Planning is underway for the 2014 Conference. Sessions will be posted here as speakers are confirmed. Below are the topics that have currently been confirmed.
Keynote: The Seven Deadly Sins of Dialogue
- Understand the pitfalls of hackneyed dialogue
- Gain tools for “hearing” dialogue
- Improve dialogue writing
Mind Mapping Your Way to Strong Characters
How can you make your characters leap off the page and take hold of your readers? There are many ways, but one we’ll touch on in this session is Mind Mapping. Be ready to have some crazy fun learning how to use this method to create deep, meaningful characters that your readers will remember long after they finish your story.
- Defining Mind Mapping
- How this can help form/develop characters alone or in addition to other methods you’re already using.
- Use it (This will be the practical aspect to the break-out session where I might use internet, or if you have dry erase boards/markers available)
Self Editing for Fiction Writers
7 Golden Rules of Book Structure
(Landon J. Napoleon)
An overall guide to organizing a book from start to finish.
Writing from Personal Experiance: Letting it Ignite Your Writing without Getting Burned
Session Learning Objectives: Participants will learn how:
- writing from personal experiences can help and hurt their writing
- to keep their vision in tact while taking themselves out of the story
- to revise objectively without getting sucked into their own writing
- to handle criticism and discern what to listen to and what to ignore
- networking with other authors can help them
- to locate opportunities to share their work with agents and editors
Writing Successful Historical Fiction
This session will explore four topics. We will define what historical fiction is in today’s market. We will examine how to do the essential research and then use your research in vivid detail without overburdening your story. We will discuss how to balance fact and fiction by both making the story work and keeping the history right. Last, we will focus on some of the issues particular to historical fiction when you choose your characters and build your plot.
Session Learning Objectives:
- Understand how historical fiction is defined in today’s market.
- Identify the blends and crossover genres that are part of historical fiction.
- Identify methods and resources of effective historical research.
- Examine successful versus overburdening use of research details.
- Discuss when you can and probably should depart from the “facts.”
- Examine how to streamline a plot and keep a story arc in action while building an historical world.
- Identify how to keep your main character “real” and immediate to your audience even though he or she lived a long time ago: making your character face choices (even when you know how history came out), internal struggles, and a lot of complications from secondary characters.