September 2017 Meeting @ ECPI University
Sep 9 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Topic: All About Cliffhangers

Speaker: Marni Graff

Marni Graff will address the subject of cliffhangers, and chapter endings that compel readers to turn to the next page in your work. She will describe 3 ways to implement them in your writing, and then 9 different types of cliffhangers writers use. Specific examples will illustrate each type of cliffhanger noted. A handout to take away will reinforce what participants have learned. Questions can be related to cliffhangers, to her writing process, or to submissions to the curated hybrid press where she serves as Managing Editor.

Marni Graff is the award-winning author of The Nora Tierney English Mysteries and The Trudy Genova Manhattan Mysteries. She writes a crime review blog (, reviewing for the main houses and several in the UK. Graff is also Managing Editor of Bridle Path Press ( ) and a member of Sisters in Crime. Her newest release is THE GOLDEN HOUR.

October 2017 Writing Workshop @ ECPI University
Oct 7 all-day

All-Day Workshop  Featuring Virginia Kantra, Bestselling Author

Register HERE.
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9:30 a.m.:  Registration opens (limited seating, coffee & tea available)

10 a.m. to Noon:  Deep Point of View

Deep point of view (POV) is the quickest, cheapest tool in the writer’s toolbox for shoe-horning your reader into your character’s skin. It is driven by your characters’ experiences and emotions. This workshop explains how close third-person POV combines the advantages of first-person POV with the versatility and wider camera lens of third-person POV. Elements to consider in writing deep POV include the character’s gender, education level, environment, age, career, and needs and conflicts. Using first and final drafts from Virginia Kantra’s own work and examples from bestselling and RITA-nominated books, this workshop will explore when and why deep POV is effective and discuss how to write it in description, narrative, and dialogue/subtext. Special attention will be paid to formatting; techniques for switching POV within a scene; and to writing in male POV, including “Virginia’s Guide to Guy-Speak.”

Noon to 1:30 p.m.:  Lunch (List of locations available at registration desk)

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.:  Body Language

Body language, nonverbal cues to feelings and intentions, is key to communication–and to romance. In this two-hour class, Virginia explores the elements of body language from facial expressions and gestures to touch and the use of space. Learn how to bring your characters and scenes to life by focusing on four functions of body language in fiction: revealing character, improving pacing, enriching subtext, and developing the romance.

Raffle baskets containing books and other goodies will also be available.