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Author & Platform/Fanbase-Building Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan encourages everyone to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day/California Bookstore Day on Saturday May 2nd, 2015

Find booksellers in your area http://www.indiebound.org and visit them!

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Author & Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan celebrates Independent Bookstore Day/California Bookstore Day

May 2, 2015, 4:30pm at Laurel Book Store

1423 Broadway (near 12th Street BART station), Oakland, CA 94612

510-452-9232

Luan Stauss, owner of Laurel Book Store, says:

We will have hourly drawings for prizes!

10am Start your day with scones from Tart! Bakery while they last.

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11am Meet author Summer Brenner who set two of her books for young people in Richmond and Oakland.
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2-4 We have an art class for adults that you can drop in on. Marshall Hasbrouck is teaching and it’s ony $20! His art is on the walls in April.
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2pm Meet Kathrine LaFleur and chat about her books for middle grade readers.
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4:30pm Meet Teresa LeYung-Ryan, author of Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase in 22 Days. Are you a writer or a small business owner? Come and talk with Teresa about being seen! She says: “Reach out, not stress out.”
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All day we’ll have drawings for free books, bags and other goodies!
All day we’ll have things for kids to do. Be and color a unicorn!
Please join us and any other indie you like on a great day!

http://www.laurelbookstore.com/event/independent-bookstore-day

http://cabookstoreday.com says:  Just what does IBD celebrate?

Independent bookstores are not just stores, they’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers. They are entire universes of ideas that contain the possibility of real serendipity. They are lively performance spaces and quiet places where aimless perusal is a day well spent.

Cheers to booksellers and all book lovers!

Sincerely,

Teresa LeYung-Ryan

author of Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW (workbook)
author of the novel Love Made of Heart: a Daughter, a Mother, a Journey Through Mental Illness (used in college courses and archived at the San Francisco History Center)

http://WritingCoachTeresa.com   

https://www.youtube.com/user/teresaleyung

 

What an exciting week for writers in San Francisco this week!

February 12, 13, 14, 15, 2015  http://sfwriters.org

“If you’re going to the San Francisco Writers Conference, I’ll see you there!  With smiles.”

Thursday Feb. 12, 2015   I (Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan) be on the 4:45-5:45 panel  MAKING YOUR WORK REJECTION PROOF: Advice from Freelance EditorsNina Amir, David Colin Carr, Tanya Egan Gibson, Stuart Horwitz, David Landau, Heather Lazare,  Teresa LeYung-Ryan, Mary Rakow, Wendy Nelson Tokunaga, Annie Tucker, Ricky Weisbroth.  Moderator: Mary E. Knippel.    At the end of the session, you can sign up for a free consultation.

Friday Feb. 13 & Saturday Feb. 14    I (Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan) shall be in the Garden Room giving 8-minute consultations, so, please sign up early in front of the Garden Room on Friday or Saturday OR after the Thursday panel.

If all my 8-minute slots are filled, not to worry… If you see me sitting in the lobby or conference registration areas or near the conference bookstore, come by to ask me questions about your manuscript and how to pitch. Reach out, not stress out.

My books will be at the conference bookstore. Cheers to Bookseller Neal!

Love Made of Heart (mother-daughter love story) by Teresa LeYung-Ryan

Love Made of Heart

the mother-daughter novel that inspires adult children of mentally ill parents to speak openly about stigmas

- use in college courses -

http://writingcoachTeresa.com

Build Your Writer's Platform & Fanbase in 22 Days - workbook

Ask to see Coach Teresa 

for an 8-minute consultation 

Fri. or Sat. in Garden Room 

Go to  http://writingcoachTeresa.com

to see

Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan 

interviewed on CBS Channel 5

And, I recommend your getting this book for a friend.
Break Through the Noise is also available at conference bookstore
Go to: http://breakthroughthenoise.com

to watch Elisa Sasa Southard demonstrate

“the talking tagline”

 

Author and Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan says: “Identify the themes and archetypes in your intellectual properties and articulate your platform statement, simultaneously with ease. Show up for the writing, show up for the promoting. I cheer for you.”   

