February 14, 2017

Classes

Scroll down to see the complete list of DFWCon 2019 class descriptions!  Enjoy.

Here’s an updated PDF copy of the conference schedule as of June 11, 2019.

Some classes are highlighted in yellow on the schedule. Those are limited seating classes and you need to sign up for those in advance at http://dfwcon2019workshops.eventbrite.com.  We’ve got some amazing classes that require signup. Most classes, however, are open seating.

And don’t forget our special pre-conference Novel Writing Seminar taught by New York Times bestselling author Bob Mayer on Friday, June 21. Find out more here.

 

Class ratings explained

Everyone: Could be helpful regardless of experience level.

Beginning:  Starting out with writing or a particular genre or topic.

Intermediate:  Refining your technique, seeking agent representation, or early brand-building.

Advanced:  Deep dive into craft, promotion of published works, or business issues relevant after publication.

18+:  Adults only.

Class ratings are estimations based on class descriptions and are subjective (except for the 18+ one).


A. Lee Martinez’s Guide to Avoiding Plot Zombies

A. Lee Martinez and Sally Hamilton

Intermediate | Lecture | Open Seating

Characters drive stories, but when a story starts driving a character, you have a plot zombie. Plot zombies have no will of their own, no backstory, no desires beyond pushing the story forward. They’re flat, and while they can get the job done, they rarely foster genuine empathy or connection with your reader. In this class, A. Lee Martinez and Sally Hamilton will give tips and tricks toward creating characters with inner life without stopping your story cold to shovel in loads of backstory or derail it with pointless asides.

 

Agent/Author Relationship: Managing Expectations

Tina P. Schwartz

Advanced | Lecture | Open Seating

Authors often worry about finding an agent to represent their work, but don’t think about the fact that they need to find a good fit personality wise, and similar work ethics, as the agent who will represent them. This class will show how to find the right fit for not only a manuscript but for author/agent relationships, as well.

 

Anatomy of a Premise Line: How to Master Premise and Story Development

Jeff Lyons

Advanced | Lecture | Advance Signup recommended

If a story is going to fail, it will first do so at the premise level. Knowing how to create, design and validate a premise idea are essential skills every writer needs in their toolbox. The premise line is the only reliable tool that can tell you, before you start writing, whether or not your story will work. It is your canary in the coal mine, and when fully mastered can save you time, money and months of potentially wasted writing. In this class, participants will learn how to master the process of story premise, the essential first step in any novel’s or screenplay’s development process. Based on Jeff’s book Anatomy of a Premise Line.

 

Ask an Agent Anything Panel

A panel of agents

Everyone | Panel | Open Seating

Exactly what it sounds like – members of our stellar literary agent lineup are ready for you to ask whatever questions you want. It’s a great way to learn some useful tips and see what makes literary agents tick. We’ve got two sessions for you to choose from.

 

Behavior Analysis for Writers: Consequences that Shape a Character

Aecio Borba

Advanced | Lecture | Advance Signup Required

This class will teach the basics of Behavior Analysis, the Science of Human Behavior. Behavior Analysis (BA) address how behavior is changed by the relation between what we do and the environment – and how that changes how we interact with such environment. Understanding these principles may help a common problem of beginner writers – how the characters change – and why – over what happens in the book. By understanding some simple principles, one may create more organic and complex characters for their stories.

 

Bringing History to Life

Michelle Rene

Intermediate | Lecture | Open Seating

Historical fiction is a fast-growing genre. We see it in film, books, and television. People today want history to move from stuffy textbooks to larger-than-life stories. In this class, you will learn how to bring historical figures to life to entice… and maybe even teach… your readers.

 

Bullet Journals: When the Pen is Mightier than the App

Rosemary Clement

Everyone | Workshop | Open Seating

How an analog planner (or bullet journal) can make you a happier, more productive, and more creative writer. As writers, we do 90 percent of our work in our heads, which can be a crowded, chaotic place. It’s easy to lose stuff in there, including focus, and a planner/journal can be just as useful a tool as a word processing app. Whether you keep it on notebook paper or a tablet, you call it a planner, diary, writer’s notebook, or “bujo,” is a tool for keeping track of stuff so your brain doesn’t have to, whether it’s something you need to remember forever or just until your WIP is done. All you need is a pen and a notebook. No Type A personality or colored markers required.

