Schedule at a Glance

For more information about the event, please contact info@stevenjames.net.

*conference schedule is subject to change*

 

We’re pleased to partner with Serious Writer Inc., who is sponsoring our Friday night session. Serious Writer hosts conferences nationwide and promotes writers at all experience and skill levels. Check out more of what they’re doing at SeriousWriter.com and SeriousWriterAcademy.com

 

Friday, October 26th

  • 4 - 6:30pm — Registration / dinner (on your own)
  • 6:30 - 8:30 — Session #1 The Fundamental Courtship: Creating Characters that Readers and Audiences Will Want to Spend Time With  
  • 8:30 - 10 — Get to know each other / social time

 

Saturday, October 27th

  • 7:30 - 8:30am — Registration
  • 8:30 - 9:30 — Session #2 Backstory is Behavior: Revealing Your Character’s Past
  • 9:30 - 9:45 — Break
  • 9:45 - 10:45 — Session #3 Passion, Pursuit, and Privacy: Tapping into Your Character’s Inner Desires, Secrets, and Conflicts to Explore Motivation
  • 10:45 - 11 — Break
  • 11 - 12 — Session #4 Attitude and Dimensionality: Adding Depth and Complexity to Your Character
  • 12 - 1:30 — Lunch
  • 1:30 - 2:30 — Session #5 The Morality of Decision: Exploring How Choices Reveal Character
  • 2:30 - 2:45 — Break
  • 2:45 - 3:45 — Session #6 Dialogue and Drama: Delving into Your Character’s Relationships
  • 3:45 - 4 — Break
  • 4 - 5 — Session #7 Transformations and Epiphanies: Following Your Character’s Arc
  • 5 - 6:30 — Dinner (on your own) / social time
  • 6:30 - 8:00 — Session #8 Heroes and Villains: Bringing Out the Best and the Worst in Characters 

Seminar Descriptions

  • Session #1 The Fundamental Courtship: Creating Characters that Readers and Audiences Will Want to Spend Time With — Bringing a character into the world is both a process of discovery and revelation. At the core of all memorable characters lies the relationship they have with the audience. In this seminar, you’ll learn the essential keys to developing empathetic and inspiring characters. 

 

  • Session #2 Backstory is Behavior: Revealing Your Character’s Past in the Present — Understanding your character’s formative experiences will help you establish believable choices in your story’s unfolding narrative. During this workshop, you’ll examine just how much of a character’s backstory is important and the interplay of the dynamics between the character’s past experiences and current choices. 

 

  • Session #3 Passion, Pursuit, and Privacy: Tapping into Your Character’s Inner Desires, Secrets, and Conflicts to Explore Motivation — The journey into your characters’ private world includes both intention (what they’re hoping to accomplish) and motivation (why they’re trying to accomplish it). At the heart of tension is unmet desire. You’ll discover how intention, motivation, and desire shape the pursuit of the characters and the direction of the story.

 

  • Session #4 Attitude and Dimensionality: Adding Depth and Complexity to Your Character — A character with an attitude is always more interesting than a character with a history. But how does this play out in shaping your story? How do you create multi-dimensional characters that have uniqueness, complexity, and rich texture? This session will show you how.

 

  • Session #5 The Morality of Decision: Exploring How Choices Reveal Character — A character is not interesting until he decides, until he chooses, until he takes action. Each of those aspects of character development grow from his beliefs and reveal his priorities. This workshop will focus on the essential nature of choices and viewpoints and their role in your character’s revelation. 

 

  • Session #6 Dialogue and Drama: Delving into Your Character’s Relationships — How a character responds to those within his web of relationships is a key element in the ways, whys, and whats of dialogue. You’ll uncover practical tips on writing dialogue and how to use it to establish and deepen your characters’ relationships. 

 

  • Session #7 Transformations and Epiphanies: Following Your Character’s Arc — Stories pivot upon transformations of characters, situations, or both. But how does a character change and yet remain integrally the same? What does it mean that a character has an arc? Do series characters need one? In this session, you’ll explore these topics and their role in character development. 

 

  • Session #8 Heroes and Villains: Bringing Out the Best and the Worst in Characters — A hero’s acumen is measured against the nature of the forces of antagonism she must overcome. Establishing memorable heroes and worthy villains while avoiding cliches and caricatures is vital. This in-depth session will show you how to avoid common pitfalls and how to raise your characters to a new level.