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You can convey a world on the written page. Boost the impact of your words. Each April, the TMCC Writers' Conference is held.
 
Relate your stories in an engaging fashion that will captivate readers. Explore all the elements of writing including character, plot, theme, setting and point of view. Discover the primary character types as you learn from a published author how to write for children and adults.

Schedule : Weekly - Mon 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM; 8 sessions; starting 2/26/2018, ending 4/16/2018

Tuition: $119.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Location : TMCC Meadowood Center Location : 
  TMCC Meadowood Center.

Instructor : Virginia Castleman 



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Don’t let a blank page or a messy desk intimidate you. Instead, unleash your creativity and gain the motivation you need to start writing that novel, a cookbook, memoir or any topic important to you. Take part in innovative exercises and guided imaginary. Expand your creative process with unique artistic direction and delve into a variety of imaginative formats. Plus, gain tips for resources and daily affirmation practices.   

Schedule : Weekly - Sat 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM; starting 3/3/2018, ending 3/3/2018

Tuition: $49.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Location : TMCC Meadowood Center Location : 
  TMCC Meadowood Center.

Instructor : (Margaret) Peggy Rew 



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Find out why WordPress powers 22 percent of all websites while learning how to create your own blog or website. You will start with the basics such as how to install, set up and select a theme without having to learn HTML. Then dive deeper into the software by developing an understanding of customizable specifics such as how to use widgets, plugins, the difference between the paid and free versions, along with tips on how to schedule blog and video posts. Finally, increase traffic to your new website by promoting your blog through social media.

Schedule : Weekly - Tue, Thu 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM; 2 sessions; starting 3/20/2018, ending 3/22/2018

Tuition: $99.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Location : TMCC Meadowood Center Location : 
  TMCC Meadowood Center.

Instructor : Gabriele Lenga 



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The fastest way to build an online following is through blogging. Learn how to create effective written content, identify your target audience and find your voice to grow your following. Gain tips on how to relate to your specific audience and increase search engine optimization, as well as how to promote your posts. Discuss readability and gain tips on how to make your posts easy to scan no matter the device used.    

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM; starting 4/10/2018, ending 4/10/2018

Tuition: $39.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Location : TMCC Meadowood Center Location : 
  TMCC Meadowood Center.

Instructor : Jacci Turner 



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This noir period produced some of the best mystery and crime novels.  Most mystery fans know of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, but many other writers contributed to the noir period.  For example, Cornell Woolrich, little known today, was a master of suspense.  He wrote Rear Window and more than 20 mystery and suspense novels, nearly all of which were made into movies.  Noir was a break from the slow-moving British mysteries of the period.  Murders didn't happen off stage.  The stories were gritty harbingers of today's crime fiction and movies.  

Schedule : Weekly - Mon 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM; starting 4/16/2018, ending 4/16/2018

Tuition: $39.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Location : TMCC Meadowood Center Location : 
  TMCC Meadowood Center.

Instructor : Mark Bacon 



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Hone your writing and editing skills while engaging in supportive project discussions. Industry professionals recommend that all new writers join workshops to hone their craft. Via weekly submissions, read fellow classmates’ work and provide a constructive critique that will not only help your peers, but give you insight on how to improve your own manuscript. The instructor will also give tips on critiquing works of art.  

Schedule : Multiple Class Schedules:   Weekly - Wed 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 2 sessions starting 4/18/2018, ending 4/25/2018. 
   Weekly - Wed 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM; starting 5/2/2018, ending 5/2/2018. <

Tuition: $69.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Location : TMCC Meadowood Center Location : 
  TMCC Meadowood Center.

Instructor : Martin A. David 

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Discover the vital aspects in writing a successful query and presenting an in-person pitch from an East Coast Agent and author of more than 30 books. Better grasp what an agent expects from a query and how you can meet those expectations. Craft your own verbal pitch and have an opportunity to present it to the class. You can also bring your query to class for critique. If you are pitching an agent at the TMCC Writers’ Conference, this class will fully prepare you for that meeting.

