Bill Evans - The New Writer's Process

Koehler Books will be releasing Bill’s first novel in October—his second novel will be released in March 2018---both novels are being considered for TV movies. Bill writes with a lot of dialogue and in the words of his publisher, “doesn’t use a lot of word calories”. Not a lot of fluff—gets into his story and then uses shock and twists to keep the reader interested. Come hear him discuss his process for writing.

Mary Weber - Social Media Marketing For Your Book

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Kevin Clark - I’m The One I'm Not: Writing The Persona Poem

Write what you know, they always say… And so, since childhood, most of us have written poems that are about what we know best — i.e., the Wonder of Me. After a while, however, we may have become a bit bored with the ever-present highway of our interior lives. Maybe we’ve always preferred the sound of someone else’s voice, anyone’s voice not our own? What then? Writing persona poems about people we make up or people who actually exist (or once existed) can liberate us and juice up our imagination. While reading persona poems by several contemporary poets, we will examine helpful ways to begin poems that engage the first person voice of the Other.

Cindy Neuschwander - The Picture Book

What is it? Author Cindy Neuschwander will introduce this delightful and ever-enjoyable genre, present it's history, and share thoughts on its reading audience.

Ken Sherman - Why You Need An Agent (What Publishers And Producers Want - What Are They Looking For?)

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Carlisle Webber - Everything You Need To Know About Publishing You Can Learn From Reality TV

Writers have more in common with drag queens, fashion designers, models, and inventors than they know. All these professions require presenting great product, working on their craft, knowing how to build a career, and more. The key to understanding the publishing business might just lie in your remote control.

Peter Dunne - The Storyteller’s Voice

Fiction or non-fiction, short story, essay, or novel, when it comes to storytelling, some problems are universal. You may have many good ideas to write about – stories that are worth your time and effort – but so often you find yourself getting lost. You stare at all the hard work you’ve done, and beg the gods to lead you on. Yet, the story will not budge. Because it knows, even when you don’t, that something vital in your writing is going unwritten. The essence of your work has escaped. And that essence is Emotional Structure, which establishes your Writer’s Voice. Your Writer’s Voice tells the world how you want to be known. It is critical because it expresses who you are – deep down – and separates you from the pack as it announces your arrival. Why is that so important for success? Because your writing isn’t the product, you are. Ask any publisher.

Chantelle Aimée Osman - Self Promotion Sells Books

Once upon a time all an author had to do was write a good story. The publisher did the rest, while the author worked on their next masterpiece. Now the author has to wear hats as a agent, publicist, social media guru and sometimes even publisher. This workshop cover the best methods of marketing, from Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads, to blogs, newsletters, advertisements, and in-person appearance. In the current writing market, an author who doesn’t promote doesn’t sell. How much time and money should you spend promoting, and where best should you direct your efforts?

Diane Drake - Get Your Story Straight

Creating a compelling cinematic narrative can be deceptively difficult, and story structure is often one of the most challenging things for any writer to master. There are no “formulas,” but there are time-tested principles which can help guide you and enable you to craft your story into its most satisfying form. This workshop will cover tools and elements critical to grounding your story in a solid screenplay structure. Learning how to successfully structure your screenplay can increase your odds of interesting agents, producers and studios in your work.

The workshop will cover the following and more:

•   What movies are really about

•   The main purpose of each of the three acts

•   Keys to creating a sympathetic hero

•   The structural importance of determining what your hero wants and needs

•   How to decide if your Inciting Incident is effective

•   How to create a compelling first plot point

•   How to keep your story moving in Act II

•   The critical thing Act III must come down to