Appearances & Courses

Upcoming

~ Online: May 22-June 2, 2017, $45.00

Write Sexy: Online sex scene writing seminar

No matter the heat level, creating satisfying, well structured, emotional sex scenes is a challenge. Online seminar combines daily challenges, lessons, scene work-shopping, and instructor feedback. Participants finish with at least one complete sex scene.

~Atlanta, Georgia:  May 2-7, 2017

Check back later for specific event listings.
Grand Rapids, Michigan: February 11, 2017

Social Media...and Selfies

An author can get lost out there in social media land...Facebook is only the beginning. There's also Pinterest, YouTube, Twitter, Goodreads, Periscope... Which is right for your author brand? Once you decide which platforms suit you best, you need to connect with your audience and build. These insights, along with some fun with selfies, will be covered.

~ Online: January 23-February 3, 2017, $45.00

Write Sexy: Online sex scene writing seminar

No matter the heat level, creating satisfying, well structured, emotional sex scenes is a challenge. Online seminar combines daily challenges, lessons, scene work-shopping, and instructor feedback. Participants finish with at least one complete sex scene.


~ Online: January 2-January 20, 2017, $79.00

Tame the Revision Monster: Online sex scene writing seminar

The first draft may seem easy compared to the daunting task of revising. This online seminar provides a structured approach to shaping up and finishing your manuscript. One on one instructor conferences included. 

Previous

~Lansing, November 7, 2016

National Novel Writing Month Kick Off Speaker and Write-In Facilitator


Mid-Michigan Romance Writer's of America
~Grand Rapids, October 15, 2016

Savvy Social Media: creating and reinforcing your author brand

An author can get lost out there in social media land...Facebook is only the beginning. There's also Pinterest, YouTube, Twitter, Goodreads, Periscope... Which is right for your author brand? Once you decide which platforms suit you best, you need to connect with your audience and build. 

~ Online: September, 2016

Write Sexy: Online sex scene writing seminar

No matter the heat level, creating satisfying, well structured, emotional sex scenes is a challenge.
Online seminar combines daily challenges, lessons, scene work-shopping, and instructor feedback. Participants finish with at least one complete sex scene.


~ Lansing, Michigan: Fall term 2016

Writing the Novel

Course addresses all aspects of writing a novel. Classroom sessions will emphasize finding a narrative voice, establishing sturdy characters, and developing a workable plot. Students will receive feedback on their fiction in a workshop setting. Publishing information will be provided, but will not be a focus of the course. 

Library of Michigan
~ Lansing, Michigan: June 2016

Michigan Romance Writers Open House
Panel presentation with authors Nancy Gideon, Loralee Lillibride, Alyssa Alexander, Dana Corbit Nussio, and Elizabeth Heiter.

Have a question about writing Romance?  Behind the scenes info on the books you love reading!  

~ Las Vegas, Nevada.:  March 2016

Developing Dynamically Diverse Characters
Panel Presentation with authors Aliza Mann and MK Shiller

Ethnicity, social class, religious beliefs, sexual orientation--these are tough topics, yet they are the stuff our characters are made of so we explore them through our writing. But how do you create authentic characters who may be different from yourself? 

~ East Lansing, Michigan.:  January 2016

Naughty and Nice: Spotlight on romance

A reflection on the two ends of the Romance spectrum, with an evaluation of sub-genre differences and similarities inherent in all great relationship stories.

~ Lansing, Michigan: Fall term 2015

Writing the Novel

Course addresses all aspects of writing a novel. Classroom sessions will emphasize finding a narrative voice, establishing sturdy characters, and developing a workable plot. Students will receive feedback on their fiction in a workshop setting. Publishing information will be provided, but will not be a focus of the course.  

