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CAC20 is offering TWO WORKSHOPS in the LATEST TOOLS and TECHNOLOGIES for Authors and Publishers 

  • Audio Book Creation
  • Podcast Editing

These workshops are included with the 3-Day Registration and the Saturday/Sunday 2-Day Registration. However, you MUST reserve your seat. 

Seating is limited and reservations are required.  You do not have to attend CAC 20 to take the workshops. The fee for non-conference attendees is $75 per workshop.

Learn from the Best! 

The double-digit growth (33%) in audio-books and podcasts is why we are excited that Chris Mottes, CEO of Hindenburg Systems along with Jonathan Hurley,  digital production expert, will present two in-depth three hour workshops on Sunday.


AUDIO-BOOK CREATION – is easy as A B C with Hindenburg Systems – Sunday morning, September 6th, 2020 

The Hindenburg Audio Book Creator is a modern tool for fast end-to-end audio production of DAISY, NLS, EPUB and standard audio books.

Here is a testimonial from Elana Mugdan, OZMA Grand Prize Winner for her Dragon Speaker series

“I wanted to let you know that since taking the Hindenburg workshop last year, I was able to create my audio-book using Hindenburg. I did it single-handedly, from scratch — everything from creating a studio setup, to doing all the character voices, to editing the entire 24-hours of recording down to a 15-hour final run-time.

Elana then continued to tell me how pleased she was with the quality of the audio books and the money she saved from creating her audio-book series.

Each attendee will receive a 6-month license to Audiobook Creator (HABC) upon completion of Chris’ workshop. Seats are limited. Please reserve your spot today.

Click here to learn more or register. 

PODCASTING Workshop – with FOCUS on EDITING – Sunday afternoon, September 6th, 2020

As with publishing, podcasting is all about the editing of content!

Hindenburg Journalist series is the audio editor tailored for spoken word and radio production.

  • 51% of US population has listened to a podcast.
  • 36% of the Canadian population has listened to a podcast in the last month.
  • Each podcast listener listens to an average of 7 episodes per week.
  • 81% of podcast listeners pay attention to podcast ads (which is a great advertising medium for your books –especially audio-books).
  • Podcasting is the only media that is experiencing an increase in paid advertising.

The Hindenburg series has built-in features that automate the process of setting levels and creating equalisation. Even publishing work has been made simple.

Home is where the studio is and if you are a pod-caster, an emerging journalist or simply looking to do some audio editing at home, then the Hindenburg System series is the tool for you.

Hindenburg makes audio editing fun. Get creative with the easy-to-learn interface and learn how to make professional sounding audio pieces.

LEARN FROM THE BEST

Chris Mottes

Now you can learn from the top experts and technology game changers – Chris Mottes, CEO of Hindenburg Systems and Jonathan Hurley, Team Hindenburg. Jonathan has produced and edited film scores, audio-books, and other audio projects including podcasts.

Now you can learn how to use that same systems and techniques that Chris and Jonathan taught at Stanford University, Duke University, Berkeley U of C, Penn State, University of Copenhagen, Umeå University of Sweden, London School of Economics, Georgetown College, and many other top schools that use the Hindenburg Systems!

  • This workshop is tailored for spoken-word productions and is especially designed for pod-casters.
  • There are limited seats in this 3-hours plus workshop.
  • Homework will be assigned prior to the workshop and after the workshop.
  • Tutorials sessions and post-workshop consultations are available (at no extra charge).
  • A laptop is required for the workshop.
  • Apple and Windows platforms work equally as well. You can even exchange sessions between the two!

Hindenburg has all the editing tools you need – no need to switch between tools or modes. Cut, copy, paste, replace, insert and other tools give you complete control of your story.

Publishing and Broadcasting Your Podcast

Hindenburg Systems come with a built-in publishing tool that allows you to upload your podcast or share it on multiple platforms such as Libsyn and Soundcloud.

To learn more or to register for the Podcast Editing Workshop, please click here. 


The Hindenburg System Workshops are included with the 3-Day Registration and the Saturday/Sunday 2-Day Registration. However, you MUST reserve your seat. 

Seating is limited and reservations are required.  You do not have to attend CAC 20 to take the workshops. The fee for non-conference attendees is $75 per workshop.



MASTER WRITING CLASSES at #CAC20

Learn from the BEST! Robert Dugoni, bestselling author, and Jessica Morrell, top-tiered editor 

Topic:  Between the Lines – Master the Subtle Aspects of Fiction by Jessica Page Morrell, Top-Tiered Editor

Jessica Page Morrell

Jessica will share her insights and tips that will focus on the elements of Backstory, Flashbacks, and Foreshadowing. Jessica’s craft tips are known for increasing tension, creating atmosphere, and and developing unforgettable characters at every level.

The best fiction touches the deep layers in us. A writer achieves this affect by embedding dozens of techniques into his story. The process is artful, and, I’m sorry to report, often sly. In fact, fiction writers employ the sort of sleight-of-hand used by a magician; he distracts with patter; whispers so that we lean in to hear his low, confiding tone; surprises us when we least expect to be surprised, produces flourishes that awe with their boldness. And somehow he makes it look easy, although often the techniques are invisible. – Jessica Morrell

Thursday, September 3rd, 2020 – 9:30 a.m. until 12:30  — coffee, tea, and snacks are provided.

To register for Jessica’s Master Writing Class, please visit this link. The fee one Master Class for non-conference attendees is $100,

CAC20 attendees registration fee for Master Classes is $75 for each class. If you have registered for CAC20, but did not enroll in a Master Class, but would like to do so now, please email CFranklin@ChantiReviews.com and type Master Class Registration in the Subject Line. We will email you back with instructions.

Master Writing Class – Robert Dugoni

Robert Dugoni is one of our most popular speakers

If you’re ready for intensive instruction to improve your writing, and if you’re serious about taking your manuscript to the next level, critically acclaimed, bestselling, award-winning novelist, Robert Dugoni invites you to join him for a master class of in-depth teaching, growth, and encouragement.  

Robert Dugoni generously shares his wealth of writing craft knowledge to take your writing to the next level.

Note from Kiffer: Bob is a gifted instructor and passionate teacher of writing craft. I always leave his classes with fresh insights and new writing craft tools.

Thursday, September 3rd, 2020 – 1:30 a.m. until 4:30  — coffee, tea, and snacks are provided.

To register for the Afternoon  Master Writing Class, please visit this link.

The fee one Master Class for non-conference attendees is $100,

CAC20 attendees registration fee for Master Classes is $75 for each class. If you have registered for CAC20, but did not enroll in a Master Class, but would like to do so now, please email CFranklin@ChantiReviews.com and type Master Class Registration in the Subject Line. We will email you back with instructions and get you enrolled.

Seating is LIMITED. Registration is Required.