Presidents' Day Weekend, February 12-15, 2016 A Weekend For Words, September 23-25, 2016 Settle For Exceptional in Sunriver, OR May 2-3, 2015

SD30 Schedule

  • The working schedule for SD30 is subject to change. (Final schedule available upon conference check-in.) Click on any individual workshop title to view its summary. For instructions on how to navigate the interactive online schedule, or customize and print your own weekend itinerary, please go to the “Tips” tab above, where we also have a video tutorial. All workshops and events will take place at the conference hotel, the Crowne Plaza Hanalei, located at 2270 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA 92108.

    A summary of all workshops can be found on the Workshops and Events page. If you’re having a problem navigating the schedule below, we also offer the Weekend-At-A-Glance.

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Friday, February 12th, 2016

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REGISTRATION DESK

Walk-in Registration

Walk-in Registration
February 12th 12:00pm - 8:00pm
 
 

WORKSHOP

Read & Critique

Read, Critique & Live to Write Another Day
February 12th 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Melanie Hooks & Laura Perkins
Staff members and R&C vets Laura Perkins and Melanie Hooks walk you through critique-giving etiquette and their most helpful methods of interpreting ‘craft vs opinion’ notes, all while keeping your ego – and passion for your work – alive and well.
 
All-Genre
February 12th 3:40pm - 5:10pm
Judy Reeves
 
Rogue Read & Critique(s)
Feb 12th 9:00pm - Feb 13th 12:00am
Various

  • All-Genre with Matthew J. Pallamary

  • All-Genre with Laura Taylor

  • Cold Openings: Your First Five Pages with Marla Miller

  • Science Fiction and Fantasy with Melanie Hooks & Laura Perkins

 
 

WORKSHOP

Craft & Execution

Make it a Mystery
February 12th 3:40pm - 5:10pm
Corey Lynn Fayman
Have you ever tried writing a mystery novel? Have you had trouble keeping the plot straight, or remembering which character knew what when? Award-winning mystery author Corey Lynn Fayman will discuss tools and strategies for developing your plot, characters, locations, and dialogue to help you write a page-turning whodunnit.
 
In the Beginning: Where to Start Your Story, Why and How
February 12th 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Janis Thomas
There is no more important a page than the first (and every one after!). Where to start your story and how you do so will dictate whether an agent rejects a manuscript or reads on. One page, frankly, is often all it takes for the seasoned reader to decide. What we’ll address in this workshop is how to prevent readers from doing so. Be sure to bring your own opening pages.
 
 

WORKSHOP

Craft & Execution

The Art of Writing Memory
February 12th 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Judy Reeves
Whether you’re in the midst of creating a memoir, or thinking about writing one, this workshop will show you ways to enter your own rich storehouse of material and excavate memories. We’ll explore ways to discover not just the facts of what happened, but the telling details that make a story come to life. We’ll also look for memories that hold an emotional truth that will give your story meaning beyond the facts. Fiction writers can use the memory excavations for transplanting into novels or short stories.
 
Developing Secondary Characters into Main Characters
February 12th 3:40pm - 5:10pm
Bethany Lopez
Having fully-developed, well-rounded secondary characters is just as important as crafting your main characters. More often than not, the cast of characters surrounding your main characters become your readers’ favorites. In this workshop, we’ll talk about building the momentum for your next book by creating secondary characters who are screaming for their own stories to be told.
 
 

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Business & Alternative

Pitch Witches: What’s Your Book About?
February 12th 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Marla Miller & Jennifer Silva Redmond
Whether you’re an author-publisher or are querying agents and editors, knowing how to summarize your story in as few words as possible is key to selling it. Commonly referred to as your “elevator pitch,” write it down and bring your best so “Pitch Witches” Marla Miller and Jennifer Silva Redmond can work their “magic” to make it even shine.
 
