Kim Vogel Sawyer
Building A Strong Story Foundation (Fiction Continuing Class, B/I/A)
Part 1 Characters That Walk Off the Page (Into Your Reader’s Heart)—Gingerbread men are wonderful treats at Christmastime, but no reader wants to find cookie-cutter characters in a story. Participants will explore the elements needed to bring characters to life on the page and will practice using their own works-in-progress as the basis for study.
Part 2 Plotting for Seat-of-the-Pants Writers—A seat-of-the-pants writer enjoys the surprise of creation (who knows what will happen next?), but the downside of such writing is that it’s easy to write yourself into a corner. By employing a few simple techniques of planning roadblocks involving all three story threads, a map guides the SOTP-er to a satisfying conclusion for both writer and reader.
Part 3 Settings That Live and Breathe—A writer’s goal is to transport the reader into his story world. Creating a setting that is as rich and real as the characters provides this experience. Writers will examine their current work for sensory imaging and work together with the facilitator to build in the sights, sounds, scents, textures, and emotions that bring the setting to life on the page.
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, May 3-5, 10:30 am to 11:45 am
Building a Professional Speaking Ministry
— (Fiction and Nonfiction workshop)
Writing and speaking often go hand-in hand, but on what topics should a writer speak? How much should he charge? How often should he schedule speaking events? These questions and more, including how to stay on the right side of the IRS, are addressed in this practical, thought-provoking workshop that guides the writer in connecting more intimately with his readers.
Thursday, May 3, 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Weaving the Spiritual Thread (workshop B/I/A)
Christian fiction is expected to include a spiritual thread, but no reader wants the story stopped so the author can preach a sermon. This workshop examines ways to weave in spiritual elements so they become an integral part of the story’s fabric without overpowering the plot or characters.
Friday, May 4, 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm