• Upcoming Workshops & Events

    2022 Writers Series | Query and Synopsis

    Bring your query and synopsis for feedback from the other writers in the group, then have time to revise and reshare the final, improved product. This workshop is for:

    • Writers ready to submit to agents or editors
    • Writers actively submitting to agents or editors
    • Self-published authors looking to add a synopsis to their novel
    • Self-published authors looking to hone their sales page book description



    Saturday October 15th | 8:30a-11:30a Pacific, 11:30a-2:30p Eastern


    Via Zoom

    Editing Bootcamp | Hosted by RWA Kiss of Death

    Get your scenes in tiptop shape – join the Editing Bootcamp with bestselling author Kim Taylor Blakemore. Get ready to make your fiction shine in this 90-minute fast-paced virtual workshop.


    The College of Felony and Intrigue (COFFIN) offers two tracks of monthly online workshops: Killer Instincts is taught by writing craft experts, and Murder One is taught by experts in the various fields pertinent to the writing of mystery, thriller, and suspense novels (police, intelligence, forensics, first responders, military, etc.) Not only is this educational wing of the chapter one of the first of its kind in the country; it is one of the most thorough and one of the most respected.


    Saturday October 22nd | 11a Central



  • Past Workshops

    2022 Writers Series Mini workshop | So the Book is Done...Now What? | with Kim Taylor Blakemore

    Your book is done. You have an idea you want to look for an agent, that the agent will find a publisher, that the publisher will publish the book. But what are all the steps between? Who does what in publishing? What are my roles and responsibilities? What are first serial rights? Right of first refusal? What's a style sheet? Using my own experience publishing with Lake Union Publishing, Viking, and HarperCollins, I will walk you through the steps from "The End" to your book's release day.

    TechPop | Make a Book Trailer with Animoto | with Maryka Biaggio

    Maryka Biaggio will walk participants through the process of making a book trailer video at the Animoto website. She will show trailers she has made and demonstrate each step of the process. There will be time for participants to begin making their own trailer.

    Editing Bootcamp | Presented by Womens Fiction Writers Association

    We love it. We hate it. Without it, a story is doomed. This fast-paced interactive webinar will walk you through a specific process for deep editing of scenes, paragraphs, sentences, and words. These are practical tools you can use on the fly to make your scenes shine. Please bring TWO copies of three pages of a work-in-progress.

    2022 Writers Series Winter | Write Like a Poet with Jennifer Springsteen

    Concrete images economized. That’s what great poets do, so why not prose writers? In this workshop, we’ll study poetry for its precision and depth of emotion and use it as a springboard to strengthen our own writing. Writers are offered techniques to whittle out the fluff and get to the heart of the matter. Bring your notebooks: we’ll be reading and writing.

    2022 Writers Series Winter | Your Author Brand with Dana Kaye

    Join Dana Kaye of Kaye Publicity on Wednesday February 9th for an information-packed session on how to create your author brand and establish trust with your readers. The following Saturday we will put her lessons into practice, working to create our own unique, authentic, and compelling author brands. Be ready to share and give feedback.

    TECH POP | Using Plottr

    Plotter is an inexpensive, terrific, powerful, visual way to see your story beats and outline. Panster? It's got tons of flexibility. Plotter? You will be in love. Use in conjunction with brainstorming, plotting, Scrivenering, and any other way you write your stories. This workshop will demonstrate how to setup a project; create timelines, with chapters, places, and notes; and show an example of a work in progress.

    2022 Writers Series Winter | Writing the Heart of Your Story (or Tell Your Tale in 100 Words or Less)

    Tell me your story in 100 words or less. Tell me it's heart, what makes it tick. Why your should write it and someone should pick it up off the shelf. In this dynamic workshop, you will work on your novel's description - the one that can serve both as the focus as your write, and the main event in your query letter. Plan on workshopping, editing, sharing, and giving feedback to others. Let's make our story description shine. Presented by Kim Taylor Blakemore,

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