2018 Conference Details Coming Fall 2017


WHEN: 5/11/2017

COST: $35.00 per session

FOR HOW LONG: (Participants may sign up for one, or both sessions.)

Session 1: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Session 2: 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM

WHAT: Each workshop will be held twice, once per session. Check the student:teacher ratio for each class, as they are different this year. Each workshop is set up to have multiple author mentors and a more “hands on” experience. Please check your class(es) for what materials you’ll need to bring.

First Pages Clinic


With a 3:1 student-teacher ratio, this fabulous workshop is a mash-up of previous years’ Publication Primer and Boot Camp, in which you will get specific feedback on the first ten pages of your manuscript from an author mentor in a small group setting. Manuscript pages will also be shared, in advance, with the other members of your group. You will be expected to review the pages for each group member prior to attending the workshop as the entire group will discuss each person’s work.

After you have registered for this workshop, be prepared to submit the first three pages of your manuscript and fill out a short questionnaire to help us determine which group is best for you. Once you’ve been assigned to a group, you will receive instructions for submitting your first ten pages to your instructor and the rest of your group. The pages will be due to your group three weeks prior to the conference.

What you should have with you: Your laptop, or your first pages for your own reference. A printed copy of your critiques to hand to the other students.

Plot Chat


With a 5:1 student-teacher ratio, this class will be similar in structure to the FIRST PAGES CLINIC. However, pages will not be submitted beforehand. Rather, the focus in PLOT CHAT will be on talking through and developing the story lines/plots of each workshop participant’s current work in progress. Author mentors will help participants identify elements that contribute to a strong plot line and drive a story forward.

What you should have with you: Please come with a synopsis (even a bulleted list of plot points will work) to help you stay on track and get the most out of this workshop. And questions! Mentors love questions.

Publishing Polish: Queries, Synopses, Shiny First Pages

In this group with a 5:1 student-teacher ratio, you will have an opportunity to work with a mentor on creating killer queries, writing a strong, robust synopsis, and a fantastic single-sentence pitch to create a submission package that will catch the attention of agents and editors alike. Students will be asked so submit their materials by April 15th, so your mentor has a chance to look over your submission package.

What you should have with you: Your own copy of your pitch, query, and synopsis – either paper or on your laptop – writer’s choice. A copy of the materials from the rest of your group, so you can follow along with mentor feedback.

Magic Systems and World Building


Learn the basics of structuring a dynamic world, from geography, to agriculture, to religion and technology. Teachers will help you evolve your government and politics, or aid in the creation of intriguing flora and fauna.
This workshop will also discuss how to create a functional and believable magic. Learn about limited vs unlimited magic systems, costs, weaknesses, and strengths, all while weaving originality into your spells and abilities.
Each session of this workshop will be three hours long, with one hour of instruction and the rest of the time dedicated to group discussion, with a 5:1 attendee-teacher ratio.