CRAFT SESSION 1 (10:00 AM)
WHO’S TALKING? WHO’S SEEING? WHOSE STORY IS IT?
Session Leader Kate Flora
This workshop will explore the choices—and conventions—of point of view as it is commonly used in mystery fiction, thrillers, and suspense. How does a writer decide whether to use a single point of view; first person or third person, multiple view points, or an omniscient author telling the story. What are the advantages, limitations, and challenges.
CRAFT SESSION 2 (11:15 AM)
Session Leader Chris Holm
Action sequences are a staple of modern storytelling—but, too often, they’re treated as a narrative afterthought. Without concision, clarity, and compelling stakes, scenes intended to thrill can come off muddled and exhausting. This session will focus on the elements all great action sequences have in common, and the techniques their creators employed to achieve action immortality.
CRAFT SESSION 3 (2:00 PM)
THE QUERY LETTER
Session Leader Celia Johnson
A writer’s journey often feels like a choose-your-own-adventure novel, particularly once you venture beyond the manuscript. Crafting a query letter. Developing a proposal. Building a platform. Reaching out to agents and editors. There are all sorts of potential pitfalls at each step. But if you understand the agents’ and editors’ perspectives—or, in other words, the business side of buying a book—it’s much easier to navigate the publishing realm.
Keeping her focus on the mystery writing industry, Johnson’s session will touch on:
• How great query letters read like cover copy
• How the language of query letters is used throughout the publishing industry
• How to target the search for agents and tailor letters to specific agents
• What to include (and what not to include) in a bio in a query letter