This weekend I get to spend three days at a writing workshop studying THE EMOTIONAL CRAFT OF FICTION with literary agent and writing coach Donald Maass! I signed up for this workshop so long ago I can’t believe it’s finally here. I’ve recently completed a solid draft of my WIP, so this workshop is just in time for me to use the information to polish my manuscript.
Here’s the news for this week:
Happy Book Birthday
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Published by Scholastic Press
From the publisher: Q: What do you need to become a great fairy godmother?
d) all of the above
Fairy-godmother-in-training Isabelle doesn’t know what gusto is, but she’s pretty sure she has what it takes to pass fairy godmother training with flying colors.
But then Isabelle is assigned a practice princess who is not a princess at all. Nora is just a normal girl—a normal girl who doesn’t believe in fairy godmothers or that wishes come true or happily-ever-afters.
Isabelle has to change Nora’s mind about magic and grant a wish for her. If she can’t, Isabelle will flunk training and never become a great fairy godmother!
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JUNE 2-4: EMOTIONAL CRAFT OF FICTION
Hyatt Place Houston Airport
The emotional effect of fiction on readers is more than just luck. It’s a craft. Based on psychological research and extensive study of what makes novels emotionally gripping, workshop participants will discover how to go beyond showing or telling to create an emotional journey for readers–one unseen but nevertheless deeply felt and ultimately unforgettable. Spend three days learning about the craft of writing emotion with Donald Maass.
JUNE 3, SATURDAY, 1:00-4:00 PM: KARLEEN KOEN WORKSHOP
COST: Until May 29: $40 Members, $55 Non-Members; After May 29: $50 Members, $65 Non-Members
Finding the Heart of Your Story in the Novel (and Finding Your Own Heart as a Writer, Too)
Stuck? Writing in circles? Can’t finish? Can’t begin? Written all you can but the story world isn’t real? Come spend some time with Dwight Swain’s story question concept. If you can begin to articulate what is going on within your story, you can begin to find your way to the heart of your characters and plot. You can take apart your story in a way that will jumpstart your writing if it has stopped.
Class time includes in-class writing, group discussion, and exploration of specific writing problems given by class members. We will also discuss the care and feeding of one’s writer and muse. Bring to class your problems with writing the novel you are working on. Also bring a copy of your favorite novel—it can be of any genre, but it must be your favorite. Individual writing will not be critiqued.
JUNE 4-JULY 2, SUNDAYS, 3:00-6:00 PM: ADRIENNE PERRY WORKSHOP
COST: Until Tuesday, May 30: $150 for members, $180 for non-members; After May 30: $180 for members, $210 for non-members
So you’ve drafted a short story, a piece of flash fiction, or another chapter of your future best-selling novel…what next? How do we revisit our fiction, assess it honestly and generously, and see it anew? Revision is the short answer, but for many of us the actual revision process is much more daunting. Even those of us who love revision can learn new tools that will make the process as exciting and rewarding as the process of creating a fictional world in the first draft.
In this workshop, we’ll focus on revising fiction you’ve already crafted. Our goal is to go much deeper than editing and proofreading. We want to access the heart of the story, rediscover what drew us to it, and make changes that surprise us and enrich what is already there. The workshop will involve fun exercises, revision strategies, and opportunities to provide feedback for one another. We’ll also take a close look at the revision stages of published works. This is a good workshop for anyone who wishes to see their work in a new way, and wants to build a revision toolkit. This workshop is open to all genres of fiction.
JUNE 5, MONDAY, 6:00-7:30 PM: HOUSTON WRITERS GUILD: SUMMER SERIES
Katherine Tyra Branch Library
Fern Brady: Using Art to Gain Inspiration
The Houston Writers Guild, in collaboration with the Katherine Tyra Public Library, is hosting a free hands-on craft-focused series of workshops. Each Monday starting in June through to the end of August, from 6 pm to 7:30 pm, at 16719 Clay Rd, various craft topics will be presented and time will be allotted for writing. These are hands-on, active sessions, so bring laptops and/or other writing utensils to get the most of each session. No RSVP needed.
