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Writers’ Workshop @ Your Library 2017

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Date

Saturday, November 4, 2017 - Sunday, November 5, 2017

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Location

Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center
300 Maiden Lane
Fayetteville NC 28301

Admission Fees

FREE. Registration is required.

Description

Writers Workshop @ Your Library 2017

Calling all writers! Whether you are just getting started, or are an established author yourself, we invite you to the 2017 Writer’s Workshop @ Your Library on November 4-5, with a special pre-conference event on November 2. Our slate of presenters includes best-selling authors, writers of children’s literature, and award-winning poets. Come learn from the best and meet other local writers. This conference is completely free and open to anyone interested in improving their writing. Register now by calling 910-483-7727.

SCHEDULE

Saturday, November 4

9:00 – Registration
9:30 – Announcements
10:00 – Keynote Speaker – Celia Rivenbark – Finding the Comedy in the Chaos
11:30 – Library Resources for Writers – Anessa Olson / Robin Deffendall
12:00 – Lunch
1:30 – Afternoon Sessions

Adult Fiction Children’s Fiction Poetry
1:30 – 3:00
Sharon Williams – Creating an Author’s Platform: Social Media Marketing for Writers
Linda Ashman – Writing Picture Books: From Brilliant Idea to Polished Manuscript Cathy Smith Bowers – Who Says Tension is a Bad Thing?

3:10 – 4:40
Jodie Bailey – Creating Characters the Hollywood Way
Rebecca Petruck – Writing for Middle Grade and Young Adult Readers: It’s All About Character
Tyree Daye – Getting Read: An Introduction to Publishing Poetry

Sunday, November 5

1:00 – Reconvene – Announcements
1:15 – Debra Dixon – Goal, Motivation, Conflict
4:30 – Closing announcements

SPEAKERS

Debra Dixon
Goal, Motivation, Conflict
Goal, motivation, and conflict are the foundation for everything that happens in the story world. Learn how to lay this foundation in your own writing, avoid sagging middles, and evaluate and sharpen your ideas.

Celia Rivenbark
Finding the Comedy in the Chaos
Humor is subjective, and can be challenging to include in your writing. Learn how to find the humor in everyday life and include it in your writing while avoiding common pitfalls.

Jodie Bailey
Creating Characters the Hollywood Way
You can say a lot about your characters the first time they step onto the page. Utilizing first scenes from several popular movies, we will discuss tips for how to pack a lot of information about your characters into a few select details. From dialogue to actions, even to the reactions of others, discover how to bring your characters “onstage” in a way your readers will never forget.

Sharon Williams
Creating an Author’s Platform: Social Media Marketing for Writers
An author can be their book’s best advocate. Learn how to use social media to advertise your writing, build your audience, and connect with your readers.
It doesn’t matter what happens if no one cares about who it happens to. In this workshop, we’ll discuss character types and motivations, how they differ in middle grade or young adult fiction, and how they are affected by story types. You’ll leave with tangible strategies to help your characters be someone readers root for and never forget.

Linda Ashman
Writing Picture Books: From Brilliant Idea to Polished Manuscript
People often have a great idea for a picture book, but don’t quite know what to do with it. Or they’ve written multiple story drafts, but always seem to get stuck somewhere in the middle. In this interactive workshop, we’ll look at examples of recent successful picture books, do some writing exercises, and explore strategies for turning your great idea into a polished and engaging manuscript worthy of submission.

Rebecca Petruck
Writing for Middle Grade and Young Adult Readers: It’s All About Character
It doesn’t matter what happens if no one cares about who it happens to. In this workshop, we’ll discuss character types and motivations, how they differ in middle grade or young adult fiction, and how they are affected by story types. You’ll leave with tangible strategies to help your characters be someone readers root for and never forget.

Cathy Smith Bowers
Who Says Tension is a Bad Thing?
Former poet laureate of North Carolina discusses the element of tension, both the pulling against each other of opposites and the upsetting of the reader’s expectations. During the seminar, we’ll examine the use of tension in the work of several highly regarded poets and discuss how to use and enhance tension in your own work.

Tyree Daye
Getting Read: An Introduction to Publishing Poetry
Once you’ve done the work of writing a poem, it may be time to let people read it. A literary magazine editor discusses the literary publishing landscape, how to find venues to publish poems, and what editors are looking for in submissions.

Special Preconference Event:

From Slush Pile to Shelf: An Exploration of the Publication Process
Thursday, November 02, 2017
6:30 PM – 7:45 PM
An interactive panel of writers and editors with differing backgrounds and varying levels of experience will discuss aspects of the editorial process and publication. Sponsored by Fayetteville Technical Community College, Sigma Kappa Delta and Unbound.

For More Information about Writers Workshop @ Your Library, visit
http://cumberland.lib.nc.libguides.com/writersworkshop

Contact Information

Anessa Olson
[email protected]
910-483-7727

Website

http://cumberland.lib.nc.libguides.com/writersworkshop

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