Skill Sessions are a regular part of our monthly IFWA meetings. They typically last 30 minutes, including time for questions. It’s a great opportunity for writers to share their skills and knowledge with others who are passionate about the craft. Presenters are responsible for preparing and bringing any presentation materials (handouts, slides, etc.) that they may require for their sessions.
Jan 2018: Philip Vernon – Pitching Manuscripts Via Twitter Pitch Parties & Contests
Feb 2018: Ed Wilson – Writing and Volcanoes and Super Volcanoes Mar 2018: Susan Forest – Translating Dan Harmon’s Story Wheel to a Scene-by-Scene Novel Plan Apr 2018: Ron Friedman – Astronomy and Rocket Science, Not Just for SF Writers
May 2018: Michael Gillett – Reading Aloud (Exercise)
Jun 2018: John Paul Cooper – Writing Process for Screen Writing
Feb 2017: Swati Chavda – Map Making for Science Fiction and Fantasy
Mar 2017: Renee Bennett – Breaking All the Write-In Rules.
Apr 2017: Craig DiLouie – Dialogue
May 2017: Michael Gillett – Editing Your Work: So You Have Feedback, Now What?
Jun 2017: Lesley Sackett Winfield – Read Like a Writer
Jul 2017: Ron Friedman – Villains and Conflict Aug 2017: Steve Swanson – Creating Your Elevator Pitch Sep 2017: Michael Gillett – Reading Aloud Oct 2017: Joshua Pantalleresco – Marketing Yourself Nov 2017: Lise Brassard – Character Test Arc Dec 2017: Craig Delouie – Building Character Arcs
Jan 2016: Susan Forest – How to Write a Good Short Story.
Feb 2016: Sandy Fitzpatrick – Tax Tips for Writers
Mar 2016: Randy McCharles – Aurora Awards & Constructive Criticism (40 min session)
Apr 2016: Michael Gillett – The Importance of Character.
May 2016: Chris Jessop – Why Should You Have a Website or Online Presence?
Jun 2016: Craig DiLoue – Plot Structure
Jul 2016: Renee Bennett – What is a Genre?
Aug 2016: Jeff Campbell – Short Stories Vs. Novels: What Should I Write?
Sep 2016: Jodi McIsaac – How to Get Online Reviews?
Oct 2016: Clare Marshall – Website Content
Nov 2016: Chris Wagenstein-Marrs – Character
Dec 2016: Shannon Allen – Critique Sessions, The Round Table, and How to Contribute
Jan 2015: Michael Gillett
Feb 2015: Kevin Weir
Mar 2015 Tommy – Archeology
Apr 2015: Justin Acton – Submitting Your Work
May 2015: Shannon Allen – Mind Mapping
Jun 2015: Craig DiLoue – Writing Horror
Jul 2015: Jeff Campbell – History of Publishing
Aug 2015: Les Kuzyk – Strategic Self Publishing
Sep 2015: Swati Chavda – Streams of Consciousness
Oct 2015: Rick Overwater – Comic Book Publishing
Nov 2015: Brent Nichols – Amazon Serials
Dec 2015: Jodi McIsaac – Historical License
Skill Session Participation
If you are an IFWA member and would like to share your writing-related knowledge, interests, and ideas with the group, please contact either our Skills Guru, Glen Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or our President, Michael Gillett at email@example.com.