Breaking the “Rules”: A Guide to Prologues, Adverbs, and Other Literary Taboos
February 12th 3:40pm - 5:10pm
Oz Monroe
Let’s face it, if we read all the bestsellers we are going to find all the taboos. Possibly all in one book. Telling new authors not to do what they see their idols doing is Abstinence Only Education, and we all know that never works. In this workshop, we’ll sto telling writers not to do it, and start telling them how to do it safely.
 
 

WORKSHOP

Business & Alternative

Character Therapy--And You're the Shrink!
February 12th 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Reina Menasche
Think you know your protagonist? Have you put him/her through some really tough therapy? In this hands-on workshop, participants will wear the SHRINK hat and dig deeper into their characters’ psyche, or just create new multifaceted characters to make fiction sparkle with life. Through defining character details, visiting creative stations to “play” with our characters in a fun, stress-free way, and analyzing their inner conflicts, personality traits and desires, participants will make better friends with the people they create–and enjoy the process.
 
What Even Good Writers Do Badly
February 12th 3:40pm - 5:10pm
Megan Close
Prior to her agenting career, Megan read, reviewed, edited, rejected and selected thousands of book and screen projects for agencies, film companies and publishing houses. This session addresses the mistakes and missteps routinely found in material written by even accomplished authors that will likely result in a pass.
 
 

PANELS & SPECIAL EVENTS

No-host Mixer & Booksigning
February 12th 5:15pm - 7:15pm
 
Welcome & Intros
February 12th 7:15pm - 8:00pm
 
How to Get the Most from the SCWC
February 12th 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Albers
 
 

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER

Marlene Wagman-Geller
February 12th 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Author
cv_mwgeller1Marlene Wagman-Geller is the author of four celebrated books of historical nonfiction. Her most recent, Behind Every Great Man: The Forgotten Women Behind the World’s Famous and Infamous, spotlights the remarkable stories of 40 captivating females, from Constance Lloyd (Mrs. Oscar Wilde) to Carolyn Adams (Mrs. Jerry Garcia), who stood behind their legendary partners and helped to humanize them, often at the cost of their own careers, reputations, and happiness. Her previous work includes And the Rest Is History: The Famous (and Infamous) First Meetings of the World’s Most Passionate Couples, Eureka!: The Surprising Stories Behind the Ideas That Shaped the World and Once Again to Zelda: The Stories Behind Literature’s Most Intriguing Dedications. Selma and Nelly: Two Nobel Women, a historical novel based on the true story of Nobel Prize in Literature winners Selma Lagerlof and Nelly Sachs, is out August, 2016.
 
 

 

 

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REGISTRATION DESK

Walk-in Registration

Walk-in Registration
February 13th 7:00am - 6:00pm
 
 

WORKSHOP

Read & Critique

Pitch Witches: Query Letter Critique
February 13th 9:00am - 10:30am
Marla Miller & Jennifer Silva Redmond
You never get a second chance to make a first impression, right? An exceptional query letter is what lands a manuscript request from an agent or acquisitions editor. But is the book you’re pitching in it an accurate description of the book you’ve written? Is it too long or filled with superfluous information that actually undermines a reader’s confidence in your potential? Bring in your no-more-than-1-page query letter and let the “Pitch Witches” work their “magic” to make it the best it can be.
 
Best Foot Forward: Polishing to Impress 1
February 13th 10:40am - 12:10pm
Jean Jenkins
Limited to 12 participants. Advance registration submission of material required. Freelance editor Jean Jenkins analyzes your story idea, writing style, character motivation, sense of setting, character commitment, and all the other little things that agents and editors look for when reviewing sample pages. >>Details
 
All-Genre
February 13th 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Frederick Ramsay
 
Women's Fiction
February 13th 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Janis Thomas
 
Rogue Read & Critique(s)
Feb 13th 9:00pm - Feb 14th 12:00am
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WORKSHOP

Craft & Execution

Authorial Voice: Finding and Making It Unmistakably Your Own
February 13th 9:00am - 10:30am
Frederick Ramsay
Voice is the sound in your reader’s head when s/he reads your book. It is vocabulary. It is placement. It is cadence. If the story works, more than mere craft it is voice that sells the book. This workshop focuses on developing a singularly unique voice that compels readers to read every page forward.
 
