Our 2016 writing conference will be held at the Pueblo West Library on October 1, 2016.
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We will be updating more details as we know them. Registration begins June 1, 2016.
Our line-up for speakers are as follows.
Carol Berg: Writing Characters That Live
What makes a character live on in a reader’s mind after the book is closed? More and more readers are demanding believable, complex characters even in genre fiction. But names, physical description, and job description do not characters make, not for walk-on characters and especially not for heroes, heroines, and villains. Learn techniques for inventing a person, ways to get into your characters’ heads and give them an inner life that motivates their actions. Reveal your characters to the reader with narrative, voice, and point-of-view, and watch the story take on a life of its own.
Chris Goff: The Business of Writing
You’ve decided to be a writer—you have a great plot idea, a great character, a great setup to build upon. But, first things first. Save yourself some time by considering your genre. Publishers, booksellers and even readers tend to categorize books. Even the route to publishing—indy or traditionally published—can be effected by what you write. Help yourself by understanding the market. This session will give you an overview of the world of publishing from inception to publication and help you be better prepared to succeed as a writer.
Beyond the Idea: Plotting the Novel
It takes more than a great idea to craft a novel. It takes a great premise, characters, pacing, voice and conflict combined with all the twists and turns required for the story you’re telling. Everyone, even a “seat of the ‘pantser,'” can benefit from understanding how to pull together the elements. In this session we’ll explore a variety of plot structures to help you craft a novel that keeps your readers turning the pages and try crafting a “controlling premise” to keep your novel on track.
Jason Heller: Writing Nonfiction (and Why It’s for Everyone)
Nonfiction is a vital part of the literary scene, even for those who focus on fiction. Not only does nonfiction build writing chops, it can lead to exposure and opportunities that fiction alone might not bring. Jason Heller — Hugo Award-winning editor; novelist of Taft 2012; and essayist/critic for The New Yorker, NPR, and Rolling Stone–will demonstrate how and why nonfiction should be a tool in every writer’s box.