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Seminar: Managing the Passage of Time

Some stories take place in a matter of days, or even hours.  Others are multi-generational epics.  And yet, both need to fit into the number of pages you get for a book manuscript or screenplay.  So how do you manage the progression of time?  We will focus on utilizing…

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Seminar: High Stakes Plotting

You know there needs to be something at stake in your plot, but are those stakes high enough to keep the reader engaged?  Are the stakes getting higher as your story progresses?  Will readers be on the edge of their seats, so invested in what is happening to your character…

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Seminar: Writing Vivid Side Characters

You know you need a spectacular protagonist, facing off against an equally strong antagonist.  But what about all your spear carriers, love interests, sidekicks, mentors and henchmen?  They don’t always get much page space, so how can you use what you do give them to make them memorable?  We…

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Teen Writing Class Level 2 (1 week)

Class runs July 22-28 from 10 AM -12:30 PM.  Requirements: Teen Writing Class Level 1 or Writing Instruction through another school/program.Sign up on the Writing Workshops Dallas Web Site.Welcome to our Writing Classes for Teens and Young Writers at Writing Workshops Dallas! We’re happy…

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Teen Writing Class (1 Week)

Class runs July 15 – 19 from 1-4 PM.Sign up on the Writing Workshops Dallas Web Site.This is a workshop-style class in fiction writing, designed to provide a peer environment for teenaged writers (Grades 8-12). Led by Amber Royer, whose debut novel Free Chocolate was named…

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Young Writer’s Camp (1 Week)

Class runs July 15 – 19 from 10 AM-12:30 PM.Sign up on the Writing Workshops Dallas Web Site. This is a hands-on class in fiction designed to introduce young writers (Grades 4-7) to basic concepts in writing craft.  Led by Amber Royer, whose debut novel…

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Teen Writing Class (1 Week)

Class runs June 24 – 28 from 1-4 PM.Sign up on the Writing Workshops Dallas Web Site.This is a workshop-style class in fiction writing, designed to provide a peer environment for teenaged writers (Grades 8-12). Led by Amber Royer, whose debut novel Free Chocolate was named…

DFW Writer’s Conference

I will be on programming this year at the DFW Writer’s Conference.  For more information, and to check out my schedule when it is listed visit the Conference site at:https://dfwcon.org…

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Saturday Night Write: Seeding in Literary Elements to Make Your Story Feel Complete

Saturday Night Write meets on the third Saturday of each month to provide instruction and encouragement to writers in the community surrounding UT Arlington (and anyone else who wants to drive out to meet up with us).  Our discussion leader presents a structured topic and background research to spark interactive…

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Saturday Night Write: Designing a Mystery Plot / Subplot

Saturday Night Write meets on the third Saturday of each month to provide instruction and encouragement to writers in the community surrounding UT Arlington (and anyone else who wants to drive out to meet up with us).  Our discussion leader presents a structured topic and background research to spark interactive…

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Frisco Book Fest

I will be presenting a Teen Writing Workshop at the Frisco Book Fest.  I will also have an author table at the event.More information on the festival can be found on their web site: https://friscolibrary.com/friscobookfest .&nbsp…

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Storysmith Conference

I will be presenting Surf the Waves: Writing Compelling Characters at the Storysmith Conference sponsored by the Writer’s Guild of Texas.You can find more details on the conference on thier site:  https://www.wgtonline.org/events/spring-2019MORNING SESSION (9AM–NOON):“Surf the Waves: Writing Compelling Character…

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Signing at Barnes and Noble Creekwalk in Plano

I will have choc-tastic surprises in store at my signing at the B&N in Plano.Let me know you’re coming on the Facebook event link:https://www.facebook.com/events/259283634998279…

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Saturday Night Write: Archetype vs Cliche

Saturday Night Write meets on the third Saturday of each month to provide instruction and encouragement to writers in the community surrounding UT Arlington (and anyone else who wants to drive out to meet up with us).  Our discussion leader presents a structured topic and background research to spark interactive…

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Musing, Uncategorized, Writing Tips

Kintsugi and The Fine Art of the Character Arc

In real life, we resist change.  But our characters get pushed to change by the plot.  Some characters embrace change, and are more than ready to undertake a hero’s journey. Typically, though, protagonists don’t like change – especially difficult, painful change — any more than you do. &nbsp…

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WordField2019

This is the Make-Up Day for the events that got flooded out at Writer’s in the Field.RSVP at their facebook event:https://www.facebook.com/events/346640309403885/Yeli from Yelibelly Chocolates and I will be doing the Chocolate in the Field Demo, so you guys won’t…

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WordFest

I’ll be representing Saturday Night Write out at WordFest.  I will also be on the panet “It’s a mystery to me: Working Authors describe the writing process.”  Come on out to see what’s going on in the DFW writing community! RSVP through the Facebook event.https…

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News, Writing Tips

Guest Blogger: Bud Humble

We have Bud Humble as our guest speaker for Saturday Night Write on March 16, 2019. So I thought I’d invite him to stop by the blog. He will be discussing The Benefits of Hands-On Research.So here’s what I asked Bud:Hi Bud!Hey Amber! Thank…

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Pure Chocolate Launch Party

Are you ready to Return to the Chocoverse? Reserve a copy of Pure Chocolate for the signing by calling Interabang Books at 214.484.4289 .If you get a chance, RSVP on Facebook.  It’s not required, but it helps me know how much cake to bring.                                                                    Dallaschocolate.org and…

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Saturday Night Write: Aliens and Anthropomorphic Characters

Saturday Night Write meets on the third Saturday of each month to provide instruction and encouragement to writers in the community surrounding UT Arlington (and anyone else who wants to drive out to meet up with us).  Our discussion leader presents a structured topic and background research to spark interactive…

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5 Session Class: Novel Writing: Level 3 (Start Date)

Are you ready to take your novel writing skills to the next level? In this course, you will learn how to handle four different types of scenes: action scenes, relationship scenes, humorous scenes and “twister” scenes. We will cap the course with a session on troubleshooting your plot, editing your…

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5 Session Class: Writing About Yourself Online (Start Date)

Whether you’re wanting to present yourself as a foodie, share your travelogues or highlight yourself as an expert in a profession or hobby, sharing personal stories will help your readers connect with you. In this course, students will explore techniques for writing effective short memoirs and personal essays, including…

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Literary Terms, Writing Tips

Who’s Your Protag?

If you’re writing a book with multiple viewpoints, sometimes it can be confusing to figure out who’s story this is.  You may have a character that’s fun to write, or one that feels like they should be the protagonist based on genre conventions.  But are they really…

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