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2018 MCWC FACULTY SPOTLIGHT

INTRODUCING MICHELLE LAZUREK-

AGENT WITH WORDWISE MEDIA SERVICES

 

Michelle looks forward to meeting with authors to review their work.

She asks for you to follow these guidelines:

Nonfiction for adults: devotionals, Bible studies, memoirs

Children’s picture books ideally ages 1-3, 5-8, but will take chapter books for older if needed.

Christian content is ideal but will take secular written by a Christian.

Please submit a fiction proposal and manuscript (per the appropriate template on the Wordwise Media website in the “connect” section)

 

MICHELLE’S CLASSES

Self-Publishing: The Writing Process                                                     

  • In this workshop, we will explore the following topics:
  • What’s your story? The power of a Testimony
  • Show, Don’t Tell
  • 12 Questions to Ask when Creating Character Profiles

Writing for Early Readers                                                                              

To pass on Christ to the next generation, we must lay a strong foundation within them. But how do we communicate God’s truths in a way that doesn’t seem preachy or irrelevant? In this workshop, Michelle offers attendees tips and strategies to create content that communicates the reality of a never changing God to an ever-changing world.

Content:

  • Why is writing for early readers so important?
  • Five tips to get started in your writing
  • How to structure your book
  • A word about self-publishing vs. traditional publishing for children

12 Elements of Character Development                                                       

Do you have a great character in mind for your next children’s book, short story, or YA novel, but don’t know how to start creating one? In this interactive workshop, Michelle helps you create a dynamic main character that will help jumpstart your next writing project. This workshop will help writers create and fully develop characters for their next writing project; a fun and exciting way to develop characters through mind mapping. We’ll cover:

  • 12 Questions to ask when creating character profiles
  • Four rules on creating page turning main characters

Exercise in creating an actual character from start to finish                           

Turning Your One Sheet into a Stellar Proposal                              

You’ve gone to the workshops. You’ve met with publishers. They’ve shown interest in your book. So now what? In this workshop, we’ll review the five essential elements to flesh out your book idea and turn it into a proposal that captures a publisher’s attention. At the end of the workshop, each attendee will receive the resources needed to create a proposal worthy of submission to agents and publishers.

 

WHO IS MICHELLE LAZUREK?

 

MICHELLE S. LAZUREK is a multi-genre award-winning author, speaker, pastor’s wife, and associate literary agent for Wordwise Media Services. Winner of the Golden Scroll Children’s Book of the Year, the Enduring Light Silver Medal, and the Maxwell award for best non-fiction, she is a member of the Christian Author’s Network and the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. She and her husband live in Coudersport, PA, with their two children, Caleb and Leah. For more information, please visit her website at michellelazurek.com.

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Please go to https://bit.ly/2pdcYQC to see more details about all the faculty and to register. I’d love to meet you at Montrose on July 22nd!

Marsha Hubler

Director


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2018 MCWC FACULTY SPOTLIGHT

JULY 22ND TO THE 27TH

INTRODUCING LIN JOHNSON

 For the Thursday morning challenge in the general assembly, Lin Johnson will present

“Write So Heaven Will Be Different. 

LIN’S AFTERNOON CLASSES

Selling What You Write                                                                                                     

If you want to get published, you need to know how to market your manuscripts. Learn how to find the right markets for them, submit them so editors will read them, and write irresistible query letters and proposals. We’ll discuss tips for multiplying your sales.

Writing Bible Study Guides                                                                                   

Tap into the growing small group and personal study market with Bible study guides. Learn key principles for studying the Bible and how to translate them into effective discussion questions.

How to Please an Editor

Editors are the necessary links between you and your readers. They’re your allies, not your enemies. Find out how to make the author/editor relationship work smoothly, so you can get published (and continue to do so) and be the kind of writer editors like to work with and give assignments to. Taught by someone who works on both sides of the desk.

Understanding a Magazine as Well as the Editor Does                 

The secret to selling articles is a thorough understanding of individual magazines. Learn how to analyze a magazine and its articles to increase your sales.

 

WHO IS LIN JOHNSON?

