2018 Intensive Instructors & ClassesThese classes last for two hours and cost an additional $5 each.
Jessica has sold over fifteen novels for teens, tweens, and adults including 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, The Karma Club, My Life Undecided, and the three books in the Unremembered trilogy, the first of which is currently in development as a major motion picture by the producers of The Vampire Academy. In 2016, she released two new contemporary novels, A Week of Mondays (which is an official selection of the 2017 Texas Lone Star reading list) and Boys of Summer. In February 2017, her debut middle grade novel entitled, Addie Bell’s Shortcut to Growing Up, hit bookstore shelves, and later this year, two more contemporary YA novels will release: In Some Other Life (August) and The Chaos of Standing Still (November). Jessica also writes books for the Descendants: School of Secrets series, based on the hit Disney Channel Original movie, Descendants!
Intensive – Save The Cat! Writes a Novel
In this unique and engaging presentation, Jessica will guide authors through the steps of using Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat!® story structure method to create engaging stories, compelling character arcs, and unputdownable novels. A majority of the presentation will focus on breaking down the heart of the Save the Cat!® methodology: the Blake Snyder Beat Sheet. These 15 beats (or plot points) are the key ingredients that make up any successful story and that no good novel should be without. Through examples from popular novels, films, and her own books, Jessica will demonstrate how the 15 beats can be used to turn a new story idea into a full-length, compelling book outline, help you crack your most recent rewrite, fix broken plotlines, or jumpstart you out of the dreaded writer’s block.
Shannon Hale is the New York Times best-selling author of fifteen children’s and young adult novels, including the popular Ever After High trilogy and multiple award winners The Goose Girl, Book of a Thousand Days, and Newbery Honor recipient Princess Academy. She also penned three books for adults, beginning with Austenland, which is now a major motion picture starring Keri Russell. She co-wrote the hit graphic novels Rapunzel’s Revenge and Calamity Jack and illustrated chapter book The Princess in Black with husband Dean Hale. They live with their four small children near Salt Lake City, Utah. Visit her website here.
Intensive – Characters Are the Story
The reason we love stories and come back to them are for the characters. We’ll examine ways to understand your characters and reveal them to the reader, focusing on how characters are what they say, what they do, what they want, and their relationships with other characters.
Allison Martin is a trained Graphic Designer, with over ten years experience in television and newspaper advertising, and freelance design. Makeready Designs began as an accidental hobby and grew to a full service design business that works with NYT and USA Today Bestselling authors, as well as Penguin Random House. Formal training in film, photography, fine art, web design, and graphic design, as well as seven independently published novels puts her in the perfect place to help authors grow into empires. Allison lives and breathes the North Canadian wilderness, adventuring with her husband and daughter and plotting her next novel on some mountain top. She is represented by Sharon Pelletier of Dystel, Goderich, and Bourret Literary Management.
Intensive – Design, Branding, and Other Dirty Words
Effective design doesn’t just convince readers to open their wallet, it convinces them that you are worthy of their trust. In order to use design to find ideal readers, you need to first understand what design is, what it’s not, and how it can help build an authentic visual identity spanning covers to graphics to websites and even fashion choices. Using terms and ideas that speak specifically to writers, we’ll explore the elements and principles of design with a particular emphasis on the crossroads of great advertising and stunning art. We’ll also discuss how to avoid real dirty words like manipulation, false advertising, and gimmicks.
Becca Puglisi is an international speaker, writing coach, and bestselling author of The Emotion Thesaurus and its sequels. Her books are available in five languages, are sourced by US universities, and are used by novelists, screenwriters, editors, and psychologists around the world. She is passionate about learning and sharing her knowledge with others through her Writers Helping Writers blog and via One Stop For Writers—a powerhouse online library created to help writers elevate their storytelling. You can find Becca online at both of these spots, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.
Intensive – Using Character Emotion to Wow Readers
All successful novels, no matter what genre, have one thing in common: emotion. It lies at the core of every character’s decision, action, and word, all of which drive the story. Yet authors consistently struggle with how to convey character emotion effectively. Melodrama, clichéd writing, and too much telling create a disconnect between the reader and the characters on the page. Using Character Emotion to Wow Readers will show writers how to draw readers in by creating a reader-character connection. Based on the techniques offered in The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression, attendees will be given the opportunity to write short emotional passages for maximum impact. By the presentation’s end, writers will have learned some practical techniques for conveying emotion that can be applied to any genre of fiction writing.
Dan Wells writes in a variety of genres, from dark humor to science fiction to supernatural thriller. Born in Utah, he spent his early years reading and writing. He is the author of the Partials series and the John Cleaver series. He has been nominated for both the Hugo and the Campbell Award, and has won two Parsec Awards for his podcast Writing Excuses.
Intensive: Crafting Killer First Chapters
From the mind of the man who brought you Seven-Point Story Structure comes an innovative method for crafting killer opening chapters. You’ll examine how to launch your story with enough momentum to propel readers all the way to the last page. Come learn the art of amazing first chapters from New York Times bestselling author Dan Wells.
Becca Wilhite, teacher by day and writer by night (or very early morning), loves walking in the mountains, cooking with butter, reading great words, singing along with Broadway musicals, and teaching high school English. She stands in awe of her above-average children and pretty much adores her dreamer husband. Her latest novel, CHECK ME OUT, was published earlier this year. You can find her on Twitter (but it gives her social media anxiety), Instagram (where the pictures of food and books outnumber the pictures of human beings), and her occasionally neglected blog, beccawilhite.com.
Beginner’s Intensive – Pick up the Pen: Beginning the Writing Journey
“Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works.”Virginia Woolf