Friday, Feb 23, 3:15pm Great Beginnings Openings – Your First Line, First Page, First Three Pages
You hear from editors and agents that if the first paragraph of your story isn’t strong enough, they won’t read the first page, let alone the first fifty. Separate fact from fiction and remain true to your story. Writing a first line that will grab an editor and immediately announce your authority as an author. A unique opportunity for you to learn how real pros consider the merits of the material and the intent of the author, then offer improvements covering everything from glaring grammar errors to story-structure flaws to the overall storytelling and more. Bring 5 copies of your first 3 pages. Selected pages will be read aloud, so the audience can follow along and learn how the panel reviews and may suggest improving the samples. Sara Anne Fox (Moderator), Mike Robinson, Whitney Davis, Deanna Brady, Laurie Lamson (Panelists.)
Friday, Feb 23, 5:45pm Writing Secrets from Masters of the Speculative Genres
Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror provides rare access to writing secrets from masters of the speculative genres. Now Write! editor Laurie Lamson will lead a creative writing workshop using an exercise from the “Ideas and Inspiration” chapter from one of the most celebrated contributors.
I was deeply saddened to learn that Jack Ketchum passed away on the morning of January 24, 2018. He left quite a legacy of real-life horror inspired by his deep humanity. See below the conversation I had with him at Center for Fiction and more about his work. He will be missed.
You might think a true-life crime and horror speculative fiction author, who Stephen King has referred to as, “the scariest guy in America”, would be intimidating. But meeting and speaking with Jack Ketchum was quite the opposite. He is a warm and caring person who uses his skill as a writer to exercise (and probably exorcise) his imagination, expose evil in the world and entertain audiences with a fascination for the darker side of life.
He was generous in sharing his insights about craft and answering a lot of thoughtful questions from the audience:
More about Jack Ketchum
Jack Ketchum is the pseudonym for novelist Dallas Mayr. As a teenager, he was befriended by Robert Bloch (author of Psycho) who became a mentor to him. He supported Ketchum’s work, just as his work was supported by his own mentor, H.P. Lovecraft.
Before becoming a full-time writer, he worked as a private garbageman, a lumber salesman, a copywriter, editor of the paleontological magazine “Fossils,” and as a literary agent for Scott Meredith, Inc., where he served as agent for author Henry Miller. He also worked in off-off Broadway and summer stock as a reviewer, playwrite and director.
In 1980, Jack Ketchum published his first novel Off Season, about a real-life family that lived in a cave and had a lifestyle of murder, cannibalism, and incest. Mainstream reviewers hated it, but fans felt otherwise.
Education and Inspiration for Writers of Speculative Fiction
Next weekend (Jan. 27-29) is the 2017 Genre-LA™ Creative Writers Conference in Culver City, California, (location details) where more than 30 published masters of the genre, literary agents, editors, publishers, best-selling authors, industry experts, Hollywood veterans, educators, and publishing professionals will share their experiences and secrets to help take your writing to the next level and guide your career on the path to success. Save up to $100 on a Single Registration:http://www.wcwriters.com/club.
Now Write! Panel: Special Techniques of Expert Speculative Fiction Writers and Filmmakers
Get inspired and learn how to take your writing to the next level with this Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror panel, Friday, Jan 27, 5:45-6:45 immediately followed by networking cocktail party at the Conference. Have fun taking your imagination where it needs to go to write effectively in these mind-bending genres.
Filmmaker/educator/former studio exec and two-time Now Write! contributor Devorah Cutler-Rubenstein will discuss intriguing ways to give sentience to ordinary objects.
Acclaimed writer/producer/director Pen Densham (Outer Limits, Twilight Zone TV Show revivals) will talk about his unique approach to creative mashups “Writing Into the Spiritual Unknown.” (Check out Pen’s FREE Creative Person’s Success Manual and his awesome screenwriting book Riding the Alligator.)
Special guest Pamela Jaye Smith, award-winning producer/ director/author and mythology expert. She will discuss how to use myth, magic and metaphysics in your stories. Let her be your guide into the geography and psychology of these other realities and learn ways to use them to give your stories internal integrity and unique power.
Now Write! editor Laurie Lamson will lead a creative writing “incubator” workshop designed to give you:
The kick-start you need for a specific project or just to get you writing in general.
Help developing your unique voice and staying motivated as a writer.
Deeper understanding of the overall culture purpose of storytelling.
A break from the inner critic and a nonjudgmental, idea-inspiring approach to feedback.
Thought-provoking creative writing exercises to get your juices really flowing.
The result: you will improve both your craft and your relationship with yourself as a writer.
Quiet the inner critic and get your creative juices flowing.
You will be guided through some of Laurie’s favorite exercises from the Now Write! series to quiet the inner critic, get your creativity flowing and work on key elements of writing.
A safe creative environment will be established through a non-judgmental approach to feedback to avoid premature criticism that tends to stifle good writing.
This interactive Master Class is limited in size, so you receive a maximum amount of individual attention in a workshop environment. Become a better more empowered writer. Get personal attention on your work and career– insight you will not receive anywhere else!
Workshop Leader: Laurie Lamson
Laurie Lamson is a professional writer, filmmaker and editor. Many of the videos of her educational and corporate scripts won multiple awards. She has written several screenwriting projects on assignment and has three of her own scripts in development with producers.
She created the Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror book, was co-editor of Now Write! Screenwriting and Now Write! Mysteries books. She was also telecon host for three years for the International Screenwriters’ Association.
Laurie is a lifelong student of creative and dramatic writing whose natural evolution is to help educate and inspire fellow and sister writers. She edited three writing exercises anthologies published by Tarcher/Penguin: Now Write!Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror, Now Write! Mysteries and Now Write! Screenwriting.
As a screenwriter she has three projects in development with producers. As a filmmaker she directed, co-produced and co-wrote the short romance Eternal Waltz, the award-winning reggae music video “Live and Learn,” the feminine comedy Family Values In The Goddess Years, and a variety of other short projects.
Hosted by West Coast Writers and Greater Los Angeles Writers’ Society.
Sunday October 16, 2016
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Early bird Registration
$99 all segments, half day
Week of Event Registration
$149 all segments, half day
Location DoubleTree by Hilton
Los Angeles – Westside
Hermosa Beach Room
6161 West Centinela Avenue
Culver City, CA 90230