JD Barker, International Bestseller, Presenter and Keynote at the Write Stuff Writers Conference™

Tags

, , , , , , , , ,

J.D. Barker Publicity Headshots

JD Barker, international bestselling author, will be the headliner and Keynote Speaker at the GLVWG Write Stuff Writers Conference™, “2020 Vision”, on March 13 -14 at the Best Western Lehigh Valley Hotel & Conference Center.

Friday, March 13, JD will facilitate a Full Day Writing Development Workshop.

On Saturday, he will give sessions with From Indie to Traditional; Every Dirty Little Secret You Need to Know, and Crossing Genres – and Why You Should Do It!

**********

Biography:

J.D.Barker (Jonathan Dylan Barker) is an international bestselling American author whose work has been broadly described as suspense thrillers, often incorporating elements of horror, crime, mystery, science fiction, and the supernatural.

J.D. Barker has successfully crossed over from horror, to paranormal, to thriller, and back again, snatching readers from multiple genres and expanding his audience like a literary Pied Piper. Learn how to avoid the genre box and tell the story you want to tell to the largest possible group.

As a child I was always told the dark could not hurt me, that the shadows creeping in the corners of my room were nothing more than just that, shadows. The sounds nothing more than the settling of our old home, creaking as it found comfort in the earth only to move again when it became restless, if ever so slightly. I would never sleep without closing the closet door, oh no; the door had to be shut tight. The darkness lurking inside needed to be held at bay, the whispers silenced. Rest would only come after I checked under the bed at least twice and quickly wrapped myself in the safety of the sheets (which no monster could penetrate), pulling them tight over my head.

I would never go down to the basement.

Never.

Learn more about JD Barker at jdbarker.com

 

And in case you hadn’t noticed, JD will be speaking on Friday the 13th

** Click “Continue Reading” for JD Barker Interview and course syllabus **

Continue reading

Flash Literature Contest

Tags

, , , , ,

 

 

Article by Bernadette Sukley, Flash Literature Contest Organizer

Conference participants who are interested in submitting to the Flash Literature contest at the 2020 GLVWG Write Stuff Writers Conference™ on March 12 – 14, please click the link below for submission guidelines. 

Flash Literature Rules and Regulations

The rules have changed from previous years. Entries must be 100 Words or less, excluding the title, in Times New Roman, font size 14ptYou may submit up to one entry in each of three categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry. Only registered Write Stuff attendees may submit Flash Lit entries. All entries are to be submitted electronically by selecting this link, Flash Literature Upload.

Please review Rules and Regulations before submitting.

 

To give you an idea of what attendees voted for, here are the winning titles from the 2019 Conference for poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, followed by a reprint of the first place winner for each catagory.

Continue reading

The Write Stuff Writers Conference™ Full Schedule

Tags

, , , , , , , , ,

30 Great Events over Three Days

March 12, 13, 14, 2020

Register Here

********************

Thursday March 12

Two Half-Day Seminars 

  Includes Lunch and Writers Cafe

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

2018 Conference

 Tim Esaias

Esaias-pic-1

Morning Session: 9:00 – 12:00

What to Put In & What to Take Out:
How to remove meaningless stuff from your prose,
and put content back in.

 

Develop an action plan for facing the rewrite of your novel, or any piece of prose fiction. We’ll start with all the Horrible Things you need to excise (Tim dishes out a full blast of anti-bobble-headism, along with attacks on saidisms, compulsive modifications, and references to the beheading of Charles I); and then we’ll move on to the important matter of adding significant details, POV signifiers, color characters, theme music and more. Tim will suggest a series of focused “preliminary passes” to make through the manuscript, each addressing a specific issue. There will be exercises; chocolate; and, of course, malt balls.