Plot vs. Character: What’s Driving Your Story?
February 13th 10:40am - 12:10pm
Janis Thomas
Is your novel plot or character driven? Is it possible for your story to be both? In this workshop, we will address plot vs. character driven fiction, the characteristics, merits, pitfalls and genres most associated with each. The emphasis will be on plot development, creating a complex, relatable main character; setting and world and how they relate to your plot and main character, and interweaving your plot and main character’s journey to create a compelling read.
 
Book Blueprint: From Foundation Forward – Concept
February 13th 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Ara Grigorian
We will learn how to develop and succinctly articulate the story concept — the “What is it about? What makes it unique and compelling?” Said differently, what is the DNA of the story — the building block — that will keep this concept moving forward with energy and clarity? >>Details
 
Book Blueprint: From Foundation Forward – Creation
February 13th 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Ara Grigorian
In this workshop we will learn what it takes to create a solid foundation for your story. We will focus on the core dozen story beats (events and decisions that are the turning point scenes) and their timing by analyzing movies and books to understand the secret sauce behind great stories. >>Details
 
Book Blueprint: From Foundation Forward – Execution
Feb 13th 9:00pm - Feb 14th 12:00am
Ara Grigorian
In this night-time session, we’ll work out the beats of your story. We will take what we’ve learned in the Concept and Creation workshops and merge them. This will be a hands-on and collaborative session. Together, we will cross the finish line. >>Details
 
 

WORKSHOP

Craft & Execution

Little Things Mean a Lot: Using Small Details to Create a Big Impact
February 13th 9:00am - 10:30am
Judy Reeves
One of the ways to move the reader from reading to experiencing your writing is through the effective use of detail. Not enough detail and you’re awash in a sea of generalities; too many and you must slog your way through seaweed to get to shore. But the right details in the right places bring the writing to life and include the reader in the world of the story. This workshop will address the use of the smallest of details that can bring the story to life through description, character, dialogue and narrative, and focus on how to select and render the telling detail.
 
Writing War Right: Truth, Pathos & Prose
February 13th 10:40am - 12:10pm
Jamie Broady, Elizabeth Marro & Rolf Yngve
Of the New York Times’ use of sanitized, sensually provocative front-page photos glamorizing modern warfare, author David Shields argues, “This is how war gets sold: war is portrayed not as hell but as heck, or even as heaven.” Same could be argued with writing. This workshop will confront how to write about war and its aftermath honestly, accurately and ethically.
 
Pantsers: Keep the Creativity Flowing
February 13th 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Suzanne Redfearn
Using theme and well-developed characters, learn how to go with the flow and write like a pantster, allowing the story to take you where it will. Exercises will teach you how to allow plot to develop organically, the story dictated by its natural flow, creating unexpected surprise and tension, eliminating writer’s block, and keeping writing fun.
 
Transformative Narrative: A Shamanic Approach to Story
February 13th 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Matthew J. Pallamary
Though based on the essence of what a story is, fiction, nonfiction, and memoir writers will benefit from this workshop which will bring a new perspective to understanding the elements that make solid, well-paced stories that promise to grab your audience and pull them all the way through to a satisfying climax and resolution. Learn how to bring your writing process into focus by demonstrating a unique method of comprehending the energetic dynamics that make up a well structured narrative.
 
 

WORKSHOP

Business & Alternative

Publishing Now: A Crash Course
February 13th 9:00am - 10:30am
Leticia Gomez
From publisher options, print books vs. e-books, writing and selling fiction vs. nonfiction, advances vs. royalties, foreign rights, film and television rights to breaking into the business and self-help market, an overview of the Latino book market and more, literary agent/publisher/acquisitions agent Letica Gomez will cover the gamut of challenges (and opportunities) today’s emerging writers seeking first-time publication, and even veteran authors who may have several titles under their belt, currently have. As a part of the program, Leticia will also make herself available for one-on-one pitches following her presentation.
 
