Springs Writers CANCELLED TONIGHT

Tuesday, May 26, 2015: The workshop tonight is cancelled. As some of you may or may not know, the lower level of Woodmen Valley Chapel’s worship center flooded. The room we meet in is not available. And the room I booked at another location is now not available either. See y’all next month. Scoti

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April Workshop & May Critique Group

April 28, 2015: Unlocking Personification And Metaphor To Deepen Emotion

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Time: 6 – 8 pm

Place: Room 123, lower level of Worship Center, Woodmen Valley Chapel, Building 250, 290 E. Woodmen Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80919

Workshop Description: Do you hear that your writing isn’t strong enough? Maybe you haven’t accessed your story’s emotional depth. Beyond strong dialogue and powerful body language, sharper tools await the intrepid fiction writer. Learn how to pull out all the stops and make inanimate (and sometimes animate) objects reflect your characters internal conflicts, desires, and fears. Make the reader feel deeply without them knowing why. Also, learn how to bring metaphor into your setting to drive your story deeper. Come prepared to cut through surface techniques and sculpt the heart of raw emotion.

brandy-high-resSpeaker: Brandy Vallance fell in love with the Victorian time period at a young age, loving the customs, manners, and especially the intricate rules of love. Since time travel is theoretically impossible, she lives in the nineteenth century vicariously through her novels. Unaccountable amounts of black tea have fueled this ambition. Brandy’s love of tea can only be paralleled by her love of Masterpiece Theater Classics, deep conversations, and a good book. Brandy is the 2013 Operation First Novel winner and the 2012 winner of the ACFW Genesis Contest for historical romance. Her critically acclaimed novel, The Covered Deep, has been featured in USA TODAY and Writer’s Digest. You can connect with Brandy via her website www.brandyvallance.com, Facebook, Goodreads, Pinterest, YouTube, or Twitter @BrandyVallance.

Springs Writers “Just Write” Critique Group 

Mark your May calendars for The Springs Writers “Just Write” Saturday Critique Group:

  • May 9, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm at 5209 Del Paz Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
  • May 23, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm at 5209 Del Paz Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80918

“Just Write” Details

  • During each session, there will be 10 minute teaching about how to critique and self-edit, hone your editing skills, etc.
  • To reserve a guaranteed 20-30 minute critique, R.S.V.P. and email your manuscript to springswriters@gmail.com by May 6 for May 9 and May 20 for May 23. The remaining critique time will be divided up for those who did not RSVP or email copies of their manuscript to Scoti. Bring 6 copies of your manuscript.
  • If you don’t RSVP, show up and bring 6 copies of your manuscript for attendees to read and attendees will provide feedback.
  • We will begin and end on time to respect everyone’s time.

Writing Critique Group, Upcoming Workshops and Writing Conferences

Susan Mathis’ workshop last night was amazing, soul refreshing and inspiring. One writer noted: “I need a critique group.” In my closing, I asked, “How many people would be interested in a critique group that meets on Saturday afternoons twice a month for 2 – 2 1/2 hours? I also shared, I don’t want to commit to or to block off time on my Saturday’s, if people aren’t interested and won’t show up.” If you are interested, this is what you need to know:

The Springs Writers Saturday Critique Group will be an open critique group. Right now this is what I envision.

  • A 10 minute teaching about how to critique, how to self-edit, hone your editing skills, etc.
  • If you plan to come and want a critique, email Scoti a copy of your manuscript three days before the meeting and RSVP to sign-up for a 20-30 minute guaranteed critique timeblock.
  • Don’t RSVP and just show up and bring copies of your manuscript for attendees to read and whoever shows up will provide feedback.
  • However, those who RSVP will receive a guaranteed 20-30 minute critique, depending upon how many RSVP, we’ll divide up the remaining time for those who did not RSVP.
  • Conclude with a 10-minute block of time to answer any questions you may have.

If you’re interested, please reply in the comments. Any suggestions you have are welcomed.

