Writing Across Genre

There are patterns to genre writing. What are these? And what about mixing genres? Genre needs to be considered not only in terms of craft, but, as importantly, in terms of your career. Should you pigeon-hole yourself? Should you spread yourself out? How does your background and your creative process play into your genre? The presenter is the only male author on the Romance Writers of America, hit bestseller lists in military thriller, science fiction, historical fiction and nonfiction.

The Creative Process for Writers

Why do we write? How do write? How do we create something out of just our minds? The longer I’ve been writing for a living, the more I’ve been focusing on process. It’s unique for every writer, but the most important aspect of what we do. We have to understand how our minds work, how we create, how we process ideas into stories. A topic rarely covered, but I’ve found it’s the most fundamental thing a writer needs to understand.

Write It Forward: From Writer to Successful Author

Based on over a quarter century of experience in traditional, hybrid and indie publishing. Write It Forward is a holistic approach encompassing goals, intent, environment, personality, change, courage, communication and leadership that gives the writer a road map to become a successful author. Many writers become focused on either the writing or the business end; Write It Forward integrates the two, especially in the rapidly changing world of digital publishing.

Page-Turning Secrets for Thrillers and Supense

Every novelist wants to hear the words, "I couldn't put it down!" In this workshop, we'll explore what make a thriller/supsense novel a page turner. You'll learn the foundations of a compelling narrative, how to end a scene with a "read-on prompt," and techniques for keeping a reader up all night.

Writing Dazzling Dialogue

Dialogue is the fastest way to improve a manuscript ... or to sink it. In this workshop you'll learn the essentials of great dialogue, and take away a set of techniques that will help you fashion great fictional talk every time.