Authorpreneur: Managing YOUR Publishing Business
February 13th 10:40am - 12:10pm
Darlene Quinn
Author skills and track records are not equal—therefore the path which will produce the best quality for you and your brand must be an informed, individual choice. This workshop will explore the successful business model for you, once your finished—meticulously edited—manuscript is complete.
 
Self-Publishing from A to Z: The Nuts and Bolts of Making Your Own Way
February 13th 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Gayle Carline
Self-publish or go traditional? If you’re sitting on the fence, this workshop will help you make an informed decision. A primer for the basics of being an author-publisher, in it we’ll start with questions to determine whether your book is a good candidate, then move on to the details of releasing a finished product and finding readers.
 
Indie Excellence: Glocalization and the Key to Survival
February 13th 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Laura Taylor
Two issues loom large on the Independent Author-Publisher horizon once a writer produces a beautifully written, skillfully edited book and makes it available for purchase: diversification and discoverability. This workshop is geared for writers who wish to globally expand their readership beyond Amazon and gain royalty income from a wide range of sources. >>More
 
 

A NOVEL JOURNEY

From Beginning to THE END

Stand-Alone Track
February 13th 9:00am - 10:30am
Limited to 20 participants (pre-registration required)
An 8-workshop, stand-alone track extension of our regular slate of read & critique and craft & execution sessions, A Novel Journey is an intense immersion into the crafting of a novel in its entirety. Limited in size, pre-registration is required. >>Details
 
Stand-Alone Track
February 13th 10:40am - 12:10pm
Limited to 20 participants (pre-registration required)
An 8-workshop, stand-alone track extension of our regular slate of read & critique and craft & execution sessions, A Novel Journey is an intense immersion into the crafting of a novel in its entirety. Limited in size, pre-registration is required. >>Details
 
Stand-Alone Track
February 13th 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Limited to 20 participants (pre-registration required)
An 8-workshop, stand-alone track extension of our regular slate of read & critique and craft & execution sessions, A Novel Journey is an intense immersion into the crafting of a novel in its entirety. Limited in size, pre-registration is required. >>Details
 
Stand-Alone Track
February 13th 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Limited to 20 participants (pre-registration required)
An 8-workshop, stand-alone track extension of our regular slate of read & critique and craft & execution sessions, A Novel Journey is an intense immersion into the crafting of a novel in its entirety. Limited in size, pre-registration is required. >>Details
 
 

PANELS & SPECIAL EVENTS

Lunch
February 13th 12:10pm - 1:00pm
On Your Own
 
State of the Agent Panel
February 13th 4:20pm - 5:30pm
 
SCWC*SD Banquet
February 13th 6:40pm - 8:00pm
 
 

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS

Elizabeth Marro
February 13th 8:00am - 8:50am
Author
cv_emarro1Elizabeth Marro is the author Casualties (Berkley), her gritty debut novel that Kirkus avers, “unrelentingly addresses painful issues of war, suicide, and the shady dealings of defense contractors … It isn’t a happily-ever-after story, but Marro casts a ray of hope that a good life can be lived after terrible tragedy.” New York Times bestselling author Caroline Leavitt (Pictures of You) calls it, “Moving and full of heart.” And bestselling author Alan Russell (A Cold War) concludes, “With its gripping plot and seasoned prose, it is hard to imagine that Casualties is Elizabeth Marro’s debut novel.” A long-time resident of the “North Country” region of New Hampshire, Elizabeth now lives in San Diego. Her work has appeared in The San Diego Reader, The Gloucester Daily Times, LiteraryMama.com and elsewhere.
 
