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Mini-Boot Camp: Effectively Marketing Your Book: The How-to’s, Do’s and Don’ts

Tim CloseDate/Time: Saturday, June 18, 2016, 8:30 am – 2 pm

Speaker: Tim Close, Senior Director of Marketing & Strategy, David C. Cook

Location: Woodmen Valley Chapel, 290 Community Center lower level, Room 117/118.

Cost: $20, pay at the door. If you cannot afford the $20 fee to attend, limited work scholarship are available. Email Blackside Publishing at gmail dot com to request a work scholarship. Registration fees will go towards Nepal Mission, a ministry to the disabled in Nepal.

Childcare: Sorry, no childcare will be provided for this mini-boot camp.

Description: Are you a new, aspiring or published author? Does marketing your book overwhelm you? What do you need to do to give your book the greatest chances for success? This boot camp covers the nitty-gritty of book marketing. Tim Close reveals the practical how-to’s authors are desperate to know.

  • What a publisher’s marketing/publicist marketing plan includes. You’ll see how to put together a marketing plan, what to include, and how to choose your best path.
  • What to include in your book proposal. You’ll hear what publishers look for and what makes you stand out.
  • What the pub board evaluates regarding the author’s marketing plan.
  • Building your platform. Social media. E To blog or not to blog. Where to begin? When to post? What to post? Which social media networks target specific audiences?

Presenter: Tim Close, Senior Director of Marketing & Strategy

Tim Close develops the marketing strategies for David C. Cook and oversees day-to-day marketing activities. He has a wealth of experience in both the marketing and publishing industries, with expertise in new product development, digital marketing technology, as well as leading marketing teams in strategic and successful campaigns.  Close received his Bachelors in English from UCLA. He previously served as the CEO at CrowdScribed, CEO at Douglas Shaw & Associates and Senior Vice President at Zondervan Publishers, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Serta Inc., as well as Interim Head of Marketing at Ignite USA.

Boot Camp Schedule: Saturday, June 18, 2016

Registration: 8:15 am–8:25 am

Workshop 1: 8:30 am–11:00 am

Workshop 2: 11:30 am–12 pm

Lunch (bring a sack lunch): 12 pm–12:30 pm

Workshop 3: 12:30 pm–2:00 pm

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Make your Dreams Come True: How to Ramp Up Your Writing and Your Career

Say it, "I'm a writer."

Say it, “I’m a writer.”

Date/Time: Thursday, April 21, 2016, 6 pm – 8 pm

Place: Room 108-109, lower level of Community Center, Bldg # 290, Woodmen Valley Chapel, 290 E. Woodmen Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80919

Please click on this link to the map of the campus. We’re meeting the lower level of building 290. The building is in the shape of a rectangle. Come in the door nearest the gymnasium and follow the hallway to room 108-109. If you enter on the top level, take the stairs or the elevator to the lower level. However, the doors on the top level will probably be locked.

Description: Say it, “I’m a writer.” Whether a wannabee or professional, you can’t help yourself, you have to write. Do you want to take the next step to motivate and sharpen your writing?  Workshop presenters Erik Sprinkle and Scoti Domeij will address in this interactive workshop:

  • how to connect with people who will encourage and support your writing
  • three reasons agents and writers attend writer’s conferences
  • top reasons to attend a writer’s conference
  • how-to write the 2 must-have pitch sheets to market yourself and your book, before, during and after a conference.

Bring your experiences and your questions.

Overcoming Writer’s Fright, FREE Workshop January 21, 2016

 

Overcoming Writer's Fright

Date/Time: Thursday, January 21, 2016, 6 pm – 8 pm

Place: Room 108-109, lower level of Community Center, Bldg # 290, Woodmen Valley Chapel, 290 E. Woodmen Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80919

Please click on this link to the map of the campus. We’re meeting the lower level of building 290. The building is in the shape of a rectangle. Come in the door nearest the gymnasium and follow the hallway to room 108-109. If you enter on the top level, take the stairs or the elevator to the lower level. However, the doors on the top level will probably be locked.

