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Fiction Writing for Physicians, December 7-8, 2019, Naples, 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 who are interested in writing fiction. You do not have to have completed your work to attend but attendees who submit an opening paragraph will have the opportunity to have their work evaluated (anonymously) during group exercises throughout the weekend. 

Please click here for a pdf of the brochure  

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS:A limited block of rooms will be available at special rates at the site hotel, The Naples Grande Beach Resort (www.naplesgrande.com) ($205 single/double Tower Guest Room). To make your reservations please call 1-844-210-5931 and mention that you are with SEAK, Inc or group code GSEAK19 or click hereRooms are limited and this rate expires Wednesday, November 13, 2019 so you are strongly encouraged to make your reservations as soon as possible.   

Other lodging alternatives include:
Hilton Naples
5111 Tamiami Trl N.
Naples, FL 34103
0.8 miles from site hotel
Rates: from $250
Phone: 239-430-4900
Staybridge Suites Naples
4805 Tamiami Trl N.
Naples, FL 34103
1.1 miles from site hotel
Rates: from $155
Phone: 239-643-8002
Park Shore Resort
600 Neapolitan Way
Naples, FL 34103
1.1 miles from site hotel
Rates: from $124
Phone: 855-658-4285
Residence Inn Naples
4075 Tamiami Trl N.
Naples, FL 34103
1.7 miles from site hotel
Rates: from $155
Phone: 239-659-1300
Inn of Naples
4055 Tamiami Trl N.
Naples, FL 34103
1.8 miles from site hotel
Rates: from $95
Phone: 239-649-8858
Inn at Pelican Bay
800 Vanderbilt Beach Rd.
Naples, FL 34108
3.6 miles from site hotel
Rates: from $160
Phone: 239-597-8777 

REGSTRATION INFORMATION: Tuition is $1,295 on or before September 30, 2019; $1,395 October 1, 2019 – November 13, 2019 and $1,495 after November 13, 2019. Register early and save!  

CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION CREDIT:  Due to the nature of the subject matter, CMEs are not available for this program.   

CANCELLATIONS: Conference cancellations received in writing on or prior to November 13, 2019 will receive a full tuition refund. Persons cancelling after November 13, 2019 will receive a full tuition credit.   

LEARNING OBJECTIVES 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.   


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 doctor-turned-novelist. Kimmery Martin was raised in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky and now resides in Charlotte, N.C. with her husband and three children. A lifelong book nerd, she reviews books and interviews authors on her website, kimmerymartin.com. Her debut novel The Queen of Hearts has been praised by multiple media outlets including Southern Living, Publishers Weekly, The Charlotte Observer, The Harvard Crimson, The New York Post, and The New York Times. Her next work of medical fiction, titled The Antidote for Everything will be released from Penguin Random House on February 18, 2020. 


Saturday, December 7, 2019  

7:30-8:00          Registration and Continental Breakfast (provided with faculty)

8:30-9:00          Getting Started (CJ and Kimmery)

How to get started will be discussed, including: understanding what goes into a story, how to develop your central idea, and the elements of a basic 3-act plot. Questions and Answers. 

9:00-10:00         Building Your Opening Hook (CJ)

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 and Answers. 

10:00-10:15      Break and Networking Opportunity 

10:15-12:00      Your Voice/Dialogue (Kimmery)

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. We will examine the characteristics of an author’s voice, including how to build on your natural voice to make it distinct, consistent, and recognizable. Examples of well-known authorial voices will be provided.

We will examine the ten key components of smooth, believable, engaging dialogue. Use conflict, purpose, agenda, subtext, vocabulary, emotion, and drama in your dialogue. Examples of great dialogue will be explored. Attendee writing exercise. Questions and Answers. 

12:00-12:45      Lunch (Provided with faculty)

12:45-1:30       Building Your Scenes (Kimmery)

How to structure scenes within a novel, with an analysis of scene objectives, an examination of narrative vs momentum, and troubleshooting techniques. You’ll learn to develop your scenes so they flow with deliberate atmosphere and tension, excluding unnecessary material. Questions and Answers. 

1:30-3:00         Developing Strong Characters (CJ)

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. Attendee Exercise. Questions and Answers. 

3:00-3:15        Break and Networking Opportunity 

3:15-5:00        Introduction to Publishing Pathways (CJ and Kimmery)

Frank discussion of many pathways to publication including hybrid presses, traditional publishing, self-publishing, and building your career as an author. Resource List for additional information provided. Questions and Answers. 

Sunday, December 8, 2019 

6:30-7:00        Breakfast with faculty 

7:00-8:00        Your High Concept (CJ)

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. Attendee Exercise. Questions and Answers. 

8:00-9:15       Creating and Sustaining Tension and Suspense (Kimmery)

Learn how to employ 10 specific strategies for building tension and suspense in your novel, plus five things to avoid. Questions and Answers. 

9:15-9:30        Break and Networking Opportunity 

9:30-10:30      Story Structure (CJ)

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. Questions and Answers. 

10:30-11:30   Characters’ Evolution in Story Structure (Kimmery)

We will examine the various types of characters arcs, along with well-known examples of each. Attendees will learn how creating compelling characters aids in story arc formation. Questions and Answers. 

11:30-12:00   Showing, Not Telling (CJ)

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 and Answers. 

12:00-12:45    Lunch (Provided with faculty) 

1:00-1:30        Pitfalls and Perils for Physician Authors (CJ and Kimmery)

A lively, interactive, no-holds barred session incorporating the common mistakes, ways to use your medical experiences ethically, publishing horror stories, and how to avoid them.  

1:30 - end       The Art and Business of Writing (CJ and Kimmery)

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,  use of social media, and extracurricular writing. Frank discussion of many pathways to publication including hybrid presses, traditional publishing, self-publishing, and building your career as an author. Resource List for additional information provided. Questions and Answers. 


"Excellent all the way around."

"Excellent very informative."

"Excellent! Lots to think about going forward. Answered a lot of questions I had."

"Great seminars. The speakers were very open."

"Excellent, many ideas to stimulate creativity, organize plot, and practical
suggestions to make it happen."


"Glad I came. Going through this process will help me with revisions on my
current 1st draft."

"Exactly what I was looking for."

"Both speakers- so informative, helpful, great research concepts, details."

"I’m grateful for your time and sharing your experiences with us."

"The personal touches are appreciated and informative."

"The presenters were an excellent complement to each other!!! Great combo!"

"The course (fiction writing) was fantastic---my writing skills have improved
already! CJ and Kimmery were knowledgeable and skilled instructors. Many
thanks to them and to you for providing these courses."

"Helpful. Insightful. Appreciated the “real life” experience relayed.
Informative & inspiring."

"This is very invaluable and arms me with tools to create something special.
Great seminar thank you for all your advice, and taking interest in
each one of us."

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