Monday, September 3, 2012

0 1st 5 Pages September Workshop Entries Are Open for Comment

Quick note: I (Martina) am on Lisa Green's awesome blog, Paranormal Point of View, today answering a question about--wait for it--point of view. : ) Stop by and wave and tell Lisa how awesome she is!!!!

And now back to our regularly scheduled program. The five entries for this months workshop are up for comment. We invite everyone to pitch in and tell the writers what you think is working, what isn't working, and what could be strengthened. Are you hooked? Are the characters memorable and original? Is the story intriguing? Does it ring true? Is there a noticeable voice, a definitive perspective that comes through? Are there any global issues with the writing style that the writer should address? Jump in, kindly and respectfully, of course.

We are fortunate this month to have the amazing NYTimes bestselling author, Nancy Holder, guest mentoring. Nancy’s work has appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, LA Times,, LOCUS, and other bestseller lists. A five-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award from the Horror Writers Association, she has also received accolades from the American Library Association, the American Reading Association, the New York Public Library, and Romantic Times.

She and Debbie ViguiƩ co-authored the New York Times bestselling series Wicked for Simon and Schuster. They have continued their collaboration with the Crusade series, also for Simon and Schuster, and the Wolf Springs Chronicles for Delacorte (2011.) (Click here for an UNLEASHED giveaway.) She is also the author of the young adult horror series Possessions for Razorbill. She has sold many novels and book projects set in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Saving Grace, Hellboy, and Smallville universes.

Nancy has sold approximately two hundred short stories and essays on writing and popular culture. Her anthology, Outsiders, co-edited with Nancy Kilpatrick, was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award in 2005. Pretty Little Devils and The Watcher’s Guide Volume 1 appeared in the New York Public Library’s Books for the Teen Age, and The Watcher’s Guide Volume 1 also appeared on the Los Angeles Times Bestseller List in 1999. Saving Grace: Tough Love won the 2011 Scribe Award for General Fiction/Best Original Novel.

She teaches in the Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing Program, offered through the University of Southern Maine. She has previously taught at UCSD and has served on the Clarion Board of Directors.

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