Writer's FrightWorkshop Description: Are you a writer — whether you believe it or not? Inside every writer is a spiritual passion that taps into God’s heart and your story. Fear paralyzes the best of writers. Does ‘writer’s fright’ — the literary equivalent of stage fright — prevent you from writing? Will you make this the year the story prodding you to write is released? This workshop explores how one becomes a writer — not in a practical sense, not by the external comparisons of book contracts or being ‘published,’ but by that invisible, intimate epiphany and surrender to your inner calling.

This interactive workshop will help you identify the anxieties crippling your writing confidence. This workshop, Overcoming Writer’s Fright, reveals

  • how to identify the obvious signs that you are a writer
  • 3 simple ways to overcome writer’s fright
  • 14 ridiculously simple actions any one can take tomorrow to pursue your writing passion.

Speaker: Speaking from her writer’s fright experiences, Scoti Domeij owes an agent a book proposal on February 1, 2016 . . . as she stares at her blank computer screen.

November 24, 2015: 13 Ways to Revise Your Manuscript Using Scrivener

November 24, 2015: 13 Ways to Revise Your Manuscript Using Scrivener  

Date/Time: Tuesday, November 24, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Place: Room 108-109, lower level of Community Center, Bldg # 290, Woodmen Valley Chapel, 290 E. Woodmen Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80919

Please click on this link to the map of the campus. We’re meeting the lower level of building 290. The building is in the shape of a rectangle, so follow the hallway to room 117-118. If you enter on the top level, take the stairs or the elevator to the lower level.

13 Ways to Revise Your Manuscript Using ScrivenerWorkshop Description: So you love writing in Scrivener, but now it’s time to revise your manuscript. Do you know how to use Scrivener’s amazing Revision Mode? Debbie Allen has collected a baker’s dozen of ways for you to polish your project to perfection. Move beyond using Scrivener as a glorified word processor or file system for your work in progress. Join us for this free workshop to learn things about Scrivener that will help you whip your manuscript into shape. Bonus: Learn some tips to quickly export in manuscript format that includes a professional cover page to submit to agents and editors.


Debbie Maxwell AllenSpeaker: 
Debbie Maxwell Allen drank the Scrivener Kool-Aid, and never looked back. When not wowing writers with the wonders of Scrivener, she works as a project manager for Good Catch Publishing and pens young adult historical fantasy in the Rocky Mountains.

October 27, 2015: Influencers: Empowering a Dream Team of Readers to Sell

October 27, 2015: Influencers: Empowering a Dream Team of Readers to Sell

Date/Time: Tuesday, October 27, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Place: Room 108-109, lower level of Community Center, Bldg # 290, Woodmen Valley Chapel, 290 E. Woodmen Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80919

Please click on this link to the map of the campus. We’re meeting the lower level of building 290. The building is in the shape of a rectangle, so follow the hallway to room 117-118. If you enter on the top level, take the stairs or the elevator to the lower level.

Build a Writer's Dream TeamWorkshop Description: Marketing your book should never be something you do completely on your own. And your spot in publishing should not feel like a remote island in the middle of an ocean. Is it time for you to build a solid list of influencers and dream team members? Casey Herringshaw will share:

  • How to find effective readers and influencers.
  • What to expect from your Dream Team as they help you market your book. Does it stop with a simple book review on Amazon?
  • How to empower your sphere of readers with the advertising fuel they need to spread the word about your book, sell your book, and push your book to the top of the Amazon rankings in your category.

Casey HerringshawSpeaker: Casey Herringshaw is a virtual assistant who supports and helps writers and works for several multi-published authors to build and grow their dream team of readers and influencers. She is ACFW’s Carol Award Coordinator and previously worked for WordServe Literary Agency. Casey is a homeschool graduate and has been writing since high school. She is a rural Eastern Oregon transplant to Colorado Springs. One of her greatest passions in life is taking the words and stories God places on her heart and putting them on paper. You can connect with Casey through her personal blog, Writing for Christ and her writing related group blog, The Writer’s Alley.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015: How to Use Pinterest to Connect with Readers

How to Use Pinterest to Engage Readers

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 22, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Place: Room 117-118, lower level of Community Center, Bldg # 290, Woodmen Valley Chapel, 290 E. Woodmen Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80919

Please click on this link to the map of the campus. We’re meeting the lower level of building 290. The building is in the shape of a rectangle, so follow the hallway to room 117-118. If you enter on the top level, take the stairs or the elevator to the lower level.

