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Three Manuscript Makeover sessions: Oct 10, 2015

MWW offers One-Day Intensive “Manuscript Makeover” Sessions

October 10, 2015 at Ball State Alumni Center, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

On Saturday, October 10, MWW offers THREE intensive sessions in our very popular Manuscript Makeover format, where participants submit the first 10 pages of their works-in-progress for evaluation.

“Manuscript Makeover for FICTION” led by Holly Miller and Dr. Dennis E. Hensley

“Manuscript Makeover for MYSTERY” led by Terence Faherty

“Manuscript Makeover for NONFICTION” led by Hank Nuwer

Give your writing a boost with hands-on help for your work-in-progress! These special intensive sessions will be held at the Ball State Alumni Center, (Muncie, IN) from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm. Class size is limited! Attend the session of your choice for $155 (includes a brown bag lunch so the work continues to flow).

REGISTER HERE!

“Manuscript Makeover for FICTION” Led by Holly Miller & Dr. Dennis E. Hensley

Hensley DennisMiller-HollyManuscript Makeover is limited to 20 participants who have fiction projects—either novels or short stories—in progress. The six-hour workshop is led by Holly G. Miller, author of Feature and Magazine Writing and consulting editor to two national magazines, and Dennis E. Hensley, chair of the professional writing department at Taylor University and author of Teach Yourself Grammar and Style in 24 Hours. After registering for the class, each participant should e-mail a one-page synopsis—with a working title—plus the first nine pages of his/her project to dnhensley@hotmail.com. Please double-space and format in 12-point Times New Roman font. Holly and Dennis will personally edit all pages to return to the authors at the workshop. In addition, the instructors will display on a screen and discuss portions of each student’s manuscript. Students will receive folders filled with handouts plus their edited manuscript midway through the day. As time permits, Holly and Dennis will discuss plots, character development, editing techniques, finding an agent, and marketing a published book.

The instructors have co-authored seven books together—including a series of novels as well as completed several solo book assignments. Don’t hesitate; this workshop always fills up quickly and is offered only once a year. If you have questions, e-mail them to hollygmill@sbcglobal.net or dnhensley@hotmail.com .

“Manuscript Makeover for MYSTERY” Led by Terence Faherty

Faherty PortraitThis Manuscript Makeover is limited to 10 participants who have a mystery or crime writing manuscript in progress. Each participant will submit the opening ten pages of a book-in-progress, along with a one-page synopsis. These pages will be critiqued by Terry and then examined (on an overhead) in class. As a group, the session will discuss, practice, review, and apply this revision process to our drafts. We’ll explore the elements of craft that make a mystery novel impossible to put down. Whether you write cozies or hard-boiled, PI or amateur sleuth, you’ll learn how the effective use of plot, narrative, voice, setting, character, dialogue, and suspense can take your work to the next level. Email your submission to midwestwriters@yahoo.com.

Terence Faherty is a two-time Edgar nominee for the Owen Keane series, which follows the adventures of a failed seminarian turned metaphysical detective. He is a two-time winner of Shamus Award for his Scott Elliott private eye series, which is set in the golden age of Hollywood.  His short fiction has won the Macavity Award from Mystery Readers International.  His latest book, The Quiet Woman, is a romantic mystery set in Ireland, with a ghost.

“Manuscript Makeover for NONFICTION” Led by Hank Nuwer

Nuwer HankThis interactive intensive is designed for all nonfiction writers. This includes writers of creative nonfiction, literary journalism, memoir, service (how to) journalism and features of all types. Participants (limited to 10) will submit the first 10 pages of a manuscript in progress. Hank will edit and critique these pages and display them (anonymously) to the class as a way of revealing strengths and weaknesses in the material. Additionally, Hank will lead the participants in writing exercises and offer advice on such topics as using dialogue and scene setting, learning to self-edit and to remove manuscript clutter, finding the right markets for manuscripts and guarding your time so you can produce while working full time, raising children, or taking care of an elderly parent. Email your submission to hnuwer@franklincollege.edu.

