Workshops

Mia is available to present the following workshops for conferences or writers’ groups and can tailor an address to meet your group’s needs. Contact Mia to discuss scheduling or check her Media & Events page for a workshop near you!


My husband married a hooker!

(Peppering your prose with reading hooks)

“I couldn’t put it down!” That’s the accolade every writer longs to hear. The trick to writing a page turner is adding hooks in all the right places, not just at the end of chapters. Learn to tease your reader into one more page, one more chapter and they’ll run out the next morning to buy one more of your books!


What a novel idea!

(Story Structure)

How can a writer be sure  her story isn’t full of holes or missed opportunities? Listen to the voices of the ancient bards. For centuries, story-tellers have been perfecting the craft of weaving tales. We can stand on their shoulders.

Based on Christopher Vogler’s The Writer’s Journey, Mia explains the mythic structures that form plot points your readers are already pre-programmed to respond to. WHAT A NOVEL IDEA will help writers be certain their plots will hit all the readers’ (and editors’!) hot-buttons.


Meat on the bones

(Character development)

Romances are character-driven works of fiction. This workshop offers techniques for creating characters that breathe on their own. Readers want to feel the characters are still off having adventures without them once the story ends!

MEAT ON THE BONES will help writers craft characters who feel so strongly, fail so utterly, and love so deeply, readers will be transported by their experience.


The joy of writing sex

(It’s not just for Romance Writers anymore!)

Sex is more than dirty words scrawled on the bathroom walls. It’s part of being human. As writers, we can’t afford to ignore the gem mine of conflicts, hopes and disappointment that wait for our characters in their bedrooms. This workshop will explore the special world of writing about our characters’ sex lives without apology (though Mia can’t promise no giggles!).

Sex is funny. And dramatic. And heartbreaking and transporting. Find out what it means to your characters and you’ll know them well enough to tell their story.


Neurotica

(Adding humor to your prose)

Humor takes many forms. NEUROTICA attendees will learn to recognize their humor quotient. Not everyone writes wacky, over-the-top, laugh out loud stories. They also serve who deliver the knowing smile, the gentle smirk and the involuntary giggle.

Writing comedy can be learned. We’ll visit some of the tried and true methods of injecting humor into a manuscript, using word plays, creating humorous characters, and funny plot twists.  Rediscover the joy of writing by letting your playful side take the reins. Your readers will thank you for it.


Recommended Reading

The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler–Mia returns to this book with each new title. An in-depth study of character archetypes and mythic story structure.

Writing the Romantic Comedy by Billy Mernit–This book was designed for screen writers, but it’s a great survey on the marriage of comedy and romance.

Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass–Deepen, sharpen and jump-start your prose. An invaluable resource for writers at any stage in their career.

How to Write a Damn Good Mystery by James N. Frey–Don’t let the title fool you. This book is crammed with “how to” advice for any genre.

20 Master Plots and How to Build Them by Ronald Tobias–Once you know what to look for, the bones of any story might be found in Mr. Tobias’ list.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Getting Your Romance Published by Julie Beard–Just what it says. Ms. Beard offers advice to take you from the first kernel of an idea to marketing your published book for better sales.


Other Publications

RWR- The Romance Writers Report comes to RWA members each month, crammed full of craft advice and industry info.

RTBOOKReviews–Reviews of current releases, spotlights, industry news and an annual Romantic Times Convention you won’t want to miss. Mia will be there!