Directions To The Rockrimmon Campus

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Pinterest is fun and engaging, one of the newest social media trends—and the most addictive. Authors can use its popularity to build connections with readers and earn their loyalty. In this workshop you’ll learn the basics, the do’s and don’ts, and a few secrets to creating inspiring pins for your readers and just for fun.

SPEAKER: Susan MathisSusan Mathis co-authored two books with her husband, Dale, Countdown for Couples: Preparing for the Adventure of Marriage and The ReMarriage Adventure: Preparing for a Life of Love and Happiness. Susan has also written hundreds of magazine and newsletter articles. In her spare time, Susan is speaking, coaching aspiring authors, and working on a several book projects. As the Former Editorial Director at Focus on the Family and Founding Editor of Focus on the Family’s Thriving Family magazine, During her tenure at Focus, Susan was the Editor or Editorial Director of 12 unique Focus on the Family publications, and she still enjoys editing writing project and making them all they can be. Check out Susan’s website.

October 27, 2015: Influencers: Empowering a Dream Team of Readers to Sell

Date/Time: Tuesday, October 27, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Place: Room 117-118, lower level of Community Center, Bldg # 290, Woodmen Valley Chapel, 290 E. Woodmen Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80919

Please click on this link to the map of the campus. We’re meeting the lower level of building 290. The building is in the shape of a rectangle, so follow the hallway to room 117-118. If you enter on the top level, take the stairs or the elevator to the lower level.

Build a Writer's Dream TeamWorkshop Description: Marketing your book should never be something you do completely on your own. And your spot in publishing should not feel like a remote island in the middle of an ocean. Is it time for you to build a solid list of influencers and dream team members? Casey Herringshaw will share:

  • How to find effective readers and influencers.
  • What to expect from your Dream Team as they help you market your book. Does it stop with a simple book review on Amazon?
  • How to empower your sphere of readers with the advertising fuel they need to spread the word about your book, sell your book, and push your book to the top of the Amazon rankings in your category.

Casey HerringshawSpeaker: Casey Herringshaw is a virtual assistant who supports and helps writers and works for several multi-published authors to build and grow their dream team of readers and influencers. She is ACFW’s Carol Award Coordinator and previously worked for WordServe Literary Agency. Casey is a homeschool graduate and has been writing since high school. She is a rural Eastern Oregon transplant to Colorado Springs. One of her greatest passions in life is taking the words and stories God places on her heart and putting them on paper. You can connect with Casey through her personal blog, Writing for Christ and her writing related group blog, The Writer’s Alley.

November 24, 2015: 13 Ways to Revise Your Manuscript Using Scrivener

Date/Time: Tuesday, November 24, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Place: Room 117-118, lower level of Community Center, Bldg # 290, Woodmen Valley Chapel, 290 E. Woodmen Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80919

Please click on this link to the map of the campus. We’re meeting the lower level of building 290. The building is in the shape of a rectangle, so follow the hallway to room 117-118. If you enter on the top level, take the stairs or the elevator to the lower level.

13 Ways to Revise Your Manuscript Using ScrivenerWorkshop Description: So you love writing in Scrivener, but now it’s time to revise your manuscript. Do you know how to use Scrivener’s amazing Revision Mode? Debbie Allen has collected a baker’s dozen of ways for you to polish your project to perfection. Move beyond using Scrivener as a glorified word processor or file system for your work in progress. Join us for this free workshop to learn things about Scrivener that will help you whip your manuscript into shape. Bonus: Learn some tips to quickly export in manuscript format that includes a professional cover page to submit to agents and editors.