Hank Nuwer is the author of 26 books, 22 in nonfiction. His thousands of nonfiction articles have been published by Harper’s, The Nation, Saturday Evening Post, GQ, the New York Times Sunday Magazine, Fraternal Law, Diablo (city) Magazine, Boston Magazine, Indianapolis Monthly and many more.

 

Announcing One-Day Intensive Sessions: March 21, 2015

Midwest Writers Workshop invites you to join us for one of our most popular offerings: ONE-DAY INTENSIVE SESSIONS. This spring take advantage of the opportunity to attend one of four amazing sessions. Choosing which of these dynamite professionals to spend the day with will be a challenge. Look at these helpful sessions:

Manuscript Makeover, Nonfiction, Screenwriting, or Building Your Author Platform. These one-day intensive sessions will be held at the Ball State University Alumni Center, Muncie, IN on Saturday, March 21, 2015 (8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.).

Each session is capped at 20 participants. Cost of each intensive session is $155 (includes a brown bag lunch so the work continues to flow).

So here’s how it works:

1) Register for the mini.

2) If you’re signing up for Manuscript Makeover, you must submit the requested number RECEIVED by MARCH 6, 2015.

3) Come to Muncie, IN on Saturday, March 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for personalized instruction and a chance to network with other writers.

Payment and registration close on March 16, but if you’re signing up for Manuscript Makeover, get registered NOW, pay, and send your pages RECEIVED by March 6.

Choose ONE of these four sessions:

Manuscript Makeover – Dennis Hensley & Holly Miller

This intensive session is limited to 20 participants who have book projects–either fiction or nonfiction–in progress. The six-hour workshop is led by Holly G. Miller, author of Feature and Magazine Writing and consulting editor to two national magazines, and Dennis E. Hensley, chair of the professional writing department at Taylor University and author of Teach Yourself Grammar and Style in 24 hours. After registering for the class, each participant should e-mail a one-page synopsis–with a working title–plus the first nine pages of his/her book project to Dennis and Holly. Please double-space and format in 12-point Times New Roman font. Holly and Dennis will personally edit all pages to return to the authors at the workshop. In addition, the instructors will display on a screen and discuss portions of each student’s manuscript. Students will receive folders filled with handouts plus their edited manuscripts midway through the day. As time permits, Miller and Hensley will discuss plots, character development, editing techniques, finding an agent, and marketing a published book. The instructors have co-authored seven books–including a series of novels–as well as completed several solo book assignments. Dennis just signed a multiple-novel book deal, co-writing with Diana Savage, with Whittaker House Publishing Company. Don’t hesitate; this workshop always fills up quickly and is offered only once a year.

Shaping the Real World: The Non-fiction Writer’s Tool Kit – Lou Harry

The non-fiction writer’s task is to shape and frame a piece of the world, whether that’s in an opinion column, a travel tale, a review, a celebrity profile, a news story, or a feature story. At this workshop, the Indianapolis Business Journal‘s Lou Harry, recently seen on CBS News Sunday Morning and the author of more than 25 books, helps you maximize the impact of your stories and increase demand for your writing. The Society of Professional Journalists award winner will open up a tool kit collected from penning

hundreds of stories in more than 50 publications, from Writer’s Digest to Variety and from Men’s Health toThe Sondheim Review. He’ll guide you through exercises to improve your interviewing skills, shape opening paragraphs, find your rhythm, and develop a passionate curiosity about any subject. Manuscripts up to five pages can be submitted two weeks ahead of the workshop for critique and use in class. Bring your laptop, your questions, and your open mind for a lively day of working with words.

The Basics of Compelling Cinematic Storytelling – Matt Mullins

We’ll run the gamut of the basics of storytelling for film, beginning with the building blocks of spec screenwriting format and style, how to approach it and what to avoid, and then moving on to the core elements of visual/cinematic storytelling structure and content. This includes, among other things, how plots are shaped and how they arc, how characters are constructed and why/how they change, how scenes work, and how/when to use dialogue versus/along with visual exposition.

