Posted by: Kathy Temean | November 7, 2010

Improve Your Writing – Attend Writers Craft Day

The New Jersey SCBWI has a few spaces left for our Writing Craft Workshops being held Saturday afternoon on November 13th at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Princeton, NJ. 

Attendees can choose one of two workshops, one focusing on picture books and one concentrating on novels.  The goal of both is to help improve your writing skills and take you to the next level of writing.

Here is some information about both workshops:

Novel Workshop will be lead by frequent speaker and Sprouts editor Anita Nolan.  Here are some of the things you will work on in her workshop:


Do editors or agents say your characters are one-dimensional, flat, or unsympathetic? In the Deepening Characterization Workshop, we’ll discuss how to make a character sympathetic, intriguing and believable—to make them come alive.  We’ll talk about using no more characters than you need. We’ll discuss villains, antagonists, and secondary characters too. We’ll also talk about upping the stakes, layering your character, and adding emotion. 

Rarely does an aspiring author have too much tension in a manuscript. Instead a story almost always needs more. The story might move too slowly or the character might solve their problems too easily. We’ll talk about creating inner conflict and making the high points bigger, dealing with backstory and how it can slow the pacing, and techniques on how to determine where your story has tension, where it doesn’t, and things you can do if your story starts to slow to add tension and conflict. 

These are going to be active workshops, so bring the first fifty pages of your manuscript (if you don’t have fifty pages written, bring what you have, but at least twenty).  Also bring highlighters of at least 5 different colors, paper and a pen.

Picture Book Workshop will be lead by picture book author/illustrator and Creative Director of Sprouts Magazine, Leeza Hernadez.

PICTURE BOOK BREAKDOWNS: From writer’s block to word count, and from page turners to word choice. Sharpen your skills with hands-on methods to master your manuscript—without even breaking a sweat! Workshop includes a “Creative Pick-Me-Up” interlude.

Cost: $60 for either workshop  

$30 for anyone attending Sunday’s Mentoring Workshop (full)

Stay for dinner for an additional $30.

Hyatt Regency Hotel has extended a special price of $95 for anyone wanting to stay overnight.

Anyone who wants to stay overnight and get the special pricing, must contact Jessenia Nivar in Hyatt sales at Tel: (609) 734-4056 and e-mail me to let me know.

Let me know if you want to join us.

Talk tomorrow,


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