|2019 Master Classes|
2019 Master Classes
Presenter: Paula Martinac
It's no surprise that in the golden age of tweets, short-short fiction is increasing in popularity. Some authors now write complete novels and novellas in bits of short narrative known as "flash fiction." Maybe you're just finding your place as a fiction writer, or maybe you've been publishing novels for years but want to venture into a new form to shake up your writing practice. In this workshop, we'll review 10 basic elements of flash fiction -- don't think "rules," but "tips" -- and tackle writing prompts designed to fuel our imaginations. We'll finish by discussing publishing opportunities. Let's take over this genre and "queer" it -- you just might write the perfect lesbian romance in 50 words or craft a chilling mystery in under 300. Bring your notebook, your imagination, and a willingness to play.
Presenter: Lori L. Lake
Characters are at the heart of all compelling fiction. The novels and stories we love the best usually have at their center at least one character who touches us in unexpected ways. The best characters are expressed and revealed through observation, voice, dialogue, backstory, internal insight, and the decisions, actions, and reactions of the character. Lori Lake, author, editor, and publisher, will discuss a number of approaches writers can use to deepen and expand the protagonists, antagonists, and secondary characters.
Presenter: Ann Roberts
The Opening is IT. A great opening gets you a contract, noticed by reviewers, purchased by readers, and acknowledged by book judges. Join Ann Roberts, editor and author of 19 published openings (and roughly 200 unpublished ones) as she shares techniques, examples, and characteristics that grab the reader and keep them interested. Students will have the opportunity to analyze openings for effectiveness and craft or retool opening ideas of their own. Feedback from Ann and classmates will ensure each student leaves the session with new ideas and next steps for their WIP.
Are you interested in proposing and presenting a Master Class at a future conference? Perhaps in Albuquerque, NM next July? Do you have experience teaching, mentoring, and/or presenting?
Do you have an idea for a class that showcases the importance of inclusion and diversity in our organization?
We're always interested in hearing your ideas and learning from your wisdom.
If you're interested, contact us with your idea. We'll get back to you for further discussion.