Workshops for Writers You want your readers to say they couldn’t put your book down, can’t wait for the next book, LOVE your writing. And you want someone besides your mom or best friend to say this. But how do you get there? Is there some magic formula, ten surefire tricks, five hidden techniques, twelve processing steps that will push your writing to the next level? Not exactly, but there are ways to write tight, tension-filled stories that will make your prose more professional. Visual Plotting Do you love to plot? Me neither, but plotting, at least to a certain degree, is necessary to save you time, re-writes, and blood-letting. Learn how to simplify the process and use the logical flow of your creative imagination to rough out your novel.
Easy Fixes to Common Mistakes As a frequent judge for a variety of writing competitions, Carrie has come across the same problems most authors have in presenting a clean . . . or at least cleaner manuscript. Bring a more professional polish to your work in these simple steps.
Writing Page-Turning Tension Tension is what keeps readers glued to the pages of your book and coming back for more. Examine simple steps to ratchet up the tension of your writing.
The Art of Writing Thousands of non-artists learned to draw and paint in a remarkably short time with Carrie Stuart Parks. Carrie has now taken some of those tools and techniques and applied them to writing. Art is about seeing things the way they really are, not how you perceive them to be. Writing is the same. What you perceive to be communicating on the page and what is really written are often very far apart.
Carrie Stuart Parks is a multi-published, Christy, Carol, Inspy, Maxwell, and Wright award-winning author as well as award-winning speaker and instructor. Her best-selling books have also finaled in the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence in Mystery/Suspense Mainstream, RT Finalist Inspirational mystery/suspense/thriller, and Cascade Award Contemporary Fiction finalist.
You will learn: Perceptions
Your perceptions are a filter
Perceptions are strong
Perceptions will not change
It’s all in your head: your brain
Graphite, oils, pastels, or ink: choosing the right medium
Yes, there really is another way to tell your tale
It’s not your vision, it’s your brush
Separating the story from the tools
Writing and watercolors
Keeping everything in your head
Lost and found edges
Learning to not abuse your reader
Blunting and blurring the impact
Who should attend this program: This program is designed as a hands-on session for fiction novel writers interested in improving and polishing their manuscripts.