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EVENTS

Want to know the

secrets of masterful writing?

Are you in search of inspiration?

Could you use a little fun?

My events and programs offer all of the above. You’ll find a full list below!

To invite me to speak at your event, please email me.

Mystery Mastermind Virtual Workshops

Six-session workshops designed to help you hone your manuscript and overcome writing roadblocks with the help of Jane and your fellow Mystery Masterminds.

To learn more about or register for current offerings, or to join the Mystery Mastermind Insiders notification list, click here.

Upcoming Events

Free and paid workshops, presentations, interviews,
and other author events for readers and writers alike

Scroll down for future events!

July 10, 2024

Jane Friedman Online Classes

Online

1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Eastern

Online Presentation:

“Mastering Suspense, Structure & Plot”

The stories that keep readers up all night share three key characters: they’re suspenseful, well-structured, and cleverly plotted. In this comprehensive overview, you’ll discover how to write tighter, more polished first drafts by focusing on the underpinnings of effective storytelling. Specifically, we’ll discuss how to:

1. Create spine-tingling suspense by escalating conflict and raising the stakes.

We’ll assess how to optimize the story-driving potential of four kinds of conflict: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual (and how best to combine them). On the face of it, conflicts would seem to be either external or internal. However, it is only when an external situation is perceived as a conflict that the story moves forward. People’s reactions to an incident, not the incident itself, generate a conflict. In other words, all conflicts are internal.

2. Choose the structure that’s best for your story.

Structure is an organizing principle that, once set, helps you develop your through-line plot or storyline and keeps you on track as you write. Different stories lend themselves to different structures, and there is no right or wrong decision. The only mistake you can make is having no structure at all. The two broad options are linear (also called chronological) and non-linear. We’ll also review three questions designed to help you decide which structure is best for your story, considering the timeline, scope, and theme

3. Integrate plot Twists, plot Reversals, and moments of heightened Danger (TRDs) using Jane’s Plotting Roadmap to help build suspense while controlling your story’s pace.

“Plot twists” is an umbrella term, referring to three specific plotting strategies guaranteed to captivate your readers with their I-can’t-wait-to-see-what-happens-next unpredictability.

  • Plot Twists: something unexpected but not the opposite
  • Plot Reversals: something unexpected and the opposite
  • Moments of Heightened Danger: something that adds urgency and dread to the story.

When your plot Twists, plot Reversals, and moments of heightened Danger (TRDs) come at tactically sound moments, your story’s pace quickens, and your action becomes more focused.

Whether you like outlining or prefer a more organic approach to writing, Jane’s Plotting Roadmap can help you create a powerful framework for your story by ensuring you integrate captivating twists and turns (TRDs) at appropriate points in your story.

Making thoughtful, reader-focused decisions about suspense, structure, and plot helps ensure your story will resonate with readers—and those are the stories publishers want, and readers crave.

July 10, 2024

Elizabeth Cohen’s Book Coach Magick

Online

8 p.m. – 9 p.m. Eastern

Free Online Presentation:

“How to Write Characters that Resonate with Emotional Truth”

In this webinar, we’ll consider how to create relatable characters by analyzing the anatomy of emotional truth. After examining three kinds of truth: personal or experiential, community or social, and scientific or objective, we’ll assess pertinent facts about people (demographics) and their values (psychographics). We’ll also discuss integrating non-verbal cues such as body language, appearance, and communication style. You’ll be able to use a two-step approach to creating characters based on emotional truth, and those are the people that connect with readers on a deep, meaningful basis.

Contact Elizabeth Cohen for more information and to register.

July 11, 2024

The Retro Writers

Online

1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Eastern

Online Interview:

“Ask Jane”

I’ll be meeting online with The Retro Writers, part of The Atlanta Writers Club, to discuss the answers to their questions for me. If you’d like to join us, contact Patricia Ann Bowen for more information!

July 13, 2024

Jane’s Mastering Writing Craft Webinars

Online

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Eastern

Online Presentation

“Narrative Threads:
Mastering the Art of Transitions”

In this one-hour FREE webinar, we’ll explore how chapter breaks, white space, typography, and more can help you seamlessly weave transitions into the fabric of your story.

You’ll learn to effortlessly guide readers through your narrative’s ebb and flow by taking control of temporal shifts, locations, and perspectives to maintain pulse-pounding tension and clarity in your storytelling.

