May-August Workshops at UNF Led by Sharon Y. Cobb

If you’re in the Northeast Florida area, join us for a workshop at University of North Florida. Workshops are full-day classes held at UNF’s University Center (free parking), 12000 Alumni Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224. For more information, or to register for a class, call 904-620-4200 or visit www.LearnJacksonville.com.

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How to Publish Your E-book
Saturday, May 11, 2013, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Join the e-Revolution. Publish your book yourself! E-books are hot and if you are a writer, you should consider this new path to being a published author. In this workshop you get all you need to know to e-publish your book: the 18 departments of your publishing house; 8 things you must have in your e-book; 8 things you must know about book cover design; the top 3 e-book retailers. You will also learn about: editing your e-book, designing your cover and preparing your manuscript for e-book distribution. You also get an invaluable e-publishing checklist. It’s time to take control of your writing career. Become an e-author now.

MarketingBooksPPCoverMarketing Your Books
Saturday, June 1, 2013, 2013, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Whether your books are traditionally published, independently published or e-published, to sell your books, you must market your books. This workshop will give you all the tools you’ll need to promote your books, including learning about marketing plans. We’ll give you the top 10 questions to answer when developing your brand. This workshop covers new media and traditional media. You will find out about news releases and where to find 5 free news release distribution services. You will learn about your author platform, how to optimize your Internet presence and the 4 essential social networks. We will discuss book signings for authors who have “tree books” to sell. You will receive an abundance of handouts and we’ll discuss specific tools for writers to use for marketing. It’s not enough to write a great book; to be a successful author, you must learn to market your book successfully.

Blogging Workshop 2/16/13

Blogging Workshop 2/16/13

Blogging for Business and Pleasure
Saturday, June 8, 2013, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Do you have a passion and are eager to broadcast it to the world? Do you have a business that could use a boost from Internet marketing? Blogging may be your thing. A blog is a free, easy, “do-it-yourself” website where you may write about anything you please. In this workshop we will give you all the basics of blogging using WordPress.com online software: choosing your blog subject, finding the right website host for your blog, finding readers and adding an Amazon store to your blog to sell cool stuff. You’ll learn the 5 secrets to writing great posts; the 5 types of posts to use; the 6 essentials to maintaining a successful blog; 3 strategies to a higher search rank for your blog. We’ll also show you how to: put videos from YouTube and other sites on your blog, choose the right keywords to attract readers and maintain a vibrant schedule of posts to keep your blog interesting. Your blogging possibilities are endless. Note: Laptops are not required to participant in this workshop. Students will not build blogs during the workshop due to time constraints. A detailed workbook used during the class will guide students in creating their own blogs after the workshop.

YouTubeLogoYouTube for Business and Pleasure
Saturday, June 15, 2013, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Whether you want to learn how to set up your own YouTube channel to share your favorite videos with friends and the world, or create your own worldwide platform to broadcast videos or short films you’ve produced, this workshop is for you. Also YouTube is the perfect platform for your business’s videos featuring services and products. This workshop includes: 9 things you must know about channel names; 4 important things to include in your YouTube profile; 5 secrets to creating great videos. Learn how to enhance your Internet marketing push with YouTube, how to attract an audience and how to make money on YouTube. This workshop is for individuals and business owners or managers.

Analysis2012CoverHow to Sell Your Books and Scripts to Hollywood
Saturday, June 22, 2013, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Hollywood is looking for books and scripts to buy. Film deal trends in 2012 showed that 32% of all deals made in the first six months were for books to adapt into movies. Another 28% were deals to purchase spec scripts (screenplays written on speculation that they will sell). In this one-day workshop you will learn: how to get your books and scripts directly to producers without agency representation; how to choose production companies that are most likely to want to read your scripts; where to find information about contacting producers and who to talk with at the companies. You will find out about websites used by professional Hollywood writers to keep up with what’s selling in Hollywood and also learn what happens when a producer wants to option or buy your scripts. This workshop is a must for writers who want to see their stories on the big screen.

Crash Course in Screenwriting Students, April 2013

Crash Course in Screenwriting Students, April 2013

Crash Course in Screenwriting
Saturday, July 13, 2013, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
This is an action-packed day for beginning screenwriters. You will be introduced to the three-act structure, basics of creating movie characters, film stories and plot construction. You’ll also learn how to write a logline, synopsis and beat sheet. Get ready to kick-start your screenwriting career in this buckle-your-seatbelt introductory workshop. Your instructor is a professional screenwriter who is a member of the Writers Guild of America. She has sold pitches and scripts to studios and had films produced. Alice in Wonderland (2010), directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp, will be used as a teaching example in the workshop and students are encouraged to view the film before the class, although it is not a requirement.

Intermediate Course in Screenwriting
Saturday, July 20, 2013, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Do you already know the basics of screenwriting but need more? This one-day workshop is for you. We explore six areas of the screenwriting craft essential to writing successful scripts. One: Alternative storytelling in screenplays and working outside of the common three-act structure. Two: Creating real characters through a powerful class writing exercise. Three: Getting emotion on the page so readers will care about your characters. Four: Writing authentic dialog. Five: Creating conflict and raising the stakes to increase dramatic tension in your stories. Six: Developing compelling scenes that move the story forward and build characters. This workshop is recommended for students who have either completed the Crash Course in Screenwriting Workshop or have completed two screenplays.

Writing Funny
Saturday, July 27, 2013, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Can you learn to write funny? Great comedy writing could be considered a natural gift, but you can certainly learn the craft of comedy writing. This one-day workshop is for beginning and seasoned authors and screenwriters. In this class you’ll get the basics of creating funny characters for and constructing a comic storyline. Also included will be: creating comedy from character opposites, the comedy rule of three, slapstick vs. satire, dark comedy, humorous story construction and more. Most material in this workshop refers to comedy writing for fiction books and films. Writing exercises will be used to demonstrate techniques. Join us to learn how to write funny. It’ll be a hoot!

How to Publish Your E-book
Saturday, August 3, 2013, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Join the e-Revolution. Publish your book yourself! E-books are hot and if you are a writer, you should consider this new path to being a published author. In this workshop you get all you need to know to e-publish your book: the 18 departments of your publishing house; 8 things you must have in your e-book; 8 things you must know about book cover design; the top 3 e-book retailers. You will also learn about: editing your e-book, designing your cover and preparing your manuscript for e-book distribution. You also get an invaluable e-publishing checklist. It’s time to take control of your writing career. Become an e-author now.

Marketing Your Books
Saturday, August 17, 2013, 2013, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Whether your books are traditionally published, independently published or e-published, to sell your books, you must market your books. This workshop will give you all the tools you’ll need to promote your books, including learning about marketing plans. We’ll give you the top 10 questions to answer when developing your brand. This workshop covers new media and traditional media. You will find out about news releases and where to find 5 free news release distribution services. You will learn about your author platform, how to optimize your Internet presence and the 4 essential social networks. We will discuss book signings for authors who have “tree books” to sell. You will receive an abundance of handouts and we’ll discuss specific tools for writers to use for marketing. It’s not enough to write a great book; to be a successful author, you must learn to market your book successfully.

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