Writers Conference Schedule: 2016

Flagler College Dining Hall

Tiffany stained glass windows in the spectacular Flagler College dining hall; image courtesy of Maksim Sundukov CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

9:00-10:00 A.M. — Friday, September 16

Creating Characters Who Stand the Test of Time

Michael Morris

The workshop will focus on character development, capturing oral history and research for fiction, with an emphasis on the historical genre.

Finding Bigfoot & Developing Scenes

Joe Gisondi

Gisondi, author of Monster Trek: The Obsessive Search for Bigfoot and a professor of journalism, traveled to eight locations across the country, trekking into swamps, mountains, state parks, and remote woods with people in search of bigfoot as well as fame, fortune, adventure, and shared camaraderie. In this session, he’ll show you how to develop scenes before, during and after you’ve spent time in a locale through research, interviews and observations.

10:00-11:00 A.M. — Friday, September 16

How to Let the Necessity of Plot Guide Your Writing

John Dufresne

Bookstores & Beyond: Marketing in the Age of Amazon

Brad & Darlyn Kuhn

Learn how to brand yourself and sell your work from two writers who make a living at it.

11:00 A.M.-12:30 P.M. — Friday, September 16

My Fictional Floridians: Point of View and Narrative Shape

Susanna Daniel

Lunch & Keynote

An author’s choice of point of view not only helms a narrative, but determines how that narrative will be imagined by the reader and how it will make the reader feel. Susanna Daniel will discuss how point of view shapes character, structure, and language in each of her three novels, and how to access the most vivid, astute, and compelling point of view in your own work.

12:30-1:00 P.M. — Friday, September 16

Book Signing

Susanna Daniel

1:00-2:00 P.M. — Friday, September 16

Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer

Roy Peter Clark

Based upon a book by that title, Roy Peter Clark will reveal the secrets of the writing process, from nuts and bolts to special effects to blueprints for stories to useful habits. These tools are proven to spark an immediate improvement in your prose.

Crafting the Character Arc

Jennie Jarvis

Many writers think that, just because they have their basic structure in place, their stories are destined to succeed. The problem with many narratives, however, can often come in those places between the plot points. While many books on the craft of writing state that characters need to be three dimensional and change, a beginning writer isn’t always sure how to turn these rather conceptual ideas into something a bit more concrete. Join award winning author and professor Jennie Jarvis as she details a step-by-step practical guide for beginning writers to use in order to ensure they create characters both dynamic and engaging.

2:00-3:00 P.M. — Friday, September 16

From Self-Published Author to Number One National Best Seller: The Art and Craft of Writing a Mystery Novel

Terrell Griffin

Our American Lives: Fact/Fiction/Film and Craft

Cecilia Milanes

Blending genres is a challenging endeavor that can provide both exhilarating freedom and productive foundations and forms. By revisiting home movies, writers may find inspiration for fiction, memoir, and poetry–sometimes all fruitfully inhabiting one piece.

3:00-4:00 P.M. — Friday, September 16

The Writing Life: Habits, Attitude, Luck and Poems

Peter Meinke

Join Florida Poet Laureate Peter Meinke as he reads various poems “about” writing, talks about his writing habits, and describes his experiences during a long career.

Storybrain: What Recent Discoveries in Neuroscience Mean for Fiction Writers

John Henry Fleming

For the first time, thanks to recent scientific developments, we’re getting a real-time look at how the brain responds to stories. The results are fascinating and surprising; what do they mean for fiction writers? How might our new understanding of the brain influence the craft of fiction? In this session, you’ll learn new ways of thinking about your stories and gain craft advice to help you create a vivid and meaningful experience in the minds of your readers.

4:00-5:00 P.M. — Friday, September 16

A Good Title is Not Hard to Find

Robin Lippincott

As a teacher of fiction writing for many years, it has been my experience that a lot of writers aren’t very good at titling their work, and yet the significance of a compelling title that fits cannot be underestimated. In this lecture, I’ll examine why titles are so important, and also some guidelines by which to avoid bad titles, as well as how to create effective and meaningful titles. Along the way, we’ll look at some good (and even great) examples, as well as some bad ones.

5:00-5:30 P.M. — Friday, September 16

Book Signings