            Lin Johnson is a full-time freelancer, whose business includes editing, writing, proofreading, and training. She is managing editor of Christian Communicator, a bimonthly magazine for writers and speakers, proofreader for Friends of Israel, and editor-administrator of The Christian Writers Market Guide. Lin also owns and directs the Write-to-Publish Conference in the Chicago area and teaches at writers’ conferences around the world.

The author of more than 70 books, Lin specializes in Bible curriculum and is a Gold Medallion Book Award and an Evangelical Press Association Higher Goals award recipient. Her books include Everything the Bible Says about Money, The Smart Guide to the Bible: John, Encouraging Others, Christian Education: Foundations for the Future (co-editor), 2 Timothy & Titus: Fighting the Good Fight and 1 Timothy: Standing Firm (with John Stott), Mark and Ephesians (with N. T. Wright), and the Extracting the Precious series of Bible studies (with Donna Partow). She has also contributed to several books, including A Complete Guide to Writing for Publication and The NIV Quiet Time Bible.

She has a B.A. in Christian education from Cedarville University, a B.A. in Bible-theology from Moody Bible Institute, and an M.S. in adult and continuing education from National-Louis University. She is a former special instructor of Christian education at Moody Bible Institute and a current adjunct instructor of writing at Taylor University.

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Join us on July 22nd to the 27th or come for just a day or two if that’s all your schedule allows.

Make new friends who’ll last a lifetime.

Share your work with editors and agents!

Check out the details at https://bit.ly/2pdcYQC

Marsha. Director MCWC

 

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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 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’ Tips

Plot Number 9: The Underdog

Plot Number 10: Temptation

Because plot number 9 is so short, we’ll look at plot number 10 as well. If you got a good handle on plot number 8, RIVALRY, then you’ll have no problem with number 9. So, let’s get to it:

PLOT #9

THE UNDERDOG

Joan of Arc

Rocky

Cinderella

  1. The underdog plot is similar to the rivalry plot except that the protagonist is not matched equally against the antagonist. It looks like there’s no chance of the hero winning.
  2. The antagonist, which may be a person, place, or thing (such as a bureaucracy), has much greater power than the protagonist.
  3. The dramatic phases are similar to the rivalry plot becaue it follows the power curves of the characters.
  4. The good news! The underdog usually (but not always) overcomes his opposition.

 

PLOT # 10

TEMPTATION

Adam and Eve

Our Lady’s Child

  1. The temptation plot is a character plot. It examines the motives, needs, and impulses of human character.
  2. This plot should depend on morality and the effects of giving in to temptation. By the end of the story, the character should have moved from a lower moral plane (in which he gives in to temptation) to a higher moral plane as a result of learning the sometimes harsh lessons of giving in to temptation.
  3. The conflict should be interior and take place within the protagonist, although it has exterior results in the action. The conflict should result from the protagonist’s inner turmoil—a result of knowing what he should do, and then not doing it.
  4. The first dramatic phase should establish the nature of the protagonist then be followed by the antagonist (if there is one).
  5. Next, the nature of the temptation is introduced, which establishes its effect on the protagonist, and shows how the protagonist struggles over his decision.
  6. The protagonist then gives in to the temptation. There could be some short-term gratification.
  7. The protagonist often will rationalize his decision to yield to temptation.
  8. The protagonist might go through a period of denial after yielding to the temptation.
  9. The second dramatic phase should reflect the effects of yielding to the temptation. Short-term benefits diminish and the negative sides emerge.
  10. The protagonist should try to find a way to escape responsibility and punishment for his act. 11. The negative effects of the protagonist’s actions should reverberate with increasing intensity in the second dramatic phase.
  11. The third dramatic phase should resolve the protagonist’s internal conflicts. The story ends with atonement, reconciliation, and forgiveness.

Wow, there are some complicated details to writing a TEMPTATION plot, so get your notepad ready and incorporate these points in your manuscript. You’re on your way to creating a fascinating read

Next time, we’ll look at plot # 11: Metamorphosis

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

P.S.: WRITERS, DOWNLOAD THE REGISTRATION FORM FOR THE

MONTROSE CHRISTIAN WRITERS CONFERENCE AT https://bit.ly/2HGlNYQ

 

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March 12, 2018

Today’s Writers’ Tip

Fiction Plots

RESCUE

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Continuing our study of fiction plots, we’ll look at plot number 4 today: RESCUE.