Christopher Reich
February 13th 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Author
cv_creich1Christopher Reich is the New York Times bestselling author of such high-caliber thrillers as The Prince of Risk, Rules of Deception, Numbered Account, The Runner and The Patriot’s Club, which the San Francisco Chronicle proclaimed, “a roller-coaster ride,” and won the International Thriller Writers Award for best novel in 2006. His latest standalone novel is Invasion of Privacy (Doubleday), which pits one women’s quest to uncover the truth behind her husband’s death against a new generation of cutting-edge surveillance technology and the most dangerous conspiracy in America. Of it, “Timely Big-Brother thrills combine with roller-coaster pacing and a satisfying conclusion,” declares Booklist. While Publishers Weekly calls it an “absorbing, though intensely creepy, cyber thriller.”
 
 

ONE-ON-ONE CONSULTS

Advance Submissions
February 13th 9:00am - 10:30am
Appointments
 
Advance Submissions
February 13th 10:40am - 12:10pm
Appointments
 
Advance Submissions
February 13th 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Appointments
 
Advance Submissions
February 13th 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Appointments
 
 

 

 

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REGISTRATION DESK

Walk-in Registration

Walk-in Registration
February 14th 7:30am - 4:00pm
 
 

WORKSHOP

Read & Critique

All-Genre
February 14th 9:00am - 10:30am
Darlene Quinn
 
Best Foot Forward: Polishing to Impress 2
February 14th 10:40am - 12:10pm
Jean Jenkins
Limited to 12 participants. Advance registration submission of material required. Freelance editor Jean Jenkins analyzes your story idea, writing style, character motivation, sense of setting, character commitment, and all the other little things that agents and editors look for when reviewing sample pages. >>Details
 
All-Genre
February 14th 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Teresa Burrell
 
Middle Grade & Young Adult
February 14th 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Margaret Dilloway
 
Rogue Read & Critique(s)
Feb 14th 8:00pm - Feb 15th 12:00am
Various
 
 

WORKSHOP

Craft & Execution

Book Blueprint: From Foundation Forward – Emotion
February 14th 9:00am - 10:30am
Ara Grigorian
All stories have an external goal (driven by the plot). But an engaging story structure requires an equally compelling and primal internal goal, also referred to as the heart (theme) of the story. We will learn how to strengthen the theme by balancing the story flow with the “love” element in your story, whether it’s a love story or a thriller. >>Details
 
Book Blueprint: From Foundation Forward – Completion
February 14th 10:40am - 12:10pm
Ara Grigorian
With all the elements in place, we now turn our attention to the details — fleshing out the protagonist, justifying the antagonist, crystalizing goal and theme, and evaluating the story arc. With these finishing touches, you are ready to jump off the gate and write a powerful, exciting, well thought-out story. >>Details
 
Every Story is a Hero’s Journey
February 14th 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Margaret Dilloway
You might think that the Hero’s Journey format is just for adventure books, but it’s present across all genres. We will look at successful representations of the Hero’s Journey in various media. You’ll learn how to apply Hero’s Journey elements to your writing.
 
No Flinching: Writing Fiction That Convinces
February 14th 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Mark Clements
Are you having trouble writing believable fiction—fiction that makes others enter the world you have created, whether they want to or not? If so, the problem might be that you’re not willing to go there yourself. Before you can convince readers to visit places they’ve never been and empathize with people they’ve never met, you have to prepare the way–however much you might dread it. To make the world you’ve written seem real, you must convince the reader you’ve explored the corners of it they’re afraid or embarrassed to go into. You cannot turn your head. You cannot flinch. Writing takes courage. Let’s find yours.
 
 

WORKSHOP

Craft & Execution

Writing a Memoir: How to Make the Process Rewarding and Your Story Salable
February 14th 9:00am - 10:30am
Howard Shulman & Trish Wilkinson
Whether you’re contemplating writing a memoir, in the midst, or in the revision phase, this workshop will show you how to weave your life’s events into a compelling story arc as well as communicate tension, intrigue, and visceral feelings that will grab your reader and never let go until the final page.
 