 

The Business of Writing: How to Sustain Yourself as a Creative

Shay Youngblood

Everyone | Lecture | Open Seating

To be a successful creative in the 21st century requires strategy and tools. This class offers practical advice, resources and a critical discussion on how aspiring and professional writers can sustain themselves and be successful in the publishing industry. Youngblood will discuss record keeping, how to get an agent, artist residencies, grants and awards, and MFA programs among other topics.

 

Crafting Book Proposals

Erik Hane

Intermediate | Lecture | Open Seating

Agent Erik Hane will cover the creative process of crafting book proposals, including market research, platform, comp titles, and other elements of making a publishing case for one’s self.

 

Crush Your Competitors With Paid Social Media Ads

Stephen Manning

Advanced | Lecture | Open Seating

Social Media is an increasingly cluttered place, with overwhelming demands on users’ attention. Attracting followers and sparking engagement among potential fans is becoming more of a pay-to-play proposition. But that doesn’t mean it has to be expensive – if done right, you can achieve results with $50 or less. A social media professional will show writers how to use paid social’s powerful audience targeting features to draw the right people to their content and get the most out of every dollar spent.

 

Everything You Need to Know About Writing Competitions

Michelle Rene

Beginning | Lecture | Open Seating

In a sea of books, placing in a writing competition can lift you above the rest and get you seen. However, there are sharks in those waters. You want an award to give you credit where it’s due instead of rip you off. This class helps you pick out the good competitions from the bad, so your book can soar.

 

From Fanfiction to Original Fiction: Turn Your Love of Pop Culture into a Book that Sells

Katherine L. Evans

Beginning | Lecture | Open Seating

You’ve written a book (Yay!). But now you have to think of an idea for the next one (boo…). Or maybe you have an idea for a book, but you don’t know where to take the story. Some of the biggest challenges writers face include coming up with fresh material for stories, and how to flesh out the characters and worlds of the stories they want to write. Fortunately, there is a wealth of inspiration hiding in our favorite TV shows and movies. This class will help writers identify unique character traits, story arcs, and world-building, and teach them to apply that to original works through fanfiction writing exercises.

 

From the Elevator Pitch to the Novel Synopsis: Tips and Tricks for Summarizing Your Novel

Jaime Olin

Intermediate | Lecture | Open Seating

Do you flinch whenever someone asks, “So, what is your book about, anyway?” Do you panic when you have to write a synopsis of your novel as part of your submission package? After you’ve spent months drafting and perfecting your novel and query letter, the last thing you feel like writing is an elevator pitch or a synopsis of your plot. Yet more and more agents and editors are asking for these summaries, and there is an art to writing them well. This class will focus on pointers and pitfalls of writing pitches and synopses, and participants can submit their own pitches for in-class critique.

 

The Functions of Repetition

Liara Tamani

Intermediate | Lecture | Open seating

Liara will examine how repeating words, phrases, sentence structure, and even letters (with alliteration, consonance, and assonance) can serve one’s writing. Repetition can create rhythm, convey deeper meanings, draw parallels/contrasts, lead up to a dramatic moment, and provide structure.

 

Generation Z: Writing for Today’s Teenagers

Katie Bernet and Dana Swift

Intermediate | Lecture | Open Seating

Are you a Boomer, X’er, or Millennial? Are you writing teenage characters? Don’t get caught up in the conventions of your own generation. Learn about Gen Z to write authentic modern teens.

 

Get Real: How to Write Memorable Characters

Melissa Lenhardt and Jenny Martin

Intermediate | Lecture | Open Seating

Every genre has its own unforgettable characters. Heroes who make our hearts soar and villains who ruthlessly break them. But how, exactly, are these fictional figures formed? What makes them seem so real, as they leap from the page, into our imagination? Join authors Melissa Lenhardt and Jenny Martin for an in-depth exploration of the time-honored method great writers employ as they develop their most memorable characters.

 

Handling Character Death

Amber Royer

Intermediate | Lecture | Open Seating

Have you ever read a scene where a character dies, and it’s supposed to be touching and emotional, but it just left you flat? Or been unable to get attached to a character, because it was so obvious from that beginning that that character only existed to die to prove the situation was, in fact, serious? Participants in this class will learn how to use subtle foreshadowing, unfinished character arcs, deep character relationships and other techniques to make sure that the characters who exit their fiction before the last page do so to the proper emotional response from the reader.

