Word Processing Prowess: Easy tricks and hints

Seminar
Saturday, February 20, 2016

Have you ever felt that Word Processing is actually harder than writing by hand or type writing? Do you use Word or another word processor and love it — except when you end up with weird page breaks or make one tiny change and end up with rivers of white instead of columns? Are you frustrated when you edit a word and actually lose the word. Do you “get by” in Word or your writing app, but know you could be more efficient?

If you have answered yes to any of these questions or possibly have other frustrations or questions, please do yourself the favor of coming to this seminar and learning how word processing can make you a superhero-strength writer.

Presented by Deborah Shadovitz, who wrote the book!

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Method Writing: An Organic Approach to Writing

Seminar
Saturday, January 16, 2015

“Method Writing” is an organic approach to writing, much as method acting is an organic approach to acting, stressing inner process and deep voice. “Method Writing” consists of various concepts that take the writer through techniques designed to make the writing more compelling and more effective, publishable and productive.

Back by popular demand, Jack Grapes will present this overview of the writer’s creative process, focusing on his book “METHOD WRITING,” a technique he’s developed and used in his writing workshops over the last 35 years.

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A Storytelling workshop with Annie Korzen: Writing (and Performing) the Personal Essay

Seminar
Saturday, November 14, 2015

Storytelling is the hottest new literary form – from The Moth to David Sedaris. In Los Angeles, there are many spoken-word events every night of the week. The competition is tough, and most tellers need help with creating the text and/or a relaxed performance technique.

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Get Your Book Noticed: Let Reviewers Sell Your Book for You!

Seminar:
Saturday, October 17, 2015

Don’t drown in the sea of published books. Learn how to compete against the publishing Big Fish using the same highly effective book promotion techniques … without spending thousands of dollars.

Discover how to use the secret power of book reviews to ensure that the media, buyers and consumers start paying attention to and buying your book, spreading the word around the globe.

Get exclusive access to …

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Researching and Writing the Historical Novel

Seminar
Saturday, September 19, 2015

The historical novel is one of the most popular genres in fiction. But writing one presents some special challenges. In this seminar Gerald Everett Jones uses his recent novel ‘Bonfire of the Vanderbilts” as a case study into the more than 15 years he spent trying to unravel the secrets hidden in Julius Stewart’s 1892 painting “The Baptism.” His searching included art history, unpublished scholars’ whitepapers, genealogy, steamship passenger records, Episcopal church history and archives, private memoirs and ephemera, oral history and even family rumors, image archives, rare book collections, and more.

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WordPress For Writers

Seminar
Saturday, July 18, 2015

WordPress! You’ve heard and keep hearing the name. “THE way you should set up your website.” “THE way Google will better rank your website.” “THE #1 choice people are using to get their message, their writing, out to the world.”

Maybe you’ve heard that it can be difficult. Maybe you’ve even tried to use it and got stuck. …

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Pitch Class with Pilar Allesandra

Seminar
Saturday, June 20, 2015

Whether we’re at a cocktail party, on an airplane, or face to face with an agent or producer, we’re always pitching. Even experienced writers get tongue-tied when it comes to presenting their work aloud in the best possible light. IWOSC is pleased to welcome back one of the best pitching instructors anywhere: Pilar Alessandra, director of the writing program “On the Page.”

In this seminar, you will …

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Writing the Marble: A Writing Workshop with Deborah Edler Brown

Seminar
Saturday, May 16, 2015

There’s an oft-told story that Michelangelo, when asked how he could possibly create a statue as beautiful as David from a block of marble, answered, “I simply chip away everything that’s not David.”

As writers, we don’t start with a block of marble. If we want to get at the beautiful work of art, what do we do?

As our presenter, Deborah Edler Brown, will explain, we have to “write” the marble, then chip away at it.

