2020 Write in the Springs
April 3-4, 2020
Susan May Warren   This year we are pleased to welcome Susan May Warren.

Susan May Warren is the USA Today bestselling, Christy and RITA award-winning novelist of over sixty-five novels. An eight-time Christy award finalist, a three-time RITA Finalist, she’s also a multi-winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice award, and the ACFW Carol Award.

A seasoned women’s events speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation and the author of the beginning writer’s workbook: The Story Equation.

She is also the founder of www.MyBookTherapy.com, and Novel.Academy, a school for aspiring novelists. You can find her online at www.susanmaywarren.com.
Saturday - All day (Five Sessions)

Susan May Warren will detail the easy, organic, can’t-fail way to create compelling characters and plot a best-selling novel.The Story Equation

Are you struggling to build a riveting plot? Layered characters? How about wrestling to fortify that saggy middle? Or create a powerful ending?

Did you know you can plot your entire book by asking one powerful question and then plugging it into an “equation” that makes your plot and characters come to life? Using the powerful technique that has created over sixty-five best-selling novels, Susan May Warren will show you how to utilize “The Story Equation” to create the best story you’ve ever written!

You will learn:
* The amazing trick to creating unforgettable, compelling characters that epic movies use!
* How to create riveting tension to keep the story driving from chapter to chapter.
* The easy solution to plotting the middle of your novel.
* The one element every story needs to keep a reader up all night.
* How to craft an ending that makes your reader say to their friends, “Oh, you have to read this book!”

Optional Friday

Super Novel

The Thorne Birds. The Pillars of the Earth. Roots. The Princess Bride. ShoGun. Carrie. The Kite Runner. The Time Travelers Wife. The DaVinci Code. Gone Girl. The Hunger Games. 

All blockbuster books. All different genres. These books are called Super Novels. They transcend genre, demographics and time. Why? In this coaching class we’ll break down the super novel. We’ll discover the elements common to all these stories –and more, isolate them and dissect why they work. Then we’ll learn how to add these elements into our novels to create our own Super Novel. Applicable to all genres.  An interactive class-- bring a rough plot or story idea to work on. 

Glen Eyrie Glen Eyrie

Conference attendees have the option to book lodging for up to three nights on site at the historic Glen Eyrie through our reserved block of rooms.

You won't find a more inspiring location for digging into your current writing project than Glen Eyrie.

For more information on lodging click here.
BUT WAIT! There's more.... We have some bonus options for you!

Professional Headshots by Maria Randolph

Fee: $40 (20-minute sitting at Glen Eyrie, includes three selected photos)

MariaNeed a professional head shot for your book cover and/or marketing? Limited appointments available. Note: You will receive your sitting appointment time at the conference registration/sign in, and it may interrupt a portion of your time at workshop sessions. After your sitting, Maria will provide 10 proofs for your inspection. From these, you may select three high resolution photos to be delivered to you digitally at no additional charge. Find out more about Maria and view examples of her work at: MariaRandolphPhotography.com
Professional Manuscript Critique by Diane M. Campbell

Fee: $20 for manuscript critique (submissions up to 2,500 words plus a back cover blurb up to 250 words)

DianeGet a thorough and detailed review of the beginning segment of your manuscript. All genres accepted. You’ll receive comments and suggestions pointing out the strengths in your work as well as notes and explanations regarding any areas that need attention. Submission details are emailed upon registration and your completed critique will be hand delivered at conference sign-in. Critique submissions must be received by February 21st. Limited slots available. All fees go to Write in the Springs Conference. Diane M. Campbell has been writing professionally for over 30 years, though her attention turned to fiction only after she retired from her marketing career in 2012. She is an experienced ACFW contest judge, a 2017 Genesis Contest winner and Coordinator of ACFW Colorado Springs’ Email Critique Exchange. She currently serves as Treasurer of ACFW Colorado Springs. 

Register before January 13 and SAVE! Saturday only begins at $134.00. Add on Friday for only $49.00 more!
Click here for more information and to register--->eventbrite 
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Don't forget the option for lodging this year.
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