 

Home-Style Headshots

Lesley Henderson Handel

Everyone | Lecture | Open Seating

Learn how to take and Photoshop professional quality headshots using nothing but your phone and some free software. Bring your laptop and follow along as we whiten teeth, airbrush bumps and blemishes, and even smooth under-eye bags.

 

How an Agent Reads

Jennie Goloboy

Everyone | Lecture | Open Seating

Agent Jennifer Goloboy will cover in detail exactly what she’s looking for when she reads your sample chapters.


How I Started and Grew My Writing Career

Melissa Lenhardt, A. Lee Martinez, Liara Tamani, Chuck Wendig, moderator Katie Bernet

Everyone | Panel | Open seating

Find out from a panel of four successful writers how they got their start and kept their career going – the steps they took, the mistakes they made and learned from, and the best decisions they made.

 

How to Find the Best Agent for Your Work

Nikki Terpilowski

Intermediate | Lecture | Open Seating

Agent Nikki Terpilowski will cover correctly identifying the genre of your manuscript, making sure your work is in the correct word count and the importance of beta readers and critique partners in finalizing your manuscript for querying – all things you need to do before you figure out the best agent for your work. And then, we’ll go over the best resources for finding agents, the reasons why you should follow literary agents on social media and how to determine if they are a good fit for you and your submission.

 

How to Get the Most Out of a Writing Conference

Bob Mayer

Beginning | Lecture | Open Seating

This is designed to help writers reap the benefits from the time and money invested in a writer’s conference in order to obtain optimal results. Bob Mayer’s goal is to help every writer, published and unpublished, make their conference experience the best it can be and achieve their career goals. He’ll cover how to efficiently plan for the conference, how to select the workshops that will benefit you the most, how to socialize and mingle with those who can help your career, pitching techniques and tactics so you’ll be prepared for the opportunity to discuss your book, and finally, an After Action Review and Follow-up so every conference you attend is a worthwhile investment.

 

How to Give and Take Critique Like an Artist

Sally Hamilton

Everyone | Workshop | Open Seating

You’ve finished your story! Great job! But now…someone has to read it and they’re going to have opinions. Even though getting critique can be intimidating, you can’t become a better artist without it. Critiquing a painting and a story are not so different. Sally Hamilton will teach you how to utilize the hard knock critiquing skills I learned while earning my bachelor’s in Fine Arts and 10+ years of graphic design and writing. Her goal is to thicken skins, open minds and guide you to learning the difference between constructive criticism and just plain criticism (and why it’s sometimes valid, too.)

 

How to Sell Books by the Truckload on Amazon

Penny Sansevieri

Advanced | Lecture | Open Seating

Amazon is a great place to sell books, but most authors (and publishers) underutilize the free systems Amazon offers. Metadata, keywords, and Amazon’s backend systems are also something that are often misunderstood, and underused. Goodreads is another great place to drive more attention to your Amazon book page, and we’ll discuss how to do that. This deep dive class will dig into all of the pieces that Amazon has to help you sell more books.

 

The Human Heart for Writers: An Intro to Human Psychology & Emotions

Weronika Janczuk

Advanced | Lecture | Open Seating

Weronika will lay out an introduction to basic models for human psychology and affectivity, in order to equip writers with theoretical tools for understanding the human person as well as the human interior life. This will include language and concepts for the emotional spectrum, as well as an examination of the ways by which the interior life can be shown and told, from different forms of narrating (1st person, 2nd person, 3rd person).

 

Introduction to Firearms

Hurst Police Department

Beginning | Lecture | Advance signup required

This is a beginner’s introduction to firearms. The class is designed for the writer who has little or no knowledge about the identification and operation of guns, including a revolver, semi-automatic pistol, shotgun, and sub-machine gun. If you have a basic knowledge of weapons and how they work, this is not the class for you. The instruction will be led by a certified police range master from Hurst Police Department. Advance signup is required.

 

Introduction to Write it Forward

Bob Mayer

Intermediate | Lecture | Open Seating

For both fiction and nonfiction, a class that educates writers how to be authors. Based on over a quarter century of experience in traditional, hybrid and indie publishing. Write It Forward is a holistic approach encompassing goals, intent, environment, personality, change, courage, communication and leadership that gives the writer a road map to become a successful author. Many writers become focused on either the writing or the business end; Write It Forward integrates the two, especially in the rapidly changing world of digital publishing.

