Wednesday, February 14, 2018

“Finish that book!” workshop March 3 hones time-management skills

Do you feel like you can never find the time to write? Have you been chipping away at the same manuscript forever without much progress? Do you need a system that can get you to typing “The End” with success and satisfaction?

Wrangling a fickle muse to meet a deadline—or just to get rid of that looming blank page—is a life-skill for everyone who wants to get serious about their writing. Allie Pleiter, the bestselling author of over thirty books, shares the nuts and bolts of how to manage your muse at the St. Louis Writers Guild’s March 3 workshop from 10 a.m. to noon at The Lodge Des Peres, 1050 Des Peres Rd, St. Louis, MO 63131. Free to Guild members; $5 for non-members.

“You'll learn how to set goals and deadlines that reflect your personal writing style and speed--and smart ways to get faster when you need it,” Allie said. Join the thousands of other writers who have tackled the process of professional creativity using Pleiter's popular Chunky Method. With a useful mix of the practical, the inspirational, and the nitty-gritty real life of it all, this workshop gives aspiring or working writers the tools they need to make the magic happen.

An avid knitter, coffee junkie and unreformed chocoholic, Allie Pleiter writes both fiction and non-fiction, working on as many as four novels at a time. The enthusiastic but slightly untidy bestselling author of over thirty books, Allie spends her days writing, buying yarn, and finding new ways to avoid housework. Allie hails from Connecticut, moved to the Midwest to attend Northwestern University, and currently lives outside Chicago, Illinois. The “dare from a friend” to begin writing has produced a seventeen-year career with over 1.4 million books sold. In addition to writing, Allie maintains an active writing productivity coaching practice and speaks regularly on faith, the creative process, women’s issues, and her very favorite topic—The Chunky Method of time management for writers. Visit her website at www.alliepleiter.com to learn more.


Find out about the St. Louis Writers Guild at www.stlwritersguild.org.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Guild’s Feb. 3 workshop features Meghan Pinson’s “Novel Revision 101”

Writers, don’t miss Meghan Pinson’s Feb. 3 workshop on “Novel Revision 101: DIY and Collaborative Revision.” Held from 10 a.m. to noon at The Lodge Des Peres, 1050 Des Peres Rd., St. Louis, MO 63131, it is free to St. Louis Writers Guild members; $5 for nonmembers.

“In this two-hour workshop, you'll draft a plan to get your novel from first draft to finished manuscript. We'll break down the stages of revision and editing and look at how fear, avoidance, and pride are your worst enemies,” Meghan said. “I'll teach you how to know when to get help, where to find it, and what to expect from it. You'll leave with an editing schedule that starts with you and expands to include critique groups, professionals, and beta readers.” 

Meghan Pinson provides expert editing, engaging critique, and fearless consulting to authors of novels and nonfiction manuscripts. She launched My Two Cents Editing in 2009 as a full-time freelance copyeditor and has steadily expanded to help her clients move from first draft to faithful readerships. Now her small crew of literary specialists provides comprehensive manuscript critique and a full range of editing services: editorial assessment, developmental editing, line editing, copyediting, proofreading, and post-editing cleanup. She leads writing and editing workshops and collaborates with her partner at Outrider Literary to guide authors through publication along indie, traditional, and hybrid paths.

Meghan is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association, the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society, the Missouri Writers Guild, the St. Louis Publishers Association, and Reedsy (where you can see her portfolio).

Check out www.mytwocentsediting.com and write to meghan@mytwocentsediting.com for more information. 

Learn more about the St. Louis Writers Guild at www.stlwritersguild.org.
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