Spring 2016 Schedule of Speakers

January 9:  Jennifer Margulis. 

Award-winning investigative journalist and author/editor of six non-fiction books. Published in Smithsonian, New York Times, and Washington Post.

Morning: “A New Paradigm for the New Year: Bluff, Cheat, and Fail Your Way to Becoming a More Successful Writer.” An interactive lecture about breaking the rules and breaking into the big time.

Afternoon: “Setting Goals for Writing Success.” A hands-on workshop on setting measurable, specific, realistic, and timely monthly goals for developing your writing business plan for 2016.

February 6:  Jennifer Blanchard.

Author of the novel SoundCheck and a story coach who helps emerging writers become more effective storytellers and get published faster.

Morning: “Taking Story to the Next Level with Story Structure.” Learn what story structure is, how it works, see a full deconstruction of structure for the bestselling novel, Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella.

Afternoon: “How to Build a Novel.” Bring a 1 to 2 page synopsis of your story to develop into specific structure points. You’ll leave this workshop with useful handouts and your plot points mapped out.

March 5:  Southern Oregon Literary Alliance.

“All Things Publishing: Author Panel and Breakout Sessions with Small Press Publishers.” A panel of small press publishers will discuss various aspects of publishing and take your questions. Followed by an afternoon of three breakout sessions of your choice on publishing elements like marketing, editing, and author websites.

April 2:  Michael Larsen.

Literary agent and co-owner of Larsen Pomada Literary Agents in San Francisco. Author of How to Write a Book Proposal and How to Get a Literary Agent.

Morning: “Ten Commandments that Guarantee Your Success.” Developing a positive but realistic perspective about writing and publishing in an ever-changing industry.

Afternoon: “A Literary Agent Looks at Your First Pages.” Feedback on those all important first pages from a 40-year publishing veteran.

May 7:  Jennifer Lauck.

New York Times bestselling author of four memoirs including Blackbird. A Senior Fellow at the Attic Institute, she teaches fiction and non-fiction.

Morning: “Failure, Fear, Inspiration, and Excellence: Perseverance through Memoir, Novel, and Shorter Forms.” An inspirational talk on working through the positive and negative aspects of writing.

Afternoon: “How Antagonistic Forces Shape Your Story and Define Your Characters.” An interactive workshop on increasing drama for a stronger impact as exemplified in The Reader by Bernhard Schlink.

June 4:  Susan Kelly.

Developmental editor, writing coach, and teacher with a near-obsessive interest in the structure of story.

“Diving Deep: Putting Emotion into Your Fiction.” Morning presentation and afternoon workshop on tried and tested ways to hook readers and deepen emotion in stories, novels, and memoirs.

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