Reserve your seat today and get ready to master the art of transitions.

August 17, 2024

Jane’s Mastering Writing Craft Webinars

Online

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Eastern

Online Presentation:
“The World in a Word:
Writing Descriptions that Bring Your Stories to Life”

Elevate your story’s environment beyond mere backdrop to a compelling, sensory-rich universe that grips readers. Learn to deploy telling details and craft fresh spins on familiar scenes, transforming your prose into a portal through which your narratives are not just read, but experienced. Discover the process of illuminating your worlds and crafting immersive experiences that stick with your audience long after they close the book.

Secure your spot today to breathe life into your descriptions, ensuring your writing captures the essence of every scene with tangible precision and imagination!

September 14, 2024

Jane’s Mastering Writing Craft Webinars

Online

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Eastern

Online Presentation:
“Thematic Writing:
How to Use Symbols and Allegory to
Add Richness and Depth to Your Writing”

When you feel as if your prose is flat or banal, try upping your writing game by focusing on themes. Converting abstract concepts into concrete examples resonates with readers by getting them thinking and reflecting on their lives and beliefs. This workshop analyzes strategies to add thematic heft by integrating symbolic imagery, atmospheric descriptions, and visual and word allegories.

September 19 – 22, 2024

Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association

Seattle, WA

Guest Author at the PNWA Annual Conference

More Details Coming Soon!

September 20, 2024

Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Chapter

Online

Time TBD

Online Presentation for the
WriteNOW! Annual Writers’ Conference:

“Beat the Bots: A Writer’s Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the Age of AI”

You have a story to tell, an important story, your story. Getting that story down on paper is hard, though.

We writers have to be good at so many different things, from coming up with worthy ideas to developing a twisty and clever plot, creating relatable characters, choosing intriguing settings, generating believable dialogue, and writing evocative prose—six crucial elements.

With ChatGPT and other bots taking over the writing market, authors worry they’ll become irrelevant in the not-too-distant future. The answer isn’t to surrender to the doom and gloom predictions. On the contrary, it’s time to lean into your humanity, to do what artificial intelligence can’t.

This presentation will show you how to harness your innate creativity because if you bring your creativity, your individuality, and your judgment to your work, you’ll out-write a chatbot all day long.

September 28, 2024

Southwest Florida Fiction Writers

Online

11:00 a.m. Eastern

“Lessons Learned:
Four Things I Know Now that I Wish I’d Known at the Start of My Writing Career”

From knowing specific craft techniques to implementing efficient promotional strategies (and skipping the rest) and from building meaningful relationships to understanding the complexities of business, this speech helps authors navigate the complex publishing landscape. I will discuss four crucial lessons all authors need to know, and that most only learn the hard way.

October 17-20, 2024

Writer’s Digest Conference

Cincinnati, OH

Dates & Times TBD

“Thematic Writing:
How to Use Symbols and Allegory to
Add Richness and Depth to Your Writing”

When you feel as if your prose is flat or banal, try upping your writing game by focusing on themes. Converting abstract concepts into concrete examples resonates with readers by getting them thinking and reflecting on their lives and beliefs. This workshop analyzes strategies to add thematic heft by integrating symbolic imagery, atmospheric descriptions, and visual and word allegories.

“How to Write Characters that Resonate with Emotional Truth”

In this workshop, we’ll discuss how to create relatable characters by analyzing the anatomy of emotional truth. After examining three kinds of truth: personal or experiential, community or social, and scientific or objective, we’ll assess pertinent facts about people (demographics) and their values (psychographics). We’ll also discuss integrating non-verbal cues such as body language, appearance, and communication style. You’ll be able to use a two-step approach to creating characters based on emotional truth, and those are the people that connect with readers on a deep, meaningful basis.

November 23, 2024

California Writers Club Fremont Area Writers Branch

Online

5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Eastern

Online Presentation:

Topic TBD

Non-members welcome. Contact FAW Webmaster Scott Davidson for details.

December 12, 2024

Writer’s Digest University

Online

1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern

Online Presentation:

“Beat the Bots: A Writer’s Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the Age of AI”

You have a story to tell, an important story, your story. Getting that story down on paper is hard, though.

