ellis
Capturing the life of an interesting person in a
single article can be one of the most enjoyable and rewarding skills a writer
can learn. In this workshop we’ll cover important essentials for interviewing
the person you want to write about. You'll then learn how to organize that material,
structure the article, and weave in quotations appropriately for an interesting
and publishable article editors will love.
Research Techniques for Both Fiction and Nonfiction w/ Joyce Ellis
Don't cringe. After this class, you may view research as the most enjoyable
part of the writing process. You’ll discover how you can make your fiction and
nonfiction ring true to life with both traditional and in-the-field research
(even for historical fiction). This workshop will be chock full of “stories
from the trenches” incorporating Joyce's decades of writing, ghostwriting, and editing
fiction and nonfiction for Christian publishers.
Writing Curriculum w/ Lin Johnson
If you like to study the
Bible and have teaching experience, you have the basics for being a curriculum
writer. Learn the types of curricula editors are looking for, how to get
assignments, markets, and how to write to meet teachers’ and learners’ needs.