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CRAFT OF WRITING [clear filter]
Friday, November 8
 

12:00pm

Backstory Bedlam
What to use, what to lose. Writing the details without having to explain every last one.


Friday November 8, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Madison

12:00pm

Blah blah blah she said
What makes good dialogue? Saidisms, dialogue tags, making characters sound individual, writing accents, and all that stuff that makes or breaks dialogue.


Friday November 8, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Hamilton

1:00pm

Gender and Writing
Gender free? Gender neutral? Stereotyping? How gender affects our writing. What writers do to write effectively in the opposite gender's point of view, and whether they really do get away with it.


Friday November 8, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Hamilton

2:00pm

Getting Your First Professional Sale
An author can struggle for months or years before achieving their first success, but even after writing their opus, they can be tripped up by a process which is both entirely new to them and yet critical to their success. This panel describes what an author may experience as they revel in their first success.


Friday November 8, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Morrison

2:00pm

Revision: Path to better writing or way to never finish?
Endless revisions can kill good writing, but everyone says polish your work. Besides, the first draft is usually bad, right? How to navigate through the apparent contradictions without going crazy.

Moderators
Panelists
avatar for William Hertling

William Hertling

writer, williamhertling.com
I'm a science fiction writer interested in artificial intelligence, the technological singularity, data ownership, and corporate power. I'm the author of Avogadro Corp, AI Apocalypse, The Last Firewall, The Turing Exception, and Kill Process.


Friday November 8, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Lincoln

2:00pm

Writing with All Your Senses
Writers are always reminded to write with all their senses. But how far should they go? And what about altered senses? What about characters that are blind, or in constant pain, or have numbed senses, deafness, or other disabilities? Are constant reminders necessary? What writers can take for granted, and what they should use to enrich their writing.


Friday November 8, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Hamilton

3:00pm

Effective Readings
You may be a good writer, but reading aloud is a separate skill. Learn to make your words on the page sound great.


Friday November 8, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Morrison

3:00pm

The End of All Things ...
How can you wrap up the end of a story so that it's neat, but not too tidy, and is surprising, but not out of the blue or contrived, natural but not predictable ... ?


Friday November 8, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lincoln

3:00pm

Evolution of a Writing Career: A Workshop with Ken Scholes and J.A. Pitts
Hands on writing workshop with Ken Scholes and J.A. Pitts. Bring pen, paper and questions.

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Panelists

Friday November 8, 2013 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Roosevelt

4:00pm

Collaborating for Fun and Profit
Collaborative writing looks like a great way to go, at first, and then things get complicated. How to maintain communication, keep responsibilities fair and balanced, and what to get in writing when you`re writing with others.


Friday November 8, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Lincoln

5:00pm

Writing Formidable Women
How to write strong female characters ... and how to make sure they're actually female rather than men who happen to look hot in an evening dress.


Friday November 8, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Hamilton
 
Saturday, November 9
 

12:00pm

How a writer's workshop affected my life
The pros and cons of attending writer's workshops. Can attendees be productive and have fun at the same time or it is all work and no play? Do online workshops count? What about workshops that break writers?


Saturday November 9, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Madison

12:00pm

How to Write a Series
Where to start, and how long of a series you can (or should?) write. How to make it interesting, different, and hopefully successful.


Saturday November 9, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Hamilton

12:00pm

Nanowrimo: What is it and Why or Why not?
National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo) has caught on and gets bigger every year. What it's all about, where to sign up, and whether it's a good idea to participate. The pluses and pitfalls of writing a novel in the month of November.


Saturday November 9, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Jefferson/Adams

2:00pm

Fiction in a Flash
Short fiction for a world of compressed time--flash and tweetable micro-fiction. Common pitfalls, quirks, problems and teh awesome inherent in the very short form.


Saturday November 9, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Lincoln

3:00pm

Organizing a Successful Critique Group
A good critique group can make or break a writer. Different types of critique groups, the lifespan of a group, ground rules, ideal numbers, etc.


Saturday November 9, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lincoln

3:00pm

Workshop: Story Outline in an Hour
Bring something to write on and write with. You'll have an outline (or a good start) to a story by the end of this panel. Bonus--this would be a great head start to that creative writing class homework you're ignoring over the weekend.


Saturday November 9, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Roosevelt

4:00pm

Minor Characters
Do your minor characters take over the scene? Or do you have the opposite problem where they all seem the same or are faceless automatons? Learn the tricks of the trade that help writers populate their fiction with believable, interesting characters that don`t overwhelm the scene.


Saturday November 9, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Lincoln

6:00pm

The Structure of Writing
Structurally speaking, what makes a good story? Scenes, acts, pacing, climaxes, dark moments, failure cycles ... how do they all fit together and when should you worry about structure?


Saturday November 9, 2013 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Roosevelt