Friday Keynote Jessica Strawser
Jessica Strawser (jessicastrawser.com) is the editor-at-large at Writer’s Digest, where she served as editorial director for nearly a decade and became known for her in-depth cover interviews with such luminaries as David Sedaris and Alice Walker. She’s the author of the book club favorites Almost Missed You, now new in paperback, and Not That I Could Tell, a Book of the Month selection and Barnes & Noble Best New Fiction pick for March 2018 (both from St. Martin’s Press). Her third novel, Forget You Know Me, is forthcoming in 2019. She has written for The New York Times Modern Love, Publishers Weekly and other fine venues, and is a popular presenter at writing conferences and book festivals. She lives with her husband and two children in Cincinnati. Connect with her on Twitter @jessicastrawser and on Facebook @jessicastrawserauthor.
Building Suspense by Acting Out of Character – Once you’ve established who your characters are, you can thicken your plot by giving them reasons to act out of character. (Think of the meek heroine who suddenly lashes out, the reliable parent who runs off, or the villain who shows an unexpected kindness—they all make you want to know why.) Learn how this underutilized technique can be used on a large scale (propelling an entire novel’s plot) or a small one (adding twists, turns and interest) to create page-turning stories sure to satisfy.
How to Become a Regular Contributor to Any Publication – Becoming a regular contributor is the dream scenario in terms of steady paychecks, easier-to-come-by assignments, and more byline opportunities for freelance writers, and yet so many freelancers go about this the wrong way. This session teaches you how to make ANY assignment the first of many, build relationships with editors, recognize opportunities other writers miss, earn more money with less effort, and strengthen your freelance writing career without driving yourself query-crazy.
Saturday Keynote Jason Jack Miller
Jason Jack Miller knows it’s silly to hold onto the Bohemian ideals of literature, music, and love above all else. But he doesn’t care. His own adventures paddling wild mountain rivers and playing Pearl Jam covers for less-than-enthusiastic crowds inspired his Murder Ballads and Whiskey Series. He wrote Hellbender as a student in Seton Hill University’s prestigious Writing Popular Fiction program, where he is now a mentor and adjunct instructor. The novel won the Arthur J. Rooney Award for Fiction, the MacLaughlin Scholarship, and was a finalist for the Appalachian Writers Association Book of the Year Award. When Jason isn’t writing, he’s with Heidi, his wife, either in Paris, perusing the bouquinistes or in the Cinque Terre trying to taste all of the focaccia. And for the rest of the year he plays the role of Mr. Miller, mild-mannered science teacher at Uniontown Area High School. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @jasonjackmiller or email him at email@example.com.
Writing Anthropologically – How do we incorporate elements of different cultures into our writing? By being respectful, and by understanding how culture works. In this module we will examine the effects of language, tradition, religion, and art on culture, and develop ways to incorporate them into our worlds, whether real or imagined.
A Fantastic Geography – A good setting relies on the drama of place to add additional layers of tension. In this module, we will look at some of Earth’s most amazing locales, the science that created them, and ways to get them into your stories. Includes a research component and writing exercises to make this directly applicable to your current work in progress.
Agent Amy Bishop – Dystel, Goderich & Bourret LLC
Amy Elizabeth Bishop joined Dystel, Goderich & Bourret in 2015 after interning for them in 2014. After a short stint as the financial & subrights assistant, she started assisting Jane Dystel, and in addition to managing her own list, now also oversees the office and the interns. Her list is wide-ranging, encompassing both adult fiction and nonfiction, as well as YA. She’s always on the lookout for fiction from diverse authors, stories with a darker edge, and smart narrative nonfiction that’s historical in bent or addresses issues of politics and feminism. You can find her on Twitter at @amylizbishop.
#QueryTips: Demystifying the Query Process – The act of querying can feel dizzying, confusing, overwhelming, [insert panicked adjective here]. In #QueryTips, you’ll learn about common mistakes to avoid with your queries, suggestions on where to find the right agent, and ways to make your query stand out. Take heart: querying just might be simpler than you think!
