2020 Class Guide and Conference Schedule is COMING SOON
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
6:00-10:00 PM: Social Events (details TBA)
8:00 AM: Registration opens
8:15 – 8:45 AM: New Attendee Orientation
9:00 AM: Opening Remarks
9:30 AM: Friday Morning Keynote
10:10 AM – 12:00 PM: Breakouts 1-2
12:00 – 1:30 PM: Lunch
1:30 – 3:20 PM: Breakouts 3-4
3:20 – 3:40 PM: Snack
3:40 – 5:30 PM: Breakouts 5-6
7:30 PM: Whitney Gala (Separate Tickets Required)
7:00 AM: Registration opens
7:30 AM: New Attendee Orientation
8:00 – 9:00 AM: General Session and Breakfast
9:10 AM – 12:00 PM: Breakouts 7-9
12:00 PM: Lunch and First Chapter Contest Awards
1:40 – 4:30 PM: Breakouts 10-12
4:30 PM: Snack and Closing Session
4:40 PM: Keynote Speech
6:00 – 7:00 PM: Mass Book Signing & Publisher/Vendor Mix and Mingle
Intensive classes are two-hour classes that require pre-registration. 5.00 per class.
If the class you’d like to attend is full, you may request a spot on the waitlist at Instruction@storymakersconference.com
2019 Intensive Classes and Instructors
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.