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2018 Master Classes
The Story Lives in You:  Tapping into Your Deepest Creative Sources with Christopher Vogler

With his landmark book “The Writer’s Journey”, Chris Vogler rolled out the map of storytelling and revealed its deep sources in psychology and mythology.  In his decades of working in Hollywood story departments he has continued to explore how writers can tap their own minds and bodies for inspiration and fresh solutions to story problems.  In this special day-long workshop, you can join this master of story and character construction as he unfolds both the classic, timeless patterns of myths and new techniques for opening your own limitless sources of creativity.  The workshop focuses on the role of the body – that of the writer and of the reader or viewer – in creating scenes that people will remember and enjoy for their emotional power.  His passion for story will recharge your batteries and give you access to your own deep resources of creativity and emotional truth.

The Techniques of Timeless Storytelling with Donald Maass

The techniques of timeless storytelling are not limited to fairy tales or classics, but work seamlessly in contemporary story modes.  Led by literary agent and craft teacher Donald Maass, this hands-on workshop presents the methods that create both timeless resonance and up-to-date freshness on the page.

Authors and the IRS

Presented by: Peggy Doviak

A Certified Financial Planner (TM), practitioner and professor of financial planning for fifteen years, Peggy Doviak demystifies income tax planning for authors. Peggy will explain the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and summarize what every author needs to know about both the new laws as well as the rules that don’t change, what’s deductible and what isn’t.

Press Kit: An Essential Tool in the Author’s Tool Kit

Presented by:  Katheryn Jane

One magical file for when opportunity knocks. Learn how to put together a comprehensive file filled with all the “stuff” you need to have at your fingertips—the little things we never think of until someone asks. Be prepared to guest blog at a moment’s notice, Take advantage of last-minute opportunities. Take the headache out of posts for Facebook parties or takeovers. Be Twitter-ready.

Where To Start Your Story

Presented by: Lindsay Schopfer

A great story must start strong to get the reader’s attention. Each novel’s beginning must be a balancing act of description, backstory, and action. Participants in this workshop will learn how much backstory to include in their novel, how to identify essential establishing information, and how to effectively drop their readers into the action.

Write To Market Masterclass

Presented by:  Chris Fox

This three hour masterclass will teach you to research, write, and market a novel that will sell, without sacrificing your creativity. If you want to make a living writing fiction, then this class can be your first step to five figure months. Whether you’re writing your first novel, or have a sizable backlist, this masterclass will provide you with the tools to elevate your author career.

Left Brain Plotting for Right Brainers

Presented by: Cherry Adair

Cherry Adair delivers a fast-moving, informative Master Class on plotting and the essential elements of plot. This workshop will bring participants to the next
level of plotting. Yes, this class is also for those of you who write by the seat of your pants! You will learn the essential structure and vital elements of plotting so that you write faster and smarter.

Best Practices for Indie Authors

Presented by: Deborah Schneider and Saralynn Holt

Have you considered becoming an Indie Published author, but didn’t know how to begin? This workshop will provide some background on what Indie Publishing is, reasons you might want to consider it and a step-by-step process for uploading your books to KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing). From formatting to distribution, you’ll discover simple ways to become your own publisher. Deborah and SaraLynn have Indie published over a dozen books and stories, so that YOU can learn from their experiences.

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