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Saturday — September 14, 2019
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Registration Desk

7:00 am – 7:00 pm

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Breakfast Bar

Writer’s Café & Registration area

7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Coffee, Tea and assorted fruit (Pastries available for purchase)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Showing and Telling in Memoir

Cascade 1 & 2

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Presented by: William Kenower

NONFICTION & MEMOIR TRACK

 

Memoirs should ideally read much like a work of fiction written in the first person. However, many beginning memoirists struggle to put their stories into scenes, learning instead on talking about their thoughts and feelings. In this class we’ll look at how to use physical description – showing action – to both tell a story and convey the emotional content of the story.

Tricks of the trade: Historical writing that rings true 

Cascade 3 & 4

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Presented by: Claire Gebben

HISTORICAL FICTION TRACK

 

The characters in our historical novels do not act in isolation. Their stories are brought to life by the broader sweep of history, and by how people thought and lived in former times. But how do we as 21st century authors access the thinking and experiences of the past? And what do we include, and not include, in our scenes? Presentation offers methods of accessing former times -- “portals” into the past – and ways to bring history alive on the page.  

The Stakes Must be Death: Fueling the Emotional Core of Your Story

Cascade 5 & 6

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Presented by: Maureen McQuerry

LITERARY/MAINSTREAM FICTION

 

As writers we long to hook our readers’ hearts as well as their minds. That happens when we realize that at its core, every story is a survival story. Together we’ll discover how conflict and tension fuel a character’s emotional journey and keep readers engrossed until the very end. Using examples from current literature, we’ll discuss techniques to strengthen your story’s emotional core, hook their hearts and identify the one thing every powerful story has in common.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Understanding the Elements of Women’s Fiction.

Cascade 7 &8

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Presented by: Nicole Meier

ROMANCE/WOMEN’S FICTION

 

So you want to write a women’s fiction novel, but you’re not sure where to begin. What are the elements needed? In this class, we’ll discuss everything from the protagonist’s emotional journey to conflict and plot. We’ll take a look at sub-genres and identify examples of various works.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Part One – Plotting the Mystery, Thriller or Horror Novel

Cascade 9 & 10

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Presented by: Robert Dugoni

MYSTERY/THRILLER/HORROR

 

This is a three part workshop. Part 1 will focus on plotting. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Middle Grade and Young Adult – and how to capture them

Cascade 11

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Presented by: Chris (CC) Humphreys

MIDDLE GRADE & YOUNG ADULT

 

From Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island to Harry Potter, young adult fiction has always captivated and in recent years dominated the bestseller charts. Join Chris (CC) Humphreys, the author of five YA novels and twelve novels for adults as he discusses the genre and tackles how to approach it as a writer. From gritty urban angst to high blown fantasy, Chris will explore this complex and fascinating genre while showing ways of accessing your inner teen, avoiding talking down or talking ‘slang’, and embracing cultural and gender diversity. He will consider magic in it various forms and deal with the rich legacy of myth in helping to choose subject matter. He will also discuss how the building blocks of all fiction – point of view, voice, character and objectives, theme, dialogue etc. – are harnessed to create exciting tales that will lure teens away from their devices. Bring paper and pen to tease out the idea you have for that young adult novel with creativity-accessing exercises. 

Punk U: The Whys and Why Nots of Writing Punk Fiction

Cascade 12

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Presented by: Cat Rambo

SCIENCE FICTION

 

Cyberpunk. Steampunk. Dieselpunk. Solarpunk. Splatterpunk. Hopepunk. Monkpunk. And more. Is it meaningful to add -punk to a genre name or just a marketing maneuver? What do the tenets behind the punk music movement add to the various genres it’s influenced? Will there be additional punks down the line and what might they look like? What are the tropes, pitfalls, and techniques of each subgenre — and what do they hold in common?

