Virtual Programming

November 2021 Programming Announcement

Title: Self publishing for fun and profit

Speaker: Our own Wendy Clark!

Length: 1 hour

Is self-publishing for you? Where do you start? And once you’ve gotten started, how do you keep going? In this beginning to intermediate-level workshop, Wendy will guide you like a Sherpa up the mountain of self-publishing with practical resources, timely tips, and examples of what’s working currently for six- and seven-figure indie and hybrid romance authors. Take your career to the next level or just get inspired by the view as you create your own path to a fulfilling career.

Bio: Wendy Clark has been self-publishing since 2014. She’s gone down plenty of side trails and had to bushwhack her way back to the path. Her current success is her six-figure, USA Today bestselling paranormal and science fiction romance pen name Starla Night.

December 2021 Programming Announcement

Title:  Engage Your Fans by Writing a Multi-book Series with Individual Character and Book Arcs

Speaker: Rebecca Zanetti

Length: 1 hour

Returning to a series, in any genre, is like coming home after a time away—both for authors and readers.  Writing a series is rewarding because it allows an author to return time and time again to a created world, it helps to build a faithful fan base, and it’s a good way to make money.  Fans enjoy returning to well-crafted worlds and checking in on those characters they fell in love with in earlier stories, but that new story has to be good enough to draw in new readers…and keep them.  We’ll explore how to build, what to add, and what to delete with character, book, and series arcs.

Bio: Rebecca Zanetti is the author of over twenty-five romantic suspense, dark paranormals, and contemporary romances, and her books have appeared multiple times on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks bestseller lists. She lives in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest with her own Alpha hero, two kids, a couple of dogs, a crazy cat…and a huge extended family. She believes strongly in luck, karma, and working her butt off…and she thinks one of the best things about being an author, unlike the lawyer she used to be, is that she can let the crazy out. Upcoming series are: The Blood Brothers, The Realm Enforcers and The Scorpius Syndrome. Find Rebecca at: 

January 2022 Programming Announcement

Title: Punch Up Your Plot With Knock-Out Level Conflict

Speaker: Carolyn Greene

Length: 1 hour
You know your character’s favorite color and the name of his first pet.  You’ve thought up some cool plot events to include in your story.  And maybe you’ve raised the temperature with some heated drama.  So why doesn’t it feel like a fully fleshed out plot?  Worse, why is your protagonist fighting YOU instead of the antagonist?  Why is the story beating both of you up?

Often, the ailment arises from underdeveloped or undefined conflict muscles. But what’s the prescription for a diagnosis like that?

Join “Plot Doc” Carolyn Greene while she examines the common symptoms of a story’s flabby conflict and teaches you which story steroids to inject to maximize your character’s motivation muscles. Useful for plotters and pantsers alike.

Bio: Carolyn Greene is the bestselling author of sweet romances published by Silhouette and Harlequin Books, and faith-based cozy mysteries with Guideposts Books. She is a two-time RITA finalist and has won two HOLT awards.  Known as the Plot Doc, Carolyn has captured the attention of writers worldwide with her PRESCRIPTION FOR PLOTTING workbook which is currently being updated and expanded for rerelease late next year.  In addition, she is working on a cozy mystery series to be published under the pen name Cali Greene. 

Carolyn lives in Powhatan (POW-uh-tan), Virginia, with her fire chief husband and two barking miniature pinschers.  When not Covid-quarantining, she travels to Tucson to visit her NASA research-scientist son and to Hawaii to see her photographer daughter, adorable son-in-law, and two fabulous grandchildren. 

February 2022 Programming Announcement

Title: Show, Not Tell

Speaker: Shirley Jump

Length: 1 hour

This most basic of writing concepts can also be one of the most difficult to master in the beginning. Join New York Times bestselling author Shirley Jump as she leads an interactive workshop that gives you easy, manageable tips that will have you bringing your fiction to life right away. Hands-on work with feedback helps you actually see the difference between telling and showing and employ the techniques in class.

Bio: Shirley Jump is an award-winning, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Amazon, and USA Today bestselling author who has published more than 80 books in 24 countries. As the owner of JumpStart Creative Solutions, Shirley also does book building, content editing, ghostwriting, and author coaching. She has worked with celebrities from The Today Show and Bravo TV as well as former NFL players to craft their stories in a unique and compelling way. A former reporter and communications director for a marketing agency, she uses her diverse background to help clients create impactful content.

March 2022 Programming Announcement

Title: Being a Journeyman Writer, Writing Longevity/Keeping It Fresh, and Making a Living Without Being a Superstar

Speaker: Katherine Garbera

Length: 1 hour

About the workshop: Over the past 25 years, I have been a published author and have learned some tips and tricks along the way to both roll with the punches and find success navigating changes in the publishing market, editors, tropes and storytelling. This 60 minute workshop will offer you proven techniques, advice, and skills you can use for your own path as a working writer.

Bio: Katherine Garbera is the USA Today best-selling author of more than 120 books. Writing is the chief focus of her time after her family and the only thing she likes more than working on her own books is reading other authors. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and loves the opportunity to talk about writing with anyone who’ll listen.
Her latest release THE WEDDING DARE launches the Destination Wedding series a spin-off from HER ONE NIGHT PROPOSAL.