 

Journey to the Center of the Kids’ Section: Writing Children’s Books

David Goodner

Beginning | Lecture | Open Seating

Children’s book writer David Goodner shares what he learned when he went from writing fantasy novels to picture books and Middle-Grade.  He’ll tell you what’s expected for different categories of kidlit and what the publishing process is like.  Then he’ll talk about the differences between writing for children and for adults.

 

Look at me! Look at me! Planning a Promotional Blitz

Judson Kinkade and Jodi Thompson

Advanced | Lecture | Open Seating

You have just published your magnum opus, you heave a sigh of relief, you are done, it is out there! And NOW What? Creating a focused and effective promotional blitz is a fun and profitable way to kick off the marketing of your book and boost sales. This class offers tips and tricks for a successful promotional blitz that any author can adapt and use for themselves.

 

Military for Writers

Bob Mayer

Intermediate | Lecture | Open Seating

An introduction to the military from conventional warfare, through Special Operations, the War on Terror, weapons of mass destruction and insight into the men and women who make up our armed forces—all tailored for the writer who might need research in this area.

 

Murder 101, How to (or not to) Write a Murder Mystery

Brian Foster

Beginning | Lecture | Open Seating

Benefit from Brian Foster’s 30 years of experience as a detective in the Houston Police Department. Brian will cover the actual steps in on-scene and follow-up investigations, how not to get the firearms information wrong, and how not to lose your credibility. And he’ll discuss a couple of serial killers he’s dealt with.

 

Outflanking Writer’s Block: If You Can’t Go Over, Go Around

Rosemary Clement

Everyone | Lecture | Open Seating

Write every day. Push through. AICFOK (“Seat” in Chair; Fingers on Keyboard). Great advice when you need to get over a little hump. But how long should you keep trying something that’s not working? There’s no one way to write, and there’s no one way to _get writing_. Do you need to come at the text a different way? Maybe you need a productive break from the keyboard. We’ll look at reasons you might get stuck; ways to go around a block you can’t go over, tools and apps to tweak your blocked workflow; plus some Jedi mind tricks to help you get out of your own way. This class is good for writers at all stages. If you don’t need these things now, chances are you will at some point.

 

Picture Books: Why Are They So Hard?

Natascha Morris

Beginning | Lecture | Open Seating

A book for kids with mostly pictures — easy, right? Wrong! Natascha will help you tackle the unique challenges of this format.

 

Plot: The Events of Your Story

Bob Mayer

Intermediate | Lecture | Open Seating

Narrative structure is a baseline craft for a writer to understand. The creative process before the actual start of the book will be covered. Then the elements of narrative structure will be discussed and shown in film clips. From the exciting opening that grabs the reader through the escalating conflict to the climactic scene and ending with the resolution—the entire structure of the novel with be covered with emphasis on hooks, the remote control effect, building suspense, and having satisfying endings.

 

Podcasting Basics: Using Podcasts to Promote Your Book and Build Your Community

C. Michael Morrison

Beginning | Lecture | Open Seating

Podcasts continue to draw listeners and can be an excellent way to connect with a larger community. However, it can also be an intimidating venture for someone with little or no experience hosting and producing audio content. New podcasts, on average, don’t last for more than seven episodes. How do you beat the odds and create an engaging podcast? In this informative and fun course, C. Michael Morrison, author and podcaster will provide you with the basics and equip you with everything you need to know about hosting, editing, producing, and publishing podcasts. You’ll even learn about how to appear as a guest on other podcasts.

 

Poetic Prose

Liara Tamani

Intermediate | Lecture | Open seating

Liara Tamani, MFA, will cover private language, the juxtaposition of disparate objects, syntax, the economy of language, and simile and metaphor. Attendees will learn to recognize poetic devices that appear in the passages we read.


Poison Pen Names and Internet Pitfalls

Lesley Henderson Handel

Intermediate | Lecture | Open Seating

The digital world is full of pitfalls for both the published and unpublished alike. This class teaches how to avoid or correct missteps that leave authors floundering on the second page of a Google search, where no one ever looks. Learn what makes internet strangers more agreeable to buying your book, and whether or not you could be killing your own career prospects with how you blog.

 

Pump Up the Volume: Adding Voice To Your Novel

J.C. Davis

Intermediate | Lecture | Open Seating

Voice can be one of the most frustrating literary devices. What IS it exactly? Why do agents, editors, and other industry professionals mention voice all the time? What is the difference between authorial voice and character voice? We’ll discuss different techniques you can use to add voice to your writing and make your prose sing. Practical examples will be provided as well as an in-class exercise. Participants will have the opportunity to share examples of how they add voice during the class exercise.

