16th Annual Florida Writers Conference
“What A Character”
October 19 – 22 in Altamonte Springs, Florida
Janice Hardy is the award-winning author of The Healing Wars trilogy, including The Shifter (2014 list of “Ten Books All Young Georgians Should Read, shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and The Truman Award), Blue Fire, and Darkfall from Balzer+Bray/Harper Collins. She’s also the founder of Fiction University, a site dedicated to helping writers improve their craft, and the author of multiple books on writing, including both the Foundations of Fiction and Skill Builders series.
Fiction Writers Boot Camp
Writing a novel can be a daunting process, but a little planning can go a long way to making that process easier. A few key turning points in the story can keep writers focused, whether they prefer to outline every scene or pick a story direction and write toward it. In this workshop, writers will learn how to create the critical elements of a novel’s plot, how to use goals, conflicts, and stakes to build a story and develop characters, and how to approach a novel in a way that will make it easier to write and be more marketable to agents, editors, and readers.
How to Bring Your Novel to Life
Great novels blend skilled writing with compelling storytelling, using a multitude of techniques to draw readers in and make them love the book. These techniques work together to build immersive story worlds, creating characters readers love, settings they want to live in, and stories they can’t put down. In this workshop, writers will learn techniques to bring a novel to life for readers. Use point of view to show, not tell, and draw readers in without info-dumping; find the best ways to describe the setting and build a world; tap into the emotions of the characters and use those emotions to drive the plot and deepen the story; and how all these techniques work together to build a novel.
Janice can offer professional advice on a wide range of fiction-writing topics.