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Write Canada! Conference
June 23, 2016 - June 25, 2016
Write Canada is Canada’s largest writers’ conference for Christians. Join authors, journalists, columnists, bloggers, and poets from across Canada and hone your craft at this three-day conference. Learn skills you can immediately take home and apply to make your writing better. Pitch your writing to editors and agents, learn new marketing skills, network, and get feedback from published writers. CLICK HERE to receive E-newsletter updates.
Cynthia Ruchti will teach:
|B5. Deepening the Emotional Connection|
|Our stories, articles, devotions, novels remain like stick figures on a piece of notebook paper, mere words—ink scratches—until we find a way to engage the emotions as well as the intellect of the reader. But all we have to work with is those ink scratches and the patterns in which they’re arranged.|
|If storytelling—fiction or nonfiction—communicates well, it will be because the author found a way to deepen the emotional connection with his or her reader. Sometimes it’s as simple a process as taking one step closer. In this workshop, we’ll uncover techniques and approaches that ensure our words will reach their intended goal—persuading, encouraging, entertaining, moving to action…|
CC6. The Anatomy of a Novel Cynthia Ruchti From every writing instructor comes a new angle, a different approach, a set of helps that together form a “body” of education on the subject of how to write a publishable novel.In this continuing class, we’ll look at the anatomy of a novel—its skeletal structure, circulatory system, muscles, nervous system, its heart, mind, soul, and strength. We’ll examine how writers can use our understanding of the Creator God’s intricate design for the systems of the human body to help us create healthy, thriving, vital novels. Germane to the subject is the how the unique anatomy of novelists—the ways we function best, what solidifies our individual ideas about a book worth writing, and how to take advantage of our strengths—affects the novels we write. We’ll answer questions like, “Are we building caricatures or characters?” “How do we keep the book’s circulatory system healthy?” “How does a novel come alive in the hands of a reader?” “What threatens a novel’s immune system?” “Is our novel’s skeleton suffering from arthritis?” “Diabetes?” “Bloating?” “Anemia?” We’ll celebrate new angles of conquering old hiccups in our writing and walk away with practical ideas for breathing life into our stories.
|C3. The Writer’s Couch: An alphabet of writer concerns and their answers|
|Whether you’ve been writing for a few days or many years, you know that choosing to write—and more specifically choosing to write with eternity’s values in view—presents unique life challenges and decisions.|
|Do I need an agent? If so, which one? Should I quit my day job? How do I conquer rejection-itis? Do I have to compromise my story in order to get published? How can I meet deadlines when the inspiration well is dry? How do I balance the business side and the ministry side of writing? If any of those questions—or dozens of others—nag at you, let’s spend some time talking it through. You may need a listening ear, a booster shot of courage, or practical tips. The Writer’s Couch is a place where you can find all of the above.|
and serve on this panel:
|E5. Getting Published Is Just the Beginning: the Aftermath of Publication|
|Panel Discussion: Catherine DeVries, Donna Fawcett, Lisa Hall-Wilson, NJ Lindquist, Cynthia Ruchti and Sherry Stahl|