November 14, 2020 – Jen Talty (Zoom meeting)
Morning Session (10:00 AM to Noon):
It’s Not Just Sex
A sex scene isn’t about the sex, but about the emotion the characters are experiencing. It’s an action scene and should have purpose. It should move the story and the characters forward. Many writers wonder how far they should go in a sex scene. Should it be a closed-door scene? What kind of language should you use? What should you show? Do you even need a sex scene? How can you create sexual tension without sex?
Outlining for Pantsers and Plotters
Do you write your stories by the seat of your pants, or do you map your way well ahead of time? Either way, learning to use various types of outlines to keep you on track or to keep track of where you’ve been will help you to develop incredible stories. Outlining isn’t necessarily plotting every aspect of your story, but by using a variety of techniques for character development and plot development, I will show writers how to ensure they never get lost while writing again.
I first started writing while carting my kids to one hockey rink after the other, averaging 170 games per year between 3 kids in 2 countries and 5 states. My first book, IN TWO WEEKS, was originally published in 2007. In 2010 I helped form a publishing company (Cool Gus Publishing) with NY Times Bestselling Author Bob Mayer where I ran the technical side of the business through 2016.
I’m currently enjoying the next phase of my life…the empty NESTER! My husband and I spend our winters in Jupiter, Florida, and our summers in Rochester, NY. We have three amazing children who have all gone off to carve out their places in the world, while I continue to craft stories that I hope will make you readers feel good and put a smile on your face.
Lunch: Noon to 1:00 PM
Afternoon Session 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM: Getting to Know You, General Business Meeting, and Brainstorming: Show Don’t Tell.
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