MASTER CLASSES – There will be 3 master classes given by our keynote, Rebecca York and our two guest authors, Brad Parks and CJ Ellisson.
Rebecca York will present – Defining Your Fictional Universe - A novel must look, sound, smell and taste real to the reader. But it’s not reality. It’s a world you build. From plot and character to setting and dialogue, you make the decisions that define your fictional universe.
Brad Parks will present – Where is Papa Going With That Ax? – Writing page-turning fiction that seizes a reader’s imagination and then holds it for 350 pages is damn hard. But the concepts behind it are actually quite simple. As a matter of fact, one novel we’ll study accomplishes everything you want fiction to do in just four paragraphs. We’ll also study voice, character, pacing and unveil the patented Brad Parks Formula For Suspense. No need to bring calculators.
CJ Ellisson – Social media: connecting fans with writers.
2014: Proposed C3 Author Panel Discussion Topics
All registered authors will be contacted soon by the Author Panel Coordinator regarding their panel selections.
- Debut novels. So you’ve published your first book now what?
- Should authors read the works of other authors when they are writing? Who do you read to improve your work?
- Social Media – can you survive as an author without it?
- Moving an idea from conception to a completed work.
- How to create exciting, scary and fascinating historical settings.
- What’s the elixir to writing a successful series?
- Decoding the publishing arenas (self-publishing vs. traditional publishing).
- Researching v. making up your locales. When do you decide to leave the confines of the Internet and travel to places, whether they be exotic locales, or just going on a ride along with the police?
- How do you create buzz about your books?
- What do fans want? Fans talk about their favorite authors, genres, characters, etc.
- Short stories – how to write and market them.
- Using the 5 senses to engage your readers.
- Mastering POVs in your head. How do you decide which POV is crucial to your storyline?
- Character balance: Must there be a strong hero for every strong heroine, and how “kick-ass” should they be?
- Crafting snappy dialogue in fiction.
- Characters: How to keep them fresh and exciting, or put them on the chopping block.
- Book Tours – Stories from the road. The Book Divas on Tour and Meet Myster Write discuss the pros and cons of going on tour.
- Agent panel. What do publishers want?
- Writing murder mystery novels – pick your subgenre.
- Writing romantic-suspense novels – should love conquer all?
- Creating magical realism in fiction.
- Crime scenes – how gut wrenching should they be?
- Sex, sex and more sex. Exploring strange bedfellows in crime/fantastic fiction.
- Tickling that funny bone in fiction.
- Writers’ critique groups and book clubs – how important are they to writers?
- Exploring the psychology of villains and monsters. Are they born or made?
- The writer’s muse. What inspires writers and cures writer’s block.
- Writers read each OTHER’S work – live!
- You’ve Got Fan Mail: Honored guests discuss mail from fascinating fans.
- Writing fiction that tackles social issues.
- Supporting cast of characters: Why is that sometimes the supporting cast takes over the story? Or what makes a supporting cast so important?
- Two for the Price of One: Mixed-Genre Mysteries.
- Kathryn Johnson (master class) – “Becoming an Extreme Novelist” During this session, author and writing coach, Kathryn Johnson, will summarize techniques geared to help authors complete a rough draft of their novel in just 8-10 weeks. Authors will learn how to commit themselves to an aggressive writing schedule, find inspiration to “work to completion,” and receive a handout of practical time-management strategies that pros use to create a productive working environment and meet their deadlines despite a myriad of distractions.