February 15, 2014 - Fresh Fiction/Adventures in Fiction, Addison, TX.
May 13-18, 2014 - Romantic Times Convention, New Orleans, LA.
July 23-26, 2014 - Romance Writers of America Convention, San Antonio, TX.
January 7-March 4, 2014 - Writing Women's Fiction, UC San Diego, extension program.Contemporary women’s fiction dominates the bestseller lists and bookstore shelves. From romance to chick lit to storiesthat emphasize the challenges of women in their work and family lives, women’s fiction touches readers in a personal and relatable way. This course will examine the fundamentals of fiction writing and the specifics of writing the different subgenres of women’s fiction. We will discuss what makes an editor buy a manuscript and what makes readers connect with a book. Students will complete writing exercises and participate in group critiques as they build to writing chapters and completing a novel.
March 2014: How To Write A Novel. MiraCosta College. Have you wanted to write a book, but weren’t sure where to start? This class is for you! Whether you’re writing for fun or profit, you need to know the fundamentals of novel writing. Through classroom discussion and exercises, bestselling and award-winning author HelenKay Dimon, will guide participants through the writing process, including structure, plotting and characterization. By the end of the class, you’ll have an idea for a book, the beginning pages, and the tools to keep writing!