Afternoon Session: 1:30 – 5:00

Selected Elements of Style

Style makes or breaks your chance of a sale, but what the heck is it? How can you make it your servant? Timons Esaias will shed a modicum of light on the dark mysteries of style. We’ll discuss the key rules, the genre differences, and how to think about the morass of conflicting advice you’ll encounter. Tim promises three specific style tools that should fit in any writer’s kit: the Churchillian Sword, the Vanilla Verb-Pair Demon, and Uranium Enrichment to Weapons-Grade Prose, with exercises for each tool. We’ll discuss the use of Templates, and engage in a Style Analysis exercise covering 7 genres. Bring questions about everything from spelling to musical rhythm. Suitable for all genres. Required text is Strunk & White, because love it or hate it, you should all have it.

 

Writers Cafe: 7:00 – 9:00

Lehigh Room – Facilitated by Bart Palamaro

Day 2 Bart Crop

Get ready for Friday night Page Cuts or Saturday Agent/Editor pitches by bringing your pitch or opening page and we will give you instant feedback!  Or just bring the first page of your manuscript for a critique. 

ALL registered Conference attendees are welcome to attend this Conference version of GLVWGs monthly read and critique meeting. 

It’s a fun time!

********************

Friday, March 13

  Includes Lunch, Thursday’s Writers Cafe plus all Friday evening activities including

Page Cuts Critique (with $10 fee) , Foundation of a Story, and Reception.

 

JD Barker :      1:30 – 5:00 PM

J D Barker four

Full Day Writing Development Workshop

Submit your novel in advance to have it critiqued by the number one international best selling author. Obviously not all submissions can be critiqued, but he will ask for volunteers, and choose a number of works at random if no one is willing.

Works in progress in any genre are welcome.

One of the best ways to improve your writing is to have a mentor read and critique your work. Almost as good, and sometimes even better, is to hear the critique of other folks work and compare it to how you responded to the writing.

This is a rare and not-to-be-missed opportunity to improve your craft by having a world renowned successful author share his expertise with you. JD Barker worked as a “Book Doctor” for over twenty years, refining what works, what pulls the reader in, and what impresses the agents. Do not let this opportunity pass you by.

JD will call for volunteers from the audience, and if no one is willing, he will choose a number of works at random from all submissions and focus on those.

He’ll isolate the problem areas and through brainstorming, work with the audience to correct the issues. Things like passive voice, adverbs, bad dialog tags, unnecessary filler words, showing vs. telling, weak start, etc…

Work will be critiqued anonymously, unless you volunteer, in which case everyone will know who you are.

Submit your work (MS WORD or APPLE PAGES ONLY PLEASE) The link to submit your work will be in your registration acknowledgement email.

 

Page Cuts Critique Sessions: 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Advance registration necessary 
sessions fill quickly. 

Page Cuts critique sessions are optional ($10.00 session charge) Participants will be assigned to a room headed by a team of publishing professionals who have been asked to provide feedback on your work.  This kind of “cold critique” i.e. where first impressions count, is exactly like someone reading the first page of your novel at a bookseller, whether on line or in a store.  That impression is what determines whether they buy your book.  Don’t pass up this opportunity to get that first page polished so it shines!

Your work will be read aloud by a room moderator and commented upon by our panelists. No names will be used, all works are COMPLETELY ANONYMOUS. Opinions of workshop panelists are theirs alone and do not represent the opinions of GLVWG.

Limited readings. Participants who have been informed of their successful enrollment should bring to their session four copies of the first page of a longer work (fiction, creative nonfiction, or memoir) along with four copies of a 100-word overview of the entire work.

Copies must be formatted. Double-spaced, 12 pt. “Times” font, 1-inch margins, Title & Genre at top of page. No names please. Print to start at the top of the page.


LIMITED SEATING: additional $10.00 charge with any registration

 

Peggy Adamczyk:     7:00 – 8:00 PM

Peg

Peg Adamczyk

The Foundation of a Story – 
Laying the Groundwork Before Your First Draft.

 

  • Go from Idea to Concept by using Brainstorming Lists, ‘What If’ questions, and Mind Mapping techniques to help develop story ideas into workable concepts
  • Techniques for developing and organizing the hidden Theme of story with techniques from Dwight Swain Elements of Plot, Michael Hauge Story Spine or Desire line, and tag/ log lines.
  • Creating and getting to know your settings and characters by using the ‘Sphere of Influence’ techniques used in marketing.
  • The introduction of modified version of Michael Hauge’s Three Act Structure that will allow both outline writers and descriptive writers to control the flow of their plot without hindering the journey.