Debbie Maxwell AllenSpeaker: 
Debbie Maxwell Allen drank the Scrivener Kool-Aid, and never looked back. When not wowing writers with the wonders of Scrivener, she works as a project manager for Good Catch Publishing and pens young adult historical fantasy in the Rocky Mountains.

 

FREE Writing Workshop: September 22, 2015

Tuesday, September 22, 2015: How to Use Pinterest to Connect with ReadersHow to Use Pinterest to Engage Readers

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 22, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Place: Room 117-118, lower level of Community Center, Bldg # 290, Woodmen Valley Chapel, 290 E. Woodmen Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80919

Please click on this link to the map of the campus. We’re meeting the lower level of building 290. The building is in the shape of a rectangle, so follow the hallway to room 117-118. If you enter on the top level, take the stairs or the elevator to the lower level.

Directions To The Rockrimmon Campus

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Pinterest is fun and engaging, one of the newest social media trends—and the most addictive. Authors can use its popularity to build connections with readers and earn their loyalty. In this workshop you’ll learn the basics, the do’s and don’ts, and a few secrets to creating inspiring pins for your readers and just for fun.

SPEAKER: Susan MathisSusan Mathis co-authored two books with her husband, Dale, Countdown for Couples: Preparing for the Adventure of Marriage and The ReMarriage Adventure: Preparing for a Life of Love and Happiness. Susan has also written hundreds of magazine and newsletter articles. In her spare time, Susan is speaking, coaching aspiring authors, and working on a several book projects. As the Former Editorial Director at Focus on the Family and Founding Editor of Focus on the Family’s Thriving Family magazine, During her tenure at Focus, Susan was the Editor or Editorial Director of 12 unique Focus on the Family publications, and she still enjoys editing writing project and making them all they can be. Check out Susan’s website.

Regular Registration Ends September 10

September 11-12, 2015: Scrivener Boot Camp

Place: Room 117-118, lower level of Community Center, Bldg # 290, Woodmen Valley Chapel, 290 E. Woodmen Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80919

Please click on this link to the map of the campus. We’re meeting the lower level of building 290. The building is in the shape of a rectangle, so follow the hallway to room 117-118. If you enter on the top level, take the stairs or the elevator to the lower level.

Boot Camp Schedule

  • Friday, 9/11: Registration: 5:30 pm – 5:55 pm
  • Friday 9/11: Scrivener 101: From Zero to 60: 6 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Saturday 9/12: Registration: 8:15 am – 8:25 am
  • Saturday 9/12: Scrivener 102: Customizing Scrivener for Advanced Writers: 8:30 am -11:00 am
  • Saturday 9/12: Scrivener 103: Self-publishing with Scrivener: 11:30 am – 12 pm
  • Saturday 9/12: Lunch (bring a sack lunch): 12 pm  – 12:30 pm
  • Saturday 9/12: Scrivener 103: Self-publishing with Scrivener: 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Cost/Registration: Click on links below to pay online.

Walk-in Registration: September 11 – 12

Driving Directions

CLICK HERE for the Rockrimmon Campus Map.

Scrivener 101 From Zero to 60Friday, September 11, 6 pm – 8:30 pm: Scrivener 101: From Zero to 60

Get comfortable—get writing. Scrivener writing software: everyone loves it, but what writer has time to learn something new? And most writers already using Scrivener miss out on some of the program’s best elements. This workshop will help you start, literally, at zero, and get up and running right away. Even long-time users will learn to take advantage of features they didn’t know were available.

Scrivener 102 Customizing Scrivener for Advanced Writers

 

Saturday, September 12, 8:30 am – 2 pm: Scrivener 102: Customizing Scrivener for the Advanced Writer

Write faster—write smarter. In this workshop, writers already familiar with the basics of Scrivener will discover the many ways Scrivener can be configured for novels and non-fiction projects. Find out how to customize Scrivener to your particular needs and take advantage of little-known elements to make your writing life easier and more streamlined. Learn to plot your book with virtual index cards, how to manage scenes (and your own motivation) with the outliner, and how to fly through revisions with features few Scrivener useres have discovered.

