Pikes Peak Writer's Conference: Dare to Dream
— April 14-17, 2016
Colorado Springs Marriott
5580 Tech Center Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80919
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Thursday April 14th, 2016
A Novel in 90 Days (3 Hour Conference Prequel Workshop)1:00 - 4:00 p.m. PREQUEL AFTERNOON SESSION #2The odds are against us making it in this industry. You’d have to be crazy to try to do this. Challenge accepted.
A confidence building exercise in discipline and creativity. Using focused self-delusion and the magick of positive thinking we discipline ourselves into a routine to encompass an entire project from inception to rough draft. The class is meant to inspire a writer to overcome their greatest obstacle – a completed book. The course offers concrete advice from tools to times, inspiration, pre-writing tactics and thematic considerations. Think like an author, act like an author. Be an author.
Friday April 15th, 2016
Where Does My Book Fit In - A Study in Genre8:45am – 9:45 a.m.We’ll discuss the history of genre, its theoretical use and uselessness before focusing on the practical aim of genre today as a tool for marketing that uses the power of limited vocabulary to categorize art through imitation
Saturday April 16th, 2016
Foreshadowing: Give Us a Hint8:00am – 9:00 a.mA discussion on the importance and use of foreshadowing as a literary device. Breadcrumbs and clues as a way to involve the reader in the discovery of our stories. From the “A-ha” of a mystery, to the disappointment of the deus ex machina, the hints lie in foreshadowing.
Symbolism Theory: Connection and Reference1:50pm – 2:50 p.m.A wide reaching discussion about the foundations of language itself and the use of symbolism to achieve deeper meaning through shared reference in writing. Guaranteed to confuse and enlighten students of all levels with deconstructionist emphasis on subconscious symbolic relationships and associative writing. We’ll study how symbols are used and suggest ways to identify and harness both acquired and created symbology to strengthen our own work.
4:30pm – 6:00 p.m.