New Workshops For Writers!

Take a Workshop by Victoria M. Johnson

Creative Non-Fiction: Writing That Matters

Apr 12, 2017 to May 3, 2017

Launch your writing career with a non-fiction book on a topic you’re passionate about. The basis of this course is the belief that writers can “make a difference” with their writing. Discover how to use the arsenal of tools and techniques to write creative non-fiction pieces with power, urgency, and clarity.  Students will learn how voice and theme impacts writing that matters.  Whether you write essays, articles, or books, this empowering class will guide you to create strong, inspiring prose on topics that matter to you.

For more information or to register, click here.

Held at Capitola Community Center from 1:30pm to 3:00pm. 4 Wednesdays.

Any writers in the Santa Cruz Area will be interested in both of these workshops.

Take a Workshop by Victoria M. Johnson

Flash Fiction Writing Bootcamp

May 10, 2017 to May 31, 2017

Come learn how to create very short stories, also known as short shorts and flash or sudden fiction. Flash fiction stories have all the elements of fiction and have the power of their longer cousins to transform the reader. Discover tried-and-true techniques, look at great examples, and free your creativity to write your own flash pieces. For beginning writers or pros, this is a fun and motivating class that will help you improve your storytelling skills. Following a lecture each session, students will write new pieces based on the topics covered and prompts to get the creative juices flowing. You’ll also learn editing tips and opportunities for publishing your polished works.

For more information or to register, click here.

Held at Capitola Community Center from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. 4 Wednesdays.

Instructor BioVictoria M. Johnson is a published author, poet, and filmmaker. She is the writer and director of four short films and two micro-documentaries. Avalon Books published Victoria’s fiction debut, The Doctor’s Dilemma, in 2011 (A 2012 Bookseller’s Best double finalist). McGraw-Hill and General Publishing Group published her in non-fiction. In 2012 Victoria entered the indie publishing arena with a collection of romance short stories and in 2014 a how-to book on fiction writing techniques. Her poetry appears in online literary journals and print anthologies.

Upcoming Workshops for Writers & Poets

TWO CLASSES Starting Soon!

Take a Workshop by Victoria M. Johnson

Any writers and poets in the Santa Cruz Area will be interested in these workshops.

Social Media For Authors And Poets

March 7, 2017

social media class by Victoria M. Johnson

Social media has become a crucial element for authors and poets in promotion and branding, finding opportunities, and fundraising. But those new to social media may not understand what platforms are best for them and what they can do once they are up and running. Some don’t understand the benefits of social media at all while others have opened accounts but don’t know what they’re doing there. This class will showcase a variety of social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, YouTube, websites and more! Though the class focuses on writers and poets, all artists will benefit from this exciting workshop.

For more information or to register, click here.

Held at Capitola Community Center from 1:00pm to 4:30pm. One Day Only.

Flash Fiction Writing Bootcamp

Mar 15, 2017 to Apr 5, 2017

Flash Fiction Workshop by Victoria M. JohnsonCome learn how to create very short stories, also known as short shorts and flash or sudden fiction. Flash fiction stories have all the elements of fiction and have the power of their longer cousins to transform the reader. Discover tried-and-true techniques, look at great examples, and free your creativity to write your own flash pieces. For beginning writers or pros, this is a fun and motivating class that will help you improve your storytelling skills. Following a lecture each session, students will write new pieces based on the topics covered and prompts to get the creative juices flowing. You’ll also learn editing tips and opportunities for publishing your polished works.

For more information or to register, click here.

Held at Capitola Community Center from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. 4 Wednesdays.

Instructor Bio: Victoria M. Johnson is a published author, poet, and filmmaker. She is the writer and director of four short films and two micro-documentaries. Avalon Books published Victoria’s fiction debut, The Doctor’s Dilemma, in 2011 (A 2012 Bookseller’s Best double finalist). McGraw-Hill and General Publishing Group published her in non-fiction. In 2012 Victoria entered the indie publishing arena with a collection of romance short stories and in 2014 a how-to book on fiction writing techniques. Her poetry appears in online literary journals and print anthologies.

 

A New Poem is Published

My poem is published in the “Night Terrors” issue of Perfume River Poetry Review.

