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Janice Hardy

Janice Hardy RGB 72Janice Hardy  is the award-winning author of the teen fantasy trilogy The Healing Wars, including The Shifter, Blue Fire, and Darkfall from Balzer+Bray/Harper Collins. The Shifter, was chosen for the 2014 list of “Ten Books All Young Georgians Should Read” from the Georgia Center for the Book. It was also shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize (2011), and The Truman Award (2011).

She also writes the Grace Harper urban fantasy series (Starting with Blood Ties) for adults under the name, J.T. Hardy, and is currently working on a science fiction detective series (also for adults).

When she’s not writing fiction, she runs the popular writing site Fiction University, and has written eight books on writing, including Understanding Show, Don’t Tell (And Really Getting It), Plotting Your Novel: Ideas and Structure, and the Revising Your Novel: First Draft to Finished Draft series. She also speaks and teaches at writing conferences across the country.

She’s represented by the wonderful Kristin Nelson at Nelson Literary Agency.
Currently, she lives in Central Florida with her husband, two cats, and way too many books.

Janice’s books:

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Finding the plot in your premise – What starts out as an exciting premise can sometimes leave us banging our heads against a wall by page fifty, wondering what went wrong. But a little effort before we start writing can mean the difference between stuck and soaring. In this workshop, you’ll learn techniques to test your premise or idea and see if it really does have what it takes to fill an entire novel. Learn basic plotting tips for both pantsers and outliners, and discover what you need to start that novel and keep yourself on track. No matter what your process is, you’ll learn ways to determine if that premise has the legs to carry the novel in your head. With hands-on exercises, so bring your laptop or pages!

Public Speaking for Writers who Hate Public Speaking – For many writers, the thought of speaking to a room full of people makes them break out into a cold sweat. Unfortunately, being an author means at some point, you’re likely to find yourself in the spotlight. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to choose events that minimize the fear of speaking in public, tips on shifting focus off you, and how to stay “in the public eye” even if you never want to leave your house.


Novel Writing INTENSIVE:

Plot, Setting, Scene: Building a Strong Foundation for Your Novel

Stories might be about characters, but those characters need things to do and places to do them in. Creating a compelling plot with strong conflicts played out in an interesting setting is half of writing a great novel, and the foundation for your entire story. In this workshop, writers will learn how to use internal and external conflicts to plot, and how to tell if they need a character arc or not. They’ll also learn tricks to bring their setting to life, discover how to background details to enhance the setting, and show, not tell, their story world. And finally, they’ll dig deep into the mechanics of scene and its troublesome partner, the sequel, and learn how to use this pairing to drive the story and create plots (and novels) readers won’t be able to walk away from. This three hour workshop (with breaks) is packed full of exercises, so bring your laptop and pages.

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