Saturday Workshops 10:15-11:15am
Ed Cobleigh - Why Do We Write?
To reach our writing goals, we need a clear vision of where we're going. A distinctive, personalized mission statement will give us essential focus and more successful writing. It's easier than you think to craft yours.
Kendra Aronson - Self Publishing From Scratch
Kendra Aronson is the writer, photographer, designer, and self-publisher of The San Luis Obispo Farmers' Market Cookbook: Simple Seasonal Recipes and Short Stories from the Central Coast of California. Kendra raised $27k on Kickstarter to fund her first print run of 2,000 copies—which sold out in just 20 days. Kendra will talk about her unique experience in every aspect of self-publishing: developing the book idea, sourcing a printer, self-imposing deadlines, designing parameters, digital and grassroots marketing, promoting events, and distributing the final product. Learn more at slofarmersmarketcookbook.com
Kevin Clark - To Go Slow Or To Go Fast: Elegy And Velocity In Our Poems
Elegiac poems often gain power from measured pacing. Other poems—urgent, angry, soaring, etc.—often survive on speediness. What are the goals and methods of each of these types of poems? How does tone influence style? In an interactive class, we’ll discuss the different aims and techniques of both types, while reading model selections by contemporary poets, including Barbara Hamby, Bob Hicock, C Dale Young, and Susan Wood. Ultimately, we’ll try to identify the devices that might best apply to our own work, and, if we have time, we’ll start our own slow-moving or fast-moving poems.
Mary LoVerde - You Can Do It Too
Twenty-five years ago Mary LoVerde got fired from a big fancy schmancy job she loved. So she decided to follow her dream and become an author and professional speaker. She was unsure, as in, had absolutely no clue, how to speak, write, market, be an entrepreneur or live on any means other than a regular paycheck with benefits. Four international books, thousands of paid speeches, millions of miles and a cazillion amazing experiences later she knows a thing or two about how to write and speak successfully. Let her ideas be a shortcut to your own success.
Mary C. Moore - Commercial Fiction: Polishing Your Prose To Make It Submission Ready
A discussion of common mistakes, clichés, and tics that can mark your writing as not ready for agents or editors. This workshop will focus on primarily sentence level construction.
Natalie Obando-Desai - Get Your Book Published!
Join veteran literary publicist and founder of new indie publisher, Do Good Publishing, as she discusses how to reach out to literary agents and indie publishers with the right tools to sell your book. We’ll discuss making sure that you have everything that you need to stand out from the sea of submissions. You’ll also get a curated list of publishers from around the nation that are accepting submissions directly from authors and you’ll get to pitch your manuscript directly to the founder of Do Good Publishing. Who knows, you might walk out with a contract!
Jeanne Veillette Bowerman - Navigating Hollywood From Outside Of L.A.
When screenwriters ask an industry insider for advice, the most common response writers
hear is, “Move to L.A.” But Jeanne Veillette Bowerman says, “Not so fast.” Jeanne
has built a strong network for herself right from her country home in New York State.
When you live far from L.A., networking is crucial. Learn the enigma surrounding networking—and
find out how to create a strong community of support. Traveling to networking events
like pitchfests requires both time and money. Jeanne gives tips on how to get the
best bang for your buck at a pitching event and turn a five-minute pitch meeting into
a relationship that lasts years.
But efore you pack your bags, learn the secrets to preparing for a successful trip to L.A. and how to continue building those relationships after you’re back home. But if you’re determined to move to L.A., she’ll share advice on what to do to prepare before you call that moving van.
Jonathan Maberry - Writing And Selling Short Stories
The short story market is growing stronger all the time, thanks to advances in digital and audio publishing. There’s never been a better time to try writing and selling short fiction. NY Times bestseller Jonathan Maberry has sold more than one hundred short stories and has edited a dozen anthologies. He’ll unlock the secrets to successfully cracking this lucrative market.
Diane Drake - Keys To Creating A Sympathetic Hero
From a certain angle, a writer’s job can be boiled down to three simple words: “Make me care.” Consequently, a note screenwriters often get from producers and executives is that they need to make their lead more sympathetic, more “likable.” Reasonable enough in theory, but how exactly? This workshop will cover some of the key elements that go into creating a hero your audience will genuinely relate to and care about. In addition, we’ll provide some tips on how to approach writing dialogue.