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UPCOMING…

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Michigan Chapter Online Conference
April 2021

Mark your calendars — information’s forthcoming!

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Grand Rapids Shop Talk
July 14, 2020, 7 PM
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Key Speaker

Session Title: The Plot and Structure Master Guide: How One Simple Document Can Make Your Story’s Structure Strong

From MFA programs, to Pixar movies, to LA writer’s rooms — patterns of structure, plot, and character development show up time and again. Throughout the ages, master storytellers and researchers have shown us that story is more than a simple three-act structure. But does using a specific story structure help or hurt the way that we create story? Does story mapping, outlining, and meeting specific plot-point targets slow us down, creating cookie-cutter stories — or does story mapping speed up the creative process — and actually make us more creative? Finally, is there such a thing as a “great map” that can help us develop our stories more easily? Join this session for story structure wisdom and hands-on takeaways — including a Master Map distilling plot and structure guidelines from the likes of Joseph Campbell, Blake Snyder, Michael Hauge, Houston Howard, and more. For information, contact Dave Stricklen at Stricklen@gmail.com.

 

PAST MONTHS…

 

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Traverse City Shop Talk
April 19, 2020
Traverse City, Michigan
Key Speaker

Due to stay-safe, stay-in-place guidelines, this event was held online for SCBWI members…
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Session Title: Make Your Book a Page-Turner: How to Ramp Up Conflict and Create Raving-Fan Readers
Imagine: Your eyes dart across the words—your breath quickens—your fingers hover, ready to turn the page—because the story’s hero is in deep trouble, and you want to know—what’s going to happen next? Readers seek the rush of “a book we can’t put down” and authors long to create pulse-thumping stories with raving-fan readers. But exactly how do we make it happen? The answer is in conflict—arguably the number one attribute at the heart of what makes a story great. Join this workshop and learn best-selling authors’ conflict-ramping secrets while we tap into tropes, tips, and techniques that can help you finally create that slam-dunk storyline you’ve always imagined. Whether crafting a picture book, creating a middle grade story, or composing a YA novel, you’ll walk away from his workshop with actionable ways to make your story a page-turner.For information, contact Heather Shumaker at heather@heathershumaker.com.

Interested in bringing this webinar to your group?
Here’s what attendees said…

Thank you! Very valuable information! – Angie V.

Thanks, Erin! This was a great inspiration for me! I can’t wait to get writing. 🙂
– Rachel F.

This has been fantastic! What incredible tools! Thank you so much! – Rhonda A.

Excellent! Thank you for all the info and resources. – Beth

Thank you very much. This was so helpful! – Andrea A.

Thanks again so motivating – learning so much! – Roxy P.

Thank you for doing this, it was very helpful! – Rebekah

This is wonderful! Taking lots and lots of notes! Thank you. so much. This has been amazing! – Suzy G.

It was great – thanks! – Arjun Y.

Thank you, Erin, for great info today! – Betsy

Excellent! Great eye opener!

Thank you. So much good info! – Mary Z.

It’s wonderful! This is wonderful! Taking lots and lots of notes! – Julia R.

This is amazing! Thank you so much, Erin! Whew! So much information and so valuable! – Elizabeth M.

I was only able to watch part of the live [online] webinar on April 19th [2020] and I have spent the last week going through the replay. I have so many notes!! I wanted to thank you for the presentation — you were so generous with your slides, notes and time! I’m primarily a picture book writer, but I got so much out of your presentation. Thank you again for sharing with our [regional chapter of] SCBWI! — Mary Kalorian-Zychowicz (Monroe, MI; May 2020) 

PAST EVENTS…

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KidLitCon 2020

CANCELLED March 11, 2020,
due to health precautions surrounding COVID-19

March 27-28, 2020
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Panel Speaker: March 27, Session Block 2A – 11:45 am-12:30 pm
Panel Moderator: March 28, Session Block 7B – 11:30-12:15 pm

Speaker, Friday Session Block 2A Using Genre to See the World More Clearly
Authors have the unique ability to help readers imagine and truly see different realities — to grow our worldview, world consciousness, and care for people, places, and perceptions leading to positive change. This panel will discuss how we can, through story and craft, provide the mirrors, windows, and doors that let children see possibilities and hope for today — and for the future. With Leslie Helakoski (Are Your Stars Like My Stars?), Buffy Silverman (On a Snow-Melting Day: Seeking Signs of Spring), Supriya Kelkar (Ahimsa) and Erin M. Brown. Moderated by Jay Whistler.

