Have a great idea but can't get started? Do you get bored after the initial exiting chapters? Or does writer's block keep you from finishing? Here are the tips and tricks for overcoming Writer's AD/HD so you can finally type "The End!"
* How to know which ideas are good enough to go the distance to a completed story.
* Once you understand writer's block, it becomes a simple thing to solve.
* Learn the rule of fives, and you'll be eager to finish your story every time.
APRIL 7, 2020 at 12:00 pm MST
A Love/Hate Relationship: How to Build an Unforgettable Villain
What is it about certain villains that makes them so memorable, or even lovable? In this workshop, you will learn the secrets of building an antagonist that will keep your readers hooked and your plot sizzling from beginning to end.
Nearly 80% of Americans dream of writing and publishing a book, but only 1% ever actually accomplish this dream. Ashley Mansour believes that everyone has a story to share with the world, but the truth is, most people don’t know how to tell it or where to begin! In this empowering, guiding talk, Ashley uncovers the number one mistake that holds writers back from accomplishing their dreams and reveals the one, simple strategy that all writers need in order to finish a great book and get it out into the world.
It’s common to look at the overnight success stories of rare individuals who make it big on their first novel as the goal. But I’ve discovered on my journey that I had to write and toss my first million words before I’d practiced the craft enough to be successful at it. Come to this class for time management, writing advice from an author who worked fulltime at a high tech company, served as a bishop, and squeezed in writing one night a week for two hours…and is now well past his second million words (and four million readers!) This class is about finding the will and the time to pursue the lonely road walked by writers.
Hooking a reader from the beginning is one of the most important pieces of writing a novel. We'll discuss the Do's and Don'ts of starting your book off right!
A strategic starting point - What elements should you include in your first chapter to create interest.
Compelling characters - How to make your character someone worth investing in.
Conflict - If nothing is at stake, a reader can happily close the book after chapter one and move to some other story. You don't want that! We'll talk about how to avoid making that costly error.
May 2, 2020 at 2:00pm MST
Kiss & Tell
How to write a romance that readers want to talk about.
Help the reader care about your characters
Building romantic tension through conflict
Kasie West is the author of over a dozen contemporary YA books published by Harper Teen and Scholastic. She writes about family and friendship and first loves and breakups and second loves and kissing and third loves and all the love! When she's not writing she's binging television or traveling.
May 5, 2020 at 2:00pm MST
Writing Believable Fantasy
Fantasy gives us an escape from the real world. It’s a perfect read for an afternoon when you need to get out but you’re stuck at home (quite literally) with no where to go and nothing to do. How do fantasy writers do it? How do they take us to another place, another time, or even another world? Come learn the secrets of writing believable fantasy.
What makes some fantasy books amazing, and other fantasy books just "weird?"
Suspension of Disbelief
Semblance of Truth
Author of suspense and mystery. Lover of myths and legends. Lois' love of all things fantastical began when her five older brothers made her watch television shows such as "Dr. Who" and "Lost in Space." (Yes, the originals.) Now she likes to write her own books that spark the imagination.
May 7, 2020 at 2:00pm MST
LOIS D. BROWN
Heroes to Root for & Villains We Love to Hate
This session will explore ways to write complex characters that could walk off the page, whether protagonist, antagonist, or all the characters in between.
Students will learn:
what makes a character compelling, to begin with
what are the common mistakes writers make when creating characters, and
how to make their characters feel real to their readers.
Matthew J. Kirby is the award-winning author of many novels for teens and young readers, including The Clockwork Three, Icefall, A Taste for Monsters, and the Assassin's Creed series Last Descendants. He is also a school psychologist and lives in Utah with his family.
A look at how to develop exciting plots that feel plausible (even if they aren't)
Students will learn:
Motivation, motivation, motivation: How to let your characters' personalities and goals guide the action
Expect the Unexpected: How to make bizarre twists feel realistic, not like a lazy Deus ex machina
The eternal Plotter vs. Pantser debate: How to find a compromise between over- and under-planning your story ahead of time
Margaret Peterson Haddix is the NY TIMES BESTSELLING author of more than 40 books for kids and teens, including the Shadow Children series, the Missing series, and her new Greystone Secrets trilogy. After growing up on a farm in Ohio, she worked as a newspaper reporter and copy editor before her first book was published.
Her books have been honored with New York Times bestseller status, the International Reading Association’s Children’s Book Award; American Library Association Best Book and Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers notations; and numerous state reader’s choice awards. They have also been translated into more than twenty different languages.