Monday, July 21, 2014

Work It! Workshops At RainbowCon 2015


Something we strive for at RainbowCon is education. We want to help authors and aspiring authors hone their craft and reach their audience better. One way we do this is by offering hourly workshops where experienced authors, editors, publishers, and other industry professionals help teach attendees about different aspects of writing, editing, publishing, and marketing.

These workshops will be events that attendees will have to RSVP for due to the size constraints of our workshop room. Each workshop will have an attendance cap of 24 people, so if you're an attendee interested in a particular workshop (and all workshops are FREE as part of the conference fee), when we open up RSVPs for workshops, be sure to jump in quickly on the ones you want to attend!

I want to share with you a bit about some of the workshops we currently have planned! We want you guys as excited as we are, so if you have any questions or suggestions, just leave a comment!

Peer Critiques - We have a few hours each day of the con where writers can gather together in our upstairs meeting room to review each other's work. This can be invaluable in the early stages of the writing process, and anyone can join in and help their fellow authors.

Plotting - Something that may be a problem for some authors is the actual plotting of their book. How to work with exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and denouement during the writing of a book. The workshop will also touch on series plotting and the difference between character-driven and plot-driven books. (This one is a two hour workshop!)

Editing - Join editors to discuss grammar, dialect, punctuation, work relationships, house rules, and expectations during the editing process.

Writing Bad Guys - A one-note bad guy who is bad solely to be bad or to provide simple motivation to the protagonist leaves readers with a sour taste in their mouths. In this workshop, learn about making a three dimensional bad guy with hopes, dreams, motivations, and fears readers can believe in!

Worldbuilding - For authors who write in contemporary fiction, worldbuilding may not be as necessary a skill. But, if you write fantasy, science fiction, alternative history, or any other fiction genre, worldbuilding is a skill you can never overdevelop. This workshop—which spans two hours—will discuss all the ins and outs of worldbuilding in various genres: fantasy (including paranormal, urban, and high), science fiction (both hard, soft, and speculative), historical, horror, and action.

Queries, Synopses, & Blurbs - An essential skill for all authors, learn how to query an editor or publisher, how to correctly write a synopsis, and the best way to create an eye-catching blurb!

Integrating Kink - An adult-only workshop, this one talks about the differences between kink and fetish and how best to weave them believably into your fiction. 

Young Adult Fiction - There is an ever-increasing need in the world of fiction for LGBTQ persons to be represented. This workshop will talk about how to reach the young adult audience and what aspects set it apart from adult fiction.

There are many other workshops on the schedule, but these are just some highlights to whet your appetite! We're so excited about our workshops for 2015, and we really hope they help authors improve and expand their writing skills.



RainbowCon is a four day QUILTBAG-centric event for anyone and everyone. If you love QUILTBAG fiction and media, then this is the place for you. You don't have identify as GLBTQ to attend! You just need to love and support the GLBTQ community. In 2015, we've expanded our programming to include not only content for writers and readers, but also anyone who loves QUILTBAG television, movies, comic books, educational, and fandom topics. We're an inclusive conference, and we want everyone to enjoy themselves. Check out our website to see all the fun we have in store for you!

Registration is now OPEN! Come celebrate artistic diversity!
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