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.

 

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

 

 

Creative Spaces For Writers

Creative Spaces

Do you have a special place to write?  Do you have a special routine to prepare yourself for writing?  How does your space affect your writing?  These and more questions have been buzzing around in my head.  I know the answers for myself but I wondered about other writers.  Were they doing something I’m not?  Could I learn from what others do?  Absolutely!  I decided to invite writers to share about how their office space was linked to their creativity or creative process.  Their responses were surprising and informative.  It turns out there’s much more to our workspaces than just office furniture.  As a result, I’ve started a new guest blog series, Creative Spaces, which launches on Friday

writing woman

Do you have a special place to write?

Eleven authors have accepted the invitation to guest blog and if visitors (you) show that they enjoy the series, it may last longer than eleven weeks.  You’ll gain inspiration and maybe some tips.  You’ll certainly get to know some of your favorite authors a little bit more.  Be sure to come back each week to hear about other writers and their creative journeys but especially to take a peek inside their private creative spaces.