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Spring Series Workshops

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About the Sessions:

Publishing 101

Join us for an afternoon of information about the publishing industry.  Explore the difference between Traditional, Indie, and Hybrid publishing.  Understand what the roles of agents, editors, and publishers are.  Get a clearer picture of what the industry offers and how you can best navigate it.

Delving Into Characters

In this session, participants will explore the elements of creating believable and well-rounded characters. Delve into the depths of your characters’ backgrounds, motivations, and explore their future as you formulate full character ARCs for your project.  This is a hands-on workshop.  Bring your laptop, notebooks, and any other materials you need in order to apply the techniques.

Theme Based Plotting

In this session, participants will explore how theme can help drive plot and make the work more memorable to readers.  Explore the power of theme in giving a story universality and impact.  Develop and explore the themes in your own work and how they help drive the plot forward. This is a hands-on workshop.  Bring your laptop, notebooks, and any other materials you need in order to apply the techniques.

Conflict that Deepens Tension

In this session, participants will explore how different types of conflicts can help build tension in their work.  Explore the overall conflict ARC of your work and then discover ways to deepen critical scenes with conflict. This is a hands-on workshop.  Bring your laptop, notebooks, and any other materials you need in order to apply the techniques.

Setting the Forgotten Element

In this session, participants will explore the element of setting.  Essential for helping readers visualize the story, setting can also help deepen characters, develop mood, and identify for the reader critical moments in the story. This is a hands-on workshop.  Bring your laptop, notebooks, and any other materials you need in order to apply the techniques.

About the Presenter:

 

Fern Brady is the founder and CEO of Inklings Publishing.  She is also currently serving as CEO of the Houston Writers Guild, a local nonprofit organization, and as one of the Municipal Liaisons for Nanowrimo Houston. She began her career as a foreign correspondent, taught for 15 years in Alief ISD, and is a full-time Realtor in Houston. Her children's book, The Smiley Face Blatoon, won 1st place in the Texas Author's Association's Contest for Best Picture Book For All Ages. A bilingual version is also available as is her follow up picture book Picture Day, Ella. She has published various short stories in a variety of anthology collections and a poem as well. Her first full length novel in her science fantasy epic series will be released in July 2018.  Follow Fern's writing at: www.fernbrady.com

You can contact her at:

fernbrady@inklingspublishing.com