Harford County
Public Library

1221-A Brass Mill Road Belcamp, Maryland  21017
410-273-5600
FAX: 410-273-5606
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Workshop Descriptions

9-10:30am

Giving Shape to Experience: Plotting Your Story
How is a readable story different from merely a listing of events? Plotting! Learn the basic rules to make your stories better.

 

9-10:30am

Publishing Your Pastime: Turning Your Passion into Material for the Marketplace
Tom Coyne shares his experiences to demonstrate to writers how to take their expertise and interests and turn them into attractive book proposals.  Are you a bird watcher?  A coupon collector?  A barbecue connoisseur?  With the right style and angle, the world wants to learn from your experiences and stories.  The challenge is to frame your interests in a way that attracts a publisher by making them feel unique, relevant, and market-friendly, and it often involves an adventure that immerses your reader in a new world—whether it be the world of golf, cheese, or antiques.  Learn the the tricks of participatory storytelling get on your way to “living” your next book.

 

9-10:30am

Look Ma, I've Been Kindled!
A step-by-step guide to e-book publication on Kindle and Nook which includes detailed handouts.  A tutorial on publishing your manuscript through Kindle or Nook that breaks down the process into an easy to follow sequence and will help you produce a clean and professional e-book. Includes formatting tips and tricks, advice on what you need to set up your payment settings, and even a handy tip on how to get a free ISBN number!

 

10:45-11:45am

Personal Writing: Using Experience in Narrative Nonfiction Writing
What are the best ways to use personal experiences to enhance the quality and vividness of narrative nonfiction writing? Learn how to take your personal experiences and develop them into stories that will appeal to the masses.  This discussion is lead by an author who has used his experiences to write on toxins in our environment, World War II history, and true crime.

 

10:45-11:45am

How Not to Write Bad  
Based on his book "How to Not Write Bad" (Riverhead, 2013), Ben will explore the most common writing problems, including wordiness, vagueness, poor or wrong word choice, and spell-check errors (such as the student who wrote about wearing a "sequence-covered dress"). Why these particular problems so prevalent, and how do you identify and address them in your own writing?

 

10:45-11:45am

Marketing: The Key to Success
Most authors do not put serious thought into marketing until AFTER their book has been released. From the beginning up until a year after, marketing is the most important tool that an author can have. Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and now Pintrest and Instagram are all tools that can be used for marketing not only your novels but also yourself.

 

12:35-2pm

Brave New World of Self-Publishing
In early June 2011, Robert Bidinotto completed his debut thriller, "HUNTER." Just 17 days after it was finished, it was on sale worldwide as an ebook; a few weeks later, it was published in a print edition. And only five months later, "HUNTER" became the #4 bestselling title on Kindle and a Wall Street Journal "Top 10 Fiction Ebook." To date it has sold over 70,000 copies. How did that happen?  Learn the details about the many exciting options now open to writers in self-publishing—including ebooks, audiobooks, and “print on demand” books. Discover the best ways to successfully market and promote self-published works. Sell to readers all over the world!

 

1-2pm

Down With Navel-gazing: Writing Memoir That Works
For writers who are interested in collecting their life experiences into a memoir.  Leave behind the indulgent and very personal, and produce a memoir that reaches out to and engages an audience. This session will discuss how we bring the fundamental elements of good storytelling to our own histories.

 

1-2pm

The Working Writer
A Panel Discussion of tips and habits from presenters Cruce Stark, Marcia Talley, Vonnie Winslow Crist, and Sandra Bowman that will keep you writing from those who keep on writing!

 

2:15-3:45pm

The Engine of Desire: Creating 4-D Characters  
In order to write great fiction, you must create characters who can carry the weight of a story. To accomplish that, you need to fashion characters so believable that readers can't be certain what they'll do next. How do you achieve that? By drawing upon the key element of every good narrative: Desire.

 

2:15-3:45pm

When You Think You're Writing but Really Aren't
This workshop will help you learn how to avoid the most common causes for writing going off-track; how to tell scene from summary; when to use one and not the other; how to manage backstory and keep it in its place; how to control point of view and plot; and other tricks of the trade that will take you to your goals.

 

2:15-3:45pm

Writing the Non-Fiction Book: From Idea to Book Tour
Panelists Ben Yagoda ("About Town: The New Yorker and the World It Made"), McKay Jenkins ("What's Gotten Into Us: Staying Healthy in a Toxic World"), and Wes Davis ("The Ariadne Objective: The Secret Campaign to Rescue Crete from the Nazis") between them have written, cowritten or edited more than twenty books. They'll explain the various steps that go into the creation of a nonfiction book: the idea, the proposal, research, writing, the editing process, and promotion.

 

4-5pm

Worldbuilding for Writers
Writers need to build a complete and logical world for their story whether it's a fantasy, mystery, romance, historical drama, science-fiction, military adventure, or a workaday-world tale. This session will outline the various details for a writer to consider when building the world his or her story will inhabit.  It's important for a writer to know everything about their world, and how to pick and choose what they give to the reader.

 

4-5pm

Write Tight, Write Right
Many writers, even the experienced ones, misuse words and use extraneous words and phrases thus weakening their manuscripts and their chances of being accepted by agents and publishers.  Explore the most commonly misused words – affect/effect, farther/further, uninterested/disinterested for example; and the redundancies: future plans, past history, final results, very unique.  And there is always that universal misuse of “literally!”

 

4-5pm

The Query or Book Proposal
When you get ready to sell your book or article (or your ideas for those), you’ll have exactly one page to impress an agent and editor  Learn tips on marketing psychology, pitch lines, tight writing, and how to decide what goes in or stays out.  Then get more tips on where to send your queries and how to tell legit responses from scams. 

 

 

 

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