Choice of Writer Workshops

The Beginning, Middle, End, and Ins and Outs of Plotting your Suspense:

   This hands-on workshop starts by cementing you in the everyday 'safe' world, emphasizing how 'safe' can change in a moment, and how most writers are full of everyday experience that with the turn of a pen can become a edge-of-the-seat suspense.  It works on what chapters should contain, research, and how to plot and write an entire book.

Hands Across the Novel:

  Pure characterization is highlighted in this workshop that divides your book into four sections and talks about how to chart growth via your hero, your heroine, your villain, and your plot.  Yes, you can consider your plot as a character.  Think Gone With The Wind.  How did the war change personalities as the novel went on?  How did Tara change? etc.

Commas Running Amok - Stop the Madness: Grammar and Critiquing for the Romance Writer:

  As a college professor of English, 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?  Let me help you with the very basic of writing tools and even show you how to look at the page as a whole.

Wannabe/Gonnabe:  Ten Things Every Writer Should Do at the Beginning of his/her Career:

  Tools, techniques, and tenacity are three key ingredients every writer needs to investigate.  This workshop shares not only Pamela Tracy's writing habits but compares and contrasts trades secrets from a variety of authors.

Help a Cop Just Dropped Into My Manuscript:

Pamela Tracy is a schoolteacher who writes romantic suspense - not the world she knows.  Isabella Maldonado is an ex-cop who writes mystery/suspense - a world she knows too well .  Pamela wants her cops to be realistic.  Isabella wants her cops, not the job, to have strong characterization and carry the book.  Listen as these two authors look at each other's writings to combine the best of both worlds and make it real - real interesting.

War of the Words

Writers are exposed to a myraid of "Here's how it's done."  "You should never do this!" "Adverb bad" and "Tags, get rid of them!  Make sure the hero and heroine meet in the first thee pages."  Yikes.   What do successful authors really know and do?  This interactive workshop will help you decide to follow the rules or break them.  Better yet, you might even find that you've come up with a few rules of your own.

My Name is Sue: I Can Write as Well as You

Fiction author Pamela Tracy and Poet Marianne Botos give an hour long talk that highlights the history of women authors, highlight not only about firsts, but also about difficulties, pen names, fighting for position, and why our words need to be heard and how to make them heard.