The Best (and I Mean BEST) Way to Build Your Author Platform – Linda Taylor

Authors don’t like to think about the importance of building a platform. They want to just write their books and watch them climb best-seller lists. Unfortunately, that’s not the way it works. But building your platform isn’t about tooting your own horn or getting people to buy your book. Instead, it’s about finding your “tribe,” appreciating others’ work, connecting, and being interested in what others are doing. This is important (even vital) for all writers-published or not-because we’re all part of the literary community. In this all-day session, we’ll learn about blogging and tweeting and connecting–all to join the literary community and build a platform in a non-scary way. Come if you’re published; come if you’re not. It’s about “literary citizenship.” Bring your laptop and be prepared for a day of encouragement and hands-on training.

Meet the Faculty:

Holly picHolly Miller is an editor with The Saturday Evening Post and co-author of Feature & Magazine Writing. She and Dennis Hensley have collaborated on four novels and three nonfiction books. Holly’s byline has appeared in Reader’s Digest, Writer’s Digest and TV Guide. She is the author of 14 fiction and nonfiction books. She has won awards from the Associated Press, Society of American Travel Writers and Society of Professional Journalists.

Hensley DDennis E. Hensley, Ph.D., is a contributing editor for Writers’ Journal and the author of eight textbooks on writing, including How to Write What You Love and Make a Living at It. He has written 51 books, including  Millennium

Approaches (Avon), Uncommon Sense (Bobbs-Merrill), and Money Wise (Harvest House). He directs the professional writing major at Taylor University. His 3,000 freelance articles have appeared in Reader’s Digest, Success, People, The Writer, Writer’s Digest, and Downbeat, among dozens of others.

Lou Harry‘s wildly eclectic output includes books on creativity, sports, drinks, movies, life lessons, gadgets, guilty pleasures, voodoo, excuses, crop circles, Santa Claus (and Martians), curse words, parenting, trivia and, this year, squirrels. The co-creator and editor of Indy Men’s Magazine and current Arts & Entertainment Editor for the Indianapolis Business Journal (www.ibj.com/arts), Lou has written for more than 50 publications including Variety, Mental_Floss, and This Old House. While on journalistic assignments, he has profiled CEOs, escorted a spiral-cut ham into a movie theater, took a pie in the face from Soupy Sales, attended Broadway openings, exposed tarot readers, sat on the Full House couch, gotten attached to a Velcro wall, and turned his honeymoon into a travel story. He hopes one day to have a book for every category in the Dewey Decimal System.

Matt Mullins is a writer, experimental filmmaker, videopoet, and multimedia artist. His videopoems have been screened at conferences and film festivals in the U.S. and abroad. His fiction and poetry have appeared in a number of print and online literary journals including Mid American Review, Pleiades, Hunger Mountain, Descant, and Hobart.  His debut collection of short stories, Three Ways of the Saw, was published by Atticus Books in 2012 and was named a finalist for Foreward Magazine‘s 2012 Book of the Year. And his work in screenwriting has won awards from the Broadcast Education Association.  Matt teaches creative writing at Ball State University where he is an Emerging Media Fellow at the Center for Media Design. You can engage his interactive/digital literary interfaces at lit-digital.com.

Linda Taylor has been working in publishing and doing writing and editing for the last three decades. She also loves teaching about social media for authors, editing, and publishing at writers’ conferences and at Taylor University where she is an instructor in the professional writing department.

 

Announcing One-Day Intensive Sessions: March 22, 2014

Spring clean your writing!

Midwest Writers Workshop invites you to “Think Spring!” and join us in one of our most popular offerings: The Manuscript Makeover. These one-day intensive sessions offered at the Ball State University Alumni Center, Muncie, IN on March 22, 2014 (9 am to 3 pm) and will help you to de-clutter and polish your manuscript, guided by some of our most popular faculty: Holly Miller and Dennis Hensley, Dianne Drake, and Rebecca Kai Dotlich.

In his bestselling book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell discovered it takes 100,000 hours—or 100,000 words in this case—to master a profession. But as Coach Vince Lombardi would say: Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.

Getting expert advice about your manuscript can put you light-years ahead of the competition. And we all know how competitive publishing is!

Just 20 participants will be able to attend the session of their choice at a cost of $150 (includes a brown bag lunch so the work continues to flow). So here’s how it works:

1) Register for the mini.

