By C. S. Lakin
It all started with a conversation. I was sitting at a writing conference talking with best-selling author Davis Bunn, saying how I wished someone would put on multi-day writing intensives with authors like Davis.
There didn’t seem to be any venue anywhere in the San Francisco Bay Area that held such events, despite the fact there are thousands of serious writers living in this region. Sure, there are some annual conferences in which great author/instructors teach for an hour or two, but nothing intensive. Davis then expressed with excitement his interest in doing such a workshop.
This was three years ago, and when I told another author friend, who also is an outstanding writing craft instructor—James Scott Bell—about my idea to start hosting these multiday workshops, he got excited too and said, “Count me in.”
I figured it was time. Since I had run plenty of businesses over the years and hosted workshops at my bed and breakfast on the North Coast, it seemed like an idea whose time had come.
I spoke with both authors and set some dates, and Writing for Life Workshops was born.
I’ve since teamed up with author friend Geraldine Solon of Fremont Area Writers with enthusiasm over this new year’s lineup:
- A three-day workshop June 28–30 with James Scott Bell
- A two-day workshop September 13–14 with Davis Bunn
- A two-day workshop October 19–20 with Hollywood consultant Michael Hauge.
I met Geraldine at a one-day event she was hosting for the Fremont Area Writers, at which I was a presenter, and wanted to enlist her help in marketing and promoting these events. We’re both very excited to be diving into this venture.
The venue chosen is centrally located—The Courtyard Marriott in Newark, next to the Dunbarton Bridge, allowing for easy access from all parts of the Bay Area as well as close to major airports (San Jose and Oakland).
All events will include a full lunch as well as offer much-discounted hotel room rates for participants. Our aim is to provide a high-quality event in a comfortable, inviting setting, with attendance between 60 and 100 to keep a feeling of intimacy.
These three events are planned as the first of many, with all three of these first presenters wanting to make this an annual affair.
I can attest that in my 25+ years writing novels that I have learned more, and in the shortest time, the most invaluable writing tips and techniques by attending intensive workshops like these. Having numerous hours over a number of days with just one instructor is like an immersion.
Instead of a short talk that can only skim over a few points, writing intensives like these help important material to sink in and really help take writing to a new level.
One of the most powerful and helpful workshops I took was a five-day morning track with Davis Bunn at the Mount Hermon Writers Conference in CA. This drove home to me the value of a workshop that went deep into technique, and Davis has this is spades (had to throw in the Britishism since Davis teaches in the UK!).
We hope to branch out and do more events, including smaller one-day workshops that focus on different market segments, such as children’s writing and memoir writing. But for now, these three major events are the only ones on the docket for 2013.
Information on these events can be accessed at the Writing for Life Web Portal. Writers can register and pay at this site and will be put on an e-mail list for news and updates.
Registration opened January 14 and to celebrate the launch of this new endeavor, Writing for Life is throwing a registration party through January 20!
Everyone who registers for any of the three events will be entered into a drawing to win a whole lot of great prizes, including free books, consulting, and editing services, a free night at the Marriott, and even a Paperwhite Kindle.
More prizes will be added at benchmark registration numbers. The party will also be held on Twitter (hash tag #writingforlife) and winners will be awarded their “cyber” door prizes at the workshop they attend. There will also be drawings for other prizes and giveaways at the event for all attendees.
Early bird pricing will be available for all events for a limited time, so register early.
Space for these events is also limited, so mark your calendars AND go to www.writingforlifeworkshops.com and sign up for the newsletter to be reminded of the registration party and be kept up to date on all new events and news.
You can also contact us at email@example.com.
C. S. Lakin is the author of thirteen novels and works full-time as a writing coach and professional freelance copyeditor for the book publishing industry. She teaches workshops on the writing craft, focusing mostly on using cinematic technique in fiction writing. You can check out her popular blog for writers—Live Write Thrive— and check out her Amazon Author Page to see her many novels.