Weekend With Your Novel: Schedule

"A workshop like this makes the writing life real. From the instructors to the other writers, the group shared their stories and often received on-the-spot remedies for problems. My critique group was a gift. Laurie was wonderful in guiding us through a thoughtful and rich discussion of strengths in our opening pages. We all left ready to finish our drafts with renewed energy."

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Weekend Schedule At A Glance: 2018

Friday, Nov 9

12:30-4:30pm Registration
1:30-4:30pm Manuscript Critique Workshops
5-6:30pm Session 1: Dean Bakopoulos and Alissa Nutting
6:30-7pm Writers’ Reception and Book Signing

Saturday, Nov 10

 

7:45am-noon Continental breakfast (coffee, tea, pastries, fruit)
8-9am Registration
8:15-8:30am Welcome
8:45-10am Sessions 2-4 (choose one)
2: Up Close and Personal: Achieving Intimacy w/ Deep POV, Heather Luby
3: Finding Your Voices, Tim Storm
4: How to Be Professional Even Before You’re Published, Cheryl Woodson
10-10:30am Break
10:30-11:45am Sessions 5-7 (choose one)
5: From Procrastination to Publication, Bridget Birdsall
6: Research Skills for the Novelist, Kristin Oakley
7: Escalations, Digressions, & Obsessions, Dean Bakopoulos & Alissa Nutting
Noon-1:30pm Buffet lunch
1:30-2:45pm Sessions 8-10 (choose one)
8: How Turning Points Propel Plot, Angela Rydell
9: On Developing Character Arc, Tim Storm
10: Reading and Writing Crime Scenes, Dan Román
2:45-3:15pm Break
3:15-4:30pm Sessions 11-13 (choose one)
11: How To Hook the Reader on Every Page, Angela Rydell
12: The Endgame of the Novel: A Sense of Resolution, Ian Graham Leask
13: How to Destroy Writer’s Block Forever, Marshall Cook
4:30-6:30pm Happy Hour at the Memorial Union
6:30pm Dinner on your own

Sunday, Nov 11

7-8am Free time to write or network
8-9:15am Bonus Sessions 14-15 (choose one)
14: Bonus Session: Writing Groups & Writing Critiques, Christopher Chambers
15: Bonus Session: Vivid and Continuous: How to Make Your Prose Come Alive, Michelle Wildgen and Susanna Daniel
9:30am-12:30pm Manuscript Critique Workshops

Session schedule subject to change; see Sessions page for details on individual sessions.