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One-Day Fiction Writing Seminar . . . Registration Now Open!

Most of you know I teach writing at conferences. I receive a lot of positive feedback from the classes I teach and attendees often ask if I’ll ever host my own fiction seminar. Well, here it is. The details are below.

I researched other similar one-day seminars and intentionally set the price-point below them. That being said, I don’t want a day like this to be a burden to anyone if he or she really wants to attend but can’t afford the full price. If you want to come but the price is an issue please just email me and we’ll work something out. Trust me, being a one-income family of six I’m no stranger to financial difficulties. I understand and want to help.

Also, check out my new coaching site for writers. It’s not complete but you’ll get the iea.


Saturday, September 20th. 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


“Acquire the Skills to Survive the Fiction Writing Journey”

The Underground
104 33rd Street
Latrobe, PA 15650

Instructor: Mike Dellosso, Author & Coach

Morning Session . . .
Developing authentic characters
Point-of-view (seeing your fictional world through the eyes of your characters)
Writing “real” dialogue
Setting (creating a world that comes alive); pacing (keeping your readers turning pages)
Dealing with antagonists
Writing the 5 senses

Lunch . . . 1 hour, on your own. There are restaurants nearby or pack a lunch and hang out at the church.

Afternoon Session . . .
Theme (the “point” of your story)
Time management for the writer
Defeating writer’s block
7 things that have nothing to do with writing that will improve your writing
Honest to goodness Q & A (this is your chance to ask anything about writing, publishing, agents, editors, money . . . whatever)
Final words

Nearby hotels:
Wingate by Wyndham
Springhill Suites by Marriott

$50, must register in advance
TO PAY BY CREDIT CARD, CLICK HERE  (note: there is a $3.74 processing fee when paying by credit card)

My Fear of Heights

This is the last weekend before my class starts at Lancaster Bible College.

In case you’re just catching up, last fall I was offered and accepted an adjunct teaching position at Lancaster Bible College in Lancaster, PA. So for the past month I’ve been busy working up a syllabus, grading rubric for papers, lecture notes, and so forth.

The class, called “Writing for Publication,” is a choice for one of the required English courses freshman must take. It will be held Monday evenings from 6-9 pm and go for fifteen weeks. And no, I’m not quitting my day job.

I’m excited about this opportunity as it will be my first of this sort. I’m excited to meet my students and interact with them. I’m excited to pass on a bit of what I’ve learned. I’m excited to hopefully instill in others the love and passion for writing that I possess.

And I’m also nervous. I want to do a good job. I want to educate, yes, but I also want to inspire. And that’s not always something you can control.

My title is now “adjunct professor.” Not sure I’m comfortable with that. When I was in college, professors were on pretty lofty pedestals. Most had either no hair or silver coifs. I have plenty of hair and it’s only just beginning to gray a little.

And I have a fear of heights.

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