 

Take a look at the impressive list of speakers, presenters, freelance editors, agents, acquisition editors, publishers, and publishing experts. http://sfwriters.org/2015-sfwc-speakers/

Take a look at the impressive list of volunteers http://askmepc.com/sfwc-volunteers/

And of course the superheroes:

Mike Larsen and Elizabeth Pomada, SFWC Co-directors

Barbara Santos, Marketing Director/SFWC Newsletter

Richard Santos, Registration Director/SFWC website

Frances Caballo, Social Media Manager

Joan Gelfand, Poetry Track;    Carla King, Self-Publishing Track

Linda Lee, Volunteer Director;    Jane Glendinning, Volunteer Manager

Mary E. Knippel,  “Conductor!” of One-on-One with Independent Editors

 

Writing Coach / Platform & Fanbase-Building Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan & Colleagues at San Francisco Writers Conference 2015

Conference bookstore will be open Friday 8:00am through Sunday midday; stop by – say hello to Neal (from Bookshop West Portal, San Francisco) – take a look at novels, memoirs, biographies, how-to books for writers, children’s books, Y/A, graphic novels, romance, historical fiction, science fiction, thrillers, mysteries, photo/gift books, and more.

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Developmental editors & story consultants Mary E. Knippel & Teresa LeYung-Ryan use classics to draw examples for their class "For Theme Sake! BE YOUR OWN EDITOR" -photo by author Margie Yee Webb

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Developmental editors & story consultants Mary E. Knippel & Teresa LeYung-Ryan use classics to draw examples for their class "For Theme Sake! BE YOUR OWN EDITOR" -photo by author Margie Yee Webb

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Cat Mulan's Mindful Musings author/photographer, editor of Not Your Mother's Book on Cats anthology, FEMME: Women Healing the World documentary movie producer Margie Yee Webb

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Plot Whisperer Martha Alderson flanked by Writing & Platform-Building Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan & Memoirist Luisa Adams

 

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Cyberspace Genius Linda Lee empowers writers at SFWC--photo by Platform-Building Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan

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Women's National Book Association-San Francisco Chapter members-authors-presenters at past years' SFWC

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Then, on Sunday February 15, 2015, 12:00pm-2:00pm

Free and open to the public – Peacock Court, Lobby level

JOINING THE WRITING COMMUNITY: Connecting with Writers

Members of writer’s organizations, some national, will bring literature and speak about their organization and meet with attendees. Nina Amir, National Nonfiction Writing Month; Cara Black, Mystery Writers of America; Pat Brown, Goodreads; Zoe Fitzgerald Carter, San Francisco Writer’s Grotto; Stephanie Chandler, Nonfiction Authors Association; Gennifer Choldenko, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators; Randy Dotinga, American Society of Journalists and Authors; Grant Faulkner, National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo); Lee Foster, Bay Area Independent Publishers Association, Bay Area Travel Writers Association; Jane Glendinning, California Writers Club; Anne Hill, Bay Area Bloggers Society; Scott James, Litquake; Linda Lee, Women’s National Book Association; Kerry Lonsdale, Women Fiction Writers Association; Kirk Russell, International Thriller Writers

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reach out, not stress out. I’m cheering for you!

Teresa LeYung-Ryan is “Platform & Fanbase-Building Coach Teresa” and Manuscript Consultant and  . . .

author of:

Love Made of Heart: a Mother’s Mental Illness Forges Forgiveness in Daughter Ruby (novel used by college professors)

Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW (workbook)

Coach Teresa’s Blog at http://writingcoachTeresa.com

 

 

 

 

May you have nourishing foods, clean and safe environment, and abundant energy for whatever creative and joyful work you do to make this world a nice place.

Writers,

Here are opportunities for you to continue polishing your writing and building your platform and fanbase. I will be updating my events page

http://lovemadeofheart.com/Teresa-LeYung-Ryan%27s-Events.html

 

Thanks to Literary Director Bardi Rosman Koodrin and Fine Arts Director Boris Koodrin at San Mateo County Fair and members of California Writers Club, a variety of programs for writers and readers will be presented before and during fair dates June 6 – 14, 2015 at the Literary  Stage.

