Track/Presenter Workshop Description


Chantelle Aimée Osman 

Crafting A Short Story  Telling a complete story in 7,500 words or less is easy when you create the key points in advance. This workshop will examine the fundamentals of a short story such as plot, point of view, setting, character, dialogue, resolution etc. Participants leave with the complete foundation for a short story of any genre, as well as the knowledge of how to find a market for their work.


Catherine Ann Jones 

The Art of Pitching & Story Structure 

Join this interactive and fun way to learn the tricks of the successful Hollywood pitch. Gain invaluable feedback on film pitches, useful for selling your book or film, from award-winning author, screenwriter/producer Catherine Ann Jones. Focus will be on story structure, rewriting your proposal and story, character development, point of view, & how to focus your pitch.

It’s all in the story, and how to focus the story. Film or book, whether narrative or documentary, require an emotional response from reader and audience. Learn how to structure your story or proposal in order to successfully realize your project.

Novel Writing

 Jordan Rosenfeld

 Scene Stealer: How to Plot Your Novel Scene by Scene Over-plotter, under-plotter? Struggles with plot are common among writers at all levels. This workshop will take the guess-work out of plotting by teaching you the key scenes that build your plot backbone, providing a refresher on the elements of a scene, and breaking down the specific kinds of scenes you’ll need at each of the key Plot Markers.  


Bryan Young 

Freelancing  Want to get paid to write by a number of outlets? Prolific freelancer Bryan Young (Syfy, StarWars.Com, HowStuffWorks, /Film, Huffington Post, Script Magazine) will take you through the steps of how to get work writing about the things you love and how to give yourself the best shot to make money while doing it.


 Lisa Coffman

Poem As GPS 

A poem can function as a hopped-up GPS system: locating with exquisite precision a point in a writer’s particular geography of time, place, and imagination. This workshop will offer exercises that guide writing toward a specific—and often surprising—destination. Poems by Tiana Clark, Jack Gilbert, Diane Gilliam, and others will help show the way.

Young Adult and Childrens

 Ross Brown

Does This Smell Funny To You?  Humor exists in all genres (screenplays, fiction, nonfiction, even poetry).  And humor is an invaluable tool for any writer – even someone writing dark drama.  This workshop looks at ways humor adds value to all kinds of writing and discusses strategies for adding humor to your writing even if you don’t think you’re funny.  


 Peter Beren

 Book Marketing for Authors Today more than ever, publishers expect their authors to be active marketers, have a basic grasp of the publishing process, and assist in the promotion of their books.  This workshop conveys an overview of book marketing, useful for authors at any level. Starting with design and production and moving through editorial and on to prepub and post-publication marketing, you will learn how publishing works. The first marketing challenge is the book proposal and selling yourself to a publisher. You will also learn how books are sold in the trade and the consumer marketplace and what you can contribute to influence the outcome whether you are traditionally or independently published.

Writing for the Screen

 Jonathan Maberry

How To Sell Your Novel To Screen  Hollywood has never been hungrier for IPs (intellectual properties –aka your writing!). With hundreds of cable and streaming services scrambling for content, the doors are opening for writers of all kinds, all genres, and all levels of experience to sell works for TV, movies, and other visual platforms. NY Times bestseller Jonathan Maberry (V-Wars -Netflix; Rot & Ruin -Alcon, and others) shares his experiences and trade secrets about getting on the Hollywood radar and working with industry pros to make the leap from written word to visual storytelling. 

Publishing and Agents

Zoe Quinton

Publishing 101: What You Need to Know About the Crazy World of Books  Whether you’re looking for a traditional publishing deal or thinking about self-publishing, you’ll need a roadmap to get you started. Zoe Quinton, freelance editor and literary strategist, will help you identify your goals and how to go about meeting them, including determining your audience and author brand, the pros and cons of traditional vs. self-publishing, and how to get started on either path.