Hill Country Writing Symposium

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Hello, fellow Texas authors! I want to make you aware of, and invite you to, a Writing Symposium in Comfort, Texas September 14 – 16, 2017.

Yes, that is SOON!!

I will be presenting two separate workshops at this event to be held at the Comfort Public Library. If you are anywhere near this area and wish to hone your writing skills through hands-on workshops, check this out.

Hill Country Writing Symposium – Fall Edition

September 14-16, 2017

Comfort Public Library

701 High St, Comfort, TX 78013

Thursday, September 14, 2017 – Meet & Greet Reception

7 PM to 9 PM

More information on location to follow.

Friday, September 15, 2017

9 AM Nature Writing

10 AM Five Forms to Use to Awaken the Poet in You

11 AM Writing for Non-Fiction

Noon – Lunch on your own

1 PM How Many Ways Can You Say ____?

2 PM Writing for Young Audiences

3 PM Journaling

4 PM Editing 101

Saturday, September 16, 2017

10 AM Writing for Different Media

11 AM Marketing 101 – Renegade Style

Noon – Lunch on your own

1-4 PM Book Festival in Library

 

Attendee Fees – Check options below for any discounts that may already be applied.

Regular Purchase $65 All Inclusive

10 Sessions plus Cocktail Reception

Plus 1 Free book from a presenter of their choice.

(hotel, food, misc at attendee’s own expense)

REGISTER HERE

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#RRBC Writers’ Conference & Book Expo

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One of the most fun and beneficial things any writer can do is attend a conference.  Not only do you walk away with new information and knowledge, but friendships and connections.

But, how can you create a conference with international participation? The answer was simple to the President of the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB, Nonnie Jules.

Have a Virtual Writers’ Conference and Book Expo!  And that’s what she did. This is a conference with something for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you’re brand new at writing or been writing for thirty years, you will benefit from this conference.

Please take a look and see for yourself. Explore the workshops offered, the opportunities to win prizes, discover new authors and create friendships. And you can do it all from the comfort of your own home. There is no other conference like the RRBC Writers’ Conference & Book Expo!

I’ve made it easy for you. Click on the links below and register to be a participant in this unique conference set for October 22- 28, 2017.

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See ya’ there!

#RRBC Virtual Writer’s Conference and Book Expo 2017!

n this year of BETTER The RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB is proud to bring you the RRBC Writers’ Conference and Book Expo!  

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October is a long way off, right? WRONG! It’s right around the corner and the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB Writers’ Conference & Book Expo is an event you won’t want to miss.

Here are the TOP THREE reasons you should plan to attend this event!

  1. This is a virtual conference. What does that mean? You can enjoy every aspect of this conference from the comfort of your own home, in your pajamas, if you wish. It is an on-line event. Except for the live presentations, you move at your own speed, participating AT YOUR CONVENIENCE.
  2. You will have the opportunity to sit in on literally dozens of workshops covering topics for improving your writing skills to marketing your work and everything in between. (Take a look!)
  3. You will have a chance to interact with workshop presenters on a personal level and ask any questions you may have. AND, as an added bonus, you get the chance to discover new books you may not have heard of!

And the cost is affordable and you will leave the conference a BETTER writer!

Whether you are a brand new or well-seasoned author,  this conference will benefit everyone.

I invite you to check it out. Take a look at the cost and all the different packages and options. Register and come join us!

#RRBC Writer’s Conference and Book Expo! Coming SOON!

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A Writers’ Conference like none other!  OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC! Participate from the comfort of your own home.

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This is a virtual conference. Because the membership of Rave Reviews Book Club is international, this is a innovative solution to bring members together for a conference.

From Thursday, December 1st until Saturday, December 3rd, some of the greatest writers, authors and avid readers from around the world will gather online!

This conference will consist of three days of fellowship (Gathering), having fun (Enjoying) and becoming enlightened! (Learning!).

You’ll find newbie authors, seasoned authors, and readers of all stages and interests, in one arena, teaching, learning and growing.

What an amazing opportunity to be a part of an event such as this!

Rise by lifting others

Just like at any conference, we will have Author Booths, Vendor Booths and Workshops.

And there will be GIVEAWAYS!!

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To find out more about this virtual conference, click here!

To register, Click Here!

Workshop sessions include such topics as:

*Building Your Author Platform

*Why Your Brand is Important and Why Protecting It Is Even More Important

*Why You Should Never Refuse LIVE Media Interviews

*Blogging for Success

*Literary Lingo 101

*Marketing 101

*Indie vs Traditional: Which One Wins?

