Calendar

Nov
1
Wed
“Get Those Butterflies Out of My Stomach! Pesticide for Clichés”
Nov 1 – Dec 1 all-day

Topic:  “Get Those Butterflies Out of My Stomach!  Pesticide for Clichés”

Instructor:  JoSelle Vanderhooft

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Course Description:  Clichés are a problem with which every author contends at some point, which can muddle and drag down a perfectly good story.  In this workshop, you’ll learn why they happen, why they–generally–do not serve your writing, and how you can replace them with stronger, more original, and more succinct choices.

Instructor Bio:  Instructor Bio: JoSelle Vanderhooft has been editing since 2004. Her clients include publishers such as Dreamspinner Press, Siren/Bookstrand, and Bella Books and individual authors who have been nominated for numerous awards or reached Amazon bestseller status. As an author, anthologist, and poet, her own work has been a finalist for the Rainbow Reader Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and the Lambda Literary Award. She lives in Utah with her family and a marvelous orange kitty cat.  Website:  www.joedits.com

(NOTE: No class during Thanksgiving week.)

 

Jan
7
Sun
Writing Multiple Series
Jan 7 – Jan 13 all-day

Writing Multiple Series with Instructor: Marie Force

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Class Description:  A series can be a great way to launch a career and hook readers on your writing. Keeping readers coming back for more while managing multiple titles, series and genres can be somewhat overwhelming without a clear strategy in mind. As the author of five New York Times bestselling series currently at various stages, Marie Force offers some secrets to keeping multiple balls in the air at the same time. This topic will be useful for authors who have several titles to manage and are looking to grow their following. Marie will share some of the tricks of what works for her and offer a never-before-seen inside look at Maid for Love, the book that launched her most successful series. She will also share how she’s “trained” herself to write two—and sometimes THREE—books at the same time.

Instructor Bio: Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of 60 contemporary romances, including the Gansett Island Series and the Fatal Series from Harlequin Books. In addition, she is the author of the Butler, Vermont Series, the Green Mountain Series and the erotic romance Quantum Series, written under the name of M.S. Force. All together, her books have sold 6 million copies worldwide!

Her goals in life are simple—to finish raising two happy, healthy, productive young adults, to keep writing books for as long as she possibly can and to never be on a flight that makes the news.

Join Marie’s mailing list for news about new books and upcoming appearances in your area. Follow her on FacebookTwitter @marieforce and on Instagram. Join one of Marie’s manyreader groups. Contact Marie at marie@marieforce.com.

 

Jan
15
Mon
Finish That Book! The Chunky Method of Time Management for Writers
Jan 15 – Feb 2 all-day

Finish That Book! The Chunky Method of Time Management for Writers

Instructor: Allie Pleiter

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Class description:

Allie Pleiter’s popular Chunky Method offers practical, real-world productivity advice in an interactive on-line class. Follow a step-by-step plan to identify your unique writing “Chunk” and wield it to create a solid plan that works “even when life gets in the way.”  No matter what your writing style, The Chunky Method will help you chart an individualized path to your creative writing goals. The award-winning author of over thirty novels with 1.3 million books sold world-wide, Pleiter has been teaching her nuts-and-bolts tactics across the country for years to writers of all genres, ages, and experience levels.  Filled with real-life examples, humor, honesty, and encouragement, The Chunky Method offers an essential resource for thriving in spite of all that the current market—and everyday life—demands from a writer’s creative energy. As one student said, “I now can see that it can be done!  The “Chunky Method” is just remarkable!  This class was such a great start for my year!”

Bio:

Allie Pleiter is the author of “The Chunky Method Handbook: Your Step-by-Step Plan to WRITE THAT BOOK Even When Life Gets in the Way.” She writes both fiction and non-fiction, working on as many as four books at a time.  The “dare from a friend” to begin writing has produced a seventeen-year, 30+ title career with over one million books sold.  In addition to writing, Allie regularly speaks on faith, the creative process, women’s issues, and her very favorite topic—time management for writers. Visit her website at www.alliepleiter.com

Feb
5
Mon
Writing Conflict Hurts
Feb 5 – Feb 23 all-day

Writing Conflict Hurts

Instructor:  Melinda Curtis

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Writing Conflict Hurts — not just because it makes your characters suffer, but also because it’s painful to create and carry through on a page. However, conflict drives story and holds an editor’s attention, which means it sells books. Conflict also entices readers to turn the page, which helps create a satisfying experience (plus repeat purchases). Bring a story idea to this interactive course and learn how to build, refine or edit your stories by creating compelling conflict and stronger plots, one element at a time. Takeaways include:

* Developing story goals that are hindered by conflict
* How to deepen character and create emotionally satisfying reads
* Better understanding of internal and external conflict
* The “bumpers” that keep your characters acting consistently
* Conflict that catches the attention of editors and agents
* Summarizing and presenting your finished or developing story

Instructor Bio: Melinda Curtis, an award-winning USA Today bestseller of over 35 romances, is a writing craft geek. Before turning to writing as a career, she worked with a cultural anthropologist and a marketing psychologist on how to create more compelling packaging at the shelf. One class short of a psychology minor, Melinda believes that “knowing more about what makes people tick can add depth to your writing.” mel@melindacurtis.net

Mar
5
Mon
Back Cover Copy – Shoot Me Now
Mar 5 – Mar 30 all-day

Back Cover Copy – Shoot Me Now

Instructor:  Kathryn Jane

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Course Description: Taking the pain out of product description and pitching. 

