With Libby Fischer Hellmann
Three of the "tentpoles" of fiction writing are dialogue, plot, and setting. Award-winning author Libby Fischer Hellmann will discuss the basics of each element and how to make them work in your fiction.
The Right (Wo)Man for the Job
With Jody Lynn Nye
Award-Winning Science Fiction, Fantasy author Jody Lynn Nye will discuss how story demands influence what kind of main character you should write. Also under discussion, vulnerabilities, who knows what when, the dreaded Mary Sue, first person versus third person narration, and other elements that help compel the reader to want to follow your character along his or her journey.
With Jade Lee
The publishing world is a wild frontier. The changes in the last year have had as much of an impact on writers as the creation of the printing press. So how do you navigate in foreign waters? Join USA Today Bestselling author Jade Lee as she gives you the basics and some savvy advice.
So You Want to be an Author:
Mistakes First-time Authors Make and Ways to Avoid Them
With Tera Cuskaden Kleinfelter
Join Samhain Editor Tera Cuskaden Kleinfelter for a workshop on pitfalls to avoid as a new author. Learn common mistakes new authors make and get tips on how to make yourself stand out...or not stand out! After Tera has gone over the material, the workshop will be an open forum for Q&A time.
Dos and Don'ts of Self-Promotion
With Danielle Jackson
Long gone are the days of simply publishing a book and having it sent to bookstores! Many writers now find themselves donning additional hats—promoter, marketer, blogger. There are pros and cons to promoting yourself, and it can be incredibly overwhelming to know what to do, and what not to do while spreading the word about your book. Join Sourcebooks senior publicist Danielle Jackson for tips on the things every author needs to before their publication date, what to do while a book is in stores and after the initial boom slows down, and also, things authors should avoid. With hard work, perseverance and a level head, self-promotion can lead to creating lasting relationships with readers, and lead to book sales, making incredible impact.
Masters Class in Characterization
With Jade Lee and Laurie Brown
We’ve all done the character charts, Briggs-Meyer or other personality profiles. Now get some practical techniques that lead to scenes, dynamic plots, and characters that leap off the page. Join USA Today Bestselling author Jade Lee and Bestseller Laurie Brown as they give you some tricks of the trade.
Everything you wanted to know about non-fiction
but were afraid to ask
With Pamela Ferdinand
Memoir vs. Biography vs. Journalism, which non-fiction is for you and how do you decide?
Join award-winning author and journalist Pamela Ferdinand as she uses her varied experience to discuss the differences between personal and the public storytelling: writing about your own life and reporting on someone else's.
Self-Editing to Sell
With Laurie Brown
You can't fix it unless you know what's wrong. RITA finalist Laurie Brown teaches you a dozen useful techniques (no fluff) to find the problems that are keeping you unpublished. Rita Finalist Laurie Brown will help you create a personal editing worksheet that zeros in on the writing skills you need to improve. For published authors, a personal editing worksheet will make your rewriting easier and faster.
Begin with a Bang: An Interactive Workshop
With Entangled Publishing Editor Tracy Montoya
Ever heard the age-old writer wisdom that an editor often knows whether she'll reject your book on the first page? It's true! (At least some of the time.) Punching up your opening paragraphs will go a long way toward helping you make the best first impression on the editor of your dreams.
In this interactive workshop, Tracy will discuss what it takes to create a winning beginning for your novel, and then she'll critique actual story openers from the audience (gently and tactfully, of course). Bring the first page or two of your work in progress for a chance to spice up your life--or at least your books opening lines....
Short Story Structure
With Christine Sneed
We will discuss short story structure, and we'll look at some examples of stories that feature a trip-related framework, along with one of the more traditional story structure model that was first delineated in Freitag's Pyramid. We will also examine the differences between scene and summary
Blogging as an Expert Witness
With Anastasia Royal
This workshop will address the current blogging content strategies and how to be more than just another random voice in a cyber sea of over 164 million blogs!