2021 Workshops

January 9, 2021 – Sally KilpatrickLaughter is Serious Business

Adding humor to your work is no joke. A best-selling author shares her tried and true tricks for tickling your readers’ funny bones–and for keeping those readers turning pages.

Born and raised in a small town in West Tennessee, Sally Kilpatrick writes to go home.  She lives with her husband, a Georgia boy, and her two kids in Marietta, Georgia, but her heart has never left Tennessee, and her books reflect the small-town shenanigans and memorable characters she grew up around. Her latest novel, Oh My Stars, was described by RT Book Reviews as written in a way that “makes readers feel as if they are hanging out with their best friend.”  With five novels under her belt, Sally has been a Golden Heart® Finalist and has won multiple awards, including the 2018 and 2019 Georgia Author of the Year, the Maggie Award of Excellence, the Booksellers’ Best, and the 2016 Nancy Knight Award for Mentorship.  Visit her author website at sallykilpatrick.com or follow her on Twitter as @SuperWriterMom.

February 13, 2020: Bria Quinlan – Hooks & Anchors

Do you want to suck readers in immediately and keep them reading?

Are you tired of hearing that your action-packed open started too slowly OR that your slow burn was “hard to get into”?

Are you using mental movies to destroy reader exhaustion and keep those pages turning?

Want to make every scene open fresh and hot and ready to roll?

We’ll handle all of this and more in Hooks and Anchors.

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March 13, 2020: Y. M. Nelson – Finessing The Story (Or: What Do Editors Want Anyway?)

Wondering how to take a good story and make it great? What does having a “fresh voice” really mean? And why should I care about filter words, anyway? This presentation shows how those annoying grammar “rules” and writing foundations can take a story from okay to “must-read,” and gives you practical examples so you can do it, too.

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