Schedule: 2020 Workshop

THIS YEAR’S SESSION & WORKSHOPS (2020):

8:30 – 9:30: Check-in and registration at the event location. Check in and get comfortable.

There will be 3 classes/workshops going at all times during the day for the 2018 workshop. Agent pitches and critique consultations overlap with the sessions below. The schedule of presentation topics below is subject to change, but here is the current layout:

BLOCK ONE: 9:30 – 10:30

1. Plotting Your Novel (or How Outlining Can Prevent Your Head Exploding), taught by Julie Hyzy. First drafts are how authors tell themselves the story. Do you need an outline to get started? Do all authors outline at some level? As you’re writing, how best to keep all the story’s twists and turns straight in your head? How can we know what’s coming yet keep the story fresh for ourselves as well as for our readers?

CLASS LIST COMING SOON

BLOCK TWO: 10:45 – 11:50

1. Writing Mystery/Thriller/Crime Fiction, taught by Julie Hyzy. From cozy mysteries to thrillers and all the crime fiction in between: Why this genre is so much fun to write, why it endures, and how to craft suspense in your stories. In this session, a best-selling authors explains these topics, and more.

CLASS LIST COMING SOON

LUNCH ON YOUR OWN: 11:50 – 1:15

Lunch is on your own during these 85 minutes. There are lots of options, including onsite restaurants, and nearby places to eat.

BLOCK THREE: 1:15 – 2:30

1. “Writers Got Talent”—a Page 1 Critique Fest (Windsor Room), with participating literary agents and editors. In the vein of “American Idol” or “America’s Got Talent,” this is a chance to get your first page read (anonymously — no bylines given) with attending agents commenting on what was liked or not liked about the submission. Get expert feedback on your incredibly important first page, and know if your writing has what it needs to keep readers’ attention. (All attendees are welcome to bring pages to the event for this session, and we will choose pages at random for the workshop for as long as time lasts. All submissions should be novels or memoir—no prescriptive nonfiction or picture books, please. Do not send your pages in advance. You will bring printed copies with you, and instructions will be sent out approximately one week before the event.)
   
CLASS LIST COMING SOON

BLOCK FOUR: 2:45 – 3:45

1. Setting, Sidekicks, and other Supporting Players, taught by Julie Hyzy. It is the rare protagonist who makes it through an adventure without a little help from their friends. Fully realized secondary characters and vivid settings are crucial to creating a memorable tale. Learn how to layer details and craft subplots without slowing the story’s pace.

CLASS LIST COMING SOON

BLOCK FIVE: 4:00 – 5:00

CLASS LIST COMING SOON

SESSIONS END: 5:00

At 5 p.m., the day is done. Speakers will make themselves available by the workshop’s bookstore station for a short while to sign any books for attendees.