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Next Seminar: TBA

Last seminar was:

Saturday, February 23, 2013
8:30 am to 4:30 pm - Breakfast and lunch included
In the Northwest Phoenix Valley, at Union Hills and 47th Avenue
(exact address and directions given upon registration)
Registration form HERE




How often have you started a book and couldn't close it until the last page? How often did you close a book after the first chapter, never to open it again?

Keeping the reader's attention is an essential part of the writing craft. Have you mastered it yet?

Register to learn the techniques that will keep the reader turning the pages.

Award-winning author
Vijaya Schartz




This is a small group seminar, seating is limited,
and all participants receive full personal attention from the instructor. 

Cost is $70 and includes handouts, breakfast and lunch, water, coffee etc.
All cards accepted through Paypal, direct link on the registration form
Checks accepted by mail (send with printed registration form)

(exact address and directions given upon registration)
Registration form HERE

For more information, email HERE


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"I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the workshop on Saturday. The information I acquired was beyond what I hoped for. Thanks again for all your hard work and your expertise. I look forward to your next class... please keep me in mind." - Author Virginia Nelson - February 2012

"I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful day I had on Saturday, at your seminar. You were a lively, supportive, and knowledgeable instructor, a wonderful hostess, and an interesting person. I look forward to seeing you in the writing community. Sincerely, Liz Marshall - September 2011

"Thank you for a phenomenal workshop.  Amazing and intimidating! I left twisted in knots – excited with all I learned and horrified at all I do wrong." Jayne Marecek - February 2011

"Very many thanks for an outstanding seminar yesterday. I learned a lot more listening to you than I have done by reading books on the subject of writing... thank you also for the fine food you served. Everything was so well done." Mike Sedgwick - February 2011

" Thank you for such an informative seminar and such an excellent lunch. Your home is very beautiful and I had a great time. I wish I could have come earlier. The seminar gave me a lot of useful hints and ideas, and input from an experienced, published author such as yourself was greatly appreciated."  Patrick Miano - February 2010

"Thank you so much for the wonderful seminar; gosh, I learned so much!" Katy Cook - February 2010

"Our session was just what I needed to be inspired to finish my book. Thank you!!" Dianne Gahan - September 2009.

"Just a short note to thank you for an information-packed, thought provoking Saturday. Worth every minute and more. Regards," Victor Merkel, seminar returnee - February 2009.

"...thank you for such a great workshop. I’ve enjoyed every one of your workshops and look forward to attending more in the future. I really like the individual attention that each attendant receives at your classes. You give a wealth of information and the food is always great." Mary Keith - March 2008.

"I was almost overwhelmed by all of the information I received during the day. Vijaya is a tireless worker who presented a well-thought-out and well-developed program to help us understand how we ought to market ourselves as the unique writer that each of us is... I highly recommend any workshop she gives. I'm certainly looking forward to the next one!" Anne Hall - February 2008.

"If you ever get a chance to attend a seminar by Vijaya Schartz you will come away with better knowledge and preparation of the publishing business. She is delightful and wise." Marilou McIntyre - February 2008

"...thank you for a great workshop. I picked up a wealth of information. Also appreciate the frank discussion about goal setting. I can't depend on my industrial sales experience to guide me in the world of writing. I need to rely on professionals such as yourself." Victor Merkel - February 2008

"Thank you for offering the Writers' Block seminar. I enjoyed every bit of it and came away inspired and energized. I would recommend this class to both published and unpublished writers. I have only one recommendation and that would be to record the brainstorming sessions because so many ideas were flying around, it was hard to take it all in. Good stuff!" Nikki Kimbel - August 5, 2007

"I want to thank you again for a great workshop! It was really helpful, to say nothing of fun... I transcribed my notes from the brainstorming session and I've started work on some of the ideas. I look forward to another workshop!" Louise Signorelli - August 7, 2007

"I thoroughly enjoyed today... excellent job covering a wide range of topics and still meet the needs. The small group allowed for more participation. I feel inspired and can't wait to get writing. Thank you." Elizabeth Davies

"This workshop met and completely exceeded my expectations. It was so informative and inspiring. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us." Tracy Monaghan.

"This was a worthwhile event for me. The strong points of the day was the organization of topics - most informative, with a mix of personal story." Peg Bauernfeind.

"I enjoyed the workshop. I learned a lot and gained insight. I'm looking forward to future workshops." Author doesn't wish to be named.


Award-winning author Vijaya Schartz writes Girls with Guns (or swords) and Romantic Science Fiction, as well as Romance with a Kick, in exotic, historical, fantasy, contemporary or futuristic settings. With sixteen titles to date in print, e-books and audiobooks, she fomented film interest in Bollywood for her award-winning novel Ashes for the Elephant God, set in India. Three more releases are scheduled before the end of next year.

She was President of the Arizona Authors’ Association for seven years, is a past President of the Desert Rose Chapter of Romance Writers of America and of the Valley of the Sun Romance Writers chapter, a book doctor and a book reviewer. She was the Editor in Chief of the Arizona Literary Magazine for nine years, and writes occasional articles for View Highlife Magazine and various eZines. She also hosted a radio show about the writing craft and the writing life for three consecutive years.

Vijaya currently writes for four different publishers. After writing a few contemporary romantic suspense novellas for Sapphire Blue Publishing, her current series for Desert Breeze Publishing is THE CHRONICLES OF KASSOUK. Her out of print paperbacks are now being reissued in eBook format with fresh new cover, by BWLPP, a Canadian publisher who also recently acquired the right to several of Vijaya's new original titles to be published next year.

Despite stringent writing and promotional deadlines, Vijaya still takes the time to share her experience at writers conferences, seminars, and with writers groups across the country.

Her books gathered many awards and five-star reviews. In 2011, Borealis Black Dragon was nominated for Book of the Week at LASR, Black Jaguar is a finalist in the Golden Quill Awards.  Anaz-voohri, White Tiger, and Relics also won Golden Quill recognition when they first came out. A DESPERADO FOR CHRISTMAS won first place in the Preditors and Editors Readers Poll Awards in Short Romance category. ASHES FOR THE ELEPHANT GOD received a 2001 IPPY (Independent Publishers) Award in Visionary Fiction category.






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