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.
Big Picture Revising
You’ve finished the first draft of your novel. What next? Many writers find the revision process daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. In this workshop, we’ll discuss practical ways to approach revision. I’ll focus on the big picture, rather than the little details, to make sure you’ve got a great story. This includes what questions to ask yourself as you go back over your manuscript to make sure your book has a great hook, tight pacing, and compelling characters. I’m bringing my editorial experience to the table, too, to discuss common pitfalls authors fall into and how to avoid them to make your book the best it can be.
Extended Class Notes (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)
Better, Stronger, Faster First Drafts
Description: Writing stronger first drafts involves planning what you’re going to write and when you are going to write it.
Handout: 5 Tips for First Drafts (PDF)
Story Structure & Novel Planning
Description: Using story structure to plan a great novel.
Handout: Kate’s Novel Planning Kit (PDF)