Upcoming Workshops

April 28, 2015: Unlocking Personification And Metaphor To Deepen Emotion

Time: 6 – 8 pm

Place: Room 123, lower level of Worship Center, Woodmen Valley Chapel, Building 250, 290 E. Woodmen Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80919

Do you hear that your writing isn’t strong enough? Maybe you haven’t accessed your story’s emotional depth. Beyond strong dialogue and powerful body language, sharper tools await the intrepid fiction writer. Learn how to pull out all the stops and make inanimate (and sometimes animate) objects reflect your characters internal conflicts, desires, and fears. Make the reader feel deeply without them knowing why. Also, learn how to bring metaphor into your setting to drive your story deeper. Come prepared to cut through surface techniques and sculpt the heart of raw emotion.

Speaker: Brandy Vallance fell in love with the Victorian time period at a young age, loving the customs, manners, and especially the intricate rules of love. Since time travel is theoretically impossible, she lives in the nineteenth century vicariously through her novels. Unaccountable amounts of black tea have fueled this ambition. Brandy’s love of tea can only be paralleled by her love of Masterpiece Theater Classics, deep conversations, and a good book. Brandy is the 2013 Operation First Novel winner and the 2012 winner of the ACFW Genesis Contest for historical romance. Her critically acclaimed novel, The Covered Deep, has been featured in USA TODAY and Writer’s Digest. You can connect with Brandy via her website www.brandyvallance.com, Facebook, Goodreads, Pinterest, YouTube, or Twitter @BrandyVallance.

May 26, 2015: Seven Essentials: Seven Essentials For Powerful Fiction

Time: 6 – 8 pm

Place: Room 107, lower level of Worship Center, Woodmen Valley Chapel, Building 250, 290 E. Woodmen Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80919

If you want to write powerful fiction that will not easily be forgotten, your story must include seven essentials. Through fourteen years of study, Brandy has found these secrets of the bestsellers and she’ll unpack them for you. Learn how to create characters you can relate to, use real emotions, portray vivid settings, use unexpected plot, utilize the five senses, put tension on every page, and torture the reader until the end. Take your fiction writing to the next level and create gripping stories that will make your readers fans for life.

Hone Your Skills: Upcoming Writing Conferences

April 8-10Evangelical Press Association Annual Convention, Westminster, COThe President of EPA has given Springs Writers a $100 discount off the Non-member rate. If you want to attend, use this code:CSWRITE = $100 Discount off Non-Member Rate for Colorado Springs Writers. Click here for details and to register.

May 13 – 16, 2015Colorado Christian Writers Conference, Estes Park, CO: For details and to register click here.

Saturday, April 11, 2015Write in the Springs Conference Featuring RACHEL HAUCK, Bestselling and Award-winning Author at the The Franciscan Retreat Center, Colorado Springs, CO. Regular registration with catered lunch ends this Thursday, March 24: (ACFW Member: $75.00;  Non-Member: $95.00) After March 24, registration is ACFW Member: $95.00;  Non-Member: $115.00) For details and to register, click here.

February 24, 2015: Writing From Your Sweet Spot

March 24, 2015: Writing From Your Sweet Spot

Date/Time/Place: Tuesday, March 24, 2014. 6 pm – 8:00 pm, Room 123, lower level of Worship Center, Woodmen Valley Chapel, Building 250, 290 E. Woodmen Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80919 Driving DirectionsSusan Mathis Campus Campus Map Workshop Description: You desire to write, even feel called to write. So how do you creatively connect, nurture your vision, grow in your craft, persevere through the challenges, and find God’s plan for your writing life? Countdown for Couples- Preparing for the Adventure of MarriageSpeaker: Susan Mathis co-authored two books with her husband, Dale, Countdown for Couples: Preparing for the Adventure of Marriage and The ReMarriage Adventure: Preparing for The 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. Connect with Susan on Facebook and Twitter.

FREE WRITING WORKSHOP: December 2, 2014: Write-Brained: Boost Your Creativity: The Care and Keeping of the Creative Mind

Date/Time/Place: Tuesday, December 2, 2014. 6 pm – 8:00 pm, Room 107, lower level of Worship Center, Woodmen Valley Chapel, Building 250, 290 E. Woodmen Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80919

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Is life speeding past you at 150 mph?

November’s NaNoWriMo.

December’s holiday rush.

January’s New Year writing goals.

