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Master Class with Screenwriting Guru Michael Hauge—in Boise!

On October 3, 2020, Coeur du Bois Chapter of RWA and the Idaho Writers Guild are co-presenting Michael Hauge on Story Mastery.

There will also be a hands-on workshop October 4th, but that is limited to 12 writers and I think those seats will be snapped up in a matter of minutes. But Mr. Hauge is a master of storytelling, and anything he has to say on the subject is well worth listening to.

This will be his first live master class in approximately two years, so we are giddy with excitement. Michael Hauge! In Boise! In October!

The date and place details have only just been nailed down in the last few days, so I don’t have any information on registration as yet, but the class fee will range from $110-135, depending on early bird status and group membership.

FYI, it will be held at the Hillcrest Country Club, so bring your good jeans or some khakis and nice trainers if you decide to go—they have a business casual dress code.

We’re still working on a block of hotel rooms; we have a hotel, but we haven’t signed anything yet.

I guess that means, technically, that this is a “save the date” post — watch this space, and cbcrwa.com, and https://www.facebook.com/groups/cbcrwa/ for more information.

Michael Hauge! In Boise! This October! Squee!

Writing, writing, writing

Progress report: In two weeks, I have a net gain of three thousand words (which includes rewrites, expansions, and cutting material that is now redundant or no longer part of the story at all). I’m getting there, slowly but surely. I have to get it done by the end of October, because…

I’ve also started plotting work on my “NaNo” book; the story I will be working on in November, as part of National Novel Writing Month (fondly known as NaNoWriMo, or NaNo for the truly lazy). This is going to be something completely different: a historical romance about a duke who isn’t quite a duke and a ruined baron’s daughter who isn’t really ruined.

I never thought I would try to write a historical romance, but the characters popped into my head and wouldn’t go away, so here we are, LOL.

One other thing —

For writers who publish independently: I attended a workshop called the Indie Unconference October 12-13. It was mostly about marketing, but there were also discussions about the latest developments in wide vs. Kindle Unlimited (Amazon exclusive), and the best way to do print-on-demand now that Createspace is no more (may it rest in peace).

Back to the work in progress,


PFAI’s Master Class Weekend was Fabulous

Originally posted to Genrebender 7 June 2009.

I’m the president of the Popular Fiction Association of Idaho, Inc., which almost sounds impressive until you find out that it’s a teeny, tiny non-profit corporation that was created in 2004 for a half-dozen people who wanted to put on a mystery literature conference, specifically, Murder in the Grove, in Boise, Idaho.

Honestly, planning and executing a conference (complete with 25+ speakers, industry professionals, a massive group booksigning, a manuscript contest and a day-long master class) is a lot of work for 6-8 people. We didn’t do a full conference this year, just two days of master class with kick-ass teachers, Bob Mayer and Margie Lawson.

The master class weekend concluded yesterday and I’m waiting another day before I start going through the feedback forms, because I thought the teachers were wonderful, the information was incredibly useful and the organizers (the people I work with, not me) dedicated, professional and amazing.

And the classes — imagine your brain as an IBM PC. No, not a generic PC, the ORIGINAL PC. Now imagine a T1 line connected to said brain. It was kind of like that. Lots of information. Good information. Delivered via firehose. I’m pretty sure most of the students will be digesting it for days, if not weeks.

Both Bob (http://www.bobmayer.org) and Margie Lawson (www.margielawson.com) teach more advanced classes both in-person and online. Bob has instructional books published (his Novel Writer’s Toolkit is technically out of print, but he has copies available through his website), while Margie offers her work as lecture packets through her website. I wish she would publish them as books, but that’s because I’m lazy and I don’t want to go to the trouble of binding them myself.

I highly recommend both of these writing instructors. They rock.

Now I have to rewrite the first 100 pages of my work in progress.

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