Johnnie Alexander writes award-winning stories in multiple genres. Her WWII novel, Where Treasure Hides, is a CBA bestseller that has been translated into Dutch and Norwegian. She cherishes her country roots while spreading her vagabond wings on road trips, trains, and cruise ships.
Johnnie serves on the Serious Writer, Inc. executive board, co-hosts an online show called Writers Chat, and interviews inspirational authors for Novelists Unwind. Most of the time, she lives in Oklahoma with Griff, her happy-go-lucky collie, and Rugby, her raccoon-treeing papillon. Connect with Johnnie at www.johnnie-alexander.com and other social media sites via https://linktr.ee/johnniealexndr.
Fine-tuning Your Fiction: From First Draft to Final Manuscript
Polished prose that sings, “Buy me! Buy me!” to an editor doesn’t magically appear on the page. Specific writing techniques are needed to craft your story idea into a compelling novel that will snag a publisher’s attention. In this workshop, we’ll discuss: asking and answering story questions; showing a scene; telling the story between the quotes; and choosing our words. As time permits, we’ll review specific editing issues.
Duration: 45 minutes
Tips for Organizing a Writing/Critique Group
Presented by: Johnnie Alexander and Jean Wise
Writers may write alone but we benefit from a community who "gets" us. A writers group provides educational and networking opportunities while a critique group strengthens our work. Authors Johnnie Alexander and Jean Wise present tips and ideas for starting your own group based on their own experiences establishing an online critique group with three other women they met at writers conference several years ago. Jean has also started a writing group in her hometown, and Johnnie is a founding member and past president of both the Central Florida and Memphis chapters of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW).
Duration: 45 minutes
A Hero You Love…A Villain You Love to Hate
Once upon a time the heroes wore white hats and the villains wore black ones. But today’s readers aren’t interested in stereotypes. Create the hero of your readers’ dreams and the villains of their nightmares by adding surprising dimensions to your characters. Learn how to deepen your story with memorable characters an agent, editor, and reader will love . . . or love to hate.
Popular Clichés to Avoid in Your Fiction
We don’t always know what we don’t know—and that can lead to rejection. But agents and editors read through thousands of manuscripts a year. They know firsthand which opening scenes occur too often, what plots repeatedly pop up, and what characteristics turn characters into stereotypes. Two experienced authors share what they’ve learned from their agents and editors about the scenes, plots, and clichés to avoid. They also talk about the traditional publishing process.
Five Fabulous Factual Facts for Unforgettable Fiction
Our stories may never become classics . . . but they might! Especially if you’ve written a story that lingers in the reader’s mind long after the final sentence has been read. Unforgettable stories, whether smash ‘em up thrillers, lengthy family sagas, or relaxing beach reads have: 1) complex characters; 2) a compelling storyline; 3) unexpected events; 4) resonating themes; and 5) a satisfying (though not necessarily happy) ending. This workshop provides a brief overview of each of these elements for writing unforgettable fiction.
Secrets for Deepening Your Story’s Sense of Place
A story with a strong sense of place invites readers into your characters’ world—and makes it difficult for them to leave! This is important whether your characters live in a major city, a cabin out in the woods, or in a fantasy realm that exists, for now, only in your imagination.
Whatever the genre, you can include specific details that encourage readers to believe your setting is a real and tangible place. A few of these details may be obvious, such as the climate and the environment. But other elements are also important for establishing your fictional world. In this class, you’ll discover several ideas for giving your setting a deepened sense of place.
Write Fiction Right—The Right Way for You
With so many writing methods to choose from, how do you decide which one is right for you? Do you Snowflake, LOCK, or write from the middle? Perhaps you create a detailed outline (a committed plotter), or maybe you believe that story trumps structure (an intuitive pantser). And maybe you’re thinking, “What in the world are you talking about?!”
This workshop reviews the three-act structure, provides the basics of popular writing methods, defines what it means to outline a story, and gives tips for getting started without an outline. With this information, you’ll discover the perfect method or combination of methods that works best for you and your story.