*Social Media Dos & Don’ts

*Editors: Sniffing Out The Right One

*Formatting Made Easy

*Your Best Self Promotion Tool…

*Writing In The Senior Season

*Writing the Perfect Book Review

*Book Blurbs Do’s & Don’ts

*Cover Design (FREE bonus session!)

So, as you can clearly see, there is literally something for everyone!

Don’t miss out on EARLY BIRD pricing!

If you are not yet a member of the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB, I invite you to check it out.  See if it is a perfect fit for you and if so and you join, please tell them Jan Sikes sent you over! 

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How many ways can you say ____?

I am super excited to present this workshop to the Panhandle Professional Writers Group in Amarillo, Texas next month.

Bi-Monthly Meeting
November19th

 
Jan Sikes
How Many Ways Can You Say ____?
 


“He walked.” Really? Do you know there are over 115 ways to describe the way a person walks? Why should you limit yourself to using the same words over and over? The same is true with voice descriptions and many other modes of communication we must rely on in telling a story.

In this presentation, Jan will explore various active verbs that can take the place of the passive and draw a better picture in a reader’s mind of what the characters are doing. When you master this, it will take your writing to a new level of excitement both for you, the author, as well as the reader.

In her talk, she’ll show techniques to prevent your writing from becoming mundane and stale. Using the same phrases and descriptions are ruts we all fall into because we’re too rushed, too tired, or often—let’s face it—too lazy. Bring pen and paper for the interactive exercises. Jan plans to present this program in a fun and upbeat way using the Emotion Thesaurus as well as other reference material. Handouts will accompany her talk.

The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression will be referred to frequently during this presentation as well as other resources authors may find helpful. A PowerPoint presentation will be used in conjunction with printed material.

Jan is a multi-published, award-winning author of an exciting series about her life with her country singer/performer husband, Rick Sikes. She’s a member of the Texas Association of Authors and is heavily involved with the Texas Musicians Museum in Irving. In addition to writing books, she writes songs, poetry, short stories, and is currently working on a novel with paranormal elements.

Meeting Times:
Check-In and
Meet & Greet
9:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Business Meeting
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Morning Session
10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Box Lunch
12:15 – 1:00 p.m.
Critique Session
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
For information regarding how to join PPW and membership dues, see “Membership” link on left side of this page.
 
Non-members: There is a $10 guest fee to attend our bi-monthly programs.  If you join that day, the guest fee will be credited toward your membership fee.  There is a $1 guest fee for middle school and high school students.  At bi-monthly meetings held at the Amarillo Senior Citizens Association, members of Amarillo Senior Citizens Association may attend those meetings free of charge. If a member invites you attend a program as their guest, the guest fee for that program will be waived.  However, if you attend subsequent programs, we will ask you to either pay the guest fee or become a member.
 

#RRBC Writer’s Conference and Book Expo! Coming SOON!

cropped-conference-banner

A Writers’ Conference like none other!  OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC! Participate from the comfort of your own home. animated coffee

This is a virtual conference. Because the membership of Rave Reviews Book Club is international, this is a innovative solution to bring members together for a conference.

From Thursday, December 1st until Saturday, December 3rd, some of the greatest writers, authors and avid readers from around the world will gather online!

This conference will consist of three days of fellowship (Gathering), having fun (Enjoying) and becoming enlightened! (Learning!).

You’ll find newbie authors, seasoned authors, and readers of all stages and interests, in one arena, teaching, learning and growing.

What an amazing opportunity to be a part of an event such as this!

Rise by lifting others

Just like at any conference, we will have Author Booths, Vendor Booths and Workshops.

And there will be GIVEAWAYS!!

giveaway_1_

To find out more about this virtual conference, click here!

To register, Click Here!

Workshop sessions include such topics as:

*Building Your Author Platform

*Why Your Brand is Important and Why Protecting It Is Even More Important

*Why You Should Never Refuse LIVE Media Interviews

*Blogging for Success

*Literary Lingo 101

*Marketing 101

*Indie vs Traditional: Which One Wins?

*Social Media Dos & Don’ts

*Editors: Sniffing Out The Right One

*Formatting Made Easy

*Your Best Self Promotion Tool…

*Writing In The Senior Season

*Writing the Perfect Book Review

*Book Blurbs Do’s & Don’ts

*Cover Design (FREE bonus session!)

So, as you can clearly see, there is literally something for everyone!

Don’t miss out on EARLY BIRD pricing!

If you are not yet a member of the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB, I invite you to check it out.  See if it is a perfect fit for you and if so and you join, please tell them Jan Sikes sent you over! 

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