 

********************

Saturday, March 14 Overview

20 workshops, Agent./Editor pitch sessions, marketing consults,
author publicity photos, plus lunch and Keynote address,

Door Prizes. Saturday Registration Includes Thursday Writers Cafe,
all Friday evening activities including Page Cuts Critique ($10 fee)The Foundation of a Story, and Reception.

Check-in and Announcements in Lehigh Room: 8:00 – 8:50 AM

Saturday Schedule 2020.V2

 

 

Saturday Afternoon:  4:00 – 6:00 PM

Book Fair, Flash Literature Writing Contest

 

**********

Additional opportunity: Author Publicity Photos by Joan Zachary
$40 at Registration – Only 10 Sessions Left!

joan-zachary

*******************

Go to the Registration Page and choose Member, Non-Member or Student registration.
Then choose Full Conference Registration or which day(s) you would like to register.
Depending on day(s) chosen, there may be other options, such as Friday evening
Page Cuts Critique or Saturday Agent/Editor pitch session,
Author Publicity Photos and Marketing Consults.


Best Western Logo

For Hotel Accommodations and Directions see:
Directions and Lodgings

Click to learn more about our Presenters
Agents and Editors
 and Marketing Consultants.
Then subscribe to the Write Stuff Blog for Agent/Editor Interviews

 

Write_Stuff_2019_logo_with dates below white

See you there – The GLVWG Conference Committee

 

PA Arts Logo

GLVWG Write Stuff Writers Conference™ Introduces CYBER WEEK! December 1st-December 7th, 2019

Tags

, , , ,

Want to attend a Writers Conference that celebrates

Creativity, Craft, and Community?

Want the perfect gift for that special writer or reader in your life?

-What about treating yourself to the perfect gift?

Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group presents:

The Write Stuff Writers Conference™

“2020 Vision”

Brochure - Website edition P1

GLVWG is excited to present you with the opportunity to attend our annual 3-day conference from March 12-14th at the Best Western Lehigh Valley Hotel in Bethlehem, PA.

Brochure - Website edition P2

Want the best value for an invaluable conference?

Sign up to be a member of the GLVWG Writers Group.

https://greaterlehighvalleywritersgroup.wildapricot.org/

For more information about the 2020 Conference,

Keynote & International Bestselling Author J.D. Barker and other conference presenters, visit:

GLVWG Write Stuff Conference™ Registration Page

 

Cyber Week Special Rate  – December 1 through December 7 ONLY

Full Conference: Member – $299 : Non-Members – $309

                                    Thursday:           Member $99   Non $109

                                    Friday:                Member $99   Non $109

                                    Saturday:           Member $119   Non $129

 

Regular Registration: December 8 through February 20, 2020

Full Conference: Member – $349 : Non-Members – $369

                                    Thursday:        Member $119   Non $129

                                    Friday:             Member $119   Non $129

                                    Saturday:         Member $139   Non $149

                                    Students – enjoy member rates!

(Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by parent)

                   

So Mark Your Calendars and Please Save the Date

December 1st – December 7th, 2019 (Cyber Week) to Register for the

2020 Write Stuff Writers Conference™

March 12-14th, 2020

and take advantage of GLVWG’s CYBER WEEK deals.

We look forward to seeing you there!

And until then…WRITE ON!!

 

~The GLVWG Conference Committee

 

For full PDF Copy of Conference Brochure: Click the link below

Brochure – Website edition

 

Special Bonus Writers Cafe at the Easton Book Festival October 26

Tags

, , , ,

Easton Book Festival Oct 2019

Saturday, October 26 3:00 pm at

Connexions Gallery, 213 Northampton Street 
Easton PA, 18042

Open to the public and free to attend

(But to get a Read & Critique, you must register!)

This Bonus Writers Cafe will be held in Connexions Gallery  as part of The Easton Book Festival sponsored by Book and Puppet.

Any person under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to attend this or any other GLVWG event.

Read & Critique session.

