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Archive for June, 2020

MCWC’s FACULTY SPOTLIGHT:
BEST-SELLING AUTHOR
TIFFANY STOCKTON 

Writers, please continue to pray for our conference. Susquehanna County is scheduled to go green this Friday, which is necessary for us to have our conference. So…as of today we are still planning to have our 2020 MCWC, and we will abide by all state guidelines to keep everyone safe.
Now, about our faculty member of the week:

Tiffany Stockton is an award-winning & best-selling author of 23 novels with 400,000 copies in print. She has a B.S. in education & a graduate of CLASS (Christian Leaders and Speakers Services). With 17 years in the writing industry, she has spoken at the Colorado and Philly Christian Writers Conferences, at ACFW, and has been an annual instructor on ACFW’s online conference. 

Tiffany’s Afternoon Classes


Tues. 2:30 to 3:15 

From Premise to Published

                                                          
It can be a daunting task to take an idea and believe it will one day become a published book, but it IS possible. Here are some key ways you can make sure you succeed in each step along the way.

Tues. 3:30 – 4:15

The Basics of Writing:  Training Wheels to Mt. Biking  

                 
Writing is not for the faint of heart. It takes dedication, persistence, and a never-give-up mindset. But there are also a few things that will help make the transition from training wheels to a two-wheeler and even a mountain bike in no time. And you don’t want to skip a step, or your freewheeling days might be a bit wobbly.

 

                                                   Wed. 2:30 – 3:15

Killing History or Bringing it to Life? 

                                             

Writing historical fiction requires a lot of work. But you don’t want to get so bogged down in research that you forget your story or your characters. And for contemporary, including historical tidbits could liven up your writing. Some tips and tricks for weaving history into your story or your nonfiction narrative and creating a vivid setting are included in this workshop.

 

Thurs. 2:30 – 3:15
                                                                                 

Your Story and your Personality  

Whether you’re writing fiction or non-fiction, your unique personality finds its way into your style, voice, and ability to persevere. In this workshop, you’ll learn about the 4 principal personality styles, as well as the strengths and weaknesses and how you can use both to your advantage. For those who write fiction or utilize fiction elements in their nonfiction, we’ll also discuss personality styles of characters and how to help your characters jump off the page.

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WRITERS WHO NEED TO LEARN MORE ABOUT WRITING/PUBLISHING/MARKETING:

If you plan to attend our conference but have not registered yet, please contact me at marshahubler@outlook.com for a brochure or go to https://bit.ly/2TmCDDf
to see the conference details AND register online.

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MCWC Faculty Spotlight – Editor/Author Cindy K. Sproles


Cindy K. Sproles is an author, teacher, and speaker. She is the managing editor for Straight Street Books and Son Rise Devotionals (imprints of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas), and the executive editor of ChristianDevotions.us and InspireaFire.com.  Cindy travels nationwide teaching at writers conferences and women’s conferences. She is a best-selling author and serves as a writing mentor.  She is the author of nine non-fiction and three fiction books, and her devotions are widely published over the eastern seaboard. Visit Cindy at www.cindysproles.com.

Cindy’s afternoon classes
Mon. – Thurs.
2:30 to 3:15 

Writing Devotions that Strike the Soul

In this class, we’ll utilize the hook, book, look, and took method of writing devotions. We’ll discuss aspects that stop the reader from reading and offer tips that draw readers in, providing them the ah-h-h moment that strikes the soul. There is no one specific right or wrong way to write a devotion, but there are elements that are a must for a devotion to make an impact.

  Make Diamonds from Coal – Polishing your Manuscript

We’ll discuss polishing a manuscript. We’ll address where the story begins, the importance of the opening paragraph and page, what is your hook, and what is your overall goal of the book. We’ll look at how to develop characters who impact your readers so when the book is done, they want to know more about them. This class also addresses chapter lengths and overall word count, as well as the synopsis and how to submit to an agent or publisher.
                

 Writing Cliff Hangers: Keep ’Em Hangin’

What makes your reader continue to flip the pages? What does it mean when a reader says, “It’s a fast read?” These are questions every writer needs to answer and understand.  We’ll discuss what a cliffhanger is, the types of cliffhangers—Every cliffhanger is not a devastating thing—and how to add them at the end of every chapter. Learn about twists and how they pull the reader into the next page and how they may even surprise you. If you are writing a novel, this class is a must.

I Can Self Publish Just Because I Can

Self-publishing is readily available this day, but jumping the gun to publish before your manuscript is ready will become your Achilles heel as your career progresses. This class covers the business decision of self-publishing and its financial impact, and it discusses the importance of never skipping the steps to publication, i.e. editing, professional cover, and platform. Rejections and the purpose of them is addressed as well as understanding trends, the market, and if now is the right time to publish.    

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Writers, please continue to pray that Susquehanna County soon goes green. We’ll abide by all state regs to keep everyone safe at our conference.

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MCWC’S FACULTY SPOTLIGHT

 AUTHOR ZOE MCCARTHY


A full-time writer and speaker, Zoe M. McCarthy, is the author of six contemporary Christian romances containing humor and tenderness. Her nonfiction book, Tailor Your Fiction Manuscript in 30 Days, is designed to shape a not-yet-submitted, a rejected, or a self-published manuscript with low ratings into a book that shines. The book can also be a guiding resource for writers starting a manuscript. Zoe is a member of Word Weavers and American Christian Fiction Writers (treasurer for the Virginia chapter). She lives with her husband in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.

ZOE’S CLASSES

 

MORNING

WORK-IN-PROGRESS

ADULT FICTION

(LIMIT: 8 CONFEREES)

MONDAY -THURSDAY

10:35 – 12:10

 

AFTERNOON CLASSES

WEDNESDAY

3:30 – 4:15

“Make a Scene of Your Scene:

4 Improvements to Make Your Scene Stand Out”

Based on topics from Zoe M. McCarthy’s book

Tailor Your Fiction Manuscript in 30 Days (Sonfire Media, 2019)

Participants will learn through instruction, examples, and short exercises:

  1. How to include a zinger in their scene’s dialogue
  2. How to add suspense to their scene in any genre
  3. How to use an imaginary video camera to make their scene’s setting come alive
  4. How to round out flat characters introduced in their scene

THURSDAY

3:30 – 4:15

“Share your Writing Journey as Part of your Marketing Plan”

Participants will learn through instruction and examples:

  1. What elements to include in their writing journey presentation
  2. How to write their writing journey
  3. Venues to share their writing Journey

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Writers, stay in touch concerning our 2020 MCWC conference. Things look promising, but we encourage you to register as soon as you can, so we can evaluate the financial ramifications of going forward with the conference. I look forward to seeing many of you in Montrose next month. Keep on praying.

Marsha, Director

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