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.

May Mini-boot Camp and Workshop

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Memoir, Essay, and Personal Experience: How Real Life Stories Can Power Your Writing

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Time: 6 – 8 pm

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

Workshop Description: The power of the true story can drive a variety of books and articles, engaging readers and teaching through illustration and example. But writing compelling real stories can require as much technique as writing fictional stories. This workshop will offer practical guidelines for: • Finding the right “voice” for your story, as well as the right format • Understanding the variety of uses for true stories in non-fiction • Telling your story to help others

Speaker Bio: Liz Duckworth is the Copy Program Manager for Compassion International. She works in close partnership with agency account executives, designers, print production team and video production team to create materials for print, web, displays, broadcast and other media for Compassion. Liz also develops a staff of writers and editors. Bethany House released Liz’s new book A Perfect Word for Every Occasion. She  also managed the Church Resources area at David C. Cook and led the team responsible for creative church learning resources, Vacation Bible School, and toys, games and activity books. She has been a book editor for Focus on the Family, Cook, and Victor Books. Her other published books include Wildflower Living: Cultivating Inner Strength in Times of Storm and Drought (WaterBrook), and Bloom Before You’re Planted: Gardening Tools for a Woman’s Soul (Cook). Her children’s picture book, Ragtail Remembers (Centering Corporation), helps children deal with feelings of grief.

FREE March Writing Workshop: How to Write Back Cover Copy That Sells

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

How to Write Back Cover Copy That Sells

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 11, 6 pm – 8 pm

Location: Woodmen Valley Chapel, lower level of Worship Center, Room 114. Click here for address /driving directions.

Childcare: Click here to register 48 hours in advance.

ForsakenWorkshop Description: Some writers have a natural knack to write sell copy. Others don’t know how or where to start. Shelley Ring has written back cover copy for traditional publishers, as well as for indie authors. She breaks down how to write a short, sweet package to woo readers to buy your book. This practical, how-to workshop

  • diagnoses the hook, structure, benefits, components, and word counts for fiction and nonfiction back cover copy
  • then teaches you how to write your fiction or nonfiction back cover copy
  • identifies how to write the various elements of a complete copy package to promote your book.

Bring your synopsis or current WIP and be prepared to write.

Speaker Bio: Shelley Ring is a wife, mom, author, speaker, and Jesus lover. Shelley is a former Marketing Coordinator for a Christian publisher and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Colorado Christian University. With a passion for outstanding romantic Christian fiction, she authored of two independently published novels. Both Ransomed and Forsaken are available on Amazon in digital and paperback. Her writing craft book, Back Cover Copy That Sells, will be available for purchase in early Spring 2014. During creative chaos, Shelley’s ever-near writing vices include chocolate, iced tea, and baked kale chips. She lives in Colorado with her family. To learn more or to contact her, please go towww.facebook.com/shelleyringauthor.

Plan to attend the

April 12 Mini-Boot Camp

Writing with Scrivener 101: The Do-Everything Tool for Writers and Self-Publishers

Please note: Due to scheduling conflicts, the date was changed from April 5 to April 12.

Date/Time: Saturday, April 12, 9 am – 12 pm

Speaker: Debbie Allen

Cost: $15, If you cannot afford the $15 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, Room 114. Click here for address /driving directions.

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

Description: Spend a half day learning the best and fastest ways to use the popular Scrivener writing program for your fiction or non-fiction projects.

Does your manuscript research look like a box belonging to a hoarder? Maybe your desk looks like the creature from the paper lagoon. Maybe you pull your hair out trying to find the actual manuscript version you’re working on, instead of the one you sent to your critique group last year.

