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9:00-9:50 am:

Doors Open

Ask-an-Author —Beth Yarnall & Jewell Quinlan

Do you have a question that a published author can answer? Then plan to come to the meeting a little bit early. Each month one or two published authors host an informal round table discussion group and you are welcome to sit in.

Critique of the Month —Shauna Roberts & Elena Dillon

Free for OCC Members Attending the Meeting--Monthly Critique Drawings!  Print out your FIRST chapter and bring it to the monthly meeting! Then add your name to the list of critique hopefuls, located at the membership table.

10:00 a.m.

Meeting begins; Announcements

10:30 a.m.

Morning Workshop: Lynn Lorenz
“Front-End: Load Your Manuscript”

If you're a pantser, you've experienced have a wonderful idea for a book, then set off to write it. Several chapters in, you're wading in a swamp, not sure where your story is going or how to get there, who the characters really are, what makes them tick, or how you can work secondary characters into your story or if you should.

You muddle through, only to reach The End and realize you need some serious rewrites, cuts or additions. Where's your character arc? Sub-plots? It's turned into a series, but you didn't plan it?

All that drama could have been avoided if you'd front-end loaded your manuscript.
By taking a step back and a deep breath before you put your fingers to the keyboard, and using a method Lynn calls "targeted brainstorming," she'll show you how to make all the decisions you need to front-end load your manuscript - before you're too deep in the weeds and looking for a machete to hack your way out.

You can use this brainstorming method for all your stories by yourself, without a room full of people, to help you discover the path you should take out of the swamp.

Come prepared with an idea, paper and pen, or a computer, and Lynn will walk you through front-end loading your manuscript to avoid all the pantser problems.

11:30 a.m.

Lunch Break

To order a delicious box lunch from the Corner Bakery in Brea, Click here.

12:15 p.m.

12:45 p.m.

Meeting resumes: Chapter Business, etc.

Afternoon Speaker: Lynn Lorenz

“Plotting By the Seat of Your Pants”

If you're a pantser, hearing the word 'plot' might make you itch. Do you hear people talk about programs like Schrivner and can't breathe, feel the walls of the room close in, and are overcome with the urge to flee? We think if we plot, it will suck all the creativity and life out of our story.

Often, pantsing leaves us let down, stuck with a premature beginning, a sagging middle and less than satisfying ending, and knowing we're going to have some work to do to whip our manuscript into shape.

Plotting isn't a scary thing, if you think of it as guidelines and not hard and fast rules. By using a few easy techniques, Lynn will show you how to decide how to structure your book, build a spreadsheet of your chapters, and create a "loosey goosey" guide, one that gives you all the breathing and wiggle room pantsers need to feel creative, yet keep it all together.

By adding the elements from the Front-end Load workshop, you'll build your plot, know exactly where your turning points, black moment, climax and happily ever after need to build the story you see in your dreams.

Lynn will provide a matrix for you to fill in, and show you, once your loosey goosey guide is done, how to transfer it to a Word document so you can get started writing with confidence that your story will have all the elements for success, and when something new pops up, it can be easily incorporated into the story.

Lynn Lorenz lives in Texas, where she’s a fan of all things Texan, like Longhorns, big hair, and cowboys in tight jeans. She’s never met a comma she didn’t like, and enjoys editing and brainstorming with other writers. Lynn spends most of her time writing about hot sex with even hotter heroes, plot twists, werewolves, and medieval swashbucklers. She’s currently at work on her latest book, making herself giggle and blush, and avoiding all the housework.

2:00 p.m.

Meeting concludes.


Next month’s meeting will be on Saturday, January 10, 2014
Candace Havens
She’ll be here to give a workshop on Fast Draft in the morning
and Revision Hell in the afternoon
December Online Class:
There will be no class in December

January Online Class:
New Year, New You
with Laurie Schnebly Campbell
January 1 - 30, 2015


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