 

Quelling Your Query Conundrums

Ann Rose

Intermediate | Lecture | Open Seating

Dread no more and tame the query beast during the Quelling Your Query Conundrums session with Ann Rose of Prospect Agency. She will highlight the dos and don’ts of querying so your submission will rise above the slush. Ann will workshop willing participant’s queries to optimize the chance of an offer of representation.


Read and Critique Workshop

Panel of DFW Writers’ Workshop authors

Everyone | Workshop | Advance Signup Recommended

One great way to hone your craft is to read your work in front of a critique group. The DFW Writers’ Workshop has been doing just that since 1977, and has perfected its system over the years. Bring your current work in progress, read it in front of a group and receive critique from published authors. Each reader gets a specified allotment of reading time (normally enough to read around 5 to 6 pages of formatted manuscript). We also have a small number of “observer” seats available if you’d like to listen to the reads and learn from the critiques, but aren’t quite ready to read your own work in public yet.

 

The Research of Writing

Savannah Brooks

Advanced | Lecture | Open Seating

In prose, it’s often plot that engages readers—but it’s character development and setting that enthrall them. This session will focus on how writers can delve into the world of research to strengthen the foundation of their manuscript. Looking at award-winning works from both fiction and nonfiction, we’ll discuss various strategies for weaving in fascinating layers of information, giving your book a competitive edge for market and maybe even drawing in your own strange obsessions.

 

So Close And Yet So Far: Getting Good Writers Over the Publishing Hurdle

Panel of agents and authors

Advanced | Limited Seating Workshop | Advance Signup Recommended

There are good writers out there who are actively submitting their work but for whatever reason, haven’t managed to close the deal and land an agent. Maybe you’re one of them! Part support group and part clinic, this workshop will give you the chance to describe your experiences to agents and published authors and get their feedback on what to do next. Prerequisite to address the panel: You must have multiple rejection letters from agents or publishers, and you are encouraged (but not required) to bring them for show and tell. Writers who haven’t started submitting yet may attend as observers, or may choose to attend a So Here’s My Problem workshop instead.

 

So Here’s My Problem Workshop

Panel of agents and authors

Everyone | Limited Seating Workshop | Advance Signup Recommended

You have the floor. What writing challenge has you tearing your hair out? Our informal discussion group of agents and published authors will listen to your woes and do their darnedest to unfurrow your brow and turn your frown upside down. Whether it’s a devious problem with plot development, diabolical dialog, a quarrelsome query letter, a sloppy synopsis or a frightful first five pages, we’ll help. You can bring up to 2 pages of writing; if you do, bring a minimum of five copies, for you and the panelists.

 

Speculative Fiction Today

Jennie Goloboy, Jenny Martin, A. Lee Martinez, Kayla Olson, Chuck Wendig, moderator Jason Myers

Everyone | Panel | Open seating

Speculative Fiction – what is it, what makes it great, what’s the market for it like today, and where is it headed in the future?

 

Tables and Signings – Don’t Shout “Buy My Book” and Other Tabling Advice

Laura Maisano

Advanced | Lecture | Open Seating

From literary-centric book signings, to conventions, to craft fairs, the art of “tabling” (table sales) requires a certain eye for identifying who may actually be interested in buying your book. Learn about the various venues where you can sell your books, booth setup, investment costs, and how to interact with different attendees. Geek extraordinaire Laura Maisano has tabled at many fan conventions and spent plenty of time in artist alleys and dealers rooms. She’s got the details to share.

 

Taboo Topics

Panel

18+ | Panel | Advance signup and non-disclosure agreement required

Anonymous panelists from the grittier side of life will reveal their secrets and answer writers’ questions to help them accurately depict experiences most of us will never directly encounter. DFWCon’s first class to require attendees sign a non-disclosure agreement!

 

Talk to Me: Dialogue 101

Shay Youngblood

Everyone | Workshop | Open Seating

Dialogue for the stage moves the story forward, reveals character and subtext and amplifies the writer’s voice. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss short scenes from contemporary plays, complete writing exercises and talk about how to get your plays from the page to the stage. Learning how to write great stage dialogue will help polish your dialogue for other literary formats, too.

