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Courses and Events for 2017

  • Branding and Marketing for Novelists
  • How to Generate Book Reviews
  • Plan Your Novel, 30-Day Writing Challenge
  • and more surprises at Barany School of Fiction and other locations

If you want to be notified when these courses and events open registration, sign up for my newsletter, Creativity Sparks.


Some testimonials

“Beth's workshop was great. It helped me explore the ideas that had been floating around in my head for years. I learned things about myself and my writing skill.” -- Zana Lugo, Ameriprise

“This is to acknowledge Beth Barany and her "Call To Adventure" workshop. As a writer and publisher of personal growth related human interest stories, and as one with over tweny years' experience attending and facilitating a multitude of personal growth workshops, seminars and conferences, I highly recommend Beth and this workshop. I found the experience to be informative, revealing and even playful. I would encourage anyone wishing to have accurate and meaningful insight on their "inner journey" to participate in this experience.”
-- Don Kirschner, Founding Director at the Society for Return to Honor

“If you're like me and you've always wanted to write a book, but didn't quite understand how, Beth's instruction is an excellent resource.”
-- David Kwong, Berkeley, CA


October 15-16, 2016: Speaking at the Greater Seattle RWA Writers Conference on "7 Essential Keys to Planning Your Novel For Pantsers."

Go here for the workshop list:


Master Class on Friday, Oct. 14, 9:00am to 12:30pm on "Rapport and Specificity: Enrich and Enliven Your Writing and Your Career".

Master Class on Friday, Oct. 14, 9:00am – 12:30pm by Beth Barany on Rapport and Specificity: Enrich and Enliven Your Writing and Your Career

I'll also be teaching the Master Class on Friday, Oct. 14, 9:00am to 12:30pm on "Rapport and Specificity: Enrich and Enliven Your Writing and Your Career". Go here for all the details on how to sign up for this special event. Registration is separate from the ECWC conference.


Tuesday, August 23, 2016, 5pm PT. Join us for this special webinar: "Essential Plot and Character Tips: New and Improved" with Beth and Ezra Barany. Sign up for this free event here.

A special webinar: Essential Plot and Character Tips: New and Improved

During October 2016: Ready for our annual Plan Your Novel live 30-Day Writing Challenge? Get planning and be prepared to write your novel in November during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) Early Bird Registration is now open. Sign up now to get bonuses valued at over $135.

October 16-18, 2015: Speaking at the Greater Seattle RWA Writers Conference on "Branding for Novelists: Why It Matters, and How to Do It."

Go here for the workshop list:

July 2015: Branding for Romance Authors (& Other Genre Novelists): How to Create an Online Presence, Network Using Your Author Blog, and Craft a Content Plan. This online course was taught via Outreach International, an RWA chapter.

I'm creating a self-paced (homestudy) version of this course. Sign up for my newsletter, Creativity Sparks, to be notified of when this homestudy course and future events like this becomes available.


Thursday, August 6, 2015, 4 pm Pacific. "5 Tools to Fuel Your Writing and Creative Process", Roundtable Discussion with Linda Joy Myers at the National Association of Memoir Writers

There are three main turning points to the writing process: the start, the middle, and the end. Writers often find themselves stuck in one of these three places. When you get stuck, everything grinds to a screeching halt, and we are tempted to abandon our project -- book, essay, chapter. We experience this as writer's block, and are bound by massive frustration, procrastination, or tearing out our hair while crying.

In this conversation with Linda Joy Myers, founder and president of National Association of Memoir Writers, and Beth Barany (me), award-winning novelist and creativity coach for writers, you'll learn about 5 tools to help you get back to writing your story.

In this lively conversation between teachers and lovers of story, you'll discover:

  • How planning can enhance your creativity instead of stifle it
  • How a simple tool can help you stay focused so you can actually get writing done
  • How a simple mindset tool can shift your energy from No to Go
  • How goal setting can restart you when you're stuck in the middle of your project
  • How you can connect with the most powerful tool in the five senses to spark or re-spark your passion for your project

You can grab a recording of our chat here.


July 14, 2015, 5pm Pacific: Webinar about the benefits of in-person writing retreat.

Webinar on the Benefits of an In-Person Writing Retreat

Ezra and I shared on the benefits of working in-person with writing teachers and coaches as we gave a sneak peek of our writing retreat in Paris this October 3-10, 2015 Summer 2016.

Registration for the Paris trip and all the details:

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Is a Paris Writing Retreat to work on your novel in the cards for you this year?!

Sign up for Beth's newsletter, Creativity Sparks, to be notified of how to attend this free webinar.


June 1-30, 2015: 30-Day Challenge to Preparing Your Novel live course.

Sign up to take the course:


June 30, 2015: Author Talk at Kiwanis Club in Berkeley


June 5-6, 2015: Bay Area Book Festival

Ezra and I worked at the Romance Writer's of America, San Francisco chapter booth. I also moderated the romance author's "Flaunt That Romance" Panel with authors TJ Kline, Julie Ann Long, and Jennifer Ryan. Fun!

Free event to the public in downtown Berkeley. In partnership with the San Francisco Chronicle.

Go here for all the details.


May 19, 2015: East Bay chapter of The Nonfiction Authors Association. panel at the JFK University

April 2015: 30-Day Challenge to Preparing Your Novel self-paced course opened.

Sign up here to take the course:


DUE APRIL 1, 2015: Beth Barany sponsored a Genre Novel First Chapter contest as part of the San Mateo County Fair Literary Stage.

Congrats to the winners!

