The Red Clay Writers Conference will be held on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at the KSU Continuing Education Center in Kennesaw from 9 AM-5 PM.
Additional Breakout Sessions Include
Consults with Literary Agent Cherry Weiner
Submission deadline extended until November 8th!
Each participant will submit their work prior to the event for her to read and critique using the format listed below. Due to time constraints, slots are offered only to the first twenty registered applicants. The first 20 pages of your work, double spaced, and a one page synopsis must be emailed to email@example.com by November 8, 2017.
Available Openings: 20
Additional Charge: $40 for 10 minute consult, Cherry is graciously donating $5 of each fee back to GWA
Poetry Consults with New South Poetry Editor Caroline Crew
Each participant will submit their work prior to the event using the format listed below. Due to time constraints, slots are offered only to the first seven registered applicants. Please submit five poems for review. Include a brief note on any specifics you’re looking for, and if the poems are part of a larger project. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 1, 2017.
Available Openings: 7
Additional Charge: $45 for 50-60 minutes
There will be eight, one-hour literary events. Attendees will be able to participate in four events in addition to hearing our Keynote, Andrea Jurjević. For more information on our invited authors, visit our 2017 Invited Authors page.
Schedule of Events
Building Your Characters: 9:30 AM-10:30 AM, Room 400
People read stories for characters. Characters evoke emotion and empathy. Characters drive action and react. Characters evolve. Great characters are stay with your readers long after the story is over. How do you craft believable characters? They must make us feel something. In this class, you will learn how to develop characters sketches. Try method writing to get into the head of your character. Practice writing exercises that show the value of likable characters and the importance of characters we hate. We will delve into motivation, flaws, and mannerism that will strengthen your characters. Strong characters impact the plot and theme of your story. This class is for both writers of fiction and narrative non-fiction. You may bring characters from a work in progress or come ready to brainstorm ideas to create new character.
Angela DeCaires, Director of Publishing at BookLogix
Don’t Get Ripped Off When Publishing: 9:30 AM-10:30 AM, Room 300
There are so many horror stories these days about writers falling victim to scams, shams, and poor providers of publishing services. How can a writer hire editors, designers, or publishing support companies that they can trust? This session includes: Questions a writer should ask, samples they should ask for, and red flags to look out for.
Looking Back, Moving Forward: 10:45 AM-11:45 AM, Room 400
A well-written memoir about grief or loss demonstrates that the writer has moved forward enough to look back. But how does a writer’s “back” shape his or her “forward?” If we intend to write well about our loss, ‘looking back’ on positive and negative experiences involves more than just capturing slippery memory on the page. Looking back creates forward motion in the story. In this workshop, participants will discuss examples from classic memoir, and generate new material from writing prompts generated by the workshop.
Ready, Set, SELL!: 10:45 AM-11:45 AM, Room 300
You’ve written “the end.” You have your books in hand. You grab your coat, and…Wait! Where’s your marketing plan? What have you been doing all these months? In the “Ready, Set, SELL!” session, published author, GAYA 2017 nominee, and non-stop-marketer Rona Simmons will share the elements of an author’s marketing plan with practical tips on how to write and execute your own (including how to work with book festivals, book stores, and publications). Without a plan, she says, everything seems like a good idea and nothing works.
12:00 PM-1:00 PM Lunch provided by KSU Catering
It’s Not What You Say; It’s How You Say It: Ten Tips for Better Dialogue: 1:15 PM-2:15 PM, Room 400
Nothing turns a reader off faster than weighty or unrealistic dialogue, but for many writers, crafting engaging, believable, and effective scenes can be a real challenge. The good news is that improving your dialogue can be easier than you think! We’ll discuss ten simple tips for getting your characters to talk and your writing to sing.
Success and Challenges in the Young Adult Market-Present and Future: 1:15 PM-2:15 PM, Room 300
Gregg Murray, Anna Sandy, and Anna Schachner
Editor Panel: 2:30 PM-3:30 PM, Room 400
Writing Historical Fiction: 2:30 PM-3:30 PM, Room 300
Participants will discuss issues of historical fiction like: How much artistic license should you take with history in order to tell a compelling, fictional story? How to organize and manage large amounts of research? When to call in an expert? How to deal with anachronisms and dialogue? How to integrate fictional characters with real-life historical figures? And other issues of historical fiction.
Border Crossings: Original Poems and Poetry in Translation: 3:45 PM-4:45 PM, Room 400
Poetry provides a connection and lets us lean into a shared, borderless world. This reading and discussion will focus on poetry that is informed by war and female experience. It will cover issues such as losing and navigating one’s culture—whether as outsiders or natives—as well as intimacy and love in the times of political conflict or national unrest.
Lunch and Refreshments
A bag lunch will be provided to all Red Clay conference attendees. Water, coffee, and tea will be available throughout the day.