8:00 – 8:50 am
- Coffee Bar
9:00 – 9:50 am
- Idea vs. Story: Creating a Full-Length Novel/Anna LaVoie
- How many times have you gotten a nifty idea, sat down to start writing and run out of oomph thirty pages later? A great idea is a great idea, but how do you turn it into a complete story with a beginning, middle, and end? Influenced by a range of plotting and world building methods, I will share my approach to expanding upon an initial idea and fleshing out the necessary pieces to create a full-length novel.
- What’s Love Got to Do with it? /Victoria Thompson
- A romantic subplot can spice up any genre, and if you’re not writing a Romance novel, the romance doesn’t even have to end happily. Using Joseph Campbell’s theories of myth-based fiction, you can add a romance subplot to any genre and create conflict, mayhem and disaster or just a really, really long courtship.
- Panel-Behind the Scenes of Military Life/J.L.Gribble, Alex Savage, and K.P. Kulski.
- This panel of veterans, current service members, and dependents is ready to share their unique experiences of life in the military (and life attached to the military) and answer questions from the audience.
10:00 – 10:50 am
- Adjuncting for Dummies/Elaine Ervin
- So you have that almighty parchment bearing the letters M.F.A. How do you put it to work to do any actual teaching? This workshop presents a basic game plan (and many tales from the trenches) for those wishing to learn more about the adjunct life and how to break in without going “too” crazy. Ms. Ervin has over a decade of teaching experience (9 years as adjunct) for a variety of campuses from community college to university level with equally varied environments (on-ground, online, blended). If you think college teaching “might” be for you, come kick the tires to find out.
- Naval Warfare for Writers/Timons Esaias
- Okay, you’ve gotten your characters down to the sea, and they need to use ships to fight the Enemy. Maybe you don’t know what kind of ships that would be. Possibly you aren’t clear on how they would use them. You’re wondering if pirates have a union. What made Vikings so awesome? And what are battleships, anyway?
- Timons Esaias will dispense malt balls and perspective. There will be many pictures. We’ll talk about “Why You Won’t Have Galleons Without Gunpowder” and deal with the basic logic, and logistics, of fighting on (or under) the water. We’ll get you sailing line ahead in no time.
- Your Own YouTube Channel/Heidi Ruby Miller and Jason Jack Miller
- We will work with you to:
- set up a YouTube channel.
- create your first content (or better content).
- decide if monetizing your account is preferable for you.
- understand why writers would even want to do this.
- We will work with you to:
11:00 – 11:50 am
- Purple(headed) Prose and How to Avoid it/Dr. Natalie Duvall and Matt Duvall
- Sometimes your naughty bits may tingle just a little too much when you’re writing those scenes of afternoon delight. We’ll examine the anatomy of good sex scenes, bad sex scenes, and scenes so bad they’re good. You’ll be erect (in your chair) the whole time.
- The Cold Hard Clog: AKA the Middle/Maria V. Snyder
- What happens after the excitement of writing the beginning of your book? You start working on the middle section, and eighty percent of your novel is considered “the middle.” For most writers, it’s a cold hard slog until you reach the thrilling climax at the end of the book. This workshop will help you get through the middle by developing characters, advancing the plot, and weaving in sub-plots all to reach your goal – finishing!
- Abracadabra/Scott Johnson
- Have magic users in your fiction? How to make readers go along with the ride, instead of using magic to get you out of every tight spot.
12:00 – 1:00 pm
- IYWM Closing Luncheon
- All attendees are welcome to attend this luncheon when the new graduates of the WPF program are celebrated and welcomed into the alumni community.
1:00 – 2:30 pm
- Alumni Business Meeting
- WPF alumni are welcome to attend this meeting to discuss the IYWM conference, make suggestions, and recognize needs.
- WPF Commencement