A one-day writer's conference in the Oklahoma City area
April 20, 2024
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
New Hope Church of Christ
700 W 2nd St, Edmond, Oklahoma
MiniCon 2024 Speaker
Rene Gutteridge has been writing professionally for over twenty years, with diversified expertise in fiction, non-fiction, comedy sketches, novelizations and screenwriting. She is the multi-genre author of 24 novels plus several non-fiction titles. Her indie film SKID won deadCenter’