Thursday, June 21, 2012

Today is the first day of the Portals Writers Conference

Hey friends... today I'll be at the Portals Writers Conference at Corban University in Oregon.

I'll be teaching three workshops over the next couple of days. Here are the descriptions:


The Launchpad: How to Get Started Writing Your Fiction Project

Come to this class for a fun, interactive time designed to help you start a story (or novel, or screenplay, or whatever) and get it finished. In addition to learning an easy structure to jump start almost any story, we'll also produce some "flash fiction" in class, meaning that you'll end the day with a complete first draft of a story. If we have time and feel devious enough, we'll explore how to create realistic dialogue and human interactions by experimenting on your friends and family. Moowhahahahahaaa!

Embracing Your Inner Weird: How To Write What You Love and Still Get Published

Plenty of people will tell you to study publishing trends and write what sells. Matt Mikalatos will share how to study yourself, write what you love and sell that instead. As a professional author who has sold a novel about Jesus, talking donkeys and atheists ("Imaginary Jesus") and one about vampires, zombies and Christian living ("Night of the Living Dead Christian"), Matt know what he's talking about and is passionate about helping others get professionally published.

A third possibility (or I can repeat one of the ones above):

Destroying Writer's Block

Here's a secret: Writer's block is a myth. Come to this seminar to learn how to get unstuck, destroy writer's block and move forward in your fiction. We'll discuss how to "write your way" out of a jam using brute force, how to take detours around your writer's block, and the disciplines that can help you crawl over and out of writer's block every time.


It's not too late to come by. I hope to see some of you there!