A Chance to Win a Scholarship to a Great Writing Workshop!

Imagine immersing yourself in a 3-day workshop with one of the best writing instructors around! For the first time ever, suspense/thriller author and writing teacher extraordinaire James Scott Bell will be inundating fiction writers with his expertise on June 28-30, just weeks away, in Silicon Valley, CA.

We at Writing for Life Workshops are so excited for this event! And this week we are giving away a scholarship to attend the entire workshop for FREE. Yes, free. So . . .  here’s what you have to do to enter to win this free ride to great instruction:

  • In 300 words or less, tell us why you would like to attend this workshop. Be as creative and crazy as you like. The only stipulation is that you write this plea in any point of view (POV) except human. Be a dog, an alien, a car—whatever. Just tell us why you want to come
  • E-mail as a Word doc attachment to writingforlifeworkshops@gmail.com
  • Be sure to sign with your real human name, address, and phone number
  • Enter BY JUNE 10th! We will announce the winner via social networking

Want to know what James Bell plans to teach? Here are just a few main topics he’ll cover:

  • The 7 Critical Success Factors of Fiction, and how to put them to work in your novel
  • The single-most important secret of page-turning plots
  • How to plot with perfect structure every time
  • The 13 signpost scenes
  • How to create “jump off the page” characters
  • Secrets of scene writing that guarantee suspense
  • The 8 essentials of great dialog and the 12 tools to get there
  • The secret of “voice” and how to develop your own
  • The one plot element most writers miss
  • The one crucial element that applies to every scene of your book
  • How to bond a reader with a character so they have to finish your novel

NOTE: The scholarship only pays for full attendance, which includes buffet lunch each day and all the goodies provided for the workshop. You must provide and arrange your own transportation and lodging. This is a $460 freebie! But the value of the instruction is priceless!

You can read more about the event at our Writing for Life Workshop website here!

So give it a try! James states: “In one weekend I’ll teach you more secrets about writing novels that sell than most writers will learn in years of trial and error. And I’ll help you take your current project to the next level.” How can you resist?


Writers’ Workshops in 2013

Registration is now open for all three of our upcoming writers’ workshops held in the South Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area!

If your New Year’s resolution includes becoming the best fiction writer you can be, treat yourself to one of our workshops by highly acclaimed instructors! These three authors are the best of the best in the publishing and film industry. 

Do you see yourself as an author? Workshops will help you envision all you can be by challenging and equipping you for all your writing endeavors. Envisioning who we want to be—in every facet of our lives—is the first start to becoming that vision. As I mentioned in my blog last week on Live Write Thrive, for me, what helped me to reach my many milestones in record time was attending intensive writing workshops. I can honestly say, hands down, that the multiday workshops I took with the top writing instructors in the world propelled me into another, higher level. In fact, after the last lengthy workshop I took, I finally felt like I had “arrived.” Not that I knew it all—not by any means, because we writers can just keep learning more and new technique. But I came away from the workshop realizing my writer’s toolbox was filled to the brim with every tool I could even need for any work of fiction I would ever write. The realization pretty much blew my mind. If there is anything, in my opinion, that will help a writer accelerate and excel in his writing craft, it’s learning firsthand from the best. And so, Writing for Life Workshops was birthed.

Here’s the Lineup

Here is the lineup: James Scott Bell, June 28-30; Davis Bunn, September 14-15; and Michael Hauge, October 19-20. Check out Writing for Life Workshops’ website for all the details and see what’s in store for you. The best investment of time and money, in my opinion, beyond any other possible expenditure, is to learn from the masters. These men have taught tens of thousands of writers around the world, and for the first time ever they will be holding these multiday workshops in the Bay Area. When people ask me what’s the one thing I would advise an aspiring writer to do to become the best writer she can be, I always answer, “Attend a great writing workshop.”

Registration for all three workshops is now open. And to celebrate, we are having a week-long registration party with prizes! All who register during the first week for any event will be entered into a drawing at the close of the week to possibly win signed books, editing services, free consultation with the presenters, and even a Kindle Paperwhite! The more people register, the more prizes will be added to the pot. Winners will receive their prizes at the conference they attend (granted minimum attendance is reached).

These workshops include a buffet lunch and lots of goodies and will be hosted at the Courtyard Marriott in Newark, CA. The hotel is also providing discounted rooms for attendees. Note, too, that by registering early, you will get a great early bird price. So tell all your writer friends and sign up! You won’t regret it, and you will learn more things in just a few short days than you might ever learn in years. Be sure to also sign up for the newsletter to be kept up to date on all the news and events!

I hope you will make it your resolution to become the best writer you can be, and will consider joining us in the Silicon Valley this year to learn from the best of the best. Do you want to write for life? Do you want to take your writing to a higher level, learn how to write for commercial success, and reach the heart of your reader? Then make the commitment to start thinking and living like the author you dream of being.

It’s a Registration Party!

We’re kicking off the new year with a registration party!

On January 14, 2013, Registration will open for all three of our upcoming writers’ workshops held in the South Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area.

If your New Year’s resolution includes becoming the best fiction writer you can be, treat yourself to one of our workshops by highly acclaimed instructors! These three authors are the best of the best in the publishing and film industry. 

For one week beginning January 14th, we will be celebrating by entering everyone who registers that week in a drawing to win great prizes!  Early-bird registration will continue past that week, but if you register during the first week, you may win free signed books by these authors and others, free editing and critique services, private consultations with a presenter, a free night at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel, or a free Kindle! More prizes will be added as we hit benchmark registrations. Winners will be announced after the party ends on Sunday night January 21st, and prizes will be given out at the workshops to the winners. We will also be holding the party on Twitter via #writingforlife hash tag, so be sure to join in and spread the word!

Courtyard Marriott

So, start the New Year with the determination to take your writing to the next level and become the best writer you can be. Sign up here (box on the left) to be put on our e-mailing list so we can notify you of our workshops, registration parties, and other pertinent news about our events! We will send you an e-mail a few days before to remind you of the registration party as well as notify you  the following Monday of the winners of the “door” prizes.

Space is limited on all workshops, so don’t wait too long. Take advantage of the discounted rate by signing up right away. We hope to see you in Newark!