Please stay tuned for a list of sessions for the 2018 Rutgers–New Brunswick Writers' Conference. Listed below are the sessions from the 2017 conference.

Date Track Session/Presenter/Description Location Time

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Writing Fiction

Intro to Writing Fiction

Coming soon.

TBD 10:10am to 11:10am

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Writing Fiction

Creating a Book of Linked Short Stories

Linked short stories fall somewhere between a book of stories and a novel, while retaining some of the best qualities of both. They can move in time and in place and from character to character more freely than a novel, and can provide a richer, more complicated canvas than a book of short stories.

In our workshop we will create the outlines for two books of linked short stories, one character based and one place based. By the end of the class, students will have a better sense of what they can do to plot out a book of linked short stories, or how they can proceed forward from a story they have already written.

TBD 1:10pm to 2:40pm

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Writing Fiction

Topic for Advanced Writers (TBA)

What is a character driven story? How do you create a character powerful enough to drive a plot? This one hour craft talk and discussion goes beyond the lists of facts to offer a method for creating a dynamic character.

TBD 2:50pm to 3:50pm

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Writing Fiction

Mark Twain on Writing

Coming Soon.

TBD 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Writing Fiction

Elements of Plot (Advanced Level)

You have your first or two down and you know what story you want to tell, but your plot isn’t working yet. The session offers an explanation and examples of necessary plot points that will make your story click into place. Craft talk and exercises.

TBD 10:10am to 11:40am

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Writing Fiction

Hooking Your Readers from the First Page -- and Why It Matters

Chris Bohjalian says that his fiction has changed enormously in the digital age -- and it has changed for a variety of reasons.  But the big one?  The spectacular renaissance in TV and Film.  The Sopranos.  Breaking Bad.  Fargo.  Sociologists and anthropologists have chronicled the way our attention spans have changed, but so have our expectations of narrative: Bohjalian believes that even literary fiction must begin with a bang (at least a metaphoric one).  And so in this workshop, he will explore with the writers how to begin a novel or a short story -- and how to hook your readers from the first page.

TBD 1:10pm to 2:40pm

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Writing Fiction

World-Building

Coming Soon.

TBD 2:50pm to 3:50pm