Friday, September 11, 2009

It's not even fall, and I'm already seeing dizzying colors. Wish I could blame it on the leaves, but it's my schedule.

I hope you will be able to come see me at one of my many appearances around the Midwest this fall ... I start as a featured speaker at the Wisconsin Book Festival and end at the Chicago Public Library. I'm so looking forward to getting out, speaking, signing books and meeting more of you! Go to my Appearances page to see all my upcoming events.

And I'm thrilled to announce that -- due to demand and the success of my first writing seminar -- I will be conducting two more workshops: One October 12-14 (Mon-Weds), each night from 6-9 p.m., again at the fabulous Saugatuck Center for the Arts, and the other Friday November 6 (from 6-9:30pm) and Saturday November 7 ( from 11am until 4pm) at the incredible Saturn Booksellers in Gaylord, Michigan.

I love helping emerging writers ... so come spend a few nights with me doing what we love to do best (OK, second best).

Cost is $150.00 for the seminars. To register at the SCA, please call 269 857-2399 or e-mail:

For more on my class at the SCA, go to:

To register at Saturn, please call 989-732-8899, or go to:

(There's a link to e-mail on the page, too)

Following is more on my seminar ...


“Finding Your Voice”
Whether writing your first novel, mystery, or memoir, “voice” is the key to your success. Before you write a word, find out not only what you want to say but how you want to say it. Voice – not topic – is what sets every writer apart and serves as his greatest chance of success. Creative exercises to help each writer find his or her own unique voice.

“Finding Your Way”
Now that you’ve found your voice, you need to find your way to the end. In addition to loads of courage, talent and time, you need structure. What makes a compelling plot? How do you create compelling characters? How do you write a memoir? How do successful writers channel that narrative flow? Tips and creative exercises to finish that first book.

“Finding Your Agent”
Now, you have a book. But it doesn’t have a home. Publishing sources report that 99.9 percent of all queries to literary agents are rejected. And you thought writing was the hard part? So what makes the perfect pitch? The perfect query letter? How do you beat the odds, and become part of that elite group? Learn how to craft the perfect query, approach agents, and secure a reputable literary agent who can sell your book to a major publisher. Also learn what it’s like after your book is published: What to expect when working with a major editor and publisher, how to market yourself, blog and deliver your own publicity.


Blogger The Expatresse said...

Oh, I wish I was in the US because I would so love to hang out with you. Been reading your book "At Least in the City . . ." and I have laughed until I cried and choked and snorted. We really should be BFF.


I have vacationed in Michigan.

We'd have a ball.

September 28, 2009 at 11:08 AM  
Blogger Wade Rouse said...

I think I love you! (And your hat!)

How 'bout we be long-distance BFFs? You can be part of my gal-pal posse, who helps promote me nationally and internationally ... !

Hope you read my other memoirs, too: AMERICA'S BOY and CONFESSIONS OF A PREP SCHOOL MOMMY HANDLER. And my fourth, tentatively titled BIG BOX O' WINE: How I Survived My Family Holidays, will publish next fall ... think you will LOVE!

Thanks for the shout-out ... big xx's to you!

September 28, 2009 at 2:49 PM  
Blogger Shameless Agitator said...

I love your books! Confessions was so funny. You put up with so much b.s. from those old bags (just check their hands)! Why hasn't anyone invented plastic surgery to make the hands (and neck skin) look as young as their surgically stretched faces?

America's Boy was wonderful. Your time spent with your Grandmother were so precious.

I just finished "At Least in the City" this week and already miss it! I would take time to read whenever life (as a political consultant, wife and mom) became too stressful. I laughed until I cried!

Thank you for sharing your talent and your stories. I hope to come to one of your writing workshops someday.

Now, I think I need to start re-reading your books again!

(aka Shameless Agitator)

P.S. Thanks for the follow on Twitter!

October 2, 2009 at 5:02 AM  
Blogger Sherry said...

Hi, there!
I'm halfway finished with "At Least In the City..." and just had to post a quick comment. I can't remember a book, recently, that made me laugh out loud from the beginning. Now I know I have to read your other books as soon as possible. And then will be looking forward to your new one, next year!
Thank you for sharing your gift.
-Sherry Vaughn

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