Danielle Dieterich is an associate editor at G.P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Random House. After graduating from Wesleyan University with a degree in English, she began her career in publishing in the publicity department of Dutton Books, and joined Putnam in 2015. She is interested in suspense and psychological thrillers, as well as book club fiction and smart women’s fiction, both contemporary and historical. She is drawn to stories with distinct voices, dark themes, and a strong sense of place, and enjoys high-concept or speculative twists. She has worked with bestselling and award-winning authors such as Clive Cussler, Jan Karon, Lisa Gardner, Lisa Scottoline, C.J. Box, Chloe Benjamin, and Jeffery Deaver. She lives in Manhattan with her husband.
Navigating the Author/Editor Relationship – The connection between an author and their editor is one of the most important relationships in the life of a book—and it is one that is often shrouded in mystery. Join us for a step-by-step look at the ways that authors and editors work together, answering questions like: How do you find an editor that understands your book’s vision? What does the revision process actually entail? What happens if you and your editor disagree? And just what can a good editor do for your book? We’ll be talking about different strategies to building a strong editorial relationship, and about just what you can expect after your book has sold.
Agent Kaitlyn Johnson – Corvisiero Literary Agency
After receiving a BA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College, Kaitlyn refused to leave the concept of nightly homework behind. As well as being a junior agent for Corvisiero Literary Agency, she is also a freelance editor at her own company, K. Johnson Editorial, and has worked as a copyeditor for academic publisher codeMantra, a YA editor for Accent Press, and a Conference Assistant for GrubStreet, Boston. She has written various articles for Writer’s Digest and has had a flash fiction story published in the anthology A Box of Stars Beneath the Bed.
Rules and Realities of Self-Editing – This workshop covers tools writers can utilize when self-editing their work, things to look out for BEFORE querying agents/editors, and helpful tips on how to polish their first 5 pages.
Bibi Lewis is an associate agent and subsidiary rights manager at the Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency. She is actively building her list in Children’s Fiction and Non-Fiction and Adult Fiction. When she isn’t working she is probably knitting.
Subsidiary Rights, what are they and when does it make sense to retain? – In this workshop we will discuss the ins and outs of subsidiary rights (including foreign, audio and film) and I’ll teach the benefits of retaining and reselling. Subsidiary rights are a vital source of income that many authors miss, make sure you know your rights.
Publisher Rhonda Penders – The Wild Rose Press
Rhonda is President and Editor-in-Chief of The Wild Rose Press. She and her business partner, RJ Morris, opened the company back in 2006 and continue to be the sole owners today. TWRP, as it is affectionately known, is home to authors worldwide and currently has over 3000 active titles. Although started as a romance only publisher, they opened their garden gate to adult mainstream fiction (including historical fiction, science fiction, erotica, thrillers, etc.) in 2013. They also publish YA but do not work with children’s books, cookbooks, memoirs, or poetry. They publish in ebook format as well as print and audio. In January 2018 TWRP was named Best Publisher of the Year by an independent study for the 9th year.
Rhonda lives in Upstate New York in a picturesque hamlet nestled along the Erie Canal. She and her husband, Scott, have been married 33 years and have three adult sons, a cat and an annoying spoiled Siberian Husky. She enjoys writing, boating, cooking and baking and is never happier then when all her sons are home and around her table.
Where Does the Story Start – This is an interactive workshop where participants volunteer to submit the first two pages of their manuscript. I will read them during the workshop and offer my critique – this generally is an audience participation event as well. It works best if participants bring hard copy of their first two pages with them – reading from laptops is a bit awkward.
Timons Esaias is a satirist, poet, essayist and short fictionator. His works have appeared in twenty languages. He won the Asimov’s Readers Award and the Louis Award for poetry and was a finalist for the BSFA. He teaches in the Seton Hill University MFA in Writing Popular Fiction.
