Writer's Hourly Workshop - 2019

Non Member: $240.00
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Writer’s Hourly Workshop 2019 with Michael A. Stackpole

The seminars cover everything from the very basics and writing in a franchise universe, up through plotting and characterization, and even cover presenting your manuscript and strategies for success in the age of digital publishing. Why hope for success when you can learn from working writers and guarantee it?

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- Fee includes All eighteen seminars listed below.
- Fee does not include a Dragon Con Membership.
- Dragon Con members receive a $100 discount off the $240 fee.
- No refunds for the workshop will be granted after August 1st, 2019.

Space is limited for each workshop. First-come, first-served.

For more information, please contact the Dragon Con Office, 404-669-0773 during office hours, Monday thru Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm EST. Or email dragoncon (at) dragoncon (dot) org.

Seminars List

Friday, August 30

10:00 AM Foundations of Success
New York Times Bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole will help you organize yourself so you have a head start on success when you sit down to begin your writing career. He will cover everything from how to plan projects, how to make time for writing and the plethora of mistakes writers make which hold them back from becoming the best writers they can be.

11:30 AM Urban Fantasy Remixes: Fairytales, Folklore, and You
How do you take an age old tale and make it new? You change the setting or change the ending. You think outside the box. What if Mount Olympus is a mega-corporation and the gods are the executive staff? What if Freddie Mercury was a siren and that’s how we all know Bohemian Rhapsody by heart? This workshop will show you how to take elements from fairytales and folklore and use them to make new stories or to add depth and color to existing fictional universes.

1:00 PM Build and Break a Character or Two
In an interactive seminar, New York Times Bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole will work you through the rigors of creating realistic characters and show you how to make them grow within a story. He’ll share many of the advanced techniques he uses for creating characters of depth, intrigue and humanity, who manage to grow in realistic but seldom predictable ways. You’ll learn how to create the sort of characters that can carry whole sagas and keep readers locked in and waiting for each new book’s release.

2:30 PM 101 Ideas In an Hour
Ever wonder where writers get their ideas? Join New York Times bestselling author Timothy Zahn Timothy Zahn as he guides you and your fellow workshop attendees on the path to creating characters, aliens, magic systems, and societies that you can use as jump-off points for literally hundreds of stories, novels, and even multi-book sagas.

4:00 PM Winning with Serial Fiction
E-readers and increased time demands have shifted how many readers consume stories. Shorter fiction (flash fiction through novellas) is more manageable for writers and readers, quicker to publication and often more profitable than longer works. New York Times bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole has written in many series, and produced works of all lengths. He’ll show you how to plot a series, provide some basic structures to use and point out ways that your shorter fiction can create a new audience for your longer-form fiction.

5:30 PM Getting It Right
Bestselling author Tim Powers will engage in a wide ranging discussion about writing, touching on plotting, character creation and the subtle art of conveying details and surroundings in your stories without seeming to pause to get that accomplished. Included will be time for questions, so you can enlist the aid of a master of modern fiction in unraveling the mysteries of getting your stories right.

Saturday, August 31

10:00 AM Like, Love and Lust
We’ve said it over and over again - it is essential that all stories have some form of romance in them. The percentage of the story depends on your plot, but writing it is not as easy at it seems. Join novelist Alison Richards to learn the basics of how to build different kinds of relationships between characters, and the dos and don’ts on writing those passionate love scenes.

11:30 AM Freelancing 101
Want to know how to pitch an editor? What do you do when you finally get your assignment? What should the document you turn in look like? How do you invoice them once they publish the piece? We all want to freelance, but sometimes getting paid to write seems like a bridge too far. Bryan Young, a professional freelancer and writer, will take you through the steps from meeting editors to pitch all the way to getting paid.

1:00 PM 21 Days To A Novel
New York Times Bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole presents his three week program for preparing yourself to write a novel. This set of 21 exercises is broken down to give you everything from character creation to world building, practical plotting devices, dialogue development and character voice creation tools. This program is a practical, kick-in-the-pants place to start your career.

2:30 PM What Women Bring to the Fight
Join Janine K. Spendlove (author of War of the Seasons, Star Wars: Inbrief, etc) as she discusses how women have been historically involved in combat, the role/place of women in the future tactics and strategies of the military (spoiler alert: everything & everywhere!), and how to apply all this to your speculative fiction writing.

4:00 PM Crafting a Short Story
Telling a complete story in 7,500 words or less is easy when you create the key points in advance. This workshop will examine the fundamentals of a short story, such as: plot, point of view, setting, character, dialogue, resolution etc. Participants leave with the complete foundation for a short story of any genre, as well as the knowledge of how to find a market for their work. Presented by Chantelle Aimée Osman, author, freelance editor, and owner of A Twist of Karma Entertainment, LLC.

5:30 PM Plotting
New York Times Bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole unravels the mysteries of creating compelling plots. A novel is a huge undertaking, written over weeks or months, and the plot has to hold it all together. From creating an outline to maintaining flexibility, this seminar gives you the insider knowledge that will separate you from all of your peers.

Sunday, September 1

10:00 AM Finding The Story
New York Times Bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole takes you through a series of exercises that will let you build a story from the barest spark through twists and turns. He’ll give you several story recipes and show you how you can work from them to create delightfully complex and engrossing stories.

11:30 AM 50 Editing Mistakes Authors Make
Join Chantelle Aimée Osman as she covers the best methods for approaching editing your work. We’ll go over the top mistakes that editors find and correct in author’s manuscripts, from grammar to dialogue, giving you the edge of a polished final product. Chantelle will also discuss the uses of freelance editors in perfecting your manuscript.

1:00 PM Writing Believable Action Scenes
There’s more to an action scene beyond shooting, brawling, and starfighter fights. This workshop will focus on the anatomy of an action scene, what elements go into the choreography, and why it’s important to know all the weapons and their uses that your characters may have access to. Novelist Alison Richards will take you through the intricacies of producing compelling action. How does your action scene move plot along? Does it materially impact the character arcs and how does it affect the story emotionally?

2:30 PM Perfecting Your Pitch and Query Letter (novels & screenplays - interactive)
Learn how to write (and deliver) the perfect elevator pitch. Most authors know how to write—until it comes to writing about themselves. We’ll go over the key points in both in-person and in-writing pitches and how to make yourself and your work attractive from the word go. Presented by Chantelle Aimée Osman, author, freelance editor, and owner of A Twist of Karma Entertainment, LLC.

4:00 PM The Art of Extrapolation
Join Janine K. Spendlove (author of War of the Seasons, Star Wars: Inbrief, etc) as she discusses how to research and apply current cutting edge open source technologies in your futuristic writings. Doing your research is one thing, but Janine will teach you how to weaponize it to create believable futures with realistic consequences.

5:30 PM Making The Next Draft The Best
New York Times bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole gives you a tool kit which will allow you to break down your novel, diagnose issues and substantially improve your next draft. He’ll cover the basics from how to know if you want to do one more draft, on through how to produce and package your book for sale. If you think your book isn’t quite there yet, or if you want to make sure everything is working the way it should, this seminar will provide you with techniques to answers to all your questions.

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