Sunday, January 21, 2018

River City Writers courses for the first half if 2018

River City Writers announces its seminars and workshops for the first half of 2018. We hope you'll join us! (Link in the comments)
CONTRACTS, AGENTS, AND THE BUSINESS OF PUBLISHING
In this one day, three-hour seminar, the River City Writers team of Christopher Golden and James A. Moore will guide you through the business of publishing, providing you with information every writer should know. Topics include professionalism for writers, the principles of the agent/client relationship, a guide to interacting with and approaching editors (with or without an agent), and how to write an effective cover letter. The instructors will break down the typical components of a publishing contract to prepare participants to understand—and, if necessary—negotiate their own contracts in the future. An invaluable seminar for any writer attempting to navigate the business of 21st century publishing.
**Sunday, February 25th, 2018 – 10am to 1pm
SYNOPSIS, OUTLINE, AND PITCH - HOW AND WHEN TO CREATE AND UTILIZE THEM
It’s not enough to be a talented storyteller. When working across a broad spectrum of mediums, it is imperative that you be able to sell your story to editors, publishers, producers, directors, and others in the position to help you bring it to life. In this three-hour seminar, the River City Writers team of Christopher Golden and James A. Moore tap into their decades of experience working in fiction, non-fiction, film, TV, comic books, video games, RPGs, and more. What’s the difference between a synopsis, an outline, and a pitch? What are the vital components of each? How and when should each be utilized, and how does the process of crafting each one differ? From elevator pitch to full synopsis, this seminar gives you the foundation you need to truly make your story stand out!
**Sunday, March 25th, 2018 – 10am to 1pm
WRITING AN EFFECTIVE SHORT STORY - SEMINAR & WORKSHOP
This two-day program (held on consecutive weekends) will provide theory, constructive advice, and practical experience in writing an effective short story. During the first meeting, the River City Writers team of Christopher Golden and James A. Moore will present a three-hour seminar on the vital components of a great short story, including narrative structure, compelling characters, scene selection, and the process of discovering the right ending. In the week between seminar and workshop, participants will write an original story or a portion thereof (at least 1500 words). During the second meeting, Golden and Moore will conduct a critical workshop, guiding the participants in the rigorous evaluation of the in-progress or completed stories. The perfect program to achieve greater understanding of the short story as a medium, as well as to build confidence in your abilities to write effectively at that length.
**Sunday, April 22nd AND Sunday, April 29th, 2018 – 10am to 1pm
SO YOU’VE WRITTEN A NOVEL - WHAT'S NEXT?
Finding Agents, Publishers, and Readers in Today’s Market. Whether you’re writing a novel for the first time or have many full-length works under your belt, deciding how to proceed can be an even bigger challenge than getting your story down on paper. Should you set your sights on mainstream publishing or focus on small or midsize presses? What are the benefits and drawbacks if you decide to self-publish? How do you begin to network effectively? How do you find an agent? What makes an effective query letter? In this three-hour seminar, the River City Writers team of Christopher Golden and James A. Moore rely on their combined half-century of experience to tackle the big questions.
**Sunday, May 20th, 2018 – 10am to 1pm


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