2015 Workshop Descriptions
Keynote: What No One Else Will Tell You About Publishing
After seven novels with traditional publishers and experiments with independent publishing, author and writing teacher Tom Leveen presents several of the pitfalls, traps, and realities of the full-time fiction-writing life…and encourages everyone to keep on trying.
Learning Objective: How to combine art + craft + business
New this year, we have restructured our conference to provide more in-depth workshops in 3 areas of focus: Fiction, Non-Fiction and Business of Writing in hopes that our attendees with gain valuable insight into their craft.. Each session will be 3 hours with a 10 minute break in the middle and will not only provide valuable information to help you improve your writing, but also provide interactive activities to practice and gain valuable feedback.
Writing the Contemporary Novel
- To bring up attendees writing skills to the professional level in demand by today’s publishers.
Publishing in the 21st Century
This session will cover three areas of publishing today:
- The 4 and-a-Half Paths to Publishing
- Self Publishing Overview
- Branding, Marketing, and The Changing Market
- Attendees in this workshop will learn about the various methods for getting their books published so that they can make informed decisions.
- We will also look at successful self-publishing strategies
- Learn about author branding and marketing, and the currently shifting marketplace.
Expand Your Research – Expand Your Writing
Research adds credibility and professionalism to all types of writing, including historical, mysteries, fantasy, creative nonfiction, science fiction, memoir, and essays. Attendees will learn not only how and where to find information, but handy tips for every writer.
Session Learning Objectives:
- How research benefits all writers.
- Why research is important.
- Types of research including Internet, bookstores, libraries, and everyday life.
- Analyzing the sources and the research.
- Saving your research.
- Making research your friend.
Character Alchemization – Make them Live and Breathe
Characters are people and people are complex. The trick of believable characters is to simplify them by discovering what they want most of all and why and building from there. A character wants a good job for obvious reasons ñ they want the rewards of comfort and respect. But what if the job is lost? What deeper, hidden from the world and self, reward have they lost? Was it the fear of disappointing a loved one, of losing ones own self-respect, or being deserted by a partner? What will this person do to restore the shattered self-image that this kind of loss brings on. The catalyst can be anything, small or large, but if it shakes the characters own faith in who they are . . . well, now you have a story.
This workshop will concentrate on pulling these needs and anxieties from your character and through those you will find out who they are and what your story is really about.
Becoming a Content Marketing Writer
Journalism is coming back! As more companies, big and small, B2B and B2C, adopt content marketing to reach their customers online, writers are in high demand. And not just any writers — those who have expertise, a dedication to research, and who can master the craft of writing for the web. Learn how to make yourself a marketable writer to companies and agencies in need of content marketing writers.
Session Learning Objectives:
- Content Marketing 101
- Working with companies and agencies
- Best practices on writing for the web
- Basic SEO principles to apply in your writing
- Tools and websites you can use to advance your career
Writing is a team sport – from editors to critique groups, how to compile the right players to help you succeed
(Jacob Shaver, Lori Beasley Bradly & Cody Wagner)
This workshop will discuss the personal experiences of the speakers working with editors. How they edit their own work, why it’s important to have your work edited by others. They will educate attendees on the differences between editing self-published work, and dealing with the editors at a traditional publishing house. They will provide guidelines for the cost of working with an editor and how to incorporate that into your budget most efficiently. We will also discuss the benefits to working with a critique group. Through examples they will show you what to expect in these groups and how it an help improve your writing.