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- Former Elementary Education Teacher
- Multi-Award Winning Pre-Published Author
- 2017 Virginia ACFW Crown Award Finalist
- 2018 Fabulous Five Silver Quill Award
- 2018 RWA®️ Faith, Hope, and Love Chapter – Touched by Love Award (2nd Place)
- 2019 RWA®️ Golden Hearts Finalist
- Represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency
- Monthly Contributor to iBelieve.com
- Leader of Community Christian Academy Teen Writing Group
- Presented at the February 2019 ACFW-Louisville Writer’s Group
- Taught and coordinated the 2019 Kentucky Christian Writers Conference (KCWC) Teen Seminar
- Taught Picking the Write Fight at the 2020 KCWC Online Conference
- Presented Genres at a Lexington, KY writer’s group February 2020
“Crystal Caudill presented “Genres” to our writer’s group in Lexington. At the end of our time together, not only did I have more knowledge about different types of stories I could read, I also felt challenged to try out different types of writing I can try for the Lord.” — Kristy Horine, February 2020
“Crystal Caudill’s ability to communicate is stellar. She presents herself as well prepared and knowledgeable. Whether the audience is comprised of beginning writers, multi-published writers, or a contains both, she has the ability to speak to all levels and bring something fresh to each perspective. I appreciated what she brought at the Kentucky Christian Writers Conference in 2020 and I look forward to the opportunity to learn more from her in the future!” ~ Sara R. Turnquist, KCWC 2020
“Crystal is an excellent teacher! She explains her topics patiently, supporting and clarifying with examples and anecdotes.” -Anonymous, KCWC 2020
“Crystal’s virtual presentation on writing fight scenes was very well-done. Informative, well-organized, and she is a strong teacher.” – Debra E. Marvin, KCWC 2020
Writing Craft Workshops
*Unless otherwise noted, workshops run 45 minutes to 1 hour in length. Outlines available upon request.
Plotting 101: How to Create a Story Reader’s Can’t Put Down -Understanding story structure is a crucial skill for every author. Even pansters must adhere to the age-old structure if they hope to be published. Yet, creating a story without a muddled middle or an anticlimactic ending takes diligent work and a thorough understanding of structure. This interactive workshop uses M&Ms to break down and apply the four-act structure to story creation. Participants will leave with a thorough understanding of story structure and a loosely plotted story.
*This topic can be done as a two-hour interactive workshop or as a one-hour informative workshop.
Genre Fiction – There are lots of writing options out there from non-fiction topics to literary fiction to genre fiction. In this workshop, 13 genres are presented along with defining characteristics, examples, and common word-count lengths. By the end of the workshop, writers will know where their story best fits and what elements they need to include.
So You Want to Be a Writer: 3 Rules You Must Never Break – No matter what conference you attend, there are often two conflicting statements: Writers must follow all the rules or rules are made to be broken. The truth is writing is actually a mix of both. However, there are three rules which absolutely must never be broken if you are to be a successful author. In this one-hour workshop, you will not only learn what those three rules are, but you will walk away with the tools needed to apply them to your stories and writing journey.
Picking the Write Fight – Many readers skim over or skip through fight scenes when they come across them in stories. Why? Because they are boring and readers can skip over them without missing anything important to the story. In “Picking the Write Fight”, you’ll learn the two purposes of a fight scene, what to include and exclude, and technical writing tips. By the end of the one hour workshop, you will have the tools needed to write fight scenes which grab your reader by the collar and won’t let them go.
Editing Your Story – Completing a rough draft is exhilarating until you’ve realized what comes next. Editing your work well is necessary to impress a publisher and your readers. In this workshop, you’ll be introduced to the various layers of editing and given checklists for each.
From Aspiring to Published Author – In today’s world, there are multiple paths to publishing your manuscript—from “big house” traditional publishing to independent publishing. In this workshop, you’ll learn about the various types of publishing, the path to each, and what is required of you. This workshop is targeted for beginning aspiring authors.