Thursday, January 9, 2014

CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS II - Saturday Morning Workshops



Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 9 AM to 9:50 AM

Joshua Tree Room 
~ THE GREAT AGENT SEARCH ~
Jess Michaels
 Everything you ever wanted to know about agents and a lot of stuff you didn’t know you needed to know.





Delores Room 
~ THE INTROVERT'S GUIDE TO TWITTER ~
Jami Gold

This workshop shares simple steps to becoming active on Twitter, even if you're an introvert 



Palm Ballroom D
~ THE BALANCING ACT OF FIRST CHAPTERS ~
Christie Craig

Why back story is deadly and yet some may be crucial. Finding the right balance of characterization and plot; Opening and ending with hooks; When people talk ... we listen (How the lack of dialogue can kill a beginning.)






 Palm Ballroom E
~ THE ART OF THE STORYBOARD ~
Patricia Burroughs & Toni McGee Causey

Screenwriters and filmmakers have used storyboards for decades, but most novelists have come to the game lately.  Join Patricia as she demonstrates various plotting techniques [including Blake Snyder's Save the Cat and Chris Vogler's Writer's Journey] using storyboards, index cards, post-its, and more. This is plotting as you’ve probably never seen it, and you will walk away with new techniques for your arsenal.




Palm Ballroom F
~ PLOTTING VIA MOTIVATION ~
 Laurie Schnebly Campbell

Any of us could write a book in which the characters set out for a three-hour tour and get shipwrecked on an uncharted desert isle. But if you nail down a character's motivation, it doesn't matter whether the ship capsizes or lands safely three hours later. Your characters will create a plot from WHATEVER happens, because you've got their motivation built in from the very beginning... and here's how to do it. 



Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 10:00 – 10:50 a.m

Joshua Tree Room
 ~ PROMOTION FOR THE SHY AUTHOR ~
Kris Tualla
The best way to promote a book is still word-of-mouth, but authors are seldom taught how to pitch themselves to readers. Add in the fact that many authors are introverts, and the idea of book signings or book fairs causes palpitations. In this training, Kris Tualla walks through the simple steps to catch a prospective reader's attention and pitch your books, without melting into the floor or bursting into flames.


Delores Room
 ~ NO BONES ABOUT IT/
 CREATING A STORY SKELETON ~
Cathy McDavid
Whether you're a plotter or a seat-of-the-pants writer, traditional or self-published, creating a short story skeleton before beginning to write your story can provide an invaluable tool. Discover weaknesses in characters' motivations, plot holes, and pacing issues, all without wasting pages and precious hours of writing time. If you happen to write synopses before the book, a story skeleton provides a great starting point

Palm Ballroom D
~  SELF PUBLISHING PITFALLS ~
Morgan Kearns
Just because you can self-publish doesn't mean you should...at least not without knowing the ins and outs, pitfalls and proof-positives of publishing yourself. In this presentation Morgan Kearns talks about doing it right in a world where so many people do it wrong. 



Palm Ballroom E
~ SCENE & SEQUEL DYNAMICS ~
Linda Style
Want to increase drama in your stories? Yes! Add suspense? Yes! Create just the right pacing…or make your characters come alive? Yes…and Yes! Well, those are just a few reasons for varying the structure of scenes and sequels in your story. The trick is to know how to change things up and when to do it. Dynamic scenes and sequels create the action necessary to move your story from beginning to end. Learn how using specific techniques to add variations in scene and sequel structure can take your writing out of the ordinary and make your characters and stories truly memorable.




Palm Ballroom F
~ Worshop title to be determined ~
Sylvia Day

 



Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 11:00 – 11:50 a.m

Joshua Tree Room
~ THE X FACTOR ~
Karin Tabke
What came first? The reader’s desire to read erotic romance or the writer’s desire to write erotic romance? Let’s understand what drives both, and in the process better understand the emotional foundation of writing the complicated and often misunderstood and certainly maligned subgenre of erotic romance.  Leave you inhibitions at the door ladies, we’re going to tear it up, and when we put it all back together, we’ll all have a clear understanding of what our readers want and how to deliver it. 


Delores Room
 ~ CREATING THE SUCCESSFUL SINGLE-TITLE
(OR CATEGORY) SERIES:
GOING THE EXTRA MILE.~
Jennifer Ashley
Readers love series, and publishers love them too. No matter what subgenre you write , giving readers a satisfying, "meaty" read book after book is important. Learn how characterization, plot arcs, and layered world building can make readers eagerly anticipate the next installment, without the need for cliff-hanger endings. 



Palm Ballroom D
~ TORN BETWEEN TWO LOVES:
 YA AND ADULT FICTION ~
Christie Craig & Shelley Coriell
Two multi-published, award-winning authors discuss the opportunities and challenges of writing simultaneously for the adult romance and kidlit markets.
 
  

Palm Ballroom E
~ THE UN/SEXY WORLD OF WRITING-TIPS,
TRICKS AND TIME MANAGEMENT~
Erin Quinn
What happens after you make that first sale?  In this workshop you'll learn how to keep up with deadlines, what is expected of you as an author, and how to treat your writing like a career.  Q & A will help you prepare for the road ahead.



Palm Ballroom F
~ DOWN & DIRTY WAYS TO CREATE STRONGER CHARACTERS ~
Mary Buckham
Knowing certain things before the character steps into the story provides Checks and Balance on the characters as you write to assure your character stays “in character” and does in fact grow internally by the end.
* Understand how to create the same but different characters
* How to make characters in conflict
* How to move beyond your own stereotypes
* Why some characters resonate while others fall flat

 


STAY TUNED FOR THE LIST OF SATURDAY AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS - Coming in two days.

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