APRIL

KIHLSTROM

Award Winning Regency Author As Well As The Acknowledged Mistress of Book In A Week

I am in the process of moving my site to www.aprilkihlstrom.com. I will leave this site up because some people may still have this url for me but www.aprilkihlstrom.com is the site I will be keeping up to date with blog posts, my available books, classes I will be teaching as well as research articles and links.

I love Regency romances. That’s why I’m delighted my backlist titles are now starting to be available in ebook format. You can see what titles are currently available here.

I’m even more delighted to be able to tell you that my APRIL KIHLSTROM'S BOOK IN A WEEK WORKBOOK is now available! It's available for Kindle and Nook but I'm guessing most people will find it most useful in print form. To that end, I've actually learned how to navigate the process with Createspace to make the workbook available in print!

I've also begun creating a series of picture books designed for beginning readers--especially those who might have a disability like Down Syndrome, which my son has.

Part of my professional life is as life and writing coach for writers--which includes teaching my online class BOOK IN A WEEK. I was one of the first writers to try Book in a Week and the first to offer workshops and classes on the process. I've always been a bit haphazard about scheduling my BIAW online classes but I think I've finally figured out that the best starting times are: end of September, end of January, mid-to-late spring and possibly a summer class as well. While I haven't yet worked out the dates for the classes, I plan on teaching it 3 to 4 times a year from now on. Check this page or my blog for more dates or sign up for my class notification loop below.
For those of you who don't know, I’ve been called “the acknowledged Mistress of Book in a Week.” Book in a Week is a philosophy of writing and a process designed to let a person write faster, easier and have as much fun as possible doing so. It grew out of all the things that I have learned as a writer over the years. And make no mistake—I am a writer before all else! You will find information on this website about workshops and coaching but I am a writer. I love to create worlds with wonderful characters and imagine how people can find happiness and love and grow in ways that let them create the lives they want to have.

I write what I do because I believe that each of us also has the ability to create the lives we want to have—no matter what the circumstances of our past may have been. Whether in the Regency time period or the present or the future, my heroes and heroines will always find ways to rise above the challenges in their lives and treat others—or learn to treat others—with kindness and honor and respect.

But back to Regencies…. Most of my books have been set in the Regency time period. Why not? It was a time when so much was changing socially, politically, economically, and in personal relationships. And just like today people were trying to adapt to all those changes and decide what to keep and what to let go of in terms of traditions and values and beliefs. As I said above, I'm really excited to be able to tell you that my back list Regencies are beginning to be available in e-book format and in print. Please check my books available now page to see where you order them!

I am just learning to use Twitter. If you are interested in following me you can do so at:

Meanwhile....welcome to my website. You will find information on my published books and my speaking engagements, links to websites useful to writers, tips for writers on Book in a Week and time management, tips on public speaking and some of my personal thoughts as well. -----April Kihlstrom

Upcoming Events:

I am now offering online writing workshops. Online classes will be conducted via email only, no real-time or live chats. To receive notice of these workshops please subscribe to my email loop here. This will be a notification only loop so you will only receive email when I want to let you know about an upcoming class. (Note: We’re all human, right? Thanks to not enough coffee one Sunday morning and too much haste, I inadvertently made the original loop a closed loop so I've created a second class loop. The same information will go to both and this is the one that still lets new people join...)


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Upcoming Online Classes


The unanimous response to my Book in a Week class has been that people prefer having 2 weeks to write and therefore a 6 week class so that's what I offer now. Below you'll see an example of a class announcement--but of course without specific dates.


First, my goal with this class as with every time I offer it: To bring more joy into your life and into your writing process. I believe that when we do anything with joy, we do it better and faster and more creatively. This is why so many who have taken this class have gone on to sell their work and/or win awards. At least one author has had her book written with this process optioned for a movie. This is an intensive class but I hope it will also be one that helps you smile as you brainstorm and then write your book.


