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& Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events
March 6 - 9, 2024 ~ Women in Publishing Summit
I will be presenting the workshop From Page to Screen: Screenwriting Basics for Novelists

In this workshop, participants will learn the fundamentals of adapting a novel to screenplay, including:
  • Structural choices to be made during the adaption process

  • Stylistic components to embed within the script

  • Formatting requirements

  • The importance of a logline

Audience: Intermediate/Advanced Author

Interesting in attending the 2024 Women in Publishing Summit?  Click below!

Use coupon code WIPSPEAKER and get $25 off the ticket price!

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Online Courses by JoAnn Sky

The following are online, self-paced courses I've developed to assist you in reaching your writing dreams. Question? Please contact me at or complete the form at the bottom of this page.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Read Set Story! From Idea to Story in 6 Days

A step-by-step, self-paced, online plotting course for all levels. Develop your idea into a story and get ready to write the first draft!

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The DONE DONE Draft: Revise & Self-Edit your Novel in 6 Weeks

A step-by-step, self-paced, online course for all levels. "Big picture" structural novel revision techniques as well as line and copy-editing techniques to transform your draft into a publishable novel. 

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Coming in 2024!

To sign up for launch notifications, please submit the form at the bottom of this page.

Seminars & Speaker Topics by JoAnn Sky

I offer online and in-person workshops and seminars to schools, writing groups and community programs. For additional information, please email me at or complete the form at the bottom of this page.

I look forward to working with you!

After the UFD (Ugly First Draft): Techniques for Big Picture Revisions

There’s a rush of excitement when a writer types the words “the end.” But before you rush to query or self-publish, you want to make sure your story is solid. In this workshop, attendees will learn macro (big picture) revision techniques to ensure:

  • Their story has a solid structure,

  • Their hero has a compelling character arc,

  • Their manuscript contains narrative balance, and

  • Each of their scenes/chapters serves a purpose.

Before You Hire an Editor: Self-Editing Tips for Writers

An editor is a key resource for an author. But there's still much an author can and should do before hiring a professional editor. Knowing these techniques will not only expand and enhance an author’s toolbox (resulting in improved writing skills), but will also help an author get the most out of a professional editor and achieve a better end product. In this workshop, attendees will learn:

  • Line editing techniques to power-up vocabulary and tighten, clarify and vitalize writing

  • Copy editing techniques to polish grammar, spelling and punctuation and ensure continuity and consistency of details

Super Simple Story Structure and Character Arcs

What is story structure and why does it matter? What is a character arc and why does your hero need one? Fear not! It’s really not that complicated! In this workshop, attendees will first learn the basic but critical plot points that form a story’s structure, with easy-to-understand explanations and examples.

We’ll then use those same story structure elements to develop a compelling character arc, to ensure a transformation of the hero that will engage readers.

More than Sex: Tips for Writing Romance

Crafting a great happily-ever-after story requires more than great sex. This workshop will cover:

  • Subgenres, tropes and reader expectations

  • Building passion, suspense, and emotional investment

  • POV choices for maximum impact

  • Writing sex scenes that don’t suck

How to Write Page-Turning Nonfiction

Fiction techniques aren’t just for fiction writers! Nonfiction readers don’t just want to be educated—they want to be entertained and emotionally moved. In this session, participants will learn how to employ fiction techniques—such as theme, story structure, setting, dialogue, conflict building and even cliffhangers, into nonfiction work for a more compelling read. Every writer has a story to tell, even nonfiction writers.

Beyond Eco-fiction: How the Environment impacts Fiction and Nonfiction Writing

Our environment impacts every aspect of writing, far beyond advocacy. From world-building to creating conflict, evocative descriptions and compelling characters depend on deftly incorporating environmental elements into our writing. In this session, participants will delve into the impact our environment has on our fiction stories as well as on our writer’s mindset. We’ll then incorporate these elements of storytelling into nonfiction works—techniques that can help provide a more compelling read and help reach a wider audience.

Orchestrating Cross-Curricular Collaboration through Author Partnerships

Author partnerships can be a unique vehicle to incorporate music and other performing arts into a student’s academic world, in particular by integrating technology. This offers a bridge for collaboration between music professionals and traditional academic subject matter peers, broadens the application of the arts into other areas, and encourages creativity in all students. This session will cover techniques on how to source and work with authors, how to incorporate picture books into performing arts, and how to link it to other academic areas.  Elementary school focus but can easily be adapted for higher grades.

Interested in learning more about one of my classes--or have other ideas you'd like to incorporate? Email me at or fill in the form below. I look forward to hearing from you.

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