Keynote: Laura Bradbury
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Keynote: Hallie Ephron
Presenter: Kevin Chong
Writing a successful biography involves more than simply assembling the facts of a person life. A satisfying biography is not only detailed and comprehensive, contains a narrative arc built around a compelling thesis on the subject.This talk will walk you step by step through the process of writing a biography: research, interviewing, proposal writing, structure, pacing, and voice.
Presenter: Danika Dinsmore
This workshop picks up where Intro to Speculative Fiction leaves off and focuses on world-building as a jumping off place for endless storytelling. It is recommended, but not required, to attend the Intro session on Friday first, especially if you aren’t familiar with the elements of speculative fiction. Many authors have built multiple series stemming from one imagined world, but what does it take to create a full-scale imaginary world and how do you make yours so enticing readers won’t want to leave? Attendees will discuss various types of imaginary worlds and learn exercises for generating “new world” ideas as well as different ways to approach the speculative elements. They will leave with a list of exercises to flesh out the story using the contents for their World Book. Doing the work in advance will not only save writers a hassle later, the process itself is ultimately inspiring.
Presenter: David Corbett
In this workshop, award-winning author David Corbett (The Art of Character) will guide students through a deeper understanding of how to stage conflict beyond the all-too-common Good versus Evil, with specific examination of other forms of moral argument such as Tragedy, Transformation, Pathos, Satire/Irony and Black Comedy.
Presenter: Joelle Anthony
You’ve finally finished a draft of your novel and you’re ready to start querying. Or you’ve written something fabulous, but it’s twenty thousand words longer than it should be and you don’t know what to do. In this workshop, Joëlle Anthony will take you through that final pass before sending your manuscript out into the world. She’ll give you tips for shortening and tightening your story, making dialogue snap, digging out the clichés, and more. Once you’ve applied her final polish techniques, your manuscript will shine, raising you above the rest who are in too much of a hurry to do this important step. This workshop is designed for writers who have completed a draft. Please bring the first ten pages of your MS if you have it with you. If you don’t, you are still welcome to attend.
Ever stayed up way later than you should have because you couldn't put down the book you were reading? No matter what genre, tension is the key to compelling stories. Sounds simple enough, but managing tension well is tough. Join our talented panel for a discussion on techniques, tricks, and tips to keep readers turning the page.
Presenter: Larry Brooks
The vocabulary used to discuss "how we write stories" is often imprecise and distorted, to an extent that many writers don't understand (and thus, don't benefit from) the fundamental differences between concept and premise (yes, they ARE different animals), or concept and theme, or any other number of necessary story elements and skills. This workshop will clarify the vernacular and deliver the power of understanding how these terms define very specific story nuances, the leverage of which can make the difference between a story that simply works and one that works well enough to stand out and find a publisher and a readership.
Presenter: Sean Cranbury
One of the most important ways to connect deeply and immediately with your audience (and potential audience) is through launches and public readings. But they can be intimidating! How can you master the proper presence and poise to successfully perform your work for an audience? The good news is that there are a few time tested trick to perform you work well for an audience. This workshop will include examples of techniques for overcoming fears or concerns for performing publicly. It will also cover using social media sites lie soundcloud and YouTube to host audio versions of your work that can be shared via social media channels. This session is intended for writers who want to us their voice to connect at a deeper level with their fans.
Presenter: Andrea MacPherson
What makes a poem memorable? How can you use language to create a poem that resonates with the reader? Revision is an integral component to the craft of writing. Learn strategies to revise and strengthen your own poetry, and explore word choice, imagery, and structure in this workshop with Andrea MacPherson.
Presenter: Katherena Vermette
Writing is hard work, and anyone who says different is lying to you, or themselves, or both. All writing includes a difficult, and sometimes impossible, process that evolves over time, and can change with every project, but there are some learned skills that help get through it. In this workshop, writers will be guided through tools and techniques to hopefully find their very own process to create, inspire, and get through all that hard work.
Presenter: Susan Fox
During our careers, many of us will write commercial fiction of different lengths. Switching lengths is an adventure and a learning experience, and can be highly rewarding. In this workshop, Susan Fox discusses the challenges and benefits of writing short stories, novellas, and novels. She provides tips for writing effectively at each length. She also gives you guidelines to assist in deciding which length to write at this particular time in your career, and in your life.
Presenter: Robert J. Wiersema
Most writers dream of a garret or an island, a place where they can devote themselves to their works and words. The reality is far different, with most writers struggling to carve out time and money from an unforgiving world. We’ll look at how to create your own sacred time, how to protect it, and how to maximize its potential. A few minutes a day is the first step to that writing life!
Presenter: Roberta Rich
Join Roberta Rich for this hands-on session. Learn about creating a historical fiction world using setting, dialogue, character, and voice. Using examples from historical novels, you’ll analyze how authors establish setting and explore the use of dialogue, including the potential differences in syntax and diction from contemporary novels.
Our panel tackles the taboos, rules, brick walls, joys and frustrations they've come up against writing and agenting YA and NA fiction. Bring your questions and find out what's new, what's too old, what sells and what falls flat in fiction for teens.
Presenter: Diana Gabaldon
Writers have no secrets. Every trick we use to tell our stories is right there on the page for anyone to see. But most people have no idea how to recognize the techniques that are staring them in the face. In this session, Diana Gabaldon discusses how to read like a writer, spotting and learning from the things other writers do to make their stories work.
Presenter: Jack Whyte
Action scenes, whether they show epic battles or solo weapon practice, are always about more than the physical choreography. As much fun as fights may be to write, they have to move the story forward. In this session, Jack Whyte discusses the ins and outs of writing action choreography that flows seamlessly and keeps the story moving, too.
Presenter: Sandra Vander Schaaf
In the world of blogs and social media, writing is no longer only about words. Increasingly, writers are expected to include visuals of all sorts to engage the interest of often fickle internet surfers and it's not enough to post a cellphone "selfie" every other day. This workshop will include a brainstorm session for participants to figure out exactly what sort of images would best complement their work and then move on to tips for creating these images. Sandra will also give tips on how to navigate the world of stock photography and what the rules are with regard to using copyrighted images.
Presenter: Liza Palmer
Your voice is the best – most true – thing about the work and yet it’s the first thing we erase when we get scared. Why? Because VOICE is the thing that comes the “easiest” to us. It’s the thing that feels the most vulnerable and authentic. It’s unquantifiable. It’s kinda messy. It’s subjective. It’s not for everyone. And if we’re really getting all psychoanalytical – it’s the thing that is the most Us and if we’re not feeling so hot on us right now? It’ll be the first thing we undervalue. But staying true to your voice is the key to your career. Let’s figure out together what it is that draws us to certain characters and how we can harness this for writing books that are undeniably our own.