If you would like a Read and Critique, Register, then bring about 500 words to read to the group and get instant feedback about your work.  Any genre, fiction or non-fiction, poetry, screenplays or memoirs are all welcome.

500 words is 2 pages TNR 12 point font, double spaced, 1″ margins all around.

Unlike the regular Writers Cafe, we will have a strict time schedule, so each read/critique will be limited to 8 minutes.

Only eight (8) read/critique slots are available, so of the registrants who attend,eight will be chosen at random to participate as a reader.

As a participant you will be expected to offer your own critique of other’s work.

Or just sit and listen. (You don’t have to register for that).

Some times you can learn as much (or more) hearing other works critiqued as you can your own, so come even if you do not plan to read.

Schmooze with fellow writers and meet some GLVWG members.

 

Above all, Have Fun!

REGISTER HERE

 

 

Remembering the 2019 GLVWG Write Stuff Conference™ in Pictures

Tags

, , ,

Another great year for the GLVWG Write Stuff Conference™ last March, hosted by the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group.  Resident professional photographer, Joan Zachary, shared some her best photos of the event.

 

Thursday’s session, attendees arrived early to stake their places for Ben Wolf’s full day, advanced study of speculative fiction. 

 

Conference Chair, Dawn Sooy, made sure everyone  had a chance to purchase the conference commemorative coffee cup — “I Are A Writer”. 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Conference Chairperson – Dawn Sooy

 

Bart Palamaro facilitated “Writers Cafe” Thursday evening, where participants read the first 200 words of a story and get instant feedback.  Ben Wolf’s co-presenter, Charis Crowe, joined the group with constructive critiques.

 

 

*******************************************

 

On Friday, Ben Wolf and Charis Crowe teamed up to present “The Three Pillars of Storytelling”. 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Jean Ippolito conducted the afternoon session with “Book to Market – Tips to Package, Promote, and Publish Your Book”.

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Janeen Ippolito

A conference tradition, three breakout rooms were set aside on Friday evening for the annual “Page Cuts Critique Sessions”.  Participants who signed up in advance, had short pieces of their work read aloud by a moderator, then critiqued by industry professionals composed of conference presenters and agents. 

 

 

Concurrent to Page Cuts, Charis Crowe held a special evening session discussing the Pixar Method in storytelling.

 

The evening ended with a group social gathering where participants, presenters, and agents rubbed elbows over cocktails and canapes.

 

Capping the night off, GLVWG’s resident “Mark Twain”, Charles Kiernan, was presented with a Samuel Clemons doll. 

 

******************************************************

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Saturday was the busiest, with eight presenters, over twenty sessions, and still have time for an agent panel to discuss recent industry trends.

 

Saturday’s Keynote Speaker — Ben Wolf, offered his personal experience with “Writing Through Adversity”.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Ben Wolf – Keynote Speaker

 

Throughout the day, entries for the Flash Literature contest for Poetry, Fiction, and Non-Fiction, were displayed on poster boards during program breaks. Each conferee had three different colored vote cards for each category.   Flash Literature Coordinator, Bernadette Sukley, awarded first, second, and third prizes to the winning entries. 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Bernadette Sukley – Flash Literature Coordinator

Note:  Watch this blog site for the winning entries in the next couple of weeks. 

When the conference concluded, GLVWG opened its bookfair, where participants could purchase books.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Bookfair

 

And finally, hats off to Dawn Sooy, who has chaired the conference committee for the last two years.  Her dedicated service to the often teeth-gnashing job of organizing the event has elevated the Write Stuff Conference to the hallmark it is today.  

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Dawn Sooy – Conference Chairperson

 

Conference Committee Members

 

*********************************

Our thanks to Joan Zachary for providing the conference photographs.

 

The 2019 GLVWG Write Stuff Conference™ — The Grand Event

Tags

, , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

 

Day 3 – Main Event – March 23, 2019

GLVWG Write Stuff Conference™ 

 Over 20 Workshops, Agent/Editor pitch sessions, Marketing Consults

Lunch and Keynote address with Ben Wolf

Bookfair, Flash Literature Writing Contest, and Door Prizes

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Dawn Sooy – Conference Chair

Announcements in Lehigh Room 7:30 AM – 8:20 AM

2019 Floor Plan corrected

Map of Rooms – So You Don’t Get Lost

********************

 

Agent Pitches and Marketing Consults will run concurrent to workshops. Advance registration required. Please check your appointment times upon registration.

