Writer’s Workshop

August 2, 2015

Thanks everyone for participating in the 9Pi-Con Writers Workshop!

Here is a download link for the PDF of Justine Graykin’s handout for her workshop on reading aloud:

Flyer from Gordon Linzner for The Troupe

Handout for “Everything But the Writing” workshop

Kristi Petersen Schoonover’s handout for “Stuff Your Stories”

(Each link is a PDF: right-click the link to save, click to open)

More PDFs will be made available here as (and if) the presenters send them to me.

Time Hatheway Seminar
9:35-10:35 Creating Stories Game Writing Erotica Panel
10:40-12:00 Writing Sick and Twisted Characters Everything But the Writing
12:00-1:00 LUNCH
1:00-1:55 Promotion for Authors World Building
2:00-2:55 Paranormally Yours Reading Your Work Aloud
3:00-3:55 Tarot workshop What Editors Look For
4:00-4:55 Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy Building Strong Characters

Building Strong Characters (Panel)
Grant Carrington, William Freedman, Tanya Huff, Kristi Petersen Schoonover, Morven Westfield (M)
The panelists will discuss how hero, heroines, and villains must be of equal strength, while secondary characters must move the story forward. You’ll learn how to make your character strong, believable, memorable and beloved by readers.
Creating Stories (Game)
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Justine Graykin
Susan Hanniford Crowley and Justine Graykin will lead you in a game of chance. Play the game and pick cards to find inspiration for a story. A “writing improv” game for those that want to try writing or a writer of any stage who would like to stretch their creativity.
Everything But the Writing (Workshop)
Jennifer Allis Provost, Trisha J. Wooldridge
There are lots of great workshops to help your craft, but what about actually selling your writing and making money? Let’s take a look at what else you need to know to be a professionally published author from queries to organizations, contracts and rights* to filing taxes**. * and **–Neither Trish nor Jenn are lawyers or tax advisors; we’re just giving you basic info.
Paranormally Yours–Writing the Paranormal Tale or Novel (Panel)
Debi Chowdhury, Susan Hanniford Crowley (M), Bianca D’Arc, Tanya Huff, Morven Westfield
The panelists will examine the many aspects of writing the paranormal tale from setting to character. What qualities are in every paranormal from sheer horror to paranormal romance that define the genre?
Promotion for Authors (Workshop)
Bianca D’Arc
Have a book coming out and don’t know what to do? In this workshop, we’ll discuss promotion strategies including the tried and true bookmark, excerpt booklet and swag, etc. We’ll also talk a bit about social media–cover reveals, countdowns, online parties–sale strategies, including introductory pricing, vendor choices to be made (To KU or not to KU?), and online advertising.
Reading Your Work Aloud (Workshop)
Justine Graykin
Reading your work aloud is the key to connecting with your audience, especially if your work is not yet well-known. A reading is not an ordeal to be endured; it’s an opportunity. Join us to learn how to overcome stage fright and prepare properly so that you have the confidence to get the most out of that opportunity.
Tarot Workshop (Workshop)
Trisha J. Wooldridge
Learn how to use the Tarot to help your writing from idea creation to working through writer’s block.
What Editors Look For (Panel)
Inanna Arthen, Susan Hanniford Crowley (M), Kate Kaynak, Gordon Linzner, Ian Randal Strock
The panelists, all professional editors or publishers, will reveal what editors look for. Why are some stories rejected, while others are not? Is everyone looking for the same thing? What’s a writer to do?
World Building (Panel)
Jennifer Bresnick (M), Dee Carter, Jennifer Allis Provost, Kristi Petersen Schoonover
The panelists will explore the many aspects of building believable worlds for your stories and novels. How does the writer do this?
Writers’ Circle
Debi Chowdhury
A ceremony of thanks followed by an informal gathering with light refreshments and socializing. Anyone bringing books from home can get them signed by our publisher/editor/author participants.
Writing Erotica (Panel)
Grant Carrington, Catt Kingsgrave, Gordon Linzner
Gordon Linzner will interview Catt Kingsgrave and Grant Carrington on what erotica is (for those that do not know), what parts are common to every story, and what makes erotica unique. What makes the difference between a published or rejected story?
Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy (Panel)
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Bianca D’Arc, Gordon Linzner (M), Jennifer Allis Provost
The panelists will look specifically at how to write successful science fiction and fantasy. What traits are specific to this genre? What are the challenges?
Writing Sick and Twisted Characters (Workshop)
Dee Carter
We have a very educated readership nowadays. Everyone who watches CSI and Criminal Minds considers themselves an expert on psychopathology. This can be a problem if the only crazy people you know well enough to develop a back story for are your relatives. But wait! You do know sick and twisted entities who can give you clear guidance on hero and villain back story–the ACME cartoon characters. Let the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Illness and the ACME crew help you make believably evil characters.