Workshops

Workshops

NEW for 2017 Sex It Up: Sex and Romance in Genre Fiction

 Romance is everywhere even in blockbusters like Terminator and Star Wars. Strong romantic plots drove TV shows like Castle, Moonlighting, and Cheers to top ratings. It was the sexual tension that viewers to tuned in each week to find out if this would be the episode they finally acted on their attraction or not. Twitter blew up when Sheldon and Amy finally kissed on The Big Bang Theory, then blew up all over again when they consummated their relationship.

Writing romance and sex can be tricky. You’re not writing a how-to manual after all. In this workshop you’ll learn how to create sexual tension, how to write sex scenes, and how to plot a romance that will have readers staying up until the wee hours to finish.

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Making Description Work Hard for You

Long, flowing, red hair… check. Violet eyes… check. Chiseled jaw, lock of hair over a prominent brow, broad, muscular shoulders… check, check, check.

Description in a novel can be as dry as bone dust or read like a laundry list. But done right, description can draw a reader deeper into a character’s point of view and deeper into the story. Using description to achieve deep point of view is one of the most powerful tools an author can use to create stories and characters readers will remember long after the last page is turned.

Using examples from the presenter’s and other author’s work, attendees will learn how to use description to achieve deep point of view and bring the reader into the head and heart of their characters. This is a hands-on, one hour long workshop. Come prepared to write!

Look for the companion novel Making Description Work Hard for You in Beth’s Crafting Unputdownable Fiction series wherever print and ebooks are sold.

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Going Deep Into Deep Point of View

 Have you ever felt that a scene wasn’t working, but you couldn’t figure out why? Could be you were writing it from the wrong character’s point of view (POV). Whether you write in first person, third person, omniscient or a combination of POV’s, the reader should be clear about whose head they’re in and most importantly… why. Deep POV is achieved when the writer so fully immerses herself and the reader into the character’s head and heart that the writer virtually disappears, drawing the reader deeper into the story.

In this hands-on, one hour workshop, attendees will learn about the different kinds of point of view, choosing the right POV, when, how, and why to shift point of view, deep POV, and more.

Look for the companion novel Going Deep Into Deep Point of View in Beth’s Crafting Unputdownable Fiction series wherever print and ebooks are sold.

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The Blackest Black: Is Your Black Moment Black Enough?

The black moment may come toward the end of the novel, but it’s what you’ve been writing to all book long. It’s the culmination of your character’s journey throughout the entire story. It’s the bleakest moment in your novel, when all appears lost. As a writer you should ask yourself- What is the absolute worst thing that could happen to my character? And then make it happen. Don’t back down. Be brave. The very best writers make a reader wonder and worry about how the characters will ever achieve their happily ever after.

Using examples from the presenter’s and other author’s work, this hands-on, one hour workshop will insure that your black moment isn’t shades of gray, but the darkest, most emotional point in your novel.

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