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Friday, April 3

9:00am EDT

1D: Creating Graphic Novels, Memoirs, and Comics
Limited Capacity seats available

Have you ever thought about creating a graphic novel or memoir, but don’t know where to start? Never fear, citizen! In this lecture we’ll explore visual storytelling techniques from American Comics, Japanese Manga, and Franco-Belgian comics. Attendees will learn the principles of short-form comic creation and how to develop these ideas into a full length graphic novel. Writers will learn how to write visually and work with artists.

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Anjali Singh

Literary Agent, Ayesha Pande Literary
Anjali Singh is an agent at Ayesha Pande Literary. Before becoming an agent, she worked as an editor at Vintage Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Simon & Schuster and as Editorial Director at Other Press. She is best known for having championed Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis after... Read More →
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Tito James

Tito W. James is a self-made comic creator with a background in video game art and animation. His travels across the globe and the doors of perception informed his multi-cultural comic book aesthetic and psychedelic philosophy. Whether he’s telling people’s fortunes in speakeasy... Read More →

Friday April 3, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Stuart Room - 4th Floor

9:00am EDT

1E: Dangerous Satires
Limited Capacity seats available

Sometimes the mockery of laughter is the most subversive way to address the outrages of an outrageous society. This session will look at how to turn humor into sharp blades within your fiction.

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Rion Scott

Rion Amilcar Scott is the author of the story collection, The World Doesn’t Require You (Norton/Liveright, August 2019). His debut story collection, Insurrections (University Press of Kentucky, 2016), was awarded the 2017 PEN/Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and the 2017 Hillsdale... Read More →

Friday April 3, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
St. James Room - 4th Floor

9:00am EDT

1I: Moral Villains and Sinning Heroes: Creating Complex Characters
Limited Capacity full

Heroes sin and villains are occasionally good. Struggles of good vs. evil are happening within, so why not write our characters that way? This two-day course will look at various technical approaches to building realistic characters in fiction, challenging the binary form. Characters are as complex on the page as they are off the page, and we will explore this tension through theory, discussion and a writing exercise.

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Wayétu Moore

Wayétu Moore’s debut novel She Would Be King was named a best book of 2018 by Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Entertainment Weekly & BuzzFeed. Her writing can be found in The Paris Review, Frieze Magazine, Guernica, The Atlantic Magazine and other publications. She’s a graduate... Read More →

Friday April 3, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Beacon Hill Room - 4th Floor

9:00am EDT

1L: Building & Layering Tension
Limited Capacity filling up

If there's no tension in your story, then there's really no story. But how do you create and build and sustain tension? In this class for committed prose writers, we will explore the many different ways to add and build tension in your work. We'll look at various examples of masters in the art of creating tension and we'll practice with in-class exercises the different ways you can tighten the screws for your characters and your readers, too.

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Manuel Gonzales

Manuel Gonzales is the author of the collection, The Miniature Wife and other stories, for which he received the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction, and the novel, The Regional Office is Under Attack!, for which he received an Alex Award from the YALSA. His work has been published... Read More →

Friday April 3, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Franklin Room - 4th Floor

9:00am EDT

1M: Paths to Publishing: Where Do I Start?
Limited Capacity seats available

From seeking your first publication to building your publishing career, it may seem as if there's one "right path" to become an author. In fact, the "best" way to publish is complicated, and different for everyone depending on your project and goals.

Author and Writing Coach Annalisa Parent helps authors to publish everyday. She will walk you through some of the important considerations to investigate as you discover the best publication path for you. She works closely with publishing industry professionals to get the most current information, and will share with you the ins and outs of publishing today: from self publishing to hybrid to traditional--and everything in between.

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Annalisa Parent

Date With the Muse
Annalisa Parent helps writers to finish, publish and sell their novels. She owns and operates Date with the Muse, LLC, which helps storytellers to publish traditionally at the highest level possible.A Teacher of the Year nominee for her use of neuroscience principles, she applies... Read More →

Friday April 3, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Gloucester Room - 4th Floor