WHAT GENRE PUBLISHERS BOUGHT THIS YEAR IN NUMBERS:
THE CHANGING FACE OF PUBLISHING, EBOOKS:
THE DANGER OF THE SCENE THAT GOES NOWHERE:
CHARACTERS: What traits do you want?
PACEMAKERS AND OTHER NON-BODY PARTS CAN TELL ON YOU:
INTRODUCING A CHARACTER:
THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS OF PARANORMAL ROMANCE:
TEN BEST WRITING ARTICLES OF 2010 LISTED:
THOSE EVIL PROLOGUES:
SETTING WRITER GOALS
HOW NOT TO OVERSTATE THE OBVIOUS:
Marilynn's Workshop Schedule and Information Links
Writing the First Chapter, January 3-31, 2011.
Drawing a reader into the first chapter of your novel is more than an exciting beginning, more than a “cute meet,” more than a sexy hero and a feisty heroine. Step by step, I'll show you the craft needed to draw the reader into your novel and make her eager to keep reading. I'll also show you how to set up the goals for the main characters and for the novel.
Writing in the Moment, April 11-May 8, 2011
How to get your voice, viewpoint, and craft so perfect that you disappear and your story comes alive. Lots of worksheets.
The Blurb: Mother of All Promotions July 25-August 7, 2011
A blurb is the pithy description of your novel in a query letter, the short "elevator pitch" used at a writer's conference, the log line for online promotion, and the all important back cover copy for a published novel. Without a great blurb, a novel won't be noticed by agents and editors.
Marilynn Byerly--creator of a blurb system used by university publishing courses, publishers, and many authors-- will show you how to create that perfect blurb for your novel. The course will include a number of worksheets and in-class blurb analysis.