Monday, February 19, 2018

Florida Romance Writers presents Alison McMahon Workshop - How to Make Your Book a Page-Turner

Super Saturday

March 10, 2018

9:00am to 5:00pm

Tigertail Lake Recreational Center
580 Gulf Stream Way

Dania Beach FL 33004
Alison McMahon – How To Make Your Book A Page-Turner
This course will show you the elements of craft needed to keep the reader turning the pages. We will start with plot and pace, the hooks to grab a reader and the cliffhangers to lead them to the next hook. We’ll analyze the rhythm of paragraphs. You’ll learn how to recognize and correct MRU violations (motivation reaction units).

Once we have a good plot outlined, we will look at what makes good characters, character traits, and character arc, in addition to deep POV, psychic distance, and dialogue. Finally rhetorical devices and other techniques for crafting beautiful, impactful sentences will be examined..
Workshop attendees are encouraged to register early. Each participant should send two consecutive scenes totalling no more than 1600 words. The scenes can be from anywhere in the WIP, Alison will use the works as examples to analyze in class. Send as a WORD document or in the body of the email to: or Also include a one paragraph summary of the story, no longer than 250 words.

Alison McMahan, Ph.D.,is the president of Homunculus Productions, a company that produces industrial, educational and documentary films. She is the author of the award-winning book Alice Guy Blaché, Lost Visionary of the Cinema (Bloomsbury 2002), which was translated into Spanish, films rights sold to a Hollywood agency for production as a documentary. Her historical mystery novel, The Saffron Crocus (Black Opal Books, 2014), won the Rosemary Award for Best YA Historical and the Florida Writers Association Royal Palm Literary Award. Her short mystery “The New Score” was just published in the Fish Out of Water Anthology (Wildside Press), and her short story “The Drive By” will appear in the Busted anthology (LevelBest Books) in April, 2017. “Kamikaze Iguanas” will appear in the MWA anthology for middle grade readers entitled Scream and Scream Again, edited by R.L. Stine, (HarperCollins, 2018).

Workshop information, registration and Paypal buttons are available at: 
The cost of Super Saturday is $55.00.00 for FRW members and $65.00 for non-members by CHECK or PAYPAL. Lunch and beverages will be provided. If paying by PayPal, please bring the receipt/confirmation number to the meeting. Checks made out to Florida Romance Writers are mailed to: c/o Tina Stitzer, 12600 SW 5th CT, # L 207, Pembroke Pines, FL 33027-6734.  
Please RSVP by the Wednesday prior to the workshop so enough tables and chairs will be available.

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