I’ve been doing workshops at writers conferences for 10 years now, and I love doing them, primarily for the joy of helping writers further their craft. I now teach 5 different workshops, and the places have ranged from Massachusetts to Mexico, with most of them in the Pacific Northwest area.
A favor. If you know of a writers conference that might be interested, would you introduce me to it? You could just let me know the name of the conference and where it is and I’ll follow up by asking them how to submit proposals. Better yet would be a personal introduction if you know someone in the organization.
1. In Crafting a Killer First Page (PDF), writers learn about:
- the storytelling issues that will stop a professional reader from turning the page
- how to analyze and recognize storytelling and craft problems
- how to apply their learning and new analysis skills to their own writing with fresh eyes
2. 3 Keys to Killer Storytelling (PDF) focuses on the “how-to” of:
- Hooking readers on the first page
- Creating and building story tension
- Creating characters that engage readers
3. The Killer Covers for Less than $50 (PDF) is packed with information about and examples of (if you have some design talent) creating impactful book covers for very low cost. I cover:
- Creative goals for your book cover
- Where to go for free and low-cost creative resources, including free sophisticated graphics software
- Insights on how to modify and combine images
- Insights on how to utilize layers to build a cover
- Insights on how to make sure titles and author names are clear and legible in thumbnail sizes
4. Crafting Killer Description & Dialogue Scenes (PDF) concentrates on two of the most powerful craft areas for strong storytelling when I cover:
- how to add dimension and characterization to description of scenes and characters
- how to utilize beats in dialogue to add depth, move story, characterize
- how to better create the experience of the story in a reader’s mind
5. And here’s a new one, Tips & Techniques for Successful Self-editing (PDF):
- how to identify and correct weak language
- how to spot and strengthen weak technique
- how to create and maintain a crisp narrative flow and pace
Please spread the word about these. I’d very much appreciate it.
What about online workshops? I’m also interested in creating online workshops, so please contact me directly if you have an interest in taking part in one of these online for a small fee. If enough writers are interested in a particular one, I’ll work out how to do it online for the best personal instruction and coaching. I'm thinking of including a free Kindle copy of the new book, Mastering the Craft of Compelling Storytelling, with a workshop. Let me know.
For what it’s worth.
© 2015 Ray Rhamey