Author and Manuscript Consultant/Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan is proud to sponsor her writing contest:

DIVISION 332 – THE IMMIGRANT EXPERIENCE: NOVEL, MEMOIR, BIOGRAPHY, SHORT STORY, ESSAY OR MONOLOGUE

Contest deadline is April 1, 2015.  Submission guidelines for Teresa’s contest and other writing contests will soon be posted on https://sanmateocountyfair.com/contests/departments/literary-arts  and http://carrythelight2013.wordpress.com

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 SFWC logo

 Teresa LeYung-Ryan is a perennial presenter at the

San Francisco Writers Conference

February 12-15, 2015; plus pre-conference classes on Feb. 12 and post-conference classes on Feb. 16, 2015

http://sfwriters.org

Coach Teresa says: “I cheer for Co-Founders & Co-Directors Michael Larsen & Elizabeth Pomada, entire SFWC Team, and everyone associated with the conference that celebrates craft, commerce and community.”

Thursday February 12, 2015 at SFWC

4:45-5:45pm

MAKING YOUR WORK REJECTION PROOF: Advice from Freelance Editors         

Nina Amir, David Colin Carr, Tanya Egan Gibson, Stuart Horwitz, David Landau, Heather Lazare, Teresa LeYung-Ryan, Mary Rakow, Wendy Nelson Tokunaga, Annie Tucker, Ricky Weisbroth. Moderator: Mary E. Knippel                                                

(At the end of the session, you can sign up for a free consultation.)

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California Writers Club logo

 Sunday, March 22 (NOT March 28), 2015, 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Marin Branch of California Writers Club meets at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista, Corte Madera, CA    $5 members; $10 nonmembers. All are welcome.

  http://www.cwcmarinwriters.com  

 Guest Speaker Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan   (author of Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days) will present: “Build / Fortify Your Platform to Attract More Fans Before & After Publication”

Interactive presentation for fiction and nonfiction authors; for before and after publication

Coach Teresa says: “Reach out, not stress out.”

Subscribe to Coach Teresa’s blog now. Watch her interview on CBS “Bay Sunday” Show. Start by going to http://writingcoachTeresa.com

 

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Writing Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan’s 2015 New Year Wishes for Writers,

May you have nourishing foods, clean and safe environment, and abundant energy for whatever creative and joyful work you do to make this world a nice place.

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Teresa LeYung-Ryan is “Platform & Fanbase-Building Coach Teresa” and Manuscript Consultant and  . . .

author of:

Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW (workbook)

Love Made of Heart: a Mother’s Mental Illness Forges Forgiveness in Daughter Ruby (novel used by college professors)

Coach Teresa’s Blog at http://writingcoachTeresa.com  and

creator of:

“Talking to My Dead Mom” (monologues)

“Immigrant Experience Writing Contest”  and

past officer of Women’s National Book Association-SF Chapter

past president of California Writers Club-SF Peninsula Branch

recipient of the Jack London Award for outstanding service

 

 

 

Here is a timely reminder from the gracious team at  2015 San Francisco Writers Conference

“Early Bird Rate expires on December 31, 2014 at midnight. The registration fee until then is $650.  On January 1, 2015 it goes up to $745. And yes, we are selling out quickly so there may be no seats left at the at-the-door price of $795!  https://sfwriters.org/2015-registration-form/

   The 2015 SFWC Writing Contest is accepting entries in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry and Children’s books (Picture books through YA) through January 5th, 2015.  Grand Prize is $500 and a consultation with an agent. First Prize winners in each category win $100.
  Thanks to SFWC Writing Contest Director (and Fuse Literary Agency founder) Laurie McLean for all she does to make this contest work so smoothly.  To See Contest details go to: http://sfwriters.org/san-francisco-writing-contest/

To see the entire December 2014 newsletter from SFWC http://archive.aweber.com/sfwcnewsletter


2015 SFWC Keynote and Featured Speakers
 

Author & Fanbase-Building Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan says “Treat yourself to 2015 San Francisco Writers Conference”

Look at who the keynote speakers are!  John Lescroart! Yiyun Li! Michelle Richmond! Helene Wecker! Judith Curr of Atria Books!

Mary E. Knippel and I (Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan) and our colleagues will see you there. Please look for our names in the program and check out our presentations and classes.

