• 2021 Flathead River Writers Conference Schedule

    All times listed are in the Mountain Time Zone

    Friday, October 15

    10:00 - 12:00 and 1:00 - 2:30 and 2:45 - 4:15

     

    Larry Brooks: Your Story on Steroids: How to Elevate Your Novel Above the Madding Crowd.

     

    Participation limited to twenty-five people, who must also be registered for the full conference.

     

    Most writers have heard overviews and opinions on various subsets of craft, but rarely (because it's hard to integrate in less than a few hours) how to assemble and breathe life into a novel that works on multiple levels. This workshop will focus on criteria that apply to specific parts and parcels of a novel, including the core idea itself. It's the big picture melted down into brush strokes with a step-back from the canvas to sense how well the story landscape is playing.

     

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    Saturday October 16

    8:00 - Opening Greetings hosted by author and teacher Kathy Dunnehoff

     

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    8:30 – Larry Brooks: Deconstructing and Building Great Stories

     

    Obvious as it may seem, it's actually rare to hear writers talk about what makes one story work, while others don't live up to the promise of the back cover copy. Before we can bring stories to life, we need to understand narrative structural anatomy and dramatic chemistry, the beating heart and the pulsing hormones of stories that leave a mark.

     

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    9:30 – Tricia Goyer: The World of Spiritual Writing: Fiction & Non-Fiction

    In an age when people are hungry to know they matter, Tricia Goyer shares tips for digging deep to explore spiritual truths in your writing, while also meeting the felt needs of readers eager to buy inspirational books.

     

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    10:30 – Keir Graff: Writing Across Genres

     

    Versatile and prolific author Keir Graff shares the tools you need to write in different styles and for different audiences.

     

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    11:30 – Lunch Break

    12:30 – Maggie Hogarth: Writing Authentically For All Ages

     

    What makes a book interesting to all ages? Let's talk about how to write for everyone without talking down to them.

     

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    1:00 – Feedback Sessions with Chelsea Cambeis begin. Fifteen-minute visits require prior registration and submission. Please follow the guidelines on the Conference Website.

     

    Zoom codes will be emailed individually to all accepted participants.

    1:30 – Courtney Miller-Callahan: Traditional and Indie Publishing Interface

     

    This informative and fast-paced workshop will cover a variety of changes in the publishing landscape, including self-publishing versus “trad pub,” social media marketing, privacy concerns, and more. We’ll discuss author “brand” and how to start building your presence online even before your first book is released, as well as which social media platforms may be especially useful for book promotion, and how to market your work effectively rather than aggressively.

     

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    2:30 – Babs Mountjoy: Writing the Series: How to Keep Stories Alive

     

    Come learn tricks and tips for establishing and maintaining a book series that any reader will want to binge.

     

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    3:30 – Maggie Hogarth: Writing as a Living

     

    Does maximizing your income maximize your satisfaction? Let's talk about what sustainable success really looks like, and how you can live your best writing life.

     

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    Sunday, October 17

    9:00 – Babs Mountjoy: Building Real & Alien Worlds

     

    Whatever you're writing, your story happens in a place, and that place likely plays a big part in how your readers attach to your story. Learn how to make your worlds accessible and a comfy home for your readers, in inner or outer space.

     

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    10:00 – Tricia Goyer: Accomplishing Your Goals: Writing Efficiently

     

    As a USA-Today bestselling author of 80+ books, and homeschooling mom of ten, Tricia Goyer shares her best tips on how to write fast, write well, yet also write books that fly off the shelves.

     

    Zoom access codes will be listed here the day of the workshop:

    10:30 - Feedback Sessions with Courtney Miller-Callahan begin. Fifteen-minute visits require prior registration and submission. Please follow the guidelines on the Conference Website.

     

    Zoom codes will be emailed individually to all accepted participants.

    11:00 – Chelsea Cambeis: What Editors Want: Silver to Polish

     

    Learn why manuscripts that require less editing have a better chance at success and how to produce writing that only requires a bit of polish.

     

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    12:00 – Lunch Break

    1:00 – Larry Brooks: Story Dynamics to Engage Readers

     

    There is much talk among writers about craft, but too often it melts into a larger, sometimes cynical conversation about the writing process. But readers don't care what an author's process is. Rather, they seek the benefit of craft. Learn how to engage with your chosen process in a more craft-driven context. It may be good to "just write," but it's always better to "write smart."

     

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    2:00 – Keir Graff: Writing Collaboratively

     

    Join veteran collaborator Keir Graff to learn how playing well with others can help your own work shine.

     

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    3:00 – Kathy Dunnehoff, Chelsea Cambeis, Courtney Miller-Callihan: Navigating Traditional Publishing

     

    Kathy Dunnehoff moderates a Q&A session with our visiting publisher and editor.

     

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    4:00 – First Impressions

     

    Authors Kathy Dunnehoff and Jess Owen read the first page of a manuscript and receive instant feedback from Keir Graff, Larry Brooks, Courtney Miller-Callahan, and Chelsea Cambeis.

     

    Submission guidelines are on the conference registration form and the conference website.

     

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