Thursday, January 30, 2014

Realizing the Dream Contest deadline extended to February 7, 2014!


This contest is open only to the conference attendees and will be judged by editors and agents attending the conference.

In case you were on the fence about entering, or you thought you need just a few more days to polish your ms, here's your chance! We're extending the deadline for entries to Friday, February 7th. You have an extra week to perfect your synopsis, polish those 10 pages, and make them shine!

Entry information can be found on the Desert Rose website

http://desertroserwa.org/contests/Phoenix-Romance-Writers-Realizing-The-Dream.php

Do let me know if you have any questions!



There's been some confusion about genres for the Realizing the Dream contest…for that, I apologize. To be clear, please note the following:

Entries are NOT judged within genres. All entries are judged together.
There is no set list of genres. The genre you specify is how YOU would classify your book.
The genre is required for the judges, so when reading your entry, they have the appropriate expectations.

The online entry form asks for "Category Entered." In this field, please specify the genre (in fact, this field should have been labeled "Genre"). The instructions should have been more clear, as well. All my fault and I'm sorry for the confusion.

If you have any questions, please direct them to me, not other members of the conference team. I will happily assist you in any way I can.

 
Kindest regards,

Justine Covington
"Writing love affairs in history."

covingtonjustine@gmail.com

Saturday, January 11, 2014

CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS PART III - Saturday Afternoon workshops


Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 2:00 - 2:50 PM

Joshua Tree Room
 ~ RENEW YOUR LOVE AFFAIR WITH WRITING   ~

Connie Flynn
How to do you restore the fire that inspired you to write? This workshop will help you examine what you wanted when you began writing, and through a series of exercises will free you from the fixation on 'making' it and allow you to once again become immersed in the people and worlds that only you cancreate.


Delores Room
 ~ HOW MANY PUBLISHERS DO YOU NEED? ~

Vijaya Schartz
It’s difficult enough to find a publisher… now you need more than one? You bet. In this fluid publishing landscape, keeping all your manuscripts with one house is hardly ever safe. That’s why today’s smart authors often choose to write for more than one publisher, sometimes in different genres, or under different names. Learn the pitfalls, the benefits, the challenges, the rewards… and how to keep your sanity while making all your publishers happy. It can be done. Is it for you? Come and find out.





Palm Ballroom D
~ SOLVING THE MYSTERY OF SHOW DON'T TELL ~

Donna Hatch
What ‘Show, Don’t Tell’ means, and how to use it to help a reader care about and root for your characters.







Palm Ballroom E
~ GRAMMAR & CRITIQUING-HOW TO MAKE YOUR NOVEL SHINE ~

 Pamela Tracy
As a college professor of English, commas give me no grief.  Do they give you grief?  They don't need to.  Also, what is the difference between proof-reading, editing, and revising?  This workshop helps with the very basic of writing tools and even shows you how to look at the page as a whole.




Palm Ballroom F
~ Q & A PANEL WITH NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHORS ~


Jennifer Ashley, Allison Brennan, Sylvia Day, Karin Tabke



Campanile Room 
 ~ THE BENEFITS OF BREVITY:
 WRITING THE AWARD-WINNING NOVELLA ~

Calista Fox
 
"…A short story is like a kiss in the dark from a stranger.”
~ Stephen King, Skeleton Crew (collection of short stories, 1985)

What a spine-tingling summation! Indeed, short stories can be an unexpected delight for readers who are reluctant to give the market a chance, for fear they can’t possibly be satisfied by a quick read. Yet, one of the most appealing things about well-written short fiction is that it grabs the reader’s attention from the get-go and sustains it with pithy exposition and relevant forward movement that is both compelling and fulfilling, culminating in the type of successful resolution required of full-length novels, but achieved in half the word count. Learn the crucial elements to achieve this in Calista’s workshop!

 
3:00 - 3:50 p.m. Workshops  


Joshua Tree Room
 ~  BREAKING DOWN THE BLACK MOMENT ~

 Cathy McDavid
A Detailed Step-by-Step Analysis of the Black Moment. Setting up your story's black moment actually starts in the first few pages of the book. This deep analysis of your story's black moment — and detailed step-by-step process — is designed to help you wring the most emotion and conflict from your black moment and give the reader what they're looking for: namely, a satisfying read.




Palm Ballroom D
~  THE UNSKIPPABLE LOVE SCENE ~

Jess Michaels
Components of an un-skippable love scene and how to be more comfortable writing love scenes





Palm Ballroom E
~ DREAM, DARE, DO!
A WRITER'S GUIDE TO GOAL SETTING & BUSINESS PLANNING ~

Shelley Coriell
– In this inspirational presentation, I’ll share the story of my 20-year journey to the New York publishing world, focusing on the one element that always kept me on track: my business plan. On the way I’ll share proven strategies to help you create or fine tune your own business plan. We’ll sail through missions, visions, action plans, and affirmations designed to keep you on course and on fire about your work.  



Palm Ballroom F
~ WRITING YOUR SYNOPSIS THE MAD MEN WAY ~

Laurie Schnebly Campbell -- 2 Hours
If you've ever had trouble writing a synopsis, here's a hint: pretend you're writing an ad. An advertising copywriter for 25 years, Laurie Schnebly Campbell was amazed to discover that the same skills which helped her sell bikes, bouquets and birdbaths ALSO helped her sell books. Discover how to use those "Madison Avenue" techniques to interest editor-agent "buyers" in YOUR product. 



  
4:00 – 4:50 p.m. Workshops

Joshua Tree Room

 ~ WRITING WITH PASSION ~
Patricia Burroughs
Find the emotional arc of your story and mine it for its best impact. Put your reader in the middle of the action, the conflict, the emotion. Find your personal passion for the characters and story and learn how to get that passion from your heart onto the page. Pooks shares the techniques that will lift your fiction from mundane to thrilling, from ordinary to extraordinary.





Delores Room
 ~ FIND YOUR VOICE ~
Toni McGee Causey









Palm Ballroom D

~ THE VILLAIN'S JOURNEY ~
Allison Brennan
The villain is the hero of his own journey -- learn what makes a "good" villain and creating a hero worthy of him.






Palm Ballroom E
~ AUTHOR PLATFORMS ~
Carol Webb/ Bella Media Management
AUTHOR PLATFORMS: Do you have one? How to get one and what is one?  Carol Webb, owner of Bella Media Management, will help you learn how to build your author platform for the current market. From web sites, and blogs to social media  and everything in between.










Palm Ballroom F
~ WRITING YOUR SYNOPSIS THE MAD MEN WAY...Cont.
~ Laurie Schnebly Campbell



 


CHECK THIS BLOG IN A FEW DAYS FOR THE WORKSHOPS SCHEDULED ON SUNDAY APRIL 6, 2014.