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

Descriptions of the workshops are given below


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: A Twist in the Journey
  7:00   Readings by Jennifer Brozek, Rob Carney and Carolyne Wright followed by Q & A




      8:15 a.m.   Registration and continental breakfast
  8:45   Welcome and Keynote Speaker: Melissa Hart
  9:30   Break
  9:45-11:15   Concurrent Workshops:
(1) Peter Brown Hoffmeister (2) Rob Carney (3) Carolyne Wright (4) Jennifer Brozek
Practiced Art of Failure How to Build a Snowman Passion of Place: Reading and Writing the Land Principles of Tie-In Fiction
  11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.   Concurrent Workshops:
(5) Melissa Hart (6) Peter Brown Hoffmeister (7) Rob Carney
Write Nonfiction Articles for Magazines and Newspapers How to Write for Young Adults: Pitfalls and Perspectives Not This, Not This, Not This, But That
  1:00-2:00   Break for Catered Lunch
  2:00-3:30   Concurrent Workshops:
(8) Melissa Hart (9) Jennifer Brozek (10) Carolyne Wright
Write and Publish Your Book-Length Memoir Pitch Workshop “Listen Up!”: Moving from Page to Stage
  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

Melissa Hart
5) Write Nonfiction Articles for Magazines and Newspapers (hands-on)
There's a magazine for almost every subject under the sun (worm-composting, anyone?) and editors need freelance writers to craft exciting articles. Writers will learn how to generate new and relevant topics, and how to submit to just the right editor. They’ll learn how to locate appropriate interview sources to generate a professional query letter. Writers will also learn how to craft an actual article, using anecdotes, quotes, research, and reflection. We'll discuss interview and research strategies, how to work with editors during revision process, and how to promote a published article and land further assignments. A bibliography includes editorial contacts and relevant books and websites.

8) Write and Publish Your Book-Length Memoir (hands-on)
This safe and supportive workshop helps participants to identify a compelling life event or era and use it to shape their book- length memoir. We discuss plot and narrative arc, characterization, dialogue, setting, historical details, research, and the ethics involved in writing memoir. Writers learn how to sell a book-length memoir to traditional publishers with a book proposal, and how to identify literary agents and editors suited to the work. We’ll also discuss self-publishing and strategies for success. A bibliography includes resources on writing and selling book-length memoir.

Jennifer Brozek
4) Principles of Tie-In Fiction (lecture and Q&A)
This lecture and question workshop discusses what tie-in fiction is and delves into principles of this particular writing art. Tips, tricks, and hints on how to become a tie-in author, how to make "canon fan fiction" your own, and how to do so without upsetting the fan base. Jennifer will discuss the pros and cons of tie-in writing as well as things to keep in mind when writing in someone else's world. This "not hands-on" workshop is excellent for those who are interested in tie-in fiction and want to know how to start.

9) Pitch Workshop (hands-on)
In general, there are four basic pitches you can do to help sell both short and long fiction: two verbal, two written. We will discussed how and why each pitch is used and when. This is a hands-on workshop where participants will be asked to present both verbal and written pitches during the workshop based on prompts given.

Rob Carney
2) How to Build a Snowman (hands-on)
Everyone knows how to do a lot of things. We just don’t know they’re good poetic subjects. But they are. The trick is to focus not on but around the How-To idea. Come try this trick and share your results..

7) Not This, Not This, Not This, But That (hands-on)
You can make a vivid image by writing first—and second, etc.—what it’s not. Metaphor and Tall-Tale hyperbole are good tools too. Richard Garcia’s poem “El Zapato” shows us this. We’ll hear it then try these moves ourselves.

Peter Brown Hoffmeister
1) Practiced Art of Failure (somewhat hands-on)
In this workshop, Hoffmeister will show the various processes of professional authors in fiction and nonfiction, and what it looks like to be a working writer and to work with Big-5 publishers in New York City. Hoffmeister will also teach "failure practice" and what that means for improving art and craft. Attendees will perform image writing exercises and experience struggle first hand. They will also receive information on the publishing process. The key to this workshop is improving one's writing practice by embracing the concept of consistent failure and rejection as a means to improvement and eventual writing success.

6) How to Write for Young Adults: Pitfalls and Perspectives (hands-on)
In this workshop, attendees will hear from an award-winning young adult author who's written YA novels with Knopf, Random House. Topics will include conflict, plot points, structure, rising action (or depletion), confluence, and dialogue. Attendees will practice dialogue writing (working on accurate teen voices) and volunteers will read examples aloud for critiques. Hoffmeister will detail the difficulties of the young adult writing world as well as the joys. There will be lots of time for Q and A, with back-up supplemental info at-the-ready in case attendees don't have a significant number of questions.

Carolyne Wright
3) Passion of Place: Reading and Writing the Land (hands-on)
"The land was ours before we were the land's." Robert Frost's poem recited at JFK's inauguration speaks to us on the West Coast, where sea and mountains, evergreen forests and tidal expanses, Native American history and presence, and the cultures of the Pacific Rim and East Asia exert their power over our imaginations. With Carolyne Wright, native of the Northwest and former student of William Stafford, Richard Hugo, and Madeline DeFrees, we will read poets of the West and Northwest—Stafford, DeFrees, Kizer, Hugo, Snyder, Gallagher, Alexie and others. With the beauty of the Pacific Ocean, the coast range and the redwoods all around us, we will tell our own stories of these landscapes that move and inspire us.

10) “Listen Up!”: Moving from Page to Stage (hands-on)
We all know stage fright—the shaky knees, the sweaty palms, the stomach butterflies that grow to the size of pterodactyls as we stumble toward the podium to read our work aloud to an audience. But we writers who love working on the page also need to venture onto the stage, to share our writing in public—whether published work or new material we're trying out for the first time. With basic principles and a bit of practice, this workshop will cover nuts and bolts of reading aloud—bringing our work, our voices and ourselves—from page to stage.


To register for the 2018 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
South Fork of the Smith River (from Steven Memorial Bridge) - image courtesy J.M.Renner