Author & Fanbase-Building Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan says “Treat yourself to 2015 San Francisco Writers Conference”

 

Teresa LeYung-Ryan “Platform & Fanbase-Building Coach Teresa” is

author of:

Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW (workbook)

Love Made of Heart: a Mother’s Mental Illness Forges Forgiveness in Daughter Ruby (novel used by college professors)

Coach Teresa’s Blog at http://writingcoachTeresa.com

creator of:

“Talking to My Dead Mom” (monologues)

“Immigrant Experience Writing Contest”

past officer of Women’s National Book Association-SF Chapter

past president of California Writers Club-SF Peninsula Branch

recipient of the Jack London Award for outstanding service

 

Author and 22-Day Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan on “My Writing Process” Blog Tour

Thank you, writer and poet Michelle Wing, for inviting me to the “My Writing Process” blog tour. Hearty congratulations to you and your collection of poetry, Body on the Wall, debuted just yesterday on May 15, 2014!  Everyone, please check out Michelle’s blog www.thepoemwhisperer.com  (about finding the words!), and http://michellewing.com/ . And, here’s her post http://thepoemwhisperer.com/my-writing-process-blog-tour/

Michelle Wing

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author & 22-Day Writing Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan says: "Work on your craft and build your name at the same time, with ease."--photo by author Lynn Scott

I am delighted to be on this blog tour. My turn to answer the 4 questions about my writing process.

1)      “What are you working on?” 

Teresa LeYung-Ryan:   I’m smiling as I answer this question.  I am working on two projects.  A prescriptive nonfiction project – Build Your Writing Life In 22 Days (the second workbook in my 22-Day series); and a narrative nonfiction project – I’m actually writing my first memoir.  No more hiding behind the protagonist in my first novel Love Made of Heart: a Mother’s Mental Illness Forges Forgiveness in Daughter Ruby.  By the way . . . the working title of my memoir is Moon Crone Driving Without a Steering Wheel: How this Writer Journeyed Through Early Menopause, Depression, and Love.

Looking at my own blog posts, I see that the muse for my memoir first appeared in October 2012:

http://lovemadeofheart.com/blog/coach-teresa-says-please-do-not-give-up-on-yourself-and-your-writing/

http://lovemadeofheart.com/blog/authorwriting-coach-teresa-leyung-ryan-says-talking-about-depression-and-mental-illness-does-not-scare-me-anymore/

http://lovemadeofheart.com/blog/author-teresa-leyung-ryan-says-transforming-depression-into-my-writers-muse/

http://lovemadeofheart.com/blog/helpful-websites-resources-for-mental-health-mental-illness-depression/

 

2)      How does your work differ from others of its genre? 

Teresa LeYung-Ryan:   There must be other authors who have written/are writing about being a writer, surviving menopause, and living with depression. Probably my work carries a distinctive voice because I am a female Chinese-American immigrant from Hong Kong with these experiences  – lived with a beautiful mother who suffered mental illness and the cruel stigmas; escaped from violence when I was a young woman; worked in a government agency, a public agency, as well as in the private sector; blessed with a caring community of extended family members, colleagues and friends; use all my literary works (fiction and nonfiction) to inspire adult-children of mentally-ill parents to speak openly about the stigmas and find resources for their loved ones AND to speak out against injustice and violent behavior.

 

3)      Why do you write the subject matters you write about? 

Teresa LeYung-Ryan:   How can I not write about mental illness, stigmas, rejection, joys and sorrows, the immigrant experience, poverty, and saying NO to everyday meanness, injustice, and violence?  The act of writing is the way I express my memories, observations and intentions.  An artist might employ paint, canvas, wood, and metal to do her/his work. I am a writer; therefore I employ words (choice and placement of words) to do mine.

 

4) What is your writing process? 