Writing Poetry for Genre Markets: Mystery, Horror, Fantasy, SF & More – One of the easiest paths to publication is poetry written for the genre magazines and markets. Those markets are also more likely to pay, more likely to accept humor, and (if you’re still a fan of rhyme) more open to rhyme and form. Did we mention that there’s also an eager, enthusiastic audience?
Getting the Craft into Your Paragraph – The paragraph is the basic unit of fiction writing, and we rarely teach it. This will be a discussion of how paragraphs work, and how to make sure they actually do something other than keep the header and footer apart. Will include The Unwritten Rule, Avoiding the Stomp, and malt balls. Will also involve simple exercises for getting various things (conflict, plot, characterization) onto the page. (Please bring in 6-8 non-consecutive, non-dialog paragraphs of your own, 4 sentences or more each, to work on.)
Deborah Riley-Magnus is an author and an Author Success Coach with thirty-plus-years of marketing and publicity experience. Her book, WRITE BRAIN/LEFT BRAIN, bridges the gap between creative writer and marketing author. Her approach to author marketing is creative, unique, and teaches the difference between selling, and allowing readers to buy.
What’s New in Author Marketing? – This 1 ½ hour workshop covers new techniques Author Success Coach Deborah Riley-Magnus has developed that impact prospective buyers on social media, and helps authors develop the creative powers of marketing. These strategies include Pinterest, Facebook Live, YouTube approaches, and several new ways to connect with audiences.
Deanna Adams is an award-winning writer, speaker, essayist, and author of six books, both fiction and nonfiction. She is the longtime coordinator of the Western Reserve Writer’s conference, and the “Book Whisperer” for The Cuyahoga County Library’s Writers Center. She also teaches online writing courses for the Pennwriters organization.
Build Your Story (or Calling All Plotters!) – The story structure and novel outline often begs for at least a semblance of an idea on where the plot is going. A guideline, be it detailed or rough and loose, helps the writer know the kind of mess the characters will find themselves in, and how the story will evolve. Even though the original plot may change, a basic outline will help keep you focused on the premise. This workshop may also benefit pantsers who often write themselves into a corner and can’t get out! Deanna Adams will provide techniques to writing a traditional structured outline, as well as a looser method for those who want a wider net to cast their story, yet still be organized!
Gregory is an author and writing instructor in Buffalo, NY. He spent five years running a successful Chicago improv group and cutting his teeth as a playwright before shifting focus. Following a stint as officer and webmaster of Buffalo’s Elmwood Writers’ Club, he co-created the North Tonawanda Writers’ Group in 2016
Enrich Your Plot Using the Hero’s Journey and Die Hard – Learn how to improve character and plot arcs using the popular 12-step Hero’s Journey. Die Hard, and the novel it was based on, will act as a colorful example to illustrate the uniformity of this template in modern storytelling. Also, see how a standard template can create plots that differ exponentially.
J.R. (Julia) Baird is a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in Communication Studies and English Writing. She is passionate about cultivating brand and brand advertising through social media platforms. She interned at digital marketing and content creation firm, Cosmitto. J.R. writes young adult science fiction/fantasy.
Brand, Branding, Branded – This module focuses on branding, and will include an overview branding, why branding is important and how to create a brand. This topic will be explored from the perspective of research, branding platforms, and audience targeting. The session will include examples of successful brands and why they have been impactful.
USA Today Bestselling Author Annette Dashofy writes the Agatha nominated Zoe Chambers mystery series. An Area 3 Pennwriters member since 2004, she currently serves as Coordinator of Area Reps. She also belongs to Sisters in Crime and International Thriller Writers. Her eighth book, Fair Game, releases this May.
POV and Voice – Have you been accused of head hopping? Or have you been told your characters are two-dimensional? This workshop will clarify the meaning of point of view and help you find which character(s) should be the narrator and guide for your reader during the journey of your story.