  • 1st Place: The Rainbow Warriors by Lisa Boragine
  • 2nd Place: A Murder Foretold by Dave Wolf
  • 3rd Place: Under by Missy Kirtley

  • Honorable Mention: The Dog of Pel by Mary Hollandy
  • Honorable Mention: The Animal Group Home by Yukari Sakura

  • Carry the Light Award: Fanboys Shrugged by Dave Strom

This contest was open to writers worldwide.

Download the rules here.

Download the application here.

More information here:

Get ready! Polish your first chapter. Entries due: April 1, 2015.

Prizes, of course!

  • 1st Place Winner: Author Coaching Package (3 sessions) valued at $450
  • 2nd Place Winner: One Author Coaching session (valued at $150)
  • 3rd Place Winner: A signed copy of The Writer's Adventure Guide by Beth Barany


Submit chapter one (max 3,000 words) of your unpublished novel of any one of these genres: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction. No: Romance, Horror, Erotica. (NO SYNOPSIS OR PROLOGUE).

You must include a one-paragraph Elevator Pitch.

Instructions on how to write your a one-paragraph Elevator Pitch here:

Open to unpublished or self-published authors only.


March 7, 2015, 10 am - 4 pm: Beth and Ezra Barany presented at the 3rd Annual Day of the Book presented by JFK University, Liberal Studies Program, Pleasant Hill Campus, Pleasant Hill, CA.

Cost: $20.

Thank you for joining us!

7 Keys to Preparing Your Novel Before You Write

In this talk with bestselling authors and writing teachers, Beth and Ezra Barany, we will help you brainstorm the steps to create your novel -- from character development to plot structure to story themes and world building -- so that you can start writing your novel prepared. For beginning and advanced writers, we'll offer bite-sized exercises to help you stretch your imagination and get excited for the writing process.

More information here: or here.


March 2015: The final quarterly issue of the Author Entrepreneurship Magazine was published. Topic: The Ins and Outs of Cover Design for Authors.


January 21-24, 2015: Storytellers Summit, sponsored by creativity coach, Julia Roberts of Decoding Creativity: I am among 20 guests featured. Register for free here:

Stories are elemental. They exist because it is how the human brain works. They have a power to explain, include, exclude and broaden our engagement. Come explore the power of the story.

It's all free and streaming audio online. After each conversation, the moderator, Julia Roberts, will chat with attendees in real time on FB and Twitter. You'll get a chance to learn, network, think and laugh.


Twitter hashtag: #storysummit

The Storytellers Summit is a deep dive into how stories are crafted, how to use them to sell our creative work, how they can get inside our heads and keep us from working well, and how they can deliver with pictures and graphics. We'll even be talking about the differences between how men and women tell, sell and believe stories.

Join us for 4 epic days, 20 insightful, informative conversations, and unlimited online conversations on and on Twitter at #storysummit

Register for free today


Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 1pm Pacific / 4pm Eastern.

Special tele-call: Everything You Want to Know About Blogging and Blog Tours... to Improve Your Promotional Platform and Sell More Books

You probably already know that you can improve your promotional platform and/or sell more books if:

* You post questions/comments on other people's websites or blogs

* You get other people talking about you and your book(s)

* You have a website or blog of your own


What's the fastest/easiest way to do it, so you get the best results?

Whether you're already self-published or seeking a traditional publisher like Random House, this insider interview will show you what to do.

I'll be the special guest expert for this call. I'm a blogging expert and creator of "How To Run A Successful Blog Tour Authors Video Course." Over 100 students have taken my course and it has an average 5-star review rating! That's why Mark chose me for this interview.

Title: "Everything You Want to Know About Blogging & Blog Tours... So You Can Improve Your Promotional Platform & Sell More Books"

Speakers: Former NY Times bestselling literary agent and AAR member Mark Malatesta interviews Beth Barany

Audience: Authors of all genres (unpublished, previously published, and/or self-published)


July 2014: Build Compelling Characters for Readers to Fall in Love With

This live class is over. A self-paced class is coming soon!

Our job as novelists is to create characters that our readers love. Or love to hate. Or want to be. Or want to jump into bed with. Our characters need to feel real, engaging, and compelling, not just our main characters, but also our secondary characters and villains. But how to actually do that?

In this course, we'll cover how and go over some tools, like GMC (Goal, Motivation, and Conflict, from Deb Dixon) and how to draft a useful backstory. And we'll go beyond the standard tools to cover identity/belief shifts, examine world building as it relates to the character, excavate your characters' archetype and function in the story, and draft each character's emotional range.

You'll come away from this hands-on month-long course with detailed character sketches for your stories. A great course to take to prepare building your next novel or novella. Especially for genre novelists.

This live class is over. A self-paced class is coming soon!

Instructor Bio: Beth Barany is a certified creativity coach, NLP Practitioner, and keynote speaker. She helps novelist get their writing done and out into the world.

She's the bestselling author of THE WRITER'S ADVENTURE GUIDE and OVERCOME WRITER'S BLOCK. Her most recent book for writers is TWITTER FOR AUTHORS.

Beth writes young adult fantasy and paranormal romance. Her young adult epic fantasy novel, HENRIETTA THE DRAGON SLAYER, won the Grand Prize in the 2012 California Book Fiction Challenge. More about Beth Barany on her site:

On Twitter:

Check out her free 5-day Writer's Motivation mini-course:


June 2014: San Mateo County Fair, Literary Arts Stage. (Entire schedule here.)


May 23-26, 2014. BayCon, Hyatt Regency, Santa Clara, CA.

If you're going to BayCon, email me and maybe we can connect!

