2017 Speakers

Track Speakers

Trudy Lewis

Fiction Track

Trudy Lewis is the author of the novels The Empire Rolls (Moon City Press) and Private Correspondences which was awarded the Goyen Prize from TriQuarterly/Northwestern. her short story collection The Bones of Garbo won the Sandstone Prize from the Ohio State University Press. Trudy's stories have appeared in Atlantic Monthly Best American Short StoriesCimarron ReviewCold Mountain ReviewCream City ReviewChattahoochee ReviewMeridianNew England ReviewNew Stories from the SouthShenandoah and others. She is the recipient of the Lawrence Foundation Award and the Glenna Luschei Prize from Prairie Schooner. Trudy is a professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Missouri.

Saturday, Oct 28th - - 10-12pm - Craft of Writing

"Out Of Character" With Trudy Lewis Where do fiction writers find the inspiration for their characters?  In this workshop, we will discuss a varied cast of characters created by writers such as Octavia Butler, Suzanne Collins, Christopher Isherwood, and Kelly Link.  Then we will participate in a group activity and create characters of our own.

Saturday, Oct 28th - - 3:10-5pm - Editing/Craft of Writing continued

"Making the Scene" With Trudy Lewis How do writers go about constructing a scene? How do they create a set, stage manage characters, orchestrate entrances and exits, balance action and dialogue?  In short, what can fiction writers learn from the dramatic arts?   In this workshop, we will look at successful scenes from published stories and plays, using them to inspire new work or illuminate ongoing projects.

Dinty W. Moore

Creative Non-Fiction

Dinty W. Moore is author of The Story Cure: A Book Doctor’s Pain-Free Guide to Finishing Your Novel or Memoir, the memoir Between Panic & Desire, and many other books. He has published essays and stories in The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, Harpers, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Arts & Letters, and The Normal Schoolamong numerous other venues. A professor of nonfiction writing at Ohio University, Moore lives in Athens, Ohio, where he grows heirloom tomatoes and edible dandelions.

 

Dinty W. Moore

The Story Cure

 “Moore’s signature wit and wisdom are once again on display in this useful guide for writers of all levels of experience." —Poets & WritersMagazine

Susan Mroz

Playwriting/Screenwriting

Sue Mroz is an award-winning filmmaker and Associate Professor of Instruction in Cinema Art and Science at Columbia College Chicago. Prior to Columbia, she was Program Director of the Chicago International Film Festival and worked as an actor and filmmaker with Wild Life Theater and Rococo Rodeo. She has an MFA in Film and Video from Columbia College Chicago, and studied extensively at the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago. Her areas of specialization are mythology, dreams, and the psychology of creativity. Classes taught and/or created include Project Development, PreProduction and Preparation; Myth, Dream, and Movie; Directing 1; Screenwriting 1, 2, and 3; Adaptation; Directing for Character; and Creativity: Vision and Process. Current works include the experimental exploration There Was No Proof, and the short narrative The Scary Ham, based on the story by Ellen Klages. In 2011 Sue received the Excellence in Teaching Award for full-time faculty at Columbia College Chicago.


Breakout Session Speakers

Nancy Allen

Nancy Allen

Breakout Session Speaker

Nancy Allen practiced law for 15 years as Assistant Missouri Attorney General and Assistant Prosecutor in her native Ozarks. She tried over 30 jury trials, including murder and sexual offenses, and is now an adjunct law professor at Missouri State University. Nancy is an author of legal thrillers. Her newest novel is Juror #3, with James Patterson. It will be released by Hachette/Little, Brown in 2018. Nancy also writes a series of courtroom thrillers for HarperCollins, set in the Missouri Ozarks and starring prosecutor Elsie Arnold. Books: Juror #3 (with James Patterson), Hachette (2018) Trafficking the Country Girls, HarperCollins (2017) The Wages of Sin, HarperCollins (2016) A Killing at the Creek, HarperCollins (2015) The Code of the Hills, HarperCollins (2014)
Breakout Session: 9:00-9:50am-Mystery
Walter Bargen

Walter Bargen

Breakout Session Speaker and Mentor

Breakout Session: 9:00-9:50am-Poetry
Cathy Birk

Cathy Birk

Breakout Session Speaker

Breakout Session: 11:00-11:50am
Maurice Broaddus

Maurice Broaddus

Breakout Session Speaker and Mentor

Breakout Sessions: 9:00-9:50am 11:00-11:50am
Breakout Sessions:
9:00-9:50am - World Building
11:00-11:50am - TBA
Andrew Doty

Andrew Doty

Breakout Session Speaker

Breakout Sessions:
10:00-10:50am-
11:00-11:50am-
Breakout Session: 9:00-9:50am-Playwriting/Screenwriting
Ted Mathys

Ted Mathys

Breakout Session Speaker

Breakout Session: 10:00-10:50am-Poetry
Christopher McKitterick

Christopher McKitterick

Breakout Session Speaker

Breakout Session: 9:00-10:45am-SciFi-Fantasy
C. David Milles

C. David Milles

Breakout Session Speaker

Breakout Sessions:
11:00-12:30pm-"Using the Structure of Save the Cat! to Guide Your Writing
3:10-4:00pm-"Pitfalls to Avoid When Writing YA"
Carolyn Mulford

Carolyn Mulford

Breakout Session Speaker

Breakout Session: 11:00-11:50am
Peggy Nehmen

Peggy Nehmen

Breakout Session Speaker

Title of Breakout Session: "The Importance of Branding and Marketing for Authors - What you Should Know!" This session will focus on practical tips, insights, and resources, including how to communicate your message and create awareness. Get ready to take notes!
Breakout Session: 11:00-12:30pm-
Eric Praschan

Eric Praschan

Breakout Session Speaker and Mentor

Breakout Sessions:
10:00-10:50am
Breakout Session: 3:10-4:00pm-
Breakout Session: 10:00-10:50am-Working with an illustrator

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