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Unwrapping the Thriller: Behind the Scenes of Crafting Gripping, Suspense-Filled Stories that Grab Readers, with Gledé Browne Kabongo (Workshop)

The NHWP offers craft- and business-oriented workshops throughout the year for our members, and frequently for non-members as well.

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Ana E Ross shares the techniques she incorporated on Indie Book Publishing, Marketing, and Promotion to become a successful bestselling author—including, but not limited to free and paid avenues to get your books noticed by a multitude of readers, affiliate accounts with major retailers, newsletters, teasers, Face Book ads, and more.

Still skeptical, Ana isn’t shy about sharing her bank statements with you—just to prove her point that with the right know-how, coaching, plan, and determination, you, too, could become a bestseller and begin your journey to financial independence as an Independent Published Author.

At nights, she crafts steamy contemporary romances, featuring sexy, alpha heroes and strong, beautiful heroines who fight and love with equal passion.  Her published works include several short stories, five books in her bestselling series, Billionaire Brides of Granite Falls, and three books in the spinoff series, Beyond Granite Falls.

She is currently working on her third spinoff series, Billionaire Island Brides, set on a fictitious island in the South Caribbean.  Ana lives in New Hampshire, and loves traveling, tennis, yoga, meditation, everything Italian, and spending valuable time with her daughter.

Even if your letter isn’t quite ready, come along anyway and learn some helpful tips, including criteria for creating an effective query.

Amanda Forbes Silva is a creative nonfiction writer and independent content editor, dedicated to fostering community via the written word and eager to support fellow writers in their own artistic endeavors while also pursuing her own.

Her current work focuses specifically on editorial collaboration with authors and their book manuscripts, always with the goal of helping the writers to realize the best version of their work.

As a copywriter at the helm of her own content house, Cast Iron Content, Amanda Silva is personally motivated to provide opportunities for fellow creatives to pursue their passions and talents in a professional setting.

Directions and parking info here) WHEN: Saturday, September 28, 1:30-4:30 pm COST: This workshop is $65 for NHWP members or $85 for nonmembers and is limited to 12 students.

Saturday October 26, 2019, 1:30-4:30pm With more books being published than at any point in the past, and with instant access to an overwhelming selection of choices for any one reader, effective book covers—clever, iconic, current, culturally-aware, sophisticated and memorable—are more important than ever, signaling the subject, tone, and intended audience to a potential reader, all in a few seconds or less.

The presentation will include examples of successful cover design, in-depth examples of the design process, along with advice for writers on working with designers and for thinking critically about the “face” of their books.

With 20 years of experience as an art director in publishing, his recently founded practice is limited almost exclusively to books and their covers.

Directions and parking info here) WHEN: Saturday, October 26, 1:30-4:30 pm COST: This workshop is $65 for NHWP members or $85 for nonmembers and is limited to 12 students.

Through group exercises and discussions we’ll explore different ideas on how value #ownvoices is and talk about who should write from the perspective of marginalized people.

We’ll also look at some examples of what previously marginalized writers have brought to the table in the recent years and the ways that those stories knit the world together.

Through group work and individual writing, we’ll work on getting in touch with our own voices and discover the contributions everyone can make to the world through their stories.

Along with building the long-term careers of a select group of authors, Beth also teaches classes for teens and adults focused on using writing as tool for growth.

Directions and parking info here) WHEN: Saturday, November 2, 1:30-4:30 pm COST: This workshop is $65 for NHWP members or $85 for nonmembers and is limited to 12 students.

If you’re tasked with blogging as part of your marketing efforts for your book or brand, come to this workshop and learn some ways to better your blog for a stronger presentation and appreciative audience!

All participants will come away with a thoughtful review of their work from a professional blogger and their workshop peers, as well as materials to use as reference when blogging back at your desk.

Amanda Forbes Silva is a creative nonfiction writer and independent content editor, dedicated to fostering community via the written word and eager to support fellow writers in their own artistic endeavors while also pursuing her own.

Her current work focuses specifically on editorial collaboration with authors and their book manuscripts, always with the goal of helping the writers to realize the best version of their work.

As a copywriter at the helm of her own content house, Cast Iron Content, Amanda Silva is personally motivated to provide opportunities for fellow creatives to pursue their passions and talents in a professional setting.

Ever wonder how authors come up with ideas for stories that create edge-of-your seat suspense, larger than life characters, and gripping plots that will have you turning the pages into the wee hours of the morning?  Award-winning and Amazon Bestselling Author of psychological thrillers, Gledé Browne Kabongo, takes you behind the scenes in this masterclass.

Constructing sizzling, believable dialogue Gledé Browne Kabongo is an award-wining author of gripping psychological thrillers—unflinching tales of deception, secrecy, danger and family.

Directions and parking info here) WHEN: Saturday, November 9, 1:30-4:30 pm COST: This workshop is $65 for NHWP members or $85 for nonmembers and is limited to 12 students.

