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San Diego Schedule

  • This is the working schedule, which is subject to change. Click on any individual workshop title to view its summary. To view all the workshops, panels and special events currently slated for our SD29 event, please visit the Workshops and Events page. For instructions on how to navigate the online schedule go to the “Tips” tab above.

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Friday, February 13th, 2015

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REGISTRATION DESK

Walk-in Registration

Walk-in Registration
February 13th 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Registration Open
 
 

WORKSHOP

Read & Critique

Read, Critique & Live to Write Another Day
February 13th 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Hooks / Perkins
One of the unique aspects of SCWC is its ongoing commitment to roundtable Read & Critiques in every workshop time slot. But what if it’s your first time at a conference? Or your first (gut-wrenching) time sharing your work with anyone? What if you’ve gotten feedback but still can’t make heads or tails of contradictory suggestions, cryptic editor/author shorthand, or the dreaded ‘I don’t get it’ grunt? 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.
 
Pitch Witches: What’s Your Book About?
February 13th 3:40pm - 5:10pm
Miller / Redmond
“What’s your book about?” Pitching your book is key to selling it—whether you’re an author-publisher or are querying agents or publishers, you need to know how to summarize your story in as few words as possible. Marla Miller and Jennifer Silva Redmond, aka the “Pitch Witches,” lead a hands-on workshop that is highly recommended for all attendees. Bring your best pitch and we’ll work our “magic” on it to make it even better!
 
Rogue Read & Critiques
Feb 13th 9:00pm - Feb 14th 6:00am
Clements I Hooks & Perkins I Pallamary I Taylor
Four workshops.
 
 

WORKSHOP

Craft & Execution

Defining Genre: What Are You Really Writing?
February 13th 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Jenkins
Writing a genre or a sub-group story but unsure of the word count? Or the body count? Where your story fits? Does it fit at all? This workshop will help you define genre and offer guidelines. Come armed with questions. Recommended for both fiction and nonfiction writers.
 
Transformative Narrative: A Shamanic Approach to Story
February 13th 3:40pm - 5:10pm
Pallamary
Writing a well-written narrative is mastering the energies of your story--the multi-faceted energies that determine the moods, reactions, choices and traits of your characters, the energies between characters, the drive of the pacing, action and dialogue to create a deeper, emotionally powerful resonance within your total story structure. This presentation will bring a new perspective to understanding these elements that make solid, well-paced stories that grab your audience, emotionally connect them with your characters and pull them all the way through your hero's journey to a powerful climax and rewarding resolution.
 
 

WORKSHOP

Craft & Execution

Authorial Voice: Finding and Making It Unmistakably Your Own
February 13th 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Ramsay
 
Getting to the Heart of Women’s Fiction
February 13th 3:40pm - 5:10pm
Thomas
 
 

WORKSHOP

Business & Alternative

The Writer’s Journal
February 13th 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Reeves
 
What’s Not Working: An Editor’s Take on the Most Common Manuscript Fails
February 13th 3:40pm - 5:10pm
Jenkins
Does your manuscript keep hitting a stone wall? Do you get turndowns without explanations? Do you feel like you’re submitting into a black hole? We’ll examine basic manuscript problems and how to fix them. Recommended for: fiction and nonfiction writers.
 
How to Make the Most of the Conference
February 13th 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Albers
There's a lot going on at the SCWC. If you haven't been before, learn how to navigate its often fast-moving pace to make the most of all the opportunities it affords.
 
 

PANELS & SPECIAL EVENTS

No Host Mixer & Booksigning
February 13th 5:20pm - 7:00pm
 
Welcome & Intros
February 13th 7:10pm - 8:00pm
 
Scrivener 101: Maximize the Value, Minimize the Stress
February 13th 3:40pm - 5:10pm
Grigorian
You’ve heard of the tool—the most popular application for writers. You may have even downloaded a trial version. But then you stopped. Fear, uncertainty, and bit of technophobia grabbed a hold of you until you turned back to Word or Pages or papyrus. And all along you wondered, why do so many writers love it? What did you miss?

In this workshop the mystery will be solved and the stress of using the tool will be removed. You will be shown how to become more productive. We will focus on the tool’s most helpful features and not get lost in everything else.

The workshop will help with: starting a new project, importing an existing project, using the corkboard to brainstorm scenes, using templates to accelerate your process, writing non-sequentially, editing, basic compilation to Word, PDF, ePub and Kindle formats, and more.
 
