This is my promotional advertisement for my workshop, “Creating an Adaptive Setting,” which I’ll be running at Capclave 2015 on October 10th.
Last year, I ran a well-received (though lightly attended) workshop entitled “Public Speaking for Writers.” It drew upon my background as a public speaker (I’ve been speaking at technical conferences since 2008) and conference runner (I’ve been part of the core conference running team for 19 conferences, plus countless smaller events).
I was delighted to be asked by Capclave to give another workshop this year. The thing was…neither they nor I wanted to do the same workshop as last year. Now, I’ve only had one story published, so I don’t have a lot of credibility as a writing instructor (I have lots of opinions because that’s the kind of guy I am, but not the bonafide proof of writing success that a more established writer might have).
So, how could I give a new workshop that focused more on the writing side of the house?
Once again, I chose to focus on where I did have legitimate credibility. You see, when I realized early on that traditional publishing was such a rigged game, I despaired of ever becoming the writer I’d dreamed of being. I threw myself into roleplaying games instead, including doing some games on the gaming convention circuit. I had thirty years worth of experience in creating interesting, cohesive settings and doing serious world-building. THAT was something I could leverage.
So, this was the workshop I proposed to do, which was accepted very warmly by Roger Burns, the Programming Chair, and Sam Lubell, the Conference Chair:
Creating an Adaptive Setting
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ve noticed that a lot of authors are making money with series. But crafting a series is hard, and it’s a subject that’s not covered in most writing manuals. Come learn a set of steps for creating a coherent, consistent and connected background to support multiple stories leveraging the same setting, primary characters and supporting characters. Give your series the foundation it needs to become what you want it to be.
So, come check out my new workshop. There’s a few tricks I’ve learned over the years that just might surprise you.