2) Submit the requested number of manuscript pages by MARCH 1, 2014.

3) Come to Muncie, IN on March 22 from 9 am. to 3 p.m.) for personalized instruction and a chance to network with other writers.

Let’s get our writing houses in order this spring! Don’t procrastinate! We really want to review your manuscript pages ahead of time, to provide personalized help.

Choose from these three sessions:

Manuscript Makeover with Holly G. Miller & Dennis E. Hensley

This interactive seminar is designed for those fiction and nonfiction writers who are ready to take a quantum leap forward in enhancing their writing skills. Participants will submit a one-page synopsis and the first 10 pages of a manuscript in progress. The instructors will edit and critique these pages and display them (anonymously) to the class as a way of revealing strengths and weaknesses in the material. Additionally, the instructors will lead the students in writing exercises and offer advice on such topics as enhancing dialogue, learning to self-edit, mastering proofreading, finding the right markets for manuscripts and knowing when and how to go into writing full-time.

Note: Holly and Dennis will not be offering Manuscript Makeover at our summer workshop in July, so catch them while you can!

Romance Manuscript Makeovers and Other Important Publishing Insights with Dianne Drake

Do you know what a trope is?  Or how to arc your book to get the most out of it?  Since all romances seem to fall into a formula, how can you make yours stand out as something different?  These questions and many more will be answered at MWW’s one-day session Romance Manuscript Makeovers and Other Important Publishing Insights.  So, if you want your manuscript critiqued and if you have specific questions about romance that have always bugged you, or maybe you just want to learn what the author of 50 romances knows, this is the place to be.  Please feel free to send your questions to me ahead of time to be assured yours will be answered in class: DianneDrake@earthlink.net

Writing for Children Manuscript Makeover with Rebecca Kai Dotlich

This interactive workshop is designed for those who write for children and are ready to dig in and explore what makes a picture book (or easy reader, or chapter book) work by looking at mentor texts, and specifically structure, language, the elusive show-don’t- tell, character development, and details. Participants will submit two pages or less of a manuscript in progress. The instructor will lightly edit and critique these pages and share (anonymously) with the class as a way of revealing strengths and weaknesses to focus on improving writing skills in this genre for all attending.  There will also be writing exercises and advice offered, with additional time for questions and answers about the writing process.

Meet the Faculty:

Miller-HollyHolly Miller is an editor with The Saturday Evening Post and co-author of Feature & Magazine Writing. She and Dennis Hensley have collaborated on four novels and three nonfiction books. Holly’s byline has appeared in Reader’s Digest, Writer’s Digest and TV Guide. She is the author of 14 fiction and nonfiction books. She has won awards from the Associated Press, Society of American Travel Writers and Society of Professional Journalists.

Hensley DennisDennis E. Hensley, Ph.D., is a contributing editor for Writers’ Journal and the author of eight textbooks on writing, including How to Write What You Love and Make a Living at It. He has written 51 books, including Millennium Approaches (Avon), Uncommon Sense (Bobbs-Merrill), and Money Wise (Harvest House). He directs the professional writing major at Taylor University. His 3,000 freelance articles have appeared in Reader’s Digest, Success, People, The Writer, Writer’s Digest, and Downbeat, among dozens of others.

Drake DianneDianne Drake has written 50+ romance novels. Since 2001, she’s been writing romances for Harlequin, including everything from romantic comedy to sweet romances. Currently, she writes warm, family-oriented stories often set in small towns or foreign countries for Harlequin Mills and Boon Medical Line. Dianne’s first romance novel for Harlequin, The Doctor Dilemma, was published in 2001and was voted a reader top five favorite for that year. She has published extensively in nonfiction as well. MWW alumni Megan Powell found Dianne’s comments so helpful that she named her in the acknowledgements of her debut novel!

