Free Workshops-At the Glendale Chocolate Affaire

Friday and Saturday, February 6th and 7th, my local writing chapter is giving a series of workshops on writing. Best of all, they’re free. So come for the chocolate and the workshops.

Saturday 10AM—Connie Flynn

Let’s Take Back the Fun

One day you decide to do what many people say they will but never do –

write a novel. Then you do it and realize writing fiction is the most amazing thing you’ve ever done. You’re in the honeymoon stage. Then one day, the love begins to wane. Using a series of exercises we will locate that moment in time when writing stopped being fun and take steps to reverse it. Although these can help with writer’s block, they are focused on getting back the joy of writing by helping you remember and reignite that original love.

11AM—Pam Tracy
Workshop:Title: Help! Commas and More are Running Amok in my Manuscript.

As a college professor of English, as well as a multi-published author, commas give me no grief.  Do they give you grief?  They don’t need to. Also, what is the difference between proof-reading, editing, and revising?  And, just how many different sentence types are there?  And, can I start my sentence with an and?  Let me help you with the very basic of writing tools and even show you how to look at the page as a whole.

Noon-Deena Remiel

Learn why and how we send our characters through the dark side of Hell to reach their happily ever after. Don’t worry! Your characters will forgive you! Have tablets, notebooks, and writing implements ready to work.

1PM-Cathy McDavid and Kris Tualla
Workshop: The Grass isn’t Always Greener

You’ve made it, you’re published. Whether you’ve chosen the traditional or independent route, you’re there! Raking in the royalties with that one, three, or ten books under your belt. Life couldn’t be better. Or, can it? In fact, maybe you never thought it was going to be this hard. Best selling and award winning authors Cathy McDavid (traditional) and Kris Tualla (independent) will give you a candid, honest and sometimes humorous look at both sides of the fence from two different perspectives, along with a little advice on how to “greenify” that grass.

2PM—Erin Quinn
Workshop: What to Expect When You’re Expecting ( . . . to be a writer). 

A candid conversation about the many steps and stages in the journey to becoming a published author.

3PM-Caris Roane
Workshop: “The Complete Author: From Muse to Manuscript to Marketing” 


          Join Caris Roane in a workshop detailing the path from book concept to completed manuscript to the challenging task of finding your readers. In this workshop, Caris presents a host of reference materials and offers guidance from 30-plus years of writing and publishing experience. Dream on!

4PM—Sara Fujimura
Workshop: Music to Massage the Muse


Do you suffer from writer’s block? Learn how to get unstuck by using music to paint vivid pictures in your creative brain. From techno to classical to movie theme songs, I have music guaranteed to inspire even the most petulant of muses. This is a hands-on, interactive workshop, so bring your favorite writing gear.

Sunday Workshops
Noon Workshop- Wendy Ely
Workshop: Making Characters Unique

Tips on how to use voice, motivation, and setting to have the reader remember your characters long after the book ends.

1PM-Vijaya Schartz
Workshop: The Care and Feeding of An Author Website

With all the social media spreading the words about your books and your life, is an author website still relevant? Who needs one and who doesn’t? What should it include? Can you hold it on a blog site? Should you pay to have one designed for you? Is it worth the cost? What should an author website look like for maximum impact? How to make it reader friendly, new technology friendly. Come and learn what to do according to your personal and professional needs, and what pitfalls to avoid.

2PM—Carolyn Hughey
Workshop: Shake that Booty!

Join in the fun of this interactive workshop on Body Language that will help you tap into your characters’ feelings or help you figure out that complicated guy in your life!

3PM—Butterscotch Martini Girls
Workshop: Author Life Support

From first draft to published book, learn the ins and outs of what separates published authors from those who want to write.

About Linda Andrews

Linda Andrews lives with her husband and three children in Phoenix, Arizona. When she announced to her family that her paranormal romance was to be published, her sister pronounce: "What else would she write? She’s never been normal." All kidding aside, writing has become a surprising passion. So just how did a scientist start to write paranormal romances? What other option is there when you’re married to romantic man and live in a haunted house? If you’ve enjoyed her stories or want to share your own paranormal experience feel free to email the author at She’d love to hear from you.
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