Saturday, April 29
10:15 AM Author & Illustrator Workshops
Learn Character, Learn Voice
Voice is the soul of story. The element that magically pulls us in, often with only a few lines. As writers, we want nothing more than to execute it. But what comes first, creating an unforgettable character? Or crafting an unforgettable voice? By looking at the delicate dance between the relationship of character and voice, we will explore how elements like rhythm, life experience, and word choice play into creating a distinct character voice that becomes the undeniable, unputdownable and unforgettable soul of story.
Writing and illustrating are two practices that benefit one another. Practicing both will help you elevate your storytelling and connect with your readers. Sharee will share her process, tips for writing and illustrating, and lessons she’s learned in her career.
1 PM Editor & Art Director Workshops
Whose Line is it Anyway? Finding your Voice through Revision
Editors and agents alike often point to voice as the key for falling in love with a manuscript – but what is voice anyway? And how can you make yours shine? Vázquez will discuss approaching revision with an eye towards articulating an authorial voice (and how it differentiates from your character’s voice(s). Please come to this workshop with at least three scenes, ideally from at least two different projects.
Art Director Workshop
Who’s This?: Creating Characters Your Readers will Fall in Love with
Characters that are well-built feel as if they exist in the real world. Characters that are loved by readers lead their own life and journey, often staying in the world longer than their creators. It is a great joy for creators to see the characters we build are loved and supported by the readers. Sometimes, however, characters we build fall flat, and sadly, are easily forgotten. How do you create characters that are well-built, believable, and so lovable that your readers will fall in love with and root for their journey? It is so much more than coming up with a cute character you think your readers might like. It is about building a whole world your character lives in, and about making your readers wonder about the characters’ lives. As visual storytellers, it is crucial that we create characters that are full of life so that readers will fall in love with them. In this workshop, we will look at samples of successful character buildings along with the stories and principles behind them followed by short exercises to apply those principles on your own characters.
We all know that the first line of your book creates an indelible impression on your reader, and a strong one can make all the difference when it comes to winning an agent or editor’s attention. But how do you craft that stunner of a first line (not to mention first page)? We’ll talk about the qualities of a compelling opener, share some favorites, and workshop our own first lines. *Please bring the opening line to a project you’re working on.*
Agent Workshop–Option 2: