Inside the Mind of a Contest Judge

 

Angela Breidenbach

24 Aug 2019

10AM PST

Branding Boards: How to Plan Your Brand

 

 Merien Grey

 

Two Opportunities

18 Sep 2019

Wed
5PM PST

22 Sep 2019

Sun
11AM PST

Villains – The Too Often Forgotten Character

 

Mary Buckham

 

26 Oct 2019

10AM PST

Active Rest for Creatives: How to Avoid Blocks and Burnout

 

 Merien Grey

 

Two Opportunities

13 Nov 2019

Wed
5PM PST

 17 Nov 2019

Sun
11AM PST

 Inside the Mind of a Contest Judge

Angela Breidenbach

24 Aug 2019
10AM Pacific Standard Time

 

Entering book contests is fraught with worry. Worry over what someone else thinks. We can manage that worry well by learning some common skills for entering contests and to recognize what a book judge looks for in winning entries. We’ll grapple with red flags and learn how to help our writing to stand out. Common contest issues, best practices, what you want out of a contest, and What to do with critical feedback are just some of what we’ll cover. If you want to judge book contests or if you want to enter and impress the judges, join us Inside the Mind of a Book Judge.   
 

Angela Breidenbach is a radio personality, bestselling author, techie enthusiast, and is nearly finished with her genealogical studies degree. She’s the president of the Christian Authors Network. Angela has earned certifications in coaching, speaking, business and financial management, and has judged over 1,000 books professionally. She was recently received the Outstanding Broadcasting Award from the Daughters of the American Revolution for producing and hosting a documentary called, Daughters of the American Revolution: A Patriotic Education at state, Pacific NW Regional, and national levels. 5×5 Productions manages Angela’s screenwriting to Hollywood while Tamela Hancock Murray represents Angela’s books. Hobbies? Writer has trained her Muse, a fe-lion, to shake hands, roll over, and jump through a hoop. Surprisingly, Angie can also.

Class Instructions: This class will be conducted with Zoom video conferencing software. The link will be posted in a thread on the main FTH chapter loop about an hour prior to each session. The templates covered in class will be provided on that same thread the morning of class so students can follow along and fill them in as we go through the material in class.

Branding Boards: How to Plan Your Brand

 

Merien Grey

 

Two Opportunities

18 Sep 2019, Wed, 5PM Pacific Standard Time

22 Sep 2019, Sun, 11AM Pacific Standard Time

 

Do you really want to get a handle on your brand but don’t really know where to start? Or maybe you’re new and know a little, but can’t quite wrap your head around all the details. Trying to do your brand and getting swallowed in social media black holes? Would you like a clear concise place to start on your brand that provides a sustainable and maintainable weekly plan to keep you on track with your brand and still preserves your writing time? Merien is the CEO of a niche media company that works with small businesses and authors to establish their brands and online presence in an organized and professional manner. In this class Merien will share the branding strategy and templates she uses with her clients. The templates or “branding boards” she uses, which are actual boards in her consultations, are designed to line out the main portions of a brand, show how to link them to cut down on duplicate work, and encourage development of a focused, effective, maintainable branded online presence. Students will finish the class with a template and at least a partial plan to establish their own brand.

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Merien spent a decade traveling the world as a military intelligence analyst. She has multiple degrees specializing in Anthropology, Sociology, English, and Communications Technology.  She is currently a member of the RWA national ethics committee. The last ten years she been an active volunteer with several RWA chapters, to include board member, board liaison, webmistress, and conference committee positions.  Merien lives in the shadow of Mount Rainier with her husband, incorrigibly lazy dog, and a little one who rules the land with an iron hand at least until bedtime.

 

Class Instructions: This class will be conducted with Zoom video conferencing software. The link will be posted in a thread on the main FTH chapter loop about an hour prior to each session. The templates covered in class will be provided on that same thread the morning of class so students can follow along and fill them in as we go through the material in class.

Villains – The Too Often Forgotten Character

Mary Buckham

26 Oct 2019
10AM Pacific Standard Time

 

Too many writers dedicate an inordinate amount of time to all other aspects of their stories, then write what they consider is the consummate bad guy and wonder why their stories fall flat. They forget that the villain, in many stories the second-most important character, has not been fleshed out enough to create drama for your protagonists.

In this workshop we’ll discuss:
* The many levels of villains from children’s books to dark thrillers.
* The number one element missing from most villains—that will bring them to life on the page.
* What makes a good villain vs. a cookie-cutter bad guy or gal.
* The characteristics of a strong villain.
* Understanding the whys of villains.

USA Today bestselling author, Mary Buckham writes the best selling WRITING ACTIVE series for writers – WRITING ACTIVE SETTING and WRITING ACTIVE HOOKS. She is also the co-author of BREAK INTO FICTION® with NYT author Dianna Love and has taught online and live writing workshops to writers of all genres around the US and Canada.

 

Mary doesn’t just teach writers though, she practices what she preaches, writing Urban Fantasy w/attitude. Love romance, danger & kick-ass heroines? Find it in her Alex Noziak or Kelly McAllister series!

Class Instructions: TBD

Active Rest for Creatives: How to Avoid Blocks and Burnout

 

Merien Grey

 

Two Opportunities

17 Nov 2019, Sun, 11AM Pacific Standard Time

30 Nov 2019, Sat, 11AM Pacific Standard Time

 

A few years ago Merien was in an accident and unfortunately suffered a mild traumatic brain injury. During her rehabilitation and physical therapy for that injury she had to learn and master something her neurologist termed “active rest”. For her as a creative, this was life changing. As it turns out, our brains don’t actually “turn off” when we sleep. They cleanse toxins, solve problems, and create. For creatives especially, active rest, at night, during the day, or even “power naps” and short meditation can change the landscape of your brain. Creatives like Edgar Allen Poe, Einstein, Van Gogh, and even world leaders like Winston Churchill were aware of active rest and it’s value. Knowing how to manage your neurological load is one of the best and most effective ways to maintain your creativity and sanity. Don’t know what that is? Come join Merien in either session and learn how to help your brain function better in general but especially when it comes to creating art, fiction, anything really. You will learn what active rest is and how better manage your neurological load to free up your mind, regain focus, recharge your creative batteries short and long term, help break down blocks, and avoid burnout.

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Merien spent a decade traveling the world as a military intelligence analyst. She has multiple degrees specializing in Anthropology, Sociology, English, and Communications Technology.  She is currently a member of the RWA national ethics committee. The last ten years she been an active volunteer with several RWA chapters, to include board member, board liaison, webmistress, and conference committee positions.  Merien lives in the shadow of Mount Rainier with her husband, incorrigibly lazy dog, and a little one who rules the land with an iron hand at least until bedtime.

 

Class Instructions: This class will be conducted with Zoom video conferencing software. The link will be posted in a thread on the main FTH chapter loop about an hour prior to each session. The templates covered in class will be provided on that same thread the morning of class so students can follow along and fill them in as we go through the material in class.

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