Sponsored by Pennwriters, Inc. 


TinyBurst--- PITCHES in the Sahara Board Room ---   
--- Melanie Billings

Melanie Billings

Sign for this event at Registration Table. Pay $5.00 at the door. Share 10 minutes, one-on-one, with Melanie A. Billings, editor with Wild Rose Press, for submission advice. 




TinyBurst--- PITCHES in the Sahara Board Room ---
--- Debra Rae. Sanchez

Amy Bovaird

 Sign for this event at Registration Table. Pay $5.00 at the door. Share 10 minutes, one-on-one, with Debra Rae Sanchez, editor and translator from Tree Shadow Press, for possible publication. 




TinyBurst--- TRACK 1 --------------------


TinyBurst--- MAPQUEST! --- (Journal Writing) 
--- Karen Geiger

Karen GeigerStart your road trip with a spark of creativity. This Journal to the Self™ writing workshop will expand your journal writing knowledge by utilizing specialized prompts and methods.

Learn how journal writing can improve your creativity, assist with character development, and even unblock the dreaded blank page.




TinyBurst--- BRIDGES --- (Play Writing) 
--- Debra Rae Sanchez

Debra Rae Sanchez

This workshop will focus on basic principles of writing for live stage performance.

Workshop includes hands-on exercises, if time permits.

Elements of a Play:

Character Development; Dialogue and Monologue; Setting; Stage Action/Directions
• Formatting
• Markets



TinyBurst--- PLAY GROUNDS --- (Writing for Children) 
--- Debra Rae Sanchez

Debra Rae Sanchez

Writing for children can be rewarding. It can also be frustrating.
This workshop will take a closer look at what a writer needs to consider when writing for children and teens. Hands-on activities if time permits. Focus points include:
• Age of reader; Child reader? Or parent?
• Ability vs. maturity
• Genre considerations
• Type of book; Picture -various forms – how many pictures? Chapter – how many chapters? Novella – Novel
• Word count; How many words? How many pages per chapter?



TinyBurst--- 4-WAY STOP --- (Conflict) 
---  Kathy Otten

Kathy OttenLearn how to make your story goals harder to achieve by escalating the conflict.

Discover how to use uncertainty and failure to build drama, add tension, and keep your reader engaged to the end.




TinyBurst--- SCENIC OVERLOOKS --- (Creating Scenes and Using Dialogue)
--- Deanna Adams

Deanna Adams

No matter what you’re writing, chances are you’ll be using dialogue and creating scenes to bring your reader into the story and keep them through the end.

Once you explore this art of storytelling, you'll see how your stories - fiction or nonfiction - can come alive!




TinyBurst--- YOU'RE DRIVING ME CRAZY --- (Character Development in Light of
Mental Illness and Deep Character Flaws) --- Diana Allen

Catherine McLean

This 50-minute workshop will help writers explore character development in light of mental illness and deep character flaws in a way that allows for engagement of the reader and sympathy/ identification with the character.

 We will be looking at a mental health diagnosis of anxiety, exploring some of the potential roots and back story for a character with anxiety and experiment with ways to show this to readers. Specifically, we will look at ways dishonesty can be a sub-trait of anxiety and how this might contribute to conflict in terms of self-sabotage as well as relationship friction with other characters.

 We will use examples of traits and behaviors that are both cause and effect. This will be an experiential or activity-based workshop with a brief written component, followed by participants sharing their draft characters and discussion of outcomes. 


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TinyBurst--- LEARNER'S PERMIT --- (Novel Beginnings)
--- Deanna Adams

Deanna Adams

 Story beginnings are important, and in terms of getting published, they’re the most important part of a story.

Your beginning is where the reader (agent, editor) decides whether to keep reading.

Your beginning also sets the reader’s expectations for the story’s middle and ending.




TinyBurst--- TRAILER HITCH --- (Hooks)
--- Kathy Otten

Kathy Otten

 We all know how important the opening line is for hooking your reader.

  In this workshop, we’ll go beyond the opening line to look at ways to hook your reader throughout your story and keep them turning pages.




TinyBurst--- ROAD CONSTRUCTION --- (Building Online Presence) --- 

--- Annette Dashofy

Annette DashofyHow Do I Market When I Don't (Think I) Have Anything to Sell?

Building an online presence well before you have a book coming out is more important to future success than you can imagine. Learn how to build your “platform” and readership without a book to market.




TinyBurst--- TROPES: THE SPARE TIRE OF YOUR JOURNEY --- (Discussion of Troupes in Writing)
--- Babs Mountjoy

Barbara Mountjoy

 A discussion of tropes in writing, particularly fantasy and sci-fi, with examples from movies, books, and more. Sometimes a trope is a lazy writer's cliched shortcut, but for others, it saves time (and boring words) to use a donut-sized trope to set scenes or show readers simplified for side issues, leaving your big words to shine the light on main characters' stories. We’ll have a discussion, fun, and even prizes!