Dotlich, RebeccaRebecca Kai Dotlich grew up in the Midwest exploring trails by the creek, reading comic books, making paper dolls and building snowmen. She is a children’s poet and picture book author of titles such as Bella and Bean (an SCBWI Golden Kite Honor), What Is Science? (a Subaru SB&F finalist and Bank Street’s Best Book of the year,) and What Can A Crane Pick Up? (which received a *starred* review from Publisher’s Weekly.)  She gives poetry workshops, visits classrooms across the country, and speaks at conferences, retreats, libraries and schools to teachers, aspiring writers and students of all ages.  Her books have received the Gold Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Award as well as an IRA Children’s Choice and her work has been featured on Reading Rainbow and the PBS children’s show Between the Lions.  Rebecca still reads comic books and builds snowmen. Her forthcoming picture book, ALL ABOARD! will be published by Knopf in fall of 2014.

REGISTER HERE! 

SUBMITTING MATERIALS: 

For MANUSCRIPT MAKEOVER with Holly & Dennis

For ROMANCE MANUSCRIPT MAKEOVERS with Dianne

Include a one-page synopsis of your book, single-spaced AND the first 10 pages of your manuscript. These manuscript pages should be double-spaced and should be the opening pages of your book (the books can be fiction or nonfiction and don’t have to be completed; can be works in progress).

For WRITING FOR CHILDREN MANUSCRIPT MAKEOVER with Rebecca

Include a one or two paragraph synopsis of your book, single-spaced AND 2 pages of your manuscript. These manuscript pages should be double-spaced and should be the opening pages of your book (picture books, easy readers, and chapter books – NO novels).

All submissions should be appropriately labeled (i.e., LEFT CORNER: your name, address, phone, email) and MUST BE RECEIVED by MARCH 1, 2014.

Email synopsis and manuscript pages to:  Jama Kehoe Bigger (MWW), midwestwriters@yahoo.com

 

Reminder: Save the dates for MWW 2014, July 24-26. Best-Selling Author Elizabeth Berg is coming! Check out our faculty. And watch soon for the schedule!

One-Day “Manuscript Makeover” Sessions

In addition to our annual summer workshop, Midwest Writers often schedules mini-workshops and special events throughout the year. If you would like to schedule a mini-workshop in your area, please contact us.

MWW offers One-Day Intensive “MANUSCRIPT MAKEOVER” Sessions

November 17, 2012 at Ball State Alumni Center,  9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

On Saturday, November 17, MWW offers THREE intensive sessions in our very popular Manuscript Makeover format.

  • “Manuscript Makeover for the Inspirational Writer” led by Dr. Dennis E. Hensley
  • “Manuscript Makeover for the Flash Fiction Writer” led by Sean Lovelace, MFA
  • “Dragons Be Damned: Manuscript Makeover for the Aspiring Fantasy Writer” led by Michael Meyerhofer

Do yourself a favor before the busyness of the holidays begins! Give your writing a boost! These special intensive sessions will be held at at the Ball State Alumni Center, (Muncie, IN) from 9 am to 3:00 pm. Class size is limited to 20 participants in each session. Attend the session of your choice for $125 (includes a brown bag lunch so the work continues to flow).

REGISTER HERE

“Manuscript Makeover for the Inspirational Writer” Led by Dr. Dennis E. Hensley

If you are working on a novel that qualifies as inspirational or motivational or religious, or if you are working on a nonfiction book of devotions, testimonies, or an inspiring life story, this all-day session would be perfect for you.  Each participant will submit the opening ten pages of a book-in-progress, along with a one-page synopsis. These pages will be critiqued by Doc Hensley and then examined (on an overhead) in class. The participants will be shown how to proofread, edit, and rewrite their own material, and will benefit from seeing the editing work done on the other participants’ pages.  Additionally, students will be given handout materials, and the day will include interactive writing exercises and presentations by Doc Hensley on techniques of writing and manuscript marketing.

Dennis E. Hensley holds a Ph.D. in literature and linguistics from Ball State University, and he is director of the professional writing department at Taylor University. He is the author of 53 published books, including eight textbooks on aspects of writing. He is a columnist for Christian Communicator and Advanced Christian Writer and MBN: Metro Business North Magazine. He is a recipient of the Indiana University Award for Teaching Excellence and also the Elizabeth Sherrill Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing and Speaking.

