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Sample Workshop Topics
Based on thirty years of writing experience, Kristi talks about (1) the work habits necessary for a publishing writer to develop, (2) finding and shaping ideas that will sell, and (3) how to target magazines, book publishers and agents.
“The Swiss Army Knife Character”
Developing characters with many unusual facets gives you unique characters that actually help make plotting easier (includes worksheet to develop this type of character)
“Writing a Mystery”
Kristi has sold twelve middle-grade mysteries. The Haunting of Cabin 13 won the Maryland children’s choice award. This two-hour workshop walks you through the steps of creating your characters, plot, setting and outline.
“How to Write and Sell a Middle-Grade Novel”
Kristi’s time-proven plan for outlining, writing, and selling middle-grade novels. Kristi has sold 34 MG novels.
“Tension Techniques: Infusing Page-Turning Tension into Your Fiction”
This talk and worksheet give you over 50 proven techniques for infusing tension into your characters, plot, settings and dialogue. A handy reference tool you’ll turn to again and again.
“How to Survive the Writing Life—and Thrive”
We get sidetracked from our writing goals by lack of time, health problems, marriage and family issues, cash flow problems and day jobs, procrastination, and more. Deal with these issues, and you’re halfway to making those writing/illustrating dreams happen. Author of Writer’s First Aid, Kristi has dealt with those problems and more during her 27-year writing career.
“How to be a Self-Coach”
We live in the day of the personal trainer, mentor, counselor, and coach. People want help transforming their “potential” into actual performance. Written goals are critical, but many writers need a boost to turn these dreams into actualities. Often there is no one available to support you in your dreams. You’re torn between pressures of work and home, haunted by dreams that never quite get launched. Few writers/illustrators can afford to hire private coaches, but you can learn to be your own best encourager, cheerleader, mentor and friend. (Includes take-home worksheets)
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