2016 Workshop Descriptions
Keynote: Riding the Wave
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The Art of the Short Story
The short story has made a resurgence and markets are available for this popular genre. Have you wanted to write a short story, but don’t know the structure or where to submit? This class will painlessly take you through this art form and offer market and submission ideas. Handouts will be provided.
Wire Your Writing
(Terry Green Sterling)
Ready, Set, Write!
Is it hard to bring your settings to life? Are one-dimensional characters populating your plots? Are your plots on a road to nowhere? Here’s one way to plan just enough, but still allow your story to grow organically. You’ll be able to paint a picture of the settings for your readers, to create 3-dimensional characters, and write a compelling plot.
They Say Write What You Know: What If That Isn’t Enough?
(Jesse Caufield & Laura Truman)
With ever-changing trends in readership, it is getting harder to write what the public is looking for. This session will discuss shifting trends in reading and focus on ways to incorporate popular appeal factors into your writing. Learn from two librarians about how we choose items to add to our collection and what we see in the publishing trends for books for people of all ages. Then we will discuss how to create realistic and authentic worlds through research using library resources.
Who’s Who Now: A Look at the Changing Landscape of Contemporary American Poetry
Like any art form, poetry reflects our civil conversation, a conversation that is in constant flux, and has, in recent years, been quite a dynamic and mutable landscape. We’ll talk about where poetry has been in the last few decades to set the context for what general trends and aesthetics are, if not popular, being sought after by publishers, reviewed, and recognized with national awards to more clearly understand the poetic landscape now. We’ll finish by looking at three poems more closely to illustrate these aesthetic trends.
All the Questions You’ve Ever Had about Publishing…But Didn’t Know Who to Ask
(Karen Grove, Iain Lundy & Patricia L. Brooks)
You’re writing a book, but you have lots of questions and are unsure where you’ll find the answers. How do I find an agent? A publisher? An editor? A designer? Should I publish with a traditional publisher, a boutique/hybrid publisher, or self-publish? What’s a query letter and synopsis and why do I need them? I sent in my manuscript a month ago and haven’t heard anything back—what should I do? I keep hearing about hooks and high concept—what the heck is that? And an author’s platform? What’s a beta reader and critique partner? How do I work with an editor? Should I be doing something to promote my work? Where do I find readers? These are just some of the questions we can help you with during this panel Q&A session. Bring your questions and we’ll do our best to share our experiences and point you in the right direction.
Contemporary Storytelling: Demystifying the Formats
Have you ever wondered what it takes to make your novels worthy of the big screen and audiobook narration? Award-winning author and producer Deborah J Ledford will discuss they varying differences of book, screenplay and audiobook formats to assure your words attract the attention they deserve.