Feeling burnt out or shut down, yet? When a severe case of writer’s block caused Michelle Lynn Senters to question her ability, she learned something quite astounding — writer’s block was all in her head, literally. In this workshop, Michelle shares the latest discoveries in brain research relating to creativity and innovation. Writers and illustrators of all levels will discover:

  • how 10 vital factors affect your brain
  • why nutrition, hydration, movement, sunlight, sleep, meditation, wonder, gratitude, community, and thought impact your ability to create
  • 10 effective strategies to immediately improve your creative mind.

Michelle Senters writes inspirational nonfiction for womenMichelle Senters Headshot6 copy and children’s picture books. Founder and lead writing coach for Kids Are Writers, she’s been an elementary school teacher for 15 years and earned an M.Ed. in integrated teaching through the arts.

FREE WRITING WORKSHOP: How Thinking Like a YouTuber Will Make You a Better Writer

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

How Thinking Like a YouTuber Will Make You a Better Writer

Date/Time/Place: 6 pm – 8:00 pm, Room 107, lower level of Worship Center, Woodmen Valley Chapel, Building 250, 290 E. Woodmen Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80919

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More than ever before, authors are responsible to create book trailers and market their books using social media. In this 90-minute workshop, Ian Hanson explores why the act and thinking of youtubing are crucial for today’s fiction and nonfiction writers. Ian will paint a picture of the youtube landscape and writers will learn:

  • the importance of learning how to walk in the YouTube landscape
  • the differing approaches for using YouTube
  • the benefits and the joys of youtubing
  • the challenges and heartaches of youtubing
  • the tools you already own to begin writing and recording your own YouTube video
  • how to upload video to youtube.

Move from fear to confidence and discover how the Internet and YouTube can shapeshift your writing hereafter.

Ian Hanson, an animator and owner of IMpasto Animation Studios, creates and produces animation scripts, character animation and motion graphics to help businesses succeed in defining or describing what they do. He is also a layout and graphic designer for brochures, fliers and logos. Ian studied under Pixar and Dreamworks animator at Animation Mentor. A teacher, Ian also has taught language arts, technology and animation in Colorado and China.

FREE Writing Workshop: Book Proposal Secrets: How to Write a Winning Book Proposal

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Book Proposal Secrets:

How to Write a Winning Book Proposal

Date/Time/Place: 6 pm – 8:45 pm. in Room 107, lower level of Worship Center.

Location: Woodmen Valley Chapel, lower level of Worship Center, Building 250, Room 107

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Are you writing memoir, self-help, nonfiction book, or novel but have no clue how to land an agent or a book contract? Whether your book is just an idea or a rough draft, you’ll need to write a professional book proposal to attract agents and publishers. Even if you self-publish, a book proposal will help save you time when it comes time to upload your book onto an online publishing platform and market your book. Many writers have no idea where to start. This workshop will cover:

  •   9 compelling reasons to start your book proposal tomorrow
  •   the benefits of writing a book proposal before you write your book
  •   how a book proposal helps you write your book
  •   steps to take before you write your book proposal
  •   mistakes to avoid
  •   the seven audiences your book proposal targets
  •   the secrets to writing each part of an irresistible book proposal from start to finish.

This workshop clears away the dread and fear of how to write a book proposal by providing a simple step-by-step plan to write a winning proposal.

Those who attend the workshop will receive fiction and nonfiction templates in Word to use to write your book proposal.

FREE Writing Workshop: Scrivener From Zero to 60 in 90 Minutes

Tuesday, August 26,2014

Scrivener From Zero to 60 in 90 Minutes

Date/Time/Place: 6 pm – 8:45 pm. in Room 107, lower level of Worship Center.

Location: Woodmen Valley Chapel, lower level of Worship Center, Building 250, Room 107

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You asked for it again! Get up and running and writing with Scrivener

Scrivener software, an increasingly popular tool for writers is a powerful word processor and project management tool to helps writers get organized. From first draft to publishing on Kindle, learn how to maximize Scrivener’s best features. This workshop will familiarize you with Scrivener, and walk you step-by-step to start you writing on your manuscript the same day. You’ll learn to how to

  • navigate the software
  • import your manuscript and every scrap of research
  • take advantage of Scrivener’s most helpful features.

