Thursday, July 08, 2010



Pennwriters Inc. brings you...

Discover how to avoid the slush pile and get your book sold and published!

DATE: August 2 – September 2, 2010

VENUE: Online

COST: $79 ($89 non-Pennwriters members)

A finished novel ready for submission is required for this course. LIMITED CLASS SIZE.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Join national bestseller CJ Lyons, an award-winning medical suspense author, in a highly interactive workshop designed to give you the tools you
need to craft a complete fiction proposal, including a query letter, blurb, synopsis, opening hook, and pitch.

In this intensive course, you will learn the secrets to pitching, the power of your "blurb," and lessons on how to:
* Create a query letter that sells
* Approach the submission process
* Know if your opening hook works
* Write a short synopsis
* Write a long synopsis
* Craft a high-concept pitch
* Build your brand
* Find an agent

You will have a chance to have your query letter polished by CJ and the class—and if time permits you'll also have a chance to have your opening hooks and/or pitches evaluated as well.

BONUS: "Writer’s Toolbox"--a list of resources from CJ Lyons.

CJ Lyons

As a pediatric ER doctor, CJ Lyons has lived the life she writes about. In addition to being an award-winning medical suspense author, CJ is a nationally known presenter and keynote speaker. She has been invited all over the country to present her workshops and speak to audiences ranging from physicians to first responders to romance and thriller authors including: Colorado Fiction Writers, Oklahoma Writers Federation, the University of South Carolina at Beaufort, RWA National, MWA's Sleuthfest, Lowcountry RWA's Master Class, Left Coast Crime, and Pennwriters, among others.

Her first novel, LIFELINES (Berkley, March 2008), received praise as a "breathtakingly fast-paced medical thriller" from Publishers Weekly, was reviewed favorably by the Baltimore Sun and Newsday, named a Top Pick by Romantic Times Book Review Magazine, and became a National Bestseller. LIFELINES also won a Readers' Choice Award for Best First Novel. Her award-winning, critically acclaimed Angels of Mercy series (LIFELINES, WARNING SIGNS, and URGENT CARE) is available in stores now. Her newest project is as co-author of a new suspense series with Erin Brockovich. To learn more about CJ and her work, go to

TESTIMONIALS: “Tremendously helpful. CJ is a fine teacher, with the
patience of a saint.”
- Corrina Lavitts
Golden Heart Finalist

“CJ goes the extra mile with her willingness to help struggling writers, like myself. I would recommend this class to anyone.”
- Judith Gilbert

“The class was terrific. I’ve come away with a synopsis, back cover blurb, and a head full of scene ideas. You gave me wonderful insight.”
- Debra Hemminger

Friday, July 02, 2010

Photo Series: 2010 Seton Hill WPF Writing Conference and Retreat

Photo Series and Conferences


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This June 150 writers gathered "on the Hill" for the combination of Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction MFA Residency and the 9th Annual Alumnae-sponsored WPF In Your Write Mind Conference and Retreat. Guests included New York Times Bestselling Author, Rambo-creator, and International Thriller Writers co-founder David Morrell, FinePrint Literary Agent Janet Reid, Poisoned Pen Press Acquisitions Editor Annette Rogers, Samhain Publishing Co. Director of Marketing and Sales Tina Trevaskis, and Dystel & Goderich Literary Agent Jim McCarthy.

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David Morrell
Photo by Heidi Ruby Miller

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Sally Bosco, Meline Nadeau, Jason Jack Miller, Chris Stout, Natalie Duvall, and Matt Duvall
Photo by Heidi Ruby Miller

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Maria V. Snyder and Heidi Ruby Miller
Photo by Jason Jack Miller

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Mary Cox and Natalie Duvall
Photo by Heidi Ruby Miller

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Judi Fleming, Meline Nadeau, Alexa Grave, Shelley Adina, Chris Stout, Deanna Lepsch, and Tina Trevaskis
Photo by Heidi Ruby Miller

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Jason Schmetzer and Mike Brendan
Photo by Heidi Ruby Miller

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Donna Munro, Jason Jack Miller, and Matt Duvall
Photo by Heidi Ruby Miller

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Danielle Hinesly and Heidi Ruby Miller
Photo by Jason Jack Miller

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Matt and Natalie Duvall
Photo by Heidi Ruby Miller

We also caught up with one of our undergrads, Stephanie Wytovich, who is taking our summer Creative Writing course at SHU on Writing Short Stories. She met two of the authors whose stories we're reading in class: David Morrell's "The Abelard Sanction" and Patrick Picciarelli's "The Prince of Arthur Avenue", which was just made into a movie.

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Zachery Anderson, Stephanie Wytovich, Patrick Picciarelli, and Jason Jack Miller
Photo by Heidi Ruby Miller

And, we all had a good chat with a man who has taught all three of us a thing or two about writing, Tim Esaias.
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Timons Esaias, Stephanie Wytovich, Heidi Ruby Miller, and Jason Jack Miller
Photo by Zachery Anderson