We writers have to be good at so many different things, from coming up with worthy ideas to developing a twisty and clever plot, creating relatable characters, choosing intriguing settings, generating believable dialogue, and writing evocative prose—six crucial elements.

With ChatGPT and other bots taking over the writing market, authors worry they’ll become irrelevant in the not-too-distant future. The answer isn’t to surrender to the doom and gloom predictions. On the contrary, it’s time to lean into your humanity, to do what artificial intelligence can’t.

This webinar shows you how to harness your innate creativity because if you bring your creativity, your individuality, and your judgment to your work, you’ll out-write a chatbot all day long.

Q1 2025

Jane Friedman Online Classes

Online

Time TBD

In-Person Presentation:
“Beat the Bots: A Writer’s Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the Age of AI”

You have a story to tell, an important story, your story. Getting that story down on paper is hard, though.

We writers have to be good at so many different things, from coming up with worthy ideas to developing a twisty and clever plot, creating relatable characters, choosing intriguing settings, generating believable dialogue, and writing evocative prose—six crucial elements.

With ChatGPT and other bots taking over the writing market, authors worry they’ll become irrelevant in the not-too-distant future. The answer isn’t to surrender to the doom and gloom predictions. On the contrary, it’s time to lean into your humanity, to do what artificial intelligence can’t.

This webinar shows you how to harness your innate creativity because if you bring your creativity, your individuality, and your judgment to your work, you’ll out-write a chatbot all day long.

Past Events

June 15, 2024

Jane’s Mastering Writing Craft Webinars

Online

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Eastern

Online Discussion

“An Author’s Guide to TikTok with Special Guest, the BookTok & AuthorTok Queen and Author, Jess Zafarris”

During this FREE one-hour discussion, Jess Zafarris will share her expertise and show how you can leverage TikTok to reach a wider audience, explore new storytelling approaches, and build buzz around your works.

Discover innovative ways that you can harness the platform’s vast potential not just for entertainment but as a springboard to take your storytelling—and visibility as an author—to new heights.

Jess will help us look beyond the common misconceptions that TikTok is solely for dancers or the Gen Z demographic, illustrating its power to connect with a diverse, global audience across all ages using approachable examples and actionable strategies that you can put to work to immediately start sharing your stories and building your community of readers.

May 11, 2024

Jane’s Mastering Writing Craft Webinars

Online

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Eastern

Online Presentation

“The Grand Finale:
Crafting Captivating Endings Readers Won’t Forget”

The most gratifying endings leave readers more than satisfied—they leave them awed. Which is to say, you need to plan your ending as carefully as every other part of your story. In fact, Joyce Carol Oats says, “The first sentence can’t be written until the final sentence is written.”

Whether that process works for you or you write more organically, by the end of your story, your primary and secondary plotlines (or storylines if you’re writing, say, a memoir) have to reach their proper conclusions with no loose ends dangling. All character and thematic questions must be addressed, all conflicts resolved, and any moral quandaries settled. That’s the minimum.

To leave your readers enthralled and breathless and clamoring for more, your ending has to be, as Margaret Atwood put it, “… completely unexpected and inevitable.” The strategies discussed in this webinar can help you achieve this lofty goal.

April 13, 2024

Jane’s Mastering Writing Craft Webinars

Online

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Eastern

Online Presentation:

“Plotting Perfection:
Overcoming Saggy Middles with Ever-escalating Conflict”

Join my next webinar to learn the secrets to mastering the middle of your story and crafting narratives that never lose steam. You’ll come away equipped with strategies to analyze, understand, and tighten your plot and pace, helping you craft page-turners that are not only engaging but structurally sound.

Don’t miss this invaluable opportunity to learn how to give your stories a consistent pulse of excitement and drama, turning even the most meandering plots into captivating tales readers love.

April 6, 2024

Sisters in Crime
Florida Gulf Coast Chapter

Online & In-Person at the Gulf Gate Library, Sarasota, FL

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern

“Lessons Learned:
Four Things I Know Now that I Wish I’d Known at the Start of My Writing Career”

From knowing specific craft techniques to implementing efficient promotional strategies (and skipping the rest) and from building meaningful relationships to understanding the complexities of business, this speech helps authors navigate the complex publishing landscape. I will discuss four crucial lessons all authors need to know, and that most only learn the hard way.

