The Friday workshops are ready to go and look pretty intense. Choosing one class might be a problem as you can only choose one. Classes are held at the Raddison in Newport Beach from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It would be beneficial to sign up early as classes are limited to ten.
So what does one get for the $395 price tag? Quite a lot. For starters, with only ten students, each instructor, no doubt, won’t have much trouble dividing his or her attention equally; written and verbal feedback included. Then each student will be given a 15-minute consult on Saturday with their instructor to review their work. And, of course, lunch and Friday night speakers are on the menu.
Instructors for the Friday workshops include:
Susan Osborn who will focus on the nonfiction book proposal. She will cover query letters, chapter-by-chapter synopses, book summaries, comparative analyses, and opening paragraphs. You are encouraged to bring your laptops since this is an interactive class. Each student will participate in a practice pitch session which will prepare you to speak with editors and publishers at the conference.
B. J. Taylor’s workshop is titled, “Turning Your Personal Experiences Into Short Stories That Sell.” I guess that explains it all. B. J. has sold her stories to Chicken Soup For The Soul” and Guideposts. And she is eager to teach you how to write an awesome beginning, an awesome middle and an awesome ending. Just kidding. How about engaging openings, captivating middle scenes and satisfying endings. Oh yeah. Each conferee is required to submit up to three short stories of approximately 1200 words each. So you better get busy. Submit those a couple of weeks before the conference.
Mick Silva will talk about Memoir Writing. Learn how to tell your story so it resonates with readers? Writers should have a full-length memoir in progress. The class will consist of critiquing presubmitted individual manuscripts of up to ten pages and instruction in the craft of memoir writing.
Alice Crider will answer the question “why does it seem like the publishing odds are against me?” You’ll be sharing your own visions and discussing your potential. Be prepared, I’m just sayin’. She’ll also cover the following:
1. What’s really holding you back from success—and how to break through it
2. How to think and work like a bestselling author
3. Proven techniques that can help you connect powerfully with your audience
4. How to strike a personal balance that delivers outstanding results and lasting fulfillment
Presubmmison Required: A one-page document that includes a brief bio, and a short description of what you write.
Ken Kuhiken will tackle all you fiction writers. Well, he’ll tackle your work. This class is for the intermediate and advanced novelist with a WIP. Send your 10 pages early.
And if you’re a blogger you will want to take Bill Balew’s “Blogging for the Masses.” Bill makes a living from his blogs. That alone should send you running to his class. There’s lots and lots of info in this workshop from the blogger’s personality to SEO. Sounds like a class I can’t miss. Please bring your laptop that is wi-fi enabled and have a WordPress blog that you can work on.
There’s more details on each of these six day-long workshops so please check the OCCWF website.