Cindy Skaggs | Presenter
Cindy Skaggs grew up on stories of mob bosses, horse thieves, cold-blooded killers, and the last honest man. Those mostly true stories gave her a lifelong love of storytelling that enables her writing addiction. She is the author of seven published romantic suspense novels, including The Untouchables trilogy and a novella for Entangled Publishing: Untouchable, An Untouchable Christmas, Unforgettable, and Unstoppable, plus the Team Fear series: Live By the Team, Fight By The Team, and Survive By The Team. Her essays have appeared in So to Speak Feminist Journal, Progenitor Art & Literary Review, Soundings, Wanderlust Journal, and the Fredericksburg Literary Art Review. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing, three jobs, two kids, and more pets than she can possibly handle. She also plays the flute, makes crazy-good sculptures out of tortilla dough, and can wrangle the neurotic dog without getting mauled. Find her as Cindy Skaggs, Writer on Facebook, @CLSkaggs on Twitter, or www.CSkaggs.comto sign up for her newsletter.
Cindy will be teaching sessions on the following topics:
Order from Chaos: Plotting devices for nonfiction writers - Real life. Easy to write, right? Open the laptop. Type. But wait, is something missing? Order from chaos. While our lives follow a series of random events, memoirs and essays that want an audience do not. This plotting workshop for nonfiction (memoir, personal essay, and creative nonfiction) utilizes fiction plotting devices to take memoir and personal essay to the next level.
Moonstruck and Minor Characters - The movie Moonstruck includes a talented ensemble cast, and every character who walks across the screen--including the nun walking down the city sidewalk--serves a story purpose and a "real" purpose. Using examples from the movie, we'll learn that minor characters should not exist in a vacuum, but rather they should behave as if they have a full, rich life outside the pages of the scene/book. Of interest to writers seeking to expand their character development skills.