Isabelle Drake
~ Online: May, 2015

Write Sexy: Online sex scene writing seminar

No matter the heat level, creating satisfying, well structured, emotional sex scenes is a challenge.
Online seminar combines daily challenges, lessons, scene work-shopping, and instructor feedback. Participants finish with at least one complete sex scene.
~ East Lansing, Michigan: April 2015


Writing Like a Writer, Not an Academic

Think of yourself as a writer, one who does. Not someone who will. But how to get the work done?  Developing your writer tool-kit to include tools typically used by fiction writers, may be the answer to pounding out those pages.


~ East Lansing, Michigan.:  March 2015

Making the Good Bad: Using sex scenes & intimacy to create & increase conflict 

Like all scenes, it must serve a purpose. The end result of the scene should change the character either internally or externally or better yet, both. Use the same approach to a sex scene as you do to any scene. Structure and purpose.

~ Lansing, Michigan: Fall term 2014

Writing the Novel

Course addresses all aspects of writing a novel. Classroom sessions will emphasize finding a narrative voice, establishing sturdy characters, and developing a workable plot. Students will receive feedback on their fiction in a workshop setting. Publishing information will be provided, but will not be a focus of the course.  

Association of Writers and Writing Programs
 ~ Seattle, Washington: April, 2014


The Irony of the Internet: Reevaluating and Redefining Business and Creativity in the Digital Age: Panel Presentation with author William Hastings, author Mike Miner, and Unstuck editor Matt Williamson

The literary world is experiencing what the music industry has been for years: expanded audience access, revised distribution channels, and pressure from business giants. We all know business is done differently, but the digital age also requires us to think differently. This panel—editors, authors, and an agent—will explore these aspects of the digital age as well as how the internet and electronic media alter attitudes on creativity and the perceived value of artistic endeavors.

~ Savannah, Georgia: July 2013


Horror in Romance: Panel Discussion with authors CJ Ellisson, Marie Rose Dufour, and Saranna DeWylde


Spontaneously Paranormal: Panel Discussion with authors Julie Kenner, Melissa Ecker, MK Mancos, Cam Cassidy, and Kaitlyn Ballenger

Erotica: Panel Discussion with authors Saranna DeWylde, Melissa Ecker, and Julie Kenner


Zombies: Panel Discussion with authors Jess Haines, Lia Habel, Mary Janice Davidson, and Bianca D’Arc


~ Kansas City, Missouri: April 2013


Readers Know Best: Panel Presentation with authors Katharine Ashe, Sabrina Jeffries, Deb Marlowe. Beth Ciotta, Kieran Krammer, Mari Freeman, Cherry Adair, and Cindy Holby/Kassie Tayler


Readers know best--covers, storylines, heroes, heroines, and promo--and authors want to hear your opinions. Bring your questions, praise, and pet peeves about romance novels to this interactive gathering where we'll talk business, play games, share prizes and giveaways.


Sex Goddess Hour with authors Marilyn Campbell, Cheryl Dragon, Bronwyn Green, Julia Talbot, BA Tortuga, Brynn Paulin


Aliens, androids, cowboys, call girls, and vampy vampires--we love them all as long as they're HOT. If you want your stories sizzling and sexy, this party is for you. Over the top erotic is just the beginning. Come play games, win prizes, and be in the drawing for a 100$ Amazon gift card. Giveaways to everyone who attends.

~ Chicago, Illinois: April 2014


Romance Readers Town Meeting: Panel Presentation with authors Cherry Adair, Katharine Ashe, Beth Ciotta, Cindy Holby aka Kassy Tayler, Sabrina Jeffries, Kieran Kramer, Deb Marlowe

Attend this Romance Readers Town Meeting and bring all of your questions and opinions about what you like best about romance novels, what you like to see on covers and in online forums, the types of heroes you love, heroine pet peeves, etc. Play some crazy games and have fun chatting about what readers adore about romance!


