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Writer's Seminars & Classes    

 

We invite you to find us and join as a friend on any of the following groups, organizations, and neat places (wink) We always have coffee!

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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.

Stop by today

2014

January

Writing Horror and Dark Fiction

January 13 - 19, 2014

For writers of the dark genres:  horror, dark fantasy, occult, and science fiction, this seminar contains practical advice on writing horror and dark fiction. Based upon the book, Telling Tales of Terror:  Essays on Writing Horror and Dark Fiction, editor Kim Richards will discuss the following topics:

What Scares You.
Beyond Blood, Guts, and Gore.
Suspension of Disbelief.
Occult in your Fiction
Characters and Character Development.
Sex in Horror.
Dialogue.
Point of View.
Accurately Portraying Action and Violence.
Promotion.
Women in Horror.
Setting the Mood.
Creating Monsters.
and more.

Kim Richards' Website

   
February

Letting Go Of Perfectionism

19-22

If your inner editor is driving you batty or that manuscript you've been working on for two decades is still not where you want it to be, this seminar is for you! Learn how to strive for perfection but accept your best. Silence the inner editor and the "I-N-G-E" voice. Even better, learn how to polish your work to editing-ready in three steps instead of 33 using tried-and-true methods that really work.

J.S. Wayne will show you how to identify the difference between striving for excellence and being unrealistic; when to say a manuscript is as good as YOU can make it on your own; and how to stay motivated even when your inner critic is dragging you down. Perhaps most importantly, he'll help you find coping strategies that work for your personality and lifestyle to get past those moments when everything's going wrong and you see your story going down in flames! If you struggle with perfectionism, don't miss this seminar.

Our Seminar Host is J.S. Wayne

   
March

Advanced Plotting

March 10-14

Many books and workshops teach the basics of plotting: conflict, complications, climax. Now learn advanced techniques that will make a decent plot dynamic. Start with a “grab you by the throat” opening to pull readers into the story. Learn how to pack the plot full by
complicating your complications. Control your pacing through sentence and paragraph length. And finally, encourage late-night reading under the covers cliffhanger chapter endings. Learn techniques to make any story or book better. Novelists will benefit from these insights, whether they are just starting out or have years of experience.

I've given variations of this talk at workshops around the country, and I'm doing an online video version for Delve Writing next month. I have also conducted forum workshops like the ones you have.

Our Host: Kris Bock

   
April

Discover your inner muse-powered super hero

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Not everyone wants to write a book, and of those who want to write one, it takes a special kind of nerve, dedication, and persistence to finish a book, and then a writer has to start on the path of publication. Along the way well-meaning friends and family, the industry, even other authors can make a writer doubt his or her craft. However, as a writer, you have a secret ally on the road to making your writing career dreams come true--your muse. Meet your inner muse-powered super hero and discover just how powerful your muse can be, and just how awesome your writing career can become!

Mary Caelsto's Website

   
May

The two edged sword – the pitfalls of being published (or what every new/aspiring author should know about publishing!)

12-14

What you didn't expect after writing your first book (such as the pressure to write a second one!), how to deal with excoriating edits/bad reviews/good reviews, the new and unexpected pressures on your diary, the perils of publicity (good and bad), relationships with other authors, dealing with publishers who aren't based in your country, tax, etc.
 
As Charlie Cochrane couldn't be trusted to do any of her jobs of choice—like managing a rugby team—she writes.

Charlie's Cambridge Fellows Series of Edwardian romantic mysteries was instrumental in her being named Author of the Year 2009 by the review site Speak Its Name. She’s a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, Mystery People, International Thriller Writers Inc and is on the organising team for UK Meet for readers/writers of GLBT fiction. She regularly appears with The Deadly Dames.

Our Host: Charlie Cochran

   
June None
   
July None
   
August

How to AVOID Publication Success

August 11-16

I will discuss the mistakes aspiring authors make, and some published authors make, because I think I've made them all.  I started writing romance novels 20+ years ago, but it has taken me a long time to focus, to finish, to understand what makes a successful book.  I've sold what turned out to be a contemporary romance series to Samhain.  The third book is due out in May.  I've self-pubbed 3, one of which is the first in a fantasy series.  Before that I sold two to Avalon Books (which went nowhere).  I'll have a short story in the 2013 Novelists, Inc. anthology as well.

...lack of focus, moving from one project to another, never completing even one to make it sellable, the numerous unfinished manuscripts which still clutter my shelves, how hard I had to work even on my last Samhain book (editing it twice per her suggestions before the editor would offer a contract).  The fact that I still struggle with GMC and constantly have to ask myself "what is this book about?  what do these characters want?" I can give hope to the strugglers.  If I did it so can they.  Maybe I can help them avoid some of the mistakes I made.  It's possible they don't know what they're doing IS a misstep.

I belong to Novelists, Inc., and am a former member of Romance Writers of America, national and local chapter.  Whenever I see requests for workshop pitches I always think, well, I can tell them what NOT to do!

Barb Meyers

   
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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!

 

 

ARIANA

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.

 
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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.

 
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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

 
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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!

 
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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.

 
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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.

 

 
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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.

   
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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.

   
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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.

   
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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.

 
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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.

   
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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.

   
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PRISM Awards

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

 
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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.

   
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QUASAR

Recognizing Excellence in E-book Covers

 
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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.

 
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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).

 
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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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