Sunday, April 11, 2010

FREE workshop for beginning children's writers

Just announced on Karen Cioffi's blog - a free workshop for beginning writers or just about anyone else who is interested. Here are the details:

Writing for Children – A Beginner's Workshop by Karen Cioffi

To register for this FREE workshop to be held in the password protected room in our MuseitOnline Conference General Forum, go here.

You will need to register by giving yourself a username & password, wait for a confirmation that you have been accepted (in your email), then you can link into our forum (the password for the FREE workshop forum will be issued to all who register a few days before the workshop begins).

Once you're registered send Lea Schizas (email addy the following within the body of an email:

Your name

Your email

Place Karen Cioffi on the subject heading


Do you want to write? Do you want to write for children? Have you written a children's story or other fiction story and aren't sure if it's in good enough shape to submit to agents or publishers? Do you know proper punctuation and formatting? Do you know how to show rather than tell?

While this workshop is geared specifically for new children's writers, it offers the basics of writing in general with additional information for the children's writer. Some of what will be included is:

The different genres of children's writing

Point of View (POV) when writing for children

Basic structure, formatting and timeframe (for all genres)

Basic grammar and punctuation (for all genres)

Different methods of writing (for all genres)

Building a three-dimensional character (for all genres)

Showing vs. Telling (for all genres)

Finding age appropriate words

Resources and tools to help you hone your craft (all genres)

This workshop will provide the basics to get you started in the right direction. You will also have the opportunity to get a critique of up to 250 words of your manuscript or article.

KAREN'S BIO: Karen Cioffi is a published author, writer-for-hire, freelance writer, and reviewer. She is the founder and manager of VBT Writers on the Move (a group of authors utilizing cross-promotion to increase visibility and readership) and on the team at DKV Writing 4 U where you can sign up for her FREE monthly newsletter. You can read more about Karen here.

Handout: (an exercise sheet and an ebook of writing instruction)

Door prize: Two ebooks

Writing, Publishing, and Marketing – You Can Do It
A Writing ebook (a compilation writing articles - untitled right now)

This will be a great workshop to get you started on the road to publication and make you aware of your options. It's also a great place to learn before you think about self-publishing. It will also have some marketing tips and guidance. And, obviously a place to get some of your questions answered.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Until next time,

Karen Cioffi
Author, writer-for-hire, freelance writer, reviewer

Karen's website
Karen's other website
Health Information and Options website

I look forward to seeing you all there since I'm supposed to be helping Karen out with the workshop and I've provided some information for her. Maybe I'll contribute to the ebook doorprize. Anyway, I hope to see some of my readers there and while you're at the MuseitOnline website, why not register for the free conference, which occurs in October, that Lea Schizas and Carolyn Howard-Johnson. Lots of wonderful information to be shared with writers from every walk of life. Hope to see you all at the writing workshop on May 1. Keep on writing and see you in the postings - Mrs. E :)

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