Friday, March 14, 2014

Turn Passive Writing Into Active Reading

The March 22, 2014, workshop TURN PASSIVE WRITING INTO ACTIVE READING addresses the ubiquitous rookie mistake of telling instead of showing. Through examples and exercises, Cheryl Norman shows you the red flags of telling and teaches the author's bag of tricks in revising passive writing into an engaging story. Cheryl bases her workshop materials on years of contest judging and editing, as well as her experience in leading novel writing and self-editing workshops. 

Cheryl Norman grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, where she wrote her first mystery at the age of 13.  She earned a BA in English at Georgia State University in Atlanta. After a career in the telecommunications industry, she returned to fiction writing and won the 2003 EPPIE award for her contemporary romance, Last Resort. Her debut with Medallion Press, Restore My Heart, led to a mention in Publisher's Weekly as one of ten new romance authors to watch. Running Scared, a romantic suspense set in Jacksonville, Florida, and Washington D.C., received a Perfect 10 from Romance Reviews Today. Reviewer Harriet Klausner calls her writing "Mindful of Linda Howard ... " She just signed a six-book contract with Turquoise Morning Press for a category “sweet” romance e-book series. The first, Return to Drake Springs, will be available in October, 2014.

Her non-fiction writing includes four cookbooks and an award-winning blog, Hasty Tasty Meals. In addition to writing, Cheryl works with breast cancer survivors to raise awareness about early detection and treatment of the disease. She also helps writers with grammar via her Grammar Cop blog, newsletter articles, and workshops.

Visit Cheryl's Website, connect with her on Twitter and Facebook, and check out recipes on her award-winning blog, Hasty Tasty Meals.

ACRA meets on the 4th Saturday of each month at the Southeast Regional Library, 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd, Jacksonville, FL. Phone (904)-996-0325. Bring your lunch and socialize from 12:30 - 1 pm, followed by a workshop.

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