Here's What Others Are Saying . . .

“I like the format a lot. Any big project needs to be broken down into little bites, or you never get started—it’s just too overwhelming. Connie has shown how to move through the obstacles and make progress. The whole Novel In A Weekend package is very upbeat and friendly. I find myself responding with ‘I can do this!’ ” –Sandra Z., Eagle Nest, NM

“I think your Novel In A Weekend course is great. I really love the idea that a critique is included—I wish I’d had this when I started writing FREEDOM BOUND!” –Rosalie Turner, author of Freedom Bound, the Anna Kingsley story

“What I like best about this course is that you get the real thing—audio CDs of the workshop presentation, a manual with worksheets that you can write on, a journal for all your notes. I really dislike e-books where you have to either read all the material from a computer screen or use your own paper and ink to print it out. This course can be done from your most comfortable chair or a lounger at the beach, and the tote bag is sturdy and large enough to hold my computer and all my research notes.” –Mike S., Surprise, AZ

“My favorite thing about Novel In A Weekend is the conciseness of the instruction, the logical presentation, and the way the participant begins their own writing immediately. Reading through the material made me feel excited to get on with my own project!” –R.T., Birmingham, AL

I love the idea of a plan that can get people started, keep them going and guarantee a finish! Novel in a Weekend is long overdue in the world of workshops and conferences!”   Susan Slater, author of the Ben Pecos mystery series and former writing instructor, University of Phoenix


Dear Writer,

I’ve worked with Connie Shelton for about fourteen years now, on both fiction and non-fiction projects. I’d like to share a little background that I know about her writing achievements and her philosophy.

Connie is the author of ten books in the Charlie Parker mystery series, a non-fiction guide to publishing, and several award-winning essays and short stories, and was a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul.  She was senior editor for Intrigue Press for five years. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters In Crime, and The National League of American PEN Women.

Connie teaches fiction and nonfiction writing courses, and many of her students have gone on to be published and have established careers in writing.

She developed her Novel in a Weekend™ program as the first-ever writing course designed to get you well on the way to writing your book in just two short days. Often, the hardest part about writing a book is getting started. Connie knows this; she’s written and contributed to more than a dozen books. She knows that many writers have an idea for a novel but aren’t quite sure where to start. Many times, they aren’t sure where to go with it once they have started.

An amazing number of novels die after forty or fifty pages because the writer suddenly becomes “blocked.” Shelton shares the secrets of avoiding writer’s block and of seeing your book through to the finish, often in record time. She disputes the idea that writing is a slow, arduous process, filled with angst. With the right techniques, a full-length novel can be developed in a weekend and completed within 1-2 months—really!

I wish you all the best in your writing endeavors,

Lee Ellison
Marketing Director
Columbine Publishing Group