books for young readers
presentations for writers
Stacy has been a featured presenter at writer’s conferences all over the country.
The Seat-of-the-Pants Novel Outline
An overview of my own method for outlining a novel, using a few essential landmarks for plotting and pacing, and filling in the rest as I go. Attendees will learn how to apply this method to their own project, at any stage of writing a first draft. Create your outline before you start writing, or use it to evaluate a completed draft to identify pacing problems.
Point of View in Fiction
In this workshop we’ll demonstrate how point of view (POV) is more than just writing “I” or “he/she.” We'll try our hand at writing one scene from three different points of view: in first person; in third person “close” viewpoint, and in third person omniscient viewpoint. We’ll learn how POV affects narrative style, focus, and emotion in fiction.
Voice in Fiction
“Voice” is the writer's personality on the page. We’ll compare published examples of distinct voices in literature, and then try exercises that help each writer unlock his or her own unique writing personality.
What a Copyeditor Does (and Why Even Good Spellers Need One)
Copyeditors attend to the nitty-gritty details of your book to make it perfect. They examine spelling and punctuation, but also read for consistency, continuity, and "house style." Learn the nuts and bolts of what these behind-the-scenes editors do, what to expect when your book goes into production, and how to decide when it's OK to break the rules, from someone who's been on both sides of the red pencil.