Skill Sessions

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.

UPCOMING SESSIONS

2018

Jan – Nov 2018: (see “Past Sessions” below)
Dec 2018: Suzy Vadori – Creating Magic Systems

2019

Jan 2019: Katie Harse – First Person Narration
Feb 2019: Sandy Fitzpatrick – Business Plans for Writers
Mar 2019: Liz Grotkowski – Online Critiquing Groups
Apr 2019: Ann Cooney – Theme
May 2019: Shannon Allan – Dramatica Theory
Jun 2019: Calvin Jim – Deep Point of View (Update: Change of Topic)
Jul 2019: Josh Pantalleresco – Patreon and Crowd Funding
Aug 2019: Leslie Scrimshaw – Marketing
Sep 2019: Renee Bennett – Turbo Charging Your Word Count
TBD, 2019: Calvin Jim – Scrivener Basics

PAST SESSIONS

2014

Dec 2014: Gary Renshaw – Survival Skills for Writer’s

2015

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

2016

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

2017

Jan 2017: Justin Acton – The Publishing Process
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

2018

Jan 2018: Philip Vernon – Pitching Manuscripts Via Twitter Pitch Parties & Contests
Feb 2018: Ed Wilson – Writing and Volcanoes and Super Volcanoes *UPDATE*
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
Jul 2018: Susan Forest – Grant Proposals
Aug 2018: Rex Leniczek – Assertiveness for Writers
Sep 2018: Randy McCharles – Productivity *UPDATE*
Oct 2018: Michael Gillett – Reading Aloud (Exercise) *UPDATE*
Nov 2018: Richard Pearman – Human Genetics

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 Rex Leniczek, Skills Coordinator at rjleniczek@gmail.com.

 

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