JUNE 5, MONDAY, 7:00 PM: SCBWI MTG: KATHY DUVAL
Tracy Gee Community Center
Picture book author Kathy Duval will discuss “Fracturing Folk and Fairy Tales: A Writing Workshop”. Kathy’s books to date are The Three Bear’s Christmas, The Three Bear’s Halloween, Take Me to Your BBQ, and A Bear’s Year.
JUNE 6-27, TUESDAYS, 6:00-9:00 PM: JOSHUA FOSTER WORKSHOP
COST: Until Thursday, June 1: $150 for members, $180 for non-members; After June 1: $180 for members, $210 for non-members
Telling Stories in First-Person Point-of-View
What craft questions do we need to consider when we begin a story with “I”? In this workshop we will explore the fundamental techniques of first-person narration in fiction and nonfiction creative prose, in addition to other craft elements such as plot, structure, characterization, point-of-view, dialogue, and style. Sessions will include generative writing exercises, short lectures and discussions on various craft elements, and, most importantly, workshopping of story drafts. Our goal will be to workshop between 2-4 works-in-progress each week. While this course will refer to literary short stories and essays as models, participants may choose to submit any genre of prose writing, including but not limited to memoir, creative nonfiction, personal essay, science fiction, mystery, and young adult fiction.
JULY 11–15: THRILLERFEST, NEW YORK, NY
AGENTS: Lisa Abellera/Kimberley Cameron and Associates; Marisa Corvisiero & Kelly Peterson/Corvisiero Literary Agency; Jess Dallow/Brower Literary & Management; Heather Flaherty & Beth Phelan/The Bent Agency; Liza Fleissig/Liza Royce Agency; Mark Gottlieb & Erica Spellman Silverman/Trident Media Group; Sandy Lu/L. Perkins Agency; Gina Maccoby/Gina Maccoby Literary Agency; Paula Munier/Talcott Notch Literary Agency; Eric Myers/Dystel, Goderich, & Bourret; Michelle Richter/Fuse Literary; Alec Shane/Writers House; Jessica Spivey/Victoria Sanders & Associates; Uwe Stender/TriadaUS Literary Agency; Barbara Poelle—Irene Goodman Literary Agency
EDITOR: Ali Fisher/Tor Teen/Starscape
OCTOBER 19–22: FLORIDA WRITERS CONFERENCE, ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, FL
AGENTS: Mark Gottlieb/Trident Media Group; Emmanuelle Morgen/Stonesong Literary Agency; Eric Smith/P.S. Literary Agency
EDITORS: Alicia Clancy/St. Martins Press; Deb Haggerty/Elk Lane Publishing; Diana Pho/Tor Books
SEPTEMBER 28-OCTOBER 1: INDIE BOOKFEST , ORLANDO, FL
Indie Bookfest celebrates Indie, Hybrid, and Traditional Authors and Artists and their freedom of expression. Join some of your favorite Authors for a convention filled with workshops, panels, parties and more! You won’t want to miss the sessions throughout the day, where several panelists will be speaking on a variety of topics relevant to readers, book lovers, and writers.
OCTOBER 21: 5TH ANNUAL FLORIDA YOUTH WRITERS CONFERENCE, ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, FL
Florida Youth Conference features a colorful cast of characters—a team of authors, agents, and other industry professionals who will help fine-tune your writing skills and supercharge your publishing savvy.
Sessions will include the craft and business of prose and poetry, the legal stuff, and practicing your perfect pitch. We’ll also have a Q&A session, so you can ask all those burning questions about how to become a successful writer.
Retreats & Writing Workshops
JULY 21-23: SECOND ANNUAL FULL-BODIED NOVEL SUMMER WRITING RETREAT, UNION, WA
AUTHORS: Katherine Grace Bond; Janet Lee Carey
SEPTEMBER 10–17: WESTERN CARIBBEAN WRITING RETREAT/CRUISE , (Departing) GALVESTON, TX
Lisa Cron— Author/Story Coach
Angela Ackerman—Writing Coach/Author
Michelle Grajkowski—Agent, 3 Seas Literary Agency
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