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Writer's Seminars & Classes  


Are you a published writer? Or are you looking to get published? We are here to help. We have some wonderful people who volunteered their time and their talents to help you with your quest in this field.

These seminars are free and are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Unleashing the Creator Within - A. Catherine Noon

February 1st - 4 Weeks

Too often, writers assume that creativity is a matter of luck or rare talent.  But author A. Catherine Noon shows us that each of us can write and unleash our inner creativity.  In a one-month online workshop that draws on exercises and games, Catherine helps us identify the core values and strategies that will help us tap into our own creative potential, whether we’re “serious authors” or just writers who enjoy the written word.  It is a workshop that will help each of us be more productive and successful with our writing and to sustain our creative output.

Email List Building for Writers: Multiply Your Reach AND Your Book Sales - Kimberly at Your Writer Platorm

February 23-27

If there was one thing you could do that would multiply your reach and help you build deeper relationships with people who are already interested in your message and your work – would you do it?

Building a targeted and invested email list of subscribers is hands down one of THE most important things you can do to ensure the long term growth of your writing career.

Learn how to create, manage and leverage an email list to build an audience, generate engagement and establish a veritable army of co-marketers and promoters for your books.


Outline Mistress - Olivia Waite

March 5 - 24th

Writers are used to thinking of outlines as something to work on before you begin writing your story. But an outline can be a powerful tool for revision and polishing that completed first draft -- a great outline can strengthen character motivation, streamline a plot, and enrich the thoughts and themes of your manuscript. This four-week workshop will teach your about different types of outlines (scene list, character arc, and theme) and how to use all three to make your story shine.


What to Expect When You're Revising - Sarah M. Anderson

April 13-17

Have you polished your book until it shined? Whether you’re ready to start querying or have sold your first book, you’re about to discover the sheer joy of professional revisions. Join award-winning, multi-published author Sarah M. Anderson to learn about how the revision process changes from unpublished to published and get handy tips on how to survive that first revision letter, TrackChange, and never-ending rewrites. This workshop will cover the differences between rewrites, revisions, line edits and copy edits; detail the process of working with editors on revisions; presenting coping strategies for the dreaded rewrite; inspire confidence that revisions are not the end of the world, all with humor and chocolate. Questions are encouraged!

How to Build a Diverse Media Kit - MM Jaye

April 1 - 27

The need to have a comprehensive Media Kit - Range of material recipients (Agents, book tour companies, journalists, radio/podcast hosts) - The synopses page - The Author Bios plus Links page - The excerpts page - The ""fun stuff"" document.

I chose the Submissions theme, as when a writer is ready to submit to agents, pitch a book blogger or hire a virtual book tour company, she should have all the material at hand.


Queries and Synopses - Kris Bock

May 13

What is the difference between a cover letter, a query, a synopsis, and a proposal? How do you know which you need? And most importantly, how can you convey your complex idea in a few pages – or even a few sentences? This seminar will explain what these terms mean, and provide resources and examples of each format. Share your short pitches to get feedback from the group.

Crafting the Perfect Query Letter - Erin McRae & Racheline Maltese

May 15

With 8 sales in 12 months (3 novels, 1 novella, 2 novelettes, and 2 short stories spread across three different presses), we are the queens of query letters.  In this one day seminar we'll talk about how to craft the perfect concise and compelling query or submission letter, including writing a story blurb, structuring the letter, and writing a bio that's useful and informative. Last but not least we'll talk about how to handle communications when things go wrong (forgotten attachments, incorrect files, communications lost to the spam filter and more!)

How Do You Know You're Ready? - Corrina Lawson

May 27

How long should you work on a story before submitting or self-publishing? What are the signs to look for when you're done, not just finished with the first draft.

We'll talk about plot editing, character arcs, and copy editing.


Format it! - Meredith Bond

August 2-7

Do you want complete control over your self-published work? Want to have a beautiful book that looks exactly the way *you* want it to look? Don't want to pay anyone to do this for you or to make those niggling little corrections which always need to be made after you've uploaded?

I'll teach you how to easily format your book for Kindle, epub, Smashwords and CreateSpace and you'll learn some neat tricks you may not know in Microsoft Word too.


From Baby Book to Bestseller: The Steps to Success - Erica Ridley

September 7-25

Your book is out there in the world... So how do you get people to buy it? No more guesswork! Here's the insider info you need.

This seminar will not only break down the wheres and whys and whens of the promotional opportunities available to traditional and self-published authors, but also provide a practical, actionable, step-by-step checklist of what to do, and when.

