Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Utah Valley Writers Workshop

Utah Valley, taken from the foothill behind my house
The Utah Valley Writers Workshop is this weekend (7/27/12 and 7/28/12) and I'm doing the Friday keynote presentation (3 hours long!). The event is co-sponsored by iWriteNetwork and the Alpine School District and you can register through the Alpine School District professional development site. Use the drop down and select "Language Arts - Utah Valley Writers Workshop - July 27 AND 28th." It's about halfway down the page and there's a one day option beneath it. The workshop description was written for teachers, but the workshop is open to everyone, so don't let the description scare you away if you're not a teacher. The workshop is focused on writing, not teaching writing. When registering, it will ask for your school. If you're not a teacher, simply put a space in that box.

My workshop will focus on story development, from concept, to character-driven plotting, to structure. It will be part presentation, part go-and-do, and part me harassing as many people as I can without getting arrested. If you've seen me present before, bits of this will be familiar, but most of it will be new. This is a deeper dive than I've done before into how I develop a story and the tools I use.

COST: $50 (this includes lunch)
There's an optional SUU Credit you can get for $15 (see below)


CREDIT: 1 sem. hr. state recertification/lane change
OR
1 sem. hr. SUU credit available at the completion of the class for an additional $15 (optional)


I got the schedule a while ago, and it may have been updated since, but here's what I have:


Preliminary Schedule
Friday: Keynote and Breakouts
8:00 Pick up workshop materials

8:30 Eric Patten: Character-driven Plotting, room 315 & 316

11:30 Lunch

12:00 Tristi Pinkston: Genre & Audience, room 315
Cindy Hogan: Indie Publishing Part 1, room 316
Karen Hoover: Poetry, room 317
Ali Cross: Beginning Blogging, room 310

1:20 Break

1:30 Jennie Hansen: Scene Structure, room 315
Karen Hoover: Outlining, room 316
Ali Cross, Advanced Blogging, room 310
Jordan McCollum: HTML, room 311

2:50 Break

3:00 Brainstorming Panel

4:15 Day 1 Concludes


Saturday Sessions 
8:30 Lisa Mangum: Characters

10:30 Break

10:45 Caleb Warnock: Narrative Voice

12:15 Lunch

12:45 Lisa Mangum: Your First Chapter

2:00 Break

2:15 Carolyn Campbell: Writing for Magazines, room 315
Cindy Hogan; Indie Publishing Part 2, room 316
Canda Mortensen; Presenting, room 317
Jamie Theler, Twitter, room 311

3:15 Workshop Concludes

You must pre-register and class size is limited, so hurry up! I hope to see you there!

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