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Optional Intensives on Friday, September 15 provide additional time for authors and illustrators to further learn from industry professionals on specific subjects that will enhance their writing or illustrating careers. Smaller group sizes and more intimate settings also allow for direct interpersonal feedback from faculty and attendees, as well as opportunities to delve further into your own work.

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

Pricing: All intensives with Stephanie Pitts are $45 for members of AWG / SCBWI / RWA, or $65 for Non-Members. All other intensives are $65 for members of AWG / SCBWI / RWA, or $85 for Non-Members

Please note: some intensives have different start and end times. 


 Stephanie PittsWriting Irresistible Picture Book Characters

9:00am - 11:00am

For picture book authors and author/illustrators. What makes a new picture book character stand out to an editor? Topics to be discussed include creating memorable and unique character traits, using voice to establish character, writing character arcs, and writing characters for nonfiction. Includes writing and discussion prompts.

Stephanie Pitts: Raise Your Voice

4:00pm - 6:00pm

For middle grade and young adult authors. What makes a voice distinctive and memorable?  What is the relationship between character, point of view, and voice? Includes writing and discussion prompts.

Jane FriedmanHow to Get Your Book Published

3:00pm - 6:00pm

Get all the basics on how to get your book published, including how to research markets, write query letters, and contact agents. This session discusses the changing landscape of the publishing industry, and how/when to pursue the increasingly viable self publishing options. Learn how to capture the attention of a New York publisher, what expectations you should have when it comes to the marketing and promotion of your work, and how to determine which publishing option is the best to achieve your goals.

Cherry Adair: Plotting by Color

Cherry delivers a fast-moving informative workshop that will bring participants to the next level of plotting. Using her Plotting by Color technique, she'll walk everyone through plotting their book from start to finish. Learn step-by-step how easy this visual plotting method works, and leave with a tangible, foolproof method to planning out your next book!

9:00am - 12:00pm

Cherry AdairBuild 3D Characters that LEAP off the Page!

3:00pm - 6:00pm

Without rich, 3-D characters the story flatlines, leaving the reader lost, bored, or wondering why they invested their time. Fully developed characters shouldn't be an afterthought. Crafting captivating characters starts before the first word is written. Also learn techniques for strengthening dialogue to make it shine. Dialogue isn’t “How would you like your eggs?” (Unless they’re dinosaur eggs!) Dialogue serves multiple purposes. Discover ways to insert accents or dialects that are readable but authentic, learn how to change narrative into dialogue, and learn about ‘white space’ and how to use it to make the story move faster. Find out how to write each character to make them ‘sound’ like themselves so that you don’t always have to use tags to identify them.


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