The Art, Craft, and Business of Writing

Elana K. Arnold

First and highest, writing is an art. It’s also a craft… and, it can also be a business. Let’s talk frankly about creation, from inception to publication.

Publishing 101

How to be a Professional Writer

Kendare Blake

PUBLISHING 101: Do you want to write for a living? Thinking about a future in the creative field of writing? I’ll answer your questions here. I’ll show you the traditional way to get published, and highlight different creative careers you can have within the publishing field. It’s not all just writing. See how marketers work with YouTubers, fashion designers, and artists to promote books. See how the design team makes the books you love so pretty. As a group, we’ll come up with a title and cover concept for an imaginary book. 

Scene Is Believing

How you can watch TV and movies and become a better writer

Martha Brockenbrough

We will watch some video clips from great movies and TV shows and analyze how we can learn the craft of writing scenes—the building blocks of fiction—from the masters. Come ready to do a little bit of writing (but don’t worry, you don’t have to share if you don’t want to).

Casting a Spell

Sarah Beth Durst

I believe that being a writer is the closest you can get in this world to being a wizard. Whether you write fantasy, realistic fiction, or anything in between, your job as a writer is to cast a spell capable of plucking a reader out of their own life and taking them on a journey. In this workshop, we’ll start with the blank page, develop ideas, and build a world for your future stories. Come be a wizard!

How to Write A Book Like A Movie

Tiffany Jackson

Will discuss the three-act structure of films and how to apply the same structure to stories to make them rich, vibrant and climatic.



Suzanne Young

Sometimes real life isn’t as exciting as fiction. How many of us are running from a government agency erasing our memories or living in an exclusive academy of living dolls? So where do these ideas come from? How can we develop exciting characters and stories that feel real? In this workshop, we’ll take a look at how to twist the world around us to up the stakes for a killer story. We’ll develop plot and character ideas based on real life, and learn how to find inspiration everywhere.  

Improv and Play for Writers

(No Performing Required!)

Chris Tebbetts

This hands-on writing session is all about figuring out what fascinates YOU, as a writer, and then uses that core material as the starting point for a new story. Come prepared to let loose, trust your instincts, and write with abandon. Also, please note: while we usually think of improvisation as something that actors do in front of an audience, this workshop is great for creative types of all kinds, including introverts. No performance required!

Use the Force, Writer

How to Write Fight Scenes Like a Jedi

Tricia Levenseller

This class uses examples from the Star Wars movies to help illustrate the important elements of writing fight scenes. Learn how to create tension and build emotion. We’ll take a look at how to use your characters’ environment, how to balance exterior and interior conflicts, and how to make your fight scenes both unique and, well, cool. i

Barry Lyga: A.M.A.

Barry Lyga

New York Times Bestselling Author Barry Lyga has more than 20 books to his name. He’s written everything from tales of child abuse to the official origin of Thanos, and now he’s here to take on YOU! Want to know how fast the Flash is? Want to know how to get past writer’s block? Want to know how to build a character? Barry will take you through the entire process of writing a novel, building a career, and more, as well as answering absolutely ANY question you have! (If he doesn’t know the answer…he’ll make it up on the spot!)

Writing a Magical Story!

Guadalupe Garcia McCall

In this workshop, we will explore, discuss, and write passages using the technique of magical realism–where supernatural elements are perceived within the natural world and the extraordinary becomes part of the ordinary to create a magical journey for the reader.

Silence the Inner Editor and Write!

Marissa Meyer

This workshop will cover various pro tips and tricks for getting past your doubts, worries, and perfectionism, so you can get actual words on the paper and start making progress on your writing goals!

You can’t write a story unless you have an ending

Kevin O’Malley

Writing a story using the method created by screenplay writer Syd Field.

Improving Your Description

Kevin Sands

Come learn a few tricks to help your stories come alive! We’ll discuss what makes for effective description, examine why we choose certain words over others, and study how to use the senses to evoke better imagery.

Finding Your Voice Through the Noise

Pablo Cartaya

A writing workshop that focuses on writing from identity and through your own unique voice. This generative class will include discussion of identity in writing, followed by several exercises designed to write a draft of an original short story by the end of the workshop. We will discuss the ways identity makes its way into our writing and how we can best apply our sense of self into our work. Students will then have an opportunity to read excerpts from their stories.

Who Had Monsters to Slay

Andrew Smith