Schedule of Events for the
Fourteenth Annual North Coast Redwoods Writers' Conference

Descriptions of the workshops are given below


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2014

Pre-Conference Manuscript Critiques — Not Open to the General Public
      4:00-5:00pm   For those attendees who, in advance, have submitted manuscripts and paid for critiques, twenty-minute, one-on-one critique sessions will take place between 4:00 and 5:00pm (see details of this opportunity). All other attendees should plan on arriving at the conference at about 5:30pm.
       
Conference Begins at 5:30pm
  5:30pm   Attendee registration
  6:00   Welcome
  6:05   Panel Discussion: The Power of Locale
  7:00   Readings by Presenters, followed by Q & A

 


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2014

Catered Lunch
      8:15am   Registration and continental breakfast
  8:45   Welcome and Keynote Speaker: Lawson Fusao Inada
  9:30   Break
 
  9:45-11:15   Concurrent Workshops:
     
(1) Kim Wyatt (2) Scott William Carter (3) Nancy Dodd (4) Stella Pope Duarte
How to Write a Kick-Ass Personal Essay (or, Essentials of a Great Personal Essay) SCOOD: A Writer's Diagnostic Tool Using a Story Map to Find the Holes in Your Story We Cannot Look Away: Exploring the Social Conscience through Writing
 
  11:30am-1:00pm   Concurrent Workshops:
     
(5) Stella Pope Duarte (6) Scott William Carter (7) Kim Wyatt (8) Lawson Fusao Inada
ABC’s of Writing a Biography Games Writers Play: How to Become More Productive Publishing in the Digital Age Poetry Locales
 
  1:00-2:00   Break for Catered Lunch
 
  2:00-3:30   Concurrent Workshops:
     
(9) Nancy Dodd (10) Scott William Carter (11) Lawson Fusao Inada (12) Stella Pope Duarte
Knowing How to Show, When to Tell The Mechanics of Self-Publishing: What You Need to Know to Get Started Poetry Locales Writing through Revelations, Dreams and Visions
 
  3:40-4:30   Open Mic (by sign-up; first come, first served; original work; 5-minute limit)
 
  4:30-5:00   Book Sales and Wrap-up

 


Descriptions of the Workshops

Lawson Fusao Inada
8) and 11) Poetry Locales
Locale is the scene or setting of a literary work, but it is also the context of a person’s life. A person can roam or drift from one locale to another. What does locale mean to a poet?  Join Lawson Inada for an exploration of that question. Discover what locale can do for your writing. (Somewhat hands-on)

Scott William Carter
2) SCOOD: A Writer's Diagnostic Tool
Having trouble breathing life into your fiction? Learn how you can use the SCOOD technique (Situation + Character + Objective + Obstacle + Disaster) to both create a compelling setup for your fiction and to diagnose problems. (Somewhat hands-on)

6) Games Writers Play: How to Become More Productive
Most writers play games.  They might use other words for them— challenges, mental tricks, techniques—but the purpose is always the same: to find ways to put the butt in the chair and get the words flowing. Get your inner critical voice out of the way. (Not hands-on)

10) The Mechanics of Self-Publishing: What You Need to Know to Get Started
30% to 60% of all books are now sold via ecommerce — either as ebooks, or as print books shipped from Amazon.com and other
electronic retailers. How does it work? What are the royalties? What are potential pitfalls? (Not hands-on)

Nancy Ellen Dodd
3) Using a Story Map to Find the Holes in Your Story
Learning to use a story map as a visual tool helps you to understand the elements of good storytelling. Even better, a story map helps you to learn not only what you know about your story, but also, what is missing, using story mapping handouts. (Somewhat hands-on)

9) Knowing How to Show, When to Tell
Do you write so that your readers see the characters interacting within their world? If your story contains too much telling, too many internal thoughts and emotions, this is the workshop for you. Learn to expand your visual writing using close-up, medium, and a wide-angle view. (Somewhat hands on)

Stella Pope Duarte
4) We Cannot Look Away: Exploring the Social Conscience through Writing
How do you tell a murder story that brings to life victims, criminals, and those who look on? In this workshop, you will uncover one of the darkest aspects of human behavior and explore ways to heal the wounds created by violence. (Somewhat hands-on)

5) ABC’s of Writing a Biography
Are you intrigued by someone else’s life? If so, this session is for you. Learn techniques for researching, interviewing, visiting sites, and drawing meaningful connections that inspire readers. Writing a biography involves endurance and determination to engage readers. (Somewhat hands-on)

12) Writing through Revelations, Dreams and Visions
How do revelations and dreams affect you on a daily basis? In this workshop, you will share a dynamic search into the “language of the soul.” Revealed through symbols, codes and “blurred images,” a writer’s internal world is an abundant source of ideas. (Somewhat hands-on)

Kim Wyatt
1) How to Write a Kick-Ass Personal Essay (or, Essentials of a Great Personal Essay)
This session will offer tips on how to write an engaging personal essay ready to submit for publication. We’ll discuss form and organization, techniques of fiction like scene, setting, etc. and wrangling your topic. (Somewhat hands-on)

7) Publishing in the Digital Age
Confused about whether you should take the traditional route to publication or self-publish? How can writers thrive in the digital age? Publisher and editor Kim Wyatt will provide insights into the shifting publishing landscape, detail the pros and cons of self-publishing, and offer advice. (Not hands-on)


To register for the 2014 North Coast Redwoods Writers' Conference,
including specifying which workshops (above) that you'll attend,
please proceed to the Registration Form, print it out, complete it and mail it to us.

 

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South Fork of the Smith River (from Steven Memorial Bridge) - image courtesy J.M.Renner
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