Scrivener 103 Self-publishing with ScrivenerScrivener 103: Self-Publishing with Scrivener

Save money—save time. Not everyone is aware of one of Scrivener’s most-valued features: the ability to publish easily to multiple platforms. For writers aiming toward indie publishing, Scrivener’s easy-to-learn interface is the tool to get their work into the marketplace. Even if projects require different formatting, illustrations, footnotes, or hyperlinks, Scrivener can handle what writers dish out. Find out the streamlined steps to export a manuscript directly into an epub, Kindle, iBooks, or .pdf format, and take the headaches out of self-publishing.

Debbie Maxwell AllenSpeaker: Debbie Maxwell Allen drank the Scrivener Kool-Aid, and never looked back. When not wowing writers with the wonders of Scrivener, she works as a project manager for Good Catch Publishing and pens young adult historical fantasy in the Rocky Mountains.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015: How to Use Pinterest to Connect with Readers

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 22, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Place: Room 117-118, lower level of Community Center, Bldg # 290, Woodmen Valley Chapel, 290 E. Woodmen Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80919

Please click on this link to the map of the campus. We’re meeting the lower level of building 290. The building is in the shape of a rectangle, so follow the hallway to room 117-118. If you enter on the top level, take the stairs or the elevator to the lower level.

Directions To The Rockrimmon Campus

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Pinterest is fun and engaging, one of the newest social media trends—and the most addictive. Authors can use its popularity to build connections with readers and earn their loyalty. In this workshop you’ll learn the basics, the do’s and don’ts, and a few secrets to creating inspiring pins for your readers and just for fun.

SPEAKER: Susan MathisSusan Mathis co-authored two books with her husband, Dale, Countdown for Couples: Preparing for the Adventure of Marriage and The ReMarriage Adventure: Preparing for 

Countdown for Couples- Preparing for the Adventure of MarriageThe ReMarriage Adventure- Preparing for a Life of Love and Happinessa Life of Love and Happiness. Susan has also written hundreds of magazine and newsletter articles. In her spare time, Susan is speaking, coaching aspiring authors, and working on a several book projects. As the Former Editorial Director at Focus on the Family and Founding Editor of Focus on the Family’s Thriving Family magazine, During her tenure at Focus, Susan was the Editor or Editorial Director of 12 unique Focus on the Family publications, and she still enjoys editing writing project and making them all they can be. Check out Susan’s website.

October 27, 2015: Influencers: Empowering a Dream Team of Readers to Sell

Date/Time: Tuesday, October 27, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Place: Room 117-118, lower level of Community Center, Bldg # 290, Woodmen Valley Chapel, 290 E. Woodmen Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80919

Please click on this link to the map of the campus. We’re meeting the lower level of building 290. The building is in the shape of a rectangle, so follow the hallway to room 117-118. If you enter on the top level, take the stairs or the elevator to the lower level.

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Marketing your book should never be something you do completely on your own. And your spot in publishing should not feel like a remote island in the middle of an ocean. Is it time for you to build a solid list of influencers and dream team members? Casey Herringshaw will share:

  • How to find effective readers and influencers.
  • What to expect from your Dream Team as they help you market your book. Does it stop with a simple book review on Amazon?
  • How to empower your sphere of readers with the advertising fuel they need to spread the word about your book, sell your book, and push your book to the top of the Amazon rankings in your category.

Casey Herringshaw is a virtual assistant who supports and helps writers and works for several multi-published authors to build and grow their dream team of readers and influencers. She is ACFW’s Carol Award Coordinator and previously worked for WordServe Literary Agency. Casey is a homeschool graduate and has been writing since high school. She is a rural Eastern Oregon transplant to Colorado Springs. One of her greatest passions in life is taking the words and stories God places on her heart and putting them on paper. You can connect with Casey through her personal blog, Writing for Christ and her writing related group blog, The Writer’s Alley.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015: Visual Branding for Authors — How To . . .