Wende Dikec, also known as Abigail Drake, is the award-winning author of nine novels. She teaches writing classes to children and adults, and, in her spare time, blogs about her dog. Her newest books are “The Hocus Pocus Magic Shop” and “Love, Chocolate, and a Dog Named Al Capone.”
How To Be a Hybrid, and Why It’s the Way of the Future – Many authors choose to be completely self-published, and others take the traditional route. What are the risks and benefits if you want to be both? In this workshop, Wende Dikec will discuss how she ended up being a hybrid author, and why it works for her.
Sandra Gould Ford
Sandra Gould Ford [http://sandragouldford.com ] is an author, artist and educator who presents literary and visual art to encourage, refresh, enrich creative thinking and inspire. Sandra has taught nationwide and founded what became the Words Without Walls program [ https://youtu.be/CYnPzBbmuZs ]. Gould Ford enjoys exploring the human experience while sharing what she’s learned.
Write Great Scenes – In this two-hour hands-on workshop, author, artist and educator Sandra Gould Ford illustrates how to build effective, engaging stories. In the first half: explore the difference between narrative and exposition, how they collaborate and the difference between scenes and stories. Review and practice scene essentials.
Second Half: Continue developing the foundations of effective scenes. Learn to organize scenes so that building stories is easier, from short fiction to novels. Along the way, share and celebrate achievements.
Dr. Tamara Girardi is an Assistant Professor of English at HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College. She writes picture books and young adult fantasy and contemporary novels. She is an alumnus of the popular Pitch Wars program. She lives in a suburb outside of Pittsburgh with her husband and four children.
13 Common First Draft Mistakes and How to Fix Them – As they should, writers celebrate that first draft, but then the hard part comes – revision. To revise successfully, writers must identify the key issues plaguing that first draft and be able to address them with appropriate tools and tricks. This session will identify thirteen of the most common first draft mistakes such as info dumps, not fully developing the theme or concept of the novel, weak structure, slow pacing, neglecting the protagonist’s inner journey and more. Additionally, the presenter will share specific techniques for how to remedy each of these challenges in that pesky first draft.
Joy Givens primarily writes “fresh, fantastic, fierce” fiction. Her debut UGLY STICK was published in 2013. Her recent work includes THE NEW SAT HANDBOOK and award-winning short fiction. Joy is currently working on several fairy tale adaptations. When not writing, Joy can be found teaching, tutoring, and chasing her kids
Using Short Fiction to Develop and Deepen Your Novel – Participants will brainstorm short stories featuring characters and settings from their own novels. Telling “mini-stories” or “one-shots” can help you understand your creation better and deepen the backstory of your full-length work. It can also strengthen your overall composition skills. Bring your WIP characters and come ready for a workout!
Hana Haatainen-Caye is a voice-over talent, editor, and award-winning writer and blogger. She is multi-published in the Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies and has published 100 digital children’s books with iStoryBooks. She leads a monthly writing group in Pittsburgh and teaches writing for the Osher program at Carnegie Mellon University.
Writing What You Know – Fleshing out a story, poem, blog post, or article is much simpler when you write about what you know. In this workshop, focused on both fiction and non-fiction, participants will spend time discovering their own special niche. This will be a hands-on workshop, with in class writing and discussion. Participants will leave the session with several ideas for stories, articles, or blog posts, or poems.
Diane R. Helentjaris
Diane Helentjaris, MD, MPH is a non-fiction writer whose articles frequently highlight unsung life stories. An Honors graduate with a BA cum laude in Interdisciplinary Humanities from Michigan State, she spent the middle years of her career as a clinical physician and public health administrator before returning to the humanities.
I Walk the Line – Ethical Considerations for Writers – When should you let your ex-husband know your latest story is about him? What illustrations can be downloaded guiltfree? Do dead people have privacy rights? All writers face ethical dilemmas in their work. This workshop will share tools to help your writing meet these challenges.
