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SC-Book-Festival-2011Time to share the fantastic lineup for this year’s Master Classes preceding the SC Book Festival this May. Shark Marketing’s Shari Stauch has been invited to conduct a class on May 13 about building an audience of engaged readers; just one of several highly anticipated classes that day. Here’s a full lineup:

Discovering the Poet’s Voice Within
Faculty: Randy Spencer $35/person (18 years and older) Limit: 25 people / Congaree Room A 11:30 – 2:30
An opportunity for participants to look inside themselves for that source of poetry everyone possesses. Through explored memories and guided exercises, attendees will work with the leader and fellow group members to develop a single poem that day, and, more importantly, to carry away the seeds from which other poems can emerge later. If you’ve never written a poem before or if you’ve written many, the goal of the workshop is to open up new avenues into poetry which can benefit writers of all levels. The participants are encouraged to bring with them and share with the group a short poem by another writer which speaks to them in a very personal and inviting manner. The workshop leader has been writing and publishing poetry for many years. He has an M.F.A. in Poetry from the University of South Carolina and has participated in poetry workshops across the country. A recent collection of his poetry, What the Body Knows, was published in 2010.

“The Write Stuff”
Faculty: Jackie K. Cooper $35/person  Carolina Room A  11:30 -1:00
Designed to instruct people who are interested in sharing their memories how to write them before they are lost and give future generations a sense of connection with their relatives. The course will be divided into eleven segments:
1. Picking the plot
2. Framing the plot
3. The hook
4. The development
5. The punch
6. The wrap
7. Imagination
8. Setting
9. Personality traits
10. Authors Influence
11. Random thoughts

These will open the class up for lively discussions as well as specific instructions. Cooper will use his own writing to illustrate various methods of capturing a reading audience. Basic foundations of writing and methods to use the unique skills of the individual writer will be discussed. Cooper has taught this course at the Margaret Mitchell House in Atlanta; the South Carolina Book Festival; the South Carolina Writers Workshop; Yawn’s Bookshop in Canton, Georgia; the Red Clay Writers Workshop in Kennesaw, Georgia; and at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton.

“Playing God: Creating Memorable Characters”
Faculty: Robert Dugoni $35/person  Carolina Room  11:30 -1:00
What is it about certain books that when we finish the final page the characters stay with us for days? What is it about those characters that has made them so memorable? Using examples from his own and other writers, Bob will teach techniques to make your characters well-rounded individuals that will keep readers wondering about them long after they have finished your book. Robert Dugoni’s critically acclaimed Fourth Novel in the David Sloane series, Murder One will be released June 2011. His debut novel, The Jury Master, became a New York Times bestseller, with the Seattle Times likening Dugoni to a young John Grisham. Dugoni’s other works include Damage Control, Wrongful Death, and the non-fiction expose The Cyanide Canary. He teaches the craft of writing throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.

C.R.E.A.T.E. Your Creative Path
Faculty: Cathy Pickens  $35/person  Limit: 40 people  Congaree Room B  11:30 – 2:30
Everyone has creative ability, whether they realize it or not. But have those abilities been developed to their fullest? Workshop articipants will explore the C.R.E.A.T.E. process for developing their own individual creative process. How do you find time to be creative? What techniques and disciplines can improve your creativity? Whether you are a writer, painter, inventor, or other creator, or whether you aren’t sure what you do is creative at all, you will find how mastering the process can strengthen your personal and professional life. Cathy Pickens has conducted workshops and taught graduate courses in developing the creative process to CEOs, MBA students, organizational development specialists, and to writers and other artists. She holds an endowed chair on the faculty of the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte, where she has won numerous teaching awards. In addition, she is the author of the award-winning Southern Fried Mysteries series set in South Carolina and published by St. Martin’s Press.

Faculty: Shari Stauch $35/person  Carolina Room A  1:30 -3:00
How to Build Your Audience of Readers, Even BEFORE You’re Published!
• Why millions of people try and fail to get published, and how to insure YOUR words get read.
• FIVE key ingredients for a successful writer website
• HOW and WHY you should be BLOGGING
• HOW to build a successful platform and create a ready-made audience for your book(s)!

Shark Marketing Co. CEO Shari Stauch has been involved in publishing, marketing and PR for 30 years and conducts seminars around the country on website marketing, blogging and branding for authors. Stauch works with agents, editors, writers and aspiring authors throughout the U.S. to help authors broaden their audiences, and publishers realize greater sales potential. Shari has authored four non-fiction books sold worldwide as well as numerous award-winning essays and works of fiction.

Writing for Kids: It’s a cartoon dog eat cartoon dog world.
Faculty: Melinda Long $35/person  Carolina Room B  1:30–3:00
Sounds pretty simple; a few words on each page, a few pages; but it’s some of the toughest writing you’ll ever attempt. Learn the ins and outs of writing for kids. Find out how to use setting, character, hook, humor, editing, and more to make your children’s book a success. Also learn a little about dealing with agents and publishers. Melinda, a long-time pirate fan, lives in Greenville, South Carolina with her husband, Thom, and her two spoiled dogs. Her children are Cathy, age 23, and Bryan, age 19. She was a middle-school teacher for 23 years. Melinda loves acting, reading, and of course, writing. She really enjoys going to schools to talk to kids about reading and writing because she likes kids as much as she likes pirates. Melinda Long is the New York Times Bestselling author of HOW I BECAME A PIRATE, PIRATES DON’T CHANGE DIAPERS, and THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS IN SOUTH CAROLINA.

Master Classes take place on May 13th; the Book Festival runs Saturday from 9-5 and Sunday from 10-5. For more info and to register for the master classes and other special events (we’re told they will sell out!) visit

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