Mar
2
10:00 AM10:00

Book Launch Workshop- Creating Visual Appeal!

The Book Launch- Creating Visual Appeal Through Book Trailers

This Saturday’s workshop will offer an overview on the book launch, focusing in-depth on creating visual appeal using Canva (for eye-catching posts) and iMovie (for amazing Trailers).

 Supplies needed to get the most out of this workshop:

 An apple laptop- unfortunately, the application for PCs that is comparable to iMovie (Apple) has been discontinued. For the workshop, we will use iMovie to demonstrate and practice creating Book Trailers. If you do not have an Apple, maybe you can borrow one. Also, I will bring two extra to lend out and we can share.

 Pull out 5 or 6 phrases or statements most important to your current work in progress (WIP). Something that on its own would spark immediate interest (think movie trailer)

 Gather at least 10 photos (the more the better) that represent your story. Make sure you have rights to these, meaning, don’t pull them off of google. Go on a free stock photo site, like “Unsplash” or “Pexels” and download them into a folder on your desktop.

 

Prepare to have a blast creating your trailer!

 

See you Saturday, March 2nd, 10AM-12PM

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Oct
13
9:00 AM09:00

Bucks County Writers Festival

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In lieu of our normal critique group, we are heading to the writers festival in Doylestown, PA. There is a writer’s workshop from 9-12 on Saturday (10/13) we plan to attend. Tickets are $30 and need to be purchased ahead and online.

Here is the link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bucks-county-book-fest-writers-workshop-tickets-48983769774

I look forward to seeing everyone there!

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Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference
Jul
26
to Jul 28

Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference

“The Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference is among the premier writing conferences in the USA. The conference brings together people from all walks of life to interact with some of the finest minds in Christian publishing, and every year bears rich fruit in the education and publication
of articles, poems, drama, books, and more.”

Bob Hostetler, Int’l speaker & author of 48 books

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Feb
3
10:00 AM10:00

Your Hero's Inner Journey

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Our February meeting (this Saturday 2/3) will continue to explore the emotional elements of story.

Can every day events in our character's life have meaning?

How do I connect my hero's outer journey (plot) with his inner journey (arc)?

How do I turn story tension into energy?

No matter where you are in your writing journey, we invite you to join us! Come out for a time of teaching, fellowship, and growing in our craft of storytelling.

Hope to see you there!

Cher Gatto (ACFW NY/NJ chapter president)

 

 

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Jan
13
10:00 AM10:00

Note the Date Change for Emotional Mastery- Continued

Journey with words- Emotional Mastery continued

Journey with words- Emotional Mastery continued

Last month we began our study of Donald Maass's exceptional book "The Emotional Craft of Fiction." We looked at specific ways to create a powerful emotional experience for our readers. This month, we will continue our study, focusing on stirring higher emotions. Please join us for an interactive workshop and informal discussion on crafting high impact fiction.

Everyone is welcome... from writers to dabblers to anything in between.

 

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Dec
2
10:00 AM10:00

Emotional Mastery!

       An Emotional Journey in Writing

       An Emotional Journey in Writing

Join us December 2nd, 10am-12pm, as we follow David Maas’s instruction in The Emotional Craft of Fiction to bring deeper emotional impact to our readers.

If you have a copy of his book, read Chapter 1-2. We will be using the exercises on our own WIP during the workshop.

Hope to see you there!

Cher Gatto- ACFW chapter president

 

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First Chapter Checklist- How to Grab Your Reader's Attention!
Nov
4
10:00 AM10:00

First Chapter Checklist- How to Grab Your Reader's Attention!

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We have the honor of having Carrie Turansky back to our group for November! Carrie is a multi-published novelist who writes inspirational romance. She is bringing us a workshop on polishing that first chapter with tips on setting the scene, weaving in backstory, unfolding goals and motivation, and establishing unforgettable characters! You don't want to miss it!!!

For more information about Carrie, visit www.carrieturansky.com. 

EVENT:

November 4th, 10:00am-12:00pm

Grace Bible Chapel, 100 Oakdale Road, Chester, NJ 07930

Email me at www.cherlyngatto@gmail.com for any questions

See you there!!!!

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Oct
14
10:00 AM10:00

ACFW CHAPTER KICK-OFF

INDIE PUBLISHING ... YOU CAN PUBLISH AND MARKET YOUR OWN BOOK!

WELCOME BACK!!!

This Saturday is our Chapter Kick-off! All are welcome!

Grace Bible Chapel, 100 Oakdale Road, Chester, NJ 07930

10:00am-12:00pm

Many of us have had the recent opportunities to gain valuable insight at writer's conferences nationally. Our first topic theme for this fall will focus on this amazing series by Sarah Bolme presented at the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writer's Conference. 

 

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Princeton Author, John D. Balian to Host June 24th Chapter Meeting: Note change of date!
Jun
24
10:00 AM10:00

Princeton Author, John D. Balian to Host June 24th Chapter Meeting: Note change of date!

Gray Wolves and White Doves, John D. Balian

Gray Wolves and White Doves, John D. Balian

John D. Balian grew up in Eastern Turkey facing unimaginable tragedy and a life of destitution. Despite difficult odds, he reached the U.S. and the "American Dream," attended Columbia University on a full scholarship, and received his MD from Tufts University School of Medicine. John's first book, Gray Wolves and White Doves, is a thriller based on events from his own struggle and highlights the political and social upheaval of the Middle East.

Our June 24th meeting will be the last larger gathering before summer break (although the smaller critique group will continue each Saturday through the summer). Celebrating an amazing year as the NY/NJ chapter of ACFW, we will end our time together with a potluck lunch. Please bring something to share.

Meeting will be held at Grace Bible Chapel, 100 Oakdale Road, Chester, NJ 07930 from 10am-12pm with lunch following. Hope to see you there!!!

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How to Explode with Plot Ideas!
May
6
10:00 AM10:00

How to Explode with Plot Ideas!

How to Explode with Plot Ideas!

How to Explode with Plot Ideas!

May's chapter meeting will focus on tips and techniques for crafting original and mind-blowing plot ideas based on the teachings of best-selling author James Scott Bell. Drawing from techniques and exercises from his book, Plot and Structure, we will focus on fast and simple ways to develop our own unique plot.

If you have a copy of his book, try out some ideas from chapter three and come ready to share what worked best for you!

Feel free to bring a bagged lunch and, if time allows, copies of something you're working on for a mini-critique session.

Looking forward to our time together!

 

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