Pre-Con Workshops

You asked and we heard! Though the official WFC convention does not include "how to" workshops, many of the members would love to learn from some of their fellow participants. We're pleased to offer the following pre-convention workshops - all included in your Virtual Attending Membership fee. 

Special thanks to the presenters, who are donating their time, skills, and knowledge to WFC members. We appreciate them!

Editing to Greatness - presented by David Farland

2020-10-28 09:00 a.m. MDT  - 2 hours

In this two hour-workshop, Dave Farland discusses different types of editing: the triage method, syllabic editing, content editing, line editing, and others. He will also talk about the rewrites he does--voice passes, description passes, hook passes--and his emphasis on what he calls "boosting" the story and the prose.

Worldbuilding - presented by Dave Farland

2020-10-28 1:00 p.m. MDT - 2 hours

Dave Farland's second 2-hour workshop will go over how planets are formed and civilizations grow. He will continue with building wonder in fantasy by creating wondrous places, creatures, and characters, how to build magic systems and how to devise other interesting "power systems," whether they be technological, political, or monetary

Repairing Collectible Books - presented by Ken Sanders

Wednesday, Oct 28, 11:00 am (1 hour) MDT

Panelists: Ken Sanders, Mike Oberg (M)


(Featuring Ken Sanders, book appraiser on the program "Antiques Roadshow" and proprietor of Ken Sanders Rare Books.)

What happens when a precious book gets damaged? Is it possible to repair common problems?

What shouldn’t be attempted by the less experienced, and what can be done in those cases?

Join us for ways to keep your collection intact and whole.

Writing Query Letters - presented by D.J. Butler

2020-10-28 3:00 p.m. MDT - 50 minutes
In this hands-on workshop, we will cover the nuts and bolts of querying agents and editors. In addition to learning actionable information and mastering practical skills, you will write an actual query letter to use to pitch one of your books.


Living in a Horse-Drawn Society 

Molly Gloss, Laura VanArendonk Baugh, Joyce Reynolds-Ward (M), Jane Fancher

2020-10-28 15:00 p.m. MDT - 50 minutes

Horses have been common forms of transportation in fantasy novels since the genre began. But the animals themselves can be fragile. What stories portray horses realistically, and how does the upkeep and care for these critical animals impact the story's plot.

Tech Tools for Writers

Panelists: Barbara Krasnoff, Jonathan G Chew (M), Mandy D. Chew

2020-10-28 7:00 p.m. MDT - 50 minutes
Which software is the best for a writer? Are there specialty programs and apps that can help with the different aspects of writing? How do you keep track of chapters, characters, story arcs and the like? Our tech-savvy panelists share their experience.

Collecting First Editions - presented by Ken Sanders

Thursday, Oct 29, 12:00 pm MDT

Panelists: Ken Sanders, Mike Oberg (M)


In this special panel, Ken Sanders, book appraiser on the program "Antiques Roadshow" and proprietor of Ken Sanders Rare Books shares his knowledge of collecting first editions. How to tell if that gem in the back of a bookstore is a true treasure or a mere replica. Join him for a truly delightful hour as Ken shares his love of books.

Amazon, Goodreads, NetGalley, and Edelweiss, Oh My!  - presented by Holly Lynn Walrath

2020-10-29 1:00 p.m. MDT - 50 minutes
There are a variety of valuable resources for independent authors out there, but how do you choose which one will work for your book? And how can you stand out as an Indie author among the crowd while utilizing the best marketing resources for your book? In this session, we’ll navigate the available options for getting your books in the world, the different websites and tools available to indie authors, and explore how your book can reach more readers via the growing field of reviewer markets.

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