2020 PreCon Intensive
Writing the Novel: From Idea to Final Draft with NY Times Bestseller
Before the conference starts, take time out to hone your writing skills NYT bestselling author Jonathan Maberry. This all-day intensive happens on location the day before the conference.
So, you want to write a novel. You have a good idea, the storytelling urge, and lots of enthusiasm. So…then what?
This full-day intensive is a crash course in the art and science of creating a high-concept novel. In the morning, we’ll explore how to develop an idea into a plot; how to write a flexible and workable outline; and how the three-act structure fits into the novel. We’ll also talk about developing complex characters, structuring scenes, writing dialog and POV, and doing research to give your novel a strong backbone. In the afternoon, we’ll move on to preparing for the revision process, writing the synopsis, prepping the book pitch, and all the other “writing” that happens once your book is finished. Through it all, we’ll discuss setting useful and stress-free work habits, setting realistic daily word counts and goals, coping with imposter syndrome and insecurity, and managing expectations for a first draft. . . . And much more.
Jonathan Maberry is a New York Times bestselling author, five-time Bram Stoker Award-winner, and comic book writer. His vampire apocalypse book series, V-WARS, is in production as a Netflix original series, to debut this Fall, starring Ian Somerhalder. Jonathan writes in multiple genres including suspense, thriller, horror, science fiction, fantasy, and action, and he writes for adults, teens, and middle grade. Hi works include the Joe Ledger thrillers, GLIMPSE, the ROT & RUIN series, the DEAD OF NIGHT series, THE WOLFMAN, X-FILES ORIGINS: DEVIL’S ADVOCATE, MARS ONE, and more. He is the editor of high-profile anthologies including THE X-FILES, ALIENS: BUG HUNT, OUT OF TUNE, NEW SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK, BAKER STREET IRREGULARS, NIGHTS OF THE LIVING DEAD, and others. Several of his works are in development for film and TV. His ROT & RUIN books are being produced as webcomics. He is a board member of the Horror Writers Association and president of the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers. He lives in Del Mar, California.
May 14, 2020
9 am to 4 pm, lunch included
DoubleTree by Hilton
2400 Willow Street Pike
Registration opens February 2020.
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