Las Vegas Writers Conference 2021: April 8-10

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VIA LAS VEGAS!

Las Vegas Writers Conference (virtual)
April 8 – 10
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Four years ago I had the pleasure of traveling to Las Vegas to present two workshops at the Las Vegas Writers Conference hosted by the Henderson Writers Group. Hundreds of people attended to learn from dozens of agents, writing coaches and authors.

The conference will be virtual this year and the organization has again invited me to speak.

Here’s what I’ll be presenting. I’ll also be participating in The Blue Pencil sessions, 15-min. meetings where authors can ask about anything related to writing.

I hope you join us!

Flaming Good Dialogue: How to Create Unforgettable Characters Through Exchanges That Singe

11 a.m. PST Sat., April 10

You think you’ve got fantastic, unique, bestselling characters? You’ll have to prove that to readers, not only through your characters’ actions, but also by what they say, how and when they speak almost as important as what words they use. In this workshop, you’ll not only learn how to sidestep the most common dialogue pitfalls, including why characters all too often wind up sounding alike, but also how to employ the five techniques that will make your characters unique and eminently believable.

The Little Red Riding Hood Dilemma: What Kind of Publisher to Aim for, Big, Medium/Small, Self

9 a.m. PST Fri., April 9

10 a.m. Sat., April 10

Over 2 million books a year are published annually in the United States alone. That intense competition pushes authors toward three avenues: publication through a big publisher, a medium or small publisher, or self publishing. This workshop will offer the advantages and disadvantages to each, while helping participants form a concrete path for their current project that includes resources for pursuing that route.

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For a full list of reading and workshops, visit my website.

Dialogue Workshop March 20, 2021

“YOU GOT SOMETHING TO SAY?!”

For me, dialogue makes or breaks a book. Cliche dialogue typically indicates cliche characters. What do you think?

If you’re a writer, help is on the way via the 2-hour online workshop I’m teaching this Saturday in which I’ll combine lessons in character development with dialogue. If you know a writer, pass on the news! I’ll post the description at the bottom.

The Road to Flaming Great Dialogue Starts With Growing Great Characters!
9 a.m. PST (11 CST, 12 EST)
Sat., March 20
only $15 for non-members
hosted by the North Texas RWA

I hope to see you there!

CLASS DESCRIPTION

There’s no way your character can authentically voice a fabulous comeback, desperate plea or brilliant courtroom argument until you know exactly how s/he operates! Through discussion and writing exercises in which you’ll actively work on your own characters and scenes, Martha Engber, author of GROWING GREAT CHARACTERS FROM THE GROUND UP will first explain how to grow your characters, whether for a memoir, novel, screenplay or other project. Then she’ll teach you the secret to fantastic dialogue that leads to exciting, unforgettable scenes where your characters truly speak for themselves!

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An essay about fear — its affect on humans and who uses it and why — just published in Spill It!

Now available via all online booksellers.

If you love Mary, review her story on Goodreads, Amazon and BookBub.

For a full list of reading and workshops, visit my website.

March Giveaway for Writers: I Hope You Win!

I’ll be teaching three writing workshops in March and April. In anticipation of so many of your stories pouring fourth as a result, and to encourage them, I’m offering the above giveaway. Entry is easy! Subscribe to my newsletter via my website and email me about what you’re currently working on. If you’ve always wanted to write, enter! If you have loved ones who aspire to pen stories, pass on the news!

Here’s what you stand to win:

I’ll choose a winner at 5 p.m. PST (7 CST/8 EST) on Thurs., March 25, via Facebook Live. If you join the event, you’ll get a reminder.

Upcoming Workshops

North Texas RWA

The Road to Flaming Great Dialogue Starts With Growing Great Characters!

2-hour Zoom workshop

12 p.m. EST (9 a.m. PST/11 a.m. CST)

free for members, $20 for non-members

Las Vegas Writers Conference April 8 – 10

The Little Red Riding Hood Dilemma: What Kind of Publisher to Aim for, Big, Medium/Small, Self

9 a.m. Fri., April 9

Flaming Good Dialogue: How to Create Unforgettable Characters Through Exchanges That Singe

11 a.m. Sat., April 10

Hosted by the Henderson Writers Group

$99 for members, $149 for non-members

Author readings

I’ll be reading an excerpt from Winter Light  during the following SMOL Fair Reading

Commercial Meets Experimental

8-author Vine Leaves Press author reading

6 p.m. EST (3 p.m. PST/5 p.m. CST)

Thurs., March 4

1-hour Zoom event

Dime Grinds

3 authors, 30-min. each, reading, Q&A and book giveaway

2 – 4 p.m. PST (4 p.m. CST/5 p.m. EST)

Sun., March 7

Zoom event

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An essay about fear — its affect on humans and who uses it and why — just published in Spill It!

Now available via all online booksellers.

If you love Mary, review her story on Goodreads, Amazon and BookBub.

For a full list of reading and workshops, visit my website.