Date/Time: Tuesday, August 25, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Place: Room 117-118 in lower level of the Community Center, Woodmen Valley Chapel, Building 290, 290 E. Woodmen Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80919

Please click on this link to the map of the campus. We’re meeting the lower level of building 290. The building is in the shape of a rectangle, so follow the hallway to room 117-118. If you enter on the top level, take the stairs or the elevator to the lower level.

Directions To The Rockrimmon Campus

Visual BrandingWORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Long gone are the days in which an author can live a private life. Readers want to know more about you. Publishers expect you to grow your platform and participate in marketing your books.  Developing a strong platform through social media is essential and VISUAL BRANDING is the key to getting noticed.

Whether you are a beginning writer or a prolific author, this workshop will help you learn:

  •  the definition of “visual branding” and why it is important.
  •  how to identify and convey your message through visual presentation.
  •  how to easily create a consistent and professional appearance on social media sites, websites, and blogs.
  •  how to effectively utilize color palates, font pairings, photo filters, and templates to create visual imagery.
  •  how to access free or low-cost, online resources to create images and videos.

Headshot4SPEAKER: Michelle Lynn Senters writes inspirational non-fiction for women and children’s picture books. She is the Founder and Director for KIDS ARE WRITERS, a website designed to inspire and educate young writers around the world. An elementary teacher, Michelle earned a M.Ed. in Integrated Teaching through the Arts. You can learn more about Michelle at www.michellelynnsenters.com andwww.kidsarwriters.com.

September 11-12, 2015: Scrivener Boot Camp

Place: Room 117-118, lower level of Community Center, Bldg # 290, Woodmen Valley Chapel, 290 E. Woodmen Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80919

Please click on this link to the map of the campus. We’re meeting the lower level of building 290. The building is in the shape of a rectangle, so follow the hallway to room 117-118. If you enter on the top level, take the stairs or the elevator to the lower level.

Cost/Registration: Click on links below to pay online. 

Early Bird Registration: Friday, August 21 – Tuesday, August 31

Regular Registration: Wednesday, September 1 – Thursday, September 10

Walk-in Registration: September 11 – 12

Driving Directions

CLICK HERE for the Rockrimmon Campus Map.

Friday, September 11, 6 pm – 8:30 pm: Scrivener 101: From Zero to 60

Get comfortable—get writing. Scrivener writing software: everyone loves it, but what writer has time to learn something new? And most writers already using Scrivener miss out on some of the program’s best elements. This workshop will help you start, literally, at zero, and get up and running right away. Even long-time users will learn to take advantage of features they didn’t know were available.

Saturday, September 12, 8:30 am – 2 pm: Scrivener 102: Customizing Scrivener for the Advanced Writer

Write faster—write smarter. In this workshop, writers already familiar with the basics of Scrivener will discover the many ways Scrivener can be configured for novels and non-fiction projects. Find out how to customize Scrivener to your particular needs and take advantage of little-known elements to make your writing life easier and more streamlined. Learn to plot your book with virtual index cards, how to manage scenes (and your own motivation) with the outliner, and how to fly through revisions with features few Scrivener useres have discovered.

Scrivener 301: Self-Publishing with Scrivener

Save money—save time. Not everyone is aware of one of Scrivener’s most-valued features: the ability to publish easily to multiple platforms. For writers aiming toward indie publishing, Scrivener’s easy-to-learn interface is the tool to get their work into the marketplace. Even if projects require different formatting, illustrations, footnotes, or hyperlinks, Scrivener can handle what writers dish out. Find out the streamlined steps to export a manuscript directly into an epub, Kindle, iBooks, or .pdf format, and take the headaches out of self-publishing.

Debbie Maxwell AllenSpeaker: Debbie Maxwell Allen drank the Scrivener Kool-Aid, and never looked back. When not wowing writers with the wonders of Scrivener, she works as a project manager for Good Catch Publishing and pens young adult historical fantasy in the Rocky Mountains.

