Maureen McQuerry and Steve Wallenfels speak

Maureen McQuerry and Steve Wallenfels speak

Rivers of Ink Workshops 2014

Friday, October 10, 2014

10:40-11:50 a.m.

Putting on the Bunny Suit: Experiencing your POV, Tonya Macalino

Learn how to BE your character, not just in your head, but on paper, so that your readers can live the story with you! We will explore what makes powerful POV and which type of POV might best suit your story. But most importantly, we will go over on-paper examples of how to use your words to let the reader live through your character.

Getting Started With Scrivener, Darin Ramsey

Scrivener is a comprehensive writing management application, created by and for writers. Its unique tools let you focus on creating your novel, without spending extra time on assembling your research or organizing that painful first draft. It also provides comprehensive formatting tools to produce files ready for publication and submittal. Unfortunately, all this can seem overwhelming to new users, whether they’re aspiring writers or published professionals. This workshop is a cooking-show-style walkthrough of working with Scrivener We’ll create a file, find and organize files for research, import text from existing files, organize and edit written pieces, and produce finished files in epub, mobi, pdf, and doc formats.

Writing Memoir- Ellen Tomaszewski

Start (or continue) your memoir with concrete assignments for shaping your life stories with intention. In this workshop you’ll learn how to: 1) think about your life in terms of meaningful scenes or vignettes, 2) use free writing to expand your memories, 3) Identify and capture your inner voice through word choice, cadence, and sentence structure, and more.

1:00- 2:10 p.m.

The Basic Novelist, Larry Hippler

The Basic Novelist workshop will, hopefully, help to demystify the complex art of writing a novel. We’ll not only examine the basic elements involved in constructing a novel, but how those elements work together to form a complete, interesting and layered story.

Revise Like You Mean It, Dee Anna Galbraith

Competition is keen for readers’ loyalty and book-buying dollars. There is indie or self-published writer, a large number of whom rush to publication, which ends in poor sales. This isn’t always the fault of the writer’s marketing plan, but of immature writing. You don’t get a second chance to impress. Next is the writer who pursues the traditional publishing route of first acquiring an agent. The agent may make general comments before accepting the writer as a client, but it is the interested house editor can make the manuscript stronger. He or she will usually return it with requested changes, such as strengthening the setting, weak characters or plot areas. Often the writer has no clue how to do this. This workshop will benefit the attendee who is interested in taking their writing to a deeper level, whatever publishing route he chooses.  

Hidden Architecture: Tension, Structure and Character in MG and YA writing- Maureen McQuerry, Mary Cronk Farrell, & Kris Dinnison

How do subtle elements like structure, character, and tension create a MS worth reading? What difference can taking a risk with these elements make in both fiction and non-fiction writing? Three authors discuss ways to use these aspects of writing to amp up the power of your MG or YA WIP.

2:20-3:30 p.m.

The Psychology of How Writers Write, Allen Johnson, PhD

William Glasser, an American psychiatrist, posited that human beings are driven not by stimuli and responses, but by needs. Unmet needs create pain. Writers are no different. They, too, are driven by needs: the need to create, to express themselves, to comment, and maybe in a small way immortalize themselves. Whatever their needs, they are often thwarted when their internal pictures of how to satisfy those needs are unrealized. What to do? Some withdraw, others depress, neither of which are helpful. What if writers were able to fully tap into their human endowments? What if their senses were fully aware, their conscience fully engaged, their imagination percolating, and most importantly, the discipline of their independent will transformed into a compelling mission? Might that make the difference between a want-to-be writer and a published author?

Making the Break from Traditional to Indie Publishing, Delilah Marvelle

Are you traditionally published or are thinking of being traditionally published but find that self-publishing is calling out to you? Join Delilah Marvelle as she shares her personal writing journey of moving from Traditional Publishing to self-publishing and why she turned down a three book contract from one of the biggest publishers in New York to self-publish. This class will also touch on what it takes to self-publish and what tools you need to be a success.  