Teresa LeYung-Ryan:   As I tell my friends . . . I am pregnant with a memoir.  I write every day.  At bus stops, on public transportation, in waiting rooms (including jury assembly room). I journal to track authentic details, sometimes at the beginning of the day, sometimes at the end.  With the help of Martha Alderson and her Blockbuster Plots and Plot Whisperer books, I am replotting my story. I’ve begun writing scenes and rereading memoirs (including Woven of Water by Luisa Adams)  [ A note to self and all memoirists:  when writing nonfiction, we cannot change the sequence of events for dramatic effect; we cannot embellish or diminish the details; if we do not follow these rules, then we cannot label our work nonfiction. ]

Also, I write editorial memos for manuscript clients and coaching notes for my fanbase-building clients.  I blog as the 22-Day Writing and Platform and Fanbase-Building Coach Teresa. http://lovemadeofheart.com/blog/  I love the act of composing/rewriting/restructuring/more rewriting –  these practices help me to really “reach out, not stress out.”  http://writingcoachTeresa.com

And, I rewrite/update my presentations.  For example, on June 10, 2014, 4:00-5:00om I’ll be in California at the San Mateo County Fair’s Literary Arts Stage  as a feature guest on “3 Short Plays with 3 Playwrights hosted by Darlene Frank” with the other two feature guests Ollie Mae Trost Welch and David Hirzel. I’ll be performing “What Am I Going to Do Now?” which is a new monologue for my “Talking to My Dead Mom” series.

Then on Saturday, June 21, 2014  I morph into Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan when I present “Build/Fortify Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase” at California Writers Club – Tri-Valley Branch in Pleasanton, California.

Soon, I shall be working on presentations for the San Francisco Writers Conference!

Please click here for more info about my events. Please click here for resources for writers – including links to California Writers Club and Women’s National Book Association.

My darling friends/colleagues give me writing retreats – I get so much done when I’m with dear hearts, especially the past two years with Elisa Sasa Southard, Margie Yee Webb, Vicki Weiland, Mary E. Knippel, and Lynn Scott. Thank you writing-sisters!

Also, in June, I’ll be with California Writers’ Club colleagues/mentors including Winifred McCaffrey, Margaret Davis, Diane Warner, Darlene Frank, Bardi Rosman Koodrin, Laurel Anne Hill, Christopher Wachlin (president of SF Peninsula Branch), Mary E. Knippel, and thirty other talented writers. Click here for schedule of literary events with CWC members at the San Mateo County Fair.

Click here for a list of my appearances/workshops (including June 10, 2014 at San Mateo County Fair’s Literary Arts Stage;  June 21, 2014 at California Writers’ Club Tri-Valley Branch in Pleasanton, CA)

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Now I pass the torch to two fabulous colleaguesMary E. Knippel and Yolande Barial – who will be on the “My Writing Process” blog tour, so, please visit them at their blogs on and after Friday, May 23, 2014.

Yolande Barial

Yolande Barial is the proud mother of three remarkable children. She is known as the sensually spiritual poet/writer/blogger and columnist, and, has performed spoken word in venues (including Starbucks) throughout the SF-Oakland Bay Area from 2003 to present. Yolande is a contributing author in 3 anthologies – If Women Ruled the World; Oakland’s Neighborhoods; More of Life’s Spices: Seasoned Sistahs Keepin’ It Real.  Also, she is playwright and director of “Images of the King: A Child’s Dream” (a children’s play), a Red Room author, and contributor to the “Stockton Motherhood” column for Examiner.com. Yolande’s column “Mothers Corner” appears monthly in the Tracy Press newspaper. Visit Yolande Barial’s blog http://just-a-mom.us/

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Mary E. Knippel

Mary E. Knippel, author, speaker and writing mentor, is fiercely committed to guiding aspiring authors and entrepreneurs to polish their words so that they sparkle and shine; her clients come to her to get help when they feel paralyzed about where to begin, what to say, and how to make sense of the life-changing messages. A journal writer since the age of eleven, Mary knows the enormous power of the written word. As a two-time breast cancer survivor, she herself relied on writing in her own recovery. Her upcoming book, The Secret Artist: Give Yourself Permission to Let Your Creativity Shine, chronicles the healing results. Check out her online writing classes, writing tips, workshops, upcoming book, and blog http://yourwritingmentor.com

Sincerely,



Cheers from

Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan is the author of Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW. Click here for print edition. Click here for Kindle edition. “Reach out, not stress out.”

Teresa’s novel Love Made of Heart: a Mother’s Mental Illness Forges Forgiveness in Daughter Ruby is used in college courses and archived at the San Francisco History Center.

Subscribe to  “Coach Teresa’s blog” Click here to start.

 

Dear Writers,

Thank you for getting my workbook and doing the exercises.