Boot Camp: Writing Picture Books for Children

Springs Writers Presents_Writing Boot Camp: BIG Stories for Little Ears: The Craft and Business of Picture Book Writing

DATE AND TIME: Friday, June 12, 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm Saturday, June 13, 8:45 am – 1:00 pm

LOCATION: Woodmen Valley Chapel, Lower level of Stone Chapel, Building #280, 280 E. Woodmen Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80919 (Located on the corner of Chapel Lane and Woodmen Road)

CLICK HERE for the Rockrimmon Campus Map
Childcare: Sorry, no childcare is provided for this boot camp.
Cost: Click on links below to register.

Half of your registration will go to Nepal Mission which is providing earthquake relief in Nepal. For details regarding Nepal Mission, see below.

BOOT CAMP DESCRIPTION: Remember that picture book idea you have tucked away in the back of your mind? The one you always said you would publish someday? It’s time to dust off the old, mental manuscript and get it on paper. There are children who are waiting for a story- your story.

In this 7-hour picture-book writing “boot camp”, you’ll learn the tools and tricks of the trade to save you time, money, and frustration. Whether you are a newbie, a seasoned writer or a parent of grandparent who wants to write a picture book, this workshop will help you transform your dreams into a reality.

Workshop 1: The Magic in Picture Books

The picture books of today are very different from those from our childhood. This session explores current industry standards and the magic needed to make your book irresistible to children, editors, and agents.

Workshop 2: Generating Ideas

How do picture book writers gather ideas and put them into story form? This session explores the memories of our childhood. We’ll get low to the ground and look at life from a child’s perspective. We’ll allow our minds to roam free of the adult constraints that prefer a realistic world. The creative writing prompts and explorations will help you unleash your mind to ponder the wild and wonderful possibilities of storytelling.

Workshop 3: Crafting the Story

Now we get to the heart of writing. The process and the work of writing. The greatest ideas remain nothing without craft. In this session, we’ll explore the writing cycle, from rough draft to revision and editing. We’ll discuss the 7 major plots in storytelling, the importance of conflict, literary techniques, themes, and common character archetypes.

Workshop 4: The Critique Group

Ah, the dreaded critique group. You think you don’t need one. You can manage on your own, thank you very much. I felt the same until I found a critique group adept at handling the delusional temper tantrum of a 45-year-old writer. My critique group appealed to my sensibility and love for words well-written. They pried the manuscript from my clenched fist, took up their pencils, and killed my “little darlings” — all in the name of good literature, of course. And I am better for it. You will be better for it, too. Guaranteed.

Workshop 5: The Writing Community

At one time, being an elusive hermit added to the mystique of a writer. This is no longer the case. As a children’s author, you’re expected to visit schools, libraries, and bookstores. This sessions covers maintaining a positive social media presence to establish a “following” of readers. For the writer, community offers an invaluable resource for artistic growth and promotion. The internet serves the author by providing both information and a connection to a literary community to grow you as a writer, plus it grounds your name in the kid-lit world.

Workshop 6: The Business of Picture Book Writing

So, you’ve written a story — a glorious story ready to inspire children around the world. It’s gone through 30 revisions and received the stamp of approval from your critique group. Now what? Which publishers should you send it to? Is it time to seek an agent? And WHAT is a query letter? In this final session, we’ll discuss current publishing practices, including: manuscript format, editor/agent etiquette, query letters, submission procedures, and tools that will help you get noticed in the industry.

Headshot4SPEAKER: Michelle Lynn Senters writes inspirational non-fiction for women and children’s picture books. She is the Founder and Director for KIDS ARE WRITERS, a website designed to inspire and educate young writers around the world. An elementary teacher, Michelle earned a M.Ed. in Integrated Teaching through the Arts. You can learn more about Michelle at www.michellelynnsenters.com and www.kidsarwriters.com.

MATERIALS NEEDED

  • Notebook or computer for note taking and writing prompts
  • Pens, pencils, colored pencils, crayons (whatever inspires you)
  • Copy of your favorite, published children’s book (optional)
  • 5 copies of your picture book draft (optional)
  • “Brain-food”— snacks or chocolate to share (optional)

Learn more about Nepal Mission: