Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Writer's Workshop

Last Saturday I attended a writing workshop through the writers group I belong to at the library. The venue was at a youth camp, in a neat old house. There were three presenters, w/three workshops you could choose from throughout the day. After two workshops, we broke for lunch(taco salads and peanut butter cake, yum) and then after one last workshop, listened to romance author, Anna Kristell speak. She also had some funny things to say about writing spicy romance(under Isabella Kole), which she had never expected to do. Here are a few pics from throughout the day, though please forgive the poor quality as they were taken w/my dinosaur, non-smartphone phone.


Lovely, eh?


C.S. Marks teaching about blurbs. A very entertaining lady!


Some very neat larger than life shots of her covers. 


This lady knows how to market!


Ron Collins leading his first workshop of the day, Seven Point Story Plotting. Very good!


A charming room where the fun Deborah Bowden's workshops were conducted.

And last but not least, a big thank you to Debi Hurt, who organized and hosted the workshop. She worked hard to make sure we all had a great time, and it was much appreciated!

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  1. Wow. It'd be pretty cool to have my cover on a car :) Maybe one day ...

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    1. Wouldn't it be? My husband would die, but so what! ;)

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  2. That event looks like so much fun! What a neat way to advertise your books while driving carpool at the same time. I need a library like yours in my town. I'm glad you got a chance to enjoy it.

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    1. It is a great library! And thanks, I always try to go to any close writer events, as they're a great way to meet new people and feel social w/other writerly types.

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  3. Okay, the car billboard is kind of cheesy and totally smart at the same time! lol

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    1. Haha, it definitely makes a statement! =)

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  4. I want my book covers on the side of my car now!
    What a cool opportunity for you.

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    1. I am sure you could make that happen, Alex. ;)

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  5. Wow! Looks like you had a grand time! And I would so drive around with my book on my car.

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    1. She has her website on the back, and you know she probably gets a lot of ppl who look it up out of curiosity.

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  6. The pics were amazing, and the place looks so beautiful!! (I can't believe the author spent the money to have a mural painted on the van. That must have been very expensive.) Your phone took awesome pics - my dinosaur non-smart phone is so old I don't even know how to take pics with it! lol

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    1. That is old, lol! I'd love to one day have a smartphone, but it's not in the budget at the moment. And yeah, they didn't turn out as bad as I'd anticipated, so yay!

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  7. (Hmm, sorry if this is a duplicate--no idea where my last comment went!) Looks like so much fun. Love the cozy atmosphere!

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    1. It was very cozy, and there was a really pretty fireplace in the main room. Should've gotten a pic of that too!

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    2. Awesome!! Seriously, I wish I could have been there :)

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  8. For a non-smart phone those photos were outstanding. You could have just said phone, and we would have all thought smart phone.

    That car was fantastic! I am thinking of copying that photo and putting it into a Where I Want To Go collage. Love that!!!

    Sounds like a great day!

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    1. Neat idea! And it really was. I was so tired when I got home though, which is weird for having just sat all day. Must've been the mental exhaustion. ;)

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  9. Oh, it must have been wonderful, Leandra! I'm jealous! lol And, I have listened to a workshop on seven-point structure by Dan Wells. LOVED it! I assume it's the same material, but here is the link if you want to check it out: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL52F337B6BADE070A

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    1. Thanks, Gisele! It does seem like a popular way to tell a story, easy to follow and straight to the point.

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  10. Sounds wonderful!!!!

    Now I'm off to talk to my husband about having the cover of The Eighth Day painted on my car. I'm certainly driving around in it a lot these days, going to book events and school visits and next month I'm teaching a writing course at a community college.

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    1. The Eighth Day would look fantastic on a car!! Seriously. Did you talk him into it, lol?!

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    1. So cool, right? I saw it as soon as I pulled up to the house. Impossible to ignore!

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  12. The pictures came out great. My dinosaur doesn't take photos!

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    1. My goodness, that IS a true blue dinosaur! ;)

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  13. omg I love this...such a quaint house, perfect setting to talk writing! Also, when I read about the food they served it made me so hungry I actually got a snack before finishing reading this, ha! :) pics came out great!

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    1. I totally wish I had a piece of that peanut butter cake sitting next to me. I'd devour it in a heartbeat! =)

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  14. Sounds like an awesome workshop! And that car is so cool! Definitely an unique way to market.

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    1. It really is! I'm super curious as to what the cost of something like that would be.

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  15. One of my goals for 2015 is to attend a writers' workshop - you're way ahead of me! It looks like it was a fun one too! Hey, instead of a full car billboard, you need to manufacture gargoyle antenna-toppers! :-)

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    1. Yes!! I like the way you think! Plus, my gargoyles have super long tails(the better to wrap around you, my dear) and that would look great coiled down the antenna. =) And you'll get to a workshop/conference, I just know it!

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  16. What a lovely atmosphere for the workshops! And yes, the car!

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    1. It totally was, and made it feel so much more comfy.

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  17. Sooooo cool. I want to do workshops and stuff, but I guess I'd have to get away from the house first, and that's not going to happen with the littles around. Thank goodness for the interwebs!

    Unleashing the Dreamworld

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    1. It is much easier to get out w/just one kidlet at home, that's for sure. But man, is it hard finding baby-sitters on a Sat!

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  18. Great :) It sounds you had a great time :)

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  19. OH WOW! I love that she did that wrap on her van. That's SO cool! I wonder if it has helped her sell books? Such a charming place to have a writer's workshop.

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    1. I know, me too. It's so hard to really know what really works and what doesn't.

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  20. Wow. That is some serious marketing. Sounds like a great time.

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  21. Sounds like a cozy, fun, productive day!

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