I'll spend tomorrow with lots of fellow authors at the Bay to Ocean Writers Conference - http://www.baytoocean.com. From 8 am to 5 pm, the conference offers inspiration and instruction (not to mention a fine lunch) to aspiring and emerging authors. We'll hear from Barnes & Nobles Community Relations Manager Hannah Miller, marketing pro Shar McBee, and the best editor I know, Melanie Rigney, will discuss the essentials of writing a good novel: characters, conflict and construction. And that's barely half the program!
I'll give a workshop on Writing Effective Dialogue, explaining the art of making conversation between characters look natural and effortless while it moves the story where you want it to go. It will be a blast and if you signed up, find me and say hello!