Picture book writers: Scrivener is for you, too! Special tips included. Bring your computer with Scrivener already downloaded (you can try it free for 30 days). Download your free trial version atwww.literatureandlatte.com/trial.php

Speaker: Debbie Maxwell Allen writes young adult fiction in the Rocky Mountains—with Scrivener, of course! Her fiction has been a finalist in the Pikes Peak Writers Zebulon Contest four times. When not writing, she keeps tabs on her husband and four children—three of which are in college, and works as a project manager for Good Catch Publishing. You can catch her blog of resources for writers at http://writingwhilethericeboils.blogspot.com/.

Self-Publishing Boot Camp

You’ve Written Your Book. Now What?

Think Like a Publisher!

Friday/Saturday, August 22 -23 August

Date/Time/Place: Friday, August 22, 6 pm – 8:30 pm. in Room 114, lower level of Worship Center. Saturday, August 23, 9 am – 1:00 pm in Room 107

Speakers: Shelley Ring, Debbie Allen, Scoti Springfield Domeij

Cost: Click on the Paypal link below each registration option to secure your spot and your Boot Camp Workbook. Due to printing and collating the workbooks, registrations submitted after August 20 may not receive the notebook at the boot camp. If you sign up after August 20, you can pick up your Self-Publishing Boot Camp Workbook the week following the Boot Camp.

  • Regular Registration: $39 (August 16-21)

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  • Walk-in Registration: $45 (August 22-23)

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  • Work Scholarships: If you cannot afford the fee to attend, limited work scholarship are available. Email SpringsWriters at gmail dot com to request a work scholarship.

Location: Woodmen Valley Chapel, lower level of Worship Center, Friday, August 22, Room 114; August 23, Saturday, Room 107. Click here for address /driving directions.

Childcare: Sorry, no childcare is provided for this boot camp.

Boot Camp Description

It’s the greatest time in history to be a writer. Self-publishing eliminates rejection by the traditional gatekeepers. From editing to crafting a professional interior book design and layout to designing a selling front and back cover to publishing your book, this boot camp covers the step-by-step production process to bring your dreams of publishing your book to reality.

The publishing landscape changes at break-neck speed. However, this workshop concentrates on the unchanging production details to publish like a professional. If you’re ready to educate yourself about self-publishing, this boot camp helps you understand:

  • What you need to learn and where to start.
  • What you tools will help you self-publish.
  • What makes sense to do yourself and when to call in the pros.

From Manuscript to Finished Product: Self-Publishing Step-by-Step

Workshop 1:  Take Control of the Publishing Process: The Publishing Revolution and the Battle Between Traditional vs. Self-Publishing: There are so many ways to be published than ever before. Which path will you pursue? Provides an overview of how traditional publishers and self-publishing differ, plus the advantages and disadvantages. Helps you decide which self-publishing option works best for you and how to evaluate indie-scams-to-avoid that will take your money and run.

Workshop 2: Think Like an Editor–Write Like a Pro: Polishing Your Manuscript for Publication: Provides an overview book publishing standards and the 5-step editing process your book needs before it’s ready for publication.

Workshop 3: The Blueprint: Book Matter and Interior Design: Discover how to avoid the mistakes that most self-publishers make. Present yourself as a professional by designing easy-to-read pages. ISBN, ASIN, CAT, CAN, BISEC, LCCN, EANS, copyrights, and font styles. Do these devilish details sound like Greek to you? Learn the definitions for each, why you need each one, where each appears in your book and where to obtain them.

Workshop 4: Killer Titles that Sell: Creating Titles, Subtitles and SEO: Many self-published authors have trouble figuring out what title will best sell their book. Provides an overview of how to title your book and the importance of choosing the right key words and categories on Amazon to help  search engines help readers find your book online and boost your sales.

Workshop 5: How to Write Killer Back Cover Copy that Sells: Learn what to put on your back cover so readers will buy your book.