Book in a Week Online Writing Class


Cost: $85 ($45 if you have taken it before)
Dates: To be determined
Deadline to sign up: by TBD(though I do sometimes take people at the last minute if there is still room in the class)

Lessons: Everything is handled via email so that you can do the work at your convenience.

Class size is limited!


Class Description:


This class will take you through every step of the writing process—from beginning to brainstorm all the way through sending material out to be published. And it will help you discover who YOU are as a writer. You can participate as much or as little as you like in email discussions.

Weeks 1-3:
This is when you do the prep work with lessons that are designed to get you thinking in new ways about your project. Among other things, I'll cover characters and book structure, imagery and use of names, POV and how to make sentence and paragraph structure work for you. If you choose, you can post answers and get help brainstorming ideas for your book but
NO ONE is required to do so!


Weeks 4 and 5: Intensive Writing Weeks 4 and 5 (Dates to be determined)

This is your chance to write better and faster than you ever have before, to discover what YOUR natural first draft will look like and ways to fit writing into your life that you may never have thought of before.


Week 6:

Here's your chance to look at the experience of weeks 4 and 5 and use it to create a writing method that works for YOU and is tailored to your most natural writing style. We'll also look at how to revise your work in the fastest, most effective way possible and I'll be sharing some of my thoughts on query letters, synopses, etc.


Does it work? Well, a number of people who have taken this class are now published or under contract with material they worked on during my classes!


Bio: April Kihlstrom is an award winning author of 32 published romance novels and a Writing Tips for Kids booklet (available on Amazon for Kindle). She offers coaching to fellow writers as well as classes and workshops on writing and has spoken at many conferences including: the Romance Writers of America national conference (romance) and the East of Eden conference (non-romance).

Testimonials from students who have taken the Book in a Week class:

Flo Fitzpatrick wrote: "I hope you get a ton of students, April! ONE OF THE BEST WORKSHOPS I EVER TOOK!!!! ( It enabled me to write Hot Stuff in a week - and that book received four and half stars - Gold on RT Reviews and is under option for film.) TAKE THIS CLASS, PEOPLE!!!!"

I have taken several online classes, none of them writing related. Still, none of them have been as well planned, documented and executed as BIAW.”

Wow...Let me begin by saying Thank you Thank you Thank you! What an amazing process and generous amount of information given in a relatively short amount of time!”

This course was certainly value for the money. A price can't be placed on the invaluable information and experience you imparted during this course.”

I'm a better writer. I'm a faster writer. I'm a more confident writer.”

Payment for the class may be made by check or by
Paypal.

To sign up send an email to
aprilkihlstrom@yahoo.com with the title of the class you wish to take in the header and in the body of the email please put: your name and whether you prefer to pay by check or Paypal. Also, please let me know if you have taken the class before. Note: If you do not get a response back from me, please try emailing me at april.kihlstrom@gmail.com. Unfortunately email does sometimes simply disappear into cyberspace.


You can also find out about this class or in person workshops, classes, and individual coaching by phone by contacting me via email at April or April Kihlstrom 2

WHO AM I?

AUTHOR: I have over thirty published books. See Publishing History

COACH: I specialize in life coaching for published authors and evaluations of manuscripts for unpublished authors. I also coach public speaking for everyone. For more information, please follow this link: Reach for the Sky and Soar with Your Dreams!

WORKSHOP LEADER: As noted above, I now offer workshops, often online. I tend to post dates for workshops on my blog. In addition to signing up for the email notification of classes, you can also check my blog where I post whenever I'm offering a new class. Recent workshops have included: Book In A Week (6 week class), Writing Motivation (8 day class) and Revisions From The Top Down (2 week class). Blog With Posts About Workshops And Online classes

Note: My blog can be read at: Writing and Life

* I can be reached via email at either: April Kihlstrom or at April Kihlstrom 2. Note: I give two email addresses because I know that email is not always reliable. If you email me and do not get a reply, please try the alternative email address—PLEASE do NOT assume that I am ignoring you!

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For personal information about me please go to April Kihlstrom--Personal

For Book In A Week tips go to Book In A Week

For research links go to research links


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