2024 Conference Class Schedule
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$15 per class
Intensive classes are two-hour classes that require pre-registration.
If the class you’d like to attend is full, you may request a spot on the waitlist by emailing the Instruction team.
2024 conference intensives
BRING OUT YOUR STORY’S HEARTNo matter what kind of story you’re writing, there is one thing that matters more than anything else: your story’s heart. The heart of your story may be the plot—but it may be a character, a theme, or simply a vibe! In this intensive, we’ll delve deep into identifying and refining the heart of your story and tapping into your most vibrant creativity, focusing on everything from big ideas to tiny individual words. We’ll explore the idea of stories as fluid substances, learning how great writers and artists approach the process of building strong, powerful creations. We’ll also learn ways to use our sentence-level writing to bring out our story’s heart, grounding readers deeply in our texts and creating worlds people will never want to leave.
Cindy BaldwinBring Out Your Story’s Heart
WRITING WITH DEEP POINT OF VIEWStories written in deep point of view are powerful and immersive. Readers forget they are reading and instead live vicariously through the POV character(s), entrenched in their worldview and unique traits, without any telltale author tags and filter words standing in their way. In this class you’ll learn the tips and tricks to transform your writing from distant to deep and then deeper, which will give your scenes the emotional punch and character connection necessary for a gripping and unforgettable story. I’ll also include time for participants to write or revise part of a scene in deep POV and invite some of you to share with the class.
Kathryn purdieWriting with Deep Point of View
THE THREE VOICES OF AN AUTHORWhat is the difference between the voices of your characters, the voice of your story, and your voice as an author? In this intensive we’ll tackle that seemingly unanswerable question, “What is ‘Voice?’” beginning with discovering the voice inside you that wants to be let out, the voice of the specific story you are writing, and making sure each individual character’s voice is unique and authentic.
Jeff scott SavageThe Three Voices of an Author
SNAKES, SCOUNDRELS, & SCUMBAGS: CREATING SUPERVILLAINS FOR YOUR STORIESThe right villain shapes a story, defines a hero, and keeps your readers flipping the pages. This class will provide hands-on, interactive, and in-depth analysis and evaluation of your villains that everyone will love to hate.
Jennifer a. NielsenSnakes, Scoundrels, and Scumbags: Creating Supervillains for your Stories
All in-person and virtual attendees will be able to access virtual playback of the in-person and bonus virtual classes for 90 days after the conference.