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The Facts in Fiction

The Facts in Fiction

A Session with Jeremy Burns Julius Caesar knew his moment had come. His armies gathered behind him, he was prepared to cross the point of no return. Once he crossed that pivotal river, the Potomac, he and his legion would be committed to overthrowing the King of Rome and declaring himself emperor. He looked skyward […]

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Hitting the Road

Hitting the Road

A Session with Ken Goldstein Twelve Tips for Your Next Book Talk One of the greatest fears many people will ever confront is public speaking. For many writers accustomed to spending a great deal of time alone perfecting their craft, the anxiety of being in front of even a small group people can be soul […]

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What Editors Do

What Editors Do

A Session with Olivia Rupprecht Just what is it that editors do? As aspiring novelists increasingly turn to editorial services before submitting a manuscript to an agent or in-house editor – or for that matter before taking the plunge and self-publishing – it is a good idea to become as educated as possible regarding the […]

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The Impact of Emotions 

The Impact of Emotions 

A Session with Marcia Gloster We all experience emotions, and they’re usually pretty easy to explain to others. So why is it difficult to translate them to the written page? In talking about an emotional moment, we use visual and verbal expression – we modulate our voice, use facial expressions, hand movements, and body language. […]

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Using Twitter Effectively

Using Twitter Effectively

A Session with Michael John Sullivan The publishing world has become an ever-changing journey for authors. They are now asked to not only write the Great American Novel, but also market and promote the story. It’s become a complex problem for many writers, including me. First, how much should an author promote his or her […]

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Workshopping Pros and Cons

Workshopping Pros and Cons

A Session with Peter Murphy It has been my experience that any discussion about creative writing workshops can become emotive, divisive and, on rare occasions, downright combative. So let’s begin by assuming that there is, as in most things, both good and bad. For a great many aspiring writers, including myself, workshops can be the […]

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The Three-Act Principle

The Three-Act Principle

A Session with Laurel Dewey The Art and Arc of Charting Your Novel Long before I ever considered writing a novel, I wrote screenplays. A lot of screenplays. I learned the art of screenplay writing from the best of the best. My mentors wrote in the “Golden Age” of television, where a solid story and […]

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The Writer’s Toolbox

The Writer’s Toolbox

A Session with Peter Murphy I have always been skeptical of any attempt to offer writer’s advice, as there are so many types of writers, each with a different perspective, working in such a variety of genres. That, I think, might discount the possibility of a one-size-fits-all set of rules or guidelines. Instead, I have […]

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Orchestrating Your Book Idea Into a Symphony

Orchestrating Your Book Idea Into a Symphony

A Session with Roger Bagg I once read that the average novel was geared toward an eighth-grade education level. I disagree. The comment is rather disparaging of eighth graders, in that many of them are reading some of the great classics of literature which are hardly dumbed down. What is true is that an author’s […]

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Determining Your Passion for Writing

Determining Your Passion for Writing

A Session with Emily Sue Harvey Why do you want to write?  For an aspiring writer, that’s a loaded question. And that’s my intention—to prod you to analyze the reasons. I’ve heard many answers to that through the years, from the passionate “I cannot not write” to the lackadaisical “it’s better than a nine-to-five job.” […]

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