rita ackerman

Home » Uncategorized » Writing Conference

Writing Conference


Last week for early registration discounts.  Sign up today!  Deadline is September 30th

Learn to create better characters!

November 7, 2015
Avondale City Hall
Benefits Friends of Avondale Library and Recreation
Six incredible 3-hour workshops & Keynote Speaker Tom Leveen all in one day!

NEW!  – We are thrilled to announce a special poetry performance at lunch byWintana Yohannes, Jahnez Wong, and Daniela Acosta of Speak EZ Poetry.  

Featured workshop speaker:

Connie FlynnConnie Flynn
Connie Flynn wrote her first short story in the fourth grade for a wonderful teacher named Mr. Ryan who encouraged her vivid imagination and strong storytelling skills. She has taught creative writing and founded an online novel writing school but writing itself is her true love. Now busy with her next novel, she knows how lucky she is to have found out what she wants to be when she grows up.

Workshop: Character Alchemization – Make Them Live and Breathe
Characters are people and people are complex. The trick of believable characters is to simplify them by discovering what they want most of all and why and building from there. A character wants a good job for obvious reasons- they want the rewards of comfort and respect. But what if the job is lost? What deeper, hidden from the world and self, reward have they lost? Was it the fear of disappointing a loved one, of losing ones own self-respect, or being deserted by a partner? What will this person do to restore the shattered self-image that this kind of loss brings on. The catalyst can be anything, small or large, but if it shakes the characters own faith in who they are . . . well, now you have a story.

This workshop will concentrate on pulling these needs and anxieties from your character and through those you will find out who they are and what your story is really about.

This workshop will concentrate on pulling these needs and anxieties from your character and through those you will find out who they are and what your story is really about.

Other workshops include:

  • Don’t miss these great workshop topics:
  • Keynote / Lunch: What No One Else Will Tell You About Publishing – Tom Leveen
  • Writing the Contemporary Novel – Betty Webb
  • Becoming a Content Marketing Writer – Drew Eastmead 
  • The Business of Writing – Kris Tualla
  • Expand Your Research – Expand Your Writing – Rita Ackerman
  • Writing is a Team Sport – from Editors to Critique Groups, how to compile the right players to help you succeed- Jacob Shaver, Lori Beasley Bradley & Cody Wagner

Registration Options: 

  • Full-Day includes:  two – 3 hour workshops, lunch and the Keynote speaker.
  • Half-Day includes: one – 3 hour workshop only (choose either morning or afternoon).
    Lunch & the Keynote speaker may be added for an additional $10.
  • Early Registration price:    Half-Day $40    |    Full-Day $85 (*best deal)
  • Late Registration Increases:   Half-Day $50    |    Full-Day $95

Early registration ends September 30th
Late registration begins October 1st


For questions contact: Stacey Lindsay or visit

Thank you to Virginia G. Piper Foundation & Changing Hands Book store for their support of the conference.

Copyright © 2015 Avondale Writers Conference, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email because you either requested to be on this list, or you attended one of our past conferences.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: