Master Classes

This year, we are offering 5-hour Master Classes and 3-hour Sunday Intensives with world-class professionals in the writing business.

Master Classes

Master Classes give you all you need to really take one aspect of your writing to the next level. They feature:

  • 5 hours of detailed instruction on a single, vital topic
  • Lunch with the teachers so you can ask question
  • Limited class size so you can receive individual attention
  • Opportunities to follow up (if you stay for the rest of the Conference)

Our members and attendees pay just $199 for this experience. Each class is limited to only 15 attendees, so register early.

**Hallie Ephron’s suspense class is SOLD OUT.

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Master Class: Publishing

Join Angela Rinaldi to explore the path of the emerging writer towards publication, from the moment you sit down to write, to the moment you send your work to a literary agent.  

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Master Class: Short Film

Learn hands-on techniques for making your first short film! With director and producer Martin Vavra, you’ll walk through the tools and processes to get your project off the ground from concept to delivery, including online distribution and festival preparation.

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Master Class: Setting

Whether a story is set in our world or exists only on the page, the author nevertheless creates a landscape in which the story takes place. Join renowned science fiction and fantasy author, Kate Elliott, in this Master Class that explores the real meaning of setting.

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Master Class: Flash

Flash fiction (generally under 1000 words) give you freedom to experiment and play on a small canvas. Join authors Jenn Reese and Tina Connolly to discuss great flash fiction and get started on your own mini stories.

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Master Class: Pitching

A pitch is part strategy, part writing, and part performance—but above all, it’s storytelling. Join veteran pitch instructors David Poulshock and Nancy Froeschle to learn how to develop a written and verbal pitch for your project.

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Master Class: Beginning

Starting strong is the single best way to ensure your readers stay with you through the long arc of your story. Join literary agent DongWon Song for an intensive, interactive workshop that will help you craft a powerful opening for your novel.

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Master Class: YA

Writing believable kid characters is not as easy as thinking back to when you were young. Join YA writer Nevin Mays for a look into the practical and creative strategies for shaping authentic young protagonists.

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Master Class: Structure

The criteria that apply to novels and screenplays have been around for decades, but we’re rarely taught how to use them in process. Join Larry Brooks, author and creator of Storyfix.com, to learn how practically apply standards to your work.

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