I am usually at Willamette Writers but I won't be there this year. In my absence, here's are my recommendations for Saturday of what workshops you don't want to miss! [With apologies to the film side of the conference. I'm sure someone else is better informed about what film session you don't want to miss.]
Write the Perfect Book Proposal
Format: Presentation Q&A
Unlike fiction, publishers acquire most non-fiction books on the basis of a proposal, as opposed to a finished and pristinely written manuscript. Once the non-fiction writer learns the protocols and tricks for how to write slam-dunk proposals, they can be written in a matter of hours, and contract offers can flow within weeks, sometimes even days. The length and complexity of the proposal, and the possibility that some sample material will be needed depends on the nature of the work. This class will provide detailed instructions about how to understand and powerfully construct every part of the proposal for all non-fiction categories.
Write Children's Resource Books for Fun and Profit
This workshop offers attendees a glimpse into children's resource-book publishing. Resource books differ from standard textbooks in that they offer less narrative and are frequently project-based-a difference that allows the writer an incredible amount of creativity. Sev- eral well-known publishers put out resource books and are always looking for new writers and illustrators. In this workshop, students will learn how to pitch resource book proposals to editors, the process of researching and writing a resource book, how public domain resources on the Internet can benefit writers, how to build relationships with editors so that they so- licit your work, and how to use resource books to further creative writing projects.
Panel: Literary Editors Interactive Starts at 9 A.M.
Join Deb Werksman, Source Books; Nick Eliopulo, Random House; Jane Friedman, Writer’s Digest Books and Kristin Sevick, Tor to discuss their company needs, personal histories and other topics of interest to you.
Cynthia Whitcomb Playwriting 101 Level: Beginning Format: Presentation/Q&A
Screenwriter turned playwright Whitcomb talks about her journey back to the theatre and shares the differences between writing for stage and screen. Hear about the challenges and joy of working with actors and directors, and the exciting journey from first read, to closing night and the cast party. Whitcomb will also cover marketing, networking, competitions, fellowships, and much, much more.
How New Publishing & Community Models Get You Noticed
Format: Presentation /Q&A
The online writing and publishing world has exploded with new opportunities to help you get published and get noticed by agents and editors. New community sites like WeBook and Authonomy put you in collaboration with other authors/writers to qualify the best stuff, and get noticed by talent seekers. New, free digital publishing services also give you exciting ways to create and share content across multiple devices (e.g., iPhone or Kindle), that can test your ideas or help promote you and your work. (No tech experience required.) Get a live-time tour of how these sites work and how writers are using them to get published or make their published work more successful.
Short Fiction for Fun, Money, & Skill
This seminar demonstrates how to use short stories to build your skills faster while having fun and making a little cash on the side. Eric Witchey will demonstrate hands-on techniques, the importance of knowing your target audience, and efficient methods of manuscript management and marketing. This seminar is appropriate for all levels of development.
The ABCs of Saleable Fiction
This hands-on, interactive seminar demonstrates techniques for managing the interplay of important narrative skills in order to create compelling, saleable fiction. This seminar can be taken as a stand-alone, or it can be taken as a continuation of, and preparation for, Mr. Witchey’s other seminars.
English & Rapson
Dr. Frankenstein’s Character Laboratory
Do your characters lack life? Do they reek of potential, and yet lie on the table, offering an occasional eyelid flutter or the odd toe twitch? Or perhaps you have a character who gets up and sings "Putting on the Ritz" over and over without variation. Might as well be dead. Or maybe your characters seem to do all the things that real people do, but somehow lack that elusive dimension of depth. This workshop is designed to help you channel the lightening of psychological motivation so that your characters will rise on their own two legs and walk into the world, not merely advancing the plot, but engaging the reader with their humanity.
7 Habits of Widely Published Poets
Make 2009 your year for establishing a submissions system that gets your poetry in the public eye. In this interactive workshop for beginners, participants will learn how to develop the skills, tools and systems they need to publish their poetry. They will be supported in developing their own personal action plans that align their work with the publications and contests where they are most likely to get noticed. Participants will learn how to identify the right publications, contests, prizes and residencies for their poems; how to establish a submissions tracking system that keeps them moving forward; how an online presence can help them get in the public eye, and stay there. Instructor Sage Cohen has applied these strategies to publish two books, win high-paying poetry contest prizes, writing residencies and scholarships - and to place dozens of poems, essays and short stories.