2018 NaNoWriMo SEMINARS

It’s NaNoWriMo time! From experience, we know that writers who prepare for NaNoWriMo reach their goal of 50,000 words, and we’re here to help you stay on track with five craft-focused seminars the month before NaNoWriMo begins so that you are ready to go when November 1st rolls around. These special seminars will be led by Tex Thompson, Jaye Wells, JR. Forasteros, and Blake Atwood. To register for one of our NaNoWriMo Prep seminars below, just click the registration button and add it to the cart. All Seminars will meet at The Drawing Board in Richardson.

Note: You can attend October seminars a la carte or buy a bundle and receive a discount. Each individual seminar is $50, or you can buy discount bundles of 2 or more NaNoWriMo Prep seminars:

  • First Package: 2 seminars at $80

  • Second Package: 3 Seminars at $120

  • Third Package: 4 Seminars at $160

  • Fourth Package: All 5 Seminars at $200*(5 for the price of 4)

At Writing Workshops Dallas, we care about the craft of writing as much as we care about the business of writing. We know how hard won your work is. We scheduled our NaNoWriMo Seminars to jump start your creative fire, to help you visualize your writing goals and get your work in shape. We're proud of our talented instructors, all widely published and experts in their field, who have a strong desire to help writers navigate the many paths to seeing their work into the world, from surviving the first draft, to revising, and eventually publishing. If you have any questions for us, feel free to use the Contact Page to to get in touch.

NaNoWriMo SEMINARS

Dialect to Die For

A Special NanoWriMo Prep Seminar

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 6:30PM TO 9:00PM

When it comes to dialect, we often hear that 'less is more'. So how do you render a good Scottish brogue, or Southern drawl – and for that matter, how can you give a non-English-speaking character a voice that's distinct but still readable?  In this class, we'll examine how to represent accents and speakers of other languages in a way that captures their voices without reducing them to verbal tics, gimmicks, or stereotypes.

Instructor Tex Thompson is a ‘rural fantasy’ author, egregiously enthusiastic speaker, and professional ruckus-raiser. She is the author of  Children of the Drought – an internationally-published epic fantasy Western series from Solaris, as well as an instructor for the Writers Path at SMU and ‘chief instigator’ of WORD – Writers Organizations ‘Round Dallas. Now she’s blazing a trail through writers conferences, workshops, and fan conventions around the country – as an endlessly energetic, catastrophically cheerful one-woman stampede. Find her online at thetexfiles.com and wordwriters.org!

Fee: $50 or Discount Bundle | Live Stream Available!

  • Tex Thompson, Presenter

  • Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 6:30PM to 9:00PM

  • Seminar meets at The Drawing Board at 75 & Campbell: 1900 Jay Ell Dr / Richardson, TX / 75081

  • Live Stream is available for students who live outside of Dallas. Just let us know when you register.

Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this seminar.

The Ones We Love to Hate: Writing Villains Who Beg Your Readers to Root for Them (and Make Your Heroes Better Too)

A Special NanoWriMo Prep Seminar

Sunday, October 28, 2018 - 3:00PM TO 6:00PM

JR. Forasteros, author of Empathy for the Devil, will give you the secrets and strategies to write villains and antagonists who make your stories shine, ratchet up the tension, and make for compelling drama. A hero is only as interesting as their opponents. But how do we keep villains from feeling like 2-dimensional, moustache-twirling cardboard stand-ins? This seminar will help you understand what makes a great opponent for your protagonist. You'll learn to diagnose stories that aren't working. JR. will help you find the right amount of villainy to make your hero earn their applause. Topics will include:

  • The basics of strong character development

  • The difference between a villain and an antagonist (and which one you need)

  • Writing compelling dialog (and when your villain should monologue)

  • How to make a villain more sympathetic even if they're evil

  • Using your hero and villain/antagonist relationship to make the other more compelling

Instructor JR. Forasteros is the author of Empathy for the Devil. He also blogs for NorvilleRogers.com and is a prolific podcaster. He leads an Awaken Creativity Writers' Group for Art House Dallas, and his writings have appeared in several essay collections, Grace and Peace magazine and Relevant magazine. JR. is also a pastor, training a team of volunteer preachers in writing for public speaking.

Fee: $50 or Discount Bundle | Live Stream Available!

