Springs Writers provides a FREE conference-quality workshop the first Monday of each month (except December, July & August) from 6:00–7:45 pm, Woodmen/Academy Hobby Lobby Classroom Room [against back wall behind "Employee Only" double doors], 6950 North Academy, Colorado Springs, 80918

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Write a Book with My Book Therapy Voices in 2009!

I've been a behind-the-scenes--a.k.a. lurking--participant of an innovative online writing project. Authors Susan May Warren, Rachel Hauck and Sarah Sumpolec are the masterminds--and "book therapists"--behind the Blog-a-Book idea. Here's what's you can get involved with:
Remember those games you used to play where your friend started the story, and you finished it? Or the "Choose your own ending" books? Ever wanted to be a part of the story process, giving input on the character's decisions, learning how to write a book as you go? Me too!
Here at My Book Therapy, we love to write, and we love to teach writers how to find their voice. So, in 2009 we'll be writing a book together! Starting in January, we'll create characters, a plot, develop conflict, the black moment, the epiphany and finally…the happy ending. Then, week by week, you'll be a part of the creation process, voting on the next step of our hero's journey, watching the book take life, and learning the nuances of crafting a story. You'll Blog-A-Book with the My Book Therapy authors and get tools to help you how to write your own novel.
And, at the end of the year, we'll have a book we've all created, something that we'll publish! And, best of all, the proceeds will go to support IJM, an organization that fights human trafficking around the world.
I'm really excited about our new project, and can't wait to see what the collective mind put together.
So, Come and Blog-A-Book. Learn. Fellowship. Bless.
My Book Therapy…Discover the writer in you.
Check out their book from the Inside...Out: discover, create and publish the novel in you!
From The Inside...Out will teach you how a story is structured then take you through the process of creating and marketing your novel. Topics include: Character-driven plotting, How to HOOK your reader, The elements and flow of SCENES, How to build STORYWORLD, Secrets to Sizzling Dialogue, Proven Self-Editing techniques, Synopsis and Query letter writing, How to manage your writing career ...and everything in between!
Now, about the contest:
Enter the contests for the LOVE TO WRITE blog tour! You have two chances to win!
Want to win a copy of From the Inside…Out: Discover, Create and Publish the Novel in You for your very own? Leave a comment here and tell us what kind of novel you have in YOU.
Do you already have your novel down on the page? Does it need a little THERAPY? Enter to win 10% off a Book Therapy Session (that's a savings of $30+) by leaving a comment here and telling us a brief synopsis of your story!
All winners will be chosen at random. Contest ends 2/28 and the winners will be announced on March 2nd!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

February Workshop: What’s the Big Deal about Your Writer Platform?

"You've got to think about big things while you're doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction."— Alvin Toffler

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February Workshop: What's the Big Deal about Your Writer Platform?

When: Monday, February 9, 2009, 6:30–8:00 p.m.

Where: Stone Chapel, 280 East Woodmen Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80919

Workshop: As an author and national speaker, Beth attended workshops and read articles and books about building her platform. It wasn't until she completed a six-month mentorship with Rob Eagar of Wildfire Marketing that Beth grasped the importance of an author platform--and the best ways to establish one. Beth's book, Baby Changes Everything: Embracing and Preparing for Motherhood after 35, came out in 2007. She'll share the one thing she wishes she'd known before her book was published, as well as the top three things she learned during her mentorship that helped her establish a strong author/speaker platform for her Mommy-Come-Lately® brand.

Beth K. Vogt is the editor of Connections, the leadership magazine for MOPS International, and a regular contributor to MomSense. Beth earned a journalism degree from San Jose State University. Her publishing credits include Discipleship Journal, Virtue, The Christian Communicator, and Crosswalk.com. She is also a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul: A Tribute to Moms
and The Mommy Diaries: Finding Yourself in the Daily Adventure.

March Workshop: Writing in a Hurricane

When: Monday, March 9, 2009, 6:30–8:00 p.m.

Where: Stone Chapel, 280 East Woodmen Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80919

Workshop: Leslie reveals practical tips on how to write through the stresses of life's difficult events.

Speaker: Leslie Yeaton Koepke is an international speaker with a 20-year career in marketing and communications. She's gifted, witty, energetic, creative, compelling, and engaging. Her articles have been published in Brio magazine and Belief.net. She's also published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Empty Nesters: 101 Stories about Surviving and Thriving When the Kids Leave Home.