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How to Write Query Letters & Proposals

Seminar
Saturday, April 25, 2015

Nearly all nonfiction books are sold with a proposal that enlists the aid of a literary agent in convincing an acquisitions editor at a publishing entity to advance funds to a writer with an idea.

Bring paper and pen (or a laptop or iPad) and your best idea for a nonfiction* book, and learn how to write irresistible query letters and book proposals. Marvin J. Wolf, author of a dozen nonfiction books, as well as a novel and several photography books, will take you through the seven steps to a successful book.

*Except for a handful of superstars, selling a novel or a screenplay requires that the writer create a brilliant first draft of the work. Nevertheless, novelists and screenwriters will find this workshop valuable.

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Reading your own writing: How to make it count

Seminar
Saturday, March 21, 2015

Reading your work aloud is a powerful marketing tool for the writer, if done right. If you lack performance skills, however, a great piece of writing can sound like sour mud. Many writers are reclusive, but sometimes you just have to get out there and present your work by reading to an audience. Some people are inherently gifted in this discipline, but most of us need the simple tips, tricks, and pointers that are offered in this workshop — which include microphone technique, dealing with stage fright, vocal strength, and communicating the emotional meaning of language. We will aim to give individual time to each student.

In keeping with this year’s theme of exploring the writing process, this seminar will tell you what to expect and how to make it happen.

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Erika Fabian’s “The Secret to Storytelling Photography”

Seminar
Saturday, February 21, 2015

Everyone takes pictures these days, with cellphones, tablets, and cameras of all sizes and capabilities. But are they pictures or snapshots? If you hope to illustrate your story with photos, or sell photos from your travels, the three simple principles of professional photography that you will learn during Erika Fabian’s presentation will help you to do so. Based on years of worldwide assignments using the techniques of National Geographic photography, Erika Fabian will show and tell…

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Jasmine Powers’ Twitter 101 Workshop

Seminar
Saturday, January 17, 2015

In this short, interactive program, Jasmine Powers, multimedia marketing expert, will teach how to:
Set up or optimize your Twitter account
Build strategic relationships on Twitter
Define a Twitter strategy
Connect with potential clients and friends with shared interests.

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Stacey Aaronson’s Become a Self-Published Author with Excellence

Seminar
Saturday, November 22, 2014

The self-publishing model has changed a great deal over the last three years, creating a wonderful open door for writers to see their name on a published book.

Unfortunately, most aspiring authors make detrimental mistakes in bringing their books to fruition and publishing them, ultimately diminishing—rather than solidifying—their credibility.

Stacey Aaronson will not only share the missteps most people make when embarking on self-publishing so that you can avoid them, but she will impart the essentials you must know to become a self-published author with excellence and marketability, such as…

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Tiffany Bradshaw’s “Branding for the Writer” Workshop

Seminar
Saturday, October 25, 2014

Brand: A unique and identifiable symbol, association, name or trademark which serves to differentiate competing products or services. Both a physical and emotional trigger to create a relationship between consumers and the product or service. A simple way to recall it is to consider a brand as a promise or an expectation.

Personal branding is the most important thing that you can do for your career.

This seminar will discuss Personal Branding and why it is important for writers. Tiffany will discuss Branding in terms of…

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Alison Gee’s “The First Ten Pages”

Seminar
Saturday, September 20, 2014

The first ten pages of a creative nonfiction book can make or break you as a writer. You have to establish your story, determine your tone, introduce your core characters, develop the drama and major conflict, and hint at a narrative arc and main themes.

Sound like a tall order? It is and there’s a reason for that…

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Stacie Chaiken’s “What’s the Story?” Workshop

Seminar
Saturday, July 12, 2014

Stacie Chaiken’s What’s the Story? workshop is for artists who are wrestling with personal (not necessarily autobiographical) story, for any genre.

It’s not about “what happened”; it’s about what you want to say, and why

What’s the Story? is an exercise in empathy, an innovative group-process approach to selecting into the morass of information that is our lives.

