2018 Intensive Instructors & Classes

These classes last for two hours and cost an additional $5 each.
Jessica Brody

Jessica Brody

Intensive Instructor

Jessica has sold over fifteen novels for teens, tweens, and adults including 52 Reasons to Hate My FatherThe Karma ClubMy 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 SummerIn February 2017, her debut middle grade novel entitled, Addie Bell’s Shortcut to Growing Uphit 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 for Novelists

(This intensive requires pre-registration)

Jessica Brody is the OFFICIAL “Save the Cat!” trainer! SAVE THE CAT! by Blake Snyder is a popular screenwriting book series and storytelling methodology used by screenwriters, directors, and studio execs across Hollywood. Now, for the first time ever, bestselling author and writing teacher Jessica Brody takes the beloved Save the Cat! plotting principles and applies them to the craft of novel writing.

 

Shannon Hale

Shannon Hale

Keynote Speaker

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

(This intensive requires pre-registration)

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

Allison Martin

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

(This intensive requires pre-registration)

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

Becca Puglisi

Intensive Instructor

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

(This intensive requires pre-registration)

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

Dan Wells

Intensive Instructor

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

(This intensive requires pre-registration)

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

Becca Wilhite

Intensive Instructor

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

(This intensive requires pre-registration)

So, you want to write. Now what? Dive in. Whether you know exactly what you want to start writing about or you’re simply feeling that vague itch in your fingers, come learn tips, tricks, suggestions, and ideas for fearless writing. This intensive will have you writing–today–in several genres, dipping your toes into the pools of poetry, nonfiction, short story, setting, dialog, and characterization, all of which will give you tools with which to move on in the direction that feels right to you. 

 

“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