8) It Never Hurts to Ask: Developing and Nurturing Your Writing Network (not hands-on)
Developing a network to call upon when needed is important in any line of work, especially in the publishing industry. No one knows this better than Dahlynn, who enlisted the help of one very famous CEO to create Chicken Soup for the Entrepreneurís Soul in three months. She will share her amazing story and how you, too, can create your own Golden Rolodex.
J. Lynn Bailey
6) Writing for Young Adults (hands-on)
There are four main elements that are crucial to storytelling for the young adult reader: Crafting a fresh narrative voice that teens will listen to, Moral centers, Building a unique plot (chapters, scenes and beats), and Themes for teens. Attendees will learn how to apply these components (above) in their own works, using the following tools: handouts, activities, lecture, and real life examples taken from published works.
11) Character Development (hands-on)
In this hands-on workshop, attendees will learn about the fundamentals of character development utilizing five elements: The fundamentals of character, Creating character complexity, history, and plausibility, Appearance versus personality, Characters who are changers versus stayers, Showing not telling. This workshop will be taught using the following tools: handouts, activities, lecture, and real life examples taken from published works.
3) The Book Publishing Jungle: Traditional vs. Self-Publishing (not hands-on)
Do want to get your book published? With today’s publishing technology and hundreds of people offering their services, anyone can quickly and easily become a published author. Ken will present an overview of today’s constantly changing world of book publishing. Traditional publishing, self-publishing and e-books offer more publishing opportunities for today’s writers than at any time in the past. It’s critical that writers understand the benefits and challenges of each pathway to publication.
7) Photography: A Writer's Indispensable Tool (not hands-on)
Using the camera as a writer’s tool is the focus of this class. Ken will talk about the many ways a writer can take advantage of photography to simplify the research and speed the writing process. He will include digital photography basics for getting great photos to illustrate your stories, as well as the not-so-great photos needed for all those other writer-related tasks.
Ken McKowen and Dahlynn McKowen
10) Travel Writing for Fun, Profit, and Other Insane Reasons (not hands-on)
Two-time national award-winning travel book authors will share the reality of what it takes to becoming a travel book author. Ken and Dahlynn will cover analyzing the marketability of your initial book idea through the planning, research, traveling, photography, interviews, expenses, and, oh, yes, the writing you will need to do to be successful.
Marsha de la O
2) The Poem as Journey: A Writing Workshop (hands-on)
In this hands-on workshop, participants will explore the metaphor of the journey as a resource for writing poetry. We’ll read poems by notable writers of journey poems, including contemporary immigrant poets. We’ll look at how the notion of journey plays out in our own lives and family history, as well as trying our hand at a variety of poetic strategies.
5) How Landscape Inscribes Us (somewhat hands-on)
In this workshop, participants will consider the role of geology, ecology, and history in the shaping of poetic voices within a landscape or bio-region. We’ll look at poems from various California regions. Participants will consider their own region and its impact on consciousness and their own poetic practice.
1) Say Anything: How to Write Great Dialogue (somewhat hands-on)
From portraying character to moving the plot forward, dialogue works hard in any story. In this workshop, we’ll study examples of good dialogue and discuss how and why these work, and we’ll go over tips for how to create your own authentic, realistic voices, with writing exercises that will reinforce the major tenets of effective dialogue.
9) Looking Beyond the Web: Research Tips and Tools for Writers (somewhat hands-on)
Whether you’re mining your past for a memoir or researching a new subject for a novel, the amount and quality of information you gather makes all the difference. In this workshop, we’ll discuss the importance of going beyond surfing the web, as well as the best ways to tackle research, including making contact, shadowing subjects, and conducting interviews.
4) Suspense Isn't Built in a Day (hands-on)
Building suspense is difficult. In this workshop, thriller novelist D.L. Snell discusses how to embed intriguing questions in your writing to keep readers scouring the pages for answers. Personal narrative and interactive exercises using Twitter create an immersive experience.