Fiction Track (click to open link)
Stant Litore “Characters Your Readers Won’t Forget”
What makes characters unforgettable? Discover what is most core to your protagonist and explore strategies for digging deep into their history. Make your characters “come alive” on the page through the exercises and writing times in this session. Bio: Stant Litore is the author of The Zombie Bible, Ansible, and Write Characters Your Readers Won’t Forget. Litore has been featured in “The Year’s Best New Sci-Fi” on NPR (2014), as an “author success story” on Amazon.com homepage (2013), in Weird Fiction Review, and SF Signal.
Anne Randolph “Raising the Stakes with Conflict”
Drive your story with conflict. What does your character desire? What stands in the way? Make it personal: find her wound; uncover his yearning. Discover their secret? Conflict drives story and desire creates plot. Bring paper and pen and your imagination to put character flaws into conflict. Come write. Bio: Anne Randolph, founder of Kitchen Table Writing, inspires writers at conferences such as the Screenwriters Conference Santa Fe. Awarded National Endowment for the Arts grants, Anne directed at New York City Opera, Opera Colorado, the Colorado Symphony, in London and Amsterdam. Her #1 best-selling Stories Gathered at the Kitchen Table: A Collection of Women’s Memoirs is on Amazon. Sweet Not Enough, her Southern Gothic novel, will be published in 2018. www.AnneRandolph.com.
Todd Mitchell “Plotting and Shaping Compelling Stories: Advanced Concepts for Earning the Transformation”
In this interactive workshop, we’ll focus on devious ways to plot and structure stories to challenge your characters, and develop a convincing narrative that readers (and editors) won’t be able to put down. The three-act story structure, visualizing character arcs, and novel-length plotting and shaping techniques will also be discussed. Bio: Todd Mitchell is an award-winning author, teacher, and speaker. His books include The Last Panther (Random House), The Traitor King (Scholastic Press), The Secret to Lying (Candlewick, Colorado Book Award Winner), Backwards (Candlewick, CAL Award Winner), and A Flight of Angels (DC Comics, YALSA Top 10 Pick for Teens). Visit him at www.ToddMitchellBooks.com.