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Creativity Jumpstart at Lonestar Ink

I will be presenting my Creativity Jumpstart interactive program at Lonestar Ink this year.  I’m speaking on Thursday night, but the conference runs all weekend. Are you stuck on your WIP? Or trying to find a starting point for a new project? Try out a few hands-on…

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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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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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Chocolate Demo at Writer’s In The Field

I’ll be partnering with representatives from DallasChocolate.org to talk chocolate in a hands-on presentation at the second annual Writer’s in the Field.The event is intended to help local writers take their research to the next level, to improve their fiction.  They’ll have experts in…

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5 Session Class: Creative Writing: Beginner’s Fiction (Start Date)

If you love to read and have always wanted to write, bring a pen or your laptop to this class. Students will learn how to create fiction that will resonate with readers and will take their first steps towards developing their own unique literary voice. Topics include: narration, characterization, dialogue…

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FenCon

I’ll be a guest at FenCon this year.  Check their web site for updates including my programming schedule…

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Seminar: Managing the Passage of Time on the Page

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: 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…

Book Signing at the Creekwalk Plano Barnes and Noble

I will be signing copies of Free Chocolate from noon – 2.  Expect fun, chocolaty surprises.You can RSVP for the event over on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/214177919233613/&nbsp…

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Seminar: Achieving Catharsis

Catharsis is defined as a cleansing of emotions.  As a writing theory, it goes as far back as Aristotle’s Poetics.  But it’s actually simple to understand.   You know how sometimes you close the cover of a book or walk out of the theater, and you’ve laughed, you…

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Workshop: Query Letter Clinic for Writers

Do you have a completed novel or a novel-in-progress? Are you ready to take the next step towards getting it traditionally published? Then you need a well-polished query letter to serve as your introduction to prospective agents and editors. Learn what goes into an effective query – and…

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New Advanced Novel Writing Classes

Are you ready for a new writing adventure and some new writing challenges?So excited about the new series of classes I’m doing for UTA Continuing Education this fall.  There was such an overwhelming positive response to the Novel 1-2-3 classes that they’ve decided to test…

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Workshop: Writing About Food

Whether you’re writing a novel, or want to be a blogger, adding descriptions of food will give a sensory appeal to your work and ground it in a specific place and time. This hands-on session will include a chocolate tasting. Participants will then write and share descriptions. Fiction…

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Free Chocolate Launch Party

Are you ready for a taste of  Free Chocolate? Reserve a copy 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 Interabang Books…

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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: Focus on Genre: Writing Humor (Start Date)

Humorous writing can be hard to master. However, it can get easier if you understand the techniques comedians use to get a laugh. Whether you are pulling anecdotes from real life, are writing a funny character in fictional situations, or want to blend humor with other genres, there’s something…

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5 Session Class: Write It Short (Start Date)

Get ready to write for kids and/or teens, some of our most demanding yet voracious readers. Learn how publishers divide Children’s and YA books according to age and content, and how to create characters and plotlines that will resonate with readers at each of those different ages. Students…

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WORDfest 2.0

WORDfest is back – bigger, greater, and more festive than ever! Last year, this big-tent ‘all-you-can-meet’ literary event brought over 20 North Texas writers organizations and more than 300 writers together at Tarrant County College’s Northeast Campus for a day of unforgettable creative connection.Whether you…

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5 Session Class: Novel Writing, Level 2 (Start Date)

Are you ready to build your novel writing skills? Or are you confident in your writing, but mystified by terms like character agency, pathos, and subtext? In this course, you will learn how to craft realistic dialogue, create characters who do indeed have agency, understand narrative structure, and connect readers…

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5 Session Class: Writing a Cookbook (Start Date)

Do you come from a family of great cooks? Are you a chef? Or have you spent years collecting recipes from friends, family and the back of boxes and cans? Or do you belong to an organization that needs a special fundraiser treasure? These are all great reasons for compiling…

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5 Session Class: Writing About Yourself: Level 2 (Start Date)

Want to delve into the techniques that make memoirs jump off the page and personal blog entries get clicks? This class will include hands-on exercises for recovering memory and filling in the gaps through research and interviews. It will also cover organizing memorabilia and adding visual elements to accompany…