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The Muse Writer's Conference


This year, I've decided to join the Muse Writer's Conference. It's a great place to pitch your novel to publishers and interact with authors hosting writing workshops.

I'm hosting a workshop on Writing a Novel in 30 Days. It's on October 11, 2012, if you want to participate.

There are other workshops too that you might be interested in. Heck, I'm a host and yet there are workshops I'm attending by my fellow authors. Lots of fun! Lots of learning!

All you need to do is sign up at the forum and you're ready to go. Here's the link: http://themuseonlinewritersconference.com/joom/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=15&Itemid=14

The partial schedule is below:

PUBLISHERS in our week long forum and their workshops to be offering in their own forum room:

4RV Publishing

Meet Vivian Zabel, publisher, staff, and authors

Crescent Moon Press

Meet Marlene Castricato, staff, and authors

Workshops to be held in the Crescent Moon Press room:

OCT 8


Spells and Potions with Diane M. Haynes

In this workshop, learn how to create your own potions & spells using candles, color, herbs and stones. Charts, examples and a list of books for furthering your research will be provided.



Diane M. Haynes, author of YA Fantasy/Romance, Rift Healer, owns a New Age shop in Central Massachusetts and has been exploring alternative spiritual practices for over twenty years. She lives by the Wiccan Three-Fold Law: Everything You Put Out--Good or Bad--Comes Back Times Three.



OCT 8

Research of The Salem Witch Trials, Fact & Fiction and how to apply informative research into your writing with Elizabeth Cheryl



Elizabeth Cheryl is full time writer. Her mother, Cheryl and her family were from Newton, a small town in Massachusetts. Elizabeth grew up over the years learning and absorbing her mother's spiritual teachings through many types of religions. Elizabeth takes readers on their own transcending journey of discovery. An inspiring, fresh look at how far our generation has come in finding true love and a greater awareness for our own spiritual transformations.



Oct 9

Being an Effective Critique Partner with Constance Phillips



Tips and guidelines on how to give effective critiques and getting the most out of the critiques you receive.

Constance Phillips lives in Ohio with her husband, two ready-to-leave-the-nest children, and four canine kids. Her perfect fantasy vacation would involve hunting Dracula across Europe with her daughter, who also digs that kind of stuff. When she's not writing about fairies, shifters, vamps, and guardian angels, she's working side-by-side with her husband in their hardwood flooring business.



OCT 9

Herblore with Agnes Jayne

Are you looking for money? A little basil might help you with that. It might also bring you luck, love, and even rid your home of hostile spirits.

Do you need some good luck? Try putting an acorn in your pocket.

Perhaps it's love that you want – Gardenia might help you with that. So might cinnamon, lavender, rosemary, and a variety of other herbs that you may have sitting in your spice cabinet right now.

Herblore is a tradition that stretches back for centuries, and its study is a virtual treasure trove for writers of paranormal fiction. As writers of the fantastic, we are constantly searching for new knowledge to authenticate and create interest in our characters. Many of the characters in my novel, The Problem with Power, are of the witchy variety, and the study of this age-old magical tradition was central to the development of my characters, and I daresay that you might find it to be of value as well.

Agnes Jayne is the author of The Problem with Power, a debut novel released by Crescent Moon Press. She is also a college-level instructor of Writing and Literature. Her interests lie in British Literature, folklore, and the study of herbs.She lives high in the Blue Ridge Mountains of West Virginia with her husband, son, and a plethora of adopted pets.

OCT 9

KING ARTHUR - FACT VS FICTION with Suzanne Shanken



Did King Arthur really exist? Were there really Knights in shining armor? Why are all the women in Arthurian tales depicted as villains? The legend of King Author is one of the most controversial topics in the world of history. The plots, adventures, and lives of Arthurian characters are teeming with inaccurate facts and medieval political propaganda that lead most modern Arthurian fans to believe the fictional tomes of novelists writing 700 years after King Arthur allegedly lived.

Suzanne Shanken received a university scholarship by winning a short story contest and earned bachelor degrees in both British Archeology and Ancient Religions. Her love of writing found a home in the university newspaper and while student teaching creative writing classes. Suzanne studied Arthurian legends extensively. Her goal was to write tales where the Arthurian women are heroes, not villains. She achieved this goal after the publication of her book "The False Gwenevere" in 2012.



OCT 10

The Tension In Your Novel with Cindi Madsen



This workshop will pit fact against fiction and reveal the truth about those wonderful Arthurian tales that continue to fascinate hundreds of people worldwide.

As a history buff, Suzanne enjoys attending Renaissance Faires where she participates in battle reenactments and archery competitions. She lives 7,000 feet up in a small mountain community, where primitive nature is a constant inspiration for expanding her metaphysical studies.



OCT 10

Write the Fight with Courtney Farrell



Female characters don’t scream for rescue anymore. Now they’re gutsy girls who fight for what’s right. Learn how to write gripping, realistic fight scenes for your female protagonist with author and TKD black belt Courtney Farrell.

She is currently working on another Arthurian romance with Morgana le Fey as the heroine.



OCT 10

Research—How It Can Be More Inspiration than Perspiration with Kate Lutter



Research--that dreaded 8 letter word. For some writers, it becomes a trap they fall into where they can’t stop and begin to write. For some it’s the journey they can’t start because they feel too overwhelmed. Take a breath and drop by to hear some new ideas on how and where modern writers find not just information but inspiration for their stories.

Visit Suzanne at her website: www.suzanneshanken.com



OCT 11

A novel in 30 days with Kate Evangeslista



Write a novel in thirty days by writing a chapter a day. The first of the month is the first chapter and so on until by the end of the month, a novel is born. No outlining, just letting the story flow where it wants to go.