Backstory: Employing Expository like a Screenwriter
February 14th 10:40am - 12:10pm
Jennifer Silva Redmond
One of the biggest challenges a writer faces is how and when to give readers information about what came before page one, and how to fill in readers on what happens off the page as the plot evolves. Clunky, obvious, “on the nose” expository is the bane of agents and editors—not to mention readers—and one of the chief reasons that manuscripts and books get put down, never to be picked up again. Readers want (and need) to learn about characters and situations as they go along, much as we learn about people and situations in real life. In this workshop you’ll learn how to integrate the backstory into your story by employing “character reveals,” “visual expository,” and some other useful screenwriting tricks.
 
David Putnam’s 8 Simple Tricks to Writing a Page-Turner
February 14th 1:00pm - 2:30pm
David Putnam
No matter the genre, regardless how clever the story, the goal of every writer should be to deliver a book that readers simply can’t put down. Having completed over 40 manuscript and burned through several agents before becoming a bestselling author, David Putnam has mastered a few simple techniques to writing novels that do just that. Writers attending this workshop will learn them.
 
Master Class: Editors' Tricks To Grow Your Writing
February 14th 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Jean Jenkins
If your manuscript keeps getting turned down with comments like “it’s not quite there” or “your characters need deepening” or “it didn’t catch my interest”, this workshop will help sharpen your work with ways to improve your story. If you’ve ever wondered how an agent or editor knows within the first two or three pages whether or not they want to read on, we’ll talk about what they’re hoping to find–and what turns them off. There is no magic formula. The trick is to learn to read—and write—with an eye toward story, character and situation. If you can put your reader in the story early, chances are you’ll keep them there. This workshop will help you fill your bag of storytelling tricks with tips on topics like: Building a Followable Character, Point of View, Tension, Motivation, Deepening Your Story, and Pace.
 
 

WORKSHOP

Business & Alternative

Team Building Essentials for Indie Author Success
February 14th 9:00am - 10:30am
Bethany Lopez
Being a writer is a solitary path, but once your book is complete, you cannot publish it on your own. As an indie writer, it’s important to surround yourself with people in the industry that you can trust, and depend on. In this workshop, we’ll discuss networking, building a community, and finding the right people to help your vision for your work to be realized.
 
$0 to Six-figures in 7 ‘Not-So-Easy’ Steps
February 14th 10:40am - 12:10pm
Teresa Burrell
Writing as a business or a hobby? Learn how to make writing your day job. This workshop is for writers who want to make money. If you have multiple books or are just starting your first one, you need to know the “business” of being an author, and the sooner you start the better. Writing is fun, but making a living at it is totally awesome!
 
Who Are You and Why Should I Read You? – Amazon Author Page, Book Blurbs & Author Bios
February 14th 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Matthew J. Pallamary
In this fast pace digital age that we live in, you need multiple bios in multiple versions, each with a specific objective and targeted appeal to maximize self-promotional fortune. For writers seeking readership engagement, book signings, event participation, NPR enticement, or any other opportunity along these lines, this session is for you. Amazon Author Pages, Book Blurbs & Author Bios will also be covered.
 
Self-Publishing: The Costs of Doing Business
February 14th 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Evan Ramspott
You’ve made the decision to publish independently, but how much will it really cost to do so effectively? In this workshop, indie author Evan Ramspott will break down the financials of self-publishing with a blow-by-blow accounting of the litany of expenditures writers often overlook until much too late. From book production to distribution to marketing, you must invest wisely to negotiate the long road to publication success. Learn how.
 
 

A NOVEL JOURNEY

From Beginning to THE END

Stand-Alone Track
February 14th 9:00am - 10:30am
Limited to 20 participants (pre-registration required)
An 8-workshop, stand-alone track extension of our regular slate of read & critique and craft & execution sessions, A Novel Journey is an intense immersion into the crafting of a novel in its entirety. Limited in size, pre-registration is required. >>Details
 
Stand-Alone Track
February 14th 10:40am - 12:10pm
Limited to 20 participants (pre-registration required)
An 8-workshop, stand-alone track extension of our regular slate of read & critique and craft & execution sessions, A Novel Journey is an intense immersion into the crafting of a novel in its entirety. Limited in size, pre-registration is required. >>Details
 
