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2018 MCWC FACULTY SPOTLIGHT

JULY 22ND TO THE 27TH

INTRODUCING KATHY IDE

Kathy will present three afternoon classes, a “fun” activity – the PUGS PARTY on Monday evening, and the closing challenge, TOUCHING HEARTS; CHANGING LIVES, on Friday morning:

 Her classes –

What Can a Freelance Editor Do for Me?
Should you hire a freelance editor? If so, where can you find one, and how much will it cost? Learn how to choose the right editor for you, what to expect, the types and methods of editing, and much more. Discover how to get the most out of your experience with a freelance editor.

How to Become a Freelance Editor/Proofreader
How I started my freelance editing business, and tips for those who’d like to give it a try. Includes the advantages and disadvantages of freelancing, how to decide if this is a good fit for you, preparation for success, marketing your services, and networking with other freelancers.

Top Ten Myths of Becoming a Published Author
Five false encouragements (such as “Anyone can write a book”) and five false discouragements (“Only full-time authors get published”) followed by five truths, including “Writing is challenging,” “Writing is life-changing,” and “Writing is a calling.” Includes fun video clips from Anne of AvonleaFrasier, and Everybody Loves Raymond.

The PUGS PARTY –

Test your knowledge of Punctuation, Usage, Grammar, and Spelling in this fun, interactive session hosted by Kathy Ide and Vie Herlocker. Compete in PUGS games, individually or in teams, to win valuable prizes. You might even learn a few things that will help you polish the PUGS in your own writing!

 

WHO IS KATHY IDE?

Kathy Ide is a full-time freelance editor/writing mentor since 1998. She works with new writers, established authors, & book publishers. She teaches at writers’ conferences across the country & is the director of the Orange County Christian Writers’ Conference. She’s the manuscript critique team coordinator at Mount Hermon & the founder & director of the Christian Editor Connection & The Christian PEN: Proofreaders and Editors Network. Her best-selling book, PROOFREADING SECRETS OF BEST-SELLING AUTHORS, has helped untold numbers of writers hone their craft and become published authors.

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Make plans to join us July 22nd to the 27th OR come for one or two days if that’s all your schedule will allow!

Online registration is now open! Please go to  https://bit.ly/2pdcYQC  for all the details and to register!  I’d love to see you there!

Marsha Hubler, Director

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2018 MCWC FACULTY SPOTLIGHT

JULY 22ND TO THE 27TH

INTRODUCING DON CATLETT!

 

This year at MCWC, our SM guru Don Catlett will present a six-session series designed specifically for writers. He’ll also meet privately for 45-minute sessions ($20 each session) with anyone who’d like to sign up for help to start a blog or improve the social media venues with which you are already involved.

If you need help with social media, Don’s the fellow to help you:

Surviving and Thriving Online – Just for Authors Series

A six-workshop series presented in the afternoons

Websites, blogging and social media can be confusing for authors. However, no matter what kind of writer you are, it’s important to get your work and your name out there. What better time to learn how you can do things differently to market yourself and your book online! Each session in the Just for Authors series gives you specific action points to start using immediately.

DON’S CLASSES

12 Tips for Writers to Boost Your Facebook Engagement

When you’re ready to approach book marketing with a social media presence, the last thing you want to do is waste your time on platforms that your readers don’t use. Knowing that you need to be on Facebook is half the battle in your marketing. Join us as we learn how-to tips for using the most popular social media platform to engage with your readers.

10 Do’s & 10 Don’ts when using Twitter for Authors

Twitter is the go-to social media network for many writers. No other platform compares to this microblogging site where you can connect with authors of your genre and network with influential bloggers, reviewers, editors, cover designers and literary agents. Learn how to build a Twitter following in just 5 minutes a day.

5 Ways to Use Instagram as an Author

With 400 million users on Instagram, it’s important for authors to check out whether they want to make use of the image-rich site for their book promotions. Should you promote your author brand on Instagram? Join us as we go beyond your writer’s desk or book signings and learn to work with this great platform for authors.

7 Blogging Tips for Writers and Authors

Everyone is blogging these days, from unknown authors to literary legends—and you should be too. But since blogging has become ubiquitous as a book-promotion tool, it’s important to do things right! Learn the tips to make sure your blog has a positive impact on your writing career.

10 Secrets for Amazing Author Websites

Hey authors, are you losing your audience? Learn ten “secrets” for creating a successful website that connects visitors with you and your book. Learn how to develop an online presence that is both memorable and engaging.

9.5 Security Mistakes Authors Make Online

You and your book can be ambushed online. Learn these 9 1/2 common mistakes that will impact you and your audience, and how to fix them. As Ben Franklin said, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

 WHO IS DON CATLETT?

Don Catlett: media expert & advisor to multiple startups, has spent more than 16 years working at the crossroads of web design, photography, marketing, & social media. Since launching Clearly See Media in 2008, he continues to hone his skills as a digital advertising specialist for companies including Amazon Publishing, Lamplighter Publishing, QVC, The Shopping Channel, The Learning Parent, Child Evangelism Fellowship, Home Educating Family Magazine, Christian Homeschool Magazine, and AHEAD National Conferences. He also provides marketing direction and advice for building a presence with social media.

