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Fiction Writing for Physicians, January 19-20, 2019, Clearwater Beach, FL


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Physicians often meet great characters and have unique stories to tell. For those of you who want to take these characters and stories and bring them to life, Fiction Writing for Physicians will help you make your dreams a reality. CJ Lyons and Kimmery Martin are both physicians and best-selling authors who want to help you on your writing journey. This is a lively interactive course with creative writing exercises that will help you hone your writing skills and move you towards completing your novels. This program is appropriate for aspiring physician authors of all levels of experience. You do not have to have completed your work to attend. 

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Following this course you will be able to:

Get started on your work.
Understand premises vs. plot.
Look for great story ideas.
Write a killer first sentence, hooking your reader.
Develop strong characters that your readers will identify with.
Build powerful, suspenseful scenes.
Develop a voice that readers want to hear more of.
Paint a picture with words while moving your story forward.
Write realistic and powerful dialogue.
Understand and develop your “high concept”.
Use story structure to pull your work together.
Have your characters evolve within your story structure.
Create and sustain tension and suspense.
Write a killer synopsis.
Edit your work and complete it.
Avoid common writing mistakes and challenges. 

Location/Hotel Accommodations: SEAK’s 2019 Creative Writing for Physicians Courses will be held at the Opal Sands Resort, Clearwater Beach, FL. The Opal Sands Resort offers guests ultra-modern Gulf front accommodations on the Gulf of Mexico, right on Clearwater Beach’s lively promenade. SEAK has secured a special group rate of $219/night. Rooms are limited and this rate expires on January 2, 2019. To make your reservations, please call 1-855-335-1087 and refer to the SEAK Writing for Physicians Group rate or click here to book online. 

Tuition: Tuition for each seminar is $1295 until October 31, 2018; $1395 November 1, 2018 – January 2, 2019; $1495 after January 2, 2019.  

Meals: Breakfast and lunch with faculty will be provided each day.  

Travel Information: The Opal Sands Resort is located within walking distance of dozens of restaurants and is a 20 miles/30 minutes cab, rideshare or shuttle ride from Tampa International Airport, so we suggest saving money and time by not renting a car.  

Continuing Medical Education Credits: Due to the nature of the subject matter, CMEs are not available for these programs.  

Conference Cancellations: Conference cancellations received in writing on or before January 2, 2019 will receive a full tuition refund. Conference cancellations received after January 2, 2019 will receive a full tuition credit. 


lyons.jpgCJ Lyons is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over forty novels, including her latest YA Medical Thriller, THE COLOR OF LIES, released by Harper-Collins. A former pediatric ER physician, CJ has lived the life she writes about in her cutting edge “Thrillers with Heart.” She’s been called a “master within the genre” (Pittsburgh Magazine) and her work has been praised as “breathtakingly fast-paced” and “riveting” (Publishers Weekly) with “characters with beating hearts and three dimensions” (Newsday). Learn more at www.CJLyons.net. 

kimmerymartin.jpgKimmery Martin is an emergency medicine physician, book reviewer, and author interviewer from Charlotte, North Carolina. THE QUEEN OF HEARTS, her debut novel about the friendship between a cardiologist and a trauma surgeon, mixes humor and domestic drama with the all-consuming life-or-death world of the practice of medicine. It has garnered praise from Publishers Weekly (Excellent...realistic and vivid), Booklist (A medical drama executed with just the right balance of intensity, plot twists, tragedy, and humor), and the The New York Times (Martin leverages her own background as a doctor to great effect throughout). She has two more medically-themed novels forthcoming from Penguin Random House. Learn more at kimmerymartin.com. 


Saturday, January 19, 2019 


8:00–8:30 Introductions

Faculty will introduce themselves and discuss their journey from practicing physicians to best-selling authors. 

8:30–9:00 How to Get Started

How to get started will be discussed, including: premises vs. plot, ideas, where you get them, where your stories begin, and creating your 3-act character plot. Questions & Answers 

9:00–10:00 Your First Sentence: How to Hook Them

How to hook your readers and keep them turning the pages with a first sentence that informs, grabs their interest, and energizes their emotion. Attendee Exercise. Questions & Answers 


10:15–12:00 Developing Strong Characters

How to create multi-dimensional organic characters that are genuine to readers and can carry your story, including: naming and describing motivation, back story, relationships, conflicts, first impressions, and bringing them to life. Questions & Answers 


12:45–1:30 Building Your Scenes

The five steps that are necessary to adapt any story into a novel will be explored. This includes the basic questions all storytellers must ask themselves and the nature of each genre. What all great novels share and how they are different and unique. Questions & Answers 

1:30–2:00 Your Voice

Getting your readers to fall in love with your protagonist is crucial to increase the readability of your story and keep readers turning the pages. Faculty will provide examples of authors’ voices. Questions & Answers 

2:00–3:00 Showing, Not Telling

Learn how to paint a picture your readers can see by the use of strong specific verbs, sensory details, description, and action. Attendee writing exercise. Questions & Answers 


3:15–5:00 Dialogue

Dialogue to define and reveal characters that drive your story forward will be reviewed and demonstrated. Use conflict, purpose, agenda, subtext, vocabulary, emotion, and drama in your dialogue. Examples of great dialogue will be explored. Attendee writing exercise. Questions & Answers 

Sunday, January 20, 2019 


7:00–8:15 Your High Concept

How high are the stakes in your novel? The higher the stakes, the higher the concept, the better chance of success. Faculty will work with the attendees to develop their high concepts. Questions & Answers 

8:15–9:15 Story Structure

Faculty will explain classic story structure and how to use it to plan their plot and make critical decisions on the opening, middle, and end of their book to deliver an emotionally charged and intelligent ending. Attendee writing exercise. Questions & Answers 


9:30–10:30 Creating and Sustaining Tension and Suspense

Identify the emotional highs and lows of your novel and how to build tension by posing story questions, setting up the protagonist for failure, planting seeds of doubt, and building tension in your scenes. Questions & Answers 

10:30–11:00 Characters’ Evolution in Story Structure

The stages of character evolution in storytelling, why their protagonist must evolve, and how their characters fit into story structure. Attendees will learn how to use characters to create problems, solve problems, and impart information seamlessly. Questions & Answers 


11:15–12:00 The Art and Business of Writing

Learn how the art and business of writing are intertwined. Writers at all stages can benefit from building a platform, engaging with other readers, and gaining recognition through branding and extracurricular writing. Faculty will also dissect the structure of loglines, query letters, elevator pitches, and a short synopsis. Questions & Answers 


12:45–1:15 After the Draft: Steps to Revising, Polishing, and Finishing Your Book Tips on avoiding writers’ block, how to approach edits and revisions, how to put the final finishing touches on your story before you publish. Questions & Answers 

1:15–2:30 Pitfalls and Perils for Physician Authors

A lively, interactive, no-holds barred session incorporating the common mistakes, publishing horror stories, and how to avoid them. Questions & Answers

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