Below you will find a schedule for the presentations for the day of the conference. A detailed description of each presentation follows the schedule.
10-10:50 - Presentation Options
- Sandee Hemphill "Night Shift Author: 5 Ways to Write Around Your Day Job"
- Joan Petrusky "The Function(s) and Writing of Fanfiction"
- Susanne Jaffe "The Key Elements of Writing Fiction"
- Jen Knox "Scenic Shorts"
11-11:50 - Keynote Talk
12-12:50 - Lunch
1-1:50 - Presentation Options
- Mary Quade "Where I'm Writing From"
- Emily Hitchcock "Your Copy Editor Can't Read Your Mind: Developing a Symbiotic Editor-Writer Relationship"
- Cris Harris "Snapshots: Writing From and Through Image"
- Bianca Spriggs Keynote Presenter Session
2-2:50 - Presentation Options
- Brad Pauquette "The Three Publishing Paths—Understanding the Publishing Industry"
- Rob Price "Self-Publishing 101"
- Mary Quade "Using the News: Writing About Today"
- Su Flatt "Drilling Down: Finding the Poetry Beneath the Surface"
"Night Shift Author: 5 Ways to Write Around Your Day Job"
You want to write a book but your job gets in the way. In addition to work, you have a family and friends you'd like to spend time with. Yet your dream of becoming a best-selling author is stuck in your head and you can't get it out. Don't give up on your dream—fulfill it! Night Shift Author will show you how to do both.
This workshop will give you the inspiration you need to start and finish your writing project. You'll easily discover writing timeslots you hadn't previously considered. In addition, you'll learn a host of writing hacks that will increase your productivity, save you time and effort, and give you a much-desired sense of achievement. Regardless of the demands on your time, you'll learn to design a writing schedule that works for you.
"The Key Elements of Writing Fiction"
There are certain key building blocks critical to good fiction writing: character, dialogue, setting, point of view/voice, plot, narration/exposition. This class will delve into each of these elements and how they must all work together for strong, engaging fiction. There will be in-class exercises to help students demonstrate and discuss their understanding of each of these key points, as well as take-home exercises to do on their own so they can continue to hone their skills.
Writing flash fiction is about creating new realities and reframing our own. In this workshop, we will discuss ways to create dynamic characters and create vivid scenes that draw the reader in quickly. The workshop will conclude with information about how and where to submit work to agents, contests, and literary journals.
"Where I'm Writing From"
This workshop will examine the settings where our imaginations find root and thrive as writers. When he wrote "Where I'm Calling From," Raymond Carver was writing from blue-collar America; where are you writing from? Ohio? The moon? 1920? Urban decay? Childhood? Divorce? Immigration? Paradise? We'll explore the places that feel like home to us, which may or may not be where our actual bodies have resided. We'll consider what details define these places and give them power. As writers of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, we'll practice recreating these places for our readers so they, too, can travel to the worlds of our inspiration. Participants will engage in short writing exercises and share their work.
"Your Copy Editor Can't Read Your Mind: Developing a Symbiotic Editor-Writer Relationship"
Copy editors hold a lot of power and responsibility. They are authorized to make changes to the manuscript you've worked long and hard to perfect, while acting as the primary line of defense against errors that can cripple the success of your book. You don't want to bite your nails through this process, wondering what your editor is doing, and likewise, your editor can't read your mind.
This presentation is designed to give writers the information they need to create an effective working relationship with a copy editor, including what questions to ask before and after the process, what a copy editor will and won't do, and trusting your editor's process while retaining control of your manuscript.
"Snapshots: Writing From and Through Image"
When William Carlos Williams renders that well-known red wheelbarrow, glazed with rain, he's right to say that a lot depends on it. We can't help but see it, and the farmyard, the gray skies of a spring storm, and hear those white chickens clucking plaintively. Plot, narrative, and voice are all powerful elements of creative writing, but nothing competes with the magic of a reader seeing and sensing what the writer describes., and the way that spell creates a whole world around it. The transportive power of poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction derives in large part from the reader seeing through the writer's eyes. This workshop explores techniques to strengthen images, and to generate new work from resonant images that make us feel. All participants will have the chance to draft poems or scenes, fictional or remembered and get feedback on their use of relevant detail to create compelling image.
"The Three Publishing Paths—Understanding the Publishing Industry"
There are three primary publishing paths available to an author: self-publishing, small press, and traditional (Big 5) publishing. Drawing from a decade of experience consulting with publishers and authors at every level of the industry, Brad Pauquette objectively explains the advantages, expectations, cost and compensation of each path, as well as red flags for scams and false promises.
This session will address Traditional Publishing versus Self-Publishing, Print-edition and eBook Basics, and the Four Phases of Book Publishing (editorial, production, distribution, and marketing).
"The Function(s) and Writing of Fanfiction"
This session will address the basics of what fanfiction is, and then it will move on to discuss how fanfiction can serve different functions. How can it serve as Media Representation? How can it address 'entertainment by committee'? How does it keep ideals of collaboration alive? How does it advance fourth-wave feminism and intersectionality? If there is time, we will attempt a writing exercise based on one of these functions.
"Drilling Down: Finding the Poetry Beneath the Surface"
In this workshop, we will share strategies for developing denser more focused poetry and prose. We will discuss the importance of the work we do before we write the poem, the work of more fully exploring ideas for the writing we are creating currently and the work of collecting resources for future writing projects. Please come prepared to share ideas from your own process regarding how you move past surface level ideas to discover more focused and meaningful content. We will discuss the importance of reading, researching, keeping a writer's notebook or something akin to it, free writing and other strategies to explore our initial ideas. We will wrap up by using a series of focused free writes to drill down into some initial ideas and mine for material from which we can craft potent, dynamic poetry.