CWCO Workshops and Schedule

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CWCO is Sept 20-22. Registration ends Sept 17.

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Workshops Planned

As of Aug 8, 2019

3 Pre-launch Strategies for Every Author by Sarah Reinhard - The focus of this presentation will be on sharing the steps that can help you prior to the publication date of your book, especially focusing on Amazon pre-order sales. The three strategies are: form a launch team, set up preorder incentives and bonuses, and plan promotion and visibility efforts. I’ll dive into timelines and recommended best practices for each.

5 Free, Underused Ways to Connect with Readers by Carolyn Astfalk – An overview of Goodreads, Mailchimp, streaming/download services, live events, interactive interest groups with concrete steps to take now for each.

1000 Ideas for Articles: Finding Inspiration When You're Dry by Sherry Antonetti

Business Bootcamp for Authors by Cathy Gilmore - Basic training in marketing, management, and distribution in the business of being an author.

Faith in Fantasy by Christina Weigand

Getting Published by a Traditional Publisher by Sister Maria Grace Dateno, Mary Beth Baker -
Get the scoop on what to expect when submitting to and being published by a traditional publisher. There'll be plenty of time for questions, so have them ready!

Geology for Writers by Paul Giesting - Food for thought on getting the geological setting details right and using them as enriching elements or plot devices for their stories.

  • Caves: what kind of landscape and rock actually house caves of different sizes and shapes (don't be stupid and put caves in granite...).
  • Writing about realistic disasters: the different types of volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and tsunamis.
  • Free ideas for fun disaster plots: e.g., a new volcanic eruption in downtown Honolulu, a Pacific Northwest tsunami."

How to Create a Storyboard by Karen Kelly Boyce - What is storyboarding? How is it helpful to writers? Storyboarding has long been used in the film and animation world to outline, plan, and guide the making of films, advertisements, and cartoons. It was faithfully used by both Orson Welles and Disney to create award-winning projects. I’ve adapted the storyboard to visualize my stories, children’s books, and novels. In this workshop, I will show how I use storyboards as I create my next Sisters of the Last Straw book. This is a powerpoint presentation of my process that can be easily adapted to works of non-fiction, fiction, short stories, and children’s books. A storyboard, hanging on my office wall, will not only organize my thoughts but inspire me — knowing what is next and giving me a visual prompt to write each day. I hope it will do the same for you!

How to Create Memorable Characters by Michelle Buckman - Great books are often defined by characters that linger in readers’ minds long after a book is read and shelved. How are such characters created? This interactive workshop prompts writers to make changes to their manuscripts during the workshop as we examine the ties between the main character, the secondary characters, and the layers of plot, which all come together to produce a great book. We’ll also cover combining layering plot and characters. See how this editor blends these two elements on the page to pull a failing manuscript into a winning story.

Indie Publishing by Jane Lebak - Back by popular demand, Indie publisher Jane Lebak gives you the straight scoop on self-publishing. This class covers the basics and some intermediate steps.

Legal Issues for Writers by Anthony Kolenc - In this presentation, varieties of which I have done before for CWCL and CWCO, I will be discussing copyright law, contract provisions, and other legal topics, such as perjury, liability for defamation, and invasion of privacy.

Marketing Your Magnum Opus by Allen Schoff – This is a two-hour presentation, Hour One covers  Websites, Blogs, and Your Digital Presence; Hour Two covers SEO, PPC, and other next-level strategies (and acronyms)

Plotting Your Novel the Screenwriting Way by AJ Cattapan – In this session, we’ll learn how to use screenwriting techniques to structure the plot of our novels. Using Blake Snyder’s seminal work Save the Cat as a guide, we’ll look at the key elements of a well-structured story that keeps the reader wanting to turn the page. We’ll discuss how you can adjust Snyder’s technique to your genre and your desired book length.

Revision and Self-Editing: How to Make Your Work Shine by Leslie Lynch

Scene and Unseen by Victoria Ryan - Strategies to give your story structure and give you the clarity to write--or finish--your novel. Attendees will review what a scene is and what it needs and see examples of strategies that can help write--and fix--scenes without compromising creativity.

The Spirituality of Rejection by Lindsay Schlegel - Writers invariably face rejection. I've experienced this as an author, and I also have a unique point of view, having worked in a literary agency and a publishing house, being the person writing the rejections. Rejection hurts and if we let it, rejection can squash our creativity and keep us from sharing the Good News. If, on the other hand, we see rejection as an opportunity, we can grow professionally (a "no" in one outlet allows us to say "yes" to another) and spiritually (when we are weak, then we are strong). I will also speak about the process of reading submissions and what can help make your submission stand out.

Thematic Grace: Stories without Sermons by Karen Ullo - Fiction is experiential, not rational; emotional, not argumentative. This presentation will cover how to create a story that immerses the reader in Catholic Christian worldview, heart and soul. Attendees will learn the role of storytelling and imagination in evangelization and study the craft of how themes are built through character development, the action of the story, symbolism, and most importantly, empathy. They will see how secular culture has mastered this kind of storytelling, and how Christians can reclaim it as our own.

Working with a Publisher to Sell Your Book by Sarah Reinhard - In this presentation, I’ll cover some basics and bust some myths about working with a publisher. (One of those myths is that all you have to do is the write the book.) I’ll also share tips and best practices.

Working With Babelcube for Book Translation by Ellen Gable Hrkach - Have you ever thought of having your books translated into other languages but don’t have the money to pay for the translations?  Babelcube brings together authors and freelance translators to produce books in different languages. This presentation will show you how to work with Babelcube’s translators and how to ensure the translations are the best they can be.

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