Contact Lisa Malice for more information on joining!

March 19, 2024

Wareham Free Library

Online

Online Book Discussion and Author Interview
with the Wareham Free Library Mystery Book Club:
Consigned To Death

March 9, 2024

Jane’s Mastering Writing Craft Webinars

Online

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Eastern

Online Presentation:

“Crafting Evocative Prose:
The Essence of Captivating Storytelling”

Having a brilliant plot, relatable characters, or an exciting idea is not enough. You must know how to pick the perfect words to create sensory experiences and emotional connections with your readers.

From memoir to horror, romance, and thrillers, and from literary nonfiction to fantasy, sci-fi/spec, and mysteries, crafting evocative prose is essential to writing stories readers can’t put down—and recommend to their friends.

Join my FREE webinar to learn how to craft prose that not only tells a story but also evokes a palpable response in your readers, keeping them coming back story after story.

March 2, 2024

Fort Myers Regional Library

Fort Myers, FL

Southwest Florida Reading Festival

Presentation:
“Murder She Wrote with Jane K. Cleland and Cara Black”

Multiple Book Signing Sessions

March 1, 2024

Bonita Springs Public Library

Bonita Springs, FL

In-Person Presentation:
“Beat the Bots: A Writer’s Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the Age of AI”

You have a story to tell, an important story, your story. Getting that story down on paper is hard, though.

We writers have to be good at so many different things, from coming up with worthy ideas to developing a twisty and clever plot, creating relatable characters, choosing intriguing settings, generating believable dialogue, and writing evocative prose—six crucial elements.

With ChatGPT and other bots taking over the writing market, authors worry they’ll become irrelevant in the not-too-distant future. The answer isn’t to surrender to the doom and gloom predictions. On the contrary, it’s time to lean into your humanity, to do what artificial intelligence can’t.

This webinar shows you how to harness your innate creativity because if you bring your creativity, your individuality, and your judgment to your work, you’ll out-write a chatbot all day long.

February 22, 2024

Writer’s Digest University

Online

1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Eastern

Online Presentation:

“Mastering Suspense, Structure & Plot”

In this comprehensive overview, you’ll discover 13 thinking, writing, and revising tactics to help you write tighter, more polished first drafts. You’ll improve your story’s pace, while ratcheting up suspense. The tactics include selecting the proper structure, adding complexity to the plot, enhancing character motivation, choosing words for sensual specificity, and writing lyrical prose.

February 10, 2024

Jane’s Mastering Writing Craft Webinars

Online

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Eastern

Online Presentation:

“The Anatomy of Charm:
Secrets to Crafting Characters Readers Can’t Resist”

Charming people put people at ease, which means people feel comfortable confiding in them. They’re able to talk their way into places they have no business being and out of trouble.

What great attributes for a detective! Or an unreliable narrator.

Charm can be a positive attribute—or a conman’s stock in trade. In this webinar, we’ll consider how to create charming characters, delineating the elements that lead to charm, from how they dress to how they act. You’ll learn the secrets to creating believable charmers who propel your stories forward.

January 27, 2024

Golden State Romance Writers

1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern

Online Presentation:

“The Art of Revealing Backstory”

The past informs the future. The people who populate your stories have a past, and that past dictates, or at the very least informs, their actions.

Sharing that backstory is tricky, though. Share too much information, or share it before readers care about your characters, and they’re likely to lose interest.

To write a page-turner, every sentence must propel the story forward via incident or character interactions, and backstory takes us out of the action, slowing the pace. To reveal backstory effectively, you need to first assess which aspects should be revealed. Then you need to determine how best to share that information.

Learn how to integrate backstory into your narrative while keeping your readers turning pages during my guest presentation for the Golden State Romance Writers. Non-members welcome!

January 24, 2024

Atlanta Writers Club

7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Eastern

Online Presentation:

“The Art of Distraction: Using Red Herrings”

One of the secrets of writing success is creating complex and surprising plots is a deliciously sneaky technique writers use to befuddle readers—red herrings. By using red herrings the same way that a magician uses sleight of hand, you’ll be able to divert your readers’ attention from the actual to the illusionary; if done well, your readers will believe what they see on the printed page—an irresistible way to draw them in and keep them turning pages.

