Reviews of Jodie's Workshops

“Penticton Writers and Publishers (PWAP) were privileged to have editor Jodie Renner attend their October 16, 2014 meeting and do a presentation called ‘Reach More Readers With Your Writing.’ Our group members represent a wide variety of writing genres, yet Jodie met the challenge of providing a session that was interesting and useful to everyone there.  Drawing on the resources in her award-winning books, Fire Up Your Fiction and Writing a Killer Thriller, Jodie’s 50-minute workshop was appreciated by all, as was evidenced by the many members who lined up to purchase autographed copies of her books.

With humorous examples to illustrate her points, and lots of opportunities for interaction during the presentation, Jodie easily kept everyone’s attention focused on her talk, and at the end she provided each PWAP member with a very helpful handout, as well as a worksheet which provided more examples and opportunities for members to practice and build on the information given in the presentation.  I would have no hesitation in recommending Jodie Renner as a speaker for any writers’ group or conference.”
~ Norma J Hill, PWAP, Oct. 2014

Reviews by attendees of Jodie’s workshop on “Deep Point of View” at Killer Nashville writers’ conference, August 25, 2013:

“After attending Jodie Renner’s seminar on Deep Point of View and putting her tips, tricks and advice to work, I am able to identify and correct scenes and passages guiding my reader to really get into my characters’ skin, as well as their heads. Jodie brings examples of the do’s and don’ts and keeps the discussion lively with interaction, personality and passion. After reading her books, it is clear to me that Jodie is the go-to person for anyone writing in the thriller and suspense genres who want to grab their reader and keep them turning the pages all night long. Jodie provides an abundance of knowledge that, when utilized, will bring your writing to a higher level. If you have the opportunity to attend a seminar given by this dynamic professional, I would highly recommend it.”

~ Lisa Mork, aspiring author, Gurnee, Illinois, Aug. 27, 2013

“Jodie Renner knows editing. I attended her ‘Deep Point of View’ workshop at this year’s Killer Nashville conference and was impressed with the depth of her knowledge. She was able to pinpoint common problem areas using specific examples, practical and common-sense fixes and how to avoid the mine fields of POV. One of the workshop participants chimed in at the end of the workshop, saying, ‘This was the best and most useful session I’ve attended in the whole conference.’”
~ Parker Francis, author of the Quint Mitchell Mystery series,, Aug. 28, 2013

“Sitting in on Jodie Renner’s workshop on point of view was one of the best decisions I made at the recent Killer Nashville Writer's Conference (which is a stupendous event). Actually, it was called Engage Your Readers with Deep Point of View. Ms. Renner dove into some of the most common bugaboos that haunt many a manuscript-seeking publication, such as avoiding ‘head hopping’, including too many POVs, and making sure the character doing the thinking / describing / ruminating is the correct one to choose.
“Jodie used many examples from manuscripts that she has edited over the years (names and details changed to protect the innocent, or guilty) as a means of reference. Those tidbits helped to clarify the do’s and don’ts and provided the ‘ah hah’ moments. 
“Jodie also provided us with a couple of pages of problematic POV examples for us to identify. Catching those POV snafus certainly helped to heighten the awareness of where a problem could sneak into to my writing...and has. I thought that I pretty much had POV down. I mean, it's simply go with first or third (rarely second), but Jodie got me going back into my work in progress once I got home and combing through it to get a little deeper into what works best with POV.”
~ Ricky Bush, author,, Aug. 27, 2013

I attended Jodie’s seminar on Deep POV at Killer Nashville. Jodie’s a very skilled teacher, with excellent delivery – never a dull moment. I know that what I learned from her session will greatly improve my writing. Thank you, Jodie!
~ Lynn Mann, author of Mr. Smith’s Errand, Aug. 29, 2013

Reviews of Jodie’s Panel on Revision and Self-Editing:
“Jodie, I want to say thank you again for the excellent seminar on revision and self-editing at Killer Nashville. It was very informative and I thought you had some great tips. As you well know, editing skills are invaluable to an author, and your lecture was a great learning experience. I can't wait to put the information I learned to use!” 
~ Price McNaughton, author of A Vision of Murder and Murder is Ugly,, Aug. 28, 2013 

Reviews of Jodie’s panels and workshops:
Jodie Renner’s workshops and panels on writing and revising your fiction don’t just tell writers how to engage their readers with deep point of view or how to avoid style blunders in our fiction – she shows us how with concrete, clear examples. Jodie, herself, is engaging and her workshops are a valuable experience.”
- Molly MacRae, author of The Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries & other cozy mysteries,, Aug. 28, 2013 

Review by bestselling author Brad Parks of Jodie’s panel at Thrillerfest 2013:
“I moderated a panel with Jodie at Thrillerfest in 2013 called “How to Become a Masterful Editor – of Your Own Work,” and immediately I could tell she knew her stuff. That conference tends to attract serious students of the craft, and I saw a lot of pens moving as she talked. Especially for writers who are right on the cusp of doing publishable work – but are maybe one or two steps away – Jodie was offering the kind of practical, insightful, concrete advice they need and crave.”
Brad Parks, Shamus-, Nero- and Lefty-winning author of the Carter Ross Thriller Series (St. Martin’s/Minotaur), July 2013 

Reviews of Jodie’s presentations for London Writers Society:

“Jodie Renner gave a wonderful presentation on ‘Do’s & Don’ts for a Compelling Opening’ to the London Writer’s Society on May 16, 2013. She discussed first pages and their importance and provided not only a list of Do’s and Don’ts, but discussed examples and fixes, something often missing in other workshops. There was a lively discussion with a lot of input from LWS members. Jodie talked on this and a variety of other subjects for almost two hours, and it would have been great to have had her for another hour since we were actually late getting out of our room at the library. I’m glad Jodie offered her services to LWS and I know the members were thrilled at her presentation. She’s an excellent speaker and knows her stuff.”
- Pat Brown, President, London Writers Society, 

“On Thursday, July 18, 2013, editor Jodie Renner gave a presentation on Self-publishing on Amazon to the London Writer’s Society. The meeting was packed and the discussion was well received and very informative. Jodie is an excellent speaker and very knowledgeable in publishing. She’s the consummate professional, and I highly recommend her for presentations as well as for her editing.”
- P.A. Brown, President of the London Writer’s Society and author of the L.A. Crime series


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