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January 4-29, 2010

"Defeat Self-Defeating Behavior: Allow Writing Productivity and Creativity to Soar"

by Margie Lawson


What's preventing your success? Thoughts? Behavior? Low energy? Procrastination? Perfectionism? Overdoing? Counter-productivity? Negative self-talk? Disorganization? Time mismanagement? Unrealistic expectations? Defeat your self-defeating behaviors with this one-month mental boot-camp. You'll explore the new topics, plus the list below, and more!

* Address the three fears that paralyze writers

* Analyze yourself: strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats

* Challenge your internal dialogue

* Redirect resistance and manage your moods

* Duct-tape your inner critic

* Protect your priorities

* Practice conscious competence

* Apply Margie's DUH Plan

Margie Lawson's resume includes counseling psychologist, college professor, hypnotherapist, and keynote speaker. Margie analyzes writing craft as well as the psyche of the writer. She presents (1) Empowering Character Emotions, (2) Deep Editing: The EDITS System, Rhetorical Devices and More, and (3) Defeat Self-Defeating Behaviors in full-day master classes internationally.

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January 11-22, 2010

MASTER CLASS: "Mystery Makeover"

by Stephen D. Rogers


Prerequisite: Must have taken "Knock 'Em Dead: Writing Mystery and Suspense" and/or have a completed draft in hand.

The biggest difference between you and your cold-blooded killer is that you get do-overs. Revising a mystery is less about scanning for misplaced commas and more about conducting your own investigation and asking a series of questions that make your manuscript squirm. Only after you find the holes and contradictions can you then rewrite with the aim of creating a puzzle where every piece fits, until fate or a sleuth/detective starts to pick it apart. In this master class you'll learn how to:

* Interrogate your characters to verify their motivation

* Process the crime scene to ensure the details stick

* Cross-reference times to make sure they fit like clockwork

* Examine clues and red herrings to establish their effectiveness

* Evaluate pacing to guarantee rising suspense

* Analyze your ending to validate the conclusions

Derringer winner Stephen D. Rogers is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Private Eye Writers of America, and the Short Mystery Fiction Society. He judged the Daphne du Maurier (published category) for Romance Writers of America, Mystery/Suspense Chapter, for four years and has written columns and articles for Dabbling Mum, Writer's Digest, and Writing World. Over five hundred of his stories and poems have appeared in more than two hundred publications.

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