January 20, 2024

Jane’s Mastering Writing Craft Webinars

Online

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Eastern

Online Discussion:

Reinvent Your Writing—and Yourself:
Discussing the Writing Process with
Bestselling Author Jonathan Santlofer

Acclaimed author Jonathan Santlofer shares his unique process for crafting page-turning novels during this FREE online discussion. We’ll discuss his techniques for mining life experiences to create emotionally powerful scenes and compelling characters, visual storytelling techniques to breathe life into your scenes, and reinventing your own creative process.

Register now for this not-to-be-missed opportunity to elevate your craft!

January 17, 2024

California Writers Club Marin County

Online

Time TBD

Online Presentation:

“Creating Characters that Resonate
with Emotional Truth”

Join me for a discussion about how to create relatable characters. We’ll look at how they should dress, the nuance of body language, what they should say (and avoid saying), and how they should act so they connect with readers on a deep, meaningful, emotional basis.

Non-members welcome. Contact CWC Marin County for details.

December 16, 2023

Jane’s Mastering Writing Craft Webinars

Online

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Eastern

Online Presentation:

“Beyond the Surface: The Role of Inner Reflections in Writing Captivating Fiction”

Struggling to portray authentic reactions? Unsure how to reveal those emotions that live below the surface? Wish your characters felt more relatable and multidimensional?

This FREE webinar will explore how to harness the power of inner reflections to pull back the curtain, revealing your characters’ hidden emotional depths and leaving a lasting impression that brings readers back story after story.

December 7, 2023

Writer’s Digest University

Online

1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern

Online Presentation:

“Set the Stage: Using Setting to Add Intrigue and Suspense”

When you convert setting into atmosphere, you’ll add delicious intrigue and suspense. Don’t be thinking of setting as an afterthought—it’s a crucial element in storytelling. By integrating sensory descriptions and meaningful cultural associations, your settings will come to life and add depth and richness to your stories.

November 18, 2023

Jane’s Mastering Writing Craft Webinars

Online

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Eastern

Online Presentation:

“The Perception Gap: Create Compelling and Twisty Plots Using Your Characters’ Views of the World”

Do your characters feel flat and one-dimensional? Are your plots meandering without clear conflict to propel the story forward? Leverage perception gaps to breathe life into your characters and ratchet up the tension in your stories!

Whether you write cozy mysteries, pulse-pounding thrillers, or sweeping sagas, this free one-hour webinar will revolutionize the way you develop characters and plot. Join me and learn how to leverage perception gaps to craft authentic, multifaceted characters that leap off the page.

October 19, 2023

Greenwich Pen Women

Online

6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Eastern

Online Presentation:

“Providing Constructive Feedback for Writers”

To succeed, we writers have to be good at so many things from coming up with worthy ideas to writing evocative prose and from determining the best structure to self-editing—and everything in between.

And the process is personal. Often, we feel scared and vulnerable. As Ernest Hemingway once said, “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” When we join a critique group, we come with optimism and hope. We want feedback—usually, we crave it. Or do we? Sometimes, we think we want feedback, but really, what we want is affirmation.

In this workshop, we’ll discuss how to provide meaningful, constructive feedback—and how to receive it. The specific communication and logistical tactics discussed in this workshop will help writers and critique group facilitators provide relevant, forward-thinking feedback, boost everyone’s spirits, and inspire us to thrive. In the end, we’ll all become better writers—together.

(This is a members-only presentation. Membership details are available at https://greenwichpenwomen.org/membership/)

October 14, 2023

Jane’s Mastering Writing Craft Webinars

Online

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Eastern

Online Presentation:

“Isolation: A Tool for Suspense”

Want to discover how to effectively use isolation in your stories to intensify emotions, escalate tension, and engage readers?

During my upcoming webinar, we’ll delve into the multifaceted strengths of isolation as a narrative tool, exploring the two types of isolation and how they interact to amplify suspense.

You’ll leave the session armed with actionable insights and techniques that you can immediately apply to your own writing, crafting stories that resonate deeply with your readers and leave them eagerly turning the pages.

September 16, 2023

Jane’s Mastering Writing Craft Webinars

Online

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Eastern

Online Presentation:

“Creating Characters that Resonate
with Emotional Truth”

Join me for a discussion about how to create relatable characters. We’ll look at how they should dress, the nuance of body language, what they should say (and avoid saying), and how they should act so they connect with readers on a deep, meaningful, emotional basis.

