Writing / Literature

Creative to Analytical: Editing your Fiction

How do you make the switch from “first-draft mind” to the revision phase? This talk will lay out how to analyze your completed draft with an eye toward bringing out its strengths, finding your unique voice, and cutting words that get in the way. Faith Van Horne, a freelance editor who worked for three years as a content editor for a New York Times bestselling e-publisher, will share the most common problems editors see and show you how to spot them in your own work. You’ll also learn techniques for applying kind, helpful feedback when exchanging fiction with other writers.

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Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 10:30am to 11:15am

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Scene Writing

Scenes are the bricks that build your novel or short story. Karen Harper, author of over 50 published novels, shares secrets for writing scenes that will rivet your reader and weave your story. Such topics as ‘Plan ahead or just write?’ ‘Dealing with point of view’ and ‘Beginnings and Endings’ will be covered. Bring a favorite or least favorite scene from your current work to decide if it needs revision. Also time for Q & A.

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Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 10:30am to 11:15am

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Improving Your Fiction

Whether you write short stories or novels, advice from someone ‘in the trenches’ can be a help. Karen Harper, NY Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of contemporary suspense and historical fiction, shares some of her suggestions and insights for strengthening your fiction, whether you write for a private audience or publication. Using setting as character, pacing, dialogue and description are some of the topics which will be covered. A question and answer session will follow.

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Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 11:30am to 12:15pm

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Editing your Fiction: Hands-on Workshop

Apply some of the techniques discussed in the “Creative to Analytical” session with Faith Van Horne, a freelance editor and former content editor for a New York Times bestselling e-publisher. You’ll exchange a completed scene with another writer and give helpful feedback to one another. You’ll then incorporate that feedback, along with other techniques from Faith, to create a knockout scene. Please note: you must bring a completed draft of a scene to participate in this session.

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Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 11:30am to 12:15pm

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Mining Your Memories

Everyone has a story and YOU are the only one who can tell it. Jody Casella will lead you through thought-provoking exercises to help you turn real-life experiences into great fiction. Jody is an author and a former high school English teacher. Her novel for young adults, Thin Space, received a starred review from Kirkus and was a finalist on the 2014-15 Florida Teens Read List.

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Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 1:30pm to 2:15pm

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Whiskey-5 Hotel: Thoughts on Writing Nonfiction

Join David Meyers, author of Kahiki Supper Club, Look to Lazarus, and other books of local history, for a free-wheeling discussion of the nuts & bolts of nonfiction writing. By following his tips and suggestions, you, too, will be able to boldly go (or is it “to go boldly”?) where many other nonfiction authors have gone before – even without a degree in journalism.

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Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 1:30pm to 2:15pm

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Editing Your Fiction: Hands-on Workshop

Apply some of the techniques discussed in the “Creative to Analytical” session with Faith Van Horne, a freelance editor and former content editor for a New York Times bestselling e-publisher. You’ll exchange a completed scene with another writer and give helpful feedback to one another. You’ll then incorporate that feedback, along with other techniques from Faith, to create a knockout scene. Please note: you must bring a completed draft of a scene to participate in this session.

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Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 1:30pm to 2:15pm

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Whiskey-5 Hotel: Nonfiction Writing Workshop

If you feel you have a book inside you, but are having trouble getting it out, join David Meyers, author of Historic Columbus Crimes, Wicked Columbus, and other books of local history, for a nonfiction writing workshop that is light on work, but heavy on fun. David is a student in the learn-by-doing school and is happy to share some of the techniques he has happened upon for sharpening your writing skills.

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Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 2:30pm to 4:15pm

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Research Skills for Writers

Writers do a lot of research. Whether they need background information for a plot or setting, or they want to find accurate information for a nonfiction work, they need to find specific details in a veritable sea of information. Learn more about finding reliable resources, and discover the strategies and tools librarians use to find answers with Reference Librarian Megan Sheeran.

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Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 2:30pm to 3:15pm

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