Stephanie Keyes is the author of the YA Fantasy series, The Star Child, as well as several other titles for the YA market. She was a finalist in the 2018 International Book Awards and 2018 Reader’s Favorite Awards. Her most recent release is The Spellbinder’s Sonata, debuted in October 2018.
The Magic of Speech: Editing and Writing With Speech Technology – Part One: Do you want to stay healthy and avoid repetitive strain injury? Short on time and interested in maximizing word count? Have you ever considered writing with dictation or Speech-To-Text? Join author Stephanie Keyes as she discusses diction software, strategies for getting started, and her recommended tools for a successful dictation setup. Part Two: Have you been told to read your own work? Does the sound of your own voice put you to sleep? Leverage the power of T-T-S (Text-To-Speech) technology to help you edit your work! Stephanie will share her own personal editing strategies.
Nancy Martin is the bestselling author of more than fifty novels in four genres, including her award-winning Blackbird Sisters mysteries. She should be tired! Instead, she continues to write mysteries, and in her spare time she swabs the deck of an imaginary pirate ship with her grandkids.
Exploring the Dark Side: the Character-Driven Novel – A compelling plot explores one character’s emotional journey by beginning with her dark side. Her biggest challenge is within, but is personified in the story’s shadowy antagonist. A writer must create two dynamic characters, then locks the protagonist and her worst enemy in a dire internal conflict before asking the dramatic question, “What could go wrong?” Bring your own main character to this workshop and plan to flesh her out.
Agatha- and Macavity-nominated Edith Maxwell writes the Quaker Midwife Mysteries, the Local Foods Mysteries, and award-winning short stories. As Maddie Day she authors the Country Store Mysteries and the Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries. Maxwell lives north of Boston with her beau and two elderly cats.
Juggling Multiple Projects – Award-winning mystery author Edith Maxwell, aka Maddie Day, is under contract for more than three novels a year, and she also writes more than one short story annually. How does she do it? She’ll present her tips for time management, how to juggle due dates and release schedules from different series and publishers, and a few tried and true ways to maintain author sanity while still writing the best book she can – and promoting same.
Demitria Lunetta is the author of THE FADE, BAD BLOOD, and the YA Sci-fi duology, IN THE AFTER and IN THE END. She is also an editor and contributing author for the YA anthology, AMONG THE SHADOWS: 13 STORIES OF DARKNESS & LIGHT. Find her at demitrialunetta.blogspot.com, on twitter @DemitriaLunetta and on Facebook facebook/DemitriaLunettaAuthor.
Mindy McGinnis is an Edgar Award-winning novelist who writes across multiple genres, including post-apocalyptic, historical, thriller, contemporary, mystery, and fantasy. While her settings may change, you can always count on Mindy’s books to deliver grit, truth, and an unflinching look at humanity and the world around us.
Kate Karyus Quinn is an avid reader and menthol chapstick addict. She has lived in California and Tennessee, but recently made the move back to her hometown of Buffalo, New York, with her husband and two children in tow. She promised them wonderful people, amazing food, and weather that would… build character. She is the author of ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE, (DON’T YOU) FORGET ABOUT ME, and DOWN WITH THE SHINE all with HarperTeen.
Sex, Swearing & Violence: …in YA – Our authors will discuss writing young adult literature, beginning with what it is, the market, and why it’s important. Then they’ll cover red flags that alarm the gatekeepers—sex, violence, and swearing. Yes, you can have all those things in your book, if you know how to incorporate them without pushing buttons. Learn how to keep your YA voice without getting yourself banned!
