Writing Workshops for Adults
1. "Getting Down to Business" -- Trade and association publications are little known outside the industries they serve, but they are usually well supported with advertising and subscriptions. They're unlikely to go out of business suddenly, leaving the writer unhappy and unpaid. Too, once a writer breaks in, he or she is likely to get further assignments. Mary-Lane will tell your conference attendees how to break in and write for these types of publications. She'll cover such topics as finding sources, researching hot topics, and learning industry vocabulary and jargon. Her business articles have appeared in the Kansas City Star, Kansas City Business Journal, Hydro Review, Produce Merchandising, Veterinary Economics, Transaction Trends, and Women in Business.
2. “What’s Cooking?” -- Do you have an idea for a cookbook? Let Mary-Lane Kamberg teach you the ingredients for a successful project in this competitive market segment. You’ll learn to create a sharp focus to set your cookbook apart from others on the market. Mary-Lane will also discuss recipe titles, recipe messages, ingredient lists, writing directions, and letting your personality shine. She is the author of The "I Don’t Know How To Cook" Book (Adams Media Corporation) and Homegrown in the Ozarks (Goldminds Press).
3. "What's So Funny?" -- Put your sense of humor on paper. This workshop includes practical advice for using humor in poetry, following the narrative form for humorous essays, and write "Letters to the Editor" just for fun. Mary-Lane will show your participants how to use writing techniques to get your readers (and editors) laughing. Her humorous articles and poems have appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, Kansas City Star, Kansas City Parent, The Olathe Daily News and other publications. Mary-Lane has presented this workshop for Johnson County Community College, the Drexel Missouri Writers Group, and the Kansas Authors Club.
4. "Grand Openings" -- Start your articles, stories and poems on the right foot. We hear so much about the importance of hooking the reader, but little about how to do that. This workshop gives practical tips and examples of some of the most effective types of opening leads to grab editors and agents and drag them into the work the rest. Mary-Lane has presented this workshop for Johnson County Community College, Kansas Author's Club, Kansas City Writers Group New Writers Group, and the 2004 Kansas City Writers Group Youth Writing Camp.
5. “Working Together" -- Collaborating for Fun and Profit" -- Teaming up with a subject expert or fellow writer is a great way to break-in to publishing. Share the work (and the profits) on your next book or article. It’s fun – and frustrating! Mary-Lane Kamberg has published five books and hundreds of articles teamed with experts and fellow writers. You’ll learn about potential pitfalls along with the secrets of a successful collaboration: how to work together and remain friends when the job is done.
6. "How To Write How-To Books and Articles" -- Turn your expertise into book and article sales. How-to’s are among the easiest books and articles to write and sell. Learn how to mine your mind for ideas. You’ll be amazed at what others want to know that you take for granted and how eager publishers are for your knowledge! Learn the elements of a good how-to and how to sell your work.
7. "Writing Juvenile Nonfiction Books and Articles" -- Young adult and middle school readers read to learn, and nonfiction books are where they turn (after the Internet!). Choose a topic, do the research, organize the material and write! Learn how to write for the educational market.