826michigan Presents A Writer's Conference (Workshop Registration)
*** REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO SUNDAY, 6/10 ***
The 826michigan Writer's Conference consists both of three-day workshops and one-hour craft talks.
Workshop admission is $340* and includes a manuscript review as well as participant's choice of Saturday afternoon craft talks (all craft talks are included in the price of workshop registration). Please see below for manuscript submission guidelines.
All workshops will be held on the following schedule and take place at 826michigan's downtown Ann Arbor location:
Friday, June 15 from 1pm-5pm
Saturday, June 16 from 9am-12pm
Sunday, June 17 from 9am-12pm
Registration for the 826michigan Writer's Conference will end on May 28; this is also the deadline for manuscript submission.
For craft talk descriptions and times, please click here. Workshop registrants do not need to pre-register for craft talks.
The Literary Plot: How to Develop Character and Create Dramatic Action at the Same Time with Kevin Haworth
Fiction writers often feel as if they are faced with a choice: Should I focus on developing well-rounded characters? Or should I foreground plot, to keep the action moving and the reader turning the pages? But these two goals aren't necessarily in conflict. In fact, a well-conceived plot can help create compelling characters, and likewise, plots are most satisfying when animated by interesting characters. This workshop will use both published examples and participants' work to show how we can use fictional techniques to create a true 'literary plot.
To register for this workshop with Kevin Haworth, enter the code "haworth" in the discount box above.
Novel Revision Bootcamp with Margo Rabb
This class aims to take the sprawling beasts that are our novel drafts and whip them into semi-behaved, structured beings. Each class will include discussions about the essential elements of novel writing, including theme, character, and plot; we'll use writing exercises and worksheets to develop the parts of our novels that need work. Each participant will leave the class with a road map for a full-scale revision of their work; for students that have a partial manuscript complete, the map will guide you toward finishing your book. Participants are asked to submit a one-page summary of their novel, and to bring this summary, as well as a pack of multi-colored index cards, to the class.
To register for this workshop with Margo Rabb, enter "rabb" in the discount box above.
Writing about Your Life with Joyce Dyer
Memoiristic essays-self-contained or book excerpts-by workshop participants will be the focus of this workshop. In addition to general literary concerns common to all genresstructure, voice, style and technique, image, etc.the group will address concerns at the heart of this particular genre such the nature of memory and its fallibility, the importance of being sufficiently reflective, thinking as well as narrating, and much more. We will look hard at not only what is on the page, but what is off the page, or written in a code the author alone can't decipher yet.
To register for this workshop with Joyce Dyer, enter code "dyer" in the discount box above.
Proceeds from the 826michigan Writer's Conference benefit 826michigan's free creative writing and tutoring programs for students 6-18 in Washtenaw County. The 826michigan Writer's Conference is presented with generous support from Thomson-Shore.
Please contact 826michigan Program Coordinator Catherine Calabro at Catherine@826michigan.org or (734) 761-3463 with questions or for lodging recommendations.
Please note: there will be no manuscript critique in Margo Rabb's "Novel Revision Bootcamp" Workshop -- only a one-page novel summary need be submitted.
+Manuscripts should be an author's best unpublished work
+Manuscripts may be a short story (18 page maximum), novel excerpt (18 page maximum, from opening chapter of novel), or memoir excerpt (15 page maximum)
+Manuscripts must be typed, doubled-spaced and in size 12 serif font (Times New Roman is standard)
+Manuscript pages must be numbered and include author's name and contact information in upper left corner of first page
+Manuscripts should be submitted by email as a .pdf or .doc attachment. Please send all email submissions to Catherine Calabro, Program Coordinator, at email@example.com.
Include your name and workshop preference in the subject line of the email.
*A discount is available for university students. Please contact Catherine@826michigan.org for details.
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Ann Arbor, MI 48104