Among the two thousand plus attendees and hundreds of workshops, it’s impossible to be everywhere at an RWA Nationals. As a result, these aren’t THE four best workshops. They are my favorite four that I attended.
1. The Villain’s Journey presented by Allison Brennan
I can never get enough Allison. She’s not only a great writer, she’s a maverick at pulling apart what makes stories work and explaining it in understandable language. Her humor and humility are epic. I think many of us want to be her when we grow up. In this workshop she talked about how to create a good bad-guy.
2. The Fabulous, Sexy, Selling Novella presented by Connie Brockway, Eloisa James and Julia Quinn
These ladies really know how to write good novellas, and they shared lots of tips, steamy and pragmatic.
3. Kindle Direct Publishing and Create Space presented by Amazon reps and a panel of Indie Writers
Fascinating. I think we’ve all felt the shift in the winds of publishing, but the stats blew my mind. I learned about the new programs Amazon is rolling out, and kept getting the message: “You can Indie publish and succeed.”
4. Deconstructing Alpha Heroes presented by Eloisa James
I came away with lots of ideas about how to tweak my main guy. A great resource.
In the weeks to come, I’ll re-listen to these workshops on tape and write up more detailed posts.
My One Crotchety Note:
We all paid big bucks to be there and expected to attend whatever workshops we wanted, but the rooms weren’t large enough. The big names drew so many people, attendees stood along the wall at the back and sides and were ten deep at the door. I passed on several workshops as a result and quickly learned to arrive early if I wanted a good seat.
Tell me about a favorite workshop you’ve attended recently.