“Brave New World” Novel Writing Workshop Series Offered by Midwest Writing Center This Fall
Instructor for the Workshop Series is Award-Winning Novelist Susan Carroll

Registration is currently open for Midwest Writing Center’s seventh Fall Writing Workshop Series; this year’s focus will be on novel writing and publishing. The series will be held from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. on September 13* and 20, October 4 and 18, and November 1 and 15 (all Tuesdays). Award-winning novelist Susan Carroll will serve as the instructor for this workshop.

*UPDATE: Due to a family emergency, the first meeting of the Fall Novel Writing Workshop will postponed one week from its originally scheduled start date of 9/6. The workshop will now start on Tuesday, Sept. 13th at 6pm here at MWC. We apologize for any inconvenience, and we appreciate your understanding.

Here is the full workshop description for “Brave New World”:

a-2219“In this workshop, we will explore the new landscape of novel writing and publishing. This six-week workshop will offers tips on how to write a compelling story to compete in today’s book market. We will cover many of the basic topics such as great opening hooks, creating characters that live and breathe, and writing compelling conflict that will keep your readers turning the pages.

The publishing world has changed so much over the past decade, offering new challenges and opportunities. In our final sessions, we will examine the pros and cons of traditional vs. indie publishing and what you can do to market and promote your book.”

As an added bonus, everyone enrolling in the workshop will also receive a half hour, private session with Susan Carroll to discuss your book project in greater depth. You may submit a chapter of your work for Ms. Carroll to review, no longer than twenty pages in length.

Cost to participate in this workshop will be $200 for MWC members and $225 for non-members. This is quite a bargain considering that a comparable workshop at the Summer Writing Festival at the University of Iowa would cost significantly more (weekend workshops $280, week-long $560—the MWC workshop meets six times over three months for a total of 12 hours), and a conventional class through the University would cost significantly more than that per credit hour. While there may not credit hours at the end of this workshop, the dividends will pay off in the participants’ writing.

You can register online using the PayPal link below, by calling MWC at 563-324-1410, or by sending your registration fee to MWC, 225 E. 2nd St., Ste. 303, Davenport, IA 52801.

The initial sessions will be held at MWC on the 3rd floor of Bucktown Center for the Arts at 225 E. 2nd Street in Downtown Davenport and later sessions will be held at MWC’s new location at the Rock Island Public Library, 401 19th St. in downtown Rock Island. For more information, call MWC or email mwc@midwestwritingcenter.org.

Bio for Susan Carroll:

Disenchanted_SCarrollAuthor Susan Carroll began her career in 1986, writing historical romance and regencies, two of which were honored by Romance Writers of America with the RITA award. She has written twenty six novels to date. Her St. Leger series received much acclaim. The Bride Finder was honored with a RITA for Best Paranormal Romance in 1999 and also received the Reviewers Choice Award from Romantic Times magazine for Historical Romance of the year. Two sequels followed, The Night Drifter and Midnight Bride.

Ms. Carroll launched a new series with the publication of The Dark Queen set during the turbulent days of the French Renaissance. A blend of history, romance and intrigue, these six books relate the saga of the Cheney sisters, three women of extraordinary abilities who live in constant peril of being accused of witchcraft. The novels combine fictional characters with real events and personages such as the enigmatic Catherine de Medici, the lusty Henry of Navarre, and the dynamic Elizabeth I of England.

Her latest book is a humorous retelling of the Cinderella story. Disenchanted will be released in January, 2017.
Support for this program generously provided by the Regional Development Authority, and the Illinois Arts Council Agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.   

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