WORKSHOPS & INTERVIEWS
- "Whack Wordiness: Get Rid of Wasted Words and Make Your Writing More Compelling" - Don't let wordiness undermine everything you write—from articles and book chapters to website copy and blog posts. Join in this fun, interactive session and learn how to whack extraneous words and phrases, craft strong, persuasive prose that's devoid of clutter, add "muscle" to your writing by taking out the "fluff," and revise and edit your work. Sharpen your pencil and be prepared to "make every word work like a galley slave."
- Barbara McNichol
Virginia Nosky - "Fifty Shades of Hot" - As the title of Virginia Nosky's workshop suggests, the intensity of love and sex scenes is all over the map. The writer's audience expects a certain amount of heat, from mild to blazing hot and many degrees in between. She delves into the biology and games of the man/woman attraction and its escalation, and looks at directions the writer can go to satisfy the reader's expectations and, not to forget, those of the characters in the story. Nosky also stresses that writing sweetly-warm to volcanic-hot romantic scenes is as much fun for the writer as it is for the reader and the characters involved in those Fifty Shades of Heat.
Denise Roessle - "To Tell The Truth: Writing Memoir" - Will your story interest readers, or validate
and help those in similar situations? Where to begin and end? What responsibilities and legalities will
you face? A practical guide and exercises for getting started.
PANEL: Hill, Dixon-Cooper, Poe - "Publishing in the Digital Age"
Kris Neri - "Do you Woo-Woo? Writing Successful Paranormal Fiction" - The popularity of
paranormal cross-genre fiction for both adults and teens continues to soar, but the competition for
publication in this super-hot field has never been so intense. See what it takes to publish in this genre.