Bill and Sharon Hopkins–Workshops

Workshop #1

“Critique Groups and Beta Readers: The Good, the Bad, and the Mouthy (What You Should and Shouldn’t Expect From Critiques)”

How to prepare for a critique session is critical. Read the items you’re supposed to read. Write notes. Don’t depend on your memory. So, topics on things never to do in a critique group (besides a fist fight!), and things always to do in a critique group (besides showing up on time!) will be discussed. We’ll also go over types of critique groups and learn the pros and cons of each type, how to control the group, (there will always be one Know-It-All). How do you limit that person’s time and not allow them to take over? And how do you do that? The Deadly Duo will also cover Beta Readers? What are they? Do you really need them? Should they be writers only, writers-readers only, or a combination thereof? What to expect from beta readers, and where to get questions for beta readers to answer will be covered as well.

Assignment for this workshop: Search the Internet and bring a set of questions to ask beta readers and/or make up your own! Make it fun. Also, think about how you would structure a critique group. You could break new ground!

What to bring to the workshop: Your imagination and lots of questions! Paper, pad, and pen, or your computer (plus a backup battery for your computer!) for making notes.

Workshop #2

“Avoiding Pitch-fails and Other Goofs—Don’t Trip on the Path to Publication With Mistakes That Can Sink Your Manuscript-ship Before It Ever Sails”

A lot of writers simply won’t follow the rules. If you don’t know what color paper you use for a manuscript or what two fonts are the only ones to use (and the sizes), plus a lot more details on what to do and what not to do, this is your place to learn!

Assignment for this workshop: Search the Internet and bring a set of examples of goofs writers make and/or make up your own! Make it fun.

What to bring to the workshop: Your imagination and lots of questions! Paper, pad, and pen, or your computer (plus a backup battery for your computer!) for making notes.