 

Trends, Challenges and Opportunities in Publishing

Kaitlyn Johnson, Bob Mayer, James McGowan, Penny Sansevieri, Chuck Wendig, moderator John Bartell

Everyone | Panel | Open seating

Authors, literary agents, and a marketing expert will discuss the state of publishing and what it means for the writer.

 

Using Social Media the Way Celebrities Do

Victoria Scott

Intermediate | Lecture | Open seating

Authors, literary agents, and a marketing expert will discuss the state of publishing and what it means for the writer.

 

What Authors Can Learn from Crazy Network Marketers

TwylaBeth Lambert

Advanced | Lecture | Open Seating

If you’ve been on social media, you’ve seen them. Those Crazy Network Marketers slinging oils, lotions, capsules, wraps and who knows what. But before you click Block, check what we can learn from them about building and growing a network of friends, fans and followers. Even if you’re an introvert. Even if social media isn’t your happy place.

 

What Writers Need to Know About Copyright Law

Jaime Olin and Sam Hawk

Everyone | Lecture | Open Seating

Have you ever wanted to incorporate Scarlett O’Hara or Harry Potter in your novel? What about using a Beatles lyric in your short story? Have you ever wondered what it means when an old novel comes into the public domain, and whether it means it’s fair game for developing a book that reimagines the original, like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies? This class will explain what a copyright is, how long it lasts, what works it applies to, what it means when works come into the public domain, and the law of fair use. Writers will gain an understanding of when and how they can use portions of previously published media, and how to protect their own works from unauthorized copying.

 

Win at Instagram: Brand Yourself and Market Your Book

Shayla Raquel

Intermediate | Lecture | Open Seating

Instagram is more than just pretty pictures. In “Win at Instagram,” writers will learn how to establish an author brand people love to follow, increase engagement with voracious readers, connect with bookstagrammers for reviews, build a loyal following of devoted book ambassadors, take the right photos to post for their audience, sell more books, find an authentic Instagram aesthetic, and network with industry professionals. If you’re ready to boost your author branding game and market your book on anything other than Facebook, then Instagram is a sure thing for your strategy.

 

Working With Independent Publishers

Michelle Rene

Everyone | Lecture | Open Seating

There is a multitude of different ways to publish these days. This class teaches you the ins and outs of one rarely discussed – independent publishers. These are smaller presses with traditional publishing models. Learn to research, vet, and query independent publishers in this informative class.

 

Worldbuilding Based in Science: How Societies Work

Aecio Borba

Advanced | Lecture | Advance Signup Required

Fantasy and Science fiction usually address new and unexplored societies. But in many cases, such “new” societies are based mostly in reflections of our own. In this class, we address how societies work, based on Behavior Analysis and the Cultural Materialist framework. We’ll tackle how to understand society in a way to give the opportunity for the learner to create new, organic and realistic societies for an unreal setting.

 

Write It Tight Workshop

Laura Maisano

Beginning | Workshop | Advance Signup Required

Agents and Editors are looking for tight writing, and they can tell at the first glance if a manuscript is overwritten. Every word in the book must count, and many times, less is more. By applying style techniques used in technical Writing, you can hone your craft to get your meaning across with fewer words. Veteran editor Laura Maisano will define what agents view as tight writing, ways to shave of excess words through concision revision, and provide an opportunity to practice on examples and your own problem paragraphs. Bring your laptop or a printout of a page in your book that you think may be overwritten. If you can’t identify a problem area, bring the first page.

 

Writing Suspense, Mysteries, and Thrillers

Larry F. Enmon

Beginning | Lecture | Open Seating

Thriller author Larry Enmon will cover the essential elements for writing effective suspense, mystery, and thriller novels. Discussion will include examples of what makes these genres work and what to avoid.

 

Writing Three-Dimensional Characters

Margaret Bail

Intermediate | Lecture | Open Seating

Literary agent Margaret Bail will coach authors on how to develop round, rich, well-developed characters.

 

Writing Your Best Query Letter

Amelia Appel

Intermediate | Lecture | Open Seating

Query letters are often daunting, but they don’t have to be! Amelia will outline proper query format, the do’s and the don’ts, and the key elements for grabbing an agent’s attention so you can query with confidence.  Your query letter is your first impression – in this session, you’ll learn how to make it the best it can be.

 

Writing Your Synopsis Correctly

Kaitlyn Johnson

Intermediate | Lecture | Open Seating

One of the scariest words in the writing biz: Synopsis. Kaitlynn will remove the mystery surrounding what constitutes a good one.