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How to Draft Your Story
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How to Draft Your Story
It's said there are two types of writers: pantsers and plotters. Pantsers basically just wing it. They write whatever their heart desires and see where their characters take them. Plotters plan out their stories before starting the adventure of writing. They typically create some form of an outline and use that to guide their writing. While pantsers seem to have more fun and can be successful, plotters tend to not write themselves into a corner as easily…sometimes at the expense of spontaneity.…
Click here to learn about the different methods of drafting and how to choose the one that’s right for you.
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Whatever your genre, this unique session will teach you how to interview actual sources and research primary documents that can enrich your stories and provide value to your readers. Too few authors make the effort to conduct research, and those who do often fall short, leading to embarrassing mistakes. Even if you’re writing fiction, research can help you craft more believable, engrossing stories.
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understand more of the value behind research
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The registration fee is $89.99 and includes access to the archived version of the program and materials for one year. You don’t need to attend to get a recording. This event will be held online on January 18, 2023, from 1 pm to 2:30 pm EST.
Call for Entries: 2023 Eric Hoffer Award
Calling small presses, academic presses, micro presses, and self-publishers!
Each year, independent publishers release extraordinary books with little or no recognition. The Eric Hoffer Book Award recognizes excellence in publishing. Not only is The Eric Hoffer Book Award one of the most recognized awards for independent and small presses, but it’s also the most economical way to achieve publicity and recognition.
A single registration gives you seven ways to win by genre, press, the Montaigne Medal, the da Vince Eye, the First Horizon Award, the Medal Provocateur (for poetry), and the Hoffer grand prize. There is a category for every book.
Low entrance fee: $60 for early registration by Dec. 14, $70 after
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Legacy categories for books older than 2 years
New MEDAL PROVOCATEUR for the best on the frontier of poetry
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$2,500 GRAND PRIZE (the Eric Hoffer Award for Books)
Winner of the Montaigne Medal for most thought-provoking books
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Honorable Mentions for every category
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