I’ll be leading a few workshops coming up:

ConTEXT Convention

Characterization Through Dialogue

Saturday, September 29th, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Characters are at the heart of stories; dialogue helps define characters and drives plot tension. In this workshop you’ll learn to develop characters, consider word choice, and define their voice through dialogue.  The workshop will present essential tips to improve dialogue and explore how to write dialogue that rings true, deepens character, creates conflict, and more.

Cost:  $20

(Btw, also at ConTEXT, is the Friday Night Flash Fiction contest that will be sponsored by Raw Dog Screaming Press.)

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Growing Your Brand
Saturday, September 29th, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
You’re not selling books — you’re selling you and your platform. Learn how to share your platform by gaining online followers without selling your soul to the devil. [instructor] gives real data for what has helped him sell books.
Cost:  $10

Writers Center of Indiana

Introduction to Speculative Fiction

Saturday, October 13, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Here’s the thing:  you know speculative fiction when you see it, even if you’re unfamiliar with all of the insider jargon used to describe its many subgenres.  The big three are Horror (splatterpunk, atmospheric, psychological, etc), Fantasy (high, urban, historical, etc.), and Science Fiction (hard, cyberpunk, steampunk, etc.).  So if the story takes place in a far off land or an alternate version of an existing one; whether it is extrapolating science into futuristic technologies with its impact on society or conjuring new forms of magic, speculative fiction is the genre of possibility.  In this workshop you will learn about the special needs of these genres.  All this is done with an eye toward submission and publication, so we will explore the marketplace, discussing where and how to submit your work.

Cost:  Members $39, Nonmembers $57, Student, Teacher, Senior Members $33