Session Information

This year’s conference will offer a variety of interactive, hands-on sessions for every writer.  We are also pleased to announce that we will have editor critique sessions and manuscript pitch sessions.  Keep checking back for more information.

Tentative Workshop Titles and Speakers :

Slashing Your Baby: Tips for Editing Your Manuscript (E.S. Moore)

Editing is more than going back through a manuscript you’ve written and “cleaning it up.”  It is a process that starts before a writer has even written the first word.  In this session, E.S. Moore will discuss the importance of editing a manuscript from story creation to its final draft.

Getting Published in a Rapidly Changing Business (Mary Ellis)

Mary offers insight on how she landed a multi-book contract with a major inspirational house with only a synopsis and fifty pages. She will discuss things she did right and those she did wrong while trying to get her manuscript seen by agents and editors. She will explain how she landed her agent, and how they have maintained a successful relationship. Mary will provide ten crucial steps for breaking into mainstream publishing and discuss how changes in the industry will impact writers published and yet-to-be.

Marketing Your Story through Inspirational Speaking (Troy Lewis)

Troy will share how he took his inspiring story, wrote a book about it, and began to promote it through public speaking. Hear about some of the strategies to get speaking occasions for your inspiring story. Listen as he explains some of the keys to overcoming your fears of speaking, grabbing the crowd and holding on to them, and ultimately, how to leave them inspired and wanting more.

The World as We Know It (Laura Bickle)

Whether your story takes place on an alien planet with a red sun, amid a flock of flappers in 1920s America, or on a city block where dragons control all magic, you’ve got a world to create! Join Laura Bickle for tips and tricks on research and world building. Learn about historical resources, the rules of magic, and where to go when you don’t know what to name your Archmage of Unobtanium.

Nonfiction – Seeing the World through Their Eyes (Wendy Koile)

So you have a true story worth telling? This workshop will offer strategies on how to capture that story and bring it to life for your readers. By using several hands-on strategies and examining various nonfiction works, you will leave with a whole new approach, and motivation, for getting that story onto paper. Learn how to see the world through your characters’ eyes in order to preserve the story in a realistic, interesting, and heartfelt manner.

From Heart to Art: The Revision Process (Sarah Wells)

The initial impulse to write erupts from an emotion, an experience, wonder, crisis, or a question. Something drives the poet to the page, some itch, some tension, some internal singing of the heart. We scrawl as quickly as our hands can move the pen across the page or mumble words to ourselves as our fingers struggle to click the letters of the keyboard fast enough, composing the jagged and frenetic music of thought and pattern. What happens after the initial scribble? This session will offer some tools and tactics to help transform a poem from your heart into a standalone work of art.

Secondary Characters: How do they serve the story and do they actually exist? (Nathan Singer)

‘Static’ characters, ‘peripheral’ characters, ‘antiheroes’ (who are neither the protagonist nor the villain), even ‘stealth’ (or ‘breakout’) characters — who makes up this unruly mob, and how did they muscle their way into our stories? If you’re not careful they might just steal the show . . .
which may be the best thing to ever happen to your narrative.

Writing in 4D: Going Beyond “Show, Don’t Tell” (Susan Gee Heino)

In this interactive workshop we’ll use dialogue, narrative, setting, props, and the reader’s own intuition to “show” rather than “tell” the story.  By getting ourselves, involved in our story, we’ll explore ways to transport our readers from a one-dimensional to a four-dimensional experience.  We’ll laugh a little and learn a lot so be sure to bring a notebook and your creativity.

Creating the Perfect Cover (Paul Richmond)

Join cover artist Paul Richmond for a discussion about what makes a compelling cover and how cover art can be the ultimate marketing tool for novels. We will discuss design trends across genres, strategies for drawing in new readers, and solutions for getting cover art created.

Editor Q&A with Kelly Quinn, James O. Barnes, and Sarah Wells

You have questions and they have answers.  Sit down with our editors and ask the questions you’ve always had about writing, editing, and publishing.

Tentative Critiques and Pitch Sessions:

Manuscript Pitch with Kelly Quinn, Assistant Editor with TOR Books

Kelly Quinn’s areas of interest include:

  • Adult and Middle Grade SciFi, especially far future and space opera
  • Adult and Middle Grade Fantasy, especially contemporary, historical, and epic fantasy
  • She is not interested in Urban Fantasy as much as the other genres.

Information and Requirements for Kelly’s Pitch Session:

  • Pitch appointments will be 8 minutes in length.
  • Submit the first 500 words on your completed manuscript.  Specific details on how to submit manuscript pages will be sent in your conference registration confirmation email.
  • Manuscript pages are due no later than Friday, September 20, 2013

Manuscript Pitch with James O. Barnes, Publisher and Managing Editor for Loconeal Publishing 

Loconeal Publishing is a mutli-genre publisher.  They do not accept erotica, explicit adult fiction, or hate fiction.

Information and Requirements for James’s Pitch Session:

  • Pitch appointments will be 5 minutes in length.
  • Submit the first three pages of your manuscript in advance (1” margin, double-spaced, standard font).  Specific details on how to submit manuscript pages will be sent in your conference registration confirmation email.
  • Manuscript pages are due no later than Friday, September 20, 2013.
  • The 5–minute session will be a combination pitch/critique session.  Writers should be prepared to “pitch” their work in 60 words or less (without notes).  After the “pitch,” you will give a short verbal synopsis of the work.
  • A discussion of the merits of the writing (the previously submitted 3 pages) and the pros and cons of how they presented their writing will follow.
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