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2020 NCW Conference MASTER CLASS Registration

  • April 30, 2020
  • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Fort Collins Marriott
  • 99


  • INSTRUCTOR: Jason Brick |
    The sad fact about writing for a living is the skills necessary for the business end are an entirely different set of skills from those needed to write well. That's why mediocre, but publicity-savvy or business-savvy writers often outperform people who write much better stories.

    But here's the good news. Writing is much harder to understand than the business stuff. Anybody with the mojo to write can learn the business and marketing ends. It's just that most of us haven't been exposed to basic business and marketing concepts in ways we can apply to our writing careers.

    This master class will teach the general concepts of building a writing business, then transition into building an actual plan for your writing career. Whether you want simple publication and need project management, want to develop a second job as a freelance journalist, or hope to go full-time with your writing as soon as possible, we'll find your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and resources to make it happen.

    The class progresses in four sections:

    Section One: Writing for Business. The realities of our industry in terms of making a living, including the most common paths to different kinds of success.

    Section Two: The Business of Writing. The components, systems, and considerations of making money from your writing, in detail.

    Section Three: Okay...Here's the Plan. Walking piece by piece through a complete business plan for a writing career, with discussion of how to change it to match your personal goals and situation.

    Section Four: Your Turn. Individualized exercises to complete a full business plan for each participant's writing career.
  • INSTRUCTOR: Sophie Hannah |
    When publishers talk about finding a 'dream author', they mean an author who is a dream to work with. From a writer's point of view, however, that description can and should mean something else: how to fulfil your creative dreams and make precisely the contribution that you want to make according to your own talents, needs and ideals. Internationally bestselling crime writer Sophie Hannah has created this masterclass in order to share with writers at every stage of their writing journey everything she wishes she had known when she started out on hers. She will teach you how to become an author whose dreams come true, in a masterclass that covers the creative, business, psychological and emotional aspects of surviving and thriving as a writer in today's world.
  • INSTRUCTOR: Steven James |
    How to Write Unforgettable Fiction by Breaking the Rules ~

    All too often, following the “rules” of writing can constrict rather than inspire you. With Story Trumps Structure, you can shed those rules—about three-act structure, rising action, outlining, and more—to craft your most powerful, emotional, and gripping stories.

    When you focus on what lies at the heart of story – tension, desire, crisis, escalation, struggle, discovery – rather than plot templates and formulas, you’ll begin to break out of the box and write fiction that resonates with your readers.
  • INSTRUCTOR: Bonnie McKnight |
    Editing is the bridge between your brain and your reader’s brain. If you want your words to have the greatest possible impact on your readers, you need editing. Whether you’re self-publishing or going the traditional route, your words should be reviewed and revised many times before publication. Learn how good writing becomes great in this editing master class. We will explore the differences between developmental editing, copyediting, and proofreading. We will answer the questions of why editing is important, when you need to turn to a professional, and how to effectively self-edit your work. And we will discuss how to get the most out various types of feedback, including critique groups and beta readers. Bring your questions and a sample of your writing to this interactive workshop where you will practice different editing techniques and get feedback on your writing.


Sign-up for a 4-hour intensive workshop on the topic of your choice. 

Dream Author / taught by Sophie Hannah

Story Trumps Structure / taught by Steven James

Building Your Business as a Writer / taught by Jason Brick

The Ins and Outs of Editing / taught by Bonnie McKnight

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