Schedule : Weekly - Fri 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM; starting 4/20/2018, ending 4/20/2018

Tuition: $39.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Location : TMCC Meadowood Center Location : 
  TMCC Meadowood Center.

Instructor : Sheree Bykofsky 

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Hobnob with successful authors and agents seeking new talent. Enjoy a day filled with tips that will give you the advantage in getting published and gain guidance for producing a story that resounds with readers. Delve into the six secrets of successful authors, how to create palpable conflict in your story, world building and writing with bravery. Discover how to strengthen your writing from novelist and essayist Gayle Brandeis  -published with HarperCollins, Holt and Ballantine, Harlequin Romance author Anna J. Stewart and fantasy writer Amy Lane. Pitch your manuscript during an optional private meeting with literary agents Sheree Bykofsky, Laurie McLean and Jennifer March Soloway.  

Schedule : Weekly - Sat 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM; starting 4/21/2018, ending 4/21/2018

Tuition: $149.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Location : TMCC Sierra Bldg. Location : 
  TMCC Sierra Bldg..

Instructor : TBA Staff 

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Private sessions are open to writers' conference participants only. Jennifer is an associate agent with the Andrea Brown Literary Agency, an agency that specializes in children’s literature. She enjoys all genres and categories of children’s literature, such as laugh-out-loud picture books and middle-grade adventures, but her sweet spot is young adult. Although she mostly represents children’s literature, she is also open to adult fiction.

Schedule : Weekly - Sat 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM; starting 4/21/2018, ending 4/21/2018

Tuition: $42.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Location : TMCC Sierra Bldg. Location : 
  TMCC Sierra Bldg..

Instructor : Jennifer March Soloway 

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Private sessions are open to writers' conference participants only. Laurie McLean is a founding partner at Fuse Literary and spent 20 years as the CEO of a publicity agency and 8 years as an agent and senior agent at Larsen Pomada Literary Agents in San Francisco. Laurie specializes in adult genre fiction, romance, fantasy, science fiction, mystery, thrillers, suspense and horror plus middle-grade and young adult children’s books.

Schedule : Weekly - Sat 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM; starting 4/21/2018, ending 4/21/2018

Tuition: $42.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Location : TMCC Sierra Bldg. Location : 
  TMCC Sierra Bldg..

Instructor : Laurie McLean 

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These private sessions are open to to registered writers' conference participants only. Gain insight into your writing by spending one-on-one time with Sheree Bykofsky, president of Sheree Bykofsky Associates, Inc. Bring the first two pages of your piece and a query letter. Or spend your appointment time asking questions on how to proceed with your work. Your meeting will last 10 minutes and you will receive your meeting time when you check-in the morning of the conference. You must be a paid registrant for the entire conference to qualify for this appointment. Sheree is a generalist who represents all areas of nonfiction and fiction. In nonfiction, she enjoys popular reference, business, self-help/psychology, humor, biography and current affairs, women’s interest, cookbooks, spiritual, multicultural, parenting, anything to do with games, movies, chronologies. In fiction, she particularly likes commercial fiction with literary appeal and mysteries. It is recommended that you research the person you want to meet with to ensure that your work is in the agent or editor's field of interest. Sheree's website is http://shereebee.com/

Schedule : Weekly - Sat 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM; starting 4/21/2018, ending 4/21/2018

Tuition: $42.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Location : TMCC Sierra Bldg. Location : 
  TMCC Sierra Bldg..

Instructor : Sheree Bykofsky 

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Catch an editor’s attention with your finished manuscript. Gain hands-on instruction from a professional writer and editor to help you polish your work for publication. Learn how to strengthen your characters, deepen your plot and theme, craft vivid settings and solidify your point of view. Examine proper formatting, line editing, conceptual editing, cover letters and all the different publishing options.  

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 4 sessions; starting 5/16/2018, ending 6/6/2018

Tuition: $109.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Location : TMCC Meadowood Center Location : 
  TMCC Meadowood Center.

Instructor : Virginia Castleman 



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