The information you have been waiting for is finally here! In two months the Unleash Your Magic writing conference will begin. Many of you may be asking, “Why should I go to the conference?” If you have been waiting to buy your tickets until you know what presentations are going to be offered, here is a peak at what we currently have lined up for our third annual conference.
Dan Wells is our keynote speaker. He is a New York Times bestselling author for his I Am Not a Serial Killer series. He is also well known for co-hosting the podcast Writing Excuses. Fifteen or so minutes of writing advice with a kick in the pants to go and write at the end. We are very excited to have him present at our conference. There will be a designated time for book signing.
The following presenters are in alphabetical order. A comprehensive schedule with presentation times will follow.
John Droogsma is presenting on Team Dynamics and how characters can work together in a combat situation. Weaponizing the Submissions Grinder for Your Short Fiction is brought to you by Julie Frost. This presentation will cover how to get your short story published. Jared Garrett will present on Six Weapons for Crushing Your Productivity Enemies, a helpful topic for anyone who finds themselves messing around on Facebook or going back for a third cup of coffee and a plate of cookies instead of writing.
Jayrod Garrett will present on Diversifying Characters in Fantasy and Science Fiction. In this presentation, Jayrod will help writers to learn about writing characters of many races and sexual orientations. Do you struggle with creating a meaningful theme? Tanya Hales will present on The Power of Theme: How to use a Controlling Idea to Create a Story That Writes Itself. She will cover how theme, used effectively, can help you structure your story and create resonance in your writing. She will use some brilliant films to illustrate the powerful use of theme. Daniel Martin offers us an in-depth look into his personal journey as a writer, expanding on an article he wrote for the League of Utah Writers.
Our list of fabulous presenters continues with Jared Quan. His presentation on Guerrilla Marketing will teach us how to unleash an underground marketing campaign with little or no resources. Jo Vanderhooft has an excellent presentation on How to Write Characters With Disabilities. She has extensive experience as an editor and writer. As all stories contain an element of mystery, Johnny Worthen brings you A Study in Mystery. Learn about the history, constructions, tropes, types and methods that make up modern crime fiction and the everlasting whodunit. Keep your readers guessing regardless of your genre.
If you aren’t excited yet, just you wait. We also have a fabulous list of panels. One of the main aspects of writing is research, so we got an Ask the Specialists panel to make that easier. Come to a panel of professionals talking about their jobs. Have you wondered what being a mortician entails? What is it like to be a police officer, a fighter pilot or a firefighter? How about an inside look into the world of the social worker? This panel of experts will help answer the many questions you have about these exciting worlds to develop your story.
Do you have trouble writing action scenes? We have an excellent Action Scenes panel for you featuring John Droogsma and Jared Garrett. Characters are the life and soul of our books. Come to the Character panel for more information on how to write unforgettable characters. We will have two different panels on publishing, one featuring Traditional Publishing and the other focusing on Independent Publishing. This is your chance for an in-depth view of the different avenues of publishing. We all know editing is important to creating a story worth reading. There are many pitfalls and difficulties that come with Crafting the Second Draft. Come and hear how different writers have approached this stage.
In addition to panels and presentations, available for everyone, we are offering three workshops to help you build your skill in a small group setting of no more than 15 people. These workshops will be held Saturday morning, and will be filled on a first-come first-serve basis for those who have bought tickets.
Jared Quan is offering Caution Narrow Windy Road Ahead, a workshop in creating better plot twists and infusing more excitement into your writing. Like windy roads in real life, Plot twists and story turns force readers to stay alert as they read through your story, but what is not enough and what is too much, or are there any real restrictions on it? We are going to cover some great ones and some not so great ones. In the end, we are going to talk about ways to develop unique twists.
Forrest Wolverton and Alan Jensen are Neuro-Linguistic Programming experts, and use the power of words to teach you how to take control of your mind and destroy your writers block – forever. This workshop was billed as Jedi Mind Tricks during FanX, and was so popular we’re bringing it back for our conference, this time as a workshop. Bring your worst writers block and ask the pros how to hack your mind to get past it.
We’re still putting together our third workshop – we’d like to offer Critique Speed Dating, and we’ll let you know more details about that when we find a teacher.
These workshops have limited space so don’t let the opportunity for this learning experience pass you by. Send us an email at email@example.com to sign up for one of these workshops!
Now you know how amazing the conference will be, with opportunities to meet great authors, gain new skills, and build your writing network. Get ready to Unleash Your Magic and come to our conference at Hopebox Theatre in Kaysville on January 25th and 26th.
November 29th: Made some minor modifications to the wording, and replaced one workshop with Jedi Mind Tricks. Included new information about the presenters hosting Jedi Mind Tricks.