 

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS

Evening

Bethany Lopez
February 13th 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Author, Young Adult/New Adult
 
 

 

 

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

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REGISTRATION DESK

Walk-in Registration

Walk-in Registration
February 14th 7:00am - 6:00pm
 
 

WORKSHOP

Read & Critique

Query Letter Critique
February 14th 9:00am - 10:30am
Miller
 
All-Genre
February 14th 10:40am - 12:10pm
Reeves
 
Women's Fiction
February 14th 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Thomas
 
Mystery/History/Thriller
February 14th 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Ramsay
 
Rogue Read & Critiques
Feb 14th 9:00pm - Feb 15th 6:00am
Clements I Hooks & Perkins I Pallamary I Taylor
Four workshops.
 
 

STORYCORE®

Building the Better Book

Breaking Down the Story Beats
February 14th 9:00am - 10:30am
Grigorian
Like a home, the right structure will help a story stand true and withstand time (and criticism). Readers (and movie watchers) have expectations and if you don’t deliver, your story will never get off the ground.

There is a lot of material out there on structure techniques and methodologies. What you use is not the focus of this workshop. The focus is analyzing books and movies and identifying key plot points and their timing to show that all good stories have the same “beats” and typically happen around the same time.

We will utilize both James Scott Bell’s “12 Signpost Scenes” and Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat! as guides to decompose/breakdown the stories into their core elements that help move the plot forward efficiently and with vigor. We will analyze one book and one movie completely, highlight each key beat. As we move along, you will compare your novel’s beats. By the end, you should be able to identify gaps, see why some scenes have worked real well, and what you can do help move your story forward.
 
Incident Response and Motivation
February 14th 10:40am - 12:10pm
Albers
 
Character Therapy: And You’re the Shrink!
February 14th 1:00pm - 2:30pm
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.
 
Speak To Me: Dialogue in Story
February 14th 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Thomas-Sundstrom
 
 

WORKSHOP

Craft & Execution

Research: How Much Look Up, How Much Make Up
February 14th 9:00am - 10:30am
Ramsay
 
Raw Emotion: How to Handle Violence, Trauma, Abuse and Illness
February 14th 10:40am - 12:10pm
Rother
 
Truth is in the Detail
February 14th 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Reeves
 
Avoiding the Boring: Suspense, Conflict and Tension
February 14th 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Quinn
Compress the perceived flow of time--accelerate the pace without overlooking the sensory detail necessary to bring readers into your world of memorable characters. Pace often determines whether our words are read or set aside.
 
 

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Business & Alternative

Self-Publishing from A to Z: The Nuts and Bolts of Making Your Own Way
February 14th 9:00am - 10:30am
Carline
Self-publishing is a wonderful option for many authors, but what is involved? This workshop is a primer for the basics of being an author-publisher. 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 your readers. If you’re sitting on the fence, this workshop can help you make an informed decision.
 
Team Building Essentials for Indie Author Success
February 14th 10:40am - 12:10pm
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.
 
Ready to Launch: A Publicist’s Take on How to Prepare Your Book for Promotion
February 14th 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Margulies
For those new to self-publishing, knowing the right steps to take before releasing a book can be daunting. In addition to creating and workshopping an exceptional manuscript, authors must come up with original titles, create compelling back cover copy, hire professional editors, cover artists, and formatters, make decisions about which publication outlets to use, develop social media followings, and create platforms for themselves. Many authors choose to skip some of these steps due to inexperience, an attempt to avoid costs, or a desire to rush their books to publication.

But not having a book that has been properly workshopped, edited, designed, and/or formatted can be risky. The result is often weak sales, eventually forcing the author to rework the book or its packaging, which is an expensive proposition. And most PR experts won’t consider representing a book unless the author has developed a platform, and the book is well-written and has been professionally edited, and designed.

In this workshop, book publicist Paula Margulies provides authors with helpful tips so they can make sure their books are ready to release and promote. She discusses some of the most important aspects to consider when preparing a book for publication, including: making sure your manuscript is fully developed, coming up with a good title, finding a good editor, hiring a professional graphic designer to create a compelling book cover, developing back cover copy that sells, finding beta readers and reviewers, locating the right person to format and upload your books, developing your platform, building your social media following, obtaining pre-release book reviews, entering the right contests, and considering the best timing for launch and promotion.
 
