Note: This is the first of six parts.
By Kayla Fontaine
Bay Path University will host its 13th Writer’s Day on Saturday, April 16, and, as usual, an enticing slate of presentations and speakers is available.
The day begins at 9 a.m. in Bay Path’s D’Amour Hall for Business, Communications and Technology. Janice is excited to be enrolled in three programs and pleased she will get to lay eyes on Suzanne Strempek Shea, who, as writer-in-residence at Bay Path, has a key role in the day’s events.
Certain they will help her as she plods through her fiction manuscript, Janice has signed up for these three programs:
“So You’re Looking for an Agent?”
Elise Erickson, a literary agent with Harold Ober Agency in Manhattan, will discuss the process of an agent’s work and how a budding author might go about finding an agent for themselves. Christina Cooper will reveal her own method of finding an agent as well. This is an ideal session for Janice because she’ll have a one-on-one meeting with Elise and can pre-submit an excerpt from “Unleashing the Sun” for critique.
Jacqueline Sheehan will offer up the basic guidelines for a successful novel as well as the techniques of outlining a plot within a time frame and the creation of a character that an audience can connect to and care about.
“Liars, Criminals, and Lovers: The World of the Story/ Fiction 101.”
Lisa C. Taylor will lead a discussion on character, plot, and conflict. She will show how a fictional character can grow throughout a story and overcome each individual conflict the author may write their way.
These other sessions are also being offered:
“Image Gold Rush: Mining Photographs for Narratives,” which allows a creative lens to reveal a story within a photograph; “Audiobooks with ACX: Sounds Fantastic!”, is a segue into the audible universe and how a story can be translated into an audible medium; “Why YA?” Or “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” an insight into the fast-paced and challenging world of Young Adult literature and what it takes to write to that specific audience successfully.
The cost of one workshop is $45; two, $85; three, $115; all four, $145. Click here for more information or to register.
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