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Nightowls:

Brainstorming Tricks and Treats
Novelists, Inc. Members Only

Thursday Evening, October 7

8:00 p.m – 9:00 p.m.

Room One –  FINDING YOUR VOICE, JENNIFER STEVENSON
Room Two – PAST LIFE REGRESSIONS, MELINDA HAYNES

9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Room One –I’VE GOT YOUR NUMBER; CHARLOTTE HUBBARD
Room Two – PAST LIFE REGRESSIONS, MELINDA HAYNES (CONU.)

Friday Evening, October 8

8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Room One – STORY COMPASS, Melinda Haynes
Room Two – COLLAGING, CHARLOTTE HUBBARD, ET AL

9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Room One – WHAT’S IN A NAME; LISA WANTTAJA
Room Two – COLLAGING (CONU.)

FINDING YOUR VOICE: FAN MAIL FROM THE FUTURE with Jennifer Stevenson

Find five elements of your voice that your fans love, figure out new genres where you might sell well, and more!   Jen says: "I've been using this workshop with critique partners and in public workshops for years. Even when repeating it with old friends, I learn something new every time. Nobody goes away hungry!"

I'VE GOT YOUR NUMBER! with Charlotte Hubbard

Does your hero require constant variety?  Is your heroine so able to see both sides of a story she seems indecisive? Perfect examples of a 5 and a 2 lifepath! Charlotte puts you on the fast track to numerology, both to concoct interesting characters AND to figure, from a character's name and/or birth date, what sort of person he/she is likely to be (this simple system is a fast way to analyze your friends, too!). Take-home charts and personality keys provided!

PAST LIFE REGRESSION, Melinda Haynes

Yes.  Really.    Certified hypnotherapist and past life regression therapist Melinda Rucker Haynes is going to take the willing on a journey of personal discovery.  Who knows, maybe you write such compelling crime thrillers because, in a past life, you were Clyde Barrow, or your love of the English Regency Era has a lot to do with your past-life friendship with Beau Brummell.  In any event -- buckle up and come along for the ride!

GET CRAZY CREATIVE WITH STORY COMPASS©, with Melinda Haynes

Find new direction and get your story on track with Melinda’s “crazy-fun” process that will shake up your perspective and encourage you to experiment with new ways of combining the elements of fiction--plot, characterization, setting and theme—into totally unpredictable stories. You might even be inspired to get crazy-fun creative with your own personal story and discover a new one in the process. STORY COMPASS© tool provided for practice and fun.

WHAT’S IN A NAME? WOULD A WRITER BY ANY OTHER NAME BE MORE PRODUCTIVE? with Lisa Wanttaja

As authors, we’re all used to using numerous sources to choose character names based on their meanings, but what about our own names?  Names have power, and learning the meanings and symbology of our own names can unlock clues to our work styles, gifts, and challenges, leading to greater creativity and enhanced motivation. Join Lisa in an interactive workshop that uses traditional name meanings, numerology and runic symbols to find the deeper significance of your name, gives you tools for selecting a pseudonym and new techniques for creating effective characters.

COLLAGING FOR FUN AND PROFIT

Supplies like glue stix, scissors, folders etc. as well as a vast array of magazines/pages will be available for you--but PLEASE bring any magazines you have, too. Fresh images we'll all enjoy!  Collaging your story – it works!  Charlotte says: “New to collaging? I'm here to help! I've seen collage participants come up with entire plots in an hour of picture-gazing, and I've seen some find THE ANSWER to the plot point/character detail that had been stalling their story.