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Education on Demand Writers' Academy Morning session
West Texas Writer's Academy June 6-10, 2016


Morning General Sessions


Monday:  Rise Out of the Slush Pile and Shine with Timothy Lewis

Whether pursuing fiction or memoir, traditional or self-publishing, this workshop will help writers condense and powerfully communicate the scope of their stories to agents, editors, readers, and markets. Topics include: hook/high concept, elevator pitch, and logline.

Tuesday:  Building Connections - How to sell books by engaging an audience with Cara Brookins 

Cara is a computer analyst and social media marketing expert and the author of seven middle grade and young adult novels. She continues to build new things through her fiction. She motivates writers to take enormous leaps toward their goals and to build impossible things.

Wednesday:  Top 10 Ways to Optimize your Pinterest Account with Lana Pattinson

In this hour-long workshop, we'll cover the top 5 things you can do to improve your Pinterest account to get results, with plenty of examples to learn from. Don't have an account yet? No problem. You'll leave with a checklist to improve or begin your online Pinterest presence.

Thursday:  Internalization: Demonstrating a Character's Conflict  with Jan Morrill

Internalization is one of the best ways of demonstrating a character's conflict to a reader, and it is often not used effectively. In this class, I'll demonstrate different ways to use internalization to better develop a character to show the difference between what he may show on the outside and feel on the inside.