In the morning:


Novelist Deborah Raney will help writers become proficient with the basic tools of the fiction writer. Every craft has its tools of the trade, intended to make the job of the craftsman easier and more efficient. When the novelist has mastered the basic writing tools, he is freed to venture out and become more creative and unique with his craft. Keying on characterization, dialogue, pacing, word choice, and other foundational elements of fiction writing, this class will equip newer writers to hone their personal style and discover their unique writing voice—even if it sometimes means breaking the rules. Keep in mind that fiction writing techniques apply equally to virtually all other types of writing—non-fiction, memoirs, children’s books, and more!



Using movie techniques—writing cinematically—is a great way to be sure you are SHOWING instead of telling, but it’s also a great way to be sure your novel reads like a script, and is therefore more likely to be considered by filmmakers. Deborah’s first novel, A Vow to Cherish, was the inspiration for the World Wide Pictures film of the same title. Through examining various film techniques and how to apply them to novel writing, she will explore showing vs. telling, point-of-view, deepening characterization, making settings come to life, and many other secrets of strong writing that will make your writing visual and vivid—and more likely to be made into a movie some day!


In the afternoon, with lots of time during and after for Q&A.


Deborah speaks from her experience as a full-time novelist for the past twenty-three years, sharing little-known facts about what a working writer’s daily life is really like. Did you know that much of a writer’s day is spent doing things besides writing? Do you know why an agent earns his/her keep? What are the pitfalls of fame and the myths of fortune? How do you deal with the green-eyed monster––yours and fellow writers’? How does becoming a writer threaten your family life and life as you knew it before you were a writer? All this and much more, including what to do about it all!


Ken Raney will be sharing his experiences with indie publishing and will be answering questions about the difference between self-publishing, independent publishing, and traditional publishing, along with the technical but not-as-difficult-as-you-might-think aspects of getting a manuscript from your computer into print and e-book form.

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