In this seminar, students will learn varied ways to tap into the critical psyche of their characters and through these processes, deepen the overall meaning of their work.

Directions and parking info here) WHEN: Saturday, December 7, 1:30-4:30 pm COST: This workshop is $65 for NHWP members or $85 for nonmembers and is limited to 12 students.

Sunday January 12, 2020, 10am-1pm This two-week, intense workshop with journalist and author Dan Szczesny will focus on working with attendees to find their raw voice and help them break down some of the key myths that prevent writers from working prolifically and achieving an authentic voice.

Exercises will include meditative space, molding prose into poetry, asking questions to tighten and focus your own work, self-care and break taking strategies and some tricks to make it easier to gain confidence about yourself and your writing.

writing projects to bring back next week.  (Make sure to sign up for both parts of this workshop separately) WHERE: The workshop will be held at The Ford House on the campus of SNHU (2500 North River Road, Manchester, NH 03106 —

A leader in trauma informed service delivery, Dr. Brady has supported leaders and founders in every industry across her 20 year career.

Directions and parking info here) WHEN: Sunday, January 12, 1:30-4:30 pm COST: This workshop is $65 for NHWP members or $85 for nonmembers and is limited to 12 students.

Saturday January 18, 2020, 10am-1pm In week two of the workshop, attendees will take center stage with a draft of the project they’ve been working on.

Live reading and performance is part of any writer’s career, so attendees will read segments of their work aloud for a moderated critique that will focus on the emotive and emotional side of their writing.

Finally, since publishing is the ultimate goal of a working writer, the workshop will conclude with a discussion of markets and submission potential for the attendees’ work.  (Make sure to sign up for both parts of this workshop separately) WHERE: The workshop will be held at The Ford House on the campus of SNHU (2500 North River Road, Manchester, NH 03106 —

In this workshop, she will share the sensuous and emotionally-charged strategies she uses to craft the steamy sex scenes that have her fans rereading her stories over and over again, just to relive the thrill, the passion, and the ecstasy her heroes and heroines give and receive to and from each other.

At nights, she crafts steamy contemporary romances, featuring sexy, alpha heroes and strong, beautiful heroines who fight and love with equal passion.  Her published works include several short stories, five books in her bestselling series, Billionaire Brides of Granite Falls, and three books in the spinoff series, Beyond Granite Falls.

She is currently working on her third spinoff series, Billionaire Island Brides, set on a fictitious island in the South Caribbean.  Ana lives in New Hampshire, and loves traveling, tennis, yoga, meditation, everything Italian, and spending valuable time with her daughter.

Directions and parking info here) WHEN: Saturday, January 18, 1:30-4:30 pm COST: This workshop is $65 for NHWP members or $85 for nonmembers and is limited to 12 students.

Through games and exercises, we’ll create characters readers want to invest in, develop conflicts large enough to sustain a hundred thousand words of fiction, and brainstorm plot elements to reveal your characters and conflict within a rich and believable setting.

Leave this workshop with a toolkit of approaches to your novel idea and pages of material to get you excited about drafting the book of your heart!  (Make sure to sign up for both parts of this workshop separately) WHERE: The workshop will be held at The Ford House on the campus of SNHU (2500 North River Road, Manchester, NH 03106 —

Through games and exercises, we’ll create characters readers want to invest in, develop conflicts large enough to sustain a hundred thousand words of fiction, and brainstorm plot elements to reveal your characters and conflict within a rich and believable setting.

Leave this workshop with a toolkit of approaches to your novel idea and pages of material to get you excited about drafting the book of your heart!  (Make sure to sign up for both parts of this workshop separately) WHERE: The workshop will be held at The Ford House on the campus of SNHU (2500 North River Road, Manchester, NH 03106 —

This crucial decision has important implications throughout the writing process since different points of view offer unique challenges and opportunities.

This webinar will pass quickly over theory to hacks, tricks, checklists and other useful tips to staying on point when you’re narrating.

His stories appear in The Dystopian States of America (Haverhill House), Robots and Artificial Intelligence (Flame Tree), Corporate Cthulhu (Pickman’s Press), and Murder Ink 2: Sixteen More Tales of New England Newsroom Crime (Plaidswede). Deck is also a fiction ghostwriter and editor who helps other authors tell their stories: visit http://www.jeffdeck.com to learn more.

Her skills include program development, management, and evaluation, social media, creative direction, media production, brand development, and web and social measurement.

NHWP Workshop and Webinar Prices: NHWP members pay $50 for a two hour in-person workshop, $65 for a three hour in-person workshop (usually with a writing exercise), and $20 for an hour long webinar.

Non-members pay $70 for a two hour in-person workshop, $85 for a three hour in-person workshop (usually with a writing exercise), and $30 for an hour long webinar.

Following this date, no refunds will be given, but a credit will be issued to use toward another event within one year of the date of cancellation, or you may transfer your registration to another person at no cost.

NHWP Code of Conduct: Attendees must respect common-sense rules for public behavior, personal interaction, common courtesy, and respect for private property and personal space.

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