Friday, May 23, 5 pm. Building Your Writing Community panel (Bayshore room)

(with Adrienne Gormley, Setsu Uzume, Dario Ciriello (Moderator), Laurel Anne Hill, Dan Hope)

So you're thinking about writing but don't know how to start. Or you have a manuscript but you're not ready to show anyone. This panel will discuss how to identify where you are in the process of finishing your book, different types of writing groups and how to utilize them, when to recognize when your work is ready for beta readers, and how to give and receive critique with grace and encouragement.

Sunday, May 25, 3:30 pm. Strange Love - Using Romance Tropes in Science Fiction and Fantasy panel (Bayshore room)

(with Amy Sterling Casil, Carrie Sessarego (Moderator), D. M. Atkins, Deirdre Saoirse Moen, S.L. Gray)

What are science fiction and fantasy's most powerful love stories, and why do we love them so much? What's the difference between a romance novel and a novel with romance? Find out how romance novels have changed in the last two decades, and how the digital market has opened up a whole new crossover world.

Sunday, May 25, 5 pm. Female Archetypes in Fantasy (Stevens Creek) [One of my favorite topics!]

(with Griffin Barber, Ursula Vernon, Taunya Gren (Moderator))

In fantasy stories set in worlds with their own system of gods and goddesses, are the female archetypes too limited, to roles such as The Mother or The Daughter? Do we need more stories with a full spectrum of female archetypes, such as those in the pantheon of India?

(Rooms subject to change. Check the daily schedule. To register and get more information about BayCon, a science fiction and fantasy convention, go here.)


January 31, 2014: Release Day for Henrietta and The Dragon Stone, book 2 in The Five Kingdom series. The sequel to the award-winning young adult fantasy, Henrietta The Dragon Slayer. Add to your library on Goodreads. The book is already on pre-sale at on Kobo and Smashwords. Sign up for my author newsletter for all the juicy details here.


February 1, 2014, 8pm. Beth Barany presented in the DIVAs Tell All series. EXIT Cafe: 156 Eddy Street, San Francisco, CA. $5 donation suggested.

Beth Barany presents at the The DIVAs Tell All series, an opportunity for female artists to show their work in progress and for audiences to give their support and feedback. Beth will showcase her recently published young adult epic fantasy novel, Henrietta and The Dragon Stone, the second in the series.


February 3 to 7, 2014: Fiction Authors Online Intensive. Join us for the next free online intensive. Sign up here.

In our 5-day boot camp we'll help you find your doable next step and accomplish it in five days.

  • Want to get you book done? Write 1000-2500 words (or more!) in five days.
  • Edit 20-30 pages thoroughly in five days.
  • Research 10-20 agents in five days.
  • Write and polish your query and synopsis in five days.
  • Convert your book to ebook for the Kindle and upload in five days.
  • Write and polish 5 marketing pitches in five days.
  • Draft a marketing plan and start implementing in five days.

What can you do in five days to move your author career forward?

Pick one goal and get it done together. It's all about taking action!

Sign up for this season's Fiction Writer's Online Intensive here. We start February 3rd.


Due to unforeseen circumstances, Ezra and I will not be going to Genre-LA.

February 21 though 23, 2014. The next intensive Bestseller in a Weekend for Fiction Writers starts Feb. 23rd. Are you signed up? Watch this free webinar to learn more! And sign up before the price goes up.


March 8, 2014, 10am to 4pm. The second annual Day of the Book. Pleasanton, CA JFK University

Cost: $20 for lunch; Free without lunch.

You can pay at the door.

Enjoy a day of writing, reading and books. JKF University is pleased to present the second annual Day of the Book conference. Last year the conference was a qualified success involving JFK University students and faculty as well as authors from all over the Bay Area and the general public.

The list of speakers so far -- and you read it here first -

Stephanie Chandler
Chuck Charles Burack
Nina Amir
Beth Barany
Ezra Barany
Catharine Bramkamp
Steven Keifel

Lunch Keynote: "Beyond Words: 200 Years of Illustrated Diaries"

In the Bay Area? Come to the event -- the morning is free to the public with entrance fee for lunch, the key note and the afternoon sessions.

If you are interested in attending or presenting, please contact Connie Van Guilder at: 925-969-3508 or


Starting April 2014: Next Author Group Coaching Program starts. Especially for genre novelists. If you have a manuscript done or almost done, then join us for group support, accountability, and to get expert advice and support from a successful author's coach, and her bestselling author husband, who is funny too. Go here to learn more about the program.


December 18, 2013, 6:00 p.m. PST - 7:00 p.m. PST | 9:00 p.m. EST - 10:00 p.m. EST Live Chat on 4 tips to help you get motivated for your writing.

CHAT TOPIC: Life is busy. We have other responsibilities -- families, jobs, and of course, sleep. But you want to write that book. I do too! I run a business as a writing coach and publishing advisor, and I work out and have responsibilities, and stay up late meeting deadlines.

So what's a writer to do? How do we uncover our motivation to write, and stay writing? An active writer with 5 books to my name (3 nonfiction and 2 fiction, so far), I wrestle with this question all the time. Over the years, I've gathered lots of tools I use to get my writing done, and I'll share these with you. They're the same tools I use with my clients and I can see from their results that they work.

In our chat I'll share with you some of the practical and simple tips that I use to get motivated and get my writing done. Tips that can help you focus and get writing!

So come with your questions and suggestions, and let's have a good time uncovering our motivation to write.

Click here to register. See you there!

