Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Notable Regional Workshops for Writers


Today, I’m highlighting some notable, exciting, regional writers’ workshops or smaller conferences, all of which feature top-notch instructors who are leaders in the field. If you’re tired of huge, expensive conferences or don’t want to feel overwhelmed or lost in the crowd, these workshops will not only stimulate you, but they’ll make you feel like you’re part of a community and among friends. Please let me know of any other regional writers’ workshops and I'll add them.

NEWARK, CA, San Francisco Bay Area

Susanne (C.S.) Lakin, highly respected editor and writer, is offering three upcoming workshops for writers, all held at The Marriott Courtyard, 34905 Newark Blvd., Newark, CA 94560, which is in the San Francisco Bay area.

For more details, go to Susanne’s website, Writing for Life Workshops, at http://www.writingforlifeworkshops.com/. Upcoming workshops:

~ June 28-30, 2013 – Next Level Fiction, with James Scott Bell

“In one weekend I’ll teach you more secrets about writing novels that sell than most writers will learn
in years of trial and error. And I’ll help you take your current project to the next level.”

Those who have taken acclaimed author and writing instructor James Scott Bell’s workshops and classes give high praise for his deep, concise instruction and expertise. His professional manner and astute understanding of the writing craft will help you broaden your knowledge and give you excellent tools to add to your writers’ “toolbox.”

During these three full days of lecture, writing exercises, and Q & A, you’ll be challenged in practical hands-on work while learning advanced writing techniques. James Bell will teach you insights and skills that will help you succeed in today’s publishing environment and create a novel that readers will love.

~ September 14-15, 2013: Prose in Motion: Crafting Fiction for Commercial Success with Davis Bunn

How can writers craft their fiction so it sells—without selling their soul? Is there a secret to fashioning a novel so it will hit the best-seller lists? Davis’s huge success— with seven million copies of his novels sold—attests that he knows what it takes.

This unprecedented event for intermediate fiction writers of all genres featuring international best-selling author Davis Bunn will go deep into the technique and structure needed in your fiction to make it grab the attention of publishers and readers.

~ October 19-20, 2013: Story Mastery with Hollywood story expert and script consultant Michael Hauge

Hollywood story expert Michael Hauge presents the essential components of storytelling for film and fiction writers in this intensive 2-day event never before held in the San Francisco Bay Area.

“No one is better than Michael Hauge at finding what is most authentic in every moment of a story.” – Will Smith, actor: Men in Black, The Pursuit of Happyness, I Am Legend

If you haven’t taken a workshop with Michael Hauge, be prepared to be blown away by this innovative approach to story mastery.

Michael has coached writers, producers, stars, and directors on projects for Will Smith, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Lopez, Kirsten Dunst, Charlize Theron, and Morgan Freeman, as well as for every major studio and network. He also works extensively with Hollywood executives, producers, agents, and managers, helping them sharpen their story and developmental skills.


Sought-after editor and craft-of-writing guru Jessica Page Morrell hosts an annual Summer in Words Conference every June in gorgeous Cannon Beach, Oregon. I attended this conference last year and it was excellent! Intimate, friendly, and supportive, with stimulating and informative presentations and great food, all in a breathtaking, inspirational setting! For more info, visit: http://summerinwords.wordpress.com/

Whether you’re a writer just starting out, a writer in search of answers, a writer who needs to get more words on the page, or a writer who wants to hang with other writers, you can find inspiration, answers and camaraderie at Summer in Words Writing Conference. Three days of events, talks, and workshops taught by a stellar cast of authors and writing instructors will help you learn more about story and craft and invite you to move forward. Some of the instructors and topics:

~ “How High Concept Really Works,” by Jessica Morrell

~ “Yakety Yak: Writing Dialogue that Speaks,” by Lauren Kessler

~ “Deep into Memoir,” by Melissa Hart

~ “Considering the Senses,” by Monica Drake

~ “Setting the Scene: The Writer as Prose Cinematographer,” by Lauren Kessler

~ “Captivating Co-Stars,” by Jessica Morrell

~ “Sell is not a Four-Letter Word,” by Randal Houle

~ “Deep Point of View,” by Jessica Morrell

~ “Sentence by Sentence,” by Monica Drake

~ “Making Waves: Write and Publish Your Essays,” by Mellissa Hart

~ “Why Do We Do This Anyway?” by Jonathon Evison

~ “Your Reader, Deep as the Ocean,” by Jonathon Evison

~ “What’s in a Title?” by Jessica Morrell

~ “Write Like it’s Your Job,” by Kelly Williams Brown

Do you know of any other good upcoming writers' workshops I should add here? If so, please let me know in the comments below. Thanks!

Jodie Renner, freelance fiction editor and craft-of-fiction writer
www.JodieRennerEditing.com; www.JodieRenner.com
Twitter: @JodieRennerEd
Jodie Renner is a freelance fiction editor who specializes in thrillers, mysteries, and other fast-paced fiction. For more info on Jodie’s editing services, please visit her editing website.

Jodie has published two An Editor’s Guide to Writing Compelling Fiction: Writing and Killer Thriller, a short e-book, and Style That Sizzles & Pacing for Power, which is available in paperback, as an e-book on Kindle, and in other e-book formats. And you don’t need to own an e-reader to purchase and enjoy e-books. You can download them to your computer, tablet, or smartphone.
For more info on Jodie's books, please visit her author website.

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