The Writer’s Nest 2016

A Full-Day Workshop on World Building for Fiction Writers!

Creating the Fictional World

Join me for Creating the Fictional World at the Writer’s Nest Mini-Conference April 30, 2016 in Altamonte Springs, Florida. I’ve put together a world-building workshop for fiction writers in all genres.

Florida Writers Association

World building is an essential skill for any author writing in any genre. I’m all about reader experience, and the reader’s experience depends on the believability of the world in which the story takes place.

“In a world where…”

We’ve all heard that line at the beginning of a movie trailer or book pitch. It’s the quintessential world-building summary, the proof that world building and premise go hand in hand. Authors in this workshop will explore the components of a believable fictional world including the physical setting, the fictional society, the belief systems and values of the characters, and special physics related to magic, technology, and the supernatural.

How do you introduce readers to a complex new world without overwhelming them with information or leaving them confused? This workshop will help authors develop a realistic context that is so organic to the story that readers won’t think twice; they’ll enjoy the ride.

In Creating the Fictional World, we learn how to spot and avoid common world-building pitfalls that stop readers cold. Authors in this workshop will create an immersive experience to keep readers hooked and turning pages. We will also cover stylistic techniques to imbue fictional worlds with the depth of real life.

FWA LogoThree things attendees will learn:

  1. How to create a believable world
  2. How to avoid world-building pitfalls
  3. The key components of a created world

Sign up for The Writer’s Nest Mini-Conference

Altamonte Springs, Florida, April 30, 2016

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Mystery Writers of America Central Florida Writers Workshop

FMWALogo-2On Saturday, January 9th, I’ll be speaking to the Mystery Writers of America’s Central Florida Group at the Mr. Dora public library. Dallas Gorham, the group’s leader, asked that I give an overview of the most common mistakes writers make, so I’ve pulled together something special. Drawing on my experiences as an editor, creative writing teacher, and writing coach, I came up with an hour-long workshop: Seven Common Mistakes Writers Make and How to Avoid Them. I’ve  distilled the essential mindset needed to write great stories down to a few fundamentals–seven, to be exact, and will share them with the MWA group this Saturday. The meeting is at 10:30 a.m. and open to anyone with an interest in crime writing, whether Mystery or Thriller. If you are in the Lake, Orange, or Seminole County area, I hope to see you there.

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D.E.A.R. Drop Everything and Read


DEARIn honor of children’s author Beverly Cleary’s birthday, Drop Everything and Read (D.E.A.R.) day is April 12. What a wonderful day to ignore the chores and focus on something more important, like reading with a child or sharing books with people who can’t afford them.

To help celebrate with my friends at, I’m offering my books for 99¢ or less beginning Thursday, April 9, 2015. That’s all e-books on all platforms.

Let’s promote literacy and the art of creative loafing together!

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