 

********************

 

Saturday Overview

Sessions run concurrent in Cedar Crest, Muhlenberg, Lafayette, & Moravian Rooms

Lunch in Salon A & B with Keynote Address by Ben Wolf

Book Fair, Flash Fiction Contest

Door Prizes announced during Book Fair (must be present to win)

Saturday Schedule

 

Program Syllabus – Morning

Schedule 8 AM

Schedule 8 AM 2

Schedule 9 AM

Schedule 10 AM

Schedule 10 AM 2

Schedule 11 AM

********************

 

Lunch with Keynote Speaker – Ben Wolf

In Salon B

Schedule Lunch

********************

 

Program Syllabus – Afternoon

Schedule 1 PM

Schedule 1 PM 2

Schedule 2 PM

 

*********************************

 

Flash Literature Contest 

Don’t forget to stop by the Lehigh Room to vote on this year’s entries for the 100 word Flash Literature Contest for Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry.  

Use the color-coded note cards in your registration booklet to cast your vote for your favorite entry in each category. You may only vote for one entry in each category. Place your ballot in the box provided. You must be registered at the conference to be eligible to vote.

 Voting ends at 2:30 p.m. Flash Fiction officials will then tally the votes and announce the winners at the book fair after 3:30 p.m. Winners need not be present. However, winnings may include a certificate for book fair purchase which must be used at the 2019 conference.

 

 

*********************************

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Book Fair – Contest Results – Door Prizes – Networking Opportunities

Contest Winners, Door Prizes (Must be present to win)

Book FairAll published GLVWG members are eligible to participate in the book fair if registered in advance by March 3, 2019, with contact book fair coordinator Sandra Almonte at glvwg.bookfair@gmail.com.

Detailed instructions for selling your book(s) at the Book Fair, please click HERE.

 

 

5:00 PM — Conference closes

Check this website in the next couple of weeks, where we’ll post pictures of the conference.

 

*******************************************************************

Article by D.T. Krippene – Social Media Chair

Dan Central Park 3

You can find DT at his Website – “Searching For Light in the Darkness

his Facebook Page, and Twitter @dtkrippene

 

 

An Interview with Jon Gibbs

Tags

, , ,

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Author Jon Gibbs has been a mainstay for the GLVWG Write Stuff Conference™ for several years. In addition to his Saturday morning session – “Are Your Characters Right the Part”, Jon will conduct a two-hour workshop – “The Seven Sentence Solution”.

 Tammy Burke had a chance to ask Jon a few questions.

********************

 

Could you give us a little teaser about your two-hour workshop “The Seven-Sentence Solution” and also a teaser for “Are Your Characters Right for the Part?”

There’s a classic summary-tool used by great story-tellers like the folks at Pixar Animation.

In The Seven-Sentence Solution, I’ll be showing how to apply that same tool to sub-plots and individual characters in a way that can really help bring a book, and the people in it, to life.

In the Characters workshop, we’ll be working through some subtle techniques that can make the people in stories even more memorable/relatable to readers.

If you wrote a letter to your younger self about the writing journey, what would it say and what advice would you give?

There’s always going to be a great excuse for not writing, something that seems more important, more urgent, or simply more enticing. The question is: Would you rather look back in twenty years and have a body of work to be proud of, or a long list of great excuses?

Basically, don’t let your ‘but’ get in the way of your dream.

On your website I see you do Classroom talks with 3rd graders on up and I see one of your talk modules is entitled “Terrific Titles.” Titling for anyone can be challenging in of itself. What are your techniques for titling your works and what advice would you give an aspiring author?

I always start with the title because I suck at coming up with one after I’ve written the story. If you brainstorm titles before you start writing, you’ll be surprised how easy it is to come up with something eye-catching. As an added bonus, a great title can be a huge inspiration for characters and/or plot.