Moderator, Session Block 7B –  How to Pitch a Manuscript
How do you know when you’re ready to pitch your book, and how to you polish that pitch? What are agents and publishers looking for in manuscripts? Join authors Angeline Boulley (Firekeeper’s Daughter, forthcoming), Heather Schumaker (The Griffins of Castle Cary), agent reader Jay Whistler and publisher Dara Beevas of Wise Ink as they answer
these questions and more. Moderated by Erin M. Brown.

For information, contact KidLitCon@gmail.com.

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Superstars Writing Conference
February 4-9, 2020
Colorado Springs, CO
Scholarship Winner

For information on the 2021 Superstars Writing event, contact marie@wordfire.com.

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KAST a Spell One-Day Conference
October 20, 2019
Workshop Presenter

Session Title: Make Your Book a Page-Turner: How to Ramp Up Conflict and Create Raving-Fan Readers
Imagine: Your eyes dart across the words—your breath quickens—your fingers hover, ready to turn the page—because the story’s hero is in deep trouble, and you want to know—what’s going to happen next? Readers seek the rush of “a book we can’t put down” and authors long to create pulse-thumping stories with raving-fan readers. But exactly how do we make it happen? The answer is in conflict—arguably the number one attribute at the heart of what makes a story great. Join this workshop and learn best-selling authors’ conflict-ramping secrets while we tap into tropes, tips, and techniques that can help you finally create that slam-dunk storyline you’ve always imagined. Whether crafting a picture book, creating a middle grade story, or composing a YA novel, you’ll walk away from his workshop with actionable ways to make your story a page-turner. For information, contact Isabel O’Hagen at ohaginib@gmail.com.

 

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Lansing Area Shop Talk
September 22, 2019, 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Lansing, Michigan
Key Speaker

Session Title: How to Introduce a Character—According to the
Pros: Examples from Famous Authors and Easy-to-Use Templates to Make Your
Character Intros Shine

It has been said that both plot and characters are what make a book
marvelous to read and enjoy—and some say characters are the *foundation* of
story. If that’s so, then it stands to reason that character introductions
are critical to our stories. Is there a special way to introduce
characters—to create enchantment at that *exact *moment when the character
walks onto the page? How can our character introductions immediately endear
our characters to the reader? Join us as Erin presents interesting (and
surprising) patterns and “formulas” for introducing characters on the
page—with examples from best-selling authors Judy Blume, Lois Lowry, Rick
Riordan, Roger Zelazny, and James S. A. Corey — with easy-to-remember
patterns to introduce characters in ways that captivate readers. For information, contact Ann Finkelstein at annf1234@gmail.com.

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Michigan and Indiana Writer’s Retreat
October 5-7, 2018
Pokegon, Indiana
Workshop Presenter

Session Title: The Plot and Structure Master Guide: How One Simple Document Can Make Your Story’s Structure Strong

From MFA programs, to Pixar movies, to LA writer’s rooms — patterns of structure, plot, and character development show up time and again. Throughout the ages, master storytellers and researchers have shown us that story is more than a simple three-act structure. But does using a specific story structure help or hurt the way that we create story? Does story mapping, outlining, and meeting specific plot-point targets slow us down, creating cookie-cutter stories — or does story mapping speed up the creative process — and actually make us more creative? Finally, is there such a thing as a “great map” that can help us develop our stories more easily? Join this session for story structure wisdom and hands-on takeaways — including a Master Map distilling plot and structure guidelines from the likes of Joseph Campbell, Blake Snyder, Michael Hauge, Houston Howard, and more.

 

For a list of some of Erin’s key speaking engagements since the 1980s, visit the MEDIA page