Learn fantastic techniques for taking the pain out of writing three simple paragraphs. Arm yourself with the weapons of creativity needed to grab a reader’s attention and drag them between the covers of your book. Get the inside scoop on what a reader wants/expects/needs to get from about a hundred and fifty words on the back of your book.

Not self-publishing? No worries, use your great story description in a query letter instead! Show off your writing chops in a very special way. Give the agent you’re querying concrete evidence that you know how to sell your book.

Instructor Bio: Author of page-turning, Romantic Suspense, Women’s Fiction, and Short Stories about feral cats, Kathryn Jane takes readers to places they’d like to live and introduces them to characters they will end up loving. Fulfilling her passion for education Kathryn presents workshops for both aspiring and accomplished writers, and covers a broad spectrum of subjects. In her spare time (she says laughing), Kat loves spreading kindness and joy to family, friends, and strangers alike.  authorkatt@gmail.com

 

Apr
2
Mon
Beginning WordPress
Apr 2 – Apr 27 all-day

Beginning WordPress
Instructor: Pepper O’Neal

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Course Description: This class will focus on understanding the basic functions of the
WordPress backend. It will include: making posts and pages, adding images, copying
and pasting from one post or page to another, creating links, connecting
your social media links for FaceBook, Twitter, etc., using plugins, widgets,
and themes, creating parent and child pages, using menus, and customizing
the look and feel of your site. In short, everything you need to set a
website or blog and make it uniquely yours.
Topics Covered:
* Navigating the Back End of WordPress
* Understanding Themes: Changing the Look of Your Site Through
Themes
* Customizing the Themes: Changing the Header and Background.
* Understanding the Difference Between Posts & Pages: What They Are;
How to Use Them
* Adding Images & Links
* Things you can do to Jazz up your site. Using Asides and Widgets
* Working with Plugins: Understanding Plugins, Some Plugins You Must
Have, Setting Up FB & Twitter
Links on Your Site
* Some Things You Need to Know About the Web and Websites
Instructor Bio:
Pepper O’Neal has a doctorate in education and has taught a number of
adult education classes on many different subjects. She currently works as a
freelance researcher and author. When she was told by both of her publishers
that she needed to have a website, she realized she needed to finally join
the age of technology. She also realized she had two options. She could pay
someone to design the site for her, or she could to do it herself. As she
hates depending on others for things involving her career, she decided to
learn how to use the free web-design software WordPress and Joomla. She took
classes, hired experts for tutors, and picked the brains of her
web-designer friends. After designing her own websites, she decided she liked doing
it, and now she designs websites for others.

May
1
Tue
Advanced WordPress
May 1 – May 29 all-day

Advanced WordPress

Instructor: Pepper O’Neal

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Course Description: Now that you have your website or blog set up, it’s time to get creative. This course will focus on advanced customizing of WordPress sites. It will include: installing WordPress on your home computer and creating a webhost server that is not connected to the internet so that you can test ideas in a risk-free environment, troubleshooting your site when it crashes, creating custom menus, importing and exporting content from different sources, creating user-friendly permalinks, search engine optimization, and using the WordPress community forum. The class lasts four weeks.
*LESSON PLAN FOR ADVANCED WP CLASS:*

– Setting up WP on your home computer: working with local host for both
Mac and PC.
– Working with menus: creating custom menus, putting menus in your
sidebar.
– Playing around in the WP Content Folder and troubleshooting: what to
do if you crash your site.
– Fun things you can do with your site: embedding videos and adding
images from the web.
– Optimizing your site for search engines, part 1.
– Optimizing your site for search engines, part 2.
– Going live, part 1: uploading your practice site to the web.
– Going live, part 2.
Instructor Bio:
Pepper O’Neal has a doctorate in education and has taught a number of
adult education classes on many different subjects. She currently works as a
freelance researcher and author. When she was told by both of her publishers
that she needed to have a website, she realized she needed to finally join
the age of technology. She also realized she had two options. She could pay
someone to design the site for her, or she could to do it herself. As she
hates depending on others for things involving her career, she decided to
learn how to use the free web-design software WordPress and Joomla. She took
classes, hired experts for tutors, and picked the brains of her
web-designer friends. After designing her own websites, she decided she liked doing
it, and now she designs websites for others.