Prairie Horizons 2017: Beyond Limits!
Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017
9:15-10:45a.m. Conference Kick-off Presentation: “A Cheat Code for Conflict”
Playwright and author Marty Chan draws from his theatre background to share a technique for crafting dramatic scenes in fiction. Whether you’re a pantser or a plotter, his cheat code for writing will help you organize a story that will keep readers turning the page until the end.
11:00a.m.-12 noon. “2nd book” Panel Discussion: “Lightning Strikes Twice”
Marie Powell, Kristine Scarrow and Michael Bradford discuss the challenges of marketing one book while editing another. Marie and Michael have a second book in a series accepted, while Kristine has a second (and third!) stand-alone book coming out. There will be an audience question period.
1:15-2:15 p.m. Presentation: “Illustrating Metis Culture in Children’s Books”
Write and illustrator Leah Marie Dorion discusses the process of illustrating and representing Metis culture in children’s books.
2:45-3:45 p.m. Publishing Panel: “What in the World Do They Want?”
Find out about the current challenges and trends in publishing.
4:00- 5:00 p.m. Fantasy Foundations Presentation: “Out of This World”
Fantasy worlds fascinate our imagination. From landscapes to technologies, these worlds seem so complete we could almost catch the next shuttle there! Have you ever tried to create a fantasy world? What kind of beings live there, and how do they relate to each other and their environment? Join author Marie Powell to explore fantasy world building.
7:00 -8:00 p.m. Keynote: “How to Succeed at Writing, One Yes at a Time”
Marty Chan recounts the highlights of the journey that led him to a successful career as a creative artist. He unveils the highs and lows of being a freelance writer as well as the strategies he developed to survive and thrive in the ever-changing marketplace of publishing.