Who doesn't love being able to cross to-do items off a list? If you've ever seen a bride's checklist of what to do before/after the wedding, you know how amazing it can be to have clear, concise information at your fingertips.

No budget? No problem! Although no one (short of Oprah) can personally guarantee any given book will become a bestseller, by following the steps outlined in this workshop, you'll be well on your way to launching your book down the path to success.


Share the Wealth and Gain Followers - Tina Gayle

October 7-10

Do you have a blog?
Do you want to have more followers?
Learn how to do an author exchange where you not only gain followers but also increase the hits to your blog.

Getting Out There Without Getting Sucked In - Kate Canterbary

2-4 Days

Facebook takeovers, blog tours, release blitzes, cover reveals - oh my! There are so many social media platforms and book blogging sites out there today, it's easy to watch your precious minutes slide away without much value. Here's how to manage your time from the moment of release onward while still developing relationships with readers and bloggers, maintaining a steady presence on social media, and protecting time for writing the next book.


Getting the Word Out - the meaning of the word 'social' in social media - Susan MacNicol

November 14th

Talking about various methods of social media and the type of reach it might have. Trying to let people understand that it's interaction people are looking for, not a constant barrage of 'Buy Me' Buy Me'. Making friends, developing relationships, getting people to buy into helping you promote yourself and letting them feel valued doing so. Networking, the different types of promoting. Deciding what works for you despite all the hype out there. Role playing, finding people's interests, getting the hook in your book and using it to make it fun and informative rather than simply selling your book. I used pole dancing and sheep phobias in my book Waiting for Rain and it still entertains people to this day.


We all love books and there are many MANY events that points out the excellence and achievements in this industry, but sometimes it is hard to find them. So we are working on gathering all of this information so you can find it in one place. If you know of something that isn't here, tell us!




The best cover in each category will win the ARIANA Best in Category award. The fifteen ARIANA winners will go on to compete for the QUASAR Best Cover of 2008 Award. The QUASAR and the ARIANA are engraved awards presented at the EPICon awards banquet. Awards are mailed to any winners not present.


Caldecott Medal

The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.


The New Covey Awards

Cover Awards

Currently there are two Award Categories.

  1. Most Eye-Catching Cover
  2. Most Relevant Cover

What do these categories mean?

Most Eye-Catching Cover is simple. This is the Cover that would make you stop and pick up the novel for a closer look.

Most Relevant Cover refers to how relevant the Cover is in relation to the back cover blurb. In other words, does the cover reflect the idea of the novel?

Trailer Awards

The NEW Covey Trailer Awards are the same as The NEW Covey Awards but for Book Trailers (sometimes also called Book Peeks) instead of Book Covers.

The goal of The NEW Covey Trailer Awards is to recognize Book Trailers that would make you interested in the book, make you stop and perhaps visit the authors website to read the excerpt. Like The NEW Covey Awards, it is also a forum that provides additional exposure for new authors.

Each person who wins a NEW Covey Trailer Award will receive an icon and will be listed as an Award Recipient. The icon and a link can be posted on their website or blog to show the world that their Book Trailer rocks.

Trailer Awards Site


Cupid and Psyche Awards

What are the CAPA's? They are awards given by The Romance Studio for excellence in romantic and erotic fiction. Categories include inspirational, contemporary, fantasy, historical, mainstream, paranormal, romantic suspense, erotic contemporary, erotic fantasy, erotic historical, erotic novella, erotic paranormal, erotic anthology, BDSM, and the Ariana Overton Award for Best Cover Art or the Ari.

The Romance Studio will be giving their annual Cupid and Psyche Awards on or around Valentine's Day!


Bram Stoker Awards

Each year, the Horror Writer's Association presents the Bram Stoker Awards for Superior Achievement, named in honor of Bram Stoker, author of the seminal horror work, Dracula. The Stoker Awards were instituted immediately after the organization's incorporation in 1987. While many members, including HWA's first President, Dean Koontz, had reservations about awards for writing -- since the point of HWA was for writers to cooperate for their mutual benefit, not to compete against one another -- the majority of members heavily favored presenting awards, both to recognize outstanding work in the horror field and to publicize HWA's activities.

To ameliorate the competitive nature of awards, the Stokers are given "for superior achievement," not for "best of the year," and the rules are deliberately designed to make ties fairly probable. The first awards were presented in 1988 (for works published in 1987), and they have been presented every year since. The award itself is an eight-inch replica of a fanciful haunted house, designed specifically for HWA by sculptor Steven Kirk. The door of the house opens to reveal a brass plaque engraved with the name of the winning work and its author.


