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Scotland is one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Whether you’re writing historical or contemporary, I’d like to invite you to go beyond Scotland’s beautiful landscape for a peek at its rich history and culture.

In this workshop you will learn:

Geographical differences:

The difference between the highlands, central lowlands, and lowlands.

Hebrides and other islands

The history and culture of the Gaels.

Highland Clearances and how it continues to impact modern day Gaels

Dress: Let’s talk about Kilts or Bringing Sexy Back

Language: Gaelic

Life then and now

Black houses – why are the white houses called black?

Peat – it does more than make good whisky

Harris Tweed – How it’s made. There are rules.

Modern Culture





Fun with words


Mary’s Bio:

Mary Karlik combines her Texas roots with her Scottish heritage to write happily-ever-after from Texas to Scotland. Honoring her Scottish roots, Mary is now writing under her mother’s maiden name, Wilson. She is traditionally published in Young Adult Fantasy with her Fairy Trafficking series set in the magical world of Scotland. Mary is currently studying Scottish Gaelic at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig in Skye, Scotland. She also earned her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, has a B.S. degree from Texas A&M University, is a certified, professional ski instructor, and a Registered Nurse.

Mary is an active member of Romance Writers of America, Dallas Area Romance Authors, and Contemporary Romance Writers.

Married to a Scot, Mary lives in Scotland and Texas.

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No matter where you are in your author career, it's never too late (nor too early for my soon-to-be-published authors) to take an aerial view of ALL The THINGS that make up your author life. In this workshop, we'll take time to do just that: audit (and prepare to fix) your author career one section at a time! I know that sounds painful, but if it meant more efficiency, more clarity, maybe even more time saving, money saving, money earning strategies that could be realized, and peace of mind to be had, wouldn't you try? Yes? Sound good now?

In this session, I'll quickly overview how to get your goals straight for your publishing career path-whatever that is- offer questions, thought provoking scenarios and plenty of tools for increased efficiency. All of this will provide you with a way to canvass your career, assessing what needs fixing (that's right now), and what can wait to help you make a solid, thorough plan, and move it! Plus they'll be plenty of free, useful goodies in the Google folder for this workshop that I'll be sharing with you.

Let's Fix all the parts of your Author Life, and turn it into a long, exciting and lucrative career!

Tracee Garner Bio:

Tracee Lydia Garner is an international best-selling author of almost 20 books; a motivating speaker, humorous writer and book coach helping aspiring authors write to publication or a coveted book deal and finish a solid manuscript for today's market/readers. Tracee writes fiction and nonfiction depicting African Americans triumphing over adversity and meeting success whether that be in love, or life pursuits. Tracee loves public speaking, teaching workshops, and talking about the craft of writing at every opportunity. Tracee is a virtual instructor, having taught at the community college level, and at the Writer's Studio of Rosemont College in PA, teaching has become an extension of her motivating brand. Tracee holds a BS in Communications and continues to make her home outside the DC metropolitan area with her family.

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Ever wanted to boost your sales on Amazon, but didn’t know how to navigate the various options? In her presentation, Making Amazon Ads Work For You, Kelley Rene will demystify the process of advertising on Amazon. You’ll learn how to easily set up sponsored ads, how much to spend for each, and how to target your ideal reader. She’ll identify several pitfalls to avoid and point out tips and tricks to gauge an ad’s progress. Don’t miss this opportunity to boost your sales and get your book in the hands of your readers.

Kelley Rene Bio:

Kelley Rene currently lives in Panama City, Florida, with her husband and mini Australian shepherd, Blossom. But she never knows when Wanderlust will whisk her away to a new locale. Traveling and meeting new people are her passions and often the inspiration for her stories.

Kelley self-published three novellas—Saving Sabine, Romanian Runaway, and Kamilah—based on her experiences while living in Germany. In 2022, she led a team of fourteen writers to publish the anthology, Next Chapters Unleashed. She’s proud to have collaborated on the Christian nonfiction project, Embrace The Journey, which hit Amazon’s #1 Best Seller List. Her next endeavor, Miracle Mindset: Finding Hope in the Chaos, releases summer 2023.

Visit her website at or come hang out with her on Facebook and other social platforms @imkelleyrene

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