Naughty Hour of Fantasy & Fun! Reader event with authors Cheryl Dragon, Brynn Paulin, Julia Talbot, BA Tortuga, Marilyn Campbell

Super hot shifters, over-the-top ménage, BDSM, zombies, or intensely erotic contemporary romances--are these for you? If so, this is your event! Nothing is off limits in this naughty hour! Ask your favorite authors anything...names may be changed to protect the very guilty. Find out what this group has in store for you in 2012... and hear the author's funniest stories, like "You know you're an erotic romance writer when..." Play games and win goodies from books to sex toys and even a Kindle. Giveaways to everyone who attends...sorry, no cover models can be raffled off. We tried! They won't let us.
Romanticon
 ~ Akron, Ohio: October 2012


Please Don’t Call My Baby Ugly: Reviewing, Reviewers, and Reviews: Presentation with reviewer Laura Topaz


Reviews are a touchy subject among authors, readers, and even the reviewers themselves. Get everyone's POV and engage in some open, honest discussion about book reviews. What do readers want/expect from reviewers? How are books chosen for review? Should authors read them, why or why not? And of course, what about those semi-dreaded, nonprofessional consumer reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, blogs, and other sites.?
~ Grand Rapids, Michigan: October 2012


The Attraction of Fiction: The Emotional Connection

Dynamic characters and a compelling plot are crucial. But they’re not enough! Sensual details are the key to giving readers that up close and personal experience—and not just in love scenes. Come to this workshop and discover the fictive dream, what techniques can be used to induce it, and how to maintain that dream state that’ll have your readers begging for more.

~ Columbus, Ohio: October, 2011


Using the mythological hero’s journey to shape and develop reflective personal narratives


The first of this two hour session will focus on theory--the explanations behind good writing--and answer questions like: what exactly am I supposed to be doing? The second hour will focus on application--how good writing looks when the theories are applied--and will answer questions like: how exactly am I supposed to do it? Bring notes on a work-in-progress for the hands-on exercises.
In this interactive workshop session, participants will explore how understanding the structure of the mythological hero’s’ journey, and the archetypal characters found within it, can be used to help students shape creative writing and personal narratives. As part of the exploration, theme, thesis, conflict, purpose, and audience will be addressed.


~ Los Angeles, California: March 2011


Sense-Sational and Sexy: Presentation with author Katherine Ashe


Dynamic characters and a compelling plot are crucial. But they’re not enough! Sensual details are the key to giving readers that up close and personal experience—and not just in love scenes. Come to this workshop and discover the fictive dream, what techniques can be used to induce it, and how to maintain that dream state that’ll have your readers begging for more

~ Livonia, Michigan: April 2011


Got Structure? Using the mythological hero’s journey to shape and develop reflective personal narratives

In this interactive workshop session, participants will explore how understanding the structure of the mythological hero’s journey, and the archetypal characters found within it, can be used to help students shape creative writing and personal narratives. These personal narratives can serve as both reflective papers and preparation for analytical expository essays. As part of the exploration, theme, thesis, conflict, purpose, and audience will be addressed.

~ Traverse City, Michigan: February 2011

Got Structure? Using the mythological hero’s journey to shape and develop creative writing and personal narratives


The meeting place of creativity and intellect is unique to fiction. It is the creative nature of fiction that makes reading novels evoke an “afferent” process—meaning students put themselves in the work. (Rosenblatt, Theoretical Models and Processes, pp. 1057-1092, 1994) Once the student is immersed in the story, fiction’s distinct capacity to illuminate the human condition by fostering the interconnection of mind and spirit can pull readers through universal themes while speaking culturally, offering glimpses into different values, traditions, and life issues. This combination of characteristics invites discussion and critical thinking, two elements essential for academic success.

The goal of my session is to explore how fiction can be used to encourage critical thinking which can in turn be used to develop student writers who are emotionally connected to their topics and intellectually invested in their thought and writing.

~ Port Huron, Michigan: February 2010


Fiction as a Springboard for Critical thinking and Expository Writing

Using fiction in academic courses can deepen student connection and interest. The benefits of assigning novels in academic courses include not only more lively course discussions, accompanied by deeper thinking, but also the fostering of student writers who are emotionally connected to their topics and intellectually invested in their thought and writing.

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