EPPIE Awards

The EPPIE Awards have been given annually since the first EPIC conference to recognize outstanding achievement in e-publishing.

The categories are judged by members of EPIC, all published authors. After the first round of judging, the works of the finalists are sent to another panel of judges, and winners in all eighteen categories are selected. The winners are announced at the EPIC conference's gala award ceremony at the annual EPICon Convention.



The Hammett Prize

IACW/NA awards THE HAMMETT PRIZE annually for literary excellence in the field of crime-writing, as reflected in a book published in the English language in the US and/or Canada. The winner receives a "Thin Man" trophy, designed by sculptor Peter Boiger.


James Beard/KitchenAid Award

The James Beard/KitchenAid Awards recognize the best books on culinary topics in categories including Cookbook of the Year, Wine and Spirits and Baking and Desserts. James Beard is recognized as the father of American gastronomy, and his restaurant awards are considered extremely prestigious.

Click on the sidebar to see winners from previous years. Past winners include "A Vineyard Garden" by Molly Chappellet and "A Mediterranean Feast" by Clifford A. Wright.


Man Booker Prize for Fiction

The Man Booker Prize promotes the finest in fiction by rewarding the very best book of the year. The prize is the world's most important literary award and has the power to transform the fortunes of authors and even publishers.

The Man Booker judges are selected from the country's finest critics, writers and academics to maintain the consistent excellence of the prize.  The winner of the Man Booker Prize receives £50,000 and both the winner and the shortlisted authors are guaranteed a worldwide readership plus a dramatic increase in book sales.


Newbery Medal

The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.


Nobel Prize in Literature

The very first Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded in 1901 to the French poet and philosopher Sully Prudhomme, who in his poetry showed the "rare combination of the qualities of both heart and intellect". Over the years, the Nobel Prize in Literature has distinguished the works of authors from many different languages and cultural backgrounds. The prize has been awarded to unknown masters as well as authors acclaimed worldwide.


PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

The PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction is a national prize which honors the best published works of fiction by American citizens in a calendar year. Three judges, chosen annually by the directors of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation, select five books from among the more than 300 works submitted, making this the largest peer-juried award in the country. The winning writer and four finalists are honored at a ceremony held in Washington at the Folger Shakespeare Library in May.


PRISM Awards

PRISM 2007 Contest for Published Authors, sponsored by the Futuristic, Fantasy & Paranormal Special Interest Chapter of RWA.


Pulitzer Prize

The will of Joseph Pulitzer, a crusading newspaper journalist, provided for the establishment of the Pulitzer Prizes. Since its inception in 1917, the prizes have recognized the best in journalism, letters, drama and music. Many consider it the most prestigious award a journalist or author can achieve.



Recognizing Excellence in E-book Covers


Rita Awards

The RITA Award. RITA awards are presented annually to the best published romance novels of the year. The award itself is a golden statuette named after RWA's first president, Rita Clay Estrada, and has become the symbol for the best in published romance fiction.


The Ruby Awards

The Ruby Award for Website Excellence is to encourage authors who are using the internet in positive and innovative ways to market their writing, and for community groups providing reviews, education, and other services for authors. It will be offered in four parts.

  • Author - Author designed sites
  • Design - Professionally designed sites (graphic will go to author and to designer)
  • Simple - Simple free sites such as freewebs, geocities, etc.
  • Community - Community sites providing reviews, education, or other services

Each award will be held for a one year period.

Prizes may include free featured author space, banner creation, author promos, marketing workshops, promo material, interviews, book promos,  advertising, and more.

After the conclusion of the nomination period (open to the public), a panel of judges will visit nominated sites and vote. An online presentation party will be held in a live chat format and the awards will be announced. Nominees will receive graphics to post on their sites, and the winners will receive recognition on sites sponsoring the event and awards (i.e., Coffee Time Romance, Romance Junkies, The Romance Studio, and AuthorMBA Blog have already expressed interest).


The Spur Awards

The Spur Awards, given annually for distinguished writing about the American West, are among the oldest and most prestigious in American literature. In 1953, when the awards were established by WWA, western fiction was a staple of American publishing. At the time awards were given to the best western novel, best historical novel, best juvenile, and best short story.

Since then the awards have been broadened to include other types of writing about the West. Today, Spurs are offered for the best western novel (short novel), best novel of the west (long novel), best original paperback novel, best short story, best short nonfiction. Also, best contemporary nonfiction, best biography, best history, best juvenile fiction and nonfiction, best TV or motion picture drama, best TV or motion picture documentary, and best first novel (called The Medicine Pipe Bearer's Award).






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