Simon Wood

Workshops

Simon has written for Writer’s Digest on numerous topics over the years and this has led him to present a number of workshops around the country. Simon presents to groups large and small. Interested parties should contact Simon directly for rates, options and availability. Here is a sampling of a few of his workshops:

THE 21ST CENTURY AUTHOR

seminarTHE 21ST CENTURY AUTHOR

Workshop length: 4-6 hours

Over the last decade or so, Simon has written for every field of publishing whether it be short stories, novels, magazines, fiction, or nonfiction. He’s written for both small and large publishers. He’s even been a ghost writer. In a turbulent and changing publishing world, Simon has thrived. His writing success in recent years has led for requests to discuss his methods to both writers and publishers. This has led him to develop his workshop, The 21st Century Author.

You don’t get a second chance at making a first impression. That adage is never more true than when you’re a writer. The publishing industry is always evolving, but never more so than in recent years. While publishing opportunities have increased for the author, so have the demands. Editors, agents and publishers expect the writer to be born fully formed to tackle the reading public. You need to have your image, platform and social networking plan in place the second you take that book to the marketplace and in the case of a new author, beforehand. It pays to have thought out who you are as an author in advance. The 21st Century Author is aimed at the published (traditional and independent) and the pre-published author. The new author needs to have their image thought out in advance while the published author needs to evaluate their how they engage with their current readership and a potential new readership. Topics covered during the workshop:

  • An Author’s Platform and Persona
  • Targeting Your Readership
  • Social Networks—online, face-to-face and in print
  • Creating an Online Presence
  • Creating Content
  • Utilizing Secondary Content
  • Creating Your Personal Social Network
  • Professionalism
  • Reviewers
  • Advertising

Publishing is both a business and a craft and the authors who’ll thrive will be the ones who embrace the business side as well as the craft.

THE 21ST CENTURY AUTHOR—PART 2

THE 21ST CENTURY AUTHOR—PART 2: THE HYBRID AUTHOR

Workshop length: 1-3 hours

In a time where the publishing industry has and still is undergoing great change, much has been discussed about whether it is better to be traditionally published or self published. Simon doesn’t see it as a mutually exclusive proposition. You can be both. In part-2 of 21st Century Author series of workshops, Simon outlines potential game plans for ensuring sustainability as a professional author. Topics discussed include:

  • The pros and cons of self publishing
  • The pros and cons of traditional publishing
  • Considerations for self publishing and doing it right
  • The perils and pitfalls of self publishing
  • Establishing the right hybrid mix of traditional and self published work
  • The importance of backlists
  • Rights management
  • Promotion

The publishing industry has never been so tough but it also has never offered so many opportunities. Know where you stand in the industry and you’ll have a long and prosperous career.

PLOT THICKENERS

PlotterPLOT THICKENERS

Workshop length: 1-2 hours

Plotting out your novel before you begin is a great exercise. Your story is thought through with no bad logic or unnecessary scenes. This process doesn’t have to be some drawn out and creativity killing affair. Simon has some fast & effective techniques for plotting a novel from beginning to end. Don’t run out of ideas or pad out your novel again. The presentation includes the famous color-coded plotting spreadsheet.

KILLER SUSPENSE

SuspenseKILLER SUSPENSE

Workshop length: 1-2 hours

You’re reading. Your heart is slamming against your ribcage, your fingertips are moist and you turn another page. If you’ve ever felt this way reading a book then the writer has done a great job at creating suspense. This doesn’t happen by accident. Simon outlines the key differences between suspense and mystery and discusses the techniques for building suspense and creating thrills.

SHIFTING POINTS OF VIEW

SHIFTING POINTS OF VIEW

Workshop length: 1-2 hours

Can’t decide who’s the best character to tell your story? You don’t have to settle for just a single character’s point of view. Simon Wood, a longtime contributor to Writer’s Digest, discusses the techniques and the decisions that have to be made when writing in multiple points of view.