Friday, June 23, 2017

7:00 – 9:00 am

  • Coffee Bar at Registration

8:30 am – 2:00 pm

  • Registration

8:00 – 8:50 am

  • Breakfast Peer Critiques Sessions/Moderator TBA
    • In this session, participants will give peer critiques of one another’s 10 pages submissions. Please come to the session having fully read the submitted works and with either written or typed notes on each submission to return to each author.

9:00 – 9:50 am

  • Don’t be a D*ck: How to Professionally Pitch Your Novel /Sandra Kasturi and Deanna Sjolander
    • How do you know you’re pitching the right way? Join Sandra and Deanna as they go over their rules for pitching your novel to editors, agents, and even fellow readers. And hey, if you just do as the title says, you’re halfway there!
  • Erotic Romance: A Journey of Heart and Sexuality/Anna Zabo
    • Quite often erotic romance is equated to porn, something created to tantalize and get the reader off, but that’s a misunderstanding of both the purpose of romance and erotica. Both are about a journey, and when brought together, the story becomes an intertwined journey of both heart and sexuality.  This workshop will discuss the aspects of these journeys and how to successfully craft an erotic romance as well as where you can market your work.
  • Hands On: Writing the Back-Cover Blurb/Shelley Adina
    • If you’re seeking traditional publication, the back-cover blurb goes in your query letter. Once you’re under contract, your publisher may ask you to write your own–or rewrite theirs. And if you’re self-publishing, you’ll need to write a grabby book description to hook the readers attracted by your cover art. In this hands-on workshop, we’ll learn the anatomy of a blurb, from shoutline to hook, and then in four easy steps, write one for our works in progress.

10:00 – 10:50 am

  • A Writer’s Advertising Campaign/J. R. Baird
    • This Module focuses on creating an advertising campaign for either a book, an event, or a person. A presentation that includes topics such as audience, slogan, message, campaign strategy, and platforms to promote will be offered.
  • Reboot Your Novel/Sally Bosco
    • Do you have novels that are sitting around your hard drive taking up space? You’d love to rework them, but you don’t quite know what to do? Take heart, you’re not alone. This workshop focuses on how to take an existing “shelf” novel, analyze it, and bring it up to publishable quality. Please be ready to analyze one of your “zombie” novels that you would like to re-animate. We’ll work through the revision in class.
  • Plotting with W, M, and Spaghetti/Randee Paraskevopoulos
    • You’ll take home a full explanation of these techniques, along with blank Ws and Ms waiting for your ideas.

11:00 – 12:00 pm

  • Lunch

12:00 – 12:50 pm

  • Beyond Questionnaires: Models and Methods for Character Design/Mary Mascari
    • Books and articles about characterization usually come with a long questionnaire to fill out. But how do you know what to say? And how do you remember? This workshop will go through a few simple models to find the main thrust of a character and include writing exercises to discover more about them.
  • Idiom’s Guide to World Building (AKA Cultural Linguistics for Writers)/Symantha Reagor
    • World-building is often a “hot potato” topic amid the writer community with “everyone and their mother” eager to give their opinion “at the drop of a hat.” Without solid world-building, a writer may have to take a novel “back to the drawing board” even after months or years of work. But “every cloud has a silver lining” just as every culture has a set of “idioms.” By examining known Western and Eastern idioms, writers in this workshop will build a fictional culture with its own set of idioms that highlight the values and unique characteristics of a new fictional world.
  • Food and Writing/Christina Stitt
    • We’ve all read a scene where a weary traveler finally sits down to a good meal, only to drool over the description of their well-deserved dinner. Or we’ve tried to picture fantastical foods and what they would taste like and smell like in real life. This module explores the power food can hold in your writing, and how the right details can take a simple meal and turn it into a trove of information for your readers. We will also briefly touch on writing about food in the non-fiction world (memoirs, blogging). Yes, there will be samples.

1:00 – 3:00 pm

  • Author Guest of Honor Critiques

1:00 – 5:00 pm

  • Individual Pitch Sessions (8-10 min sessions for each pitch)
    • Admin 202
    • Admin 203
    • Admin 211

1:00 – 5:00 pm

  • Author Guest of Honor Critiques (15 minute pre-scheduled sessions)
    • Admin 212

1:00 –1:50 pm

  • Sexless Love: Passion for Everyone! /C.A. Jacobs
    • Many novels and stories in all genres are determined to force their main characters, and even many of the supporting characters, into sexual or romantic pairings. In truth, the world we live in and the ability to create realistic worlds for our characters to live in depends on passion. This module, taught by an asexual author, intends to demonstrate how to incorporate passion into all of your characters and provide them with a network of positive interpersonal relationships as well as more diversity in their lives.
  • Got Magic?/Maria V. Snyder
    • Magic is one of the conventions found in 99% of fantasy novels.  From using electricity and power objects to flicking a wand, the range of magic systems used in fantasy is diverse. This workshop will review the various magical systems and help you create one of your own.

