News and Events

Workshops, Talks, and Conferences, 2016:

Targeting Genre for Big Sales: New! Online course to help novelists understand how to target genre and see success! Click HERE for more information.

March 12: Mt. Diablo CWC, Fraedo’s Restaurant at 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill.  3-hour workshop on The Fatal Flaws of Novel Construction. For more info, click HERE.

April 23: Redwood Writers, Santa Rosa, CA. Talk on The Four Corner Pillars of Novel Construction. For more info on attending, contact Redwood Writers here.

June 13-18: The One Year Novel Adventure Conference, Olathe, KS. Workshops on editing and novel craft (www.OneYearNovel.com).

Sept. 14-18th and Oct. 19-23: South Lake Tahoe Writers’ Retreat! An intimate cushy vacation retreat for writers. Second annual event, limited space. Contact me to learn of space availability. Flyer with info HERE.

Sept. 30-Oct. 1: Central Coast Writers’ Conference, San Luis Obispo, CA. Teaching workshops on self-editing and The 4 Essential Pillars of Novel Structure. Also doing one-on-one critiques and author panels. Hosted by Cuesta College.

New Releases (print and electronic formats), 2015:

March: The 12 Key Pillars of Novel Construction

March: The 12 Key Pillars of Novel Construction Workbook (print only)

May: Wild Secret, Wild Longing (under pen name Charlene Whitman)

August: Say What? Second Edition

December: 5 Editors Tackle the 12 Fatal Flaws of Fiction Writing

Workshops, Talks, and Conferences, 2015:

June: The One Year Novel Adventure Conference, Olathe, KS. Workshops on scene structure and building fantasy worlds, one-on-one conferences with attendees (www.OYAN.com)

August 18-23: Hosting writing retreat at South Lake Tahoe

October 17: 9:00 a.m.-noon – teaching Shoot Your Novel at Inspire Writers, Oasis Christian Mission Center, 10265 Old Placerville Rd, Sacramento, CA 95827.

November 14: at Michael Hauge’s all-day workshop in Las Vegas, NV.

New Releases (print and electronic formats), 2014:

February: Say What? The Fiction Writer’s Handy Guide to Grammar, Punctuation, and Word Usage

March: The Sands of Ethryn (book six in The Gates of Heaven fantasy series/Living Ink Publishers)

June: Writing the Heart of Your Story: The Secret to Crafting an Unforgettable Novel

October: Shoot Your Novel: Cinematic Technique to Supercharge Your Writing

December: Colorado Hope (under pen name Charlene Whitman, book 2 in The Front Range series, historical Western romance)

Workshops, Talks, and Conferences, 2014:

January 25: ACFW Writers of the West, Phoenix, AZ: Teaching workshop “Sizzling Scenes” at ACFW monthly featured speaker meeting

March 5-9: On staff at Wordcrafters Conference in Eugene, OR.

June 8: Redwood Writers, CWC in Santa Rosa, CA: Teaching workshop “Sizzling Scenes”

September 20-21: Central Coast Writers’ Conference, San Luis Obispo, CA: One-on-one critiques and giving the talk “There Be Dragons: Building a Believable Fantasy World”

November 8: Mt. Diablo CA Writers’ Club (CWC) in Mt. Diablo, CA: Teaching workshop “Sizzling Scenes.” At Zio Fraedo’s Restaurant at 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill.  The program is from 1:00 to 2:00 pm.

November 15: ACFW, SF Bay Area Chapter, Palo Alto, CA. Teaching workshop “Sizzling Scenes.” Palo Alto Church of Christ, 3373 Middlefield, Palo Alto, CA, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Pre-registration required. Last day to register: Nov. 1, 2014