2 Hour Sessions
I, You, Them: How Perspective Empowers Your Story
Have you ever had the feeling that there's a better perspective for your book than the one you chose? Or wonder why you always seem to write in the same POV? This workshop explores Perspective in detail, explaining the differences and functionality of each POV and, most importantly, how to decide which is right for your story. We'll cover 1st, 2nd, 3rd close, 3rd dramatic, 3rd omni [with and without a Narrator], and Multiple, as well as stuff like how interiority works. This is an MFA level craft class that starts with the basics so everyone can play.
Creating Compelling Characters: Why main characters must be round and how to make them that way
Instructor: TODD MITCHELL
In this interactive session we’ll explore the importance of creating round characters and how that can be achieved using consistent inconsistencies, character contradictions, competing desires, obsessions and occupations, contrasting secondary characters, engaging subplots, and a cat. Character levels and the importance of self-definitions and indirect characterization will also be explored. Finally, we’ll put our characters in motion to see how they behave. Several brief, generative character activities will be given during the session, and participants will be encouraged to apply ideas during the session, share examples, and get feedback on their work. A tip sheet and worksheet on characterization will also be provided during the session.
Finding Success with Travel Writing
Instructor: CARRIE VISINTAINER
Have you always wanted to turn your travel experiences into published articles, essays, or books? In this class, we'll explore the fundamentals of travel writing, including different writing styles and methods,formats that work, and markets that publish travel pieces. Plus, we'll do writing exercises designed to spark your imagination, and you'll leave with some ideas in the queue. Please bring a notebook and writing utensil to class, or a laptop or tablet.
Revising Efficiently, Some techniques to save time
Instructor: RACHEL WEAVER
You’ve been writing furiously for months (or years) and that glorious day comes when you write the last sentence. You’ve finished your first draft, you go out to celebrate, the next day comes and you begin to wonder, now what? Often for writers, what follows is a lot of years of inefficient cutting and pasting and rewriting and moving around and moving back. It’s easy to get caught in addressing surface problems rather than evaluating the backbone of the story from a crafting point of view. In this class, we will discuss some solid techniques to make your revisions as efficient and effective as possible to get your book ready to go out the door in fewer drafts.
Self-Publishing with Pring on Demand
Instructor: MARK LEVEBVRE
Having published his first POD book in 2004 and also having run an Espresso Book Machine operation that provided POD services to authors, Mark shares his own insights not only of the logistics of publishing using available service providers, but how authors might best interact with libraries and bookstores for their POD books.
5 Things you Must Know to Write For Magazines
Instructor: KERRIE FLANAGAN
To increase your chances of finding success writing for magazines there are five key strategies you must know. From learning where to find a media kit, to unearthing the wealth of information found in a magazine’s advertising, this workshop will share unique and innovative ways to gain insight into a publication so you can turn your queries into assignments.
Getting your Mind Around Marketing
Instructor: JON BARD
Say What? A Class on Dialogue
Instructor: RACHEL WEAVER
Dialogue is to stories what your spice rack is to your pot roast. Through dialogue you can do a lot to make your story much more interesting. It is a place to ramp up the tension, a place to surprise the reader and to speed up the story. It’s easy to fall into bland dialogue (the malady of almost every first draft) and it’s also easy to go back through and really spice it up. In this class, we’ll discuss and practice all the different ways to do this.
Maximizing Your Global Sales with Kobo
Instructor: Mark Levebvre
There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your musings along the world’s longest river. Kindle is great, but there’s a whole world of sales opportunities for authors via Kobo’s global presence in 190 countries. Find out how Kobo can help you maximize your digital rights to finding customers beyond the US borders and in territories of countries all over the globe. Learn tips for getting a merchandiser’s attention and what Kobo staff look for when looking to promote an author.
The Golden Age of Children's Book Publishing
Instructor: LAURA BACKES
The opportunities for new authors to break into the children's book market are more abundant than ever. You can publish traditionally, self-publish, or be a hybrid author. In this workshop, Laura Backes will discuss what's hot in the current markets, how to decide which route is right for you, and ways to make your book rise to the top. She'll also cover Amazon's Kindle Kids' Book Creator software and give tips for how to use it to your best advantage when creating illustrated ebooks for kids.
How to Write that Script
Instructor: Chantelle Aimée Osman
We’ve all said: “that would make a great movie”, but few of us have had the nerve to sit down and actually try to write it. This workshop will provide the fundamentals of formatting a screenplay, as well as some basic tips on the common mistake new screenwriters make and how to avoid them.
How to Write a Great Chicken Soup Story
Instructor: LeAnn Thieman
Creating Conflict: Exploring characters through plot
Instructor: TODD MITCHELL
Writers often talk about increasing conflict, but what exactly does that mean and how can it be done effectively? In this interactive session, we’ll approach plot as a way to engage readers while revealing characters. Topics covered will include: the differences between a story and a situation, the three most important things to know about your characters, and ways to manifest the internal through the external. The goal of this session is to give participants fundamental tips and approaches for writing gripping stories.
Intro to Writing for TV
Instructor: TRAI CARTWRIGHT
It’s the golden age of TV! Not only has the quality of television risen but so has the demand. If you’ve ever been curious about writing for TV, now is a great time to get started! Teleplay writing is significantly different from screenwriting, and this class will provide an overview of the craft and formatting. Plus we’ll look at how character and structure are developed specifically for TV, and you’ll get a list of resources for beginning your own exploration into writing for TV.
Building Your Author Platform with Magazine Articles
Instructor: KERRIE FLANAGAN
Whether you’re writing novels or are trying to position yourself as an expert for your nonfiction books, writing and submitting magazine articles is a great way to reach a larger audience and build your platform. This presentation will cover the basics of magazine writing including coming up with ideas, finding your target market, writing an effective query and getting more assignments. In addition, it will cover the reasons why writing for magazines is an important and effective marketing tool that many authors do not take advantage of.
All Query, No Bite
Instructor: Kimiko Nakamura
Not getting bites from the agents you’ve queried? What can writers do to increase their chances of getting “the call?” Learn how to attract the attention of an agent by removing red flags from your submission materials that could be misrepresenting your work.
HOW TO WRITE AN EFFECTIVE HOOK
Instructor: MARK GOTTLIEB
Mark Gottlieb's class is an intensive on hook-writing, also known as the elevator pitch. The class will lend participants a feel for comfortable public speaking in the fashion of selling a book idea to an agent, editor or publisher. Rarely is such an industry insider craft shared.