TinyBurst--- ROAD SIGNS --- (Atticus – An Author's Best Friend - Book Writing Software)
--- Susan Gable

Susan Gable

 The book is done! Or almost done. Or started, anyway.Susan format image

How do you turn it into a properly formatted ebook? Or paperback? Or hardcover? Well, you could hire a formatter. Or you could do it yourself. But even if you pay someone else to do it, you can make life easier by employing some tips and tricks in Word before you send it out.

Atticus is a fabulous new formatting software from the guy (Dave Chesson) who runs Kindlepreneur.com. It allows you to create beautiful books.
It ALSO can replace Scribner or any of those types of writing software - where you can actually write your book in it and access it on any platform. (It’s web-based, though it also has a desktop version, too.)

Take a look at the book formatting I did for Aimee Eddy using Atticus. Wouldn’t you like a gorgeous print book like that? Come learn how! (Really. It’s easy!)



TinyBurst--- BILLBOARDS --- (Social Media and Newsletters)
--- Annette Dashofy

Annette Dashofy

Social Media and Newsletters: Is one better than the other?

Learn how to create content for both and how to determine where best to place your most valuable asset--your time.




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TinyBurst--- WHERE'S THE OWNER'S MANUAL?  --- (Peeling the Character Onion)
--- Catherine McLean

Catherine McLean

A story's major characters are like onions, many layered. To achieve believable, three-dimensional characters means peeling through the layers to get at their core values, morals, deep-seated fears, and weaknesses.




(Not Your Mother's History Lesson: Tips for Writing Historical Fiction)
--- Mary Sutton

Mary Sutton

Thinking about writing historical fiction?

It’s more than putting your story in the past.

Learn the potholes to avoid when deciding to delve into history in your writing.




TinyBurst--- TRAVEL AGENTS --- (Let Your Characters Lead the Way:
Let Your Imagination Run Wild)
--- Gene Ware


The characters in our stories, poems, and essays embody our writing. They are our words made flesh. They often speak for us, carrying much of the plot, mood, idea, and emotional burden.

But they do not exist until we describe them on the page. Until our words anchor them, they drift, bodiless and ghostly. They have no voice, and their appearance, moods, hates, or loves are unknown. It is up to us to FLESH-OUT all our characters.

This is the point where you can run wild. YOU make your characters. You need to carefully plan each one because once this is done, they usually start making their own decisions within your story. But that is only true if you know all about them from day one. Well-designed characters will lead you and the plot through the maze of the story you are devising. Done right, they will lead you to a successful finish.  


TinyBurst--- CHECKING UNDER THE HOOD --- (Elements of Poetry) ---

--- Patricia Thrushart

Patricial Thrushart

Craft is to poetry what spark plugs, oil filters, and belts are to a high-performance car. Using Mary Oliver’s, “A Poetry Handbook” as a guide, this workshop will give the participants a chance to experiment with the key elements of the poetic craft, including sound, turning the line, form and imagery.  Examples of each element will be explored, and there will be several opportunities for attendees to practice using each element.  The workshop is relevant to anyone interested in honing their craft while writing poetry, no matter what their experience.



TinyBurst--- AVOIDING THE CUL-DE-SAC  --- (Avoid Monochrome Writing)
--- Catherine McLean

Catherine McLean

Learn to spot monochrome writing and learn the secrets to painting word pictures that induce emotional responses by readers and audio listeners.





(Sensory Writing) --- Patricia Thrushart

Patricial Thrushart

No car trip is complete without a celebration of key milestones— crossing a state line, stopping at a favorite restaurant. A well-written poem has milestones too—key sensory words that draw the reader into the moment. In this session, attendees will explore using sensory language to connect with their readers, with ample opportunity to write using the ideas discussed. An ekphrasic exercise at the end of the workshop will provide the participants with a chance to use techniques introduced during the session.  A helpful list of sensory words will be provided.


 TinyBurst--- 10th YEAR SPECIALS-------


TinyBurst--- DETOURS --- (Do You Have a Writing Strategy?) ---

--- Gene Ware


Do you have a writing strategy? James Patterson, America’s most successful writer, does. He follows five simple rules in his writing. They are active voice, short words, short sentences, short paragraphs, and short tempers. In this session, we will discuss the why’s of the above, learn the five W’s of Writing, and an H. We will also cover the importance of “Word Painting” in our works.



TinyBurst--- TRAFFIC ALERT --- (Types of Punctuation) ---

--- Melanie Billings

Melanie Billings

In this workshop, we will tackle the nefarious Comma, and the not always easily spotted Comma Splice.

Fun examples and class participation!




TinyBurst--- REST STOP RESPITE ---

--- Susan Gable and Holly Jacobs 

HollyJacobsSusanGableEvery good road trip needs a few rest stops. Come grab a coffee and kick back with bestselling, award-winning Erie authors Susan Gable and Holy Jacobs (the Dynamic Duo of “Trippin’ With Holly & Susan” podcast). Chat about writing, about publishing, about...well, like any good road trip, the conversation occasionally goes off-roading. But Susan and Holly are happy to take a spin around the unexpected block. Location: Hospitality Suite (Mirage Meeting Room). Times: 11:00 - 12:00.



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