See Erin “In Person”…

Upcoming: October 5, 2021…

See me at the Washington Romance Writers’ Mini Workshop Online, as I speak for 45 minutes on Writing Dazzling Dialogue: How to Make your Dialogue Crisp, Credible, and Captivating. More information to follow…

Upcoming: October 16-23, 2021…

The Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative is excited to announce that the 32nd Literacy for All Conference 2021 will be held virtually this year from October 16-23, 2021.

INTERNATIONAL/ONLINE CONFERENCE 
FOR READING TEACHERS, ADMINISTRATORS, AND PARENTS

Session Title: 10 Blow-Your-Mind, Revolutionary [Teaching] Changes that Fire Up Joy, Deepen Engagement, & Multiply Reading Results

When it comes to teaching reading, are we missing something? Research says YES. But here’s the problem: Because eye-opening and revolutionary answers within medical, psychosocial, and educational fields have NOT been clearly shared, synthesized, and integrated (in both curriculum development and teacher education), powerful how-to truths for teaching reading have barely trickled into our classrooms. With recent profound global events, we’re now at a crossroads where we must integrate research truths cross-functionally—or we’ll lose a generation of learners. We know the impact that reading has on all of learning… and it’s time to take research-based action to open the floodgates of reading success. 

Upcoming: January 2022…

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Michigan Chapter Online FREE state-wide presentation
SUNDAY, JANUARY 9, 2022
1 PM Eastern time/12 noon central time/11 Mountain time/10 pacific time
to register, visit SCBWI.org michigan or contact isabel at ohagenib@gmail.com

Session Title: Creating Wonder:  Sure-Fire Ways to Make Your Story Fascinating, Enticing, and Memorable

What draws readers to your story—and makes your book something that people simply can’t put down? Story experts come back to one element that tops them all: “wonder.” What is wonder—and why is it such an important ingredient to make your book a bestseller? Whether it’s within your characters, plot, scenes, description, or settings—according to best-selling Hollywood writers and story experts such as David Farland, wonder is one of the top elements that binds a successful story together and makes readers want to spend time with your characters and world. Come and find out what wonder is, how to make it work in your story, and how to keep readers talking about your book and wanting more. Your presenter, Erin M. Brown, has an MFA in Creative Writing, Genre Fiction; has coached numerous writers and edited story to representation and publication; has been a judge for writing contests for 20 years, including with the international Romance Writers of America (RWA) Vivians (formerly Ritas); has presented to writers at conferences since the 80s; has worked with a Hollywood A-lister on writers room creation for a television series; has 10 books published; and has created over 50 writing courses for all ages, including courses at three universities. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

PAST PRESENTATIONS…

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Michigan Chapter Online Conference 
April 23-25, 2021
Registration is Now Open! 
Register here
Session presenter, Saturday, april 24, @1 PM ET

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.

A friend of mine who attended the Spring Conference sent me an email before the recordings were taken down–“Be sure to watch Erin’s session,” she said, “–one of the best!” I told her I saw it live and that I agreed with her!
Best,
Isabel 

 

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Online Webinar
November 8, 2020, 3 PM (Eastern Time)
Key Speaker

Session Title: Writing Dazzling Dialogue: How to Make Your Dialogue Crisp, Credible, and Captivating

Our story’s dialogue can be a powerful tool that dynamically engages our reader — or a deadly weight to our story’s pace and power. What makes “good dialogue” and “bad dialogue”? How do we write great conversations on the page? And perhaps most importantly, what writing-dialogue mistakes must we absolutely avoid to make our dialogue smooth, easy, and believable? Come to this webinar and learn the Top 10 Dialogue Assassins (what to avoid), the Three Simple Tricks to Dynamic Dialogue Tags (“magical” must-do’s), and how to make our story’s conversations on the page real, captivating, and powerful — so our readers engage with our story, stay in our storyworld, and become loyal readers who share our stories with others. For information, contact Dave Stricklen at Stricklen@gmail.com.

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

“Just spectacular! You do so much for our region. I hope people realize that you know your webinars that you give us are so full of amazing information that we can apply right away. And that’s a real treat. So I just want to thank you!” — Jodi McKay, Co-Regional Advisor, SCBWI Michigan

“Really great information — really well done. You know, you can tell that you’re used to doing this. So thank you so much.” — Dave Stricklen, Grand Rapids Shop Talk Director, SCBWI Michigan

“I had no idea dialogue played such a strong role in the planning of a book. Thank you for this!” — Jackie L.

“Great things to implement — Thanks!” — Celeste T.

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Online Webinar:
Drawing with Your Imagination & Words
With Mark Kistler’s Fine Arts Academy
October 22, 2020, 7:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Online, via Zoom!
Key Speaker

Join an hour of “hands-on fun” with Erin at the Emmy Award Winner Mark Kistler’s Online Art Academy! Learn the power of words, use your imagination, and learn how to use your senses and words for storytelling!

“This was awesome! Amazing! Fascinating! Lots of learning, new ideas, and fresh ideas… and fully engaging!” ~Mark Kistler, October 22, 2020

 

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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.

 

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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