2019 Conference – Fiction Track Workshops

Workshop Session #1
The Back of the Book Blurb”

Every reader knows that after the book cover, the blurb describing the story is what entices us to buy. But did you also know that writing this blurb early can help focus your story development? Or that you can use this blurb for querying? We’ll discuss the logline, the summary, and the Big Dramatic Question so you can write your own!

2019 Pre Conference Event - Trai Cartwright

BIO: TRAI CARTWRIGHT, MFA, is a 25-year entertainment industry veteran and creative writing and business development specialist. She produces media and writes screenplays and novels. While in Los Angeles, she was a business consultant and studio-level development executive. Trai currently teaches at three universities and one-on-one as a development and story editor.

Workshop Session #2
Beating Writer’s Block

The term “writer’s block” refers to a variety of ways writers get slowed or stalled. We’ll unpack each of these problem points and explore tactics for beating them. Whether your particular challenge is lack of time, disillusionment with a first draft, perfectionism and a noisy internal critic, or getting stuck mid-story, you will leave this session empowered and ready to do more of what you came here to do: write.

Workshop Session #3
What Makes Your Character Tick?

What makes a character unforgettable? Learn new strategies for digging into your character’s history: where they come from; their wounds, fears, and desires; the secrets that can exert pressure on your story or create opportunities for plot. Come prepared to write and to get to know your character more deeply.

2019 Conference Fiction - Stant Litore

BIO: Stant Litore is the author of The Zombie Bible, Ansible, Write Characters Your Readers Won’t Forget, and Write Worlds Your Readers Won’t Forget. Litore has been featured in “The Year’s Best New Sci-Fi” at NPR (March 2014), as an Author Success Story on the Amazon.com homepage (November 2013), and in Weird Fiction Review and SF Signal.