September 14, 2023

Writer’s Digest University

Online

1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern

Online Presentation:

“Writing Dialogue that Sings”

Dialogue is one of three narrative tools to move the plot along and reveal character (in addition to exposition and action). Each character must speak with a unique voice—an amalgam of style, tone, intonation, and word choices. (And it must be formatted and punctuated properly.) In this webinar, you’ll learn what you need to write dialogue that rings with truth.

September 1, 2023

Bouchercon 2023

Morton’s The Steakhouse
285 J Street
San Diego, CA 92101

6:30 p.m. Pacific

Hostess for The Wolfe Pack Banquet

Join fellow members of the Wolfe Pack, the literary society that celebrates all things Nero Wolfe, and Wolfean fans for a sumptuous meal in a gorgeous venue. Over the course of the evening, we celebrate Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe stories  by singing pastiches; completing hilarious quizzes about the opus; and toasting our favorite characters—Mr. Stout, Mr. Wolfe, Archie, Fritz, and “Other.”  The format of this banquet is similar to the annual Black Orchid Banquet held by the Wolfe Pack every December in New York City—for those of you not near New York, this is your chance to share this special experience! 

September 1, 2023

Bouchercon 2023

Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

1:00 – 1:50 p.m. Pacific

Moderator for In-Person Panel:
“Openings that Kill It”

A good story needs to grab you from the start. These authors will examine opening lines and what works (and doesn’t).

Panelists include Eric Beetner, John Billheimer, Anne Cleeland, David Corbett, and Josh Pacter.

September 1, 2023

Bouchercon 2023

Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

10:20 – 11:10 a.m. Pacific

Panelist for In-Person Panel:
“Discovered Treasures: Antiquities and Art that Lead to Adventure and Death”

There is nothing better than discovered treasure. Whether a painting or antique discovered in someone’s attic or gold coins buried in the ground. The value of the items drives people to do desperate things and brings interesting plots to these books.

Moderated by Linda A. Moore. Other panelists include Con Lehane, Lane Stone, M.A. Monnin, and Mark Pryor.

August 19, 2023

New York City, NY

Writer’s Digest Conference 2023

1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Eastern

In-Person Presentation:

“Set the Stage: Using Setting to
Add Intrigue and Suspense”

Time and place should reflect the culture, language, habits, standards, values, shared beliefs, customs, food, mores, pace of life, and so on. From cozy mysteries (typically a small town with a sweet and decent feel) to noir literary novels (dark and gritty, with a veneer of danger), each genre (and sub-genre) comes with a set of reader expectations. In this workshop, we’ll discuss how to identify the correct setting or settings, how to convert setting into atmosphere, and how to use setting as a subplot, metaphor, or theme to add even more richness and complexity to your stories. 

August 19, 2023

New York City, NY

Writer’s Digest Conference 2023

9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Eastern

In-Person Presentation:

“Writing Dialogue That Sings”

Dialogue is one of three narrative tools to move the plot along and reveal character (in addition to description and action). Each character must speak with a unique voice—an amalgam of style, tone, intonation, and word choices.

During this presentation, you’ll learn how to write dialogue that rings with truth; how to integrate subtext, revealing emotional truths through what the characters say—and by what they leave out; how to properly format and punctuate the dialogue in your manuscript; and how to write dialogue that resonates with readers and makes them want to read on.

August 2023
(Exact Date & Time TBD)

China Renmin University Creative Writing Forum

Online

Online Presentation:

“Mastering Plot Twists”

The stories that keep people on the edge of their seats and up all night, from family sagas to thrillers and romances to sci-fi, are filled with unexpected twists and turns. By integrating plot twists, plot reversals, and moments of heightened danger (TRDs) at tactically sound moments, your stories will captivate readers with their I-can’t-wait-to-see-what-happens-next unpredictability. When your plot twists come at the right moments, your pace will be quicker and the action more focused, and these are the nuanced, multifaceted stories that sell and find a devoted reader- or viewership.

August 12, 2023

Jane’s Mastering Writing Craft Webinars

Online

1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Eastern

Online Presentation:

Boost Your Creativity to Beat the Bots

Awaken your creative spirit and show the world that imagination outshines algorithms! Join me in the FREE one-hour webinar, “Boost Your Creativity to Beat the Bots,” and reinvigorate your storytelling journey!

