Robin Patchen is a USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of Christian romantic suspense. She grew up in a small town in New Hampshire, the setting of her Nutfield Saga books, and then headed to Boston to earn a journalism degree. After college, working in marketing and public relations, she discovered how much she loathed the nine-to-five ball-and-chain. After relocating to the Southwest, she started writing her first novel while she homeschooled her three children. The novel was dreadful, but her passion for storytelling didn’t wane. Thankfully, as her children grew, so did her writing ability. Now that her kids are adults, she has more time to play with the lives of fictional heroes and heroines, wreaking havoc and working magic to give her characters happy endings. When she’s not writing, she’s editing or reading, proving most of her life revolves around the twenty-six letters of the alphabet.
Monday, June 12
Creating Compelling Characters (10:45am)
Every great story is populated with memorable characters. But inventing those characters—their personality traits, dreams, desires, histories, fears—is no easy task. In this class, we’ll discover tools for creating characters who feel so real and lifelike that our readers will root for them until the very end.
Writing Through Life’s Trials and Difficulties (6:30pm)
Do you often set your writing aside to make room for urgent projects? Do you find it difficult to write when life has been physically challenging or emotionally draining? Do you struggle to prioritize writing when other tasks—and people—seek to distract you? Learn to meet your writing deadlines—external and self-imposed—despite the distractions, difficulties, and disasters that come your way.
Tuesday, June 13
Crafting Quotable Prose (9:00am)
In this class, we’ll discuss elements common to many well-known and easily recalled quotes. Using examples from multiple sources, we’ll discover how to use simplicity, repetition, and cadence in our own work, no matter what the genre, to create succinct, impactful, and memorable prose.