Bonus Online Classes

HEIDI ELJABRO

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Heidi Eljarbo grew up in a home filled with books and artwork. She never imagined she would do anything other than write and paint. She studied art, languages, and history, all of which have come in handy when working as a freelance writer, magazine journalist, and painter.

After living in Canada, six US states, Japan, Switzerland, and Austria, Heidi now calls Norway home. She and her husband have a total of nine children, ten grandchildren—so far—in addition to a bouncy Wheaten Terrier and a bird. They love to have the munchkins come and visit at the Duck and Cherry, their family dwelling. Their favorite retreat is a mountain cabin, where they hike in the summertime and ski the vast, white terrain during winter.

Heidi’s favorites are family, God’s beautiful nature, and the word whimsical.

Enjoy Historical Research

You want to write a novel set in a different time period, maybe even in a foreign country, and sprinkled with real historical events. What is beyond the backdrop? Can you write a fascinating story that doesn’t sound like a history lesson? And how do you balance research and creative writing to build a world that readers will love to visit? Discover what information to look for and where to find it.

Mary Gray
Monster Ivy Publishing

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Mary Gray balances dark and twisty plots with faith-based messages. Some of her best ideas come when she’s lurking in the woods, experimenting with frightening foods, or pushing her kids on the tire swing. She is a contributor to THE FAITHFUL CREATIVE magazine and is the membership chair of INDIE AUTHOR HUB. Mary is the author of THE DOLLHOUSE ASYLUM, HER DARK FANTASY, OUR SWEET GUILLOTINE, HUSH, NOW FORGET, HOW TO WRITE FAITH-BASED MESSAGES FOR A SECULAR MARKET, and is a contributor of the rockin’ anthology, THE DEVILS YOU MEET ON CHRISTMAS DAY. All of these books are published through Mary’s small press, Monster Ivy Publishing.

First Five Pages:
How to Hook an Agent or Editor

First impressions mean everything when submitting to an agent or publisher. As a writer, your job is to convince them to read more. In this class, we'll discuss critical introductory elements an industry professional is looking for, address how to apply these elements in your manuscripts, and analyze examples that successfully snagged a book deal with a publisher.

ALLISON HONG MERRILL

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Allison was born and raised in Taiwan and arrived in the U.S. at twenty-two as a university student. That’s when she realized her school English wasn’t much help when asking for directions on the street or opening a bank account. By recording each of the classes she took––including physical education––and reviewing the tape every night for a year, she eventually learned English well enough to earn an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. But please excuse her if she misuses the verb tenses or mixes up the genders in third-person pronouns when she speaks. It’s no secret––English is a hard language to learn.

Writing a Memoir

Memoir Writing

HEATHER B. MOORE

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Heather B. Moore is a four-time USA Today bestseller and award-winning author of more than seventy publications. Heather graduated from Brigham Young University with a major in Fashion Merchandising and minor in Business Management–which has absolutely nothing to do with writing novels. But at least she can balance a mean checkbook and color-coordinate her kids’ school clothes.

Heather writes historical novels and thrillers under H.B. Moore. She also writes women’s fiction, romance, and inspirational non-fiction under Heather B. Moore, including the Pine Valley series, The Newport Ladies Book Club, and the Amazon bestselling Timeless Romance Anthologies.

Expand Your Author Platform:
Writing Serializations & Episodes

Interested in writing a serialization or a novel with episodes? Learn more about the new Amazon program called Kindle Vella. We’ll discuss the tips and tricks to writing serializations and episodes. Keep your readership growing and your platform expanding with this publishing option of serialization story form.

JANETTE RALLISON

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​USA Today, bestselling author, Janette Rallison/ CJ Hill writes books because writing is much more fun than cleaning bathrooms.  Her avoidance of housework has led her to writing 27 novels that have sold over 1,000,000 print copies and have been on many reading and state lists. Her books are fantasy, sci-fi, and romantic comedy because hey, there is enough angst in real life, but there’s a drastic shortage of humor, romance and hot guys who fight dragons.  She lives in Chandler, Arizona with her husband, kids, and enough cats to classify her as eccentric. 

Traditional publishing-vs-Indie Publishing. Which route is right for you?

Authors have so many choices now when it comes to publishing. Is it better to try and go the traditional route or is it better to take things into your own hands and self-published your novel? Janette will discuss the pros and cons of both options.  She’ll cover contracts pitfalls from traditional publishers and the big mistakes you don’t want to make if you’re going indie, and much more. 

LISA SWINTON

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Award-winning author Lisa Swinton loves romance, travel, Disney, Jane Austen, and tidying up, not necessarily in that order. When she's not writing and being a mom, you might find her singing onstage.

How to be a Healthy Author:
Increase your word count, not your waistline

The wonderful thing about writing is you can do it anywhere. Usually sitting. For long periods of time. Mostly alone. 
Write, they said. It'll be fun, they said. 
No one mentioned the dreaded expansion of your backside due to the constant sitting. Or the aches and pains that come along with being hunched over a screen. Or the feelings of loneliness and isolation that may follow. 
Enjoy this class where we'll chat over how to keep your body and mind in author-fit shape to keep doing what you love: telling stories.