Oasis: A Writer’s Workshop

If you are an aspiring writer who wants to learn more about the world of publishing, welcome to the Oasis.

Oasis is a live virtual writer’s workshop on Saturday, May 1, 2021, tailored to the needs of the aspiring writer. This four-hour Zoom workshop features four speakers with a century of combined experience in the writing and publishing realm.

The workshop will answer many questions you may have as a beginning writer and provide the tools to start. At the end of this lively morning, you will have a step-by-step plan to begin this fantastic journey.

Best of all, you can join us at Oasis from the comfort of your own home. So, register today, then pour a cup of coffee on May 1st and get ready to delve into an exciting experience that will inspire, inform, and invigorate you as your publishing journey begins.

So You Want to Write a Book: The Basics of Self-Publishing

Cost: $25.00

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Your home computer

To Register: https://writecentral.thinkific.com/courses/the-oasis-a-writer-s-workshop

Session Topics:

9 a.m.-9:50 a.m. Where Do I Start My Publishing Journey?

Presenter: Leanna Brunner. The ever-changing world of publishing and writing has become a whirlwind of change during the past several years especially. It is a difficult world to traverse, especially for beginning writers who have no idea where to begin. This introductory session will provide you an overall step-by-step approach in beginning your publishing journey and provide a concrete game plan for you to not just start, but finish this daunting but rewarding bucket-list project.

10 a.m-10.50 am. Red Alerts for Writers 

Presenter: J. Alexander (Alex) Greenwood. Certainly, it’s a great time to be a writer, as there are more options than ever for independent writers to bring their work to market. However, there are also potential pitfalls due to unscrupulous business practices. In this session, author and writer services consultant Alex Greenwood shares his “red alerts”—vital information to prevent you from being scammed by nefarious companies that prey on the dreams of writers.

11 a.m.-11:50 a.m. Self-Editing

Presenter: Tiffany White. Learn how to effectively edit your manuscript by taking the biggest concepts from developmental, line, and copy editing to creating action steps to revise and polish your story.

Noon-12:50 p.m. Book Formatting

Presenter: Les Lynam. After you’ve tightened up all the typos, plot holes, misused words, etc., you’re ready to publish. BUT FIRST… you need to format your work so it will look good to the reader. In this session, we will talk about the basics of formatting the interior of your book. Much of the work can be done in a word processor (we will specifically be looking at Microsoft Word) and a specialized authoring software (we will focus on the product Scrivener). Formatting for ebooks and paperbacks are two separate processes, though those processes are merging as the publishing platforms develop new tools to assist you.

The Facilitators

Alexander (Alex) Greenwood is a veteran public relations and marketing professional who is the author of the acclaimed John Pilate Mystery Series, published by Caroline Street Press. Alex also co-wrote Big Cabin and Dispatches from the West with the late Robert E. Trevathan, and Kickstarter Success Secrets, a nonfiction eBook detailing his experience successfully crowdfunding the publishing costs of one of his novels. He is the host and producer of Mysterious Goings On, a weekly podcast about genre writing available iTunes, Spotify, Anchor, and most podcast aggregators. He resides in Kansas City, Missouri, where he owns and manages AGPR, a public relations and marketing consultancy. For more information, visit MGOPod.com. You can also find him on most of the usual social media suspects, including Twitter: @A_Greenwood.

Leanna Brunner is a college writing professor, editor, and author. After earning two degrees in English, Leanna began her teaching, writing, and editing career, which now spans twenty years; she currently teaches at several universities in the Kansas City area. In her free time, She has published five novels, written and designed a workbook on writing, and created several online writing courses. In addition to her own work, she has helped more than twenty writers realize their dream of becoming published authors; from time to time, she speaks at writing conferences and networking events. Leanna is currently working on her doctoral degree in English and is building a writing center to assist authors, students, and businesses in developing and honing their skills.


Les Lynam was born in Creston, Iowa, into a farming family, which also included an older brother and two older sisters. The family farm was near the tiny community of Corning, Iowa, (birthplace of Johnny Carson). After graduating from high school, he attended Central Missouri State University (renamed University of Central Missouri in 2006), graduating in 1976 with a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications. He refocused and returned to a life of studies at the University of Missouri, where he received an M.A./M.L.S in 1986 and began a new career as a librarian at Ward Edwards/ James C. Kirkpatrick libraries at UCM. Lynam took an early retirement on December 31, 2012, to pursue his lifelong dream of writing Science Fiction. His premier novels, …Before You Leap and …Saves Nine, were first published in 2014; these works were the first in the Time Will Tell series. A third book in the series (…In One Basket) was published in 2015, and …Just Before Dawn came out in 2019. He is currently writing the fifth and final book of the series. His favorite sub-genre of Science Fiction is Time-Travel, with Martian Colonies a close second. He has one son and three grandchildren.

Tiffany White is the editor behind Writers Untapped. She works on many genres under the umbrellas of fiction and nonfiction, including fantasy, sci-fi, and romance in both adult and young adult age groups. As a former teacher, Tiffany approaches each edit with the mindset of an instructor, guiding clients so they learn from their mistakes and grow as writers. She has given numerous workshops, both online and in-person, teaches a master-editing class geared toward writers at all stages, and edits for a Kansas City publisher. Tiffany graduated with a B.A. in Screenwriting from Loyola Marymount University and completed a certification in Copyediting through UCSD. She is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association and ACES: The Society for Editing.