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Real World Writing Workshop - Saturday January 7th 2012

Photograph: Alexander Chow-Stuart.

Since the publication of Lisa Millegan Renner's very kind article about me in The Modesto Bee, I have had many email and phone inquiries about hosting a workshop that focuses on the practical, "real world" aspects of writing: 

▪  Creating a successful outline.
▪  Finding the inspiration and energy to write.
▪  Seeing a project through to completion.
▪  Editing your book.
▪  Finding an agent and publisher.
▪  Exploring self-publishing and electronic publishing options.
▪  Negotiating contracts.
▪  Helping oversee the cover art for your book.
▪  Promoting and marketing your book.

Also I will in the future be offering the opportunity to have me advise on a one-page outline of the project you are working on, and give any tips or comments that I hope you will find helpful.

As you know, we have a Noir Writing Workshop set for Saturday January 21st 2012 - and a second Pixar Writing Workshop (since the first was so popular and there's so much more ground to cover) set for February 2012.

So I am scheduling a Real World Writing Workshop for Saturday January 7th 2012 at the Central Sierra Arts Council, 193 S. Washington Street, Sonora, CA 95370.

The workshop will take place for two hours during the gallery opening between 12pm and 4pm. At the moment, I favor 2pm-4pm for the workshop, so everyone can have a spot of lunch first, but if you feel 12pm-2pm is more convenient, please let me know at: - and we'll reach some consensus.

Admission will be $25 - and $15 for students. Please either email me at: or call me at: 310-383-7562 for reservations.

This is just a preliminary notice - more information will be posted here soon and on our associated Facebook page,

Please sign up in the email box below the Buddha in the right sidebar of this blog for email updates, so that you won't miss anything.

I hope to see you at the Arts Council on the 7th of January.

Warmest wishes for the New Year,


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