Weekend With Your Novel: Workshops

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Weekend With Your Novel 2014. We are already looking forward to next year.

New information will become available in the summer of 2015. In the meantime we leave all 2014 information here for your reference.

(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