Designing Fantasy Religions and Magic Systems

Cascade 13

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Presented by: James Sutter

FANTASY & PARANORMAL

 

What makes for a compelling fantasy pantheon or fictional church? How can you design a magic system that grabs your readers or players without breaking everything? Whether you prefer the heavily codified magic of Brandon Sanderson and Dungeons & Dragons or the mysterious miracles of myth and legend, this class will teach you tips and tricks for structuring your supernatural elements and using them to enhance your fantasy settings. Learn to design a complete magic system in five minutes or less!

Navigating the Publishing Waters of Amazon’s KDP

Grand Ballroom 2

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Presented by: Kim Hornsby
PROMOTION AND MARKETING

 

Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing is like Shangri-La for new authors who choose to self-publish. But there’s so much to learn as a publisher and so many pitfalls and ways to waste time along the way before you press “publish.” In this workshop, you’ll learn the necessary steps of KDP, concentrating on the Select program and how to get you sales and reviews. If there’s any doubt in your mind about how KDP works and whether you should publish world-wide or be exclusive to Amazon to take part in their Select program, this workshop is for you. We’ll not only talk about KDP Select, but Kindle Countdown Deals, Audiobooks, Matchbook, the Lending Library, Author Central, and Amazon Ads. Having the knowledge to take full advantage of Amazon’s offerings will put you ahead of the newbie pack in your first few years as a published author.

Designing Fantasy Religions and Magic Systems

Grand Ballroom 3

8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Presented by: Oren Ashkenazi, Christine Winckler, Wesley Matlock, and Ariel Anderson

CRAFT OF WRITING

3-HOUR MASTER CLASS

 

When starting a new story, one of the first choices writers must make is what point of view to use. Will you go with the old workhorse of third-person limited, or do you want something more intimate like first person? Maybe you want the power of third-person omniscient, or you’re going out on a limb with second-person epistolary. It will be difficult to change after the first draft, so you need to choose wisely. Join the Mythcreants editing team as we discuss how to do just that. We’ll cover the strengths and weaknesses of different narrative styles, discuss what type of stories work well with each style, and describe what happens when stories have the wrong perspective. While we’re at it, we’ll give tips on writing each point of view well.

Morning Break


9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Writing and Publishing Flash Nonfiction: 101 words to 1500!

Cascade 1 & 2

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m

Presented by: Sheila Bender

NONFICTION & MEMOIR TRACK

 

Flash Fiction is trending and it is not only a great way to garner publication credits, but also a great way for writers to learn to write tight and evocatively with as little exposition as possible. Learn how to write short and finding out how a collection of your flash nonfiction can develop into book-length memoir, either as a collection or knitted together into chapters. The instructor will share a list of venues seeking Flash Fiction.

Collaborating with Ghosts

Cascade 3 & 4

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m

Presented by: Milree Latimer

HISTORICAL FICTION TRACK


“Where history gives up for lack of evidence, imagination begins,” by Adam Thorpe. As a writer of historical fiction you are a detective sorting through the evidence and a story-teller bringing an era alive. Does the historical research feed and enhance the lives of the characters? How much time must should you spend collaborating with the past? What different kinds of research feed the story? How do you give rein to imagination and invention? What does it mean to have an authentic vision of an era? This workshop will explore these questions and others that are sure to emerge. 

Outlining for People Who Would Rather Just Write

Cascade 5 & 6

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m

Presented by: Amber Cowie

LITERARY/MAINSTREAM

There are two types of people who write novels. Some people want their words to unfurl before them, unchecked and unregulated, letting the story lead them through its problems by the seat of their pants. After going through a rigorous development edit, it was pointed out to Amber that her main character had been pregnant for seventeen months and several of her minor characters had changed names, eye color and age throughout the novel, she realized that she needed to become an outliner. This workshop is designed to work through the fundamentals of a novel outline, timeline and synopsis. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Creating Sexual Tension

Cascade 7 & 8

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m

Presented by: Gerri Russell

ROMANCE/WOMEN’S FICTION

 

Creating sexual tension is the driving force at the center of romantic fiction, yet many writers struggle to create that tension on the page and make it believable. Contrary to popular belief, sexual tension is not all about physical attraction. It’s about creating curious, excited, and anticipatory feelings that are a necessary part of any novel, not just in romantic fiction. Gerri Russell guides you through the science behind building sexual tension and how these techniques can help you create realistic characters and relationships in your writing.

