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Experience an unforgettable weekend of teaching and inspired writing featuring USA-Today’s best-selling author of 80 novels and founder of My Book Therapy and Novel Academy, Susan May Warren. Saturday, our main event, features an intensive full day of five sessions with Susie May detailing her easy, organic, can’t-fail way to create compelling characters and plot a best-selling novel.

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 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

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 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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. 

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Conference attendees have the option to book lodging for up to four 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.

Optional Add-on: Professional Manuscript Critique by Diane M. Campbell

Fee: $25 for a 3,000 word submission. Critiques will be delivered by emailed back prior to the conference and participants may sign up at conference registration to have a 20-minute follow-up consultation, if they wish.

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. 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 10 and SAVE!
Saturday only begins at $134.00. Add on Friday for only $60.00 more!

Click here for more information and to register---> eventbrite 
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