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Events

Interested in having Janice speak at your event? Just email her at janice @ janicehardy . com to discuss options (please remove spaces in the email address before hitting "send").

2019 Events

October (two events)


Midland, TX: Permian Basin Writers' Workshops

October 12-13
Midland, TX

My Workshops: Planning Your Novel in Ten Easy Steps and Revision Readiness: How to Revise



Planning Your Novel in Ten Easy Steps: Writing a novel can be a daunting process, but a little planning can go a long way to making that process easier. Even predetermining a few key turning points in the story can keep writers focused, whether they prefer to outline every scene or pick a story direction and write toward it. In this workshop, writers will learn how to create the critical elements of a novel’s plot, how to use goals, conflicts, and stakes to build a story and develop characters, and how to approach a novel in a way that will make it easier to write and be more marketable to agents, editors, and readers.

Revision Readiness: How to Revise: Revision is part of writing, but sometimes knowing where to start can be overwhelming. It can be even harder if you need to trim down a large manuscript or change a major storyline. In this workshop, writers will learn how to approach their revisions with a plan, focusing on macro, medium, and micro issues to tighten their novel on a layer by layer basis. They’ll also learn how to mentally approach revisions, and how to strengthen their story from the top down.

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Fort Lauderdale, FL: All Write: Jump Start Your Novel

Saturday, October 26, 10am - 3pm
The Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America (FMWA)
Nova Southeastern University
Alvin Sherman Library, 2nd Floor, Cotilla Gallery
3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr. Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314

The event is free and open to the public.

The event will be comprised of four mini-workshops designed to help novice and seasoned authors hone their writing skills. Following are the MWA authors who will speak as well as this year’s topics: Joyce Sweeney (plot clock), Chris Jackson (writing), Janice Hardy (scene structure), and Miriam Auerbach (dialogue). The event is free and open to the public, but due to limited seating, reservations are required. Please reserve a seat at: http://lib.nova.edu/authors.

My Workshop: Understanding the Scene: The Engine of Your Story


Scenes are the building blocks of a novel, but they don't always unfold the way we want them to. In this workshop, you'll learn the mechanics of scene and its troublesome partner, the sequel, and how to use this pairing to drive your story. You'll also learn how to develop scenes and weave them together to build strong and focused plots, as well as what to do when you story grinds to a halt and you don't know why.

Hope to see some of you at these events!