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The workshop on SCENE & SEQUEL The Building Blocks of your Novel, was excellent. We had a good turnout, the bookstore was quiet so we could interact without interruption, and we met a couple of new members. One woman even traveled from Apple Valley, so I thought that was great.

For the first section, SCENE, I explained how to construct one, what it should include and what NOT to include and passed out templates I use when writing my novels. I asked the members to fill in the blank spaces with information from their own novels so they could see more clearly the issues of their own scenes, what’s important and what is not. Each member read their sections, and we, as a group, offered suggestions on how to make their scenes more dynamic.

For the next workshop, we’ll talk about the SEQUEL, and again I’ll hand out templates so they can identify more clearly what should be included.

I’m very proud of our members, which includes a husband & wife team who writes historical romance, and their first novel was recently published; a woman who has published through a Christian novel publisher; and we have newbies – writers who are just beginning their journeys. It’s exciting to watch them understand the technique they have heard about but may not have understood its use. I’m happy to help them along the way.

Novel Writers Workshop, Redlands, CA

I'm a novelist, short story writer, and I currently serve as Editor in Chief for The Knight Writers Magazine and CEO for L. Cooper Press, a service for writers. Thomson-Gale bought one of my novels, With Full Malice, for their 5 Star Mystery line, then Harlequin WorldWide Mysteries bought the mass market paperback rights. I lead a novel critique group in Redlands, CA, so if you're in the area and writing a novel, join us: http://www.meetup.com/SoCal-Novel-Writers-Workshop/ When I can't attend, M.L. Spencer, a fantastic fantasy author, leads the group. For information about The Knight Writers Magazine, check our website. We're always open to submissions: http://www.theknightwritersmagazine.com

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