Where: The Savvy Chat Forums
Cost: Free to ALL members
Register: Here


December 9, 2013 to December 15, 2013. The Help Desk - A Christmas Gift for Savvy Authors with Beth Barany


It's the holiday time -- the season for giving, and we here at Savvy love the giving far more than the receiving. So we've teamed up with some of our most popular and experienced instructors, editors and writing coaches to help make your holiday season brighter and keep your writing on track during the end of the year insanity.

Therefore, for one week, five of our favorite elves will toss out ideas to help 20 writers each who are stuck for one reason or another on their manuscript. And we'll be doing it ABSOLUTELY FREE.

This workshop is taking place in a very cozy virtual room. We'll be shoulder to shoulder, crammed into it, but it's the season for closeness, isn't it? Even if everyone around you is a stranger. There'll be an opening 'lesson' offering their sagest advice and then it'll open for questions.

No pickpockets will be allowed in the door but picking each other's -- as well as my -- mind to get a better grip on your story or writing career is what this is all about.

Registration is first come, first serve - you have a choice of one instructor to direct one question to. Register here to work with Beth Barany.

Where: The Savvy Forums
Cost: Free -- Open only to Premium Members
Register: Here


December 12, 6-9 p.m. PST. Live event! Oakland Indie Authors Book Fair.

Free to readers! Ezra and I will be meeting readers at this new event for local independent authors. Come by and say Hello! Click here to find out more and join us.

Where: Impact Hub Oakland, 1423 Broadway Street, Oakland, CA.

When: Thursday, December 12, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (PST).

Hosted by: By Oakland Authors, Cheryl Derricotte & Tim McAtee.

Register: Here


Nov. 4, 2013 - Dec. 1, 2013. Beth Barany teaches the online course: Increase Your Readership: How to Create and Run a Blog Tour.

COST: $20 for Premium Members/$30 for Basic Members

Register online here:


Saturday and Sunday, October 12-13, 2013 Beth and Ezra Barany will be speaking at the The Annual Digital Author and Self-Publishing Conference (DA+SP). Los Angeles Valley College.

Go here to learn more and to register.


September 1-30, 2013. Online Class: Book Promotions for Beginners. Presenter: Beth Barany at Outreach International Romance Writers.

Sign up Deadline: August 29, 2013
Fee: OIRW Member $20
Fee: Non-Member $25

Course Description:
You've written your book and now you're ready to query agents and editors, or self-publish your book. Congratulations! And now what?!

  • How are you going to sell your book?
  • How are you going to share about your whole book in just a few phrases?
  • How do you find your audience?
  • And where do you begin with all the book promotions? (So many choices!)

Authors often think that all the hard work is done after they've written their novel. But no! Our work has just begun, because now we need to focus on connecting with and "hooking" our readers so they'll pick up our book, and tell their friends about it, too.

This course, by book marketing and publishing consultant Beth Barany, will cover how to start your book promotions and a step-by-step process for creating all the building blocks of your book promotion plan that you can use for each of your books.

We'll cover such topics:

  • How to craft short phrase that entices your readers and agents (similar but not always the same!)
  • How to identify your strengths and weaknesses in promotions *Tip: Focus on your strengths!
  • How to determine the best ways for you to get the word out: social media, email, blog, site, postcard, etc. (Again, we'll focus on your strengths, but it's good to know your options!)
  • How to identify your story's theme and use that to your advantage (Yes, you have one!)
  • How to identify your ideal readers
  • How to handle the overwhelm of all of today’s book promotion options (I know how you feel!)

Beth will offer templates, tips, answer questions, and walk you through the ground work for building your book promotions every step of the way. Beth has tried lots of different ways to get the word out about her books, and will share from her own experience, as well as from the experience of other writers. She'll give lessons and answer your questions during this month-long course.

Instructor Bio:
Beth Barany is a certified creativity coach, NLP Practitioner, and Publishing and Marketing Consultant. She helps writers get their writing done and out into the world. She's the bestselling author of THE WRITER'S ADVENTURE GUIDE and OVERCOME WRITER'S BLOCK. Her most recent book for writers is TWITTER FOR AUTHORS. Her young adult epic fantasy novel, HENRIETTA THE DRAGON SLAYER, won the Grand Prize in the 2012 California Book Fiction Challenge. More about Beth Barany on her site:

Registration: Non Members
Registration: OIRW Members


Saturday, Sept 21, 10am-4pm. 100 Authors for Literacy. Martin Luther King Center, 725 Mt. Diablo Avenue, San Mateo, California 94401. All Genres invited to attend: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Sci Fi, Romance.

Authors, Register to participate by July 1st, 2013. Read for 15 minutes. Sell and display your books all day.

Cost to Authors: $25. All proceeds go to Martin Luther King Essay & Poetry Contest.

Cost to the community: Free

For more information, go to:


August 26, 2013 through March. 28, 2014 (7 months). 2013-2014 Author Group Coaching with Beth and Ezra Barany: A Program for Novelists.

Are you still not getting anywhere with your novel?

Stop going at it alone! Get the step-by-step help you need to write, publish, or market your genre novel with experienced and bestselling novelists who are also professional teachers, coaches, and mentors.

Click here to read all the details and sign up!


Wednesday, August 21, 4pm Pacific/7pm Eastern. Live Chat: Marketing on Twitter, with Beth Barany, during the 3rd Annual Savvy Authors Summer Symposium.

Click here to sign up for the symposium.

Click here for the entire 2013 Summer Symposium chat schedule.

