Writing Workshops

Previously called the “Master Classes in Writing,” the Writing Workshops offered by the SCBook Festival bring writers together with authors and other industry professionals to learn about best practices in writing and publishing.

Four Writing Workshop classes are being offered on Friday, May 15, 2015; these workshops are ticketed and require registration, which can be done below.

On Sunday, May 17, 2015, the SCBook Festival is partnering with the South Carolina Writers’ Workshop to present a workshop track.  Additionally, Susan Kammeraad-Campbell of Joggling Board Press will offer a workshop on Sunday, May 17. The workshops offered on Sunday, May 17 are free and open to the public, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Location for all classes:

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
1101 Lincoln Street, Columbia, SC  29201


ABC’S OF DIALOGUE
Friday, May 15, 2015
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Faculty: Paula Benson
$30/person
Carolina Meeting Room A

Register Online

Or call 803-771-2477 to reserve a space.

Description:

Do you write fiction, plays, or screenplays? Then, you know dialogue is essential. How about creative nonfiction or memoir? Readers want the pace to keep flowing, so even verbatim conversations may need editing or clarification.

This workshop will show writers how to use dialogue effectively to contribute and enhance the story being told. Subjects will include: (1) how you format dialogue for different manuscripts, (2) whether you should use only he said/she said or descriptions of the character’s actions as he/she is speaking; and (3) when and how much dialect is appropriate.

We’ll cover everything from “attribution” through “ZOOMING IN” on a character. Exercises, examples, and handouts will be used to help participants improve their skills.

About the Faculty:

Legislative attorney and former law librarian Paula Gail Benson’s short stories are online in the Bethlehem Writers Group Roundtable and Kings River Life. Her published short stories appear in the anthologies MYSTERY TIMES TEN 2013 (Buddhapuss Ink); A TALL SHIP, A STAR AND PLUNDER (Dark Oak Press 2014); A SHAKER OF MARGARITAS: THAT MYSTERIOUS WOMAN (Mozark Press 2014); LET IT SNOW (Bethlehem Writers Roundtable Winter Anthology 2015); and the third Guppy Chapter of Sisters in Crime anthology FISH OR CUT BAIT (Wildside Press 2015). She blogs with other mystery writers at The Stilletto Gang and Writers Who Kill. Please check out her personal blog at http://littlesourcesofjoy.blogspot.com and website at http://paulagailbenson.com.


HOW TO PUBLISH WELL
Friday, May 15, 2015
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Faculty: CJ Lyons
$30/person
Carolina Meeting Room B

Register Online

Or call 803-771-2477 to reserve a space.

Description:

You’ve done what less than 1% of the population has been able to do, you finished your book! But how to get those words you sweated blood over out to readers?

Publishing is undergoing a renaissance that allows writers to take control of their careers in ways never seen before. If you’re considering a career as an author, you must act as CEO of your own Global Media Empire. To gain success in publishing it is essential to understand your personal goals as an author, explore the many paths to publication, and how to best reach your audience.

CJ Lyons is a critically acclaimed, award-winning bestselling author of twenty-eight novels who is published by major New York publishers as well as successfully self-publishing her unique “Thrillers with Heart,” including a #2 New York Times bestseller. Join her as she discusses the myriad decisions that go into choosing a publishing path, how to avoid major pitfalls, and what you need to build your own brand as an author no matter which path you decide upon.

Faculty:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-eight novels, former pediatric ER doctor CJ Lyons has lived the life she writes about in her cutting edge Thrillers with Heart.

CJ has been called a “master within the genre” (Pittsburgh Magazine) and her work has been praised as “breathtakingly fast-paced” and “riveting” (Publishers Weekly) with “characters with beating hearts and three dimensions” (Newsday).

Her novels have won the International Thriller Writers’ prestigious Thriller Award, the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Readers’ Choice Award, the RT Seal of Excellence, and the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense.

Learn more about CJ’s Thrillers with Heart at www.CJLyons.net and everything she knows about becoming a bestseller and selling two million books at www.NoRulesJustWRITE.com.


BASICS OF WRITING A NOVEL
Friday, May 15, 2015
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Faculty: James O. Born
$30/person
Carolina Meeting Room A

Register Online

Or call 803-771-2477 to reserve a space.

Description:

The class will deal with general concepts of writing fiction. From idea to publication, this class looks at the elements each writer should consider as he or she prepares for the arduous journey of self discovery and trials of doubt and rejection as a story develops. The class will offer a simple guide to structuring a novel, developing characters and creating suspense.   Thriller writer James O. Born shares his first hand experience and lessons he learned the hard way.  Learn tips such as the easiest way to plot out a story and ways of making a word processor work for you while starting the Great American Novel.

Faculty:

James O. Born is a graduate of Florida State University and received a Master’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in Psychology.

Born started his career in police work as a US Drug Agent (DEA) and was part of the late 1990’s Miami drug war. He then moved on to become a Special Agent with the elite Florida Department of Law Enforcement, working undercover and spending eleven years on the agency’s Special Operation’s Team (also called SWAT).

Born has taken his career in law enforcement and love of writing and blended it into a new life as a novelist. After advising numerous writers and TV shows on realism, Born spent years working on a novel of his own. In 2004, Putnam published his first novel, Walking Money. Of all the attention garnered by the novel, Born is most proud that one of his literary heroes, W.E.B. Griffin, picked Walking Money as one of his all-time favorite beach books.