How to Sell Books by the Truckload on Amazon
February 14th 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Sansevieri
Amazon is a great place to sell books, but most authors don’t realize that Amazon has an internal sales machine that will actually help you market your book, for free, if you trigger it? It’s called their internal algorithm and, not that dissimilar from ranking on Google, once Amazon’s algorithm kicks in, you could see a boatload of free promotion come your way from Amazon. Here’s what the session will cover:

  • Optimize your Amazon page: what you must do to start showing up in more searches

  • Understanding categories/themes and how to rank consistently #1 in your category.

  • Kindle Unlimited: How some authors are making a fortune here and how you can, too

  • How to optimize your book title, subtitle and keywords on Amazon.

  • How to quadruple the reviews you get on Amazon.

  • Why having a free book will help you sell more

  • Making your Author Central page work for you.

  • Amazon hacks: fun tricks you can to do spruce up your Amazon page.

  • Amazon reviews: simple ways to find more reviewers for your book and get more reviews.


Bonus: We’ve all heard about the eBook surge, if you’re ready to create one or have one already out, you’ll want to stay for these bonus tips on pricing, sales strategy and why giving away an eBook may be the best way to sell it.

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WORKSHOP

Alternate

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February 14th 9:00am - 10:30am
 
Best Foot Forward 1: Polishing to Impress 1
February 14th 10:40am - 12:10pm
Jenkins
 
Using Music for the Muse
February 14th 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Thomas-Sundstrom
 
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February 14th 2:40pm - 4:10pm
 
 

PANELS & SPECIAL EVENTS

Lunch
February 14th 12:10pm - 1:00pm
On Your Own
 
SCWC*SD Banquet
February 14th 6:40pm - 8:00pm
Yum!
 
State of the Agent Panel
February 14th 4:20pm - 5:30pm
Discussion with attending literary reps
 
 

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS

Morning

Raymond M. Wong
February 14th 8:00am - 8:50am
Author, Memoir
 
 

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS

Evening

David Putnam
February 14th 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Author, Crime/Suspense
 
 

ONE-ON-ONE CONSULTS

Advance Submissions
February 14th 9:00am - 10:30am
One-on-one appointments
 
Advance Submissions
February 14th 10:40am - 12:10pm
One-on-one appointments
 
Advance Submissions
February 14th 1:00pm - 2:30pm
One-on-one appointments
 
Advance Submissions
February 14th 2:40pm - 4:10pm
One-on-one appointments
 
 

 

 

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REGISTRATION DESK

Walk-in Registration

Walk-in Registration
February 15th 8:30am - 6:00pm
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WORKSHOP

Read & Critique

Commercial Fiction/Series/Suspense
February 15th 9:00am - 10:30am
Quinn
 
Young Adult/New Adult
February 15th 10:40am - 12:10pm
Lopez
 
Humor
February 15th 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Carline
 
Read & Critique
February 15th 2:40pm - 4:10pm
TBA
 
Rogue Read & Critiques
Feb 15th 9:00pm - Feb 16th 6:00am
Clements I Hooks & Perkins I Pallamary
Three workshops.
 
 

STORYCORE®

Building the Better Book

POV: The Power of Perspective
February 15th 9:00am - 10:30am
Greenwood
 
Plot vs. Character: What’s Driving Your Story?
February 15th 10:40am - 12:10pm
Thomas
 
Making Your Story Work: Voice, Point of View, and Tension
February 15th 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Jenkins
 
Editing for Pantsers: What to Focus on in the First Draft and What to Clean Up Later
February 15th 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Whitsitt
So, you’re a pantser. Ever drive yourself crazy because you write first then have mountains of clean up to do later, costing yourself valuable time in the editing/revision stage? In this “how to” workshop, you will learn the steps you can take in your first draft that will later save you time and help to preserve your sanity.

We will also discuss preparing a manuscript for beta readers as well as gleaning the most from that process by asking readers the right questions, and polishing pages for an editor (much akin to straightening the house before the cleaners show up).

At the end of this workshop, you will feel confident that even a pantser can adopt simple practices that make for a tighter first draft.

Note: Please bring 2-5 pages of your current WIP as we will put precepts into practice.
 
 

WORKSHOP

Craft & Execution

Developing Secondary Characters into Main Characters
February 15th 9:00am - 10:30am
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.
 