Perfume River Poetry Review Issue 3

The call asked for poems from your worst nightmares and I think they gathered some chilling works for the anthology.  The issue is available in paperback or as a free PDF download at: Perfume River Poetry Review.  Look for my poem, Bones on the Clock, on page 37.  Their other issues are amazing, too.  Take a look for yourself…

Issue 1: Inaugural Issue: Where We Begin

When was it you first discovered that words could bring you joy, give comfort, sustain you, and create hope and beauty?

Issue 2: Ars Erotica

Ars Erotica explores aesthetics of love, sex, sexuality, and intimacy and how it makes us human.

Issue 3: Night Terrors

What are your fears of the dark?  What keeps you up at night–be it ghosts or hauntings in your heart?

Check them out.  Each issue is $10 in paperback or free PDF.  Also, keep an eye open for their next Call for Submissions.

The Frankfurt Book Fair in Pictures

I attended the 2015 Frankfurt Book Fair and I wrote a really cool blog post about it, which you can find the link to below. But I had too many pictures to post them all in one place, so here are a few more.

Frankfurt Book Fair in Pictures by Victoria M. Johnson

Detlef Bierstedt a.k.a. George Clooney

Amazon Publishing’s Booth

Detlef Bierstedt is the George Clooney of Germany. Let that sink in a moment. He is a German actor who is the voice of George Clooney (among others) in American movies that are voiced-over for German audiences. He is also the voice in many audio books for Amazon Publishing.

Frankfurt Book Fair in Pictures by Victoria M. Johnson

We all sat on book cover stools. Um, I didn’t see my book cover.

Amazon booth at Frankfurt book fair

Editors answering questions and meeting with clients.

Victoria M. Johnson

That’s me!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scenes From the Book Fair Floor

Frankfurt Book Fair pitching

Literary agents, authors, publishers and other book professionals pitching projects.

celebrity author

An author talk ended with attendees wanting an autograph and photo.

Children's books in Spanish

Edelvives, a children’s book publisher from Spain.

Frankfurt book fair floor

Books everywhere.

Calendar Exhibit

Some of the calendars on display were several feet wide.

Calendar Exhibit

Hundreds of calendars on exhibit.

Where's Waldo German calendar

I found Waldo in Frankfurt!

Frida Kahlo calendar

Lovely Frida Kahlo calendar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Champagne time!

Many of the vendors hosted parties in the evening. Lots of champagne, wine, Hors d’oeuvres, and live entertainment.

music at Frankfurt book fair

Live entertainment throughout the book fair floors.

champagne

Champagne toast

champagne time

Me with editor Lauren Edwards. Cheers!

 

If you want to find out the fascinating story behind the pictures, and I know you do, then click the link to my Classic and Cozy guest post: What Really Happens at the Frankfurt Bookfair

 

 

Operation: Inspire Others

I missed both the Romance Writers of America Conference and Thrillerfest this year due to our move overseas, so imagine how thrilled I was to learn that three fabulous authors: Diana Gabaldon, Tess Gerritsen, and Kathleen Antrim were visiting Germany. I was so over-the-moon happy to attend their workshop and meet-and-greet events that I cancelled a trip to the world’s largest wine festival in Bad Dürkheim, Germany!  (I haven’t located a writing community here yet, so I am starved for that creative connection with other writers–Twitter helps :-)).

It was standing room only in a good-sized library on the Army base in Landstuhl. The authors revealed writing tips and secrets on a variety of topics such as: finding an agent; their writing processes; and staying fresh and unique after writing several books. The audience asked great questions and the trio provided thoughtful answers and advice.

Diana Gabaldon, Tess Gerritsen, and Kathleen Antrim, Operation Thriller

L to R: Kathleen Antrim, Diana Gabaldon, and Tess Gerritsen

From Diana:

Diana advised writers to put your completed manuscript in a drawer for a month. Then when you pull it out to read, ask yourself of everything, “Why is it there?” Why is this character there? Why is this scene there? Why is this sentence there? Everything should be there for a reason.

From Kathleen:

When Kathleen starts a book, she nails the concept first. Then she asks herself if the concept will sustain a novel. Once she has the concept down she writes a 3×5 card of each scene in longhand. She writes who is going to be in the scene and what’s going to happen. This process gives her the bones of her novel.

From Tess:

Tess urged writers to seek emotional resonance in scenes. “Don’t just write what you see in a scene, but also what you’re feeling in that scene.” She used an example of describing a skirt. Instead of just describing the color, perhaps say it looked wrinkled like a child had tugged on it.

