Workshops are 3-day, one-hour and are held on each day of the conference (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday). The workshops are cumulative, meaning what you learn on Saturday supplements the material you learned the day before.
Features are 2-day, one hour classes and are held on Friday and Saturday afternoon (4:15 - 5:15) and Saturday and Sunday morning (9:30 - 10:30)
Master Classes are 2-day, 90 minute classes that replace the features in the same time slot. These are meant for more advanced writers and class sizes are limited to 10 each. The first Master Class runs from 4:15 - 5:45 on Friday and Saturday afternoon; the other two run from 9:00 - 10:30 on Saturday and Sunday morning. There is a $50 fee for each Master Class you select.
This course focuses on techniques for creating rounded, interesting fictional people who can interact in both predictable and surprising ways. I’ll explain how to focus on the details that make readers care about characters, cheer your hero, hiss your villain, and feel sympathy for those caught in the middle. I’ll read some examples but refer to several others, and there are several handouts.
You’ve spent months, or years, sweating and swearing over a book and now you’re ready to draw the interest of agents and/or publishing houses. Or perhaps you’re in the midst of writing a book and you want to know the publishing challenges up ahead. The question looms: how do you get a book published?
During this three day course, Denise Camacho will teach you how to navigate the ins-and-outs of both the fiction and non-fiction publishing business at all levels; from self-publishing to signing with a major publishing company. You will gain a realistic understanding of how the process works and how you can maximize your chances for success.
This course will explore what you need to do to transition from a completed manuscript or nonfiction book idea to book publication, including traditional avenues, options in self-publishing, and even e-book applications
Memoir is one of the most popular genres of writing and reading today.They say everyone has a story and it’s true! We all have at least one event that changed the course of our lives and us personally in either a positive or negative way.
In this workshop you will learn to build on that life-event and shape an evocative memoir. Attendees will learn how scene-setting, dialogue and sensory detail as well as fine-tuning your distinctive writing voice will ensure your story speaks to readers. You will learn the technique to tell your story and what truths to leave in and what to omit.
You will also learn:
Attendees will write the first chapter of their memoir and receive encouraging, constructive feedback.
This workshop will also benefit fiction and other types of nonfiction writers.Materials needed: Plenty of paper and a few pens/pencils
What are the key plot points to hook in young readers? Where is the line between Middle Grade and Young Adult drawn? And how exactly does an adult write from the point of view of a child? Join Erin Entrada Kelly as she breaks down the fundamental pieces needed to write for the 12 and under set.
Friday & Saturday:
Grants, fellowships and other support are out there. The key to getting them is to:
Sometimes, it also requires being rather creative about how to re-frame what you are doing and what you have to offer your potential audience. During this 2-day workshop, we will use specific examples of projects submitted by workshop participants, as we explore how to find a grant (or other alternative financial opportunities), how to shape and define the project to make it more likely to win grants and other support, and how to apply for grants. We'll also discuss how to manage a project so that it satisfies both your grantor (or other financial source) and your creative goals.
Friday: Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing: Perks and Pitfalls
Should you search for a traditional publisher or self-publish your book? More writers are looking into self-publishing because they see traditional publishing as a more complicated way to get their books in readers’ hands. Learn about the pros and cons of self-publishing versus going the traditional route. Get tips for self-editing your self-published book, choosing the right publisher, and publicizing your book once it’s on the Web or in print.
Saturday: Writing and Selling the Non-Fiction book
I'll explain how to get ideas for writing non-fiction books. Catherine begins by talking about the importance of a writer's platform and how to build it. She’ll also discuss how to write an effective book proposal to help pitch the book to agents and editors. In line with this, she will talk about building the Table of Contents and outlining the chapters in a creative, efficient manner so that the writing will flow easily. Catherine will also address writing style and research techniques and relate these issues to her own experience writing non-fiction books.
Saturday: Six Secrets of Successful Published Authors
Sheree shares the secrets that she's learned from 25 years of representing writers. Information so secret, we can't even post it on this page (well we could, but then Sheree might have to kill us!)
Sunday: The Five Reasons you Need a Literary Agent
Sheree discusses how to find and work with an agent, and - if you really want to go it alone - how to work without one.
Saturday & Sunday
This 2-day workshop offers safe ways to unveil unusual or challenging experiences. At its core is the premise: the writer decides what to reveal and conceal. Excerpts that range from disguised to bold disclosures, will be the touchstone for discussion. Brief writing exercises included. Useful for all genres.
Join our panel of agents and editors as they discuss the writing world today, how it's changed, and where it may be going tomorrow.
Agents & Editors Buffet Menu
Fine dining, great conversation, door prizes, and - best of all - our keynote speaker, author Julie Sullivan, tells the story behind her acclaimed, breakout work, Against the Tide. Julie will discuss the historical journey that she embarked on to illuminate the true story of her maternal great grandfather, Captain Hansford Bayton, a black heroic figure who defied great odds and rose from humble beginnings to become the captain and owner of five excursion and mail delivery steamboats that plied the Rappahannock River during the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Keynote Dinner Menu
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