Who hasn’t been on the edge of his seat as a child when reading books or watching movies on TV like “Snow White,” “The Secret Garden,” or “The Lone Ranger” (He was always “rescuing good guys from the bad guys!) But now as a writer, we need to analyze the clever writing technique used to create a work that keeps the viewer wanting more as the hero or heroine search and rescue some poor lost wandering soul (or sometimes an animal).

Let’s take a look at the defining characteristics of a Rescue Fiction Plot:

PLOT #4

RESCUE

Snow White

The Magnificent Seven

  1. The rescue plot relies more on action than on the development of any one character.
  2. The “character triangle” should consist of a hero, a villain, and a victim.
  3. The moral argument of the rescue plot is usually black and white.
  4. The focus should be on the main character’s (hero’s) pursuit of the villain.
  5. The hero usually must contend with the villain on the villain’s turf.
  6. If there’s a heroine, she should be defined by her relationship to the villain.
  7. The villain should deprive the hero of what each believes is rightfully his/hers.
  8. The villain continually interferes with the hero’s progress.
  9. The victim is generally the weakest of the three characters and serves mainly to force the hero to confront the villain.
  10. There are three dramatic phases: separation, pursuit, and confrontation and reunion.

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!)

I hope as you outline your fiction plots, you can better define which plot you’re developing and better understand how to incorporate many of these characteristics to improve your writing 100%.

Next time, we’ll have a look at PLOT #5: ESCAPE

Happy writing!

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August 21, 2017

The “Quest” Fiction Plot

A while back I read one of the most informative books on writing fiction that I ever read: TWENTY MASTER PLOTS AND HOW TO BUILD THEM by Ronald Tobias. Before reading the book, I was totally unaware of how many different kinds of plots a writer could contrive in his/her fiction work. I’ve used this book as one of my primary resources when I teach fiction workshops at writers’ conferences. This work by Tobias is packed with useful information for any writer of fiction desiring to improve his skills for writing an I-can’t-put-the-book-down manuscript.

Last time I posted here, I defined “plot” and looked at the difference between a plot-driven book and a character-driven book. Today we’ll look at the first plot Ronald Tobias defined in his book:

PLOT # 1

QUEST

Samples of this type of fiction:

The Wizard of Oz

Lord of the Rings

The Grapes of Wrath

Jason and the Argonauts

 

As you write your story, keep the following points in mind:

  1. A quest plot should be about a search for a person, place, or thing; develop a close parallel between your hero’s intent and motivation and what he’s trying to find.
  2. Your plot should move, visiting many people and places. Don’t just move your character around as the wind blows. Movement should be contingent on your plan of cause and effect. (You can make the journey seem like there’s nothing guiding it— making it seem casual—but in fact it is causal.)
  3. Consider bringing your plot full circle geographically. Your hero frequently ends up in the same place where she started.
  4. Make your character different at the end of the story as a result of his/her quest. This story is about the character, who makes the search, not about the object of the search itself. Your character is in the process of changing during the story. How does he/she change and why?
  5. The object of the journey is wisdom, which takes the form of self-realization for the hero. This is often the process of maturation. It could be about a child who learns the lessons of adulthood, but it could also be about an adult who learns the lessons of life.
  6. Your first act should include a motivating incident, which starts your hero’s search. Don’t just launch into a quest; make sure your reader understands why your character wants to go on the quest.
  7. Your hero should have at least one companion. He must have interactions with other characters to keep the story from becoming too abstract or too interior. Your hero needs someone to bounce ideas off of, someone to argue with.
  8. Consider including a helpful character.
  9. Your last act should include your character’s discovery, which occurs either after giving up the search or after achieving it.
  10. What your character discovers is usually different from what he originally sought.

ALL INFORMATION COMPLIMENTS OF

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

 

Next time, we’ll have a look at PLOT #2: ADVENTURE

Happy writing!

 

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