Here’s a question that is often asked by writers:

“Do I really have to blog?  I have a regular website, facebook page and Twitter.”

Here’s my response:

“You do not have to do anything that you do not want to do.  The ‘tags’ in blog posts function as index cards on cyberspace – those tags help new fans find you – enjoy the exercises in my workbook – you’ll see the power of consistent blogging for yourself.  Reach out, not stress out.”

Cheers!
22-Day Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan
http://writingcoachTeresa.com
the author of Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW

Subscribe to  “Coach Teresa’s blog”  Click here to start.

Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan answers question: "Do I really have to blog?"

 

Registration open to both men and women!   Pitch Your Books!

 Pitch-O-Rama 2014 Meet the Agents and Editors
Saturday, March 29, 2014, 8:00 am – 12:30 pm

sponsored by Women’s National Book Association-San Francisco Chapter


Meet our experts: Peter Beren, Amy Cloughley (Kimberly Cameron), Rachel Neumann (Parallax Press), Georgia Hughes, (New World), Brenda Knight (Viva Editons), Laurie McLean (Foreword Literary), Pooja Menon, (Kimberley Cameron), Michael Larsen, Elizabeth Pomada (Larsen-Pomada Agency), Alan Rinzler, Andy Ross, Brooke Warner (She Writes Press) Click here for full listing.

The event includes a FREE pre-pitch session and mentoring throughout the morning in our Green Room, an adjacent classroom to the main event in the Audre Lorde Room (both on the second floor) with Catharine Bramkamp, Patricia V. Davis, and Mary E. Knippel.

Immediately following the two-hour pitch session is a lively panel discussion on the controversial topic, Categorizing “Women’s” Fiction: Helpful or Hurtful? moderated by member/author Rayme Waters, with Book Club expert and blogger, Marsha Toy Engstrom, and acclaimed historical fiction author, Anita Amirrezvani.

TO REGISTER:  http://wnba-sfchapter.org/pitch-o-rama-2014/               

Space is limited! Cost: $65 WNBA members, $75 non-members

I wish everyone lots of fun!

Sincerely,

Teresa LeYung-Ryan   aka  22-Day Coach Teresa helps clients identify their themes and archetypes; she is the author of:

Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW (workbook for all genres)

Love Made of Heart: a Mother’s Mental Illness Forges Forgiveness in Daughter Ruby (novel used in college courses)

“Talking to My Dead Mom” monologues

Coach Teresa’s website http://writingcoachTeresa.com

To subscribe to Coach Teresa’s Blog , please click here.

Mary E. Knippel and I (Teresa LeYung-Ryan) presented a 45-minute session “Be Your Own Editor: Inject Your Manuscript with the 5 Ws and Core Themes” at last weekend’s San Francisco Writers Conference.

The first W (“Who”) – as in “Who is the Protagonist?”  And, “Who or what is the Antagonist?”

Who or What is the Antagonist in Your Story / Novel / Memoir / Book ?

For every Protagonist, there’s an Antagonist!

Antagonist is a character or a set of circumstances that threatens the Protagonist’s well-being OR the well-being of someone the Protagonist cares about.

Other powerful Antagonists are:

  • the Protagonist’s reaction to circumstances
  • the Protagonist’s own character flaw
  • something that threatens the status quo
  • illness or grief (including loss of an aspect of One’s self)

This is how screenwriter/screenwriting teacher Terrel Seltzer defines “what” is a great story.  She says:  “Someone we care about … wants something badly…  and is having a terrible time getting it.”

Coach Teresa here . . . “The Antagonist is the one who/which is causing ‘a terrible time’ for the Protagonist.”

Go through your manuscript; are you showing at least one of the antagonists within the first 5 pages?

Happy re-writing!

Sincerely,

 

 

 

 

Teresa LeYung-Ryan   aka  22-Day Coach Teresa helps clients identify their themes and archetypes; she is the author of:

Love Made of Heart: a Mother’s Mental Illness Forges Forgiveness in Daughter Ruby (novel used in college courses)

Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW (workbook for all genres),

“Talking to My Dead Mom” monologues

Coach Teresa’s website http://writingcoachTeresa.com

To subscribe to Coach Teresa’s Blog , please click here.

