September 26th

Get Ready for NaNoWriMo! Novel Planning Workshop

November is fast approaching, and if you're participating in this year's National Novel Writing Month, it's time to start planning your novel. October is the unofficial "get ready for NaNo" month, where writers plot out their novels and plan how they'll achieve those 50,000 words come November. To make the most of your November writing, make the most of your October planning. (Open to all writers, not just those doing NaNo).

In this half-day workshop, you’ll take your NaNo novel idea and develop it into a working plan or outline to guide you through the month (and beyond). Whether you're a plotter or a pantser, you'll learn techniques to flesh out your story and craft the right turning points to keep you focused and writing as the November days tick by.

The workshop will break your story down to an easy-to-develop beginning, middle, and ending, structure, and help you find the right pieces you need to hit your daily word count goals. Determine your scene-advancing goals, find the stakes to motivate your characters, and create story worlds and people you can't wait to spend time with. With hands-on exercises, you’ll brainstorm and plan your novel in class, either solo or in groups (your choice). Bring your laptop and notebooks and get ready to work!

Saturday, September 26, 2015, 10am to 3pm, with a break for lunch

Where: Holiday Inn Express, Cumming, GA (870 Buford Highway)

Cost: Early Bird Registration (by Sept 10): $69; Registration: $89; At the Door: $99. Includes the book: Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure, by Janice Hardy

Registration information coming soon.
Email me if you'd like a heads up when registration opens--janice (@) janicehardy (dot) com.


October 3rd

Bring Your Novel to Life 

This event is brought to you by the Dahlonega Literary Festival as a fundraising event for the 12th Annual Dahlonega Literary Festival, which will be held March 12-13, 2016 (and well worth attending, I might add).

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 half-day workshop, you’ll learn techniques to bring your novel to life for your readers. Use point of view to show, not tell, and draw readers in without infodumping; 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. With hands-on exercises, you’ll practice these techniques in class, and then put them to work in your own novel. Bring your laptop or pages!

When: October 3, 2015, 10 am to 3pm

Where: Dahlonega Funeral Home
Community Special Event Room
20 Gibson Road D (on Hwy 60)
Dahlonega, GA 30533
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Contact Information: Carol Malcolm at cmalcolm (@) windstream (dot) net or

Cost: $75 (lunch included)

Please make checks to Dahlonega Literary Festival:

Dahlonega Literary Festival
P.O. Box 1401
Dahlonega, GA 30533

Or pay via Paypal

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October 16th

How Point of View Can Improve Your Writing

This master class is part of the RWA Emerald City Writers' Conference in Seattle, WA. You can register for just the master class or make it part of your full conference (where I'll also be presenting my, "It's Showtime! Show, Don't Tell" workshop).

Point of view is the single-best tool a writer has in their toolkit. With it, you can avoid common pitfalls such as telling, not showing, infodumping, too much backstory, and reactive characters. A strong point of view helps you decide what details and to share, how a characters will react in any situations, and even makes plotting easier. In this workshop, writers will learn how to see their story from the eyes of their characters (no matter which point of view they use) and how that unique perspective can make their novels stronger.

When: Friday, October 16, 9am (half day workshop)

Where: Westin Hotel, Bellevue, WA

Cost: $50

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