Wolverine Farm Publishing Co. and Bookstore ended the weekend’s events with a successful day of workshops. I managed to attend three events out of the eight that were offered today.
At 1:30 to 2:45 p.m., Jamie Raintree, women’s fiction author, hosted information about writers online. She went over the important topics such as why be online?, what’s important?, website necessities, Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms. She told writers to remember to establish a brand and to think of themselves as a business owner instead of just a book author.
“It was really helpful having clear instruction on what to do. I haven’t really made an online presence because I didn’t know how to start. So this was a good starting point,” Becca Bates, volunteer at Wolverine Farm Bookstore, said.
The second workshop I attended was “Character & Three Magic Letters” with Bonnie Nadzam from 3:00 to 4:15 p.m. The workshop began with participants coming up with character traits for a Texas state patrol officer and then listing their best and worst traits. It got participants to think how writing is very personal and what character development entails. The three magic letters are AND as writers imagine how certain character traits can be incorporated with each other.
“I realized some things about myself by participating in the workshop. It was helpful,” Leslie Patterson, a workshop participant said.”
The day ended with a reading from local author Laura Pritchett who read from her novel Stars Go Blue, which tells about life with Alzheimer’s.
Live tweets for this event can be found at https://twitter.com/emilywenzl.