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INSTRUCTOR: Catherine E. McLean

Price: $79.00

Characters make a story but getting to know them isn’t easy. This enlightening, hands-on workshop will teach novice and intermediate writers how to look for, understand, and utilize clues given by the creative imagination. Decoding and unencrypting those clues leads to “story people” that readers will delight in. Take this course and—

– Gain an understanding of the clues to character, plot, and story that are inherent when an idea has the possibility of becoming a story

– Gain confidence to write from Chapter One to The End without sagging middles or dead-ending or having other characters take over the story

— Gain insights into what the creative imagination actually is so you can work with it to save countless hours of rewriting and revising

— Learn shortcuts, secrets, and tips to developing great characters for great stories

FREE BONUS with completion of this course: “The Character Onion Cheat Sheet.”


This woman knows her stuff! She knows the mechanics of writing and the structure of story inside and out. — J. E., Pittsburgh PA

Not only did Catherine take time to answer all of my questions, she elaborated on each with examples I easily understood. — T. W., Houston, TX

How glad I am that I took her course . . . She was very generous with her time and her feedback. That alone set her apart from other “lecturers” I’ve encountered. — A. K., Barnesville PA



“Murder As You Like It” 

A one-day mystery conference sponsored by the Mechanicsburg Mystery Book Shop.

When: SEPTEMBER 20,   9:30 AM TO 4:00 PM  

Where: Eagle View Middle School Cafeteria, 6746 Carlisle Pike.

Preregistration required to ensure sufficient lunches are available. The fee of $20 covers the program, including lunch, refreshment breaks, materials, and more. Contact the bookshop at 717-795-7470 or mysterybooks@comcast.net for details or go to the website at www.MysteryBooksOnline.com.

This conference is a chance to rub elbows with your favorite authors and meet new ones. You’ll hear authors talk about writing their novels and you’ll have a chance to ask questions.

Led by Annamaria Alfieri, the past president of the New York Chapter of Mystery Writers of America. This will provide attendees an opportunity to hear about the activities of MWA, including the outstanding mentor program, and meet MWA members.

Luncheon speaker: Dauphin County Coroner, Graham Hetrick,

Panel presentations including, “Where the Heck Did You Get That Idea?” “The Art of Creating a Memorable Character,” “Writing Mysteries for Teens,” “What I Learned from Nancy Drew, Hercule Poirot, Sherlock, Etc.,” and “Working with an Editor,” where two author-editor pairs discuss how a book moves through the editing process after it’s accepted.



Camera Angle Matters: Using Point of View and Indirect Characterization to Develop your Writing – A Pennwriters Online Class.

 Instructor: Val Muller

June 9th – June 30th 2014

Register online at www.pennwriters.org



A Novel Idea: May 3, 2014 – April 5, 201IMG_0046

The Perry County Council for the Arts announces  A Novel Idea: A Writing Workshop to help you complete your novel. Join a host of award winning authors as they team together to guide you through the completion of your novel. Held the first Saturday of each month starting May 3, 2014, from 9:30am to 12:30pm, at the Landis House, 67 N. 4th Street, Newport, Pa.

This is a year long workshop. Spots are limited. Sign up now, or contact Don Helin at dhelin@copper.net. or Jasmine Colbert, at 717 567-3120. Brochure and registration form are attached.

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