My passion is to not only write books but to equip, encourage, and energize other writers to stay the course, to feed the fire within them, to follow the calling. Writing isn’t easy and knowing the nuts and bolts of crafting stories isn’t where the challenge ends. Weaving stories that capture the attention and imagination of readers is a long, difficult process, one that requires persistence, determination, time-management, and skillful wordsmithing. But in the end, when those final words–The End–are typed, it’s all worth it, all the time, the effort, the sleeplessness, head-scratching, chin-rubbing, sore butts, and blurry eyes.
I want every author to feel that satisfaction of completing what they started.
Below are the topics I teach on at writers conferences, to homeschool groups, school groups, and at the college level.
■How do I know I’m writing the right story for me?
■Where do I find ideas for stories?
■Where do I find time to write?
■Uh-oh, I have writer’s block. Now what?
■How do I infuse my writing with mood and feeling?
■What’s all this talk about pacing?
■How do I create real-to-life characters readers will care about?
■How important is it for my story to have a theme or message?
■How do I keep readers turning pages?
■Is setting and location really that important?
■How do I make my scenes come alive?
■How much research is enough? Too much?
■How important are the rules of grammar I learned in 5th grade?
■Where do I find inspiration when I need it?
■I’m ready to give up, what should I do?
If you would like me to speak to your writing group or at your conference contact me at michael_dellosso(at)yahoo.com.
I hope we can work something out.
What others are saying about Mike’s teaching . . .
I took a seminar class from Mike and was impressed with the level of both availability and expertise. Mike got down to the nuts and bolts challenging us to look beyond the norm to the “possible.” I felt stimulated to write more creatively, and outside my own box, seeing that the “possible” might just be deeper inside myself. One of the big take-aways from his class was what impact our words have on our readers–how we can touch those deeper spots within each person–ultimately for the good. I recommend taking a class from Mike. I’m looking forward to gleaning more from this inspiring and inspired teacher.
I loved Mike’s class. I learned so much from the workshop. I’m applying what he taught me in my critique group. One of things he taught was get into each character’s head. I highly recommend his workshop!!
I sat in on one of Mike’s classes at the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writer’s Conference, a workshop on how to work writing into your life when you have no time to write. Great class! I work 40 plus hours a week and his insight really helped me.
As a new writer with much more interest than experience, I was fortunate to have attended Mike Dellosso’s classes at Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. Mike is very personable and conversational in his teaching. He cares more about his students getting what they need from his classes than anything else.
I entered the world of writing as a student of freelance writing with a future interest in writing fiction. However, Mike’s class ignited the novelist in me and I’m currently working on my first manuscript. So if you’re a non-fiction writer who’s considering fiction, you will shorten your learning curve by taking Mike’s classes.
In fact, anyone who is thinking about writing fiction can benefit from Mike’s experience.
In his fiction writing classes at Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, Mike Dellosso offered practical instruction for aspiring writers. His presentation on making time to write “hit me where I live” and inspired me to take a look at my own schedule to squeeze in more writing. Dellosso shared his personal experiences with us, making his presentation all the more accessible. His personal, no-nonsense approach makes him a valuable teacher for both novices and for seasoned writers in need of some extra inspiration.