ANWA Workshop - Mesa, AZ

THE ANWA WORKSHOP IS SPONSORED BY THE SOUTHWEST REGION OF

THE AMERICAN NIGHT WRITERS ASSOCIATION. IT IS HELD

ANNUALLY TO ALLOW LDS WRITERS AN OPPORTUNITY TO

WRITE, HONE THEIR CRAFT, AND FORGE FRIENDSHIPS.

General Information

DATE: SATURDAY, APRIL 8, 2017

Time: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Location

PATHFINDER ACADEMY

2906 N. Boulder Canyon

Mesa, AZ 85207

Cost

$30 PER PERSON, INCLUDES LUNCH.

Other Information

You may attend any session you choose. You do not need to stay with any particular TRACK.
Everyone may bring their books to sell during lunch and at the close. No dedicated bookstore. You are responsible for your own sales. Faculty will have books available for purchase.
Bring a lap top for some workshop classes.

Three tracks available:

TRACK 1

Morning - Plot Challenged: 4 Ways to Plot Writing Success
Do you write character-driven, seat-of-the-pants stories? Is your hard-drive full of great ideas you couldn’t get past chapter 5? Do readers complain your work is too quiet? As a card-carrying member of plotless anonymous, I struggle with plot, too. In this workshop, I will share the plotting secrets I learned from my MFA advisors, New York Editor and favorite plotting guides. We will discuss examples and practice on your work. By Angela Morrison
Afternoon - Get them Talking: From Dialogue to Scene
The biggest mistake beginning writers make is page after page telling a story rather than showing the reader a story in scenes. Scenes? Yikes. How do I do that? Easy. Just get them talking. Scenes are merely dialogue with stage direction. Free-write a page of dialogue then edit it to perfection or bring your first chapter for intensive revision. Dialogue punctuation secrets included! By Angela Morrison

Track 2

Morning - Writing Mistakes Not to Make
Common mistakes many writers don’t realize they make. How to make your writing stronger. Janette will do a critique of the first few pages of writers brave enough to share. (Bring a few pages of the beginning of your WIP if you would like.) By Janette Rallison
Afternoon - Scrivener 101: Why Do So Many Authors Use Scrivener?
I would, but I am just so used to MS word. Would using Scrivener really improve my writing and publishing process? If you have ever asked yourself these questions this is the class for you. At the end of this workshop you will have a practical understanding of why Scrivener is an optimal writing and publishing solution for your writing process and business. By Dustin and Tamara Thompson.

Track 3

Morning - Indie Books: Formatting for e-books
Formatting your manuscript for ebook publication. Publishing with Kindle - including account creation and understanding the needed key data to optimize your sales. By Tamara Passey
Afternoon - Indie Books: Creating Covers & Marketing
Marketing Starter Kit for the Indie Author and Book Covers-Self or Hire a Professional. We'll go over cover design basics, planning a launch, obtaining reviews, online marketing and more. Learn what marketing activities can make the most impact and leave with a plan to help more readers find your book. By Tamara Passey

Closing Session - Q & A by Workshop Faculty

Tamara Passey, Janette Rallison, Tamara and Dustin Thompson, Angela Morrison

Faculty

Tamara Passey

Author of two holiday romance novels THE CHRISTMAS TREE KEEPER and THE TREE KEEPER'S PROMISE, as well as a short memoir MOTHERING THROUGH THE WHIRLWIND, Tamara has been navigating the world of marketing indie-published books since 2014. Member of ANWA since 2009, she loves making new writer friends and sharing the tricks of the trade.

Janette Rallison

Janette Rallison is an American writer best known for her light romance novels for young adults. She also writes young adult science fiction/fantasy under the name C. J. Hill and adult romantic novels as Sierra St. James.

Dustin and Tamara Thompson

Dustin and Tamara Thompson are a married indie publishing team. Dustin’s skills range from story editing, formatting, cover design, and publishing processes. Tamara is the major story developer and writer of words. Both plunge into the world of marketing. Together they love to learn and create. Check out their work on the YA Pirate Fantasy book series THE DARK EVE at TKThompson.com

Angela Morrison

Angela Morrison is the author of AN OCEAN BETWEEN, TAKEN BY STORM (books 1-3) and SING ME TO SLEEP, a 2010 Goodreads Choice Nominee and USA Best Books 2011 Winner for YA Fiction. She graduated from Brigham Young University and holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She grew up in Eastern Washington on the wheat farm where TAKEN BY STORM is set. She has four children--mostly grown up--and the most remarkable grandkids in the universe. She and her husband divide their time between the alp-lined shores of Lake Geneva and Arizona's Sonoran Desert. www.angela-morrison.com.

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