2:00 –2:50 pm

  • Kick-Ass Titles/Sally Bosco
    • One of the most important decision you’ll make about your novel is the title, yet many of us settle for the first thing that pops into our minds-the “good enough” title. Your novel’s name is the first introduction a reader, editor or agent has to your novel. In our busy world where people make snap decisions about what they would like (or would not like) to read, why not come up with a title that compels the reader to pick up your book?
    • Class time will be allowed for you to work through this process with one of your own novels.
  • Panel: How to Become an Indie Author/Carrie Miller
    • I aim to provide you with the tools you’ll need to navigate the treacherous waters of the self-pubbing world. I’ll tell you all of the mistakes I made so you don’t have to make them, and give you advice and resources so you can make well-informed choices about your publishing career. Topics to include: editors, formatting, covers, marketing, reader interaction (social media/blogging/newsletter), distribution channels, ISBNs, and more.
  • Social Media for Anti-Social Writers/Dr. Natalie Duvall and Matt Duvall
    • The module features hoary (not whore-y) alums talking about ways they use social media to enhance their writing. Panelists tbd.

3:00 –3:50 pm

  • Martial Arts for Writers/Mike Mullig
    • The martial arts are often seen as mysterious and mystical, with practitioners capable of superhuman — or supernatural — feats of skill and endurance. While such fight scenes can look brilliant on the screen, it can be difficult to understand the concepts underlying martial arts for writing prose. Join Sandan Mike Mullig as he invites you to look behind the dojo door. In this presentation, Mike discusses (and demonstrates) topics such as training, techniques, applications, injuries, and the conditioning that comes with the practice of a martial art.
  • Paid to Play: Writing Video Game Strategy for Cash and Kingdom/Serena Stokes
    • Keep working on that novel! But in the meantime, you need to make a living. We know a lot of you talented writers out there are also enthusiastic gamers. Did you know those two passions can work together to create exciting job opportunities? The strategy guide branch of the gaming industry is constantly searching for gamers with a stellar work ethic and sense of professionalism, who know the ins and outs of the freelance world, and, above all, who can craft a good sentence. Attend to learn about the skills, expectations, and responsibilities required of the job, and how you can turn a love of video games into a viable career path.
  • Building a Story Pyramid/Jessica Freely
    • A fun and interactive workshop to get you thinking about story structure in a whole new way!

4:00 –4:50 pm

  • X-Ray Your Scene: How to find the bones of a scene and use them for pre-writing or editing/Mary Mascari
    • Do you know your scene has problems, but can’t tell exactly where the problem is? This workshop will give you some tools for analyzing a scene so you can make a diagnosis and treat the patient.
  • Brainstorming! /Diana Botsford, Jen Brooks, and Rhonda Mason
    • Looking for a fun, fast-paced workshop to generate new fiction ideas or enhance a work-in-progress? Diana, Jen, and Rhonda will lead the group in some activities they use to brainstorm their own work. Plenty of group participation here, with a focus on spawning ideas and spiraling them out in interesting directions. You will leave with at least three new story ideas and plenty to continue thinking about after the workshop ends.
  • Get Your Butt in The Chair/Erica Millard
    • Are you lacking direction as a writer? Have you looked at the calendar and realized that you haven’t written in weeks? Is the Internet/Netflix constantly distracting you from your writing and other things that are important to you? In this module we will be discussing and setting goals as well as nailing down how we can stay motivated to write in a world where everything else is stealing our attention. We will also be discussing how to keep a balance between writing and other aspects of our lives such as relationships and personal health.

5:00 –5:50 pm

  • “Oh, Goddess!” Representation of the Feminine Divine in Fiction/Jennifer Della Zanna and Symantha Reagor
    • Goddesses abound in fantasy novels. Many are rooted in religious and mythological histories and, while there are commonalities between goddesses across cultures, too often a select few tropes (fertility/sexuality/virginity) are disproportionately represented. This module will look at common representations of the feminine divine and explore additional representations of goddess figures and mythology from which authors can draw inspiration.
  • You are Here: Deepening POV/Scott Johnson
    • How to bring your readers into the action instead of keeping them at arm’s length.
  • The Kiss/Aaron Bennett
    • In a good kiss, there is both fulfillment and longing. That is one of the reasons people often find the kissing scenes sexier than the actual sex scenes. Learn how to pump up your kissing scenes for maximum impact.

5:30 –6:30 pm

  • Dinner Break

6:00 –8:00 pm

  • WPF Thesis Readings
    • Observe the readings offered by the Writing Popular Fiction graduates. All attendees of IYWM are welcome and encouraged to attend. A list of topics is available at registration.

6:30 –7:30 pm

  • Evening Peer Critiques/Moderator TBA
    • In this session, participants will give peer critiques of one another’s 10 pages submissions. Please come to the session having fully read the submitted works and with either written or typed notes on each submission to return to each author.

7:00 – 9:30 pm

  • Book Signings with Readings
    • Between 20 and 30 different authors available for book signings and personal questions about their craft.

9:45 pm –done

  • Ghost Tour