When Kate Evangelista was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn't going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department of her university and never looked back. Today, she is in possession of a piece of paper that says to the world she owns a Literature degree. To make matters worse, she took Master's courses in creative writing. In the end, she realized to be a writer, none of what she had mattered. What really mattered? Writing. Plain and simple, honest to God, sitting in front of her computer, writing. Today, she has four completed Young Adult novels.



Oct 11

Creating Your Fantasy World with Marne Ann Kirk



So, you're writing a fantasy, set on Milonia? Cool. What kind of currency do they use? What do your characters eat? What is the social make-up and how did it help form your characters' beliefs? If you haven't considered these questions, perhaps this class will help you create a better developed world for your characters to play in. We'll discuss what considerations are vital when world building and some of the pitfalls authors tend to get stuck in. So join me and let's discuss world building!

Marne Ann Kirk grew up wild, exploring the vast high deserts and mountains of the West with her family as a child. Marne Ann loved making up stories and, well, lied about just about everything. Thankfully, she grew out of the lying stage...now she calls it story-telling. She lives with her husband in Western Colorado, where they enjoy their children, grand-children, and too many Shih-Tzu beasties. She hopes you enjoy her novels, Love Chosen and Goddess on the Run. You can find out more about Marne Ann and her stories through her publisher, Crescent Moon Press, or visit her at: www.marneannkirk.com or www.cowboysndragonscafe.blogspot.com

Oct 11

mythology and fairy tales as a basis for new stories with Sasha Summers



Sasha is part gypsy. Her passions have always been storytelling, history, and travel. It's no surprise that her books visit times past, set in places rich with legends and myth. Her first play, 'Greek Gods and Goddesses' (original title, right?), was written for her Girl Scout troupe. She's been writing ever since. She loves getting lost in the worlds and characters she creates; even if she frequently forgets to run the dishwasher or wash socks when she's doing so. Luckily, her four brilliant children and hero-inspiring hubby are super understanding and supportive.


Oct 12

Creating the Paranormal or Alien Character with Christine Ashworth



How to create paranormal or alien characters that are alien enough, and yet a reader can empathize with them? That is the trick every good author of paranormal fiction knows. Let Christine help you find, define, and refine the parameters of your own, unique creatures!

Christine Ashworth is the author of The Caine Brothers Series, a paranormal series about tribreds - characters that have demon, human and Fae bloodlines running through them. She also writes about vampires, werewolves, full-blooded demons, full-blooded Fae, and angels. You can find her at http://christine-ashworth.com


Oct 13

Mastering Point of View with Cindy Young-Turner



Are you a head hopper? Can’t decide between first person and third person? Or does the word “omniscient” make you want to run for the hills? Let’s talk point of view. I’ll cover the basics and provide examples to help you figure out what works best for your story. You’ll never be afraid of slipping into the dog’s point of view again—unless you mean it.

Louann has written numerous radio talk shows, articles on adoption, and is the author of Journeys, The Adventure of Leaf. She was the senior editor of American Carriage House Publishing and assisted in the writing, editing, and formatting of the award winning book, AdoptingOnline.com.



Oct 14

Made to Order: The perfect recipe for great characters that your readers will eat up with Jean Murray



Are agents or editors not connecting with your characters? Do your characters feel flat or one dimensional? Need a quick fix? Well, you may have been following the wrong recipe. Characters need more than flaws to grab a reader’s attention. Grab that onion from your refrigerator and a large knife, because we are going to get to the heart of the problem—character ingredients, layering and so much more. Make your readers, agents and editors hungry for more.

Jean Murray was born and raised in a small town on the east coast. In her pursuit of a nursing degree, she aspired to see the world and joined the Navy. One of the benefits of her membership in the Armed Forces, she has had the opportunity to travel and live in different parts of the world and the United States. Her travels abroad have given her the opportunity to experience different cultures. It inspired her to delve into Ancient Egyptian myths and legends for her debut novel, Soul Reborn, book 1 in the Key to the Cursed series from Crescent Moon Press, now available.



Oct 14

Get the Most out of the Internet for Research and Fun! with Louann Carroll



Getting Your Facts Straight Research on the Internet is a lot more than just ten seconds with Google or Yahoo—even if you type fast. Did you know that there are over eighty billion web pages published and most of them aren’t worth even looking though? If you are writing science fiction, you have to have your facts right. Even the supernatural can be found online, giving you great new ideas. Learning the pros and cons of research is the number one way you can help your manuscript be as ‘real’ as possible. You don’t want to make mistakes that others will bring to your attention once your book is available to the public. Discover: Whether or not you should you use more or less search terms. What kind of research you need. What is the difference between hard research and soft research? How putting the two together can be fun! The best search engines available. With thousands of web pages added every day, this workshop will benefit you in finding the facts, or even theories, you need to add substance and style to your manuscript.

Louann Carroll is a Native Californian living in the Sierra Nevada foothills with her husband, Dennis. Mother to three children, she is an avid rock, fossil, and gem hunter who enjoys sharing her finds with her family and friends. She is a student of alternative religion, archaeology, anthropology, and paleontology. Carroll has written radio talk shows and articles on adoption. She is the author of Gemini Rising, a sci-fi romance, A Shadow of Time, a paranormal romance, Journeys, The Adventure of Leaf, and numerous children's stories.

For the full schedule, go here: http://themuseonlinewritersconference.com/joom/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=30&Itemid=27

See you there!

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