Schedule and Panels

CREATURES, CRIMES & CREATIVITY CONFERENCE

September 30-October 2

The Final Schedule is below:

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2016
9:00–5:00 REGISTRATION
  LUNCH ON YOUR OWN
12:30–1:00 WELCOME PRESENTATION — TERRACE BALLROOM
  Merriweather Room Lakewood A Lakewood B
1:00–1:45 Writing Outside the Box: Crossing Genre Lines to Tell Your Story  How do writers improve their dialogue Should popular fiction have a social conscience? If so, how to work it in and not preach 
2:00–2:45 Mysterys – Noir, Cozy, Police Procedural, Detective etc. What makes them so different? Villains  manufactured by circumstance or born that way?  Dialect in Fiction. When to use it and when not to. 
3:00–3:45 First Timer’s Panel  Alternatives to Social Media Marketing.  Master Class – Lessons from a Lifetime of Writing Reed Farrel Coleman
4:00–4:45 Humor – What Is and Isn’t   Creating Speculative Fiction. Cerece Rennie Murphy Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal or Code Black. Which of these shows get’s it right every time? 
5:00–6:00 BOOK SIGNINGS – LAKEVIEW AB
6:00–7:30  DINNER WITH KEYNOTE SPEECH – REED FARREL COLEMAN TERRACE BALLROOM
       
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2016
9:00–5:00  REGISTRATION
7:00 – 9:30 CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST—LAKEVIEW GALLERY
  Merriweather Room Lakewood A Lakewood B
9:45 – 10:30 Violence in Genre Fiction: What’s the secret of writing a great fight scene? Building relationships between characters. Is Your novel ready to market? What is your Platform?  
10:45 – 11:30 Music, Quiet or TV? What keeps you motivated while writing?  Super Fans; what are they and how do you get them?  Science Fiction vs. Fantasy – Discuss.  
11:45 – 1:00 LUNCH—CERESE RENNIE MURPHY—LAKEVIEW C-D
1:15-2:00 Fan Mail. The inner workings of Short Story Writing and Anthology Publishing.  What’s in a name? How to handle character names that are hard to pronounce.
2:15-3:00 Problems All Writers Face.  One star, Five stars or blacklisted? The effects of reviews.  2:00 – 3:45
Master Class – Screenwriting Tricks for Authors – Alexandra Sokoloff 
3:15-4:00 Suspense, Action or Conflict? The prime elements of a novel.  Plotter or Pantser? Why? 
4:15-5:00 Critique Groups; How To, What To and Who To!  Playful, Rude or Stern? How dialogue affects thrillers and mysteries.  Library talk: Get insight from a librarian on how to get into the ‘system’ 
5:15–6:15 BOOK SIGNINGS—LAKEVIEW AB
6:15–7:45 DINNERKEYNOTE SPEECH—ALEXANDRA SOKOLOFF—LAKEVIEW C-D
       
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2016
  Merriweather Room Lakewood A Lakewood B
7:00–9:30 AM BREAKFAST INTERVIEWDONNA ANDREWS—TBD
9:45–10:30 Master Class – Revising and polishing your novel – Donna Andrews Past, Present, Future: What worked, didn’t work and what are you going to change in your writing life?  Unusual Amateur Sleuths
10:45–11:30 Psychologist, police officer or journalist. Bringing real jobs into fiction.  Social Media! ‘Nuff Said.