  • JR. Forasteros, Presenter

  • Sunday, October 28, 2018 - 3:00PM to 6:00PM

  • Seminar meets at The Drawing Board at 75 & Campbell: 1900 Jay Ell Dr / Richardson, TX / 75081

  • Live Stream is available for students who live outside of Dallas. Just let us know when you register.

Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this seminar.

How to Find Your Plot: A Storytelling Seminar

A Special NanoWriMo Prep Seminar

Seminar was held October 4, 2018

LIVE STREAM RECORDING AVAILABLE + PRESENTATION SLIDES

JR. Forasteros, author of Empathy for the Devil, will guide you through the twists and turns of writing a story that keeps your readers turning pages till they reach that killer ending. How do you decide what story to tell? What are the rules of the various kinds of stories, and when do you break them? We'll help you learn to structure your story for maximum impact, no matter how many zigs and zags it takes. JR. will help you craft the perfect plot to make your story shine. Topics will include:

  • The various kinds of plots from the monomyth to the unstory

  • How to create peril that's compelling and convincing

  • How to control pacing in a story

  • The importance of saving that cat (nearly) every time

  • Finding the right ending… and getting there believably

Instructor JR. Forasteros is the author of Empathy for the Devil. He also blogs for NorvilleRogers.com and is a prolific podcaster. He leads an Awaken Creativity Writers' Group for Art House Dallas, and his writings have appeared in several essay collections, Grace and Peace magazine and Relevant magazine. JR. is also a pastor, training a team of volunteer preachers in writing for public speaking.

Fee: $50 or Discount Bundle | Live Stream Available!

  • JR. Forasteros, Presenter

  • Live Stream Recorded Thursday, October 4, 2018

Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this seminar.

Masters of the Universe: World Building for Speculative Fiction Writers

A Special NanoWriMo Prep Seminar

Seminar was held October 18, 2018

LIVE STREAM RECORDING AVAILABLE + PRESENTATION HANDOUTS

World building is an integral process before beginning any speculative fiction story. With National Novel Writing Month just around the corner, now’s the time to get your universe in order so you can hit the ground running on November 1. Join USA Today Bestselling author and world building maven, Jaye Wells, in this three-hour seminar to learn best methods for building your own worlds as well as working on exercises to lay the foundations. By the time you leave the seminar, you will be armed with a foundation for your world and additional tools to help you get that book written in one month.

Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops for exercises.

Instructor Jaye Wells is a USA Today-bestselling author of more than a dozen urban fantasy, speculative crime fiction, paranormal romance, and Southern gothic novels, including her most recent, High Lonesome Sound. She holds an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. Learn more about Jaye at www.jayewells.com

Fee: $50 or Discount Bundle | Live Stream Available!

  • Jaye Wells, Presenter

  • Live Stream Recorded Thursday, October 18, 2018

Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this seminar.

Scrivener 101: How to Start Using Your New Favorite Writing App

A Special NanoWriMo Prep Seminar

Seminar was held Friday, October 19th, 2018

LIVE STREAM RECORDING AVAILABLE + SCRIVENER DISCOUNT

Writers who’ve made the switch to Scrivener as their go-to word processor often talk about the software with reverence. They can’t believe they ever accomplished anything prior to seeing the light of Scrivener’s immense functionality for every kind of writer. Novelists, bloggers, screenwriters, poets, and nonfiction writers can all benefit from Scrivener’s robust features. In Scrivener 101, we’ll cover as many of those benefits as we can within three hours:

  • Setting up your perfect writing environment

  • Importing and organizing content

  • Storyboarding with the Corkboard view

  • Tracking your daily progress and setting total word count goals

  • Backing up and syncing your work

  • Exporting to various file formats

Before attending this interactive seminar, you must download the trial version of Scrivener or have already purchased the application. And then remember to bring your laptop to the seminar.

NOTE: All seminar attendees will be given a code for 20% off Scrivener.

The trial version is fully unlocked. Its only limitation is that it can be used for thirty days. You must have Scrivener installed on your computer because we will all work together through the application, and you’ll best learn how to use Scrivener by using it during the seminar.

Instructor Blake Atwood is an author, editor, and ghostwriter who has been traditionally published as a co-writer and has self-published three books, including an audio book and Spanish editions of his first book. He also works with editing clients pursuing both paths.

Fee: $50 or Discount Bundle | Live Stream Available!

  • Blake Atwood, Presenter

  • Live Stream Recorded Friday, October 19, 2018

Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this seminar.