The Synopsis Sweats – Writing a synopsis is something that can give even the most seasoned writer cold sweats. How do you boil your story down to a one or two page description? It’s a skill that all authors need, whether aspiring, pre-published, or in print. We have found various methods to make this arduous task a bit easier, and can share with you how to turn the dreaded synopsis into an exercise that not only gives you a viable synopsis for your submission packet, but also assist you in spotting the strengths and weaknesses of your manuscript.
Heidi Ruby Miller
Heidi Ruby Miller is a travel writer turned novelist who teaches at Seton Hill University. Her books include the AMBASADORA series, MAN OF WAR, and MANY GENRES, ONE CRAFT. Follow her YouTube adventures with her husband, Jason Jack Miller, on Small Space, Big Life. Find her elsewhere by Googling Heidi Ruby Miller.
New Pulp: The Modern Twist on Old Adventure Tales – Pulps were mystery, science fiction, and noir tales from the early part of last century printed on crappy paper and sold in grocery stores, but these throw-away books produced some incredible stories by master authors. The collectability is so high for pulp fiction that it transcends genre and is spawning a trend of new pulp fictioneers.
Sentimentality Might Just Make You a Bestseller – From The Shining to Twilight to First Blood, genre writers have been using the much maligned concept of sentimentality to evoke what many literary scholars call “emotion without responsibility,” or “cheap manipulation using nostalgia.” But millions of readers disagree. How sentimental is your manuscript?
Loriann Oberlin has written 13 books, including Overcoming Passive-Aggression and Surviving Separation and Divorce, for traditional publishers such as Adams, Da Capo, and Writer’s Digest. She’s indie published her latest Writing to Make Money: Short Projects as well as two women’s novels under the pen name Lauren Monroe.
Boost Your Bank Account with Short Non-Fiction – Want to be prolific and earn more? Loriann Oberlin, spent decades writing non-fiction before becoming a therapist. She’ll address how to get out of your own way, create bank deposits and limit emotional withdrawals from your enthusiasm. This workshop explores good habits and success strategies and provides concrete steps on the path to writing humor, greeting cards, online material, and short freelance articles.
Fritze Roberts is a freelance editor and former project manager who helps authors commit to their writing projects and enjoy success. Fritze writes about monster, aliens, addicts, and animals, even though she is none of these things. To learn more, visit www.APeculiarProject.com.
Writing the Other – How to Make Your Cast of Characters Inclusive Without Offending – In this integrative workshop you’ll learn how to diversify the characters you write without relying on stereotypes or tropes. We’ll cover how to write people of different genders, sexualities, cultures and colors. Then, we’ll go over tips for how to avoid common pitfalls. An open and respectful attitude will be expected of all participants.
Dee Romito is a former elementary teacher and an author of books for young readers from picture books to middle grade. She blogs about writing at WriteforApples.com and is Co-Advisor of Buffalo-Niagara Children’s Writers and Illustrators. While she does her best to be a grown-up most of the time, giggling with her BFFs is still one of her all-time favorite things.
Writing for Children – Are you interested in writing for children? There are multiple categories to choose from, including picture books, chapter books, middle grade, and young adult. While these categories have a lot in common, they also have very different rules you should know before you get started. We’ll discuss the different paths to publication for children’s books and you’ll learn some tips to get you going in the right direction!
Dr. Larry Schardt is devoted to helping you live life to the fullest. Larry shares his enthusiasm… Daily Facebook blogs, “Chicken Soup for the Soul” stories, and Mindful Writers Retreats inspire, provoke, and encourage you to rock your world. AKA Rock’n’Roll!!! or Mr. Happy… Larry is passionate about helping you find the positive in life.
From Aspiring Writer to Incredible Author . . . Powerful Habits and Tools You Can Use to Enhance Your Writing Success and Rock Your Life – Do you have a problem finding time to write? Are you overwhelmed with constant interruptions? Do you lack focus and creativity? Do you suffer from writer’s block? End those frustrations today. In this workshop, Dr. Larry “Rock ’n’ Roll” Schardt will share his secrets to blast through those maladies, empower your writing, and improve your life. Larry is a catalyst to help you supercharge your mindset, help you find your muse, and help you focus . . . So you can perform at your maximum potential.
