Are your characters limp? Is your setting rendered in watercolors? Does your conflict consist of a difference of opinion when it should be a clash of titans?
If your novel was a guy on a beach, would he get sand kicked in his face?
The Christian Writers Guild’s Novel Writing Boot Camp is what you need. Mac McConnell, who attended one of our boot camps in Dallas, says he got what he came for.
“My writing needed a shot in the arm—maybe a transfusion,” McConnell (left) says. “Who better to do that than those who are tops in the field? This was the best investment in my career I’ve ever made.”
At each boot camp, Drill Instructor Jerry B. Jenkins enlists three cohorts to help him run recruits through the paces. For the next camp, set for Nov. 3-5, 2011, at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Chicago, suspense author Brandilyn Collins, Snowflake Method plotting guru and novelist Randy Ingermanson, and Dennis E. Hensley, the author of more than 51 books and 3,000 freelance articles, will don their fatigues and join Jerry.
McConnell says boot camp, while demanding, was also motivating. The small group setting was perfect for personalized instruction and inspiration.
“But we didn’t get fluff encouragement,” he says. “I valued the Thick-Skinned Critiques highly. Comparing the before chapter, seeing Jerry’s markups, and then reading the finished product was invaluable.
“I am a short cut fanatic; give me the fast track. The CWG boot camp is a crash course from experts committed to raising the bar in Christian fiction.”
Find out more: Novel Writing Boot Camp or call 866.495.5177 to register.
Michael Ehret is the Guild’s editor-in-chief. He has written for newspapers and other print and online outlets. He edited several nonfiction books, was the senior editor for a faith-based financial services organization, and is the ezine editor for American Christian Fiction Writers.