Thursday, January 18, 2018

Go Ahead, Make a Scene!

Join us on Saturday, February 10th at 10:30 a.m. at Arlington Community Church as Julie B Cosgrove, multi-award wining author of sixteen books with four more under contract, will lead a hands-on creative workshop on how to make a scene readers will enjoy.

Julie says, "When readers tell me they felt they as if they were watching a TV movie as they read my book, I inwardly pump my fist - nailed it!"

Today's readers have grown up being visually stimulated for their entertainment. From TV to movie theater graphics, to computer video games, gifs and You Tube, their eyes truly are the windows to their souls. With readership dwindling, authors have to change our way of thinking and writing in order to compete for people's time and entertainment needs.

To capture their attention, we must virtually insert our readers into the plot along with our characters. Julie will show us examples of how she does it by stimulating the reader's five senses in almost every scene. She will also show how to eliminate tags, which can often yank the reader out of the story the way mini-hiccups can interrupt a folktale teller's yarn.

Bring your creative juices and your laptop or pen (paper provided). There will be ample time during the workshop for you to create a scene and then, if you wish, share it with the rest of the Ready Writers that day.

Awarded "One of the 50 Writers You Should Be Reading" in 2015 and 2016 by the nationally syndicated radio program The Authors' Show, Julie B Cosgrove has been a freelance writer since 2007. Besides being a digital missionary on staff with Campus Crusades Canada's internet ministry as a writer and editor, Julie has written regularly for several other faith-based publications since 2009 including Daily Bread, Life from the Word, Good News Daily,Thoughts About God and The Journey.

Her novel, Freed to Forgive was a Grace Award finalist, and her suspense-romance, Legitimate Lies won Best Inspirational Fiction by a Texas Author in 2016 by the Texas Association of Authors as well as being an INSPY Award semi-finalist. Her first cozy mystery in the Bunco Biddies Mysteries, Dumpster Dicing, won Best Cozy by a Texas Author 2017. Three of her short stories have won awards as well.

Besides being a member of ACFW, Julie has achieved the highest level of public speaking in Toastmasters International, The Advanced Communication Gold. She is a member of the Advanced Speakers and Writers Association, and the Christian Authors Network(CAN).

Her own devotional blog, Where Did You Find God Today? has readership in 52 countries.

Reservations are not mandatory but are requested for this event. Reserve your spot today!

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Share the usual Dutch-treat lunch afterward for further fellowship and networking.  

See you there!

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