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The Writer’s Compass: From Story Map to Finished Draft in 7 Stages with Nancy Ellen Dodd

Nancy Ellen Dodd

Seminar
Saturday, June 28, 2014

How do you write the story you want to tell and capture your audience’s heart? Regardless of genre or format, to tell an effective story you must first sort through all the ideas you’ve been toying with—organize them, whip them into shape, and turn them into great writing.

In “The Writer’s Compass” Seminar you will learn how to do just that.

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Pitching For Film and TV – with Pilar Alessandra, The ‘Script Whisperer’

Pilar Alessandra

Seminar
Saturday, May 10, 2014

Pitch quickly and avoid producer tune-out. Returning presenter Pilar Alessandra offers written templates that help writers define the key elements of their screenplay or television series. Writers learn to pitch their ideas in a brief, concise and entertaining manner that emphasizes the hook and eliminates “writer-babble.”

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Method Writing: An Organic Approach to Writing” with Presenter Jack Grapes

Seminar
Saturday, March 15, 2014

“Method Writing” is an organic approach to writing, much as method acting is an organic approach to acting, stressing inner process and deep voice. “Method Writing” consists of various concepts that take the writer through techniques designed to make the writing more compelling and more effective, publishable and productive.

Back by popular demand, Jack Grapes…

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Grammar for Grownups: Painless Grammar and Punctuation Review for Writers

Seminar
Saturday, February 15, 2014

Has the lazy language of email made your professional communications sloppy?
Do you agonize over articles and query letters?
Do you fear grammatical errors?
Have you forgotten the rules you learned in school?
And do they still apply?

Presenter Flo Selfman calls herself a “professional nitpicker.” Participants will gain grammar confidence with a review of simple rules to correct dozens of commonly made errors.

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Reading Your Own Writing: How To Make It Count

Seminar
Saturday, December 7, 2013

Cashing in on an opportunity to read aloud can be an effective marketing tool for the writer, and if done right, it can generate great word of mouth.

If not done right, a great novel, nonfiction discourse, essay, short story or poem can sound like sour mud.

Many writers are reclusive. The process of writing does lend itself to solitary moments. But sometimes you just have to get out there and market your work. Writing is a form of communication, of course. It would be a shame to find the work hitting a wall and sliding down in a gooey heap. You want it to resonate.

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Writin’ Funny: Interactive, informative, and ticklish

Seminar
Saturday, October 26, 2013

In keeping with this year’s theme exploring the writing process, we cannot ignore humor, nor do we want to.

There are methods, tricks, turns of phrase, and surprises that elicit a laughter response. The two presenters have all of this, plus the instinct and a distinct ability and personality to clearly communicate how you can apply this to your own writing.

We will discuss how to open up to the absurdities and vagaries of life, and how to enjoy them. If you want to bring something that you have written, we will work with that as time permits, and we may also throw a few easy exercises your way.

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Use Your Inner Resources For Creative And Productive Writing

Seminar
Saturday, September 28, 2013

This year at IWOSC, we are exploring several different and creative ways to approach the process of writing fiction and nonfiction. Our seminar leaders are all experienced teachers who approach the creative process with a particular gift, and they are all eager to pass along the gift to you.

Your writing is a reflection of who you are and who you are becoming. – Hugh Leonard

This illuminating workshop will let you…

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Crafting The Short Story – in Two Parts

Seminar
Saturday, June 15, 2013

Part 1

Peter Balaskas will discuss the craft of short story writing, the importance of writing cogently for brevity and impact, and various critical elements of this special writing genre. In a nutshell: What do I as an editor look for when publishing short stories in published anthologies?

Part 2

Strictly a writer’s workshop, where Peter will teach and moderate. Everyone brings 5 pages of material. Peter will give an introduction of the seminar, explain critiquing rules. Followed by individuals reading excerpts of their work, to be critiqued by the participants.

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