Part Two – Plotting the Mystery, Thriller or Horror Novel

Cascade 9 & 10

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m

Presented by: Robert Dugoni

MYSTERY/THRILLER/HORROR

 

This is a three part workshop.

Part II focuses on how to write tension into your mystery, thriller or horror novel.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

15 Things You Need to Know if You Want to Write Young Adult

Cascade 11

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m

Presented by: Christine Grabowski and Sonja Griffing

MIDDLE GRADE & YOUNG ADULT

 

TBA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

The Realistic Fantastic

Cascade 12

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m

Presented by: Cat Rambo

SCIENCE FICTION

 

How do you write a world with things that don't appear in our own, like unicorns, telepaths, or steam-powered automatons, and still make that world feel real for a reader? What details really make that world come alive for a reader and how can a writer best make use of the fantastic opportunities afforded them when writing in fantasy and science fiction?

Worlds of Fantasy – and who to build them

Cascade 13

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m

Presented by: Chris (CC) Humphreys

FANTASY & PARANORMAL

 

Fantasy is an extraordinarily varied and fantastic genre. From the loftiness of Lord of the Rings to the grim-dark of Game of Thrones, from dystopia to comedy, from fabulous beasts to blood-sucking villains, there appears no limit to an author’s visions. But does its vast scope make it easier to write than other genres? Not at all, according to Chris Humphreys, author of eighteen historical, fantasy and young adult novels. In this workshop Chris will consider the excitements, the practicalities and the difficulties of writing fantasy fiction. He will tackle the myth that less research is required in fantasy, how a world, however fantastical, must be credible and coherent within itself, how to use dialogue to evoke character in realms unknown, and how to take the risk of making your made-up worlds truly different, while maintaining believability. There will also be ‘the dragon exercise’: how to take one of fantasy’s favorite themes and use it in entirely new ways.  

The Presence-Platform

Grand Ballroom 2

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m

Presented by: Damon Suede

PROMOTION AND MARKETING

 

The Presence-Platform embodies your brand in a public setting, online and in person. It can help you develop a coherent marketing platform and strategize public appearances to cultivate your unique audience. Learn how to navigate the professional arena and building you’re A-Gang.

Lunch Break

Writers’ Café & Registration Area

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

(Lunch concessions available for purchase)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Writing as a Spiritual Practice

Cascade 1 & 2

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Presented by: William Kenower, Philip Kenney, Sheila Bender, Donna Conrad

NONFICTION & MEMOIR TRACK

 

Whether you write for publication or for yourself, a spiritual understanding of the creative process will not only deepen your relationship to your writing and yourself, but also improve the quality of the work you wish to share. The panelists will discuss how they see writing as their spiritual practice, as well as sharing tips for how to view your work through a spiritual lens.

HISTORICAL TRACK TBA

Cascade 3 & 4

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Presented by: Larry Fowler

HISTORICAL FICTION TRACK


TBA

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LITERARY/MAINSTREAM TBA

Cascade 5 & 6

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Presented by: TBA

LITERARY/MAINSTREAM

TBA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Deep Point of View: Take Your Novel from Good to Great!

Cascade 7 & 8

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Presented by: Dana Delamar

ROMANCE/WOMEN’S FICTION

 

Are you getting feedback from contests, critique partners, agents, editors, or readers that your stories aren’t quite grabbing them? Are you trying to get more emotion on the page, but your scenes feel flat? Learn how applying the concepts of deep point of view (POV) can take your novel from “pretty good” to “OMG, I can’t put it down!” The concepts of deep point of view elude many authors, whether they're preparing their first contest entry or are indie or traditionally published. Among the questions we’ll answer: What does “show vs. tell” really mean? What is “deep” point of view? How can I use deep point of view techniques to develop distinctive characters that resonate with readers? How can deep point of view help me drive pacing, deepen conflicts, embed more hooks, and add more emotion?