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Online registration is now open! Please go to http://www.montrosebible.org for all the details and to register!

Marsha Hubler, Director

 

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2018 MCWC FACULTY HIGHLIGHT

JULY 22nd to the 27th 

INTRODUCING LISA CRAYTON!

 

Starting this week until the Montrose Christian Writers Conference (July 22nd to the 27th), a member of our fantastic faculty will be featured once a week. If you have any desire to write (in any genre), consider attending this conference. You’ll go home with tons of information and the inspiration to keep on writing until you get published. You might even connect with an agent or editor who’ll possibly be interested in your work!

LISA CRAYTON’S WORKSHOPS:

Tips & Tools for Effective Research

Research is a building block for effective fiction and nonfiction projects. Discover keys to effective research, including where to find relevant source material, and how to sidestep plagiarism and other thorny research-related minefields.

Right to Heal/Write to Heal

Inner healing is possible through Jesus Christ. Writing offers a pathway to healing while also providing a means to help others (children or adults) recover from brokenness. Offers tips, inspiration, writing prompts, and more for writers seeking to move beyond pain to purpose.

Successfully Selling to Mainstream (“Secular”) Markets

Mainstream markets seek articles, columns, essays, fillers, and books. Learn how to write for (and market) to local, regional, national, and international markets.

Writing for Women

Women are hungry for content that addresses their unique needs. Discover nonfiction and fiction needs, market opportunities, and more.

WHO IS LISA CRAYTON?

Lisa A. Crayton, a former corporate editor & writer for multi-million-dollar corporations, is a creative, versatile nonfiction writer with more than 30 years’ experience. She’s an author & award-winning freelance writer who writes for general and Christian markets.  She’s the author of I Want to Talk with My Teen About Money Management. Moreover, she has served as a contributing author for several nonfiction books & her work has appeared in regional, national, & international publications. Among other things, she has written articles, columns, essays, devotionals, fillers, Bible study guides, & book chapters.

CHILDREN’S BOOK AUTHOR.  Crayton is the author of 10 nonfiction children’s books, all traditionally published. Five releases in 2018:  Freedom Riders (library bound & Interactive e-book), Teens Talk About Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence, Everything You Need to Know About Racism, and Everything You Need to Know About Cultural Appropriation.  She’s also the co-author of a six-book series on financial literacy topics

LITERARY JUDGE. Crayton has served as a judge for the Christian Book Awards (fiction, nonfiction, & Kids NF categories), Christy Awards (Kids Lit), & other contests. 

MENTOR. For more than 10 years, she mentored new & intermediate writers enrolled in the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild.  

MEMBERSHIP. She’s a member of: Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, American Society of Journalists & Authors, Evangelical Press Association, American Christian Fiction Writers, & Advanced Writers & Speakers.

EDUCATION. Crayton earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from National University (2012). She earned a Bachelor of Arts, dual degree, cum laude, in Public Relations & Journalism from Utica College (1985). She also earned a Certificate in Digital Media from Regents University (2014).

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Please check all the details of the conference at http://bit.ly/2pdcYQC 

Hope to see you there!

 

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Today’s Writers’ Tip

Plot Number 11: The Metamorphosis Fiction Plot

     

(Photos compliments of Wikipedia)

We’ve all enjoyed stories that have a powerful transformation take place with one of the characters. But writing a metamorphosis fiction plot takes quite a bit of pre-planning and character development. This subgenre is different from your “ordinary” transformation of the main character in an “ordinary” novel at the climax and resolution because…. Well, let’s look at the characteristics of writing an excellent unique story:

The Metamorphosis Plot

Wolfman

Dracula

Beauty and the Beast

  1. The metamorphosis usually results from a curse.
  2. The cure for the curse is often love.
  3. The forms of love include love of parent for a child, a woman for a man (or vice versa), people for each other, or man for the love of God.
  4. The metamorph is usually carried out by the antagonist (the “bad guy”) if the curse can be reversed by the antagonist performing certain acts, and the protagonist can’t hurry or explain the events.
  5. In the first dramatic phase, the metamorph usually can’t explain the reasons for his curse.
  6. The story should begin at the point prior to the resolution of the curse (release).
  7. The bad guy should act as the catalyst that propels the protagonist toward release.
  8. The antagonist often starts out as the intended victim but finishes as the “chosen one.”
  9. The second dramatic phase should concentrate on the nature of evolving relationships between the antagonist and the metamorph.
  10. The characters generally move toward each other emotionally.
  11. In the third dramatic phase, the terms of release should be fulfilled and your protagonist should be freed from the curse. The metamorph might either revert to his original state or die.
  12. The reader should discover the reasons for the curse and its root causes.

Have you got your metamorphic wheels turning? If you’ve wanted to try this subgenre, now you have the ammunition to do so. Have fun!

Next time we’ll look at fiction plot number 12: Transformation

 All information compliments of:

Tobias, Ronald B (2011-12-15). 20 Master Plots (p. 189). F+W Media, Inc. Kindle Edition.

(I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in writing good fiction in any subgenre!)

 

Happy writing!

Marsha

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