Author of Six Novels   CALA Winner    Christy Award Finalist    International Speaker     Writing Instructor   
Conference Keynote    Magazine Editor

  Email: Michelle at MichelleBuckman.com
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MiCHELLE BUCKMAN
Author and Speaker
2013 WORKSHOPS

Conservative Fiction Writers Retreat
July 24-28, 2013 Gatlinburg, TN

Catholic Writers Guild Conference
Aug 6-9, 2013  Sommerset, NJ

Catholic Writers Guild Retreat
October 13-17, 2013  Lansing, MI
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FEATURED SPEAKER at:
Carolina Writers Conference
Write2Ignite Conference
Write!Canada Conference
Writing at the Beach Workshop
Intensive Writing Workshops
Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
SC Book Festival
Catholic Writers Conference 
Stand up for Life Conference
March for Life 2011

For additional listings & references,
please contact Michelle

CREATION & PUBLICATION PROCESS
Whether you’re just beginning your first novel or you have a finished manuscript ready for submission, you probably have unanswered questions on how to proceed. What format does a manuscript need? How do you determine which publishers will be interested in your book? What should you include in a proposal? What happens once you’ve sent a manuscript in? What should you look for in a contract? What happens after you sign a contract? How much marketing must authors do themselves? Michelle Buckman will share her knowledge and secrets with you in this personalized question and answer session. Includes coverage of queries and proposals.

DEFINING YOUR WRITING
Not sure how to market your story to an editor? Defining your audience is imperative to perfection your proposal. Distinguishing a romance from women’s fiction is easy once you’ve studied the differences. This workshop includes an exercise that helps you write an opening to both.

POINT OF VIEW
The point of view used in a story can greatly affect the direction of the story. What would Moby Dick have been if Ahab had told the story instead of Ishmael? Michelle has studied POV in depth throughout her writing career and will help you determine how to analyze this technique in your manuscript for the best outcome

THE SECRET TO GETTING PUBLISHED
Trying to break into print can take years of futile struggling if you don't have an insider's understanding of the pitfalls that could land your manuscript in the round file. Learn how to make your manuscript stand out from the crowd to capture an editor's attention. With years of experience, Michelle shares her knowledge of critical steps necessary to move a manuscript from the slush pile to contract.

THE RIGHT DETAILS
Do you have trouble deciding which details to use in your story and which should be deleted?  Description can add texture to your story or bog it down, and learning the difference can be imperative to producing a manuscript worthy of publication. Come visit Michelle Buckman's workshop to pick up pointers she's learned in the writing of her four novels.

DEFINING YOUR WRITING
Not sure how to market your story to an editor? Defining your audience is imperative to perfection your proposal. Distinguishing a romance from women’s fiction is easy once you’ve studied the differences. This workshop includes an exercise that helps you write an opening to both.

WRITING TEEN FICTION
Michelle Buckman explains how to come up with believable characters that teen readers will love to follow. This workshop covers all aspects of teen fiction, from laying out plots that attract teen readers to defining what editors are looking for in this market. Register for a drawing for a free book while you're there!

REACHING TEENS THROUGH FICTION
A discussion on how to speak to teens on important issues through fiction, and how fiction allows them to work through issues in their life in the safety of fiction.
TEEN WORKSHOPS

Michelle Buckman is the author of four novels, including 2008 Christy Award Finalist Maggie Come Lately and the follow-up book, My Beautiful Disaster. In her mission to reach teens, she has also served as Catholic Youth Organization Director and Director of Confirmation in her pariMichelle's novels touch on popularity, abstinence, molestation, dating, pro-life values, and using faith, scripture and God in making life decisions.

Book discussions on writing and/or story development, plot, and techniques.

Issue-oriented faith-based discussions as environment allows.


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