Part Three - Tension

Cascade 9 & 10

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Presented by: Larry Brooks

MYSTERY/THRILLER/HORROR

 

This is a three part workshop. Part III focuses on how to write tension into your mystery, thriller or horror novel.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

MIDDLE GRADE & YOUNG ADULT TBA

Cascade 11

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Presented by: TBA

MIDDLE GRADE & YOUNG ADULT

 

TBA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Building Better Monsters Through Evolution

Cascade 12

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Presented by: James Sutter

SCIENCE FICTION

 

Whether magical beasts or intelligent aliens, monsters are at the heart of science fiction and fantasy. But how do you move beyond the classics and come up with your own unique creatures and alien cultures? In this hands-on workshop, you'll learn how to use evolutionary principles like natural selection and adaptation to both jumpstart your creativity and better fit the creatures of your imagination into your setting, creating fascinating new monsters.

Worlds of Fantasy – and who to build them

Cascade 13

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Presented by: Chris (CC) Humphreys

FANTASY & PARANORMAL

 

Fantasy is an extraordinarily varied and fantastic genre. From the loftiness of Lord of the Rings to the grim-dark of Game of Thrones, from dystopia to comedy, from fabulous beasts to blood-sucking villains, there appears no limit to an author’s visions. But does its vast scope make it easier to write than other genres? Not at all, according to Chris Humphreys, author of eighteen historical, fantasy and young adult novels. In this workshop Chris will consider the excitements, the practicalities and the difficulties of writing fantasy fiction. He will tackle the myth that less research is required in fantasy, how a world, however fantastical, must be credible and coherent within itself, how to use dialogue to evoke character in realms unknown, and how to take the risk of making your made-up worlds truly different, while maintaining believability. There will also be ‘the dragon exercise’: how to take one of fantasy’s favorite themes and use it in entirely new ways.  

Myths, Legends, and Fairy Tales in Fiction

Grand Ballroom 2

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Presented by: Pam Binder and Gerri Russell

FANTASY & PARANORMAL

 

Myths, legends, and fairy tales, can be an inexhaustible source of inspiration for fiction writers. For centuries these tales have been told and retold in a variety of forms that are still as magical today as when they were first created. Join Pam Binder and Gerri Russell as they help you find new ways to reinvent these timeless tales into stories that are both engaging and impactful.

Children’s Chapter and Picture Book TBA

Evergreen 1 & 2

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Presented by: TBA

Children’s Chapter and Picture Book

 

TBA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

How to write and self-publish in the Gaming World

Evergreen 3 & 4

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Presented by: Keith Leiker

Storytelling in the Game World

 

How to write and self publish their own world setting for roleplaying games like Dungeons and Dragons. How to find work in games where they get to do some world building role playing games or digital games.

Tokenism

Grand Ballroom 2

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Presented by: Bunmi Ishola, TBA

DIVERSITY TRACK

 

TBA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Promoting Your Book – Think Outside the Box

Grand Ballroom 3

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Presented by: Lynn Price

PUBLISHING AND MARKETING TRACK

 

Regardless of your publishing option, all books need author participation for promotion. Treat your book like a business. Ask yourself these questions: Why is your book unique and why would readers want to read it? This workshop will cover topics that range from, exploring what the author has to offer, if your book has “red-meat”, and are bookstores and social media still relevant.

Afternoon Break


3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Using Poetry to Illuminate Our Way

Cascade 1 & 2

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Presented by: Philip Kenny

NONFICTION & MEMOIR TRACK

 

Even the most successful writers are subject to troubling insecurity, episodes of self-doubt and the persistent narrative that we are not good enough. Navigating the turbulent, emotional waters of a creative life is a challenge we must all take up to ensure our work is not undermined by the vulnerabilities of our internal world. Using poetry to illuminate our way, this workshop will explore the psychological underpinnings of the not good enough narrative and provide methods to strengthen those underpinnings.