Get started with Twitter for Authors. Learn the three things to tweet about, the fundamentals of a good author profile, and a strategy for spending time on Twitter so it is manageable and doesn't take over your life. This chat is with Beth Barany, author's coach, speaker, and award-winning author of the YA fantasy, Henrietta The Dragon Slayer. She is also the author of the highly-praised book, Twitter for Authors: Social Media Book Marketing Strategies for Shy Writers.

Certified Master NLP Practitioner and Creativity Coach, Beth Barany is the bestselling author of The Writer's Adventure Guide: 12 Stages to Writing Your Book; Overcome Writer's Block: 10 Writing Sparks To Ignite Your Creativity; and Twitter for Authors: Social Media Book Marketing Strategies for Shy Writers. Beth speaks to groups and conferences all over the San Francisco Bay Area and across the United States and Europe. Beth Barany is also an award-winning novelist. Her young adult epic fantasy novel, Henrietta The Dragon Slayer, won the 2012 Grand Prize in the California Book Fiction Challenge. Her latest story, a novella, is "Touchstone of Love" in Gargoyle: Three Enchanting Romance Novellas. To connect with Beth on Twitter and ask her questions, contact her at: More about Beth and how she helps authors create successful careers at


August 19-23, 2013. 5-Day Fiction Writers Online Intensive.

Sign up here. Starts August 19, 2013!.

In our boot camp we'll help you find your doable next step and accomplish it in five days.

  • Want to get you book done? Write 1000-2500 words (or more!) in five days.
  • Edit 20-30 pages thoroughly in five days.
  • Research 10-20 agents in five days.
  • Write and polish your query and synopsis in five days.
  • Convert your book to ebook for the Kindle and upload in five days.
  • Write and polish 5 marketing pitches in five days.
  • Draft a marketing plan and start implementing in five days.

What can you do in five days to move your author career forward?

Pick one goal and get it done together. It's all about taking action!

Click here to sign up for our intensive.


Thursday, June 20, 2013, 7pm, Redwood City Library, Redwood City CA Beth Barany presented on Start Your Writer's Adventure: Write Your Book in 2013


July 1-31, 2013 Online class offered through the Outreach International RWA chapter, and presented by Beth Barany

Editing Your Novel from The Inside Out: How To Deal With The Panic and Fear and Master The Editing Process


Saturday, May 4, 2013, 7am to 6pm. Husband and wife team, Beth and Ezra Barany, will present on FROM INSPIRATION TO PUBLICATION With Award-Winning, Best-Selling Self-Publishing Experts at the District 57 Toastmasters Conference

Oakland, CA

Beth And Ezra Barany
FROM INSPIRATION TO PUBLICATION With Award-Winning, Best-Selling Self-Publishing Experts
Want to get your message published? Do it smart. Learn how to get your best ideas to the right audience. Discover how to determine if your idea is a bestselling winner or not. Unlock the secret to getting your book done fast, and walk away with the most important tips on publishing and marketing.

Beth Barany, writer's coach and author of the award-winning Henrietta The Dragon Slayer, has helped authors get their books written, published and marketed for over 10 years; 6 of her clients' books have been bestsellers. Ezra Barany, author of the award-winning bestseller The Torah Codes, also helps authors design and promote their books so they can have the success they desire.

Cost: $85

Click here to register:


Saturday, April 20, 10am-4pm, along with many other presenters, Beth Barany will be speaking at the Day of the Book at JFK University on What Is Your Big Idea?

What is Your BIG Idea? - Beth Barany
Many people have something to say, a big message they want to share with the world. But they don't know how to get it out of their head and onto the page. In this talk, by writing coach and novelist, Beth Barany, she'll take you through the simple, yet powerful steps to get your powerful message into a book.

JFK University, Pleasant Hill main campus, 100 Ellinwood Way, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523-4817, (800) 696-5358

Featuring the artists who created Banned & Recovered: Artists Intervention -- a collective response by 37 artists to the conspicuous success of book challenges and bannings in U.S. schools and libraries and the real threats to the U.S. Constitution posed by the 2003 U.S. Patriot Act.

Artists created new works of art inspired by titles from the long list of banned and challenged books. The result is a spectacular collection of witty, whimsical, angry, and thought-provoking statements about the ramifications of censorship and the importance of free speech. Together, the works shed new light on problematic issues and engage visitors in a lively dialog about the power of art in the face of censorship.


  • What Is Your Big Idea? - Beth Barany
  • Write your Book Now - Catharine Bramkamp
  • Build Your Audience On-Line - Stephanie Chandler
  • Women in the Air - Jeane Slone
  • GALACTIC EXODUS: A Science Fiction Documentary or History of the Future - Michael Somers
  • Inheriting Identity: Fiction as Emotional Autobiography - Elizabeth Rosner
  • Writing and Self-Publishing as Personal Expressions of Liberation and Autonomy. - K. Tutashinda
  • Building a Vibrant Fictional World - Tanya Egan Gibson
  • The Art of Spiritual Writing Charles Burack, Ph.D
  • What's Your Story? The Heart and Craft of Memoir Writing - Linda Joy Meyers

$35 with lunch
Faculty, staff, alumnae: $25
Students: $20

Morning events free and open to the public 10-12
Panel discussion (lunch) 12-1
Literary salon 2-4

Reserve online here


Saturday, April 6, 2013, 8:30pm. Beth Barany will present in the DIVAs Tell All series. EXIT Cafe: 156 Eddy Street, San Francisco, CA. $5 donation suggested.

Beth Barany presented at the The DIVAs Tell All series, an opportunity for female artists to show their work in progress and for audiences to give their support and feedback. Beth showcased her soon-to-be published young adult epic fantasy novel, Henrietta and The Dragon Stone, the second in the series.