 

“Manuscript Makeover for the Flash Fiction Writer” Led by Sean Lovelace, MFA

Interviewer: How much rewriting do you do?
Hemingway: It depends. I rewrote the ending of Farewell to Arms, the last page of it, 39 times before I was satisfied.
Interviewer: Was there some technical problem there? What was it that had stumped you?
Hemingway: Getting the words right.

How do we get the words right? How does a lump of coal become a diamond? Time + Compression. In flash fiction, no matter how solid the initial inspiration, a writer must work hard to polish and polish (and polish!) the rough draft. Time is revision, the art and science of. Compression entails all the techniques of revision, as revision is a guided process, not a random undertaking. In this session, each participant will learn many specific techniques of rewriting. The class will learn to line edit, utilize the style and efficiency of figurative language, and understand the significance of the “right” objects in prose and the importance of verb precision, among other concepts. As a group, the session will discuss, practice, review, and apply this revision process to our drafts.

Each participant will submit five flash fiction drafts. Each text should be a maximum of 550 words. Bring a printed copy of these drafts to class. Professor Lovelace will give critically constructive feedback on these texts, and will discuss at least one (if not more) of each writer’s draft in class, together, on an overhead projector. Additionally, students will be given handout materials, and the day will include flash fiction examples, writing exercises, and presentations by Professor Lovelace on flash fiction writing and marketing.

Sean Lovelace is a professor of creative writing and a writer of many genres. He is the recipient of the 2011 Creative Endeavor Award at Ball State University. He has published two collections of flash fiction, including the award-winning, How Some People Like Their Eggs (Rose Metal Press) and the recent Small Press Distribution bestseller, Fog Gorgeous Stag (Publishing Genius). His flash fiction works have appeared in many anthologies and have won numerous national literary awards, including Dzanc Best of the Web, wigleaf Top 50 online, multiple Pushcart Prize nominations, and other recognitions. He writes flash, reads flash, blogs flash—he loves flash fiction! He also likes to run, far.

 

“Dragons Be Damned: Manuscript Makeover for the Aspiring Fantasy Writer” Led by Michael Meyerhofer

What distinguishes fantasy from literary fiction?  Is it simply the use of exotic settings, magic, dragons, etc., or is it something more?  Put another way, are the requirements for “successful” fantasy characters really all that different from the requirements for their literary fiction counterparts?  This workshop will begin with the assumption that character development and avoiding cliché are critical elements of successful fantasy writing, just as they are in other genres.  Each participant will submit a synopsis and the first five pages of their novel; these will be critiqued by Michael Meyerhofer and examined (on an overhead) in class.  While this workshop will primarily focus on a brief discussion followed by manuscript critiques, participants will benefit from seeing the critiques of their peers’ work.  I also encourage you to perform this Character Description Exercise for your story’s protagonist and/or antagonist and bring that with you; time permitting, we’ll discuss these as a group, as well.

Michael Meyerhofer’s first fantasy novel, Wytchfire, is forthcoming from Double Dragon Press in April of 2013.  It will be the first in a series (the sequel, Knight of the Crane, is completed but a publication date is yet to be determined).  He has also published three award-winning books and five chapbooks of poetry, along with short stories and novellas in the science fiction and fantasy genres.  He received his MFA from Southern Illinois University and currently teaches at Ball State University.  He is also the Poetry Editor of Atticus Review and, if prompted, can give you a ten minute lecture on the types of metal used in different kinds of swords.  For more information (on his writing, that is), feel free to swing by troublewithhammers.com.

Holly Miller: Manuscript Makeover

2011 Midwest Writers Workshop – “Manuscript Makeover” — Dennis Hensley & Holly Miller. This interactive intensive is designed for those fiction and nonfiction writers who are ready to take a quantum leap forward in enhancing their writing skills. Participants will submit the first 10 pages of a manuscript in progress. The instructors will edit and critique these pages and display them (anonymously) to the class as a way of revealing strengths and weaknesses in the material. Additionally, the instructors will lead the students in writing exercises and offer advice on such topics as enhancing dialogue, learning to self-edit, mastering proofreading, finding the right markets for manuscripts and knowing when and how to go into writing full-time.