Webinar Bios

The Writer’s Toolkit: Tips from 40 Years of Writing & Publishing Experience, presented by David Morrell
Who best to learn from than David Morrell? A longtime literature professor, Morrell draws from his experiences as the best-selling author of 30 thrillers, including “First Blood”, “The Brotherhood of the Rose”, and “The Fifth Profession.” His fascinating new historical fiction trilogy brings 1850s Victorian London alive. In this webinar, set in an interview format with rhythm & tempo coach Mike Boyko, David offers practical advice on the craft and the business of writing drawn from 44 years of experience. The valuable information is a bag of riches for apprentice writers and established writers alike. To quote David Morrell, “Writers should be first-rate versions of themselves rather than second-rate imitators of other writers.”

untitledDavid Morrell is the undisputed master of the high action thriller. In his most recent books - “Murder as a Fine Art” and “Inspector of the Dead- he brings 1855 Victorian London to life with stories based on actual events. The third book, “Ruler of the Night” will be released this fall. The mystery series, his fifth, is a departure from Morrell’s critically acclaimed thrillers, including “First Blood”, the novel which introduces Rambo, “The Naked Edge”, “The Brotherhood of the Rose”, and more than a dozen stand alone novels. His writing book, “The Successful Novelist”, analyzes what he has learned during his 44 years as an author — information he shares in the webinar. Co-founder of the International Thriller Writers organization, Morrell received the prestigious 2016 Bouchercon Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a three-time recipient of the distinguished Bram Stoker Award and winner of the prestigious Thriller Master Award. Visit his website: http://davidmorrell.net

 C.A.R.V.E Your Platform for Greater Visibility and Income: 5 Elements That Can Move Your Creative Project to the Next Level, presented by Bill O’Hanlon
Publishing’s favorite buzzword these days is Platform. But what is Platform and how do you create a great one to raise your book above the competition and move your readership and success to the next level? Bill O’Hanlon, featured Oprah author of 30+ books and an international speaker, breaks down the idea of Platform into easily understandable elements that you can work on a little bit at a time to increase book sales, move your readership numbers up another notch or two, and even get bigger advances for your next book. Learn to use resources you might not know you have to create your Platform.

Bill OhanlonBill O’Hanlon is known for his ability to motivate people and organizations to determine what they are meant to be doing. He has authored or co-authored 36 books, most published by major publishers such as W.W. Norton, HarperCollins, Penguin, Pearson, and others. He also has self-published and e-published and coached other writers to bring more than 200 books into publication. Always looking for a challenge, he now brings his ideas to a wider audience through webinars. In 1999 he appeared on Oprah with his book, Do One Thing Different: Ten Simple Ways to Change Your Life. Having been successful at getting his own message out, he is passionate about helping others do the same. His webinar covers creating and expanding the platform needed to expose creative ideas to a larger audience, finding an agent, successful marketing and more.

Visit his website: http://www.billohanlon.com 

Sculpting Compelling Stories, presented by Susan Tweit

Whoever said writing is revision may have been underestimating the case. Once you’ve written the first draft of that fabulous novel, short story, or piece of creative non-fiction, how do you shape it into something so tight and riveting that no editor could pass it up? Learn techniques and tips for paring away the rough and polishing the essentials until your work gleams. Presenter Susan J. Tweit will show you how to listen to your writing, recognize unnecessary “throat-clearing,” improve tone and timber and rhythm, identify structural deficiencies, weed out extraneous details, and strengthen the heart and soul of your work.

Susan J. Tweit is an award-winning author, speaker, and inspiring writing teacher. She is the author of 12 books that explore the interrelationships that form what Aldo Leopold called the "community of the land." Her work has appeared in magazines and newspapers from Audubon and Popular Mechanics to High Country News and the Los Angeles Times - and has been heard on the Martha Stewart Living Radio Network. Her training is in field ecology, the study of the natural communities that make Earth a living planet. Susan turned to writing when she realized that she loved telling the stories behind the data more than collecting those data. She is the winner of the Colorado Book Award, the EDDIE, and the Colorado Author's League Award; TEDx speaker, 2013-2014 V-P Marketing, Women Writing the West, and past chair of the National Writing Panel for YoungArts. Visit her website: http://susanjtweit.com