April 1-30, 2013 How to Create and Run a Blog Tour. Online live course w/Beth Barany. Sign up here. Cost: $20 (OIRW members); $25 (non-members) Course offered by the Outreach International Romance Writers chapter.


Saturday, March 23, 2013, Fremont, CA Beth Barany presented on Develop and Strengthen Voice and Style for Fiction Writers to the Fremont Area Writers, a branch of the California Writer's Club


Friday, March 8, 2013. Online webinar on "How to Run a Successful Blog Tour." This free webinar was part of the FREE Wordpress for Business Virtual Summit March 4-8, 2013.

Sign up here:


February 7, 2013. Beth Barany was interviewed about tips from her book, Twitter for Authors: Social Media Book Marketing for Shy Writers, at the National Association of Memoir Writers.

For an overview of the interview go here.

RESOURCE: For the full interview, click here to listen, or right-click and choose "Save as..." to download to your harddrive.

January 24, 2013. Beth Barany was a guest on The Authors Corner: YA NITE. This show is part of the Authors Corner with Elaine Raco Chase.

RESOURCE: Authors, if you're curious about getting on Elaine's show or other BlogTalk Radio shows, check out this article I write on my blog, Writer's Fun Zone.


January 24, 2013, Oakland, CA. 9-11am. Beth Barany presented on Storytelling for Bloggers to the Breakfast Blogging Club.


2013: Wednesday, January 9, 6 pm. Beth presented on Essential Tools for Getting Your Book Done to the California Writer's Club, Saratoga--South Bay Branch


Thursday, November 15, 2012, 6:30 PM TO 10:00 PM Participated in a FEM Talks Panel: Tools to Start Your Revolution! - Ignite Awakened Feminine Activism (Pt. 4).

Organized by the fabulous Jessica Hadari, and her organization, FEM Talks - Alliance of Women Leaders, Educators & Healers, Berkeley, CA.


Saturday and Sunday, October 19-21, 2012. Beth Barany spoke at the World Authors Conference.

Monday, September 10, 2012 Interview on Red River Radio with Dellani Oakes for Dellani's Tea Time along with author Jim Beuhler.

Saturday, September 12-18, 2012. Beth Barany Interviewed for From Muse to Market with Paula Chaffee Scardamalia of


Saturday, September 22, 2012, 3pm PST. Guest on Charmaine Hammond's show "Your Book As a Business".


September 27-30, 2012. Matera, Italy. Speaking at the Women's Fiction Festival

I spoke on Twitter for Authors. I'll also be taking one-on-one appointments with conference attendees. I look forward to seeing you there!


Saturday, August 18, 2012, Belmont, CA. 10 Tips to Jumpstart Your Creativity with Beth Barany, Creative Coach for Writer, at the California Writers Club, SF/Peninsula Branch.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012, Santa Cruz, CA. How to Write a Blog Made Fun and Easy, at the Santa Cruz Marketing Roundtable, with Beth Barany.

Saturday, June 16, 2 to 4pm. San Mateo County Fair. Workshop on Author Signings with Beth and Ezra Barany, and many other local authors

All events for the Literary Arts Stage are listed here.

Saturday, June 9, 4 to 5:30 pm. San Mateo County Fair. Workshop on How to Pitch to an Agent or Editor with Beth and Ezra Barany.

May 19 and 20, 2012, 9am to 6pm, Both days!

Writing Conference: Write Your Book in 2012! The Art & Business of Writing A Book

Join us for a two-day writing conference in Oakland, California. All the details here:

March 3, 2012, 10am to 1pm

In person Hands-On Workshop "Social Media Branding for Authors" with Beth and Ezra Barany at the California Writer's Club, Berkeley branch

February 24, 2012, 11am

Teleseminar: Social Media Branding for Memoir Writers: Discover how to attract raving fans with Beth Barany | NAMW Teleseminar

Conversation for the members of the National Association of Memoir Writers

February 13, 2012, 7pm

Keynote Talk Write Your Book in 2012! The Art & Business of Writing A Book. Keynote Speaker at FEM Talks

September 29, 2011, Speaking at Women's Fiction Festival at Matera, Italy. Topics include Book Sales, Social Media, Marketing and Promotions

September 17, 2011. Presentation on Social Media for Writers at the Redwood Writers

June 8, 2011 5:30-8:30pm. Books Are Our Legacy presentation at eWomen in Berkeley, CA, Berkeley City Club. Sign up information coming soon!

Who has secretly or not so secretly harbored a dream of writing a book? Raise your hand proud. Me too. Even in the age of blogging, a book is still one of the most effective ways of diving into the thoughts and imagination of those who inspire us. Books represent a significant symbol of one of our most important and overlooked missions on Earth. Our legacy. Maybe you gave up on that dream because of fears that it takes too much time, or fears that your ideas aren't good enough, or that writing a book is too large an undertaking. Beth will help you discover that none of that is true.

What you'll take away at this powerful session:

  • Explore your unique legacy and the impact you'd like to have in the world
  • Identify your fears or blocks in the way of writing
  • Uncover the key steps to go from start to finish to get writing now!
  • Discover the essential elements of writing a book

April 25, 2011 Authors, How Do You Find Your Fans via Social Media? Free monthly teleconference I run.

March 6, 2011, 1pm Guest Instructor:Get Published Before Age 18 Workshop Series with Book Coach Beth Barany: Who is Your Target Audience?

January 31, 2011 to February 27, 2011.
Podcasting Class at

December 14, 2010 Writing the Middle-Grade or Young Adult Novel -- Introductory Workshop.

