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$75.00 – $95.00
Whether you are a seasoned author or yet to be published, these information-packed workshops will inspire and educate you on how to best share your stories and build a career in writing.
When: Thursday, May 2nd 9:00-noon
Where: Tuscany Hotel/Casino
Price is $95 per class for those not attending the conference (guests) and $75 per class for those attending the conference (attendees). Select one of the following four masterclass options:
AMY COLLINS – Book Marketing Intensive.
Is your book up on Amazon and not selling as well as you thought it would? Have you invested in ads and seen a lot of “clicks” but very few sales? Have you sent requests and emails to the media and not gotten any responses? Are your emails to bookstore and libraries getting ignored?
You are not alone. Most authors feel like they are shouting down a deep well and only hearing their own echo back. Why does this happen? Often it is because their book description and pitches are not created to appeal to the recipient. Too often, authors use the book description on the back of their books for EVERYTHING.
We can make a big difference in our success by using our writing skills to fit the message to the market, which is what this master class will cover. We will cover creating copy that will work for back cover, browsers, media outlets, readers, librarians, and bookstores and teach you how to best reach each of those audiences.
MARY ROBINETTE KOWAL – Short Stories Explained.
When people are struggling to write short fiction, the problem usually begins with the idea. It often leads to a story that is too long, or the beginning of a novel, or so simplistic that it is dull.
In this hands-on workshop with Hugo-award winning author Mary Robinette Kowal, you’ll walk through how to create and structure a short story idea. There are a lot of theories out there about how to handle pacing for novels, but how do you do it when length constrains you? It turns out that many of the same rules-of-thumb apply, but in a proportionally smaller space they look very different. Learn how to structure your beginnings, ends, and of course, those pesky middles.
CHUCK SAMBUCHINO – Everything You Need to Know about Agents, Submission, Queries, and First Pages.
This extended workshop is a thorough, in-depth course in how to get a literary agent. After quickly going over what an agent is and what they do for writers, you will learn resources for finding agents, how to ID the best agents for you, submission advice, as well as the most important things to do and not to do when dealing with representatives. Questions welcome.
In addition, this course will also give attendees the chance to bring their query letters and manuscript first pages to be critiqued live by instructor Chuck Sambuchino (if time allows). See if your submission (query and first page) can make it past the slush pile, and also witness other attendees’ submissions examined out loud to learn from their successes and weak points.
If you want to get a major publishing deal, you need an agent. And this course will tell you everything you need to know about finding a representative and giving yourself the best chance of success.
BRAD SCHREIBER – The Four C’s of Powerful, Effective Screenwriting.
All engaging, marketable screenwriting begins with a premise that incorporates qualities that Brad has dubbed the four C’s: Clear, Correct, Concise and Colorful. Based on a course he taught the American Film Institute in Hollywood, his lecture in the first half of this master class examines how these elements should be checked in the logline and treatment/outline of a screenplay before beginning the first draft. There will also be a lively, fun, interactive group exercise in which a logline using the four C’s method is constructed, based on a well-known classic film. In the second half of the master class, Brad will select loglines and the first pages of submitted screenplays and workshop them in class to see how they address these four important qualities. He will also give advice on the further development of the work, suggesting possibilities that will spur the writers to explore new ideas.
*To submit an excerpt of your screenplay for workshopping in this class, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 25, 2019.
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