The Pre-Conference Mentoring Clinics are designed to give beginning, intermediate, and advanced writers an opportunity to focus on developing their projects or to support other areas of their writing career. Each clinic combines learning in a small-group setting, a mentor critique of your work in progress, and a one-on-one consultation with your mentor.
Fiction and nonfiction clinics are limited to 6 participants.
Specialty clinics are taught in a workshop setting and are for writers of all levels. Alongside the learning material, these clinics include evaluation and suggestions.
Specialty clinics are limited to 12 participants.
Lori Freeland - Beginning Fiction
Write or Remodel Your Novel: From Ideas to Edits
Do you want to write fiction but aren’t sure how? Do you have a manuscript that just isn’t working? Either way, this class is for you. From planning to polishing, learn how to structure a solid story, create 3D characters, build vivid visuals, and set scenes with purpose. Author by night, writing coach by day, Lori Freeland supports her clients by deepening their storytelling and writing skills as she meets them where there are in their writing journeys.
Tim Shoemaker - Intermediate to Advanced Fiction
Shift Your Fiction into High Gear
Feel like your writing is stuck in second or third gear? With this clinic, Tim will carefully study your work-in-progress, then show you how to shift it into a higher gear. He’ll also share writing secrets on deeper POV, when to show and where to tell, plausibility, stronger starts, dialogue, action, and more. He has a passionate, encouraging teaching style, making this a perfect and safe place to discover how to strengthen your writing.
Jan Kern - Beginning Nonfiction
From Only a Dream to Finished Book
You’ve dreamed of turning your idea, story, or chapter into a book that makes a difference, but you aren’t sure how to take it through the finish line. In this clinic, Jan will coach you in building on the writing strengths you have and layering in the foundational skills you may not yet know. You’ll also engage with creative tools that will help you connect strongly with your reader and finish your project. Together let’s move your dream closer to reality!
Doug Newton - Intermediate to Advanced Nonfiction
Improve Your Writing and Avoid the “Unpardonable Sin"
Writing nonfiction books is not just a matter of ideas, organization, and word choice. It takes discipline to write and rewrite, determination to meet deadlines, and humility to face multiple critiques. Doug will provide helpful advice for all those aspects of completing a successful project, while at the same time looking with you at your project to help you sharpen focus, improve cohesion, find fresh angles, use memorable images, and avoid the author’s “unpardonable sin”—boring your reader.
Renae Brumbaugh Green - Humor Writing
Make ’Em Laugh! Learn to Write Humor Like a Pro
Make your reader laugh and you’ve made a fan for life. Humor adds relief to heavy topics and delight to an already great story. If you’re the kind of person who thinks of the perfect funny response about two hours—or two days—after the fact, you’re the perfect candidate for humor writing! Join Renae for this workshop-style clinic and apply some of the comedy industry’s best-kept secrets to your work-in-progress. You may be surprised at how funny you can be!
Laura Christianson - Website Building
Plan Your Dynamite Website
Writing compelling website copy is substantially different from writing books or articles. As a marketing communications specialist and website creator, Laura helps you craft vibrant, reader-focused web content. During this clinic, you’ll develop your brand’s promise statement and write website copy that makes Google (and your ideal reader) love your site. Whether you’re pre-published, best-selling, or anywhere in between, you’ll plan a website that powerfully delivers your life-transforming message.
Janet McHenry - Proposal Creation
Get That Nonfiction Proposal Written
Want to grab the attention of an agent or acquisitions editor? You’ll need a winning book proposal. As the author of twenty-four traditionally published books, Janet can teach you the mechanics of book proposal writing and coach you as you craft each section, including the hook, marketing analysis, annotated table of contents, and other essential elements. Janet’s one-on-one mentoring and encouragement will help you get that winning proposal done!
Participation in a Pre-conference Clinic is by application only. If you are accepted, the Registration team will be contacted and will register you for the same housing division you chose for the Main Conference.
A three-page sample that includes a scene between two people, with dialogue. If your sample is part of a work-in-progress, include title, intended audience, and a paragraph about the plot and characters.
A three-page sample of any nonfiction writing you’ve completed or from your current work-in-progress. If your sample is part of a work-in-progress, include title, intended audience, and a paragraph summary of your project.
A 100-word “welcome” message for your homepage and “about” page copy, any length
A one-page overview of your nonfiction work-in-progress.
Pre-conference: April 10–12, 2019
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