Skill Building Workshops

You’ve written a novel but found your manuscript turned down by agents and editors? Your early readers just can’t give you fresh eyes anymore? You’re considering abandoning the thing and giving up? Usually the problems are fixable, but that implies recognizing what’s wrong. Does your story lack urgency? Is the quest muddled by competing subplots that go nowhere? Is there insufficient build toward the climax? Not enough risk being taken? Not enough at stake? voldemort


We’re offering a short series of one-off skill-building workshops designed to address these common problems. If you’re interested, please see the flyer below. This includes profiles of the workshop team, contact info, prices, how to enroll. All the nuts and bolts stuff.


Please contact myself or Jennifer McCord or Roberta Trahan if you have any questions.







Are you a fiction writer envisioning publication and struggling to make sense of editorial notes or reader feedback? Hearing that your story lacks a sense of urgency, a call to action, or that it falls a bit flat? That your main characters are unlikable or uninteresting? Not sure how to turn things around? We can help.


Ready to tackle the tough job of addressing agent/editor notes or early reader response? We are now offering a series of single focus workshops that address some of the most common trouble spots in any manuscript:


The Inciting Incident: A successful novel opens with a “hook” – a call to action or specific event that launches the protagonist into the central conflict that propels the plot. In this session, you will learn how to identify, assess and refine the inciting incident in your story to create a stronger sense of urgency and ramp up the tension from the very first scene.


Next Session: January 29, 2017 / 7-9:30 pm


The Desire Quest: Once an inciting event throws the protagonist’s everyday world into chaos, how he or she responds becomes the foundation of the plot. But what is it that drives the protagonist to accept the challenge? In this session, we’ll delve into the complex traits that define a multi-dimensional protagonist who is not only capable of carrying weight of the story, but also of fulfilling your reader’s expectations.


Next Session: February 12, 2017 / 7-9:30 pm


The Point of No Return: Plot is essentially a sequence of events that confront a protagonist with obstacles they must overcome in order for the story to move toward its climax. How these obstacles are presented determines a novel’s pace and should naturally create the escalating tension that keeps readers captivated. This workshop will help you analyze and assess your book’s major plot points and the protagonist’s progression toward the story’s proverbial point of no return.


Next Session: March 19, 2017 / 7-9:30 pm



Reserve your space today!


  • Affordable Customized Instruction & Support – Attend only the workshop/workshops you need – sign up for individual sessions or all three at a special discounted rate.*
  • Small Groups Sessions: Class size is limited to 7 student to allow for more in-depth presentation of the course material
  • Proven Techniques & Tools: Developed specifically to meet the expectations of today’s publishing world
  • Professional Teaching Team: Work closely with three respected publishing industry professionals, experienced instructors and published writers.


*The fee for each individual workshop session is $125.00

*Space is limited and offered on a first come/first served basis

*Workshops held at a private North Seattle area residence – address provided upon registration


Register now and receive an early-bird enrollment discount or purchase all three sessions at a special package price (see details below).


The Inciting Incident

Fee: $125.00

Registration Deadline: January 19, 2017 (for the January 29th session)

(Early enrollment discount: sign up by January 5th and save $25)


The Desire Quest

Fee: $125.00

Registration Deadline: February 2, 2017 (for the February 12th session)

(Early enrollment discount: sign up by January 19th and save $25)


The Point of No Return

Fee: $125.00

Registration Deadline: March 9, 2017 (for the March 19th session)

(Early enrollment discount: sign up by February 28th and save $25)


*Special Savings: Sign up for the whole series and save $75 – enroll for all three workshops by January 19th, 2017 and pay a package price of $300.


For enrollment details and payment information, email us at , or call (206) 491-0147.


Our Instructors:


Scott Driscoll is an award-winning instructor with an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington, has taught creative writing for the University of Washington Extension for twenty years and makes his living as a freelance writer and teacher. Scott’s debut novel, BETTER YOU GO HOME (Coffeetown Press 2013) was selected as the Foreword Reviews First Book Contest winner, March 2014. Scott has also been awarded nine Society of Professional Journalists awards, most recently First Place in the Western U.S. in 2014 for arts and entertainment reporting.  For more about Scott, visit


Jennifer McCord is a 30 year veteran of the publishing trade. Throughout her career, Jennifer has worked in nearly every aspect of the industry—as a writer, editor, instructor, and consultant. Jennifer lends her expertise in the book business to writers and publishers through her consulting and coaching business, Jennifer McCord Associates. Currently, she is also an Associate Publisher for Camel Press and Coffeetown Press. Jennifer can be contacted at
Roberta Trahan is the best-selling author of THE WELL OF TEARS and THE KEYS TO THE REALMS, the first two books in her quasi-historical epic fantasy series from 47North. Her post-apocalyptic science fiction novella AFTERSHOCK is also available through Amazon Publishing’s digital-first short fiction imprint, StoryFront. She is also a frequent guest at SFF fan conventions and writing events. For more about Roberta, visit




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