Planning and Plotting the Series Mystery
February 15th 10:40am - 12:10pm
Scott
 
Your Legacy in Print 1
February 15th 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Redmond
Do you have a memoir-worthy life story and no idea how to get it written or published? Long-time acquisition editor and editor-in-chief Jennifer Silva Redmond will share her years of experience as a “book midwife” for dozens of successful memoirs. The first part of this two-part workshop will help aspiring memoirists define/structure their story, and learn how to use fiction-writing techniques to write compelling non-fiction; part two will include practical tips (and ideas for ongoing help) for the many stages of polishing, editing, and publishing your book. Bring an idea or pitch to share—even if it’s still in the concept phase—and get ready to save your own Life (story)!
 
Your Legacy in Print 2
February 15th 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Redmond
Do you have a memoir-worthy life story and no idea how to get it written or published? Long-time acquisition editor and editor-in-chief Jennifer Silva Redmond will share her years of experience as a “book midwife” for dozens of successful memoirs. The first part of this two-part workshop will help aspiring memoirists define/structure their story, and learn how to use fiction-writing techniques to write compelling non-fiction; part two will include practical tips (and ideas for ongoing help) for the many stages of polishing, editing, and publishing your book. Bring an idea or pitch to share—even if it’s still in the concept phase—and get ready to save your own Life (story)!
 
 

WORKSHOP

Business & Alternative

Wtg. for Real: The Ballistics of Homicide
February 15th 9:00am - 10:30am
Shevock
Retired federal agent Michael R. Shevock is providing a technical but entertaining lecture on the what and why of flying bullets. Even some veteran police officers suffer misconceptions regarding caliber and velocity. What is a 30-06 anyway? Why isn’t there a 30-07? Why isn’t lethality and knock-down power synonymous? Why didn’t that bullet go straight? What’s a “boat-tail” round? What’s the difference between a jacketed hollow-point and a semi-jacketed hollow-point? How can “mushroom” be a verb? What factors affect ricochets? Come find out why an expert homicide detective and a forensic pathologist can look at a dead body, then turn to each other and say, “How did that ever happen?”

The first half of the workshop will be theoretical, the second half will be graphic.
 
How to Revise and Live to Sell the Tale
February 15th 10:40am - 12:10pm
Aarons / Hayes / Summy
 
Indie Excellence: Glocalization and the Key to Survival
February 15th 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Taylor
The eBook market is global playground that must be thought of as local. Are you really going to limit yourself to Amazon and Kindle? How many eBookstores do you think you can access as an Independent Author-Publisher? How does more than 300 sound to you? Ever been curious about how to access the Chinese digital book market?

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. Those issues are diversification and discoverability.

This Indie Excellence workshop is designed for:

1. Writers who believe that having all of their eggs in one basket is a poor business model;
2. Writers who wish to globally expand their readership and gain royalty income from a wide range of sources.

There really is a huge new world out there beyond the confines of Amazon and Kindle. Come and explore it with me!
 
Something to Talk About: Speaking Publicly About Your Book
February 15th 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Carline
Social media is good, but sooner or later, an author must come out behind the cyber-curtain and add public speaking to their toolkit, in order to increase their visibility. This workshop will offer ideas for organizing material and overcoming fear when making presentations to an audience, as well as a chance to practice in a supportive environment. Events from launch parties to sharing a spot on a panel, to being a guest speaker will be covered.
 
 

WORKSHOP

Craft & Execution

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February 15th 9:00am - 10:30am
 
Best Foot Forward 2: Polishing to Impress 2
February 15th 10:40am - 12:10pm
Jenkins
 
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February 15th 2:40pm - 4:10pm
 
 

PANELS & SPECIAL EVENTS

Lunch
February 15th 12:10pm - 1:00pm
On Your Own
 
SCWC Awards & Recognition
February 15th 5:30pm - 6:00pm
Albers / Gregory
 
Dinner on Your Own
February 15th 6:00pm - 9:00pm
 
 

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS

Afternoon

Kathy Aarons
February 15th 4:20pm - 5:10pm
Author, Mystery
 
 

ONE-ON-ONE CONSULTS

Advance Submissions
February 15th 9:00am - 10:30am
One-on-one appointments
 
Advance Submissions
February 15th 1:00pm - 2:30pm
One-on-one appointments
 
Advance Submissions
February 15th 2:40pm - 4:10pm
One-on-one appointments
 
Advance Submissions
February 15th 10:40am - 12:10pm
One-on-one appointments
 
 

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