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Inspiration for My On-Line Course


I attended Vrinda Norman’s Irresistible Messenger Live Event in San Jose, California, this last weekend. I arrived Thursday and returned late Sunday, inspired with clarity for my on-line course. I played with Canva the last hour or two today and would like feedback from you. To learn more about Canva, click here.

Increase Audience Opt-Ins is a possible title. Vrinda said not to worry about titles right now but I wanted to explore. This course is for entrepreneurs who need help with their presentations. My goal is to guide them with bringing emotional impact to their signature talks for increased audience attention and opt-ins to their programs. Emotional impact equals connection. If their talks and videos don’t hook the potential client emotionally, the entrepreneurs won’t meet their goals.

My questions to you are:

1.) Do you like the image?  What could be improved?

2.) Do you like the temporary title? Why or why not?

Thanks for you comments.


Julaina Kleist-Corwin

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California Writers Club Tri-Valley Branch First Writers Conference

Shelley, Corbett, Penny PanelApril 18, 2015 California Writers Club Tri-Valley Branch First Writers Conference was a huge success.

Attendees selected sessions in one of three tracks that included Craft, Marketing, and Self Publishing. Four one hour sessions were scheduled for each track. The first session I attended was Craft, “Romance, Crime/Thriller, Young Adult: Essential Elements for Writing in a Specific Genre.” Left to right: Shelley Adina. David Corbett, and Penny Warner.

Shelley Adina spoke about romance in her niche, Amish Women’s fiction from Hachette. Her latest traditional release is Keys of Heaven. She also writes steampunk in which her latest indie release is A Gentleman of Means. After lunch, Shelley was our keynote speaker with the topic “Why it’s a Good Time to Be a Writer.”

David Corbett discussed the Crime/Thriller  genre. He is the author of The Art of Character (“a writer’s bible”) and four novels. His fifth, The Mercy of the Night, will appear by the end of this month.

Penny Warner’s topic was Young Adult. She has published over 60 books for both adults and children. Several books from her middle-grade mystery series, The Code Busters, were nominated for the Agatha Award for Best Children’s Mystery.  Penny and David bantered between insightful information, causing loud laughter from attendees. A great way to start the day.

Barbara Grossman reading her award winning poemThe winner of the poetry contest, Deborah Grossman, read her poem. Stacey wins short story contest

Stacey Gustafson won first place in the short story contest:

End of Conference happy organizersAt the end of the conference, four of the main organizers and volunteers had time to relax and smile, knowing it was an outstanding day. Left to right:  Jordan Bernal, president of Tri-Valley branch and author of The Keepers of Eire. Linda Todd, club membership chair, Paula Chinick, past president of the chapter and author of Red Asscher, and Patricia Boyle, Vice President.

Thanks to everyone who worked many hours to make this event happen.

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Tri-Valley Writers Conference this Saturday, April 18th

TVW-logo1-150x150Tri-Valley Writers Conference 2015

The Tri-Valley Writers Conference is a full day event on the art and business of writing. Share your passion for writing and network with writers and industry leaders.

Featuring three tracks: Craft, Marketing, & Self-Publishing

  • Date: Saturday, April 18, 2015     Time: 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
JIM  AZEVEDO is the marketing director at Smashwords.

DARIO CIRIELLO’s  indie press is Panverse publishing

DAVID COLIN CARR is a freelance editor since 1988.
DAVID CORBETT, author and presenter,
CONSTANCE HALE, has written three books on language and literary style
STEPHANIE  CHANDLER is founder and CEO of
JASON HOVEY is a former educator with over 15 years experience in online media.
LINDA LEE is a writer, speaker, educator, and website designer.
PENNY WARNER has published over 60 books for both adults and children.
The keynote speaker is SHELLY ADINA, award winning author.
It’s not too late to register. Five openings are left.

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San Francisco Writers Conference

February 12 – 15, 2015 is the date for the San Francisco Conference at the Mark Hopkins Hotel. Here is the link:

I’ve attended for the last 8 years. It’s one of the best writing conferences available.

Top Ten Reasons for Writers to Attend the 2015 San Francisco Writers Conference

      • Launch your writing career–or take it to a more professional level–with direction from bestselling authors and publishing experts.
      • Choose from a schedule of workshops, panels and sessions that fit your specific writing needs and goals.
      • Get your questions answered at the Ask-a-Pro session featuring New York and California editors…included in your registration fee.
      • Go to Speed Dating for Agents – Pitch your book ideas one-on-one in a room full of literary agents ($60 option for registered attendees only)
      • Receive free feedback on your work from freelance book editors.
      • Kick back in Cafe Ferlinghetti with writers from all over the country…and foreign countries, too.
      • Talk with exhibitors and find out what’s new for writers.
      • Browse our onsite bookstore (produced by BookShop West Portal) and you can get the books you purchase autographed by the presenters.
      • Jump into pitch contests, “Open Mic” readings, and socialize at our Gala Welcome party. This is just a sampling of SFWC’s over-the-top networking opportunities during the event.
      • Stay awhile longer with our optional in-depth Pre Conference classes on Thursday, February 12th and Post Conference classes on Monday, February 16th to increase the value of the conference even more.

The MAIN CONFERENCE registration fee includes four days of sessions including Ask-A-Pro & keynotes, two breakfasts/two lunches, a Welcome Gala on Friday evening, Presenter Book Signing event on Saturday, unlimited networking, and more! Speed Dating with Agents is optional ($60). Transportation, accommodations, and incidentals are not included.