December 13, 2010, 7-10pm. Featured Presenter at FEMtalks on Books Are Our Legacy: Get Started on Yours Today

August and October 2010, day-long event. How to Be a Bestselling Author Workshop. You may think that marketing and selling your books is a scary prospect, but actually marketing and selling is essential to your career as an author. And if you uncover your style of marketing and selling, then ultimately you will sell more books workshop is specifically designed for you if:

  • You are already published or are working on a book, but you want to be a world-class bestselling author.
  • You have a reasonable online presence -- such as Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn - -and you want to go from spending your time with online socializing to doing online social networking and selling your books through your social networking. (It can be done!) • You want to build your audience by building your list in a way you feel comfortable doing.
  • You just *know* that you'd be living your true purpose if your book sold to large audiences.

August 6, 2010, 7-9pm. Co-presenting at a Romance Authors Panel in Union City, Borders bookstore. RSVP on EventBrite.

July 22, 2010. Featured Presenter with co-founder, Cheryl Liquori, at Blogify 101, WEBA Blogging Boot Camp.

Topic: "3 Keys to Blogging Success" Does blogging seem like an overwhelming chore, one more thing on your business to-do list? Actually, blogging is an easy way to promote your business online and establish expertise. By following the three keys to blogging success, you can measurably increase visibility, attract prospects into your sales funnel, and feel confident that your blog is working for your business. BONUS:

July 8, 2010. Get Published Before the Age of 18, Event at The Reading Bug, San Carlos Writing Coach Shu-Hsien Ho and Author Beth Barany presented the key steps that take aspiring writers from idea to publication. Location: The Reading Bug, 785 Laurel St., San Carlos, California.

June 25-26, 2010, Oakland, CA. Blogging for Cash and Clients. For Entrepreneurs and Service Professionals, in conjunction with the Breakfast Blogging Club. A power-packed, writing and marketing filled weekend workshop.

June 14 and 19, 2010Second year Presenting on the 12 Stages of the Writer's Adventure Workshop. And Authors Panel and Book Signing. San Mateo County Fair, Fine Arts Stage. Location: San Mateo, CA.

Saturday, June 5, 2010 3 Essential Tips to Building Your Author Platform Now: Yes, Unpublished Authors too!. A Presentation at the Black Diamonds chapter of the Romance Writers of America. Qin's Bistro, 5007 Lone Tree Way. Antioch, CA 94531.

February 23, 2010. Featured Presenter at the Goddess Collective, Oakland, CA. Topic: You are the Hero of Your Book Writing (and Entrepreneurial) Adventure!

December 14, 2009. Featured Presenter at Spoken Word event, Word Dancing, a monthly word and music series with open mic. It's A Grind Coffee House, San Francisco, CA. Organizer: Jeanne Powell.

September 26, 2009 Silicon Valley Romance Writer's of America chapter. Topic: Social Networking for Authors. Read the event summary here.

World's Hidden Masters. 3-day event, San Francisco, CA, August 2009. Topic: The 8 Questions to Ask Before Starting a Book.

San Mateo County Fair, Cultural Arts Stage, August 2009. Topic: Fairytales, Tarot and Brainstorming: How to Make Story Plotting Fun.

National Romance Writer's of America, Washington D.C., July 2009. Topic: The 12 Stages of the Writer's Adventure.

Oakland Public Library, Piedmont Ave,. Branch, April 2009. Topic: How to get Published Clinic.

San Francisco IABC Independent Communicators, San Francisco, CA, April 2009. Topic: An Independent Communicator's Playshop: Stage 1 of the Writer Entrepreneurs's Adventure: Start From Where You Are.

Black Diamond RWA Chapter, Antioch, CA, March 2009. Topic: Procrastination: The Mother All Evils.

Gilroy Public Library, Gilroy, CA, January 2009. Topic: Mythic Structure for Writers: Empower Your Heroic, Fantasy,and Adventure Fiction!.

Creativity Coaching Conference, Lake George, NY, October 2008. Topic: A Creative in Business: You are the Hero in this Creative Adventure.




May 30, 2011, 5pm Pacific/8pm Eastern. Monthly teleseminar at We Write Books online community for writers. Topic: TBD

May 23, 2011, 1:00 MT (2:00 CT; 3:00 ET; 12:00 PT). Getting Out of Your Own Way Free teleseminar with Dr. Sabrina Schleicher -- Offered exclusively for my friends, fans and clients. Sign up here now for this one-time only teleseminar.

Are you ready to take your writing, your life, your career or your business to the next level? Are you frustrated in your difficulty moving forward? Are you frustrated by not getting the results you want? Join us for this free teleseminar and get the support you need to move to the next level in your life, career or business.

May 1-31, 2011 I am honored to once again participate in Brenda Novak's Online Auction for Diabetes Research.

In case you haven't heard, last year Brenda's auction broke the $1 million mark (as a cumulative total) and set a new annual record by raising $303,000!! She hopes that this seventh year will end in another new record, maybe one closer to $500,000. Please join with me and many others who have donated products, services and other goodies in fighting to make a difference, and donate to win cool prizes, all for a good cause.

I'm donating one ticket to my upcoming Social Media For Fiction Authors online course, Plus -- Yes, there's more! -- The winner will have his or her social media platform and strategy evaluated in a 75-minute phone, then be able to take the 7-week online course at their own pace, or live with us starting June 20th. (a $350 value!)

