Meet our Thursday Pre-Conference Intensive Faculty
Timons Esaias is a satirist, poet, essayist and short fictionator. His works have appeared in twenty languages. He won the Asimov’s Readers Award and the Louis Award for poetry and was a finalist for the BSFA. He teaches in the Seton Hill University MFA in Writing Popular Fiction.
9:00 am-4 pm, lunch include
The Crafts of Fiction: The Nuts, the Bolts, and Hoisting the Girders into Place
This instructor thinks vague writing advice doesn’t help you put words on the page, and he knows that what folks really need are Tools That They Can Use. This workshop will emphasize a wide variety of specific procedures to get the story on the page, and then rewrite it into a publishable product. There will be exercises, examples, tricks, and warnings. The plan is to touch on ALL the major crafts that go into fiction, and to take actual steps toward mastery.
Subjects to include:
- A variety of approaches to the First Draft, because there is no single path
- Finding a Plot [using Orson Scott Card’s MICE Quotient, and elements of my “Muddle in the Middle” workshop]
- Characterization [with very specific devices]
- Description [again, with specific devices]
- Point of View [which is the whole shooting match, for crying out loud] & Tim’s POV Voice Chart
- Non-neutrality [which includes injecting Conflict, because the life of a fictional character must be hard]
- Diction [Using the right word doesn’t mean using a word from the Thesaurus that you don’t actually understand] & Dialogue
- Those pesky final edits
- Exercises on most or all of the above
Workshop benefits include an Esaias critique of ten manuscript pages for each registered participant [submitted either before or after the workshop], and access to a number of Esaias’s written lecturelets. Also malt balls, for participation.
It is suggested that participants bring some of their own text to work on during the workshop.
Deborah Riley-Magnus is an author and an Author Success Coach with thirty-plus-years of marketing and publicity experience. Her book, WRITE BRAIN/LEFT BRAIN, bridges the gap between creative writer and marketing author. Her approach to author marketing is creative, unique, and teaches the difference between selling, and allowing readers to buy
9:00 am-12:00 pm
Author Marketing Master Class
Time to learn real marketing. This new, intense, informative Author Marketing Masterclass tops anything you’ve tried before. It not only teaches proven Author Marketing techniques, but makes sure you master those techniques BEFORE you leave.
Standing Apart and Above
- What makes your book different?
- Unique Hook guidance (©SuperGenres)
- Who to market to, and why
- The difference between Selling, and Allowing People to Buy
- Powerful ©StimulusPosts
Platforms World Tour & Best Practices
- Unique Hook social media marketing
- Interlock the RIGHT social networks for best results
- Simple Author Social Network Marketing Time Management
Living it up with Live Events
- It’s more than a launch. Why author events work, and which kinds of events work best
- Unique locations for live and online events
- Locating the decision maker and crafting the perfect query/proposal
Coroner Lyell P. Cook
Lyell P. Cook is the Coroner for Erie County, Pennsylvania. He was elected in 1999 and oversees one of the largest Coroner’s Office in PA. He served as Deputy Coroner for 16 years and has overseen in excess of 6,000 death investigations and autopsies for Erie and 13 other counties in northwestern Pennsylvania during his career. His office investigates all sudden and suspicious deaths and all deaths due to violence, which include suicide. He has given over 100 interviews including Primetime with Diane Sawyer, BBC, Japanese National Media, Australian Television, Limbaugh and O’Reilly radio shows, Nancy Grace, and the New York Times.
1:00 pm-4 pm
Coroners: Their history, What they do, What they see
- The History of Coroners – where it all began and why
- Difference between a coroner and a medical examiner
- How to determine the circumstances, manner, and cause of death
- Unusual ways some people died
- Slide presentation of different causes of deaths, entry/exit bullet wounds, knife wounds
- How to estimate the time of death
- When and how an autopsy is performed
- Statistics on causes of death
- Procedures for collecting evidence at the scene
- Interesting cases he has worked on
Mr. Cook encourages attendees to ask lots of questions, general and specific, related to whatever book they might be working on. His presentation is packed with his extensive knowledge of the duties of a coroner and his good sense of humor.
Pittsburgh Airport Marriott Hotel, May 17-19.