Nov
19
Sat
How to Give Useful Writing Critique @ Online
Nov 19 @ 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Writers need critique partners. As well-meaning as beta readers may be, only another writer can really tell us what we need to know about our work. But many writers are reluctant to join a critique group because they’ve heard horror stories or have had a bad experience themselves. This workshop will equip writers to find or form a critique group, and provide suggestions on how to give meaningful critiques that identify problems without hurting feelings. Joining a good critique group is one of the most beneficial things a writer can do, but only if the group is founded on trust and civility.

This online class is hosted by the Orange County Library System. The library card field is optional, so anyone can register.

Dec
16
Fri
Writing Satisfying Endings @ Online
Dec 16 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

One of the most important—but often overlooked—elements of any novel is a satisfying ending. A satisfying ending can redeem an otherwise mediocre book, and an unsatisfying ending can spoil an otherwise excellent book. Some of the biggest problems we see in new writers’ manuscripts revolve around inappropriate endings, including endings that rush through the climax, abrupt endings, and endings in which solutions appear from nowhere. We’ll discuss how to avoid the most common climax and denouement errors and how to ensure the character’s internal story arc is reflected in the resolution of the external plot.

This online class is hosted by the Orange County Library System. The library card field is optional, so anyone can register.

Jul
13
Thu
Realm Makers 2023 @ Sheraton Westport Chalet
Jul 13 – Jul 15 all-day

Realm Makers is the only conference for Christians who write speculative fiction.

Which isn’t to say that it’s only for people writing Christian speculative fiction. Realm Makers is a faith-friendly home for anyone writing science fiction, fantasy, horror, or any other speculative genre, whether for the general market or for the Christian submarket. Our goal is to provide top-notch instruction and a supportive community regardless of whether you’re seeking traditional publication or publishing as an indie author.

I’m pleased to be on staff again for 2023, and I hope to see you there!