You'll enjoy getting ready for the new year by planning to make your authorship dreams come true. This session prepares you to set goals for your next book and understand what your current book can achieve for you.
In the first of three parts, Barbara McNichol introduces you to a planning tool—a big-picture blueprint—that you can use at any point in your writing process, especially for nonfiction. It features a mini-
blueprint with key questions you might not have
Following that is a hands-on session for streamlining everything you write. Authors are often told to
"tighten your writing" but what exactly should you do? We'll work through exercises that show you
how to shorten and streamline your paragraphs in ways that apply to everything you write. We'll also tackle four valuable techniques both nonfiction and fiction writers can use immediately to improve their writing.
Join us for this valuable interactive session that gets you ready for next year.
As an expert editor, Barbara McNichol is proud to help authors prove that, yes, they can change the world with their well-crafted words. She specializes in editing books in business, self-help, how-to, health, memoir, relationships, and more. Over the past 24 years, she has placed more than 350 books (and counting) on her editing "trophy shelf."
Originally from Saskatchewan, Barbara has called Tucson home since 2001. She loves to dance Nia-style, play tennis and pickleball, and soak in hot tubs with her hubby.
Looking for ways to improve your writing? Subscribe to her free monthly ezine Add Power to Your Pen and her comprehensive subscription program, Word Trippers Tips. See details at www.WordTrippers.com.
Barbara's December 16th workshop is part of SSA's outreach to provide a reasonably-priced educational experience. Every 3rd Saturday in even months we will have $5 workshops.
World building isn't just a requirement of science fiction and fantasy. From mystery to romance to memoir, your characters live in a time and place specific to them. The presentation covers the three types of world building as well the raw materials and tools of world building. A must for anyone who writes stories.
ReadersFavorite.com says, "[KB Shaw's] world creation skills are second to none, and people will feel as if they can simply slip through the pages into Neworld as they are reading."
Keith is the author of short stories and two YA science fiction series: From
the Shadows and Neworld Papers. From the Shadows started life as a web series on the Spectrum Home and School Network site and drew more than 20,000 readers. He is also the publisher of iPulpFiction.com and an award-winning writer of educational videos.
Keith grew up in small Wisconsin towns. Moving frequently due to his father's work, he attended three high schools in four years and has fond memories of each.
He spent the first fifteen years of his adult life as a theater designer, director, and playwright.
With the introduction of the Macintosh computer, Keith moved into computer education. He created the interface and more than 600 educational programs for the EduNet network, which served more than 1,000,000 students across the country. He also hosted live broadcasts into K-12 classrooms across the country.
As a boy, Keith was slow to gain an appreciation for fiction. His work in educational media fueled his interest in the reluctant male reader and led him to start the online Spectrum Children's Book Club, which grew into iPulpFiction.com.
Keith's recent work includes nearly 900 educational video scripts for the world's largest education company, Pearson. His pilot script for From the Shadows was a Scriptapalooza semifinalist. He wrote the bible and series pilot for Dashiell Hammett's The Continental Op, a detective series from Black Mask Productions, for HBO. Sadly, it lost out to True Detective.