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Writing Techniques Seminar coming to Denver
by Terry Banker, May 1, 2003
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...As discussed at the Pikes Peak Writers Conference....

On Saturday, May 17, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers were honored to present best-selling author Mark T. Sullivan and his one-day seminar: Techniques for Writing Successful Commercial Novels.

The seminar included:

  • Premise: how to arrive at a controlling idea before you put the
    first word on paper. 
  • Research: how to use the facts of reality to refine the world
    you're writing about. 
  • Character development and why it comes before plot.
  • Story Development.
  • Writing Process: how to keep a reader hooked and how to keep
    yourself hooked.
  • Structural Analysis how to figure out how why your book doesn't stand upright.
  • How to know when your book is done and the art part is over, and,
  • Preparing yourself for Marketing: The cold truth of what it takes to succeed in today's cutthroat book World

The seminar ran from 10:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., at Union Stations Coffee House, 1091 S. Parker Road, Denver, next to the Galilee Church. Lunch was provided.

RMFW, Pikes Peak Members, and Nonmembers were welcomed.

$49 for advanced tickets, $59 at the door. This seminar was limited to the first 100 applicants. Advanced Tickets had to be purchased by May 9th.

coverMark T. Sullivan is the author of Labyrinth, Publisher's Weekly called "one of the most exciting yarns of this millennium!" The Los Angeles Times called The Purification Ceremony one of "few outstanding thrillers." His newest novel, The Serpent's Kiss will be released in July.

Mark has served in the Peace Corps in Africa, worked for Reuters, New York Times, Newsday, New York Daily News, and San Diego Tribune where he was nominated for two Pulitzer Prizes for Investigative Reporting. WWW.MarkTSullivan.Com

Please contact ROCKY MOUNTAIN FICTION WRITERS for information on future events.

    RMFW c/o Terry Banker
    4477 E. 135th Way
    Denver, CO  80241-1601

RMFW was founded in 1982. A small group of novel writers came together in a quest for support, the latest in market news, education, and access to industry professionals. The needs that brought that original group of writers together has remained constant throughout RMFW's evolution. Today, RMFW's members are focused on mastering the art and craft of novel-length fiction and acting as a dissemination point for information concerning commercial fiction writing. 

RMFW offers four things essential to writers: 1. Support for each member, published or unpublished. 2. Education through critique groups, workshops, programs, & our annual Colorado Gold Writing Contest. 3. Access to agents and editors from major publishing houses via our annual Colorado Gold Conference. Recognized as one of the best in the country! 4. Monthly news & articles through the Rocky Mountain Writer. The official newsletter of RMFW. RMFW has more than 400 members, including more than 50 published novelists, spread across the Rocky Mountain region. For more information please contact Terry Banker at: WWW.TerryBanker.Com

Terry Banker is the author of Hard Smiles: My Wife, Her Cancer, Our Love. He's a freelance novelist for NYC's The Fiction Studio and a public speaker. Visit his website at: http://www.TerryBanker.Com 



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