Track/Presenter Workshop Description


Deborah Leblanc 

 In 25 Words or Less A hands-on, interactive workshop. How to create a short, oral summation of a story plot that will make people WANT to read your book.


Ross Brown 

Grow As A Writer By Writing Outside Your Normal Genre 

Novelists.  Poets.  Playwrights.  Screenwriters.  TV writers.  Essayists.  Humor writers.  Songwriters.

All can learn a lot from each other.  But most remain quarantined within their own genre.

I’d like to make the case that writing outside your genre is healthy and promotes growth for a writer.  Notice I said writing outside your genre.  Yes, you can learn just by reading and observing outside your genre, but it’s an exponentially more powerful learning experience to actually write outside your genre.

Novel Writing

 Tori Eldridge

Believable Dialogue: An Actor's Approach to Embodying Characters  Writer/actress Tori Eldridge shares acting techniques for delving into characters and bringing them to life. We’ll interact with each other in fun and insightful ways. No writing required, just a willingness to play!


 Katya Cengel

Non-Fiction, The Art Of Crafting True Stories  Just because nonfiction is true doesn’t mean it isn’t crafted. The best non-fiction books have characters you fall for and scenes that take you to another place the same way fiction does. They can be on the lighter side – covering life in baseball’s minor leagues – or heavy like looking at refugees and deportation policy. They just have to be true and captivating. This talk will introduce you to the techniques you need to create the scenes and develop the characters that will turn your true tale into a page turner. 


 Leslie St. John

Unshackle Creativity - Yoga and Writing to Move through Writer’s Block  Every writer experiences it. The stall. The cliff. The brick wall against which you bang your head. Writer’s block. Maybe it’s timing or perfectionism. Whatever the reason, this moment of inertia can cause painful insecurity and self-doubt, straight-jacketing any forward movement. While temporary lulls are part of the writing process, we are not powerless. We can move through writer’s block because we have access to a vast source of untapped creativity: The Body. In this yoga and writing workshop, we will use our breath, simple movements, and yoga techniques to unschackle our creativity.

Young Adult and Childrens

Henry Herz 

 Writing Life Productivity Tips & Tools Very few of us are lucky to be able to write full-time. So, the vast majority of writers need to squeeze the most productivity out of the few available hours they have. We'll cover tips and tools that help you do that. 


Natalie Obando-Desai 

How to Pitch Your Book Like a Pro  Whether you’re looking to get an agent or looking to get media coverage for your book, the most important thing you need to know is how to pitch your book and yourself. This workshop will help you hone in on your pitching skills including your logline, premise, and what makes you the perfect person to tell this story. With over a decade’s experience in the competitive world of book publicity and successfully helping people land agents through workshops, Natalie helps authors find the best way to position their books and themselves.

Writing for the Screen

 Danny Manus

Crafting Stronger Scenes & Set Pieces  The unit of storytelling in film is the scene. This class reveals the elements necessary to crafting strong, dynamic, cinematic scenes and set pieces that will grab audiences, exploit your hook, and progress your story. We’ll break down the structural parts of a scene, the questions you need to ask while writing your scenes, the different types of scene conflict, how to know when to start and end your scenes and transitions, how characters and scenes work hand-in-hand, and how to create set pieces that will sell your concept.

Publishing and Agents

Heather Hummel Gallagher 

Make Your Query Letter Stand Out 

You’ve written your novel, and now it’s time to start pitching to agents. Did you know that agents reject 96% of author submissions? Don’t let that statistic worry you because the reasons why are sometimes easy fixes. The most asked question is: How do I write a query letter that stands out?

In Make Your Query Letter Stand Out, you will understand not only why agents reject the submissions they reject, but how you can stand out and grab their attention. You’ll learn the art of crafting a quality query letter and tips for building an effective system for pitching. You’ll leave with greater knowledge of what agents want, whether this is your first book or if you’re already an author.