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July 23, 2022 TPS workshop: How to Perform Surgery on Your Manuscript to Create Dynamic Prose That Will Keep Your Readers Engaged

July 23, 2022 @ 9:15 am - 12:00 pm EDT

In this interactive seminar, we will examine real-world excerpts, including some from well-known published authors, in exercises focused on streamlining the writing. Participants will bring examples of their own work for similar exercises. Topics include: Active vs passive voice; Showing vs Telling; adverb and adjective abuses; abuse of filler words, overwriting/redundancy; and more.

Presenter Bio

Mike Krentz writes medical suspense, psychological thrillers, and military fiction based on his experiences as an emergency physician and US Navy medical officer.

Born and raised in Arizona, Mike earned a classical degree in English from the University of San Francisco, a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin, and a Master of Public Health Degree from Johns Hopkins University.

Following a civilian career as an emergency physician, Mike rededicated his professional life to serve America’s Navy and Marine Corps heroes and their families. His last active-duty assignment was as 7th Fleet Surgeon on board the USS BLUE RIDGE.

After retiring from the US Navy, Mike continued his service as a consultant to the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center, Health Analysis Department. Upon completion of that mission, he returned to his earliest life passion as a full-time writer.

Mike sits on the Board of Directors of The Muse Writers Center, where he also teaches fiction writing and participates in advanced fiction studios.

Mike, his wife Kathryn, and miniature schnauzer Yoshi live in Norfolk, VA.

Mike’s current medical suspense novel, DEAD ALREADY, transports the reader into the stressful environment of emergency medicine, where life battles death amid terrified screams, plaintive whimpers, and shouted orders; where fallible humans strive to postpone death, restore life, or eliminate misery. These would-be heroes sometimes fail. They suck it up and move on to quiet a frightened child, relieve pain, straighten a broken limb, repair a laceration, or reassure the worried well. What evil might lurk amid such chaos?

His psychological thriller, ANGELS FALLING, launched from TouchPoint Press January 10, 2022. The ritualistic murder of a Catholic archbishop scrambles the lives of an ex-seminarian criminal profiler, a renegade priest cult leader, and the former nun they both desired. Shakespeare, Poe, and Donne add commentary.

Mike’s MAHONEY & SQUIRE SERIES, four novels under contract with TouchPoint Press, portrays the lives of servicemen and women, their challenges, and interactions; and their wounds—physical and emotional—that evolve into professional and personal conflicts more daunting than combat. Can essential human relationships survive such brutal demands on hearts and souls?


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