October 11-17, 2010 Presenter at the 2010 Muse Online Writer's Conference, giving a week-long workshop on: The 12 Stages of the Writer's Adventure. It's too late to sign up for the conference, though you can get the conference handout, the companion to The Writer's Adventure Guide only available here.

October 13, 2010, 4pm Pacific / 7pm Pacific. Teleseminar: "Top 3 Secrets to Selling Books with Social Networking" with Beth Barany.

October 19, 2010, 5pm Pacific / 8pm Pacific. "How to Make Your Own Book Trailer". Many authors think that book trailers don't help increase sales. The reality is that good book trailers are hard to come by, so of course the bad ones don't help increase sales. If the author just follows a step-by-step process, one that is both affordable and simple, the author can have a powerful book trailer that can send readers eagerly to the cash registers. Curious? Then, check out Beth's new Online Chat with, a monthly workshop. A Bonus to SavvyAuthor Premium members.

With Special Guest, Ezra Barany, expert in attracting readers with video, Beth will help you have more fun and ease promoting online while growing your potential readership, and increasing your sales.

To become a member of, sign up at

October 27 to December 8, 2010, 6 week teleseminar, 4pm Pacific/6pm Central/7pm Eastern. Social Media for Authors, 6-week teleseminar. Getting up to speed on your social can be a pain, and not doing it can cost you much both in dollars and missed opportunities. What if there was a way you could learn what you needed to know to increase your visibility and bring your book to the readers that hunger for its message, and the wonderfully unique experience you provide? Now there is! Cost: $147.

Sign up here:

August 10, 2010, 5pm Pacific / 8pm Pacific. "How to Make Twitter Work For Authors to Promote". Many writers think that interacting on Twitter to promote themselves as authors is a waste of time. But actually, Twitter is a writer's dream way to connect with fans, referral partners, and like-minded people. If you just know the three power tools of Twitter, then you can get the word out to more people about your book and make more sales. Curious? Then, check out Beth's new Online Chat with, a monthly workshop, "How to Make Twitter Work For Authors to Promote". A Bonus to SavvyAuthor Premium members.

With Online communication expert, and owner of, Peter Ferguson, Beth will help you have more fun and ease promoting online while growing your potential readership, and increasing your sales.

To become a member of, sign up at

August 9 through September 6, 2010 Social Networking for Unpublished and Published Authors A Month-long Online Writing Workshop through the Red River Romance Writers, an RWA Chapter. Check the Red River Romance Writers site for all the sign up details.

You may think that social networking as an author is only for published authors. But actually authors at all stages of their career can use the tools of Twitter, Facebook and blogging (and more!)

If you only learn and implement a few important strategies, you will find that social networking can fit into your busy life, and help grow your career.

August 5-27, 2010 Bring Magic into Your Fiction, an online class at the Low Country RWA chapter.

Jul 28 - Aug 1, 2010 Mini-Workshop on The Top 3 Mistakes Authors Make When Promoting Online as part of the Summer Symposium. Authors think that promoting online is an overwhelming, time-consuming, and perhaps even pointless process. But actually, making friends online with your soon-to-be raving fans is one of the fastest ways to grow your readership. And if you just implement a few simple and sustainable strategies then you have more fun and ease promoting online and growing your potential readership, and increasing your sales.

  • Discover time-saving online tips to work into your busy life
  • Uncover how to avoid muddy messages
  • Explore your unique style of interacting

March 2, 2010. Guest Expert on Beryl Powell's StartUp Solution Inner Circle monthly teleseminar. Topic: Repurposing Your Marketing Content to Reach More Potential Customers and Make More Money.

Online Writing Workshop through the Low Country RWA Chapter, October 2009 Topic: Overcome Writer's Block

Presenter at the 2009 Muse Online Writer's Conference. Topic: 12 Stages of the Writer's Adventure.

Online Writing Workshop through the Low Country RWA Chapter, February 2009 Topic: Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction for Young Adults.

Online Class in partnership with The National Networker, November 2008 Topic: Make Money While You Sleep: How to Write E-Books in Four Weeks.

Presenter at the Muse Online Writer's Conference, October 2008 Topic: The 12 Stages of the Writer's Adventure.




I'm mentioned in the East Bay Monthly in a lovely article on writing your books. Enjoy! "Finding Their Voices | It's never to late to take up writing, where age may actually create some advantages. | By Mike Rosen-Molina

You can right-click here to download a PDF of the article. Or just click once to read in your browser.


Interview with Stacey Grewal on writing a book, on BlogTalkRadio. Click to listen below.

Listen To Goals Internet Radio Stations with Stacey Grewal on BlogTalkRadio

Contact Beth for interviews and as an on-air guest for call-in shows. She thrives in on-the-spot problem solving to your creativity and writing problems.



Beth travels to speaking engagements and workshops at conferences for 20-100+ people. Contact her for schedule availability. She will tailor to the needs of your writing group, writing association or business, and speaks on such topics:

"Call to Action: The Writer's Adventure"

"Creativity Techiques to Fill the Well"

Fairytales, Brainstorming Cards & Tarot: How to Plot Quickly and have Fun too! The handout is available.

Bring Magic into Your Fiction

Book Writing from A to Z for Fiction Writers: Character. Plot and Passion, the Winning Combination

How to Craft a Winning Query Letter

How to Win Over an Agent with Your Elevator Pitch

Prime the Mind: Develop a Writing Discipline

Navigate the Maze of Self-Publishing

So You Want to Write a Nonfiction Book! Now what?

Start with Beth's nonfiction book resource page.


Take action.

Realize your writing dreams.

Educate and activate.


Contact Beth to speak at your event!