It’s not uncommon for writers to hit a point where they know their writing is good, but it’s not where they want it (or need it) to be. They could use a little help to push their skills and story to the next level, but they’re not sure how to get that push or where to apply it in their manuscripts. In this workshop, you’ll learn ways to improve your writing and story developing skills to take your novel from nice to “Wow!” From macro-level structure techniques, to micro-level word choices, this full-day of exercises and tips will dig into your writing and polish the gems within. Bring your laptop or pages and be ready to write!
$85 in advance ($90 at the door) includes lunch.
3000 Years of Great Writing Advice in 60 Minutes – Roy Peter Clark
Roy Peter Clark has been called America’s writing coach. Over the last three years he has been digging through influential writing books — from Aristotle to Stephen King — looking for the best, most practical, most inspiring advice for writers at every level. His discoveries have just been published in his new book “Murder Your Darlings.” He’s ready to share it. And he will take musical requests.
Diversity Schmersity – Rod Martinez
Diversity in writing has become a hot topic. From whether a person of one race can factually portray a protagonist of another, to dialect, to “isms” to dealing with cultures and sexual orientation. Diversity Schmersity flows through these subjects and more in a smooth, fun (non offensive) entertaining way while still keeping you on task.
Stomp Stage Fright – Rod Martinez
It is widely known that public speaking is one of the greatest fears among us all. It tops the score in almost every “What do you fear most” list next to dying, the IRS and having to eat broccoli at grandma’s house. When we began our quest in the literary world, several fantasies of fame were sure to follow. However, once we finished that masterpiece and knew how great it was, lo and behold those literary giants weren’t knocking on our doors. But maybe local notoriety happened. In either case, you as an author have to prepare for that dreaded fear – if you wrote a book, got it published, sooner or later you will stand in front of an audience of your peers, or readers or even students to promote it. We will cover this with different scenarios to help make you a literary rock star.
The (Florida) Facts Behind the Fiction – Richard Wickliffe
Award-winning Florida author Richard Wickliffe explains the true stories and events that inspired his tropical crime thrillers, one of which was optioned by a major film studio. For aspiring authors, a great way to find inspiration within our own incredulous headlines. For readers, a peek behind the curtain, proving that truth can be as disturbing than fiction.
Story Starters- Memory, Sensory, Arbitrary – Steph Post
Using a variety of techniques including exploring memory, visual art, archetypes, artifacts and collaboration, students will engage in writing exercises and discussions designed to develop story ideas, flesh them out, and find their direction. This workshop is designed for all levels of writers with the purpose of generating material for both short and long forms of fiction. Come with a blank slate, leave with a head full of ideas and a notebook full of words!
Writing Mythology- From the Epic to the Personal – Steph Post
Some of the most popular fictional sagas of our time are founded on archetypes, classical narrative arcs, elements of comparative mythology, and fairy tale tropes. A story doesn’t have to be epic, however, to dive deep and make use of these motifs. By dissembling visual art, engaging in discussion, reading modern myths and working with non-traditional writing prompts and development activities, students will create several pieces of workable fiction exploring the narrative mythological tradition on both the large and small scale.
Individual writing critiques with three award-winning authors. These sessions will be by appointment only and there will be a limit of three pages of work submitted by January 31, 2020.
$125 in advance only.
All events take place at the The Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village. Discount room pricing for conference attendees is available at $155 per night. Please click here to reserve your room before January 20, 2020.
Thursday/Friday Package: $200.00
Rich enjoys speaking about creative crimes, including the FBI’s InfraGard Counterterrorism conferences and on panels at seminars in Las Vegas dedicated to accuracy in crime writing. He is the recipient of the FBI’s Exceptional Service in the Public Interest Award.
Rich’s material usually borrows from the unique (scandalous, criminal or satirical) environments of South Florida where he resides with his wife and family.
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