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

Descriptions of the workshops are given below


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2016

Pre-Conference Manuscript Critiques — Not Open to the General Public

      4:00-5:00 p.m.   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 5:30 p.m.

  5:30 p.m.   Attendee registration
  6:00   Welcome
  6:05   Panel Discussion: The Writing Path
  7:00   Readings by Marsha de la O and Midge Raymond, followed by Q & A

 


 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2016

      8:15 a.m.   Registration and continental breakfast
  8:45   Welcome and Keynote Speaker: Dahlynn McKowen
  9:30   Break
 
  9:45-11:15   Concurrent Workshops:
     
(1) Midge Raymond (2) Marsha de la O (3) Ken McKowen (4) D.L. Snell
Say Anything: How to Write Great Dialogue The Poem as Journey: A Writing Workshop The Book Publishing Jungle: Traditional vs. Self-Publishing Suspense Isn't Built in a Day
 
  11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.   Concurrent Workshops:
     
(5) Marsha de la O (6) J. Lynn Bailey (7) Ken McKowen (8) Dahlynn McKowen
How Landscape Inscribes Us Writing for Young Adults Photography: A Writer's Indispensable Tool It Never Hurts to Ask: Developing and Nurturing Your Writing Network
 
  1:00-2:00   Break for Catered Lunch
 
  2:00-3:30   Concurrent Workshops:
     
(9) Midge Raymond (10) Ken McKowen and Dahlynn McKowen (11) J. Lynn Bailey
Looking Beyond the Web: Research Tips and Tools for Writers Travel Writing for Fun, Profit, and Other Insane Reasons Character Development
 
  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

Dahlynn McKowen
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.

Ken McKowen
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.

Midge Raymond
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.

D.L. Snell
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.

 


To register for the 2016 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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