The darkly comic series continued with Escape Clause, which won the gold medal in the inaugural Florida Book Award in 2007. In 2009, he won the Barry Award for short fiction at the International Mystery Writer’s Conference in Indianapolis.

In 2014, Born coauthored the popular Border War with TV commentator Lou Dobbs. His current series is a realistic view of police k-9s. The first novel in the series Scent of Murder, due for release in April of 2015, follows the pursuit of a serial kidnapper and showcases police service dogs.

Each novel strives to bring realism and entertainment together for fans of crime fiction.

Born has delivered talks to a number professional writing organizations as well as taught writing at conferences across the country. He has written articles for magazines and newspapers. In 2009, he was chosen as one of Florida’s 21 most intriguing people by Florida Monthly Magazine.

Born has also received a proclamation from the Senate of South Carolina for his efforts to advance literacy.


USING FREE TOOLS TO BECOME AN OUTRAGEOUSLY SUCCESSFUL AUTHOR: How to Connect with Readers and Sell Books – Even Before You’re Published!

Friday, May 15, 2015
1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Faculty: Shari Stauch
$30/person
Carolina Meeting Room B

Register Online

Or call 803-771-2477 to reserve a space.

Description:

  • Key ingredients for a successful writer website
  • Five author social platforms you shouldn’t be without
  • Email list building — how to do it faster and more effectively
  • Can crowdfunding create pre-sales?

Platform is key in today’s publishing arena, whether self or traditionally published. Learn how to make sure as an author that the conversation about you and your book is in your control; what matters in an author website; the best social media platforms for authors today, author crowd-funding tips, and tricks for drilling down to your audience.

Faculty:Creator of Where Writers Win, Shari Stauch has been involved in publishing, marketing and PR for 30 years. She is also the principal author of the WWW blog, and speaks at conferences around the country. The Where Writers Win team’s collaboration that appeals to all emerging authors is The Winner Circle – vetted book review directories, book clubs and other curated resources just for authors.

Company: Where Writers Win
Short Bio: CEO | Author
Website: www.writerswin.com
Twitter: @WhereWritersWin or @ShariJStauch


The South Carolina Writers’ Workshop will present a workshop track on Sunday, May 17 in Carolina Meeting Room A at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center (1101 Lincoln Street, Columbia, SC 29201). These workshops are free and open to the public, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

HOW TO GET STARTED
Sunday, May 17, 2015
12:30 – 1:20 p.m.

Carolina Meeting Room A
Faculty: Kim Boykin and Brenda Remmes

PLOT AND CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT WITHIN A NOVEL
Sunday, May 17, 2015
1:40 – 2:30 p.m.

Carolina Meeting Room A
Faculty: Barbara Evers and Kasie Whitener

PUBLISHING OPTIONS
Sunday, May 17, 2015
2:50 – 3:40 p.m.
Carolina Meeting Room A
Faculty: Susan Boyer, David Burnsworth, and Mike Long

SLUSH FEST
Sunday, May 17, 2015
4:00 – 4:50 p.m.

Carolina Meeting Room A
**If you would like to participate in the Slush Fest, bring one printed copy of the first page of a novel to be shared with the instructors and participants.


STORYBOARD WORKSHOP: Everybody has a story. What’s Yours?
Sunday, May 17, 2015
4:00 – 4:50 p.m.

Faculty: Susan Kammeraad-Campbell and James Kirk
FREE, seating is on a first-come, first-served basis
Lexington Meeting Room B

Description:

Few people have a whole book in them, but everyone has life stories – moments of their lives – to capture and share. Join acclaimed book publisher and author Susan Kammeraad-Campbell for a Storyboard workshop, a national initiative to help individuals tap into their memories and creative imagination. Whether you’re a writer or not, discover how to write and share your story one “pearl” at a time.

Through innovative often playful methods, participants will be amazed at the treasure trove of memories, ideas and images that percolate to the surface and onto the page. Joining Kammeraad-Campbell will be Storyboard co-producer James Kirk.

For those interested, potential publication and broadcast through radio and podcasts are features of the Storyboard experience, which will be described at the workshop. Everybody has a story. What’s yours?

Faculty:

Susan Kammeraad-Campbell — workshop leader, publisher and founder of Storyboard. Award-winning author and editor of 27 books of fiction and non-fiction, Kammeraad-Campbell has spent her career helping others reach their creative potential. Her book, “Doc: The Story of Dennis Littky and His Fight for a Better School,” (Plume/ASCD) was made into an NBC movie of the week called “A Town Torn Apart.”

Kammeraad-Campbell is publisher and editor in chief of Joggling Board Press, based in Charleston, S.C., an independent publishing company. Storyboard grew out of her conviction that our stories help us make sense of our world, they tell us who we are and who we can be.

James Kirk’s career has spanned radio, television news, and Internet communications. While living in Seattle for nearly 12 years he developed a passion for coffee and built and operated data centers in three U.S. markets. In 2009 he moved to South Carolina and opened a coffee bar. Kirk is editor of the S.C. Screams Project and is co-producer of Storyboard America.