HISTORICAL TRACK TBA

Cascade 3 & 4

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Presented by: Larry Fowler

HISTORICAL FICTION TRACK


TBA

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Unleash the Villain Within (How to Write a Great Antagonist)

Cascade 5 & 6

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Presented by: Maureen McQuerry

LITERARY/MAINSTREAM

“One of the major reasons Harry Potter was such a success was because of the strength of his antagonist.” The Washington Post A great antagonist is one of the best ways to add ongoing conflict to your story. How do you create an antagonist that moves the story forward, fascinates the reader and most importantly forces your character to change?    

Up-Lit or Up-Market? Grip-Lit or Chick Lit? What is Up with Women’s Fiction?

Cascade 7 & 8

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Presented by: Amber Cowie, Nicole Meier and Kerry Schaefer

ROMANCE/WOMEN’S FICTION

 

In this ever-changing landscape, trends and publishing needs can shift quickly. Join women’s fiction author, Nicole Meier, to learn what gents, publishers, and readers are seeking in women’s fiction. Discuss current examples and begin to identify what category of women’s fiction best appeals to you.

Secrets of Mystery Authors

Cascade 9 & 10

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Presented by: Robert Dugoni, Elizabeth George, Bharti Kirchner, and Mike Lawson

MYSTERY/THRILLER/HORROR

 

In this panel, we will discuss three important elements of mystery/thriller novels: pacing, plotting, and building the villain. Each will be treated as a separate topic. For example: what is pacing? What improves the pace? What decreases it? Should you always maintain a fast pace? How does dialogue contribute to pacing? Each panelist in turn will offer their take on these topics, with an emphasis on the how-to aspect. The audience will take home tips and techniques they’ll be able to employ no matter what type of fiction or memoir they write.

MIDDLE GRADE & YOUNG ADULT TBA

Cascade 11

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Presented by: TBA

MIDDLE GRADE & YOUNG ADULT

 

TBA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Designing Science Fiction Technology That Won’t Break Your Plot

Cascade 12

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Presented by: Oren Ashkenazi, Christine Winckler, Wesley Matlock, and Ariel Anderson  

SCIENCE FICTION

 

Science fiction stories are home to wondrous technologies that inspire inventors in real life, but that technology can be a real problem for stories. How many times have you watched Star Trek and wondered why they can’t just transport out of a problem? Have you scratched your head while the Doctor claimed the Tardis could do something it couldn’t?  Plot holes and setting inconsistencies can do serious damage to your story, but don’t worry, we’re here to help. In this panel, we’ll face the problem head on and wrestle it to the ground with our tractor beams. We’ll discuss how to set limits on technology without taking away the wow factor, troubleshoot common tech problems that afflict science fiction, and describe published stories you can learn from.  

FANTASY & PARANORMAL TBA

Cascade 13

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Presented by:

Kerry Schaefer

FANTASY & PARANORMAL

 

TBA

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Children’s Chapter and Picture Book TBA

Evergreen 1 & 2

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Presented by: TBA

Children’s Chapter and Picture Book

 

TBA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Storytelling in the Game World

Evergreen 3 & 4

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Presented by: Keith Leiker

Storytelling in the Game World

 

Presented by: Description: How to build an original fictional setting (novels, comics, roleplaying games, digital games)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Query Etiquette

Grand Ballroom 3

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Presented by: Noah Ballard, Rachel Letofsky, Jennifer March Soloway, and Anna Geller

CRAFT OF TRACK

 

TBA                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Dinner and Awards Celebration!

Grand Ballroom 2 & 3

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Literary Contest and Nancy Pearl Awards.

Keynote with Lynn Price, from Behler Publications

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
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