From Fiction University: Enabling third party cookies on your browser could help if you have trouble leaving a comment.

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

September


Gainesville, FL: FL-SCBWI Boot Camp Workshop (full day)

Saturday, September 21
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Members: $85, Non-Members: $115
Registration opens next week

Saint Leo University
4650-B NW 39th Place
Gainesville, FL 32606

My Workshop: Bringing Your Novel to Life


Great novels blend skilled writing with compelling storytelling, using a multitude of techniques to draw readers in and make them love the book. These techniques work together to build immersive story worlds, creating characters readers love, settings they want to live in, and stories they can’t put down. In this workshop, writers will learn techniques to bring a novel to life for readers. Use point of view to show, not tell, and draw readers in without info-dumping; find the best ways to describe the setting and build a world; tap into the emotions of the characters and use those emotions to drive the plot and deepen the story; and how all these techniques work together to build a novel.

What to bring: Bring your work-in-progress and your favorite note-taking tools.

Target audience: MG and YA authors of all experience levels

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.

-----

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
3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr. Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314

The event is free and open to the public.

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!