EVERYBODY LOVES THE STORYTELLER!
WRITERS MINI-RETREAT (a.k.a. Weekend at Gordy’s)
COMING TO KANSAS CITY, KS
OCTOBER 29-31, 2010
AT THE CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL
I-35 & W 95TH ST, LENEXA/OVERLAND PARK, KS
(12601 W. 95TH ST, LENEXA, KS 66215)
OPTION #1: THE Entire WRITERS MINI-RETREAT for only $50* (preregistered)
Includes Options #2, #3, #4, PLUS the Friday Evening BUZZ SESSION
OPTION #2: All-Day Saturday NOVEL WRITING MADE SIMPLE SEMINAR $35 (preregistered)
OPTION #3: Saturday Evening NOVEL MECHANIX CRITIQUE SESSION $10
OPTION #4: Sunday Morning WRITERS MS WORD & COMPUTER WORKSHOP $20
This is an interactive weekend workshop, guaranteed to supercharge your writing, get your prose flowing and your passion burning. Come join us!
*Meals/Rooms not included. Special room rates available: call Crowne Plaza Reservations at 913-217-1000
(Option #1=EVERYTHING, includes #2,#3,#4 & Buzz Session—$50 preregistered / $65 at the door)
Writers Mini-Retreat Schedule:
Friday Evening 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
BUZZ SESSION—what’s hot / happening in the Publishing Business (free with full registration)
All-Day Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
NOVEL WRITING MADE SIMPLE—THE SEMINAR!
Interactive & Fun—the most informative writers seminar you’ll find! ($35 preregistered / $45 at the door)
Saturday Evening 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
NOVEL MECHANIX CRITIQUE SESSION
Bring your own writing, hear constructive criticism of your work as well as others and learn! ($10 separately)
Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
WRITERS MS WORD & COMPUTER WORKSHOP
Filing, Navigating & Shortcuts: You love writing, but the computing and word processing drives you nuts? This is the workshop for you! ($20 separately)
(Included, FREE with full registration: Friday, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.)
What’s Hot/Happening in the Publishing Business, and What it Means to YOU!
We’ll discuss the issues most important to writers, including:
- Current trends in the traditional publishing industry;
- What’s new with small publishers, print on demand and self-publishing;
- What’s happening with epublishing (electronic, Web-based);
- How the Internet can help any and all writers.
(Option #2: Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.—$35 preregistered / $45 at the door)
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Get your story started, write it effectively from beginning to end, and get it published!
Topics will focus on understanding, developing and using key writing techniques, in order to write dynamic:
Characters and Characterization—Drawing 3D characters that seem to live and breathe, and that readers
Conflict, Action, Suspense and Plot—What’s enough, what’s too much, what’ll keep ‘em turning pages and
leave them talking about it to their friends;
Setting, Imagery and Description—Why, when and how to describe, use similes and metaphors that sets
your story in a real world readers will easily visualize and love;
Dialogue and Internalization (Thought)—What’s real, and what’s too real. Dynamic dialogue and intelligent,
observant point of view is what great storytelling is all about;
Narration and Exposition—Psychic distance, author intrusion, foreshadowing and interesting perspective
can make or break a great story;
Queries and Synopses—Who, where, when and how do you let the publishing industry know you’ve got a
story they’ll want (getting your story in the editors’ hands can be 90% of the battle)!
Bring your notebook and story samples (if you have them); Exercises to gain practical writing experience will be conducted!
(Option #3: Saturday, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.—$10 if paid separately)
NOVEL MECHANIX CRITIQUE SESSION
Critiques the way they’re supposed to be: constructive; not patronizing nor paralyzing—and never vicious!
Bring a few pages to be critiqued, or just listen and learn as others’ work is constructively critiqued! Critical fiction-writing aspects will be discussed and examined.
You’ll learn and have a better understanding of:
- What distracts/confuses readers and wears them down—what grabs them and keeps them involved;
- How to critically analyze a story, find and fix its weaknesses and exploit its strengths.
- The difference between a poor critic and a good one—when to listen to criticism and when to discard it.
- What makes a really great critique group and how to put one together.
This is Halloween weekend—costumes/disguises for this session are optional (and may be fun)!
(Option #4: Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.—$20 if paid separately)
WRITERS MS WORD & COMPUTER WORKSHOP
Filing, Navigating and Shortcuts: You love writing, but the computing and word processing drives you nuts? Then this is the workshop for you! Bring your laptop, if you have one. Our focus will include:
- Navigating your computer desktop quick and easy;
- Shortcuts and tips to make filing your stories, researching on the Internet and using your computer simple and fun;
- Basic MS Word for writers: creating, using and saving your documents, then finding them the next day;
- Shortcuts and tips in formatting, copying, pasting, fonts, editing, printing and emailing your files.
WHERE DO YOU SIGN UP FOR THIS INCREDIBLE EVENT, YOU ASK? WELL, RIGHT HERE, SILLY!
Option #1: Full Registration: THE STORYTELLER! WRITERS MINI-RETREAT
Friday evening, Saturday all-day and evening, and Sunday morning = $50 preregistered / $65 at the door (does not include meals and rooms*)
*Special room rates are available from Crowne Plaza Registrations at 913-217-1000
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DON’T WANT THE FULL DEAL, YOU SAY? JUST PICK AND CHOSE FROM THE OPTIONS BELOW:
Option #2: NOVEL WRITING MADE SIMPLE—THE SEMINAR! Only (a la carte).
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. = $35 preregistered / $45 at the door
Option #3: NOVEL MECHANIX CRITIQUE SESSION
Saturday, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. = $10 (separately)
Option #4: WRITERS MS WORD & COMPUTER WORKSHOP
Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. = $20 (separately)
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MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: GORDON KESSLER MAIL TO: 11936 W. 119TH ST, #199 OVERLAND PARK, KS 66213