2016 Workshops

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

Do I need to register to attend a workshop? No registration or fee is required to attend our free monthly workshops. Our half-day, mini-boot camps and in-depth boot camps charge a minimal fee to compensate the speakers’ time and expenses and to pay for handouts and refreshments.

 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

 

Say it, "I'm a writer."

Say it, “I’m a writer.”

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

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

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.

Prior 2015 Workshops & Boot Camps

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

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 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.

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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.

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

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 WritersSaturday, 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 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.

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

Visual BrandingDate/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

WORKSHOP 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.

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)

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

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.

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

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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.

February 24, 2015: Writing From Your Sweet Spot: CANCELLED DUE TO BAD ROADS, Workshop Rescheduled for March

Prior 2014 Workshops

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 women Michelle Senters Headshot6 copyand 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.

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.

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.

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/.

Friday/Saturday, August 22 -23 August

Self-Publishing Boot Camp

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: Early Bird Registration $29; Regular Registration $39: Walk-in Registration $45.

  • 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 nodesign 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 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.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

How to Blog in Five Steps 

Stacy S. Jenson photo

Time: 6 – 8 pm

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

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Workshop Description: 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, create a community, or build a platform, blogs can help you share your message. 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.

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.

Saturday, May 10 

How to Power Edit Your Manuscript Mini-Boot Camp: Editing with ‘Visual Eyes’ to Turn Words into Images

Date/Time: Saturday, May 10, 9 am – 12 pm

Speaker: Scoti Springfield Domeij

Location: Woodmen Valley Chapel, Community Center, Building #290, Kids Cove Room 100 (just down the hall from the gym). Located near the corner of Woodmen Road and Chapel Lane. Parking on lower level parking lot. Get driving directions hereView campus map here. 

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

Cost: $15 to be donated to Nepal Missions to buy a water buffalo to feed and provide an income for an impoverished, Nepali disabled individual. Details on Nepal Missions.   View Nepal Missions video here. 

Work Scholarship: If you can’t afford the $15 fee, email SpringsWriters@gmail.com to request a work scholarship. Those receiving work scholarships will help on Saturday before and after the boot camp.

Writers who attended Susan Mathis’ workshop asked for a workshop on how to edit your manuscript.

Boot Camp Description: This mini-boot camp does more than share “Top 10 Editing Don’ts,” for example, “delete adverbs and adjectives, write in active voice, not passive voice, and show, don’t tell.” Writing workshops on editing often tell you what to do, but fail show how to make these changes. 

This mini-boot camp shows writers how to turn lifeless words into powerful, visual images. Print out 1-2-3 or more pages of your work in progress (WIP) or bring your entire WIP and your computer, plus colored pencils or highlighters, one blood-red pen, and a little extra spit to polish your manuscript.

This jam-packed, interactive mini-bootcamp will teach the top 12+ editing skills you need to know to ramp up your writing from good to great. You’ll learn how to edit with ‘visual eyes’ to:

  •   turn the top 25 most used, empty verbs into sensory verbs that readers’ imaginations can hear, see or move.
  •   turn passive, lazy and weak verbs into dynamic sensory verbs to help your readers see, hear, smell, touch and taste.
  •   turn weak verbs into visual verbs that paint a picture in the reader’s mind.
  •   turn adverbs into descriptive verbs.
  •   turn a noun into an active verb.
  •   turn empty nouns into powerful word pictures
  •   turn an adjective into a picture noun or a sensory verb
  •   turn say-nothing generic words into picture words
  •   turn a passive sentence into active voice.
  •   turn words that “show” into words that “tell” and sketch a picture in reader’s minds.
  •   turn sentences and paragraphs into rhythmic, well-paced reading
  •   turn cliches into powerful metaphors
  •   turn camouflaged verbs, nominalizations, and say-nothing-generic pronouns and nouns into words that “show.”
  •   turn your computer into your best-editing friend.

Plus, you’ll receive a valuable list of online tools to help you reduce your editing time. As we explore each skill, you’ll mark up your WIP and return home with the know-how to self-edit your manuscript.

Water buffalo

GoatLearn more about the people Nepal Mission seeks to serve.

Click on this link to view a video about Nepal Mission, a ministry to the disabled in Nepal. 

To donate to “the least of these,” click here. 

Man sleeps in barnMatthew 25: 35-39 MSG

I was hungry and you fed me,
I was thirsty and you gave me a drink,
I was homeless and you gave me a room,
I was shivering and you gave me clothes,
I was sick and you stopped to visit,
I was in prison and you came to me. 

April 12, Scrivener Mini-Boot Camp

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

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

Speaker: Debbie Allen

Location: Woodmen Valley Chapel, lower level of Worship Center, Room 107. Click here for address /driving directions.

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 TBA. 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

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

How to Write Back Cover Copy that Sells

Workshop 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 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, including a sweet-tempered Rottweiler named Mya. To learn more or to contact her, please go to www.facebook.com/shelleyringauthor.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Flip-Side of a Writer

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.

Tuesday, January 14

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.
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