2021 Early Bird Classes
(Friday afternoon – no additional charge)
Classes may update and revise.
*Hows and Whys of Social Media – Edie Melson – Many writers mistakenly assume it’s either too late or too early to build a solid social media presence. Edie will walk you through the reason social media is non-negotiable for almost all writers, and how to find a way to make it work for your specific situation. Included will be information on why we need a social media presence before we get a contract. Which networks work best for which audience (and why you need to be active on more than one). How to use scheduling programs to keep your social media time commitment manageable. How to compose effective updates that increase shares. What you need to know to connect with your book’s potential audience.
*Launch (or re-launch) your Publishing Career with KDP & IngramSpark – Eddie Jones – In this workshop you will learn how to set up your Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing account, your IngramSpark publishing account, and create an Amazon marketing ad for your book. This is a true “workshop,” so please bring your laptop, banking information, checking account number, checking account routing number, your tax ID, and at least one credit card number. You will need the banking information to complete the setup process for KDP and IngramSpark. (You WILL want to get paid for all those copies you sell.) The credit card information is required before you can publish your Amazon ad. If you want to watch and take notes that’s fine, too. Eddie will be around all weekend to mentor authors in this area.
*Understanding Deep POV – Eva Marie Everson – Understanding deep POV begins with understanding the five (or is it six?) senses. In this favorite workshop, Eva Marie Everson uses hands-on methods to teach conferees to 1) understand deep POV, 2) bring the senses into their work in order to draw readers into the story, and 3) how a simple sentence can become a powerful scene.
*A Look at Your Novel, Scene by Scene – Eva Marie Everson – A key to writing successful novels is taking the time to break them down scene by scene. What questions should a novelist ask of the work? The plot? The characters? Or themselves? Be prepared to bring in a scene of your own work in progress for this hands-on workshop.
*Hooks that Won’t Let Go – Bob Hostetler – Twenty ways to write a hook to your article, story, query, or book that will compel interest.
*Sell Everything You Write – Bob Hostetler – A session that outlines the tragedy I used when I became a full-time freelancer to never again write something that didn’t sell.
*Be Still My Heart – Linda Glaz – Do you know the formula for romance? Writing romance that leaves your heart beating just a tad louder. A must for writers wanting to tackle the world of romance writing.
*Ready, Aim, Submit — Nancy Lohr – Writing for publication is a two-sided coin. The author must not only focus on the craft of writing but also must be aware of the differences among publishers. Sending a good piece to the wrong publisher will result in rejection just as surely as sending a bad piece to the right publisher. We will look at various ways to “read the market” to maximize the potential of your submission process.
*The Plot Thickens – Nancy Lohr – An idea, an emotion, a hero or heroine (the protagonist) are all some of the necessary elements to include in a novel for children or adults, but none of these is a substitute for a strong compelling plot. This workshop will look at a variety of ways to develop a plot that will hold your reader’s attention and deliver a satisfying, forward-moving story.
*Myths about MUGS – Denise Loock - Admit it. For years, you’ve wanted someone to say, “Your English teacher was wrong.” That dream comes true in this workshop. I’ll expose ten myths about MUGS (mechanics, usage, grammar, and structure), then reveal some sensible sentence structure techniques that will sharpen your writing skills.
*A Modest Proposal – Sarah Loudin Thomas – You’ve written the book. You’ve perfected your pitch and you’re meeting with agents and editors. You’re even sending out query letters. So, what happens when you get a nibble? When someone says, “Send me your proposal.” Are you ready? Traditionally multi-published author Sarah Loudin Thomas hooked an agent and snagged that first contract with a proposal. She’ll share the key elements, suggest some great resources, and talk you through crafting this critical tool you’ll need on your path to publication.
*Declutter Your Manuscript Before You Hit Send – Andrea Merrell – Is your manuscript really ready to submit? This class will take a look at twelve factors that could send your hard work to the editorial graveyard.
*He’d Never Say That! Would She? – Linda Glaz – Learning to write the opposite gender point of view can be tricky. In this class, you’ll learn how to write realistically for each man and woman in your scene. There are things he would never EVER say, and certainly things she WOULD.
*Why Did I Get Rejected?: A View from Behind the Desk – Ramona Richards – Editors don’t look for a reason to buy the novel you’ve struggled with for months—or years! They look for a reason to reject it. Don’t give them one. This workshop provides a glimpse from behind an editor’s desk: what they look for, why talent is not enough to get your manuscript published, and traps to avoid in such areas as format, presentation, and the development of character and story arcs.
Eleven spots will be available for one-on-one mentoring by award winning, best selling author, Yvonne Lehman. Author and teacher Larry Leech, social media whiz-gal Edie Melson, and speaker-author Linda Gilden will also be available for private appointments. Writers coach Eddie Jones will work with conferees on their fiction/non-fiction projects and answer questions regarding Amazon Kindle publishing, IngramSpark, and Amazon ads.
Mentoring spots are open to writers who have a novel or non-fiction manuscript in progress. The mentoring will be a 1-hour one-on-one time where Yvonne will work with fiction. Linda will address speaking, magazine and articles, and non-fiction. Speakers should have the beginnings of a platform. Linda will work specifically with you on your novel, non-fiction proposal, and presentation.
While Edie will work with you on your website, blog, and social media, Larry will help with your non-fiction, magazine submissions, and memoirs. The cost is $50 (additional to your ACWC registration) and the spots are first-come, first-serve. You will contact Terri Kelly at [email protected] AFTER you register to apply for one of these mentoring spots.
Eva Marie Everson