One final nugget of wisdom came from Diana. She spoke about The Rule of Three, advocating the use of three senses in a scene. “Then the scene will come alive.”

Operation Thriller V

Thriller authors visit Germany! That’s me in purple 🙂

I came away feeling inspired. From the enthusiastic applause I know others felt the same way. The authors then hung around and graciously signed their books for an even larger number of people. (While we were in the workshop, they were amassing in another room!)

The event, to “lift the spirits of America’s troops and their families” was sponsored by International Thriller Writers (ITW) in coordination with the USO. Even the books were donated. The official name of the program, which this year included stops at bases in the UK and Germany, is Operation: Thriller. My sincere thanks to all who made it possible. What a wonderful thing to do for those serving away from home, and their families.  Oh, check out the cool poster they signed for everyone:

Operation Inspire Others

Workshop: Social Media for Authors and Poets

Any writers and poets living in the Bay Area will be interested in this workshop

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Social Media for Authors and Poets

social media collage

Social media has become a crucial element for authors and poets in promotion and branding, finding opportunities, and fundraising. But those new to social media may not understand what platforms are best for them and what they can do once they are up and running. Some don’t understand the benefits of social media at all while others have opened accounts but don’t know what they’re doing there. This class will showcase a variety of social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, YouTube, websites and more! Though the class focuses on writers and poets, all artists will benefit from this exciting workshop.

For more information or to register, click here.

Instructor: Victoria M. Johnson is a published author, poet, and filmmaker. She is the writer and director of four short films and two micro-documentaries. Avalon Books published Victoria’s fiction debut, The Doctor’s Dilemma, in 2011 (A 2012 Bookseller’s Best double finalist). McGraw-Hill and General Publishing Group published her in non-fiction. In 2012 Victoria entered the indie publishing arena with a collection of romance short stories and in 2014 a how-to book on fiction writing techniques. Her poetry appears in online literary journals and print anthologies.

Workshop: How To Write Your Novel In Two Weeks

Any writers living in the Bay Area will be interested in this workshop

Saturday, March 28, 2015

How To Write Your Novel In Two Weeks

LGSR WorkshopDiscover techniques to write fast and get your first draft written in two weeks.  Learn how to prepare for the two-week event, how to execute during the two weeks, and how to fine-tune your masterpiece.

For beginners or pros, this is an exciting and motivating workshop that will help you improve your storytelling skills.  Don’t waste years trying to get your novel written.  Learn secrets to avoiding writer’s block and write your novel once and for all!

For more information or to register, click here.

Instructor: Victoria M. Johnson is a published author and filmmaker. She is the writer and director of four short films and two micro-documentaries. Avalon Books published Victoria’s fiction debut, The Doctor’s Dilemma, in 2011 (A 2012 Bookseller’s Best double finalist). McGraw-Hill and General Publishing Group published her in non-fiction. In 2012 Victoria entered the indie publishing arena with a collection of romance short stories and in 2014 a how-to book on fiction writing techniques. Her poetry appears in online literary journals and print anthologies.

My Novella is Here!

I’m excited to announce my new release…

HOT HAWAIIAN CHRISTMAS

Hot Hawaiian Christmas by Victoria M. Johnson

Heat up your holidays!

It’s Christmas in Hawaii, but Lindsay Clark’s vacation turns out to be anything but relaxing. With her uncle absent, she finds herself managing the hotel—a task at which she’s normally very successful. However, Lindsay’s life is turned upside down by the unfamiliar environment, Christmas festivities, and a very tempting guest—Chandler Lewis. He’s the honorary Santa for the Kona Christmas parade and has a great life back home in California. Romance is the last thing on his mind. But when he meets Lindsay, he begins to wonder if life could be sweeter in Hawaii.  Read More on Amazon.

Also, here’s the link to a post I wrote to help you with your Christmas shopping.  It includes lots of great ideas to save you time.

I’m the Guest Author at the Saratoga Library!

Victoria M. Johnson Guest Author

On October 1st I had the honor of being the guest author for the popular Authors Series at the Saratoga Library.  The event was hosted by the Friends of the Saratoga Library and they were wonderful hosts.  It was a fantastic experience with a friendly and captive audience.  They asked great questions, and it’s always nice when I’m asked something new.  The hour passed by quickly.  For those who live in the Bay Area they will continue the series each month with a new guest speaker.

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