We’ll journey through unpredictable idea generation, the impact of a flexible mindset, and the thrill of conceptual blending. In a world fascinated by AI, we’ll affirm your irreplaceable role in storytelling by showcasing how we humans can weave unrelated ideas into compelling narratives—something no algorithm can mimic. Loaded with examples, you’ll leave the webinar with actionable ideas to immediately elevate your writing.

Ready to redefine the boundaries of creativity? Don’t miss this opportunity! Secure your spot in the webinar today and step into a world where your creativity reigns supreme.

July 15, 2023

Jane’s Mastering Writing Craft Webinars

Online

1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Eastern

Online Presentation:

“The Art of Revealing Backstory”

The past informs the future. The people who populate your stories have a past, and that past dictates, or at the very least informs, their actions.

Sharing that backstory is tricky, though. Share too much information, or share it before readers care about your characters, and they’re likely to lose interest.

To write a page-turner, every sentence must propel the story forward via incident or character interactions, and backstory takes us out of the action, slowing the pace. To reveal backstory effectively, you need to first assess which aspects should be revealed. Then you need to determine how best to share that information.

Learn how to integrate backstory into your narrative while keeping your readers turning pages during my FREE one-hour online presentation!

June 24, 2023

California Writers Club Fremont Area Writers Branch

Online

5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Eastern

Online Presentation:

“Revising Your Own Work”

Non-members welcome, contact FAW Webmaster Scott Davidson for details.

June 17, 2023

Jane’s Mastering Writing Craft Webinars

Online

1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Eastern

Online Discussion:

“Mastering the Agent Hunt: Learn What Agents Want with Special Guest, Adam Chromy”

Adam Chromy is a published author, screenwriter, film/tv producer, and literary agent, operating his boutique New York City agency, Movable Type Management for more than 20 years.

Join us as we explore how the best agents don’t simply bring attention to your books, but partner with you to help build momentum, hone your approach, and, ultimately, achieve greater levels of success.

June 8, 2023

Writer’s Digest University

Online

1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Eastern

Online Presentation:

Mastering Plot Twists

The stories that keep people on the edge of their seats and up all night are filled with unexpected twists and turns. By integrating plot Twists, plot Reversals, and moments of heightened Danger (TRDs) at tactically sound moments, your stories will captivate readers with their I-can’t-wait-to-see-what-happens-next unpredictability. When your plot twists come at the right moments, your pace will be quicker and the action more focused, and these are the nuanced, multifaceted books that sell, and that find a devoted readership.

May 20, 2023

Jane’s Mastering Writing Craft Webinars

Online

1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Eastern

Online Presentation:

“Forks in the Road:
Jane’s Character Transformation Roadmap”

Immersive stories readers can’t put down require characters they can connect with. By aligning character motivations with incidents that result in transformation over the course of the story, you create realistic, believable characters and ensure that they act in ways that feel natural and draw in readers.

Just as Jane’s Plotting Roadmap helps you delineate your plot and control the pace of your story from the inciting incident to the final twist, Jane’s Character Transformation Roadmap will help you to track how your character develops throughout your story, streamlining the process of creating compelling characters your readers won’t soon forget.

May 13, 2023

Bay Area Romance Writers

Online

1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Eastern

Online Presentation:

“Revising Your Own Work”

You’ve finished your manuscript—now what? It’s time to polish the story, add complexity to the characters, and burnish the prose. In other words, it’s time to revise!

In this workshop, we’ll discuss my three-step approach to the revision process. You’ll learn professional tricks, techniques, and tips to ensure your work is ready for submission. I’ll provide numerous examples so you’ll know how to implement these proven techniques in your own work.

April 15, 2023

Jane’s Mastering Writing Craft Webinars

Online

1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Eastern

Online Presentation:

“Using Point of View to Maximize Reader Engagement”

How do you know the best point of view (POV) for your story?

From big-picture revelations to tightly held secrets, POV is a critical part of deciding what your readers (and characters) know and experience throughout your story.

Choose the wrong POV and readers won’t connect with your story. Worse still, if you use too many POVs, readers end up confused, not intrigued. Use my POV decision-making model to discover how to determine what’s best for your story!

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