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The Catholic Writers Conference – Online and Free – March 17-31, 2012

“The Catholic Writers Conference – Online and Free – March 17-31, 2012″ by Joan Y. Edwards

Register  http://www.catholicwritersconference.com/ Register and bookmark the site and check back for updates with added courses.

March 17-24 Workshops in the Forum area will be open 24 hours a day, so that you can read, do assignments and get feedback from the presenters at your own leisure. Presenters will be visiting them frequently. Presenters will not respond after March 24th, but the forums will be open.

March 24-31 One Hour Chats on Varying Topics and Pitches

  • 20 Ways to Correct, Trim, and Enhance Your Manuscript by Joan Edwards
  • Believe – Submit Your Manuscript by Joan Edwards
  • Practice Your Pitch on Me by Joan Edwards
  • Everything I Need to Know is on the Internet by Susan K. Stewart
  • Introduction to ePublishing with Susan Stewart
  • Self-Publishing: From Draft to Quality Book by Ellen Gable Hrkach
  • The Future of Self-Publishing: E-Books by Ellen Gable Hrkach
  • Tweeting Your Way to Success with Jo Linsdell

There will be other workshops. Publishers and/or agents will be there, too. They haven’t been announced yet. Check The Catholic Writers Conference  websute: http://www.catholicwritersconference.com/index.php?name=Content_2&cid=2.

Here is a blurb about the three workshops I will teach. I did the first two workshops at the Muse Online Writers Conference in October. The people who attended said that they were good and hoped I would do the workshops again next October. This will be my first venture to have a chat with a workshop. I have participated in them, but never been the main speaker of a chat session.

  • 20 Ways to Correct, Trim, and Enhance Your Manuscript by Joan Edwards

20 Ways to Correct, Trim, and Enhance Your Manuscript A Five Day Workshop Guide to correct grammar and punctuation. Replace telling words with vivid showing words with emotional impact. Cut words that don’t carry the plot, character, and emotional theme forward. Is the backstory essential? Does it contain crucial information, or can it be eliminated without loss of comprehension. Power of three. Delete or replace pet words. Vary sentence structure. If a sentence is giving your trouble, I’ll help with it.

Forum workshop and chat

  • Believe – Submit Your Manuscript – Pub Sub 3rd Fri – by Joan Edwards

Believe – Submit Your Manuscript – PubSub3rdFri (Publisher Submission on the Third Friday). A Five Day Workshop The more manuscripts you submit, the better your chance at publication. What is PubSub3rdFri, Why be a Pub Subber? Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, and Week 4. Steps to get manuscripts ready to submit, get manuscript to “ready” stage, choose a publisher, follow the guidelines, write a pitch, query letter, cover letter, proposal, final critique, proof, submitting, education and motivation.

Forum workshop and chat

  • Practice Your Pitch on Me by Joan Edwards

Detailed Guide to Writing a Pitch. Write Your Pitch. Practice your pitch.

First Week March 17-24

Day 1 What is a pitch? Why does a writer need one? Using a finished manuscript or ideas for a new story, write Part 1 of the pitch. genre, page count, universal theme (______+_____ leads to _______)
Day 2 Write part 2 of the pitch. What is the main character and the problem or dilemma he has. Tell the antagonist and how they keep main character from getting what they want. Why should I care? Tell the action the main character must take to reach their goal? What do they have to overcome to reach their goal?
Day 3. Write part 3 of the pitch. Tell how the main character changes emotionally and why? Explain the underlying universal theme for the story.
Day 4. Try out your pitch on me. Revise it for next day.
Day 5. Try out your pitch again on me. Reverse. I’ll pitch your story to you, using your words on a tape recorder, video, or twitter (private message). Perhaps hearing me pitch your stories, it’ll help you get it to an enticing, magnetic pitch that no editor, agent, or reader will be able to turn down.

Second Week March 24-31

One hour chat to try out your final pitch and celebrate getting better and better.

I hope you’ll get a chance to participate. Please share with those you think might be interested in taking one of the workshops at the conference.

I may not update this blog so be sure and check The Catholic Writers Conference website 


for more information about the workshops and times for the chat sessions. Let me know if you’re registered and plan to take one of my workshops. Then I can look forward to seeing you there! Anticipation is a lot of the fun of a vacation, trip, party, or special event. It’s going to be fun.

Thank you for reading my blog. Thank you for believing in me. I’m proud of you for believing in you.

Do something fun for you today!
Joan Y. Edwards

Copyright © 2012 Joan Y. Edwards


2 Responses

  1. Joan,
    Congratulations on your upcoming conference presenter role! Three workshops! Wow! You are one busy and giving lady. I know all who attend will benefit. I will keep you in my prayers.

    Linda A.


    • Dear Linda,
      Thank you for your good wishes about my conference presenter role and keeping me in your prayers. I am excited about the workshops.
      Do something fun for you today!
      Joan Y. Edwards


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