Mary Weber - Writing Tips For New Writers

Writing Young Adult, or New Writers, or really whatever you need. 

Eldonna Edwards - I Wrote A Novel, Now What?

You finished the first draft of your novel or memoir, now comes the revision process. The biggest mistake new writers make is sending out their work before it’s ready. Eldonna offers step-by-step guidance to make the revision process less overwhelming by honing in on specific ways to fine-tune your manuscript so it shines!  

Peter Dunne - Why Am I Me? Legacy And Mystery

We think we know ourselves well enough to write about our life, but the effort seems daunting, and its value dubious. After all, how do we begin to choose which stories to tell from all the days, and months, and years? And who cares anyway? But actually, the real reason most of us don’t attempt to write our stories is the dread that sooner or later we will be forced to look at those things we’d rather not see or feel again. These reservations are understandable, but they discount the healing power of enlightenment. We write about our lives, the glory and the gaffes, to learn to love ourselves despite our fallibilities. We are human, after all. This raises our personal writing into brave, new territory. We acknowledge the good for what it gave and the bad for what it took. We pay tribute to effort. To endurance. To survival. We learn that we are central to eternity, entrusted between the ancients and the children who are still stars to bear witness and advocate the soul. To preserve the evolution of spiritual clarity and humanity’s hope. And to demonstrate what love is.

Raymond Mullikin - Creative Writing Exercises

Find your creative zone! This worship focuses on ideas to help jumpstart writing, getting over writers block, and to stay inspired.  

Ken Sherman - Moving Your Book To Film And Television

Once you’ve written your book or stageplay, there’s always the chance it will transfer well to film and television. We’ll discuss specific projects with this history and then discuss some of yours, with the idea of taking it out of the theoretical and into the real. 

Doug Richardson - Publishing? Now You Have Choices. Traditional Versus Self-Publishing

It’s the twenty-first century question for writers. Should you beat down the doors of traditional publishers or bet on yourself in the wild west of indie publishing? Novelist and screenwriter Doug Richardson has both thrived and survived in both worlds. In this class he’ll share his own evolving adventures while getting to the bottom of what may be be the most profitable path for you.

Michael Stackpole - Build And Break Some Characters

In this interactive workshop, participants will help create and then stress to the breaking point characters. The instructor will demonstrate a variety of advanced characterization techniques to help the process along. If you want to carry your characterization beyond the mundane, this workshop is what you want. 

Kendra Aronson - Pre Order Campaign On Kickstarter

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 launched a pre-order campaign on the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter in July 2015 in order to make the cookbook a tangible reality for the December 2015 holiday season. She raised $27k on Kickstarter to help fund the first print run of 2,000 copies—which sold out in just 20 days when released. Kendra will talk about the ins-and-outs of crowdfunding, the terminology of Kickstarter, a timeline for preparing a campaign, the common mistakes people make (and how to avoid them), tricks for a successful launch, and how to maintain momentum during a campaign. Learn more at slofarmersmarketcookbook.com 

Marylin Atlas - Crafting Authentic Vs. Cardboard Characters: Operating From Multiple POV

Forget about making lists of character traits or relying heavily on archetypes to launch your character exploration. Begin with theme, the character’s wants/NEEDS, and the supporting/opposing POVs of all the other characters in the universe of the story. That’s how you craft conflict, nuance, and make a lasting impression on your reader.