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
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:
I look forward to seeing everyone there!
“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
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)
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.
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
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.
November 4th, 10:00am-12:00pm
Grace Bible Chapel, 100 Oakdale Road, Chester, NJ 07930
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions
See you there!!!!
INDIE PUBLISHING ... YOU CAN PUBLISH AND MARKET YOUR OWN BOOK!
This Saturday is our Chapter Kick-off! All are welcome!
Grace Bible Chapel, 100 Oakdale Road, Chester, NJ 07930
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.
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!!!
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!
Our April chapter meeting will focus on THE PITCH. Those fifteen minutes or less that we may have to "sell" our manuscript, whether that's to a potential reader, an agent, or a publisher. What do we say? How do we say it? How do we make our story rise above the masses? Come join us for a workshop style session and bring your ideas. If you were here for March, don't forget your One Sheet or Back Cover Blurb to review. Hope to you see you then! (Grace Bible Chapel, 100 Oakdale Road, Chester, NJ)
Even if you don't have a finished manuscript but one day hope to be published, learning how to present your work to an agent or editor is a vital process in the journey. Conferences provide a wonderful opportunity to meet and speak with professionals in the field, and several are offered this summer. How do we prepare for those? Or for anyone interested in our story? For the next couple of chapter meetings, we will focus on developing a repertoire of valuable tools to spark interest in our story when meeting with agents/editors.
March 4th will focus on developing our One Sheet (or visual pitch) and our Back Cover Blurb (that paragraph that conveys the sudden urge in our reader to BUY the book!). This will be workshop style, so come prepared with thoughts and ideas to create your own. See you then!
Terry Brennan, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and award-winning author.
Gone Fishing- How to Catch an Agent (Tracey Lyons)
This workshop will cover approaches to finding the right agent. How to decide which agents to query, the perks and pitfalls of using newer agencies, and the right way to approach agents at workshops and conferences. The goal of this workshop is to leave you with useful tips on how to develop the perfect agent query list for your writing career so you can catch the big fish! www.traceylyons.com
Self-Editing - Flipping the Switch
Learn how to turn off your internal editor and let your creativity flow while writing the first draft at top speed. Then discover how to flip the switch and use your internal editor to your advantage with self-editing strategies for the revision stage. Polish your novel and make it shine!
Carrie Turansky is the award-winning author of 17 novels and novellas and has been a member of ACFW since 2000. She writes contemporary and historical inspirational romance and women’s fiction for WaterBrook Multnomah, Barbour, and Love Inspired. Her next book is a Downton Abbey style historical romance with a strong mystery thread titled Shine Like the Dawn, releasing February 21, 2017. She lives in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, with her husband, Scott, who is a pastor, author, and speaker. They have five adult children and four grandchildren. Carrie leads women’s ministry at her church, and when she is not writing she enjoys gardening, flower arranging, and cooking heathy meals for friends and family. She loves to connect with reading and writing friends on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. Her website is http://carrieturansky.com/.