Friday Programme

Full Day Damon Suede Workshop

Moving Characters

Moving Characters tackles a revolutionary technique which takes characterisation beyond boilerplate traits and faux interviews to get what makes folks unforgettable on the page. During these sessions we’ll explore:

  • A characterisation strategy that simplifies plotting, pitching, and revision…as well as preventing duds and derailments.
  • The secrets of compelling protagonists and unforgettable character arcs.
  • The power of casting when developing story, hook, structure and emotional impact.
  • Character theories, familiar and freaky, that present fresh tools and inspiring options for working writers.
  • Hands-on exercises applicable to genre projects at any stage.

Each attendee – from raw newbies to perennial bestsellers, plotters and pansters – will leave with a fresh approach to characterisation, a fresh tool-kit and exercises, and further resources to deepen and expand the craft of dreaming up characters.

Moving Characters Takeaways:

  • A new, intuitive characterisation technique that simplifies plotting, drafting, revision, pitches and marketing.
  • A protagonist toolkit to amplify engagement and increase narrative tension.
  • Practical methods to deepen emotional impact and reader engagement.
  • A unique character-based approach to project planning that prevents duds and derailments at any stage of the process.
  • A take-home worksheet to help you build the best couple to tell any love story.

Scene and Sequel

Scene and Sequel is a practical workshop about structuring the events of your story for maximum suspense and maximum emotional impact. In these sessions we’ll explore:

  • The neurological roots of popular entertainment.
  • Techniques for situating story points for escalation and payoff.
  • The ways scene and sequel can amp your revisions, shortening and strengthening the process.
  • Structural traps and tricks especially the recurring pitfalls that can gum up the works if you aren’t paying attention.

Scene and Sequel offers one of the simplest and most potent narrative tools to add punch and flow to any story. You’ll leave this class with a handle on a clear structural strategy that simplifies the challenge of planning, drafting and revising your book.

Scene and Sequel Takeaways:

  • Granular motivation-reaction technique to ramp up significant story beats.
  • A Scene/Sequel recipe that allows you to plot an entire book without knowing the ending in advance (if that’s your jam).
  • A checklist of structural traps that bedevil genre plots.
  • Exercises to elevate your narrative fireworks emotional payoffs.

tackles a revolutionary technique which takes characterisation beyond boilerplate traits and faux interviews to get what makes folks unforgettable on the page. During these sessions we’ll explore:

  • A characterisation strategy that simplifies plotting, pitching, and revision…as well as preventing duds and derailments.
  • The secrets of compelling protagonists and unforgettable character arcs.
  • The power of casting when developing story, hook, structure and emotional impact.
  • Character theories, familiar and freaky, that present fresh tools and inspiring options for working writers.

 

Speaker’s Bio: Damon Suede

Damon grew up out-n-proud deep in the anus of right-wing America, and escaped as soon as it was legal. Though new to romance fiction, Damon has been writing for print, stage, and screen for two decades. He is currently on the board of RWA and is one of their most popular conference craft speakers. He’s won some awards, but counts his blessings more often: his amazing friends, his demented family, his beautiful husband, his loyal fans, and his silly, stern, seductive Muse who keeps whispering in his ear, year after year. Get in touch with him at DamonSuede.com.

Friday August 10th

Time Description   Convenor/Speaker Location
7.30am Registration Opens
8.30am Maori Blessing  Rimu Room
8.50am Welcome and introductions Housekeeping MC Catherine Robertson  Rimu Room
 9.00am Plenary Session Moving Characters   Damon Suede  Rimu Room
 10.30am    MORNING TEA 
 11.00am  Plenary Session  Moving Characters Continued…  Damon Suede  Rimu Room
 12.30pm   LUNCH (Acacia Restaurant Novotel)
 1.15pm  Plenary Session Scene and Sequel   Damon Suede  Rimu Room
 3.15pm   AFTERNOON TEA
 3.35pm  Plenary Session  Scene and Sequel Continued…  Damon Suede  Rimu Room
5.15pm Workshop close
6.15pm  Registration Desk Opens
6.30pm First Timers Get Together – Meet Outside the Rimu Room
7.30pm Conference Cocktail Party Theme: ‘Rocktail’Party – come as your favorite rock star, or favorite music decade etc. it’s up to your imagination! MC Catherine RobertsonF.Housden Raffle drawn 9pm  Rimu Room
9.00pm See You in the bar

Workshop rooms will be designated and set up to cater for participants using your selected registration options so please honour the selections you have made at time of booking. Please be considerate of the presenter and other participants if you need to leave for pitch appointments.The Conference Programme is subject to change.

As always, our conference is perfume free.

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