Carol Silvis’s publishing credits include nine textbooks and business books, the Writers Market, national magazines, and newsletters. She was interviewed by ABCNews.com, Yahoo.com, AARP Online, CBSMoneywatch.com; TV Stations HMC, WIUP, Moon Twp., and Cornerstone. Carol, a Meritorious Service recipient, served as Pennwriters president, VP, Authors’ Advocate, and Conference Coordinator.
Writing as an expert – A huge market exists for nonfiction books, articles, and personal essays on various topics. This discussion addresses nonfiction niche markets: textbooks and educational materials, journals, magazines, and newsletters. Information includes determining viable markets and topics, addressing timely issues, writing in a way people can relate to, and researching.
Demi Stevens is founder and CEO of Year of the Book, an independent press and author training program. She works 1-on-1 with new writers to craft and publish award-winning children’s picture books, sizzling romance, page-turning mystery and sci-fi/fantasy, as well as bestselling business books.
Amazon AMS Ads and Kindle Promotions – This 1 ½ hour workshop is perfect for authors who have been intimidated by online marketing and are terrified of huge ad spends. Learn how to set up and run your first Kindle promotion and/or ad campaign. Participants who email the instructor in advance (firstname.lastname@example.org) may request to have their book used as an example during class.
David has been a member of Pennwriters since 2004. He has held multiple position on both the local and state level. He has a number of technical and other publications. He has worked in mental health settings and thirty years in correctional setting across four states.
Type and Cross Match – How would you react in a road side accident? How would your protagonist or antagonist behave? Just as there are different blood types, there are different temperaments. As an author, you may act differently; so, might your characters. Come an explore two different type measurement systems. We will take one type and explore it in depth so that you may glean the amount of information you will acquire to delve more in depth within your characters.
Your Characters in Prison – With having 30 plus years of experience within corrections in four states, I have provided direct service as a counselor, psychologist (by whatever term), social worker, deputy warden, researcher/program evaluator, institutional program director, and state-wide director from a central office. I have worked in a variety of security level institutions including maximum security prisons and in central office. The audience will direct the conversation to their interests so that their writings will reflect an accurate representation of prisons, prisoners, and the correctional experience. I will guide.
Tim Waggoner has published over forty novels and five collections of short stories. He’s won the Bram Stoker Award and been a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award and the Scribe Award. He’s also a full-time tenured professor who teaches creative writing and composition at Sinclair College in Dayton, Ohio.
Build a Better Monster: creating original and terrifying monsters – Bram Stoker Award winner Tim Waggoner teaches what makes a monster, ways to use monsters in fiction, deconstructing tropes to create original monsters, exploring different ways to put fresh spins on old tropes, creating your own tropes, and writing your monster.
The Physiology of Fear – Learn how fear affects the human mind and body. Bram Stoker Award winner and Shirley Jackson and Scribe Award finalist Tim Waggoner illustrates the physiological aspect of fear, how fear responses affect the human brain and body, effects of long-term exposure to stress, post-traumatic stress disorder, and how the effects of fear impact your writing.
Madhu B Wangu
Founder of the Mindful Writers Groups, Dr. Madhu Bazaz Wangu has published books on Buddhism and Hinduism and is an award-winning novelist. Currently she is working on, Writing and Living Mindfully: A Guidebook for Writers. Her CDs “Meditations for Mindful Writers I and II” guide writers to cultivate focus, remove blocks and increase flow.
Writing Mindfully Writing Meditation Practice – Experience Writing Meditation Practice (WMP) to find, cultivate and sustain your writing voice. Learn how to combine meditation and journaling to find your authentic style. You will learn how to understand your feelings and thoughts and discover gems of ideas and insights hidden within, and how to establish your own WMP practice.