Saturday, October 28th
10am-12pm - Craft of Writing
"Out Of Character" With Trudy LewisWhere 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.
10-12pm - Craft of Writing
"Mining for Gold/Getting it Out"What are the stories that only you can tell? What would make them cinematic? In this interactive workshop, participants will be guided through a series of writing exercises to mine their lives for stories worth telling. Basics of screenplay development and format will be introduced as a way to bring these stories into cinematic form.
10-12pm - Craft of Writing
"The Invisible Magnetic River of Memoir"
All good stories have a unifying factor, an often-unacknowledged element that binds each word, each sentence, each image, into a whole. In this interactive Craft Session, we will explore the concept of an Invisible Magnetic River: the current that holds our true stories together and allows them to become rich, resonant works of art. We will also generate a short “flash” essay from an in-class prompt, to be discussed in the afternoon session.
3:10 - 5pm - Editing/Craft of Writing cont'd
"Making the Scene" With Trudy LewisHow 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.
3:10-5pm - Editing/Craft of Writing cont'd
"Testing/Refining/Communicating"Where does my personal story touch the universal? How do I find that “sweet spot”? In this interactive workshop, participants will be guided through a series of writing exercises to bring their stories to a deeper level. Aspects of mythology and psychology as presented by Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell, and Abraham Maslow will be introduced as a way to bring your stories to a place where they touch the larger human experience.
3:10-5pm Editing/Craft of Writing cont'd
"How the Invisible Magnetic River Guides Your Writing and Revision"We will discuss and learn from the results of your morning writing prompt and explore more deeply how the Invisible Magnetic River concept is especially useful in revision, helping a memoir writer to discover which parts need to fall to the cutting room floor, which parts stay on the page, and what new material might be generated. We will read, write, discuss, and revise in a safe, supportive environment.
Breakout Session Speakers
Sunday, October 29th
"Breaking the Iron Curtain of NY Publishing: A Missouri Lawyer's Path to Publication"
Visual Storytelling: 1:30-3pm, Sunday
Breakout Session: 11:00-11:50am "Book Design: Before Reading Begins"
In this session we will explore ideas to get your book noticed by the reader. This will include designing the books jacket and its interior page layout.
Breakout Session: 10:00-10:50am "How to Edit: Self-Editing and Using Editors"
Breakout Session: 11-11:50am "Principles of Dramatic Writing for Playwrights and Fiction Writers--or anybody else"
Saturday Morning Keynote: 9:15-9:45am
Breakout Session, 10-10:50am -
"How Poems End"
Breakout Session: 9:00-10:45am "The Power of Speculative Fiction: Writing the Literature of Change."Speculative fiction – a set of genres ranging from the fantastic to the realistic – dramatizes the experience of people encountering dramatic change, whether it arrives via scientific discovery, technological innovation, natural events, or societal shift. It's the literature of the "Other," offering fresh ways to explore the human experience by pushing boundaries or running thought-experiments. It's often philosophical, idea-centered, subversive, and transgressive, asking the next question – and then the one after that. In this session, we'll explore the unique characteristics, tools, plot-forms, and reader expectations to help you understand how to write successful science fiction, fantasy, horror, and related genres. Bring questions for Q&A!
11:00-12:30pm- "Using the Structure of 'Save the Cat!' to Guide Your Writing"
Structure is crucial in writing any story, but sometimes it's easy to get stuck along the way. Using the principles taught in the #1 bestselling book series on screenwriting, Save the Cat!, you can learn to solidify your story structure. This session will examine and discuss the story beats found in films and will help you see ways to apply them to your own writing.
3:10-4:00pm- "Pitfalls to Avoid When Writing YA"
Writing for Young Adults has never been more popular, but there are risks in writing for this audience. In this session, you'll learn five things you can avoid in your YA writing--and why they matter if you want future readers to experience your story as if it were written just for them.
Breakout Session: 11:00-11:50am
"Polishing Your Manuscript"
Breakout Session: 11:00-12:30pm "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!