Teresa offers several popular workshops for writers. She has been a professional writer's coach since 2005, helping dozens of writers bring their books and writing projects to completion. She has also presented at numerous regional conferences and events including the Pikes Peak Writers Conference (voted one of the 10 Best by Writers Digest), the Rocky Mountain Book Festival (with attendance over 7,000), Mountains and Plains Booksellers Conference, the Cheyenne BookFest, the Boise BookFest and more. She has appeared on several radio and TV broadcasts,hosted the video series The Write Series, and is now presenting coaching videos at Children's Book Insider as their Expert At-Large.
Teresa's most popular workshop takes you from idea through writing and editing and on to publication and marketing. It's all the information you'd get in a weekend-long writer's conference for half the time and half the price. To read a full description of this six-hour workshop, click here:
Join us for an upcoming workshop! Dates and locations are listed in column to the right. Register today here!
Joining the Revolution: Self-Publishing Made Simple
Is self-publishing the right choice for you and, if so, do you start your own press, work with a partner publisher, use a print-on-demand company, or make a few copies at Kinkos? It depends on your goal for your book. In this workshop, you'll learn the advantages and disadvantages to self-publishing and get information about the most important aspect to succeeding in this venture, marketing and selling your product.
How to Write Historical Fiction
In this workshop, you'll learn what defines good historical fiction and how this genre fits into current adult and youth markets. We'll cover outlining verses free writing, the benefits to character sketches, writing good period dialogue, and most importantly, when to stop researching and start writing! We'll discuss the common pitfalls of historical fiction, such as how to avoid "info dumps," how to stick to the facts without stifling the story, and how to deal appropriately with family events or living sources.
Dialogue Dos and Don'ts: How Your Characters Should Talk
In this workshop, author and writer's coach Teresa R Funke will teach you how to develop an ear for dialogue, with special emphasis on using dialogue to reveal character and propel your story forward. Through listening and writing exercises, you'll learn how to "hear" when your dialogue is working and when it isn't. We'll also discuss pacing, tag lines, dialect and accents, humor, and most important, how to tighten your exchanges so every word counts.
Fact and Fiction: Where the Lines Cross
In this workshop, author and writers' coach Teresa R. Funke will lead a discussion on how to properly use facts (whether historical or personal) in your writing. Historical references and real-life experiences can help ground a good story, but fiction writers who manipulate facts to enhance their story take serious risks, as do nonfiction writers and memoirists who embellish the truth. Does this mean you can never use artistic license to improve your stories? Of course not. Come and learn the most effective ways to put fact into your fiction and keep fiction out of your fact.
Keep it Short: Short Stories and Personal Essays
In this 90-minute crash course, you'll learn how to write and sell short stories and personal essays. Find out the difference between literary and commercial markets, what today's editors are looking for, which markets pay the most, how to track submissions, how to craft a cover letter, and how to decipher hidden meanings in those annoying rejection slips.
Writers Groups That Work
Learn how to start and maintain writers groups from a member of one of the most successful groups in the region. Hear tips on establishing rules and submission guidelines, concrete ways to keep members motivated and on track, and ideas for showcasing a groups' collective work.
Is There a Book Inside You?
Is there a book inside you? Come and find out! Through lecture, writing exercises, and group discussion, author and writer's coach Teresa R. Funke will help you reach deep down to discover your inner writer. Teresa will give general tips about how to choose a genre in which to write, how to know when an idea is good enough to sustain a story and how to find the best help and information to get you started. She'll finish by working with each writer to develop a writing plan you can stick to.
"Your workshop filled in ALL the gaps in my knowledge."
"Your presentation was one of the most informative and useful we've had in recent memory. An excellent job!"
"Very organized and controlled worskhop. You delivered on everything you promised! Excellent info."
"I've been arranging speakers for Penpointers for seven years, and your presentation was the best we've ever had."
"I give this seminar five out of five!"
"You gave me the best 'aha' moment in Tuesday night's woskhop. I've been waiting over a year for a moment like that! Thank you!"
"Everyone was over-the-top pleased with your presentation. I've been getting thank yous left and right for bringing you in."
"Thank you for your comprehensive workshop. All the accolades I’d heard about your class were deserved. Not only have you put together valuable guidance from years of experience, but you approach teaching with enthusiasm, realism, and obvious concern for each individual’s project. That level of sincere caring was beyond what I expected and greatly appreciated!"
"I had been working on a novel and your talk inspired me to finish and self-publish it in 2008. The book won an IPPY award."
"We LOVED having you! You gave us so much useful information, presented in such an engaging manner. It will be fun to see how the seeds of inspiration and encouragement you planted will grow in the writing of club members."
"I enjoyed your session on self-publishing immensely and felt it gave me a great place to start. In the future, I look forward to learning more from you!"
"Thank you for an awesome, inspiring day!"
Aug. 3, 2013
2439 S College Ave.
Fort Collins, CO 80525
To register for any upcoming workshops or classes, please go to the registration page here.
By invitation. Book a short course today. Or catch Teresa teaching her short courses at the Northern Colorado Writer's Conference on April 26/27 in Fort Collins, CO.
To book any of the workshops mentioned here or to request a special topic, please contact Teresa at: