Save the date for the 2017 Steel Pen Conference!
October 28, 2017
856 N 600 E
Fair Oaks, IN 47943
Whether you are a poet, a writer of fiction or nonfiction, or need just guidance on the business end of writing, there’s something here for everyone, at all stages in the writing journey!
We are pleased to announce that Catherine Lanigan will present the keynote speech during lunch. She is the bestselling author of nearly forty published fiction and non-fiction titles, including the novelizatons of Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile. You can learn more about Catherine at www.catherinelanigan.com.
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2017 Registration Information
General Session Panel: That’s Not What My Grandma Said: Preserving Regional Stories, Jane Simon Ammeson, Heather Augustyn, and Ronald D. Cohen, Panelists; Kathryn Page Camp, Moderator
People die, memories fade, and cultural history is lost. With them go the color and flavor that make any region unique and the seasonings that add authenticity to our written stories. So how can we keep cultural history alive? Join Jane Ammeson, Heather Augustyn, and Ronald Cohen for a panel discussion on preserving regional stories.
Writing a Great American Romance Novel, Catherine Lanigan, Presenter
This interactive discussion will go beyond Romance to take in other genres. The covered information includes:
- Writing that fits the publisher’s guidelines;
- Elements that produce 5-star reviewed characters;
- Finding the right publisher for your book;
- Editor expectations;
- Agents—whether they are still necessary;
- Independent publishing—when to choose this path; and
How to Build Suspense into Your Fiction, Libby Fischer Hellmann, Presenter
Why do readers keep turning the pages? Suspense. Building suspense into your work is an essential element of fiction, no matter what genre you write. In this interactive workshop, award-wining author Libby Fischer Hellmann explains how to do it by illustrating tangible techniques you can apply to your writing right away.
Connecting to the Unconnected: Exploring the Novel-in-Stories, Melissa Fraterrigo, Presenter
What do Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout, Cathy Day’s Circus in Winter and Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson have in common? All are novel-in-stories, existing between a collection of stories and a novel. The stories in this form can stand alone, but together they create a deeper impact reflective of a novel. In this session we will examine samples from novels-in-stories. We’ll then experiment by writing in response to an array of thought-providing prompts. You will leave this session with a clear idea of possible linkages in your fiction and how to build upon these for your own linked collection.
Metaphors and Metaphoric Language, Vickie Weaver, Presenter
Let’s have fun studying song lyrics, poems, flash fiction and prose to reveal how metaphors and word choice add layers to writing. Are you a beginner or a more seasoned writer? Join us! Learn about economy of language and how to flex your writer muscles so that editors and publishers sit up and take notice from that first sentence. Vickie will share music, discussion, examples and handouts, and writing exercises. Questions and input will round out the hour.
Words Fly Off the Page: Practical Pointers for Public Poetry Readings, Patsy Asuncion, Presenter
This workshop will use pairs, the whole group, and individual volunteers in guided discussions, hands-on practice sessions, and demonstrations to teach these key skills in effective public readings: (1) introduction, (2) voice, (3) timing, (4) mic handling, (5) body, and (6) preparation. While this session focuses on poetry, the principles also apply to other genres.
Weaving Words: A Braided Essay Workshop, Janine Harrison, Laura Madeline Wiseman, and Colleen Wells, Presenters
Janine Harrison, Laura Madeline Wiseman, and Colleen Wells will discuss their experience collaborating on a braided essay, which weaves separate strands into a cohesive whole. They will lead writing exercises on braiding, followed by workshop discussion.
They DO Judge a Book by Its Cover: Cover Design 101 for Authors, Rod Martinez, Presenter
A book’s cover can attract buyers or repel them. Self-published authors are responsible for their own covers, often becoming artist and art director as well as writer and editor. So how do you compete with the great covers out there? This session will use discussion, exercises, and examples to share sure-fire methods for creating a great book cover.
Online Marketing: Using Your Website to Maximize Sales, Steven Young, Presenter
Author websites can be great marketing tools, doing more than simply providing links for purchasing your books. From book launches to sales, or even if you simply want to drive traffic to your website, this session presents simple and economical ways to enhance your site and build your marketing platform.
Picking Up the Mic: Using Performance Storytelling to Enhance Promotional Opportunities, Mary Dean Cason and Gregg Fraley, Presenters
Performance storytelling can enhance the promotional opportunities provided by school visits, library presentations, and book signings. It is growing across the country as a new and vital art form and is distinctly different than short-story prose writing. In addition to writing skills, performance storytellers need to consider body language, voicing techniques, microphone usage, and more. This workshop helps writers find their spoken voice and provides essential tools and techniques to be better story performers.
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If you’re planning to stay overnight on Friday or Saturday, Steel Pen registrants will get a special price at:
8928 West State Road 114
$85 + tax – be sure to note that you’re a Steel Pen participant!
Reservations and this special fee will be available until October 7, 2017, so reserve your room soon!
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Indiana Writers’ Consortium (IWC) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that inspires and builds a community of creative writers. IWC is the premier group in Northwest Indiana dedicated to educating writers from the ground up through writing workshops, seminars, conferences, and children’s programs.
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