It’s always interesting to learn how other writers juggle writing time with family and work commitments. What strategies work best for you?

I try to get my writing done in the mornings because I have to fit my schedule around my twin daughters. They’re both severely autistic which makes for a lot of unexpected excitement (and plenty of sleepless nights). If I’m not careful, days, even weeks, can go by without me doing much on the productivity front, but I’ve learned to make the most of it when things are going well, and not to beat myself up when I hit a rough patch.

What resources do you use to research? How long do you typically spend researching before beginning a book? And what are you working on currently?

Mostly, I use Google, but I rarely do much research until I have the initial story down. My first drafts are riddled with notes like: INSERT: check this, INSERT: research needed (not to mention INSERT: witty line here or INSERT: write this gooder!).

Currently I have five projects on the go: I’m seeking representation for my middle-grade novel, ABRAHAM LINCOLN STOLE MY HOMEWORK. I’m revising two other novels: DEAD DORIS (MG), and a thriller, WAKING UP JACK THUNDER. For my next wip, I’m bouncing around ideas for two MG novels, GLASS-HEAD, and #MY_SUCKY_LIFE – I’ll decide which one to focus on when I have their outlines finished.

When did the “writing bug” bite you? And what was your favorite genre and/or books at that time. Why? 

I was in my 40s when I started writing. Before then, I hadn’t written a word of fiction since leaving school – unless you count tax returns. That changed when I started walking my son, Bill, to his primary school in England. He’d pick an animal, and I’d make up a story about it, with Bill as the main character (I still remember one about a giraffe who was afraid of heights).

I’ve always been an avid reader. At the time, my favorite author was probably Terry Pratchett. I love books that make me laugh, especially when they also put you through the emotional wringer, which Pratchett’s books often do.

And finally, is there anything that you would recommend giving up to become a better writer? Is there anything you’ve given up in order to become one? 

I would recommend that anyone serious about writing gives up complaining and/or arguing online. Social media can be a beautiful thing, but if you’re not careful, you can get sucked into the ‘With us or against us’, ‘If you don’t think like me, you’re stupid/evil’ mentality that seems par-for-the-course these days. Some folks love to surf the web, trolling people they disagree with, or reading the spiteful back-and-forth of folks who probably wouldn’t dream (or dare) be so obnoxious in person, but that kind of bile is pure poison for creativity. In this digital age, we all have to get online, but if you ask me, the world would be a better place if the internet had more funny cat videos and less pointless arguments.

When I moved here from the UK in 2004, I made a conscious decision to give up music, and focus on writing stories instead. Before then, I’d been lead vocals and keyboard player in a rock band since the late eighties. As far as fame and fortune goes, we were very much a legend in our own lunchtime, but we had a lot of fun, especially writing and recording songs.

I don’t know if giving up singing has made me a better writer, but I’m sure my neighbors are happier.  

**********

Jon Gibbs

John Gibbs

Born in England, Jon Gibbs now lives in New Jersey, where he lectured on Creative Writing at Georgian Court University from 2014-2017. Jon is the founder of The New Jersey Authors’ Network (www.njauthorsnetwork.com), his middle-grade fantasy, Fur-Face (Echelon Press), was nominated for a Crystal Kite Award. The sequel, Barnum’s Revenge (also from Echelon Press), was published in 2013.

Jon has a website: www.acatofninetales.com and a blog: http://jongibbs.livejournal.com. When he’s not chasing around after his three children, he can usually be found hunched over the computer in his basement office. One day he hopes to figure out how to switch it on.

 

***********************************************

Article by Tammy Burke

tammy burke headshot

Tammy Burke, past GLVWG conference chair and  president, has published over 400 articles in daily newspapers, newsletters and regional magazines. She is shopping her first YA fantasy manuscript, Hazel Lies, and is revising her second book. In addition to writing, she spearheads marketing for a fire and security systems company, raises a brilliant ADHD middle-grader, fences with rapier swords in  the Society of Creative Anachronism (SCA), and considers herself a student of the fantastic and mundane.

