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 and fellow attendees
  • 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.

**Angela Rinaldi’s publishing class is SOLD OUT.

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Novel Writing

Want to make your breakout novel the best it can possibly be? Join Donald Maass for a deep dive into powerful techniques for taking your fiction work-in-progress to the next level.  

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Short Film

Learn hands-on techniques for making your first short film! With director and producer Martin Vavra, you’ll discover how to get your project off the ground from concept to delivery.

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Setting

Whether a story is set in our world or exists only on the page, the author nevertheless creates a landscape of place. Join renowned science fiction and fantasy author Kate Elliott to explore the real meaning of setting.

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Flash Fiction

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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Pitching

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

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Beginning

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

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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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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 to learn how practically apply standards to your work.

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Book Arts

Build the skills necessary to create a small print run of your own chapbook! Join artists Catie Hannigan and Adam Monkaba for a hands-on session in which you’ll finish two original pieces using book arts techniques.

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