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Friday night at 7 p.m.
Special Session by Karen Porter – Killing Giants in 2015
In the middle of a war story, the Old Testament has a message to men and women in 2015. God gives us the tools to overcome the giants of discouragement, defeat, failure, and self. Join Karen Porter as she shows you how. And along the way, you’ll discover why David picked up 5 stones before he went to face Goliath. Fun, interesting, heart stopping, and God glorifying session.
Special Session by Shannon Ethridge – Pushing Through the Pain of Publishing
As writers, we long to give birth to the great literary dreams swirling around inside us, but nothing great has ever been birthed without great labor pains! Million-copy best-selling author Shannon Ethridge shares her best tips for nurturing the message inside of YOU by connecting more intimately with the Messenger who caused that conception.
Ghostwriting: Exploring New Frontiers by Melanie Hemry
What do Tom Clancy, James Patterson, President Obama, Hilary Clinton and a multitude of politicians, celebrities and business leaders have in common? They rely on ghostwriters to get their message in print. In this class you’ll learn how to break into the lucrative literary world of ghostwriting.
Guideposts: Break into a Market that Increases Your Chance of Publication 3 Times by Melanie Hemry
Guideposts has long been one of the most beloved magazines in America, filled with true stories with a spiritual takeaway. The original magazine has grown to include two others: Mysterious Ways and Angels on Earth. In this class you’ll learn to submit to all three!
How to Tell a Story by Karen Porter
Learn how to craft a story, about the story arc, and how important story structure is in non-fiction writing as well as in speaking. We will learn the simple way to write and tell a story and follow the path of the hero. Use these techniques for adding illustrations and examples to your writing and speaking and for telling your own story. They may never remember your bio, but they’ll never forget your story!
Self-Edit it Before You Send It by Karen Porter
This workshop is a practical and hands-on class on how to spot areas in your manuscript that need to be edited—before you send it out. Discover how to find passive voice, wordy sentences, incorrect punctuation, split infinitives, and so much more. Learn how to use the tools in your computer programs to eliminate problems. Your writing will be forever changed for the better.
How to Tell it Funny by Karen Porter
Discover how to add wit, humor, and winsomeness into your writing and speaking. No one can make you funny, but you can learn to lighten up, and this workshop will help you discover the methods that will add a new dimension to your communication.
Memoir: Shaping Story from Your Life into Story on the Page by Lindsey O’Connor
You long to write and publish a personal story. Maybe you’re unsure how to begin and feel a little daunted, or you’re well into it but wonder if you’ve chosen the best way to tell it. Learn the hallmarks of great memoir, how to get started, and how to use the building blocks of classic story structure to conceive or strengthen your story’s shape.
Narrative Nonfiction: The Art of True Storytelling by Lindsey O’Connor
The art and work of applying fiction techniques to factual stories creates compelling literature when well told and well reported that’s addictive to read, and write. Learn some of the devices of the genre, how to recreate scenes and handle dialogue from real people, and methods of how some top narrative nonfiction writers work that can help you make art with true stories.
Writing for Greater Impact by Shannon Ethridge
Wonder how your writing can totally rock the lives of individuals, couples, and families for many generations to come? Shannon Ethridge, author of 22 books for both Christian and mainstream markets, has kept her fingertips on the pulse point of her target audience for 20 years. In 2002, Shannon landed the opportunity to craft the best-selling Every Woman’s Battle series, which sold over one million copies and has been published in 28 languages. A decade later, she rode the wave of the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon by pitching a fast track title with Thomas Nelson, The Fantasy Fallacy, which she released on the Women of Faith platform. This workshop will equip YOU with the tools needed to recognize society’s “felt needs,” plus teach you industry secrets to becoming an “expert” on hot topics so you can be a successful culture-shaper!
Branding Through Custom Images by Christy Johnson
Learn how to develop a brand and platform by creating custom graphics that get shared and get you noticed. Words embedded into an image get shared 5 times more than simple text. You’ll learn where to buy cheap images, how to create killer graphics and how to use social media scheduling tools so you can maximize your time and get back to writing.
