Workshops Available for Groups & Conferences


Your Writing Coach would like to come to your writing group and present any one of the following workshops to help your writers. Your Writing Coach is also available for writing conferences.


Available workshops for Writing Groups and Conferences:

Dialogue - Say What?
Let's see what all the rules are about for dialogue. What is the function of dialogue? Do you have an ear for dialogue? Let's discuss the do's and don'ts for dialogue.

Setting - Where Am I?
Setting is a living entity within your story. Since setting is a place and time, it must be included in your story. Since characters interact with the setting it becomes a very intricate part of your story. However, you never want your readers to ask, "Where am I?" when they're reading your book.

Point of View - Who is Going to Tell Your Story?
Point of View affects nearly everything in your story. Did you know there are differences between POV? Do you know the correct POV to use? Do you know whom the best character in your story is to tell your story? Do you know how to select your POV character?

Dream your way to Inspiration
Where do you find your ideas for stories? Did you know you can mine your dreams and find fun story ideas?

10 Things I Learned about being an Independent Author
I'll tell you what I learned about being an Independent author. We can talk about anything you learned about being an independent author. Can you add to my list of ten?

Wordiness - Cutting Until it's Right
Writing means using words, right? Did you know it's also about finding the right words? So, let's write and then cut, cut, cut, until we have just the right story.

What If?
Let's begin a story. Do you know how to start? We'll start with a simple two word sentence: What if?

Simply Adverbs
Are adverbs all that simple? Should we try and remove every single one of them from our writing? When are adverbs okay to use?

Character Development and Motivation
Let's get to know your characters, inside and out. What makes your character do what they do? What stops them? We'll answer all these questions and more. We'll figure out how to build your character throughout your story. We'll figure out what it takes for your reader to understand your character.


Finding the Time and Commitment to Write
Do you have to fight against obstacles to write? What is your writing routine? Do you have a writing routine? I can give you ten tips for aspirating authors.


Conflict Makes Your Story
What do you need to create conflict? What are the patterns of conflict? We'll also discuss the common plot problems and cures.


Overcoming the Fear of Writing a Synopsis
Have you written a synopsis? Why, are you afraid? There's no need to fear writing a synopsis after we do one in class. We'll take a Disney Classic and write a synopsis.

Asking Why
What happens to your story when you ask why?


Specific Workshop Proposals for One on One Presentation


10 Good Writing Habits

The Least You Should Know about

  •    Spelling
  •    Confused Words
  •    Possessives
  •    Active Vs. Passive Voice
  •    Punctuation
  •    Commas
  •    Quotation Marks
  •    Capital Letters

Do you know anything about writing? It isn't hard. Like the title says, it's the least you should know. We'll check out your spelling abilities, confused words, possessives, active and passive, punctuation, commas, quotation marks and capital letters.

Fortune Cookie Wisdom
I opened a fortune cookie. It read "Four basic premises of writing: clarity, brevity, simplicity, and humanity."   It touched me so deeply that I knew I must research the words and find out how other writers felt about them. We'll discuss them in the workshop.

Finding the Time and Commitment to Write
Do you have to fight against obstacles to write? What is your writing routine? Do you have a writing routine? I can give you ten tips for aspirating authors. We'll get into your writing routine, goals, and ideas for becoming a great writer and help you find the time and commitment to write.

The First Five Pages
Do you know the book of the same title by Noah Lukeman? Yes? No? Well, we'll delve into the book and go over the first five pages of a story. You can be the reviewer and apply what we've learned from the book to the story.

Understanding Point of View
What is point of view? Do you know how many choices you have for point of view?

How to Set Your Story
Did you know there are 8 problems in creating a setting for your story? Let's find the solutions together. Setting can actually become a character in your story. Don't wait for your readers to ask "Where am I?"

Conflict Makes Your Story
Do you know you need to create conflict in your story? Let's find out the not so complicated equation and learn the patterns of conflict.

The Least You Should Know About:
  •      Spelling
  •      Sentence Structure
  •      Punctuation and Capital Letters
  •      Proofreading
  •      Writing a Summary
Do you know anything about writing? It isn't hard. Like the title says, it's the least you should know. We'll check out your spelling abilities, how you structure sentences, what you know about punctuation and capital letters, proofreading and when we're all done we'll write a summary.

Asking "What If?" - The secret to starting a story
Let's begin a story. Do you know how to start? We'll start with a simple two word sentence: What if?

Asking "Why?" - The secret to keeping a story flowing
Let's see how "asking why" affects your story.

The Writer in the Natural Setting - Learning how to prepare a perfect writing space and keeping it that way
What does your writing space say about you? Do you have a dedicated writing space? Let's dream of the perfect writing space and see if we can make it come true for you.


Poke - Poke - Poke - Getting motivated, staying motivated, knowing how to motivate yourself
Let's get motivated! Let's learn how to stay motivated and how to motivate ourselves when it comes to writing

Fighting the Fear - The secret to facing fear and defeating it
What are you afraid of as a writer? We'll face our fears and defeat them.

Write What You Know - Learning what your expertise is and how to capitalize on it
You've heard it over and over again. "Write what you know." Do you know what you know? We're going to find out and capitalize on it. You'll learn you know more than you thought.

Writing a Short Story - You know you have it in you
Have you ever written a short story? Do you know how? Did you know that there is a short story inside of you? I did, and we're going to find it together.

Writing Your Memoir
We have various options and can work within your needs. Please don't hesitate to contact me to see what we can work out  that will be beneficial to both of us.





Presentation fee can be negotiated

*** FWA Groups do not have to pay a presentation fee ***

Fee is partially based on distance traveled and if an overnight stay is necessary. 

Contact Your Writing Coach at coach@vickimtaylor.com to make further arrangements.