Get It Right When You Write, Denise Donavin, Harvey Gover, Brianna K. Hoff, Tom Moak

Wikipedia and Google cannot be your go-to sources if you want to be taken seriously as an author. After all every reader has ready access to anything you will find there and the validity is often unreliable. A nonfiction author has to get facts straight from primary sources and has to verify them whenever possible. But facts alone do not make a book “sing” according to Calkins Creek editor Carolyn Yoder.  “Research is key,” says Yoder. She expects authors to go beyond general sources, such as websites and encyclopedias, when researching their topic. Her expectations are common throughout the publishing industry. Fiction writers can use many of the same sources, such as Daily Life through History, period letters and diaries, and contemporary sites to create characters and settings.  The digitalization of so many library holdings gives writers access to a treasure trove of material; but you have to know where to look or even know that you must look. Panelists from Richland Public Library, Mid-Columbia Library system, WSU, and CBC will offer general suggestions for using local sources, tracking down national ones, and then offer more specific leads to writers who bring their reference questions to the session.  

Saturday, October 11, 2014

10:40-11:50 a.m.

Fearless Writing, Bill Kenower

Learning the craft is only the beginning of a writer’s journey. After your story is told you must share your work with friends, classmates, agents, editors, and readers. This is what we call being an author, and it is what beginning and experienced writers alike find most challenging in their working lives. Drawing upon twenty-five years as a writer, as well as his conversations with hundreds of bestselling and award-winning writers, Author Editor-in-Chief Bill Kenower leads a guided roundtable discussion where participants can talk candidly about the real barriers to writing success – questions of voice, intelligence, time, money, and talent.

Making The Literary Agent Love Connection, Agent Genevieve Nine

Don’t feel overwhelmed by the idea of wooing the perfect agent. Remember, literary agents are also looking for love. In this workshop, we’ll discuss how to make a great first impression and stay strong from there. Topics covered will include: crafting a professional query that gets attention, submitting irresistible sample pages, ensuring your synopsis does the required work, and communication basics when looking for your perfect agent match. Build your confidence, know what’s expected, and get your manuscripts out there! The agent of your dreams is waiting.

1:00-2:10 p.m.

Character & Dialogue, Bob Brown

How your character speaks is a defining aspect.  Write bad dialogue and your best laid plans and plot are caged by the stilted text that turns the character in your mind into a  two dimensional character that makes readers groan and publishers leave you in the slush pile.  Writing consistently good dialogue will not only put you in your character's head, but bring the readers along for the ride. This work shop will focus on using dialogue both spoken and internal, to bring the character of your vision into the character of your  work.  

The Media Interview, Greg Martin

Radio, TV and newspaper interviews are scary. Learn how to control an interview while getting your point across and looking good. You'll learn what the media is looking for from you, how to act and cope with different situations.
  • Learn how to keep control of an interview.
  • Tips on relaxing and maintaining composure.
  • Learn what media is really looking for from you.

Fighting in Fiction, Jason Andrew Bond

What would you do if you read a novel with a character driving a car from the backseat? How about stirring boiling water with his fingers? Disconnections like this are obvious when we are familiar with the topic. However, a great deal of physical conflict in fiction has problems just as dire, which go unnoticed. This workshop will be hosted by a bestselling author with twenty years of experience training in martial systems. Jason has trained under a former North American Mui Tai heavyweight champion and the head coach of the 1988 U.S. Tae Kwon Do Olympic team. His experience spans from traditional Japanese Karate to modern Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. This workshop will be a dynamic discussion of how experienced fighters think and act when faced with conflict. Come see live techniques and gain some expertise to get your fighting in fiction right!

2:20-3:30 p.m.

All About the Voice, Michelle A. Hansen

Voice is the most distinguishing characteristic of young adult books today. Many manuscripts land in the rejection pile because they don’t “sound” YA. What is voice? And, more importantly, how do you create a unique voice on the page? No matter what genre you write, a strong voice will make your work more engaging. We’ll explore examples of voice, look at methods of developing voice and experiment with voices in writing.

Critique Group Roundup

If you are looking for a critique group or want advice on making yours more successful, this is the place to be. This will be an informal discussion desinged help attendees connect and get insight into what it takes to make a critique group successful.

Plotting A Series, Renee Rearden

Why do readers look for series in a genre? Every good book’s plot answers the story’s why. This session will cover not only the why for a series but the how to behind building a successful series that keeps readers coming back for more.