Weekend With Your Novel: Workshops

(See Agenda page for an at-a-glance look at the whole weekend)

Friday, Nov 14 (Lowell Center)

6:30-8pm: “Weekend in 90 Minutes”

Identifying Compelling Elements in a Novel / Writing and Revising Lessons
Laurie Scheer

Saturday, Nov 9 (Pyle Center)

8-9am: Registration

Lobby and main room, Room 313
Coffee, tea, pastries, and fruit

8:15-8:30am: "Welcome"

Christine DeSmet and Laurie Scheer

8:30-10am: Choose from 3 concurrent workshops

Workshop 1
How to edit your prose for maximum impact (Tracks 1 & 2)
Ron Kuka

Workshop 2
Fix My Opening Hook (Track 1)
Christine DeSmet

Workshop 3
The Nonlinear Story & Structure (Tracks 1 & 2)
Laurie Scheer

10-10:15am: Break

10:15am-11:45am: Choose from 3 concurrent workshops

Workshop 4
Moving the Reader’s “eye” (Tracks 1&2)
Ron Kuka

Workshop 5
Understanding “Story Physics” (Track 2)
Christine DeSmet

Workshop 6
The Unforgettable Character Journey (Track 1)
Kathy Steffen

11:50am: Luncheon presentation (optional, $12.50, pre-paid only)

Guest speaker
Ann Garvin

1:15-2:30pm: Choose from 3 concurrent workshops

Workshop 7
Powerful POV (Tracks 1 & 2)
Kathy Steffen

Workshop 8
The Edge of Your Seat – A Cliffhanger How-To (Track 1)
Kristin Oakley

Workshop 9
Mastering Your Genre (Track 2)
Laurie Scheer

2:30-2:45pm: Break

Room 313
Coffee, tea, pastries, and fruit

2:45-3:45pm: Choose from 3 concurrent workshops

Workshop 10
Nail Your Ending (Track 1)
Kathy Steffen

Workshop 11
Top Reasons Why Agents Might Say Your Manuscript Isn’t “Compelling” [pending] (Tracks 1 & 2)
Christine DeSmet

Workshop 12
How to Stop the “Rewriting Forever Syndrome” and Move On (Track 1)
Laurie Scheer

3:45-4:15pm: Stalking Your Sale

Top ideas from all sessions today that seem to spell a “compelling sale”
Panel

4:15-6:15pm: Choose from 3 concurrent optional critique workshops

Workshop A ($60; you may enroll in only this event, if you wish; limit 8 people)
Critique Group Workshop: Your First 10 Pages
Laurie Scheer

Workshop B ($60; you may enroll in only this event, if you wish; limit 8 people)
Critique Group Workshop: Your First 10 Pages
Kathy Steffen

Workshop C ($60; you may enroll in only this event, if you wish; limit 8 people)
Critique Group Workshop: Your First 10 Pages
Christine DeSmet

Workshop F ($60; must be enrolled in Saturday workshops; limit 6 people)
Critique Group Workshop: Your First 10 Pages
Kristin Oakley

Sunday, Nov 10 (Lowell Center)

9-10:30am: Choose from 3 concurrent optional critique workshops

Workshop D ($60; must be enrolled in Saturday workshops; limit 6 people)
Critique Group Workshop: Your First 10 Pages
Christine DeSmet

Workshop E ($60; must be enrolled in Saturday workshops; limit 6 people)
Critique Group Workshop: Your First 10 Pages
Kathy Steffen