Workshops and conferences

I’ve always advocated attending workshops and conferences, especially for the up-and-coming writer, one who’s still honing their craft. But, as Jeff Strand noted when talking to our local FWA chapter, it’s also good for another reason, even for a seasoned writer. It’s about meeting people. Just as in most businesses, it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.

With that in mind, I’m coming up with several ideas for workshops for 2013. First, I have to complete the setup for FWA based on the workshop I ran this past summer called: SWISH – Story Workshop in Summer’s Heat. Yeah, I like acronyms. This one was about structure, and I’ll take the comments I received and focus on the strongest parts of it to craft both a lecture-style workshop (1 hour) and an all-day affair (6 hours).

The other two are based on recent experiences I’ve had with the publishing side of the house. One will focus on digitial publishing – ebooks. This will be a one hour workshop on how to prepare for and publish your own ebook. The second will also be one hour, and will focus on publishing a print edition using a POD – print on demand – publisher. (Think Create Space, though it won’t only apply to that company.)

I’ve released a new ebook (about 125 pages) of my reflections for next year. For those on the mailing list (you can sign up here), you may wonder why when you’re getting the reflections for free, that I would offer a compilation for 99 cents. (Yep, it’s that cheap!)

Well, two reasons. One, next year is set up a little differently, so if you want to pick and choose what you want to run (say, in a church bulletin), you are free to do so; and two, in addition to the reflections, I’ve added a short essay for each one that delves into a topic of belief that the reflection is based on along with several questions (from 2 – 6) that you can use to delve into your own faith beliefs more deeply. The ebook is available here. It’s free to borrow for Amazon Prime members, at least for the next 70+ days.

I hope that you’ve made progress in your writing this year, and that this holiday season, in whatever fashion you celebrate it (if you do), finds you spreading the joy of your own happiness with others.