Society of
Children's Book Writers
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The Essential Workshop for Fiction Writers

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Date(s) - 09/26/2015
9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Lanier Theological Library
14130 Hargrave - Houston, Texas 77070


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25 years of professional writing experience distilled into 4 hours of intuitive, entertaining, and easy-to-digest instruction that you can immediately apply to a new or stalled manuscript.

This workshop is for writers of any genre of fiction; chapter books, middle grade, young adult and adult. 
When: Saturday September 26, 2015 from 9:30 to 3:00
Where: Lanier Theological Library  14130 Hargrave, Houston TX 77070

Enter at the grill gate near the stop sign and turn left to the paved parking lot. Enter through the stone wall gate and walk to the last door of the little "houses" on the left. Please arrive by 9:45 but if you are late and the gate is closed, call Mary Wade at 713-501-2573.

Is your manuscript sagging in the middle? Has it been rejected because of too much back story, slow pacing or one-dimensional characters? Is POV or story arc the problem? Kimberly Morris will present a workshop to help with common problems all writers face with every manuscript.


This Workshop

• Teaches the architecture and engineering of plot

• Models the thinking processes of a writer at work

• Teaches a methodical and organized technique for sequencing events

• Stresses the role of logic in the creative process

• Strengthens skills at any level

• Includes 4 hours of instruction, discussion, and networking


Topics Covered

• Story structures – how to recognize and use them

• Trouble-shooting your plot

• Filling out and firming up the middle

• Delineating characters

• Synching external and internal story arcs

• Point of view (POV)

• Back story

• Genre

• Handling time passage

• Moving characters through geography

• Writer's convenience


Registration is from 9:30 to 10:00. Lunch break is 12:00 to 1:00. Lunch is brown bag so please bring any food, snacks, drinks, water that you want. There is a refrigerator and ice machine available for use but no soda machine.
Registration is limited to the first 40 people.

Register online to use PayPal and to obtain your SCBWI member cost. To mail in a check, send to:

Vicki Sansum
10038 Ella Lee Ln.
Houston, TX 77042

Kimberly Morris is the author of more than 60 books for children and young adults, many of them for popular series and licensed characters including Disney Fairies, Animorphs, Generation Girl, Mary Kate & Ashley, Freshman Dorm and Sweet Valley. This January Kane press will release her chapter book, Take Me To Your Weeder and Kimberly is also currently finishing the first draft of an adult romance tentatively titled, Totally Frobisher.

She has written short stories for the Muppets, Muppet Babies, and Fraggle Rock character groups, and animated television scripts for ThunderCats, SilverHawks, TigerSharks, and MiniMonsters. In addition, she has been commissioned to plot and/or outline additional books for the following series: Mary Kate & Ashley Sweet Sixteen, Sweet Valley Twins, Sweet Valley Junior High, Sweet Valley University, and The Unicorn Club. Over the years, she has been a development consultant for both book and television series.

Her work for adults includes book reviews, art reviews, and articles for newspapers and magazines. Among her publishers and producers are Random House, Disney Press, Scholastic, HarperCollins, Bantam, DK, Macmillan U.K., Millbook Press, Golden Books, Jim Henson Associates, Ruder Finn NY, Lorimar-Telepictures, and Rankin/Bass Productions.

While living in New York City, she trained for three years in the highly competitive musical theater writers' workshops sponsored by BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.) and ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers.)

As custom publishing director for Publishing Matters, she has developed and produced largescale collaborative writing and publishing projects, two of them involving as many as 300 adult and/or and student participants. Custom publishing clients include Child Advocates Inc., HISD, Katy ISD.

Kimberly is an active speaker in schools and at conferences for educators, writers business groups, and general audiences. For more information, please vist her website or email