 

The 2019GLVWG Write Stuff Conference™ – Day 2

Tags

, , , , , , , , ,

Day 2 of the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group Write Stuff Conference™ on Friday, March 22, will consist of half-day seminars with Ben Wolf, Charis Crowe, and Janeen Ippolito, followed by Page Cuts Critique Sessions with publishing professionals, and an early evening seminar on “The Pixar Method” with Charis Crowe.

 

7:00 a.m. Check-In table opens. Pick up registration materials at the check-in table

Friday session includes Lunch, two half-day workshops and evening seminar, Page Cuts Critique (with $10 fee) and evening reception. 

 

2019 Floor Plan corrected

Map of Room Locations – Don’t Get Lost

 

**********

 

 

charise crowe 6

8:30 AM – 12:00 PM ~ The Three Pillars of Storytelling

with Ben Wolf and Charis Crowe

Storytellers throughout the ages have employed three essential elements to weave compelling tales: the high concept, the characters, and the plot. Each of these elements, when utilized efficiently, work together to support everything from short stories and flash fiction to epics sprawling across multiple movies, shows, and books.

This half-day workshop begins with a discussion of the story’s high concept and what makes for an irresistible idea. Then follows a breakdown of how to create engaging and realistic characters with backstories and motivation. The class concludes with an exploration of how to create interesting plots based on the classic three-act structure. Developing these three pillars of storytelling will help propel any story (and any storyteller) to new heights.

**********

Day 2 Lunc

12:00 Noon – 12:45 PM ~ Lunch (included)

Salon B

Plus: Networking Opportunities

**********

 

Janeen Ippolito Headshot

1:00 PM – 4:30 PM ~ Book to Market:

Tips to Package, Promote, and Publish Your Book

With Janeen Ippolito

 Should you aim for a traditional publisher or try to publish yourself? Is there a way to make selling books easier? And what social media should you really be using? Get clarity on your publishing and marketing options from publishing industry pro and marketing coach Janeen Ippolito.

These sessions take out the “overwhelm” and enable you to make decisions with confidence about your manuscript’s future.

**********

 

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ~ Page Cuts Critique Sessions

In the Cedar Crest, Muhlenberg, and Lafayette Rooms

LIMITED SEATING: Advance registration necessary

Additional $10.00 charge with any registration

Page Cuts critique sessions are optional ($10.00 session charge) Participants will be assigned to a room headed by a team of publishing professionals who have been asked to provide feedback on your work. This kind of “cold critique” i.e. where first impressions count, is exactly like someone reading the first page of your novel at a bookseller, whether on line or in a store. That impression is what determines whether they buy your book. Don’t pass up this opportunity to get that first page polished so it shines!

Your work will be read aloud by a room moderator and commented upon by our panelists. No names will be used, all works are COMPLETELY ANONYMOUS. Opinions of workshop panelists are theirs alone and do not represent the opinions of GLVWG.

Limited readings. Participants who have been informed of their successful enrollment should bring to their session four copies of the first page of a longer work (fiction, creative nonfiction, or memoir) along with four copies of a 100-word overview of the entire work.

Copies must be formatted. Double-spaced, 12 pt. “Times” font, 1-inch margins, Title & Genre at top of page. No names please. Print to start at the top of the page. 

**********

 

charise crowe 2 copy

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM ~ The Pixar Method with Charis Crowe

In the Moravian Room

(Runs Concurrent to Page Cuts Critique)

Through the magic of engaging characters and heart-tugging plot lines, Pixar has brought us stories that ring true to who we are for over 20 years. Discover their methods, unpack the Pixar secrets for success, and learn how to apply them in your own writing.

**********

 

8:30 PM – 10:00 PM ~ Reception/Social Gathering

A relaxing atmosphere with snacks, soft drinks, cash bar. A perfect opportunity to network among fellow writers, presenters, agents and editors.

 

But don’t party too hard. Saturday’s main event is a busy day.

 

 ********************

Article by D.T. Krippene – Social Media Chair

Dan Central Park 3

You can find DT at his Website – “Searching For Light in the Darkness

his Facebook Page, and Twitter @dtkrippene