As an inexperienced and hungry new writer over twenty five years ago, I checked out assorted obsolete books from the library, subscribed to Writer’s Digest Magazine and bumbled my way through my first several manuscripts. Here and there I picked up a nugget of gold, something concrete and applicable to apply to my writing, but the best education I received came later, once I’d garnered the courage to join a group of writers and was fortunate to have more than one published author read and critique my work. From them I learned, hands on, the things that make fiction come to life and keep a reader turning pages.
In the years after, regional and national workshops increased my knowledge and the Internet introduced a whole new world of information—often too much information or misleading advice. I’ve worked with multiple editors in my career, and more than one of them gave me excellent guidance I’ve added to my own experience.
So often now I meet beginning writers who have been confused by the information overload. Sometimes even when advice is solid, the reader doesn’t comprehend how to apply it to his own work. The purpose of my workshops is to show writers of all levels successful techniques and methods they can use in their own manuscripts.