Archive for September 22nd, 2009

Christina’s Fall Schedule of Events: September 2009 – October 2009


The 3rd Annual Writer Mama Back-to-School Giveaway
September 1-30, 2009

View the complete list of giveaway items.
Come on by and win some books!

The Northwest Author Series Presents:
Laura Whitcomb on Novel Shortcuts: Speed Depth in Fiction Writing
Created & hosted by Christina Katz
September 27th

Award-winning young adult author Laura Whitcomb of Wilsonville kicks off the 2009- 2010 Northwest Author Series at the Wilsonville Public Library. Her presentation, “Novel Shortcuts,” takes place in the Oak Room from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door for $5.00 or $3.00 for seniors/students. No advance registration is required.
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Willamette Writers Mid-Valley Chapter Speaker
Get Known Before the Book Deal: A Platform Development Checklist
October 1, 2009
Tsunami Books

2585 Willamette St., Eugene, Oregon
6:30 – 7:00 Social time
7:00 – 8:15 Speaker
8:15 – 8:45 Questions and books signing
Open to the public; tea, coffee and cookies provided

E-mail JoJo Jensen at

October 3, 2009
Three-hour Workshop
Willamette Writers Mid-Valley Chapter
Power Up Your Platform for the Internet Age

1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Cost: $49.00 in advance
Location: The Market of Choice — upstairs classroom
Eugene on Willamette Street
67 West 29th Ave
Eugene, OR 97405

E-mail JoJo Jensen at

October 11, 2009
Wordstock Festival of the Book
Get Known Before the Book Deal: A Platform Development Checklist

4:30 – 5:45 p.m.
Location: Oregon Convention Center
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Fall E-mail Classes Begin October 7, 2009
Classes with Christina & Highly Qualified Instructors!

The Northwest Author Series Presents:
Kati Neville on Test Market with Self-Publishing : Get Your Book Ideas Reader-ready
Created & hosted by Christina Katz
October 18th at the Wilsonville Public Library

From 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Tickets are available at the door for $5.00 or $3.00 for seniors/students.
No advance registration is required.
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Invest In Your Writing Career Today
& Reap Greater Rewards Tomorrow!
Writing and Publishing The Short Stuff
Especially For Moms (But Not Only for Moms!)
Class Begins October 7th
Prerequisites: None
Finally, a writing workshop that fits into the busy lives of moms! You will learn how to create short, easy-to-write articles-a skill that will make it easier to move up to longer, more time-consuming articles when you’re ready. Try your pen at tips, fillers, short interviews, list articles, how-tos, and short personal essays-all within six weeks. Now includes markets!
Cost: $250.00
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Pitching Practice: Write Six Queries in Six Weeks
With Christina Katz
Prerequisites: Permission from the instructor
In this writing class, pitching is all you do. Each week, you will study a successful writer’s query and create your own list of steps to follow. You will receive a three-page worksheet weekly, which will provide helpful ideas and checklists to help you systematize your query writing process and increase your productivity.
Cost: $250.00
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Platform 102: Grow Your Specialty Into An Online Platform
With Christina Katz
Prerequisites: Platform 101 or Permission from the Instructor
Frustrated with online platform development? Picking up where Platform 101 left off, this class helps you position yourself as a seasoned professional, who isn’t afraid to let the world know what you have to offer. Take your writing career to a more professional level with a blog, Web site, newsletter, and cover the basics of social networking. By the end of our six weeks, you will have a clear vision of your platform, and a plan for first and future steps. By the time we are through, you will be ready to launch the book-worthy presence that agents and editors require.
Cost: $250.00
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Writing for the Web
With Jennifer Applin
Prerequisites: None
These days virtually every business and industry needs to have an online presence. With a growing trend in Internet marketing, e-commerce and online publications, the need for creating well-written web content is more important than ever. If you are looking to make a name for yourself, and a living, writing for the web, then this course can help you. Students will learn how to develop a writing style that is suitable for the web; provide a variety of services (online articles, website content, blogging, editing, etc.); establish a fair rate and avoid scams; find paying assignments and secure steady accounts.
Cost: $250.00
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Personal Essays that Get Published
With Abigail Green
Prerequisites: None
The popularity of reality shows, blogs, and tell-all books proves that it pays to get personal these days. Whether you want to write introspective essays, short humor pieces, or first-person reported stories, your life is a goldmine of rich material that all kinds of publications are pining for. Personal Essays that Get Published will teach you how to get your personal experiences down on the page and get them published. Students will learn how to find ideas, hone their voice, craft solid leads and endings, reslant their work for different markets, and submit their essays for publication.
Cost: $250.00
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Poetry for the People
With Sage Cohen
Prerequisites: None
Have you always wanted to write a poem but didn’t know how to begin? Maybe you’re already writing poetry and want to connect with your muse more often, or brush up on your poetic prowess? Poetry for the People takes poetry off of its academic pedestal, making it accessible to and enjoyable for everyone. Six lessons with six assignments completed in six weeks.
Cost: $250.00
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