Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers Workshop

Self Editing For Fiction Writers
How To Edit yourself into Print
 A six week course by award winning writer and editor, Gloria Nye of Spiral Press and Eve Publishing. Writing and editing are different skills requiring different mind sets. In this course, you will learn specific principles of editing to apply to different sections of your writing: show and tell, characterization, point of view, dialogue mechanics, character’s voice, and interior monologue. Improving these six important areas of your writing will dramatically increase the effectiveness of your short story or novel and give your writing a professional edge.  Participants will bring two pages of their writing each week for constructive critiquing and feedback.  
Victoria Centre in Fergus,  Sept 11 - October 18, 2014, Thursdays, 9:30 to 11:30am (6 weeks) Cost for the course is $69 for members, and $75 for non-members.

How To Get Published Workshop

Writing! Writing! Writing!

How Can I Get My Book Published?
In this six week course, as a writer, you will discover what courses and preparation you will need to become a published writer. Learn how to uncover the options of obtaining an agent, self-publishing, using a small independent publisher, or being lucky enough to find a large established publisher. You will also be given information to be able to figure out the costs of getting your book to the public, and what marketing decisions will serve you best. Instructor Marilyn Kleiber, Acquisitions and Marketing Director for Sun Dragon Press Inc., has herself been writing since childhood. She has attempted all the things that she discusses in her courses. She has written magazine and newspaper articles, newsletters, online blogs, and recently had her first book published. She also won a prize in the 2013 Alice Munroe short story contest. She belongs to writing groups, and spends much of her time coaching authors in the vagaries of book marketing. Pre-register. by contacting

This course take place at the Victoria Centre in Fergus,  Sept 11 - October 18, 2014, Thursdays, 9:30 to 11:30am (6 weeks) Cost for the course is $ 69 for members, and $75 for non-members.

Constructing a Story from the Bones 

In this six weeks we will cover the creation of a story from beginning to end, and will include a fairly in-depth look at the basic starting point of the premise. 
We will then cover the following:  

- the seven major bones of any story, beginning with the premise
-designing the characters -- hero, opponent and all the allies to create the web of the story, creating the world,
-the ups and downs of conflicts and resolutions, and at the end, how and why has the hero changed.

This story skeleton will enable the beginning writer a jump start in their skills, and allow the established writer to discover new abilities to add to their writing prowess. The instructor for this course is Marilyn Kleiber and you can see her bio in the course on publishing.

This course take place at the Victoria Centre in Fergus,  October 23, to November 27, 2014, Thursdays, 9:30 to 11:30am (6 weeks) Cost for the course is $ 69 for members, and $75 for non-members.

You will need to pre-register for the above courses by calling 519-787-1814 between 9:00am and 4:00PM, Monday to Friday.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Thank you

For those of you who don't know, I've had an amazing, busy year so far.

I have a contract with Books We Love and have written 3 books for them so far with plans for 2 more next year. The Bookstore Lady, The Mystery Lady, have been released and will soon be available in both e-book and print. The Bakery Lady will be released this November, hopefully in both forms as well.

This past week, I also received a contract from Gemma Halliday Publishing for 2 books in a martial arts series. The first of these is Death of a Jaded Samurai.

In addition to my day job, I am taking on two new tasks. One as an Author Liaison at BTS e-Mag.
The second as an Editor working from home. More information is available on my website Diane Bator, Editor.
I am also all over Facebook and Twitter for those of you on those social media sites.

So why is my blog post titled "Thank You"?
It all goes back to April 2007 when I walked in to my first meeting of the Headwaters Writers' Guild. In those seven plus years, I've become a better writer, editor and person. I have found the courage to write and submit many novels and even greater courage to be proud of my accomplishments. For those of you I've traveled this dusty road with, I thank you for sticking with me, supporting me and helping to teach me that time waits for no one. To those we have loved and lost in our group, Len & Janet, you are guiding angels to those of us who knew you.

Nancy had a great quote on her page of prompts today that I shared with her years ago. It's one I live by and love:  "I am not afraid. I was born to do this." ~ Molly Anderson-Childers