During the first full weekend in August I attended the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Fiction Writing Institute conference at Hagerstown Community College featuring Keynote Speaker Tess Gerritsen. It was a fabulous choice of first-ever writing conference and I’m so glad I went. You can read more about it in last week’s blog post titled MAFWI 2015 PART 1 – Why Attend Writing Conferences.
On the second day of the conference, the schedule was:
- Keynote Speaker – Tess Gerritsen, “I’ve Got a Great Idea for a Book…Or Do I?”
Maybe you think you have the perfect premise for a novel. But is it, really? How do you recognize when you’ve got an idea that will translate into a killer plot? Join international bestselling author Tess Gerritsen as she shares her experience and insights.
- Morning Breakout Sessions– Why Every Writer Should Collaborate– The Importance and Purpose of Dialogue
– Social Media Basics: How to Get a Grip on Your Social Media Campaigns
– Writing Emergency Room Scenarios
Lunch was a buffet-style meal of salad ingredients including grilled chicken, a wide range of non-alcoholic drink choices, and a few dessert items, like watermelon and cookies
- Panel Discussion
The Details of the Dream: Worldbuilding for Writers of Fiction, Fantasy, and Everything in Between
- Afternoon Breakout Sessions
– Jumping into the Self-Publishing Pool
– The Prince and the Pauper: The Real Deal Behind an Ideal Publisher-Author Relationship
– Why Character Consequence and Reaction are Necessary for Conflict and Tension
– Deviant Diagnosis: Creating Characters with Psychological Conditions
-So You Want to Write a Thriller
- Open Mic
- Tess Gerritsen is not only a gifted author, but also a gifted speaker. I could have listened to her the entire day.
- Because I skipped the morning breakout session and found a seat in the empty cafeteria just over an hour early, I was able to chat with both Jim Rada and Robert Bidinotto. This was a real boon, as it led to me switching breakout sessions for the following morning. (More on that in next week’s article!)
- During the in-between times the conference staff offered plenty of bottled water, granola bars, and other snacks. The bottled water was a real plus, and I for one really appreciated it.
- The afternoon breakout session with Nik Korpon regarding analyzing characters who suffer from (and revel in) various psychological conditions. We talked about fictional characters in a wide range of media types, from Norman Bates to Walter White.