With Scrivener you can: 

  • Keep all your notes and research right at hand (even when you’re offline).
  • Organize your project with virtual index cards. With the ability to rearrange at will.
  • Keep your notes and inspiring photos handy as you write. Nothing gets lost.
  • Take advantage of the option of writing in an easy-to-focus full-screen mode, customized with your favorite photos for inspiration.
  • Have instant access to your synopsis or project notes from any place in your manuscript
  • Easily compare versions to reveal what you’ve added or deleted
  • Organize your project  (or plan a new one) with virtual index cards
  • E-publish directly from Scrivener

FREE February Writing Workshop: The Flip-side of a Writer

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Flip-Side of a Writer

“There Are Two Typos Of People In This World: Those Who Can Edit And Those Who Can’t” — Jarod Kintz

Date/Time: Tuesday, February 18, 6 pm – 8 pm

Location: Woodmen Valley Chapel, lower level of Worship Center, Room 114. Click here for address /driving directions.

Childcare: Click here to register 48 hours in advance.

Susan MathisDo I need to register to attend a workshop? No registration or fee is required to attend our free monthly workshops. 

Workshop Description: It’s important to understand the dual sides of a writer — the creative side and the analytic side. Both sides of a writer are important and require extraordinary amounts of energy, time, patience, wisdom, commitment, and skill. But many writers find that their editorial flip-side is weak and underdeveloped. This workshop will help you hone your editing skills, help you work effectively with your editor, and develop your analytic side with ease.

Speaker Bio: Susan Mathis is the Founding Editor of Thriving Family magazine and former Editor of 12 Focus on the Family publications. She has written hundreds of articles, helped several magazines redesign, and co-authored the Tyndale best-selling book, Countdown For Couples: Preparing for the Adventure of Marriage and a soon-to-be-released book, The ReMarriage Adventure: Preparing for a Life of Love and Happiness. Susan now serves as a writer, editor, writing coach, and publications consultant, through smWordWorks (mathis.wordworks at gmail dot com) in Colorado Springs.

Snow Policy: If Woodmen Valley Chapel closes due to snow or icy conditions, Springs Writers will not meet.

FREE January 14 Writing Workshop: How to Set Achievable 2014 Writing Goals in the New Publishing Landscape

FREE January Writing Workshop: How to Set Achievable 2014 Writing Goals in the New Publishing Landscape

“This year’s opportunities erase last year’s disappointments and defeats.” 

Date/Time: Tuesday, January 14, 6 pm – 8 pm

Location: Woodmen Valley Chapel, lower level of Worship Center, Room 114. Click here for address /driving directions.

Childcare: Click here to register 48 hours in advance.

Do I need to register to attend a workshop? No registration or fee is required to attend our free monthly workshops.

Impala

The impala, an African antelope, can jump 10 feet high and leap forward more than 33 feet. Yet, any zoo can hold captive these magnificent leapers behind a three-foot wall. Why? Impalas refuse to jump where they cannot see. Their lack of vision imprisons them. What blockades hold your publishing dreams hostage? 

2014 is an awesome year to be a writer. Why?

More opportunities, more accessible training, more publishing options, more hybrid authors, and more readers abound. This interactive workshop takes a new look at resolutions for writers facing the new publishing world revolution. What do you need to know to set realistic goals in 2014? Discover the

  • Difference between a publishing dream that you can’t control and publishing goals that you can control and achieve in 2014.
  • 5 practical ways to break-through barriers curbing personal fulfillment and publishing success.
  • 2 easy ways to count to (and write) 80,000 words in 2014.
  • 12+ motivational apps and online tools to motivate and improve productivity.

Workshop includes an interactive discussion to help you identify your writing saboteurs and walk away with your next steps to achieve writing success in 2014.

To Jumpstart Your 2014 Writing Motivation

Every person who attends this workshop will receive a take-home packet that includes:

  • links to publishers seeking submissions in 2014, plus an editorial calendar to schedule and track your submissions.
  • links to FREE ebooks on self-publishing, publishing an online digital magazine, and easy-to-understand guides for Scrivener and Pinterest.
  • a list of FREE handy writing apps and online tools to increase productivity, beat writers block or block distractions, plus writing courses to sharpen your professional skills.
  • Personal reflection questions for the terrified to break free from your comfort zone and set achievable writing goals for 2014.