I love teaching workshops for writers, and have been blessed to do so at several regional conferences. Here are the topics I currently offer:
Mapping the Muse (All Writers)
Mind mapping is a powerful technique that gives both plotters and pantsers the freedom to roam the infinite expanse of their minds, gaining unexpected ideas and associations. The technique is worth pursuing because it engages the right side of your brain, aka the muse, which likes to come out and play in unstructured environments. Learn to set logic aside temporarily while researching and outlining, thus seeking out unique relationships between your ideas.
From Beginning to End (Beginning Writers)
From ideas, to planning, to writing, to revision and critiquing, and finally to finding your audience: what it takes to complete a salable novel.
Plotting, Pantsing, or. . .Other (Beginning to Intermediate Writers)
Are you a plotter or a pantser? Congrats if you can answer that question, because many of us can’t. It isn’t an either/or situation. What can plotters learn from pantsers? What can pantsers learn from plotters? And what do you do if you’re stuck in the middle?
GMC–Not Just a Truck (Beginning to Intermediate Writers)
As Debra Dixon says in her book on GMC, every character in your novel needs or wants something. Once you know what that something is and why it matters deeply to them, you can find obstacles to throw in their path. Condensing this goal with its motivation and conflict into two concrete sentences (one for internal goals and one for external) will provide a solid foundation for plotting or pantsing your novel.
Hook, Line, & Sinker (Intermediate to Advanced Writers)
Have you ever stood in a bookstore or library, opened a book, read the first page, and put it back on the shelf? Today we’ll discuss how NOT to write that book. What elements go into a compelling hook that makes the reader turn the page, snagging them hook, line, and sinker?