Concurrent Workshops

42 Concurrent Workshop Options: find your interest or explore something new during the daily 90-minute workshop line-up.

All Concurrent Workshops are INCLUDED in all Conference Packages.

Please select your six concurrent workshops when you register, using the drop-down menu choices on the registration page. They are grouped by the Session dates and times.

Tickets for a single Concurrent Workshop will be available after February 9, 2012, only if the workshop has not been filled by full-Conference participants. Single Concurrent Workshop tickets will be available in the courtyard of the Biblioteca, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 to 2.  Single Concurrent Workshop tickets are not available online.

Click on any name below more information about each workshop & instructor.

Session #1 – Thursday, February 16 – 3:15 PM

Track and Number TOPIC


101 – Fiction

Writing the Novel You Can Write Rosalind Brackenbury

102 – Non Fiction

The Art of Writing the Personal Essay and the Feature Article Teresa Nicholas

103 – Special Topics

How To Use a Blog To Build a Platform for Your Writing Bill Belew                                                                

104 – Special Topics


Elements of Voice: How Teen Characters Announce Themselves on the Page Franny Billinsgley                                               

105 – Special Topics

Structuring the Memoir Rick Skwiot                                           

106 — Publishing and Marketing

Does Your Non-Fiction Book Meet the Essential 5 C’s for Success? Sam Horn

107- (español)

Poesía: Erotismo Fantástico Yolanda Lacarieri

108 – The Pleasures of Reading

Reading Like a Writer! Mary Katherine Wainwright


Session #2 – Friday, February 17 – 11:00 AM

Track and Number TOPIC


201 – Fiction

The Deep Zoo – The Rich Powers of the Imagination Rikki Ducornet                        

202 – Non-Fiction

Wrestling With the Gift Graeme Gibson 

203 – Special Topics

Choosing the Best Genre for your Personal Story: Fiction or Nonfiction Susan Sutliff Brown

204 – (español)

La lengua y el cascabel   Victor Sahuatoba

205 – Special Topics

So You Think Your Life’s A Movie And Other Guilty Pleasures: Screenwriting Linda Bergman                            

206 — Publishing and Marketing

What You Need to Know to Get Published by the Big Boys Panel of Leading Literary Agents

207 – (español)

Writing the Short Story Araceli Ardón

208 – The Pleasures of Reading

Emile Zola:
The Truth is Marching On
Beá Aaronson  


Session #3 – Friday, February 17 – 3:15 PM

Track and Number TOPIC


 301 – Fiction Everything You Need to Know About Creating Great Fiction in 90 Minutes or Less 
Susan Sutliff Brown

302 – Non-Fiction

Creative Non-Fiction: Writing Character Wayne Grady

303 – Special Topics

Vital Lies: How Much Can You Invent in Creative Nonfiction? Kristen Iversen                                                                     

304 – Special Topics

It is a Delicious Thing to Write:
Poetry Workshop
Jennifer Clement

305 – Special Topics

Introduction to Travel Writing Laurie Gough

306 — Publishing and Marketing

Ninja Marketing for Writers: Create Your Own Video Book Trailer Kate Fowler

307 – (español)

¿Quien Estu Musa? Silvia Elguea

308 – The Pleasures of Reading

The Legacy of George Sand: Love and Freedom Rosalind Brackenbury


Session #4 – Saturday, February 18 – 11:00 AM

Track and Number TOPIC


401 – Fiction

The Heart of Story: Writing Scenes Eva Hunter 

402 – Non-Fiction

The Art of Non-Fiction Gerald Helferich                                                       

403 – Special Topics

Béa’s Beyond BoundariesWeird & Wonderful Writing Workshop Beá Aaronson 

404 – Special Topics

Creative Writing for the Contemporary Artist Carmen Rioja

405 – Special Topics

Writing Comedy Scotty Watson

406 — Publishing and Marketing

Thinking Like a Publisher: Advice for Writers Seeking Publication Jayne Navarre

407 – Poesía (español)

 LA MARIPOSA Y EL ESPEJO Jorge Fernandez Granados

408 – The Pleasures of Reading

Dancing In…Drinking in…Drenched In…Poetry!  Judyth Hill


Session #5 – Saturday, February 18 – 3:15 PM

Track and Number TOPIC


501 – Fiction

Techniques of Fiction:
A Supersonic Overview
C.M. Mayo

502 – Non-Fiction

Translation Claire Joysmith                 

503 – Special Topics

Five Secrets to Writing About Things That You Don’t Remember Laura Davis         

504 – Special Topics

the Dharma of Poetry
Judyth Hill

505 – Special Topics

So You Want to Access Your Inner Humorist Ruth Yunker        

506  – Publishing & Marketing

Internet Book Promotion for Luddites

Sandra Gulland

507 – (español)

Poéticas Generadoras: letras vivas para crear Claudia Posadas  

508 – The Pleasures of Reading

A Writer’s Journey To A Book: Writing The Monstrous Rikki Ducornet


Session #6 – Sunday, February 19 – 11:00 AM

Track and Number TOPIC


601 – Fiction

Time for Crime Carole Bugge

602 – Poetry

The Down and Dirty Guide to Free Verse Forms Shelley Puhak

603 – Special Topics

Travel Writing in the Digital Age Anne Dimon   

604 – Special Topics

The Shame Prom: Where Everyone is Invited to Dance Amy Ferris  & Hollye Dexter

605 – Special Topics


Give My Monster Life: Writing with All Five Senses Sarah Stonich 

606 — Publishing and Marketing

Self Publishing Success

Aysha Griffin

607 – (español)

Un montón de piedras: puro cuento Jorge F. Hernández

608 – The Pleasures of Reading

Great Lakes: An Omen for the Lakes of the World – and Our Planet Wayne Grady