Stand-Alone Track
February 14th 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Limited to 20 participants (pre-registration required)
An 8-workshop, stand-alone track extension of our regular slate of read & critique and craft & execution sessions, A Novel Journey is an intense immersion into the crafting of a novel in its entirety. Limited in size, pre-registration is required. >>Details
 
Stand-Alone Track
February 14th 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Limited to 20 participants (pre-registration required)
An 8-workshop, stand-alone track extension of our regular slate of read & critique and craft & execution sessions, A Novel Journey is an intense immersion into the crafting of a novel in its entirety. Limited in size, pre-registration is required. >>Details
 
 

PANELS & SPECIAL EVENTS

Lunch
February 14th 12:10pm - 1:00pm
On Your Own
 
Dinner on Your Own
February 14th 6:00pm - 8:00pm
 
Why Write? Why Now? Why You?
February 14th 4:30pm - 5:15pm
Roundtable Discussion
The unspoken question, the elephant in the living room, is the question: If you could not self-publish, would you still write? If yes, how much rejection would you endure? Veteran author Frederick Ramsay invested two decades into getting his first novel traditionally published. Now, some 15 titles later, he will lead a lively discussion exploring discipline, persistence, drive, and how writers may ultimately measure “success.”
 
SCWC Awards & Recognition
February 14th 5:30pm - 6:00pm
 
Writing for Real: Law Enforcement Immersion
February 14th 9:00am - 10:30am
Richard Craig Anderson
In this session you are put behind the wheel of a speeding police cruiser. But why are you behind that wheel, why are you speeding, and where will you end up? To discover the answers, you must first learn why cops think along unique dimensions that only make sense to someone who has been there, done that, and bought the t-shirt. Armed with this insight, a writer can then develop cop characters with a sense of authenticity that eludes those who fool themselves into thinking they can gain an insider’s perspective from a friend of a friend, whose cousin’s brother knows this guy who once knew a cop.
 
Writing for Real: Proactive Investigations, Informants & Undercover
February 14th 10:40am - 12:10pm
Michael R. Shevock
Explore the fundamentals of recruiting and managing informants and touch on the basics of undercover operations. One of the most interesting aspects of complex investigations is the personal dynamic between confidential informants and their handlers – it is also inexplicably ignored by most crime writers.
 
Writing for Real: Trigger Points and Response
February 14th 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Wes Albers
What happens when previously separate orbits realign to cross paths? This workshop will explore the dynamic world of action and consequence. It will discuss the potential consequences of decisions made during the dangerous moments surrounding a crisis.
 
Writing for Real: The Anatomy of Violence
February 14th 2:40pm - 4:10pm
David Putnam
What motivates criminals? What’s involved in complicated officer-involved shootings or hand-to-hand confrontations? Drawing on his 30+ years in law enforcement, working crime scenes, narcotics, robbery, hostage crisis, Internal Affairs, patrol and as a SWAT team sniper, David has long confronted and studied criminal behavior first-hand. This workshop will explore the fundamental underpinnings at work behind both sides of the badge.
 
 

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS

Howard Shulman
February 14th 8:00am - 8:45am
Author
cv_hshulman1Howard Shulman is the author of Running from the Mirror. Orphaned by his parents after contracting a disfiguring infection only three days following birth, Howard’s unflinching memoir chronicles his journey from bitter, bullied outcast ward of New Jersey to soul-lifting salvation decades later. An affirming testament to the resilience of the human spirit. Along the way a European actress, a schoolteacher, and a fiery Latina help transform his life. Gregory Lawrence, author of the New York Times best-seller Dancing on My Grave, effuses, “What an amazing, inspirational story. The author has such heroic drive and strength that I found myself thinking of Mask. This all-too-true tale of personal redemption and growth should touch a nerve in every reader.”
 
 

ONE-ON-ONE CONSULTS

Advance Submissions
February 14th 9:00am - 10:30am
Appointments
 
Advance Submissions
February 14th 10:40am - 12:10pm
Appointments