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Superstars Writing Seminar 2017 schedule

Published January 14, 2017 in Advice - 0 Comments

Less than three weeks before Superstars 2017 launches, with a schedule and speaker list that’s quite impressive.  This year’s speakers include Jim Butcher, Jonathan Maberry, David Farland, Kevin J. Anderson, James Artimus Owen, Jody Lynn Nye, Rebecca Moesta, Todd McCaffrey, Claire Eddy (Tor), Steve Feldberg (Audible), Mark Leslie Lefebvre (Kobo), Kristin Nelson (Kristin Nelson Agency), Lisa Mangum (Shadow Mountain), and many other experts on specific topics.  For  eight years, Superstars has been the best intensive seminar focusing on the business of writing and publishing, and for the first year ever, we are also adding an “Advanced Craft Day” on Wednesday Feb 1, before the main seminar begins.

You can still register last-minute online at http://www.superstarswriting.com

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Here is the schedule for the four days:

WEDNESDAY – CRAFT DAY (ADD-ON)

8:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:30 World-building with Kevin J. Anderson

9:30 Plotting, Outlining, and Story Structure with James A. Owen

10:30 Step One: Blowing Things Up with Jim Butcher

11:30-1:00 LUNCH “on your own”

1:00 Step Two: Making People Care About It with Jim Butcher

2:00 Character-building with Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta

3:00 Writing Action and Fight Scenes with Jonathan Maberry

4:00 How to Enchant Your Reader with David Farland

5:00 Revising Your Manuscript with Jody Lynn Nye

5:45 – 6:15 Open Q&A

 

THURSDAY

8:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:30 The Harder I Work with Kevin J. Anderson

9:30 Traditional Publishing panel with Claire Eddy, Kristin Nelson, Lisa Mangum

10:30 Listen Up! with Steve Feldberg

11:30-1:00 LUNCH “on your own”

1:00 (3 options)

  • The Art of the Pitch with Jonathan Maberry
  • Adventures in the Trenches of Game Writing & Editing with David Farland and Josh Vogt
  • Scrivener – Beginning Level with Patrick Hester (not recorded)

 2:00 (3 options)

  • Ebooks and Indy Publishing with Mark Lefebvre
  • Dissecting a Contract with Scott Boone and Nancy Greene
  • Pitch Practice Speed-dating with Jonathan Maberry, Lisa Mangum, Joshua Essoe, Chris Mandeville (not recorded)

 3:00 (3 options)

  • Traditional, Indy, and Hybrid Author panel with Kevin J. Anderson, Jim Butcher, James A. Owen, David Butler, Mark Lefebvre
  • Working with a Freelance Editor panel with Rebecca Moesta, David Farland, Joshua Essoe, Pam McCutcheon
  • Manuscript Formatting/Styles Management with Quincy Allen (not recorded)

4:00 Agenting in a Changing Industry with Kristin Nelson

5:00 Open Q&A with faculty (TBD)

6:00 OPENING MIXER/RECEPTION (Sponsored by Kobo Writing Life)

 

FRIDAY

8:30 Self-promotion and Tribe Building with Kevin J. Anderson, Jim Butcher, Mark Lefebvre, Jody Lynn Nye

9:30 (4 options)

  • Building Your Personal Brand with Jonathan Maberry
  • Ergonomics with Rebecca Moesta and Lisa Mangum
  • Uploading Ebooks with Mark Lefebvre, AJ Mayall, Quincy Allen (not recorded)
  • One-on-One Pitches with Claire Eddy (by appointment, not recorded)

10:30 Discoverability panel with Kristin Nelson, Jim Butcher, David Farland, Pam McCutcheon

11:30-1:00 LUNCH “on your own”

1:00 (3 options)

  • What Editors Are Looking For panel with Claire Eddy, David Butler, Lisa Mangum
  • Booksignings, Social Media, and Other Promo panel with David Farland, Alexi Vandenberg, Jody Lynn Nye, Kevin Ikenberry
  • Scrivener – Intermediate Level with Patrick Hester (not recorded)

 2:00 (4 options)

  • An Agent Reads the Slush Pile with Kristin Nelson
  • Bookbub with Kevin Ikenberry and Pam McCutcheon
  • Formatting for Print with Quincy Allen – Part 1 (not recorded)
  • One-on-One Pitches with Claire Eddy (by appointment, not recorded)

 3:00 (4 options)

  • Jim Butcher Saves the World (or something like that) with Jim Butcher
  • Dirty Secrets of Publishing with Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta
  • Formatting for Print with Quincy Allen – Part 2 (not recorded)
  • One-on-One Pitches with Kristin Nelson (by appointment, not recorded)

4:00 Open Q&A with faculty (TBD)

4:45 Drawing Out the Dragons with James A. Owen

7:00 VIP Dinner (ticketed event – now sold out)

 

SATURDAY

Eggs Benedict Breakfast (ticketed event, now sold out; not recorded

8:30 The State of the Industry & What’s Next with Claire Eddy, Kristin Nelson, James A. Owen

9:30 (4 options)

  • Comics & Graphic Novels with Jonathan Maberry, Kevin J. Anderson, James A. Owen
  • Writing for the Ear with Steve Feldberg
  • Live Editing with Lisa Mangum (not recorded)
  • Small Group Critique (pre-registration required, not recorded)

10:30 Editing, Publishers, the Industry, etc. with Claire Eddy

11:30-1:00 LUNCH “on your own”

1:00 (4 options)

  • Hollywood Gotchas with David Farland
  • Pros & Cons: How to Make the Most of a Convention Appearance with Jody Lynn Nye
  • Scrivener – Advanced Level with Patrick Hester (not recorded)
  • Small Group Critique (pre-registration required, not recorded)

 2:00 (4 options)

  • Collaboration panel with Rebecca Moesta, Jody Lynn Nye, Todd McCaffrey
  • Podcasting panel with Jonathan Maberry, Steve Feldberg, Patrick Hester
  • Productivity with Kevin J. Anderson (not recorded)
  • Small Group Critique (pre-registration required, not recorded)

 3:00 (4 options)

  • How to Build an Intellectual Property panel with Jim Butcher, Kevin J. Anderson, Todd McCaffrey, Jonathan Maberry
  • Ask A Lawyer panel with Nancy Greene and Scott Boone
  • Small Group Critique (pre-registration required, not recorded)
  • Small Group Critique (pre-registration required, not recorded)

4:00 Finding the Balance: Being a Writer in the Real World panel with all faculty

4:45 Open Q&A with all faculty

 

Final price increase takes effect Jan 15, so don’t procrastinate!

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