Maximize Your Book Table – by George Porter
You can have a back-of-the-room book table – even if you don’t have a book yet.
George Porter will show you how. George manages an extensive book table with good organization and time-saving tricks of the trade. In this workshop, he will show you how to pick out and buy products, display hints, bundling ideas, credit cards, and so much more.
Write from the Deep by Karen Ball
Marketing For Writers And Speakers by Karen Porter
Marketing techniques and methods have changed drastically with the emergence of the Internet. The information and advice you’ve read might already be out of date. Marketing expert Karen Porter will help you define your personal style and brand. From tag lines and mission statements to web presence in blogs, twitter, and Facebook, you will learn how to market your message, your speaking ministry, and your book. Karen will help you build a toolbox of practical, useful, doable methods. You will leave this session with a personal plan
Pitching Your Book to Agents and Editors by Cheri Fuller
If you want to pitch your book to an editor or agent at a book convention or writer’s conference, you’ve got to be able to craft a compelling “elevator” pitch and say it while sitting at breakfast or actually in an elevator with an editor! Learn how in this workshop with bestselling, award-winning author Cheri Fuller.
Writing Book Proposals by Cheri Fuller
You’ll gain an inside look at the key elements that editors are looking for in book proposals and how to write such a compelling, persuasive proposal that motivates publishers to send you a contract. Book proposal templates for both nonfiction and fiction will be handed out.
Metadata: The Data Behind the Book by Lacy Williams
This course will teach the all-important information that indie-publishing authors need to know, including all aspects of keywords, categories, titles, blurbs and book interiors and how they can and will impact your book sales. This side of the business of indie publishing is vital to success!
Moving Pictures: An Introduction to Screenwriting by Paul Tompkins
Curious about screenwriting? Wondering if your book will make a good movie? Always wanted to know more about writing movies? Join veteran screenwriter Paul Tompkins as he introduces WWSW attendees to the world of movie writing in this course designed for novelists and other writers.
THE STORY WORLD OF FICTION
Learn to Make-Believe in a Way That Makes Readers Believe by Rene Gutteridge, Regina Jennings and Robin Patchen.
Join WWSW’s fabulous Fiction Writing Program, where writers will learn how to wield all the amazing tools storytellers can use. The secrets to writing compelling fiction are right at your fingertips. We’ll give you the keys to unlock your one-of-a-kind story, whether you’re a beginner or more advanced. Come join the fun of make-believe! STORY WORLD will be split into two tracks:
ENLIGHTENING STEPS is a course designed for writers who’ve not yet completed a manuscript or have one under their belt. This course will instruct writers on the many tools writers can and should use in crafting their story into a novel, novella or short story, tools to help authors stay in point-of-view, quickly ground the reader in every scene, create believable dialogue, and plot stories that keep readers turning the page. Regina and Robin will take you through story world in an enlightening course designed to inspire, teach and encourage you to write that novel you’ve always wanted to write!
DEEP WATERS is designed for writers who have two or more finished manuscripts and are ready to wade into the deeper waters of the craft of fiction writing. We’ll study advanced techniques writers can apply to enhance their fiction and look specifically at important areas of the craft, including POV, dialogue, setting, character arcs and more, to see where we can improve weak spots. If you’ve got two or more completed full-length manuscripts under your belt, come dive deeper with Rene and listen to her share some of her fiction secrets!
Both tracks will also enjoy time with the instructors of the other class, so join us for the kind of fun only fiction writers can have!
Write Your Novel From the Middle: A Powerful New Approach for Plotters, Pantsers and Everyone in Between by James Scott Bell
Based on the #1 bestselling Amazon writing book, this workshop for writers of all calibers will teach you a completely unique method for crafting a powerful, unified novel by way of the “mirror moment” — a crucial beat that happens right in the middle of great and enduring stories. James Scott Bell will show you how to discover the true heart of your book, and how that knowledge brings everything into focus. Best of all, this method can be used at any time during the writing process, whether you like to outline or just wing it as you go.