Friday, February 27, 2009

Learn Character Driven Plotting in Two Days!!

Here's another workshop that sounds great. I wish I could attend them all. I hope some of you are able to make it there.

Our 2008 classes were filled with writers not-yet-published and multi-published authors.
This program is great for Plotters and Pantsers – what?!

It’s true. Plotters learn how to organize their story so that conflict doesn’t break down and pacing stays strong. Pantsers leave with a way to flush out weak spots in a story – PLOT HOLES – and fix the problems. Getting published just got harder with budget tightening…but publishers are always looking for good books.

More so than ever before – your story has to be the very best.

Instructors for Break Into Fiction® Power Plotting Retreat:

Award-winning author Mary Buckham
& NYT best selling author Dianna Love.

Retreat has limited seating to assure time to work with every attendee on their story throughout the 2 days. And…attendees receive 5 bonus templates.

"...I used to think I was good at plotting – but this past (retreat) weekend made me realize I’ve been guilty of a more complicated version of the ‘one damned thing after another’ plot. I’m stunned at how well an entire story arc came together in just two days.” Marcella Burnard

“Break into Fiction is solidly grounded in storytelling fundamentals but then goes much farther into the practical detail that determines whether your book will bring a check or a rejection slip.” ~~ Jon Franklin, author of Writing for Story and a Pulitzer Prize winner

Break Into Fiction® 2008 Attendees…

4 attendees from 2008 have sold
2 more have books with editors who have “recommended a buy”
15 have had agent requests, 10 finally finished their books
Many have finaled and won contests that put them in front of editors & agents
Published author feedback shows they are thrilled with their new level of production and writing quality

What about you?


St. LOUIS – April 4-5th

P.S. Also be sure and visit the website to enter a Contest for great writing-related prizes.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

"How to Create and Sustain a Compelling Story"

The Village Writers’ Club of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas presents "A Day with Laura Parker Castoro.

Laura will be teaching a one- day workshop titled “How to Create and Sustain a Compelling Story” on Saturday, March 28, 2009 at the Coronado Community Center in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas. Pre-registration is $30.00. Lunch is available for an additional $10.00.

Workshop Schedule

8:30-9:00 Registration
9:00-10:15 Character development
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-11:45 Plots and Subplots
11:45-1:00 Lunch Break
1:00-2:00 Critique Session
2:00-2:15 Break
2:15-3:00 Editing and Revisions

Pre-registered participants are invited to submit one short story, memoir or piece of creative nonfiction for possible critique by the presenter during the afternoon session. One month prior to the workshop, five submissions will be drawn at random. Those manuscripts will be emailed, without author info to Laura Castoro and to all pre-registered participants for review prior to the workshop.

Manuscripts must be no longer than 1,500 words and emailed as a .pdf file or in a Microsoft Word attachment. All submissions must be double spaced. On the top left of page 1 list your name, mailing address, phone number and email address. Word count should be listed on the top right of page 1.

Pre-registered participants should email their manuscripts to Madelyn F Young at The deadline for emailing manuscripts is February 27, 2009. Snail mail submissions will not be accepted.

If paying by check your registration must be postmarked no later than March 13, 2009. Registrations will be accepted at the door if space permits; however there will be no guarantee of lunch for late registrants.

Details, registration form and a map are available at:

Or contact:
John Achor
42 Vega Lane
Hot Springs Village, AR 71909
Phone: 501-915-9186

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

HACWN Offers Personal Coaching

I've never attended this conference but it may be just what you're looking for.

Are you at a stage in your life in which you're longing for personal feedback on your writing? Then check out HACWN's Spring Mentoring Retreat April 16-18, 2009. This event is designed for the people who long for a personal touch and coaching from a professional writer/editor that goes beyond 20-minute paid critiques that we offer at the conference.

We'll all get away at a retreat center near Kansas City (Excelsior Springs). You'll show your materials to your mentor, the mentor will give you feedback, you'll go work on your project, and bring it back again to show to your mentor. You'll have access to your mentor from Thurs. to Saturday. Each mentor will have 6 to 8 people to coach. We're excited about our team of mentors. These are people who are passionate about helping writers on a more personal level, such as Nick Harrison from Harvest House, Katura Patton from Tyndale, Eric Reed from Christianity Today and others, Jeanette Windle with Kregel, and Zena Dell who has seen her screenwriting produced.

If you have a writing project that just isn't getting done, this is a great chance to just get away and get that project well underway. It's also a great place to get in-depth career consultation. All for a fraction of the cost to hire a consulting editor for 48 hours! This is an investment that just might bring high returns.If this fits where you are in your writing right now, I hope you'll take a good look at the flyer and pray about the possibility of coming.

If you have questions, feel free to contact Mark at or 816-459-8016. If you do feel drawn to this even, you might register quickly--it's a first-come thing and we already have several registrations.

Also, feel free to pass this along to anyone you know who might be interested.Blessings as you pursue your writing dreams.JeanetteJeanette Gardner Littletonco-director,Heart of America Christian Writers

Tuesday, February 3, 2009 Seeks Exceptional Fiction and Poetry

Arts Review Fogged Clarity is now accepting submissions for our March and April editions. Submissions should be sent to Our February (debut) issue is free and available at

In it you will find new work from poets Bruce Smith, Amy King, and Peter Ciccariello, experimental photography by Kyle Jones and Ryan Daly, short fiction by Dmitri Gheorgheni, and much more. Fogged Clarity aims to transcend the conventions of the typical literary review by incorporating music, the visual arts, interviews, and political exposition.

Our ambition is to form a community of artists whose interaction is not constrained by medium, but broadened by a collective love of expression. Our network is extensive, and our passion for ventilation intense. We sincerely hope you will join us, and share the fruits of your own fogged clarity.

-- Executive Editor, "Fogged Clarity"