Workshop 6: First Impressions Count: Front and Back Cover Design for Nondesigners: Readers “Judge a Book By Its Cover.” The publishing industry—both traditional and independent—spends millions on cover design every year. 75% of 300 booksellers surveyed said the look and design of the book cover is the most important component of choosing what to sell. From fonts to images to design to placing the bar code in the right place, discover how to create a winning cover, plus the online tools available to help you create your cover.

Workshop 7: What to Charge: Royalties, Pricing, Price Pulsing, & Giveaways: Want a bigger chunk of money from your retail dollar? Provides an overview of royalties. Compares the royalties you’ll earn with a traditional publisher and self-publishing. Learn how to price and promote your book to sell.

Workshop 8: Dream Come True: Formats, Digital Files, and Publishing Your Book: Learn the different formats for e-readers and hard copy books, plus the tools that can save you time, money and frustration to publish in the different digital book file formats.

Topics include: 

  • avoiding the common mistakes most self publishers make at every stage of producing a book
  • self-publishing platforms, distributors and selling platforms
  • common digital book file formats
  • advantages of self publishing
  • skills you need to create a professional-quality book
  • 5 editing phases needed to publish a well-crafted and well-edited book
  • costs associated with self-publishing
  • choosing the right fonts for your interior pages and book cover
  • elements of a powerful cover, plus color psychology and images
  • pricing your book and royalties
  • ISBN numbers, rights, and other technical issues
  • registering your copyright
  • applying for a Library of Congress Control Number
  • purchasing an ISBN and barcode
  • formats for all the new e-readers including Kindle, KindleFire, iPad, and Nook and the tools to publish seamlessly to each e-reader’s digital book file format
  • includes a detailed recommended resource list for every step of the book production process including websites of popular self-pub blogs and tools to help you design and publish your book.

Benefits:

You’ll walk away with:

  • a workbook detailing the information covered in each workshop
  • an understanding of what tasks need to be performed as a self-published author
  • a structured plan to follow in the order you should do things to self publish your book
  • detailed editing worksheets to guide you through the editing process
  • a list of the interior parts of a book, what goes on each page, and how to put them together in the right order
  • a step-by-step self-publishing production worksheet to guide you from final manuscript preparation to publishing your digital files, including hiring freelancers to figuring out and managing your production budget, expenses and real costs
  • important details and instructions on how to: design your book interior pages; how to design your cover; and how to format your book that will save you many hours of frustration, tears and reformatting.
  • the knowledge to make an informed decision on what tasks to do yourself and which ones to outsource
  • a list of recommended resources, referrals and the online tools for every step of the self-publishing production process.

Please note: The workbook and resources lists are only available by attending this workshop. If you cannot attend this workshop, we regret that the workbook will not be uploaded to the Springs Writers website. 

Who Should Attend? Anyone who’s. . . 

  • interested in writing a book
  • hiding a closet dream of being a writer, but can’t handle the rejection
  • in the middle of writing a book
  • finished writing your tome
  • wants to publish their own books
  • wants to know the book production process
  • wants to publish a memoir, family history, “how to” or other non-fiction book
  • has their own business and wants to write on a specialist topic related to their business
  • wants to take control of the publishing process.

How to Blog in Five Steps

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

How to Blog in Five Steps 

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Time: 6 – 8 pm

Location: Woodmen Valley Chapel, lower level of Worship Center, Building 250, Room 107

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How do you set yourself up for blogging success? If you’ve been thinking about starting a blog, you may have a ton of questions.

  • Where do I begin?
  • Is there any incoming or outgo of money involved?
  • What is my personal reason to blog?
  • How do I name my blog?
  • What pages do visitors expect?
  • How often should I blog?

Bring your questions for Stacy to answer. Whether you want to share your work, blog a book or memoir, create a community, or build a platform, a blog shares your message and your heart. You may already blog and don’t know it. You will walk away from Stacy Jensen’s interactive workshop with:

  • Your blogging goals
  • A theme for your blog
  • Blogging system options: Blogger, WordPress, Self-hosted Website
  • Blog name ideas
  • How to set up your blog
  • How to set up a blogging schedule and publish your posts

Speaker Bio: Stacy S. Jensen has worked as a journalist and editor for two decades. Now, she writes memoir and picture books, mothers a toddler, and designs websites. She lives in Colorado Springs with her husband, son, and two dogs.