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Tune up your novel-writing skills at MWA University

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Maybe you finally finished a NaNoWriMo project, and now you're not sure what to do with the manuscript. Perhaps you've been hard at work at the Great American Zombie Novel, but you can't get the characters to gel. Or hell, possibly you're convinced you could write some ladyporn that would put Fifty Shades of Grey to shame, but you need a crash course in the basics. No matter what your level of achievement as a novelist, or where you still need help, the one-day MWA University on August 11 has got you covered.

"It's geared for both people who haven't done more than think about writing a novel, to people are who in the process of writing a novel, [to] people who are have one completed and are ready to make the next step," promises Mario Acevedo, president of the Rocky Mountain chapter of the MWA.

The MWA stands for Mystery Writers of America, but you don't have to be working on the next locked-room thriller to attend. All genres and literary niches are welcome and will benefit. The focus here is on the process, craft and business of writing and publishing, not genre rules on how to make sure it's not too obvious the butler did it.

Over the course of the day, you'll learn how to take an idea and turn it into a story with characters, description and plot. You'll also get instruction on how to find a home for your work and keep yourself writing. The instructors here are all both published authors and teachers of writing at the university level, so there's no question they know their stuff and have a solid grasp on how to put it across to eager students. All you need to bring is some way to take notes and a desire to learn (leave the manuscript at home -- there won't be any critique).

Registration for the event is $50 and closes August 3, with sessions starting at 8:15 a.m. August 11 at the Westin Denver Downtown Hotel, 1672 Lawrence Street. For more information, including a complete schedule and list of instructors, and to register, visit the MWA University website.

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