2019 Class Guide and Conference Schedule
Click here to view the PDF version of the 2019 Class Guide. The Guide contains full class descriptions and is sorted by breakout session.
Click here for a Grid Style Overview of the 2019 Class Schedule. The Schedule is a two-page grid with the time, class title, and teacher.
( Optional Pre-Conference Workshops )
11:00 AM: Registration opens
12:00 PM: Session 1 Workshops Begin
2:45 PM SNACK BREAK
3:15 PM: Session 2 Workshops Begin
6:00 PM: Classes end for the day
8:00 – 10:00 PM: Mentor Social & Storymakers Tribe Social
Friday8:00 AM: Registration opens
8:15 – 8:45 AM: New Attendee Orientation
9:00 – 9:50 AM: Opening Remarks
10:00 – 11:50 AM: Breakouts 1-2
12:00 – 1:50 PM: Lunch & Keynote Address
2:00 – 3:50 PM: Breakouts 3-4
3:50 – 4:10 PM: SNACK BREAK
4:10 – 6:00 PM: Breakouts 5-6
7:30 PM: Whitney Gala (Separate Tickets Required)
Saturday7:45 AM: Registration opens/Breakfast begins
8:00 – 8:25 AM: New Attendee Orientation
8:30 – 8:50 AM: Morning Inspiration
9:00 – 9:30 AM: General Session
9:40 – 12:30 AM/PM: Breakouts 7, 8, & 9
12:30 – 1:50 PM: Lunch and First Chapter Contest Awards
2:00 – 4:50 PM: Breakouts 10-12
5:00 – 5: 30 PM: Closing Session
5:30 – 7:00 PM: Mass Book Signing & Publisher/Vendor Mix and Mingle
If the class you’d like to attend is full, you may request a spot on the waitlist at Instruction@LDStorymakers.com
JASON WRIGHT: Reader Relationships: It’s Not All About That Book
JULIE BERRY: Micro and Macro: The Economics of Revision
BRENDAN REICHS: Plotting Dynamic Novels
Dive deep into pacing and story structure while learning how to outline an entire novel from start to finish using specific scene types and turning points.
JEFF WHEELER: World Building 505
Stop living in your head and start writing the first chapter.
So exactly how much world-building do you need to have figured out before you start writing the first chapter? How do you develop your world into settings that become characters in the story? Whether your book is set on Earth or something more like Middle Earth, we’ll have a lot of fun diving into all the deliciously difficult ingredients of a fantasy world (the magic, politics, culture, geography, economics, religion) and then figuring out how much to reveal, when to reveal what, and how to exploit the tension opportunities each one brings to the table.
BECCA WILHITE: Pick Up the Pen
Beginning the Writing Journey – an intensive designed for writers who are new to the practice of writing.
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.