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: 2017

Friday, Nov 3

12:30-4:30pm Registration
1:30-4:30pm Manuscript Critique Workshops
5-6pm Master Class with Liam Callanan, acclaimed author of The Cloud Atlas, All Saints, Listen, and forthcoming in 2018, Paris by the Book.
6-7:30pm Writers’ Reception with Liam Callanan: Cash bar and snacks

Saturday, Nov 4

10:30-11:45am

Sessions 4-6 (choose one)

4. Your Life as Fiction / Defeating Writer’s Block, with Agate Nesaule

5. Writing Crime Scenes: Garage Sale Puzzles & that Gut Feeling, with Dan Román

6. World Building and Story Momentum, with Tim Storm

7:45am-noon Continental breakfast (coffee, tea, pastries, fruit)
8-9am Registration
8:15-8:30am Welcome with Christopher Chambers
8:45-10am Sessions 1-3 (choose one)

1. Top 10 Mistakes New Novelists Make, with Kristin Oakley

2. Novel Structure: An Overview and Options, with Tim Storm

3. True Stories from the World of Publishing, with Ian Graham Leask

10-10:30am Break
Noon-1:30pm Buffet lunch
1:30-2:45pm Sessions 7-9 (choose one)

7. Writing for Maximum Emotional Impact, with Angela Rydell

8. Writing Crime Scenes: Garage Sale Puzzles & that Gut Feeling, with Dan Román

9. True Stories from the World of Publishing, with Ian Graham Leask

2:45-3:15pm Break
3:15-4:30pm Sessions 10-12 (choose one)

10. Ten Tips for Writing After the Weekend, Kristin Oakley

11. Writing Powerful Scenes, with Angela Rydell

12. How Not to Write a Novel (& How to Avoid Not Writing), with Christopher Chambers

4:30-6:30pm Happy Hour
6:30pm Dinner on your own
Office Hours with Kevin Mullen, The Writing Doctor (Saturday by appointment)

Sunday, Nov 5

7am-noon Time to write and/or network
8:15-9:15am Bonus Session:
Bonus Session:
Excellence vs Success: An Editor’s Advice, with Christopher Chambers
9:30am-12:30pm Manuscript Critique Workshops

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