Deadline to enroll extended to May 15th for the following classes
Book Proposal ~ Short Story ~ Professional Coaching - Blogging for the Masses
Please read instructions and requirements for each class and follow sign-up procedures carefully.
Alice Crider Leads Intensive Workshop
Six day-long workshops (Proposals, Memoir, Personal Story, Professional Coaching, Fiction, and Blogging) will be held simultaneously on Friday May 18, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m at our conference hotel. These small workshops are designed for intermediate to advanced writers who have works in progress (WIP) and want to hone their specific skills or develop their writing careers.
Classes consist of lecture, instructor feedback, and participant feedback. They are designed to give each participant effective and professional feedback to help authors revise and complete their work for national publication.
The instructors have been chosen for their accomplishments in their genre and their teaching ability. The opportunity to learn and grow as a writer will add significantly to your writing craft.
Location: Radisson Hotel, Newport Beach. (See conference schedule for room location) Date: Friday, May 18, 2012 Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Cost: $395.00 each
The price for each workshop includes:
Small classes. Presubmission classes are limited to no more than 10 participants
Written and verbal feedback from instructor and classmates
A private 15-minute consult with instructor on Saturday, May 19, 2012 to review your work
Lunch speakers on Friday (Agent or Author) TBA
All classes require:
Pre-registration and full payment*
Advance submission and instructor approval of at least 10 double-spaced pages of a WIP (Fiction, Memoir & Story Class; 1 page for Coaching Class). See course descriptions below for details.
All day participation on Friday, May 18, 2012 (no half day or lunch guests)
The ability and willingness to read all of your fellow classmates’ submissions before the class
Ability to give and receive constructive criticism
A willingness to grow in your understanding of the creative writing process
* For pre-submission classes, the OCCWC will accept payment and submissions until ten acceptable registrants have been enrolled. Please apply early as WIP submissions will be reviewed on a first come, first serve basis. When ten manuscripts have been accepted, registration for this session will be closed. You will receive notice of where to send your submission upon payment. Read your confirmation receipt carefully for this information.
Susan Osborn ♦ Book Proposal 101
This all-day interactive workshop will help you revise and rewrite your nonfiction book proposal into the best it can be. Subjects that will be covered are query letters, chapter-by-chapter synopses, book summaries, comparative analyses, and opening paragraphs. There will be time for you to actually work in class, so bring your computers. We will end with a practice pitch session to prepare you to speak with editors and publishers at the conference.
B.J. Taylor ♦ Turning Personal Experiences into Short Stories that Sell
This day-long interactive workshop will help you write personal experience inspirational stories that sell. B.J. Taylor has extensive success in selling stories to Chicken Soup for the Soul as well as Guideposts and is eager to share her knowledge. In this class, you will learn how to craft
captivating middle scenes, and
If you’d like hands-on help in a small group setting, this workshop is for you. It will be a mix of instruction in the genre and work on individual manuscripts, with each student receiving professional feedback toward the goal of fine-tuning stories for publication.
Pre-submmission Required: Up to 3 stories of approximately 1,200 words each is required.
Class is limited to ten students
Mick SIlva ♦ Full-Length Memoir Writing
Memoir is the art of using your story to teach through experience. But how do you tell your story so it resonates with readers? In this day-long workshop Mick Silva will discuss how he helped best-selling authors navigate this expansive category. This all-day workshop is for writers who have a full-length memoir in progress (WIP). The class will consist of critiquing presubmitted individual manuscripts of up to ten pages and instruction in the craft of memoir writing.
Pre-submsission Required: Up to 10 pages of a WIP is required.
Class is limited to 10 students.
Alice Crider ♦ Your Infinite Publishing Potential - Book Coaching
Does it seem like the publishing odds are against you? Like an invisible wall or a glass ceiling stands between you and your dream? In this all-day interactive coaching session, we will explore: Your vision and potential as an author (be prepared to share yourself!)
What’s really holding you back from success—and how to break through it
How to think and work like a bestselling author
Proven techniques that can help you connect powerfully with your audience
How to strike a personal balance that delivers outstanding results and lasting fulfillment
Pre-submmison Required: Those seeking to participate in the class must submit a one page document that includes a brief bio, and a short description of what they write.
Class is limited to 10 students.
Ken Kuhiken ♦ Fiction Intensive Closed
This daylong workshop in Fiction Writing will be led by Ken Kehulun, multi-published novelist. This small workshop is limited to ten students and designed for intermediate to advanced writers who have a novel in progress (WIP). Class will combine instruction in fiction craft appropriate for the works submitted such as constructing effective scenes, dialogue, use of narrative, voice, etc. Class will consist of instructor and participant feedback on presubmiited manuscripts. Each student will received effective and professional feedback on their WIP in areas of craft in order to help them both revise and complete their work for publication.
Pre-submission Required: Up to 10 pages of your WIP is required.
Class is limited to 10 students.
Bill Belew ♦ Blogging for the Masses
Are you afraid of the BLOG? How to start one, what to write, who will read it anyway? Let the prolifc Bill Belew ease your mind. In his intensive workshop, you will learn:
The real potential that exists for the diligent blogger/writer
The personality of the successful blogger
The obstacles to getting a blog up and running as well as the solutions
Why a blog or other dynamic web site is the clear platform of choice for writers
The key elements of a search engine and reader-friendly post/article
The timeless absolutes for a successful blog that will attract tons of readers and earn real income at the same time
How to create a focus/tagline for your blog site – HANDS ON
How to divide the site up into manageable categories – HANDS ON
How to construct a search engine optimized page/post - HANDS ON
The benefits of belonging to a network and how to create a network
Hands On = We will log on and do the work right in the workshop so all participants know exactly how to move forward when they get home. So to get the most out of the workshop, come with a self-hosted Wordpress blog. If you are not sure what that is or how to do it, contact Bill Belew a minimum of 2 days BEFORE the day of the workshop and he will set it up for you at an additional cost of $150 which covers purchase of the domain and hosting for one year + installation of Wordpress. We will send you Bill's contact info upon registering.
Technical Requirements: Bring a laptop with Wi-Fi enabled. If you are new to Wordpress, the most basic default settings are fine.
Note: You are allowed to come and just take notes, but you won't get as much out of the workshop as if you did the work on the spot with real-time feedback.
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