2016 Classes to be announced
WHAT MAKES BOOT CAMP CLASSES UNIQUE FROM OTHERS?
Boot Camp offers two levels of learning: Infantry and Officer Levels. We encourage writers to look closely at their personal level of writing and step into that track of learning.
Don’t be led astray by super faculty because each faculty member will teach in both tracks. You will benefit the skills of each teacher regardless of your writing level.
Six spots will be available for one-on-one mentoring by Award Winning, Best Selling author, Yvonne Lehman and Two-time Christy Winner, Ann Tatlock.
Mentoring spots are open to ADVANCED writers who have a novel in progress. The mentoring will be a 2-hour one-on-one time where Yvonne or Ann will work specifically with you on your novel, proposal, plot and writing. The cost is $25 (additional to your boot camp registration) and the spots are first come, first serve. You will contact firstname.lastname@example.org AFTER you register to apply for one of these mentoring spots.
2015 Infantry Level
What’s Your Story? (How to write a memoir) Larry Leech -None of us have a story to tell. We have stories. But not all worth writing about. Come learn how to determine what is and what isn’t a book-worthy story. We’ll look at themes, character arc, story arc, basic memoir-writing ideas, and other key elements needed to write a memoir that will sell. **This is a 2 part class shared by both Infantry and Officer Levels
Ten Simple Exercises to Improve Your Craft- Bob Hostetler – A highly practical session prescribing self-editing exercises to help writers develop themselves into craftsmen.
What’s the Big Idea? – Torry Martin - Two areas where writers tend to stumble when putting together a story are “the big idea” and pacing. For “the big idea,” this means, “Does this story need to be told as a book or a movie and will it keep audiences engaged for 300 pages or 90-120 minutes?” Engaging the audience, however, starts on the page. You need a reader to keep turning pages of your book or screenplay in rapid succession because the story propels them forward with energy and purpose. Readers need to see the movie as they turn pages, and if the script drags, the movie certainly will. How do you determine if your idea is “big” enough to carry a movie? And how do you make sure your script has strong pacing? In this class we will be delving into detail about the importance of the big idea and solid pacing. I’ll be using some of my own stories as examples.
Hooks That Won’t Let Go – Bob Hostetler – Twenty ways to write a hook to your article, story, query, or book that will compel interest.
Sentence Craft – Denise Loock - Dovetail. Inlay. Filigree. The hallmark of master artisans is attention to detail. What do your manuscripts reveal about your sentence skills? Don’t settle for forgettable. Aim for Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations. This workshop will cover sentence structure, sentence variety, word choice, and imagery. Bring a WIP.
Plot Your Course with Social Media – Edie Melson – Social media is vital for authors today, but it’s also intimidating. Edie will help you navigate the maze of social media and find the path that fits your needs. Included is a breakdown of what every author must do to build an online presence and how to accomplish that without giving up valuable writing time
Nonfiction Book Proposal – Larry Leech – For writers working on, or having completed, a non-fiction book, we’ll examine the necessary elements to write the non-fiction book. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn ways to identify your target audience and unique selling point, strengthen your first chapter and one sheet, and eliminate errors that can keep your manuscript from being picked up by a publisher.
Twenty Questions for Speaker – Bob Hostetler - Start now learning how to cross-train for your writing career. For all writers who speak or aspire to speak…which should be all of us.
Comedy Shorts for Stage or Screen – Torry Martin - Everything you need to know about writing comedy sketches for short films or staged productions. Emphasis on format, story and structure, character and dialogue, dialogue, DIALOGUE!
Blogging for Writers – Edie Melson – Most writers dread the time spent blogging, even though it’s a proven method of building an online presence. Edie helps you find alternative ways to blog, without giving up valuable writing time. Included are tips for starting/joining a group blog, how to find topics, and cluster blogging. She will also share tips to engaging your blogging audience, including the etiquette of commenting, the importance of open-ended questions, and formatting to make your posts more readable and shareable.
The Ever-Changing State of Book Publishing – Eddie Jones
In this workshop we will look at where the industry is heading in 2015. We would give you more details about this workshop, but that would mean we KNOW where the industry is heading. And we don’t. No one knows. But by the time of the Florida conference, we’ll know. Or at least we’ll be better prepared to make a good guess. And even if we’re wrong about 2015 trends, we’ll have chocolate, so there’s that.