Brady will read up to four manuscript excerpts of approximately 2,500
words. She edits on all levels necessary, including copy, line,
stylistic, substantive, and developmental, and will provide
commentary in regard to the suggested corrections/changes.
She will also comment on such elements as diction, emotional
impact, clarity, economy, internal logic, structure, character
development, pace, flow, etc. She will spend as many as twenty
minutes in the consultation.
She has special expertise in fiction
and nonfiction genres/categories including fantasy, young
adult, literary fiction, romance, and creative nonfiction,
as well as American Indian and other indigenous cultures, self-help,
how-to, ESL projects, ecology, psychology, spirituality, and complementary medicine. If available, please include a brief synopsis
or outline in addition to the sample -- which should be the first
chapter, or the introduction or prologue and first chapter --
to provide an idea of structure.
Geffnerwill read up to ten authors' submissions of approximately 2,500 words (10 standard pages), nonfiction, memoir or fictionin any genre. Her critiques focus on elements of craft that any writer can learn, including writing mechanics, voice, tone, character, dialog, plot, pacing and theme.
Writers will receive detailed comments on what's working well, what could be improved—and how to do it, plus a 15-20 minute consultation at the conference. All writing levels are welcome.
Robinson will read up to ten manuscripts of approximately 2500
words (10 standard pages) in the Science Fiction, Thriller,
Spiritual / Metaphysical and Literary categories.
He will provide both line editing (language flow, style,
grammar, syntax) and developmental editing (plot and character
logic, story structure). You won't find any MFA or Embittered
Teacher Dogma here: possessing a bit of an experimental streak,
he knows there are many, many ways a story can work, and
so seeks to fully understand and appreciate the author's
intention(s), and to edit within that framework to do justice
to the original vision.
Yehling is the editor of "The Hummingbird Review" literary journal and "Innovation & Technology
Today" magazine. He also has edited more than 130 books, many that were
picked up or contracted by major publishers (Warner, Sourcebooks, Houghton Mifflin,
St. Martin's Press, Random House, IT Books, etc.).
He works with travel narrative, spiritual subjects, business,
leadership, poetry/essays, memoir, sports, topical Nonfiction,
biographies, music, self-help and health/wellness/fitness
Nonfiction; and mainstream, literary, genre-based, fantasy,
mysteries, and crime novels (no horror).
Art Holcomb will read screenplays, novels, short stories and comic book/graphic novel scripts - up to 10 manuscripts of approximately 2500 words (10 standard pages) and provide written notes and a twenty minute scheduled consultation. Please read the bio on Art for more information about his experience and qualifications.
Follow-up consultations after the conference can be arranged separately is desired.
ART HOLCOMB is a screenwriter, playwright, fiction writer and comic book creator who began his writing career at age 13 when one of his plays was professionally performed by the American Conservatory Theater.
He has published poetry, essays and short stories and has written more than 50 comic book stories for franchises such as THE X-MEN, as well as original and licensed properties for Defiant, Valiant, Acclaim, Big Entertainment, FUNimation, Marvel Comics, and DC Comics. His screen work has appeared on UPN, the Sci-Fi Channel and the SHOWTIME Channel.
He has sold to the STAR TREK television franchise at Paramount Television and worked on projects for the estates of Gene Roddenberry and legendary actor Steve McQueen. He has also written for the critically acclaimed animation series SHADOW RAIDERS, as well as consulted for video game companies, film production companies and publishing houses.
He is a regular columnist for Creative Screenwriting Magazine, called “The Best Magazine for Screenwriters” by The Los Angeles Times. He is a regular contributor on fiction and screenwriting to STORYFIX.COM, ranked one of the top fiction writing sites on the internet by Writer’s Digest Magazine.
Art is a sought-after lecturer on story and runs a consultancy for highly motivated screenwriters and novelists who are committed to moving their careers to the next professional level.
Sara Anne "Saran" Fox, a former development executive with a major Hollywood producer, played a vital role in the conception and development of over 25 screenplays, three published novels, and three produced films: "My Favorite Year", "Nosferatu" and "Quest For Fire". For over 20 years, she has used her skills as a writing coach and story editor with screenwriters to strengthen character development, clarify motivation, and improve story structure and plot.
Watanabe will read up to ten screenplay manuscript pages of approximately 2500 words (10 standard pages). Mr. Watanabe
was a studio executive who "green lit" movies for
15 years and currently teaches at Los Angeles Valley College.
Dan is also a professor in the Media Arts department of
Los Angeles Valley College where he teaches courses in low
budget film producing, the production process, screenwriting
and the history of broadcasting. He also taught eight sessions
of a five week seminar series, the Production Assistant Boot
Camp, in conjunction with Workplace Hollywood and the Los
Angeles Community College District.
He will edit and provide personal consultation depending
on the writer's need.