Presenter: Elsie Hayden (Creative Writing Presenter)
Pen name: L. C. Hayden
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A Novel in Ninety Days
Award-winning author L. C. Hayden will discuss a step-by-step procedure on how to write a novel in ninety days. The workshop will show the attendees how to get started, how to develop character and plot, how to avoid writer’s block, and how to keep the reader interested.
How to Add Suspense Your Writing
Award-winning author L. C. Hayden will provide a glimpse at the various techniques authors use to create suspense and hold the readers at the edge of their seats. The all important hook will be explained.
Everything You Wanted to Know About Publishing But Were Afraid to Ask
Award-winning author L. C. Hayden will cover all aspects of publication. She will discuss the pros and cons of self-publishing, publishing by small, independent publishers, New York publishers, and e-publishing. Also, the workshop will present the advantages and disadvantages of all kinds of publishing ranging from e-books to royalty contracts to independent publishers to self-publishing.
Show, Don’t Tell
You’ve heard it before: show, don’t tell. But what does that mean? How can you tell if you’re telling instead of showing? Is it ever wise to tell instead of show? Award-winning author L. C. Hayden will address all of those points and more. When you finish this workshop, your writing will go up several notches.
Creating Characters With Character
Award-winning author L. C. Hayden will show you how to create three-dimensional, living, breathing characters. The use of major and minor characters will be discussed. Also, the workshop will focus on the importance the characters play in the work.
Writing Dynamic Dialog
Award-winning author L. C. Hayden will show you the ins and outs of writing effective dialog. She will discuss when and how much dialog to use, how to reveal inner thoughts, and how to make dialog sound natural.
How to Get Your Books Reviewed
Reviews sell books, but getting your book reviewed is a worry that plagues many authors. If you fall under this category, listen to award-winning author L. C. Hayden as she shows you unique and easy ways to attain those much wanted reviews.
E-Publishing, from A to Z
Award-winning author L. C. Hayden will cover all aspects of e-publishing. Topic include is e-publishing for you, the pros and cons of e-publishing, steps to take if you plan to e-publish, and how to promote your e-published books.
Active and Passive Voice
Award-winning author L. C. Hayden will show writers how to improve their writing by avoiding the use of passive voice. Hayden will also discuss when using the passive voice is appropriate.
If none of the topics above interest you, I’m available to speak on any subject you want. Name it and I’ll research it and prepare the speech just for you.
Experiences and List of Workshops I’ve Presented
– Mesilla Valley Writers’ Workshop
– Panel moderator and/or presenter
– Great Manhattan Mystery Conclave
– Hardboil and Cozy Cats
– Left Coast Crime
– Malice Domestic
– Mayhem in the Midlands
– Murder in the Grove
– Plano Mystery Conference
– Texas Mystery Week
– Sisters in Crime in various cities
– Southwest Writers
– Texas Writers
Cruise Ships: speak about writing and my books
– Celebrity Cruise Lines
– Princess Cruise Lines
– Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
– Bookstores all over the United States
– El Paso Writers League
– Rotary Club
– Writers’ League of Texas
– New Mexico
– West Viginia
– Readers Groups all over the United States
Radio: hosted Mystery Writers of America’s only talk show, Murder Must Air.
– Abiline Independent School District
– Alaska School Districts in North Pole, Anchorage,
– Fairbanks, Two Rivers, Kenai Peninsula
– Arizona Community College
– Phoenix School District
– El Paso Community College
– El Paso Independent School District
About the Author
Highly acclaimed author L. C. Hayden has penned ten mystery novels, six in the Harry Bronson series, three in the Aimee Brent Series, and a standalone. Hayden’s recent release, When Memory Fails hit the #2 Kindle Thriller Best Seller List, while ILL Conceived landed the #2 Kindle Women Sleuths Best Seller List. The books have also made the Barnes & Noble Top Ten Bestseller and the Pennsylvania Top 40 Books List.
The series has been a finalist for the Agatha Award for Best Mystery, Left Coast Crimes’ Watson Award for Best Characters, Killer Nashville’s Silver Falchion Award for Best Suspense, Reader’s Choice Awards, and others.
Her other works include spiritually uplifting books that deal with miracles and angels, a horror novel, children’s picture books, and others.
Besides being an accomplished author, Hayden is a popular speaker in high demand. She has done workshops and school presentations, has spoken to clubs and organizations, and a major cruise line hired her to speak about writing while cruising all over the world. From October 2006 to October 2007, Hayden hosted Mystery Writers of America’s only talk show, Murder Must Air.
Hayden, who taught high school English for twenty-six years, retired in May 2001. She calls El Paso, Texas, her home.
Hayden holds a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from the University of Texas at El Paso. She is a lifetime professional member of Sisters in Crime and their Guppy Group.
Besides writing, Hayden enjoys geo-caching, drawing, reading, traveling, Kayaking and scuba diving. In addition to her novels, Hayden has published fiction, non-fiction, and poetry since 1975 in various magazines, periodicals, and newspapers. To date, she has sold over 400 pieces.