Sunday Breakouts One

Sunday Breakouts Session One (Choice of one from four)

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The Nuts & Bolts of Scrivener – Part One

Virtual PA:
Who, Why, What, How and How Much?

Beyond Plot:
What is your story about?

Creating Reader Engagement

Judy L Mohr

Bronwen Evans

Yvonne Walus

Anne Gracie

1. The Nuts and Bolts of Scrivener – Part One.

Scrivener is a word-processing package designed specifically for writers. What’s better, it’s affordable. However, for some, Scrivener can be overwhelming to start. This practical workshop will take you through the steps needed to get started, from writing a new manuscript through to compiling into a format suitable for submission to an agent/editor. You’ll learn about some of the common pitfalls and how to avoid them.

This is a practical workshop. It is expected that ALL participants have their own laptops with Scrivener installed. However, there is no need to purchase the software now; trial versions are great for those just starting.

Speaker Bio: Judy L. Mohr

Kiwi Judy L Mohr is a writer of fantasy and science fiction with strong thriller roots. She is also a freelance editor with Black Wolf Editorial Services, working on projects from writers around the world. When she isn’t writing, editing or doing something for writing within the local community, she is hosting her own radio show about science, Conversations in Science, on KLRN Radio. Whether it is through her editorial work, the science show, or her other activities, one thing is clear: she loves sharing her knowledge and imagination with the world.

2. Virtual PA – Who, Why, What, How and How Much.

You’re a published author but can’t seem to find the time to write anymore. You’re running a business, managing social media, keeping your finances straight and managing releases, but how do you find the time to write the next book? You’ve reached the point where you can’t do it all alone anymore and need to find qualified help. This workshop will outline a strategy for how you can find the best team to support your publishing business so you can get back to what you do best—WRITING.

Speaker Bio: Bronwen Evans

USA Today bestselling author and current RWNZ President, Bronwen Evans grew up loving books. She writes both historical and contemporary sexy romances for the modern woman who likes intelligent, spirited heroines, and compassionate alpha heroes. Evans is a three-time winner of the RomCon Readers’ Crown and has been nominated for an RT Reviewers’ Choice Award. She lives in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand with her dogs Brandy and Duke.

3. Beyond Plot – what is your story about?

They say that a human body can survive 3 weeks without food, 3 days without water, and 3 minutes without oxygen. So how long can a human mind survive when bored? How long can a reader stick with a book that doesn’t carry any meaning?

Meaning is more than goal, motivation and conflict. It’s beyond the plot or the theme. Meaning is how the plot affects the protagonist and how it impacts on the reader’s life.

Don’t kill your story with an empty plot. Come to this workshop to discover techniques that help you translate “First this happened and then that happened” into four-dimensional reader experiences.

Speaker Bio: Yvonne Walus

Yvonne Walus is a member Romance Writers of New Zealand and the Crime Writers Association in UK. She writes, you guessed it, romance (under the pen name Eve Summers) and crime fiction (under her own name). Her work is available as paperbacks as well as e-books. Some of her stories were lucky enough to be finalists in the annual Chapter Short Story competition. Yvonne is also a mother, a wife, a slave to two cats and a master to one dog.

2. Creating Reader Engagement

When readers come across authors who make them care, they will return to those authors’ books again and again. The most successful writers create this relationship, not through constant social networking, but in the way they write, in the worlds they build, and the characters they create. Anne Gracie explores techniques that make readers engage with a text, and care.

Speaker Bio: Anne Gracie

Australian Anne Gracie started her first novel writing by hand in notebooks while backpacking solo around the world. Hooked on Georgette Heyer from the age of eleven, Regency-era historical romance was a natural choice. Now a best-selling, multi award-winning author, Anne has written more than twenty books, which have been translated into more than eighteen languages, including Japanese manga editions (which she thinks is very cool.)