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Events

Interested in having Janice speak at your event? Just email her at janice (@) janicehardy (dot) com to discuss options.

2019 Events

April


BREA, CA: California Dreaming' Writers' Conference
April 5-7
My Workshops: Friday Boot Camp

Fiction Boot Camp: Writing a novel can be a daunting process, but a little planning can go a long way to making that process easier. Even pre-determining 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 story in a way that will make it easier to write and be more marketable to agents, editors, and readers.

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

Writing for Middle Grade and Young Adult Readers: It's a common misconception that writing for kids means "dumbing down" the story, but the opposite is true. Books for today's teens and 'tweens are just as complex as those for adults--with certain differences. In this workshop, writers will learn what's needed to write for younger audiences, how the market differs, and how to adjust to "thinking like a kid." It will focus on the differences in pacing, voice, plotting (and the complexity of those plots), and common pitfalls to avoid. A must for anyone considering writing for this hot-selling market.


October


Midland, TX: Permian Basin Writers' Workshops
October 12-13
My Workshops:

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.