 

If you or a friend want to create engaging plotlines for your stories/books, go to Martha Alderson‘s class in San Francisco on February 13, 2014  (you do not have to attend the San Francisco Writers Conference for open enrollment classes) at the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins Hotel.  Even if you are not writing for middle grade and young adult readers, learn how to plot from Martha.  I was trained to write literature for children; the teachers who taught that class were authors of middle grade and young adult book; once you learn how to hook attention from young readers, you’ll hook readers of any age.  Martha Alderson is the celebrated Plot Whisperer; she’s the guru who taught me how to use front story/back story. Thank you, Martha!

 

Writing Teacher Martha Alderson aka the Plot Whisperer in San Francisco February 13, 2014

Thursday, February 13, 2014  6:30 to 9:30 pm

Click here to register

PLOT FOR MIDDLE GRADE AND YOUNG ADULT STORIES:   –  Fee: $99
Plot Your Story Scene by Scene to Move Your Readers

This class will enable middle grade and young adult fiction writers to use their plots to keep their readers engaged. Every scene has to deliver on many levels at once. Compelling characters; exciting dramatic action; meaning, emotion, and depth are essential. You will learn how many subplots is too many and how many characters you need.

You will also learn:

  • Strategies to give your scenes the greatest impact
  • How to turn episodic events into cause and effect
  • Foolproof techniques for developing complex characters
  • What makes for compelling action
  • How to keep the tension constantly rising

Martha Alderson, author of The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master, is known as “The Plot Whisperer” for the help she offers writers worldwide. She is the founder of the award-winning blog The Plot Whisperer; the vlog: How Do I Plot a Novel, Memoir, Screenplay?; and the International PlotWriMo. Her books include The Plot Whisperer series. She has been teaching for SCBWI members for ten years.

For an additional $30, you may sign up for a 15-minute plot consultation with Martha during the conference.

For a list of all the classes on Feb. 13, 2014 and Feb. 17, 2014 (pre and post San Francisco Writers Conference), click here.  All classes will have handouts.

Sincerely,

 

Teresa LeYung-Ryan

Teresa’s novel Love Made of Heart: a Mother’s Mental Illness Forges Forgiveness in Daughter Ruby is used in college courses and archived at the San Francisco History Center.

As author of Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW, Coach Teresa helps clients identify their themes and archetypes.

http://writingcoachTeresa.com   Subscribe to  “Coach Teresa’s blog”


 

 

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22-Day Writers’ Platform & Fanbase-Building Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan says:  San Francisco Writers Conference is a 4-day event – February 13-16, 2014. Attending a conference of this caliber leads to happiness. http://sfwriters.org

Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan has been invited again to co-present 2 sessions (one with Mary E. Knippel; one with Elisa Sasa Southard); esteemed members from a master-mind group that Teresa LeYung-Ryan and Mary E. Knippel belonged to (Martha Alderson, Linda Lee)  will be presenting too.  These experts look forward to seeing their colleagues (especially Margie Yee Webb and Lori Noack) at SFWC!

Cheers to SFWC SuperTeam (Elizabeth Pomada, Michael Larsen,  Barbara Santos, Rich Santos, Linda Lee, Frances Caballo)!

 

Writing Mentor Mary E. Knippel and Manuscript Consultant Teresa LeYung-Ryan

Talking-Tagline Teacher Elisa Sasa Southard and 22-Day Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan say: "Help your own platform by helping other writers"--photo by Tessa Bertoldi

San Francisco Writers Conference

Join us Presidents’ Day Weekend.  February 13-16, 2014 at the Mark Hopkins Hotel.
Four days of 60+ sessions with major presenters, agents and editors; a glorious opening gala; evening Open Mic, poetry happenings, and pitch sessions… plus an SFWC writer’s bag, 2 keynote luncheons and 2 breakfasts are included.
Registration price (now through December 31, 2013) is $650.
   CLICK HERE to register online.
  Introducing some of the 2014 SFWC Keynote and Featured Speakers
Who will be there?  Over 100 bestselling authors, literary agents, editors and publishers from major publishing houses.  There will be author and book promotion experts.  Connect with leaders in self-publishing and traditional publishing. As presenters are confirmed, they are posted with links to their websites.  CLICK HERE to see the amazing 2014 SFWC Presenters List.
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