Workshops

If you’ve attended workshops of mine at conventions or elsewhere, you can download the materials here:

Romance and the City: Writing Vivid Settings
Description: Setting is often treated as just window dressing, but it can inform every part of a story, right down to plotting and pacing and how characters speak and behave. In this workshop, we’ll discuss how to turn Generic Town, USA, into a living, breathing place that your characters inhabit. We’ll talk about how to make real places come alive on the page—even places the author has never set foot in, even places that don’t actually exist. We’ll talk about how to use little details to ground the reader in the setting and make her see the world around these characters. And we’ll talk about what tools you can use to help research and flesh out your Generic Town into a place your reader wants to visit.

Handouts: Setting Worksheet (PDF) | Workshop Outline (PDF)

Beyond Spell-Check: Self Editing Before Submission
Description: You’ve written a book and you want to give it one last spit polish before submitting to editors and agents, but grammar isn’t exactly your strong suit. No problem! Two professional editors give some tips and tricks for how to self edit, including checking for common errors, to help you make your book as great as possible before you hit send.

Handout: Self Editing Handout (PDF)

Plotting for Pantsers
Description TK
Handout (PDF)