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PreCon Intensives (2021)

From Fixer to Fabulous: Finesse the Fundamentals to Take Your Writing to the Next Level (With Susan Meier)

The landscape of publishing has shifted many times over the past fifteen years, but the one thing that hasn’t changed is readers’ love of a GREAT book. Not a mediocre book. Not an okay book. A GREAT book. Every day millions go to Amazon, iBooks, Barnes and Nobel, and hundreds of other outlets looking for exceptional characters put in situations that test their mettle in scenes woven to create an unforgettable story.

In her three-hour intensive, Susan Meier will show you the relationship between great characters and a great story and how to use that relationship to write the kinds of books readers can’t resist. Sessions include Characters 101, Story and Scene, and How the Market Impacts What You Write, as well as an “Ask Anything” question and answer session at the end.

Susan will also be leading a workshop during the conference: Keeping the Tension Alive in Romance Novels Without Sex.
Date: May 13, 2021
Time: 9 am to noon on Zoom

Screenwriting for Authors (With Diana Dru Botsford)

Author of Stargate SG-1 novels and short stories, Diana Dru Botsford's screenwriting credits include "Rascals" for Star Trek: TNG, the award-winning SF web series, Epilogue, and cult favorite animated series, Spiral Zone. Ms. Botsford's TV/Film work includes projects such as Terminator 2, Dusk 'Til Dawn, and Nightmare on Elm Street VI.  She founded critically acclaimed Missouri State University's screenwriting program in 2006.

An intensive introduction to the world of writing for television and film. Gain an understanding of how the script process affects the development of plot, character development and theme. Through discussion, viewing, and hands-on exercises, you'll learn how to use the visual (and aural!) medium to tell your story beyond the printed page. Topics will include Characterization through action and imagery, Rules of the Road with Dialogue, Plotting Scenes & Sequences, Script Formatting Basics, and How to Heighten the Script Reader's Experience.

Dates: May 13, 2021
1pm to 4 pm