2016 Conference Workshops

Friday: September 9, 2016

Kathy Bain – Terminology 101: Workshop for the Beginner Writer
Have you ever gone to a writer’s workshop and felt lost because of some of the terminology used. Query letter, synopsis, genre, hybrid author. It’s enough to turn you away at the door. No need to fear. This workshop is for the beginner writer to help you become familiar with some of the verbiage used. We will go through common words and phrases and answer any questions you might have before the conference begins.
Friday, September 9, 8:15 – 9:15

Kathy Bain – The “What If” Game
This workshop will help you with story ideas, plot holes, and saggy middles. Never worry about writer’s block again. In this interactive workshop, you will go through and ask questions to help fill in any gaps you might have in your writing.
Friday, September 9, 9:40-10:30

Elizabeth Sinclair The Opening Scene: Bang or Fizzle?
Writing an opening scene that will grab an editor’s attention, then entice a reader’s to keep reading. Answering questions like: where do you start, what’s a good opening hook, what type of beginning scene works best for your story, what kind of opening scenes have been over-done, and what kind to avoid.
Friday, September 9, 10:40 – 11:30

Cheryl Norman
The Fictional Dream: Keeping Readers Absorbed In Your Story
Author intrusion abruptly jars a reader from the “dream” of your fictional world. Author Cheryl Norman addresses the most common forms of author intrusion (telling instead of showing, clichéd description, and detached point of view). In her interactive workshop, she helps writers turn passive writing into active, engaging prose.
Friday, September 9, 1:10 – 2:10

Elaine Calloway
Plotting vs Pantsing: A Delicate Recipe
Most writers classify themselves as plotters or pantsters, and never the two shall meet. But using both methods while being true to your own writing process can help you write books better, faster, and avoid excess rework. Learn how to use the basics of plotting (without the charts and graphs!) and the basics of pantsing (allowing your muse some room to breathe) to create a winning duo for your writing process. Just like a recipe, each ingredient needs balance.
Friday, September 9, 3:15 – 4:15

Q&A Panel – Jade Lee, Cindy Dees, Deb Werksman
Friday, September 9, 7 pm – ?


Saturday: September 10, 2016

9:15 – 10:15: Jade Lee/Kathy Lyons – Mastrerclass
in Characterization
Having trouble really locking down your characters? Every time you start a book thinking you’ve got them, do they wiggle away from you halfway through? Or maybe they just feel bland as if all your characters  feel the same? Join Jade Lee in her Master’s Class in Characterization and get the answers you need. It’s not the typical fill out this character sheet thing. There are over a dozen different directions to explore your characters. Not all will work for you, but one might be perfect for your WIP and another will jump out for the next. Some techniques will naturally lead to more plot, others will inform the setting, and then there’s that all important love story. Every technique will naturally make the romance richer and more deeply emotional.
Saturday, September 10, 9:15-10:15

10:15 – 11:15: Cindy Dees  – Typed Writer Workshop
What’s your greatest strength as a writer?
What’s your kryptonite?
What’s your greatest strength as a writer? What’s your kryptonite? Are you working with your natural writing tendencies or against them? In this workshop, you will take a short online test and get a personalized report showing your writer type. Join NYT and USA Today bestselling author, Cindy Dees, as she explains the report and shows you how to make your writing move faster, more effectively, and more efficiently for you. A personalized writer type report will be available to every attendee showing you your greatest writing strengths and weaknesses.
Saturday, September 10, 10:15-11:15

Deb Werksman, Editor for Sourcebooks, Keynote Speaker
Saturday, September 9, 1:00 – 1:30

Jade Lee/Kathy Lyons – The Core of Romance  (Hands-on)
This is a hands-on workshop where you bring your story and strip it down to its core.  Once there, it’s easy to see the holes.  And if there are none, then as you add each layer of story, you can see what’s lacking.  Jade Lee will show you how to do that yourself, walk you through a few examples (using puppets!), and then will take your story and help you do the same.  Right there, live, because romance writing can be easy.
Saturday, September 10, 1:40-2:40

Cindy Dees  – Plotting Spaghetti Bowl
Okay, so you’ve got characters. Now what are they going to DO? Cindy will share with us her acclaimed plotting spaghetti bowl technique to turn a cast of characters into a dynamic, interwoven plot that will pull readers forward to the very last happily ever after. She’ll show you how to use the spaghetti bowl to generate scenes and teach you how to layer plot and character developments into richly nuanced scenes. Useful for helping plotters organize their thoughts in a visual format, and equally useful for pantzers to find the big movements of their stories that lead to coherent plots that hang together, all levels of writers can use this tool to hope generate the tastiest plots ever!
Saturday, September 10, 2:50 – 3:50

2016 ACRA Fiction Writer's Conference