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Optional Intensives on Friday, September 20 provide additional time for authors and illustrators to learn from industry professionals on specific subjects that will enhance their writing or illustrating careers. Smaller group sizes and more intimate settings allow for direct interpersonal feedback from faculty and attendees, as well as opportunities to delve deeper into your own work.

How to register: On your conference registration, select the Friday Intensive you wish to attend.

Pricing: All intensives are $55 each, unless you take advantage of  our new Friday Passport Option (see below!) 

*NEW* Friday Passport Option: Attend a morning and afternoon intensive of your choice, a first pages roundtable review, plus get lunch included for only $150! Be sure to choose "Friday Passport" on the registration page to take advantage of this new discounted option.


MORNING INTENSIVES: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Submissions 101 with authors Dante Medema and Brooke Hartman

Is it scary when you query? In the swamp with comp titles? Do your synopses need a necropsy? This three hour intensive workshop is perfect for writers huddled in the submission trenches. Starting with how to write a synopsis-thingamabob that does the job, we'll boil down your submissions to craft the perfect query letter, and finally whittle everything down to your pitch/hook. Includes bonus tips and tricks for finding where, who, and how to submit your story! Time will be provided for you to work on your own submissions material, so bring your works in progress, or start fresh!

Revision Without Tears with bestselling author Laurie Halse-Anderson

This intensive takes a deep dive into the craft and tools necessary to revise your work until it sparkles on the page. NYT Bestselling Author Laurie Halse-Anderson will use examples from her own work to lead this intensive. Focused on middle grade and young adult authors, with techniques that span all genres.

Moving Characters with author Damon Suede

Bestsellers start with fascinating people. In this session we’ll take your fictional folks to the next level with a simple, powerful technique that will strengthen your plots, your hooks, and your voice. Go beyond looks, persona, and boilerplate traits so you can build the perfect cast to dazzle your readers. Compelling characters boost your writing process and anchor your career at any stage. Whether you like to wing it or bring it, you’ll leave this workshop with a new set of practical, hands-on tools to populate your pages and lay the foundations of unforgettable fiction.

*Illustrator Intensive: Let's Lay it Out, Comic and Kidlit Page Design with Lucas Elliott

Whether you're creating your first picture book dummy, or you are scripting your first graphic novel, determining how your story flows from one page to another is important. With this intensive, we’ll go through the anatomy of what it takes to develop a strong sense of story through panel design, composition, and framing. 

*This intensive is also available as a standalone event. Click HERE for more information.


Your Crash Course in Screenwriting with Douglass Bourne

Ever wanted to write a feature-length screenplay? Have you written a script but are unsure about the structure? This crash course will help writers master industry formatting, develop scenes with emotional impact and memorable characters, and structure the script to maximize a cinematic journey. Attendees will leave with deeper knowledge of industry formatting, characteristics of a scene, and creating authentic dialogue, all within the confines of a screenplay.

Plot, Scene, and Sequel with Damon Suede

A plotting class even pantsers love… Even when a happy ending is certain, a great plot keeps your writing fresh while amplifying your voice. Learn how to craft a sure-fire structure and launch your story. We’ll go beyond the bullet points. Rather hammering one “true” blueprint, we’ll break down major story models from Aristotle to Netflix, identify their seven shared points, and help you develop your own narrative strategy. 

Picture Book Intensive: Bad Writing with Literary Agent Rachael Orr

Voice flat? Not unique? Struggling to find your niche in the market? In this intensive session, we will purposefully rewrite great passages in published books poorly in order to better understand the distinction between a solid voice and a flat one that doesn’t grab reader’s attention.

Breaking into the Indie Market: A Step-by-Step Guide to Publishing Your Book Online with Kimberly Killion, Boone Brux & Tamsin Ley

Interested in self publishing your book, but have no idea where to start? Look no further than this master class. In this intensive session, you'll learn:

  • How to set up your Amazon account
  • Easy ways to publish with other vendors
  • Paperback vs Ebook
  • Beta readers, Editing, and ARCs
  • Cover Design
  • Writing a compelling description
  • How to format the interior and what to include
  • ISBN options
  • How to choose keywords and categories
  • Lots of time- and money-saving tools and tips
  • And more!


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