Archive for January, 2009

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A brief note and apology

January 30, 2009

Wow. Okay, so there’s a lot left to do.

Really, I’ve always been bad about doing my homework. Ask my mother.

Still to come are some important names we haven’t yet heard about. The workshop leaders we’ve already introduced here comprise merely that portion that are the writers. We have yet to get into agents and editors. Hang tight; I’m on it.

Then again, if I’m not embarrassed by my own buffoonery, I’ll make up a reason to be. Ask Mike Thompkins.

And I also have yet to tell you about our guest speakers.

Once all that’s done, I’ll put together something of an overview, with names, workshop titles, and links to each of our workshop leaders. In the meantime, if I’ve already posted something about you, and I’ve somehow screwed it up, do let me know. If you would like your workshop participants to contact you with questions or for advance materials, let me know.

In the meantime, I’ve made the note about reading ahead so that I don’t think I’m coming to the end when I’m only approaching the halfway mark. Apologies all around.

-bd

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KYSL SD23: Maralys Wills

January 30, 2009

Know Your Session Leaders ….

Marlys Wills has something like a dozen titles to her name, including Scatterpath, A Circus Without Elephants, Clown in the Trunk, Higher Than Eagles: The Tragedy and Triumph of an American Family, and Damn the Rejections: Full Speed Ahead.

Additionally, Ms. Wills has over two decades’ experience teaching students about writing, and even received a Teacher of the Year award in 2000. She has presented many seminars, including a gaggle of colleges and universities around southern California, and has served as president of the Orange County Chapter of Romance Writers of America.

She will be presenting for us two workshops, “Masculizing Your Book for the Male Market” and “Tweaking: Making the Difference Between Good and Published“.

–bd

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KYSL SD23: Lynn Vannucci

January 30, 2009

Know Your Session Leaders ….

Lynn Vannucci will conduct a workshop called “Narrative Triage: The Practice of Applying Emotional Logic“. You don’t want to miss this one.

I’m so tempted to leave it at that, just to see what happens. But now isn’t the time to experiment for the benefit of my amusement. Her first novel, Coyote, arrived in 1987 via Bantnam, and the time since has seen her writing a weekly newspaper column, articles for various publications, and romantic fiction. She has lectured at Lock Haven University and the Pennsylvania State University College of Technology. At one point she managed to adapt Barbara Woodhouse’s No Bad Dogs for video production, and picked up credit as a biographer as a co-writer of Dell Williams’ autobiography, Revolution in the Garden. Ms. Vannucci is a principle partner of Albbara Editorial Services, and is presently working with Dr. Alice Ladas on a book about female human sexuality.

Now, then, like I said: You don’t want to miss this one.

–bd

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KYSL SD23: Michael Thompkins (insert joke here)

January 30, 2009

Know Your Session Leaders ….

As I go through the list, I see we’re down to Michael Thompkins, and this is where it isn’t really fair. I could spend all day regaling you with stories of Michael’s wit and wisdom. Since he lives twenty minutes away (even less if our roads were reasonably planned) I get to see him on a regular basis. Meanwhile … oh, never mind.

(Sorry, I’ve got a really crappy song that I’ve neither heard nor thought of in ages stuck in my head, and it’s really distracting. I’ll blame Decker, not because he has anything to do with it, but because it’s fun to blame stuff on him.)

Okay … Mike is a retired psychologist, and the author of Gun Play, the first volume of the Shooting Shrink series, in which he calls upon his years of experience that include counseling local police departments to tell us the story of how a Palm Springs police shrink manages to get himself mixed up in the messy intrigues of murder, greed, and international hit-men suffering delusional psychoses. And he wants to teach you how to have that kind of fun while transforming the blank page into the a novel.

Shrinking Fiction: Using Psychology to Write Great Characters” is a two-part workshop in which you get to watch some entertaining television and movie clips, read from your own stories, and discuss, quite literally, thousands of years of traditional and academic knowledge and insight in relation to character development. This is always a popular workshop, and while no advance reservations are required, Mike suggests that those who want to get a head start should send him an email to request a syllabus.

It is also important to note that participants are not obliged to attend both sessions of Shrinking Fiction. Naturally, Mike thinks it helps to do so, but he recognizes that people’s needs and schedules aren’t always so accommodating, so he’s always working to make each part of the workshop accessible in its own right.

–bd

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KYSL SD23: Julie Ann Shapiro

January 30, 2009

Know Your Session Leaders ….

Julie Ann Shapiro is loads of fun. That much I can say personally, as she’s one of our workshop leaders I’ve spent some time talking to. And she’s also a leading voice for modern flash fiction, a genre that claims for itself an impressive historical roster.

Her short stories have appeared in many, many magazines, reviews, and journals; MSG counted thirty-eight before he stopped counting, so pardon me, please, if I don’t recite them all. Suffice to say, it’s an impressive list. (The complete list, or something close, is available at her website.) And she’s also the author of Jen-Zen and the One Shoe Diaries, a novel published in 2007. And, hey, she even popped up in USA Today last year, talking about Amazon’s Kindle.

Ms. Shapiro will lead a workshop on “Flash Fiction: The Ultra-Quick Story Market“.

–bd

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KYSL SD23: Michele Scott

January 30, 2009

Know Your Session Leaders ….

I would write a joke here about wine snobs nitpicking details of Michele Scott’s Wine Lover’s Mysteries, but I haven’t encountered any, and I’m not enough of a wine aficionado to write one myself. That’s not to say I’m not a snob—I don’t drink white wine—but this isn’t about me. Like many, her path to writing novels began at an early age, in her case all of nine. But it wasn’t until 2004, after graduating from USC, and ten years of hard work that Michele finally got the call. Her second series, the Equine Mysteries, appeared on bookshelves in 2006.

And if that’s not enough, with eight titles split between two series, she’s undertaking a third project, with a book for young readers, Zamora’s Ultimate Challenge slated for release in February under the name M.K. Scott. She’s also active in the blogosphere, which point I’ve utterly neglected for our other workshop leaders, so I suppose an apology should go here, there, or somewhere.

In addition to reading some of your advance submissions, Michele Scott will be conducting a workshop called, “Writing Niche Mystery: The Broad Based Target Market“. (I have a note suggesting a second workshop, but no title. I’ll get back to you on that.)

–bd

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KYSL SD23: Caitlin Rother

January 30, 2009

Know Your Session Leaders ….

Nothing personal toward Caitlin Rother; I’m just slow out of the gate today. (It took me three tries, even with her web page right in front of me, to spell her name right.)

So, yeah, awkward moments aside …. Caitlin Rother was born in Canada, but we won’t hold that against her. (My brother was, too, so anyone who wants to make an issue of it has gotta go through me, first.) She began her writing career at age six, “dabbled in journalism in high school and college”, and then finally picked up a master’s degree in the field from Northwestern University’s prestigious Medill School. Twenty years as a journalist saw her diversely published in newspapers and magazines, and shortly after the release of her first book, Poisoned Love, dropped the newspaper gig to write books. Her first novel, Naked Addiction, arrived in book stores in November, 2007, and her latest work of nonfiction is Twisted Triangle, which seems as apt a title as you’re going to come by. Body Parts, the story of serial killer Wayne Adam Ford, is slated for release in March.

In addition to her presentation as Sunday morning’s Guest Speaker, she brings the sum of her journalistic prowess to a workshop titled, “The Art of Interviewing“.

Well, okay, I might be promising a bit much, since a career like that would be hard to pack into a single workshop, but you understand, right?

–bd