Optional Pre & Post Event In-Depth Writing Classes on Thursday, February 12th in the evening and all day Monday, February 16th taught by some of our favorite presenters. Classes will be available soon.



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Presenters at CWC Tri-Valley Branch Writers Conference

David CorbettIn my last post, I told about the California Writers Club Tri-Valley Branch Writers Conference in April and the due date for attendees to submit an entry to the contest before the end of this month, January 31st. Four days left to submit one poem and one piece of prose at only $5.00 an entry.

David Corbett, the author of The Art of Character and four novels, will be on the morning panel titled “Essential Elements for Writing in a Specific Genre” and also will present “Plot Character and Pacing” in the afternoon. Simultaneously, David Colin Carr will present “The Importance of an Editor–Self-Publishing” and the third choice for the 2:00 session is Linda Lee’s presentation, “8 Must-have Elements for Your Author Website– Marketing.” Linda Lee AskmepcLinda is a writer, speaker, educator, and website designer who demystifies the online experience. She is the founder of Askmepc-Webdesign, “Smart Women, Stupid Computers” and WordPress Total Training that includes support membership.

Constance HalleThe last presentations of the day include one by Constance Hale called “Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wicked Good Prose” Her book, Sin and Syntax has been called a guide for “writers who want more spunk than Strunk.” Her workshop is interactive with readings, exercises, puzzles, and games. She also will talk about how to cultivate the writer’s voice. I went to one of her workshops a few years ago and found it entertaining besides offering good information.

The other presenters at the conference are Jim Azevedo, the marketing director at Smashwords and Jason Hovey who will talk about adding a soundtrack to your book with Booktrack.  Dario Ciriello who is a professional author, editor, and publisher who will discuss all aspects of book design and formatting for print publication. Anne Hill is an author and educator, and writes for Huffington Post. Her session is “Marketing Strategies: How to Sell Yourself.”

The keynote speaker is Shelley Adina who is the author of twenty-four novels published by Harlequin, Time Warner, and Hachette Book Group and seven published by Moonshell Books, Inc, her own independent press. Her topic is how this is the best time to be a writer, with simple strategies to renew your spirit and position yourself to become successful.

See you there.


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Tri-Valley Writers Conference Contest

Penny WarnerCalifornia Writers Club, Tri-Valley Branch, has a writers conference scheduled for April 18, 2015. Attendees can enter the conference writing contest before January 31st. Here is the link to register:

It is open to the public, but there’s a limit of 100 spaces. April may seem a long way away, but by registering now, you not only will be one of the 100, but you have a chance of being one of the contest winners. Awards are $150 for best prose and $150 for the best poetry.

After registration, each attendee can submit one prose piece  with a 1500 word maximum, fiction, non-fiction, memoir, or essay. A poem of 24 lines maximum may be entered also. Each entry fee is only $5.00. See the website for guidelines, and remember the due date is this coming Saturday.

Presenters at the conference include Penny Warner (photo above) who has published over 60 books for adults and children.

Her first mystery featuring a deaf reporter, Dead Body Language, won the Macavity Award for Best Mystery and was nominated for an Agatha and an Anthony Award. One of my favorites is her The Official Nancy Drew Handbook. At the conference she will be on a panel with David Corbett and Shelley Adina discussing the “Essential Elements for Writing in a Specific Genre”. Warmer also will present a morning session called, “Bringing Emotion in to Your Story through Narration and Dialog.” If you’ve never heard Penny speak, her humor is a pleasant surprise.
My next post will feature the other presenters.

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San Francisco Writing for Change Conference This Saturday

SF Writing for ChangeSeptember 6th, the 6th San Francisco Writing for Change Conference will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Center, Geary @ Franklin from 8:15 to 5:30. The conference theme is “Changing the world one book at a time: writing fiction and nonfiction to make a difference.”

The keynote speaker is Adam Hochschild,  “Writing About a Changing World.” Nina Amir will talk about “7 Steps to Becoming a Change Agent.” There will be the opportunity to speed date with the pros. Attendees can pitch their book to presenters at the Pitch and Learn session.

Check out all the editors, publicists and agents you’ll meet there:


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Redwood Writers Conference in Santa Rosa

I attended the Redwood Writers Conference on Saturday with Julie Royce, author of PILZ. We enjoyed hearing Ransom Stephens and Dana Gioia. I met Brooke Warner and her marketing and publishing packages are inspiring. The organizing team added the “First Page Critique” session. Two literary agents gave their reactions to first pages submitted by conference attendees. “An insider’s view into that make-or-break moment.” Everyone I talked to wants the critique session to be expanded and continued at the next conference. It was a pleasure to spend a day with writers.


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Penny Warner nominated for Agatha Award

Penny Warner has been nominated for the 2013 Agatha Award in the Best Children’s and Young Adult Novel category for THE CODE BUSTERS CLUB #3: MYSTERY OF THE PIRATE’S TREASURE. Her CODE BUSTERS #2: THE HAUNTED LIGHT HOUSE was the winner of the 2012 Agatha Award last year.

Penny presented with Rhys Bowen on Friday at the San Francisco Writers Conference. The title was “Murderers Who Leave Laugh Tracks: Solving the Mystery of Making Crime Fiction Funny”. The humorous pair made the session entertaining and informative.Penny’s website is


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San Francisco Writers Conference Anthology Panel

The San Francisco Writers Conference begins Thursday, February 13th. I’ll be volunteering at the registration desk again and this year I will be speaking on an anthology panel with Barbara Santos, Kate Farrell, and Camille Cusumano. I’ll have Written Across the Genres with me to talk about the experience of putting that book together.


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