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The Wordcrafters Retreat and Conference
Mar 1 2015

I am beyond excited to announce that I’ll be teaching at the the Wordcrafters Writing Retreat and Conference in Eugene, Oregon, from March 16-22. We’re staying at the Hilton in Eugene, and I can’t wait to join this vibrant community of creative people!

Here’s how it breaks down:

March 16-19 The Retreat 

In the week prior to the conference (Monday morning through Thursday), March 16-19, 2015, Wordcrafters will offer two intensive, four-day retreats at the Eugene Hilton. These sessions will focus on individual work and provide attending writers with valuable feedback on their craft. Space will be limited to twelve students per retreat class.

The Novel: From Inspiration to Expression, with Nancy Holder

How to turn an idea for a novel into a concrete story inhabited by compelling characters involved in significant conflicts.

Day 1: Finding and refining our “what-if’s” and deciding the form for dramatizing them
Day 2: Creating a viewpoint character and his/her supporting cast
Day 3: Structuring the novel: plotting out inciting incident, crisis, climax, resolution, and beginning to write
Day 4: Workshopping work you have done in class—refinement from one of the three days or new material you’ve written for homework

Conference March 20-22

Keynote and presentations by Kevin O’Brien, author of 13 New York Times best-selling thrillers
Keynote and presentations by Gail Tsukiyama, award-winning literary writer of 7 novels
Keynote and presentations by Nancy Holder, prolific best-selling author
One-on-one help by professional writers in the Craft Lab
Talks and Classes about the finer points of fiction by professional writers
Dancing, Networking, and No-host bar at the Introvert’s Ball
Informal brown bag lunch chat about NaNoWriMo
Informal brown bag lunch chat about writing groups

As some of you may know, I’ve been teaching writing for decades, and I really love it. Here are some of the places where I’ve taught:

University of California at San Diego, Literature Department

The Maui Writers Retreat and Conference

Canyon Crest Academy Writers Conference

University of Southern Maine, Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing Program

Odyssey Writers Workshop

RWA University

Writers Bookstore and Haven

I believe that the elements of good writing can be taught (and therefore, learned.) I received an excellent creative writing education at UC San Diego as a Communications major, which I have built on through the years by taking classes, workshops, critique partners and, perhaps most important, by teaching. I have always learned from my students as I suss how to help them shape their work and take it to the next level. Aside from the writing itself, working with other writers is the surest way I know to improve my own work. Come join my retreat and attend the conference afterwards!

 

 

Beauty and the Beast:Vendetta is on sale today!
Nov 26 2014

I have short stories in two other books that came out today and I will talk about them tomorrow. Today belongs to my novel, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: VENDETTA, based on the best show on TV! (#FULLSEASONTHREE!) Fans will be able to figure out when on the timeline VENDETTA takes place–I knew what was going to happen to certain folks later on, but could not say, and so I chose to go this route into a “sideways” adventure. I hope that readers will enjoy my story about Vincent, Catherine, Tess, J.T., Gabe, and Cat’s father. Sam Landon makes an appearance, too!

I watched the episodes over and over and CBS sent me the scripts, which I have bound into four enormous binders, two pink and two blue. Season 1 is bound in pink and season 2 is blue. They weigh a TON and I carried them all over California while I was on tour for another project. Like other #Beasties, I am utterly mesmerized by the world of VinCat. I was one of those Superfans who tweeted to the advertisers dying season 2 to get season 3. NOW I want a full season 3!

You can get BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: VENDETTA just about anywhere. I hope you like it and I hope you’ll let other Beasties know about it. And if you’re not a Beastie and are just curious about why I love BATB so much, I’ve included enough backstory so that you can still enjoy the book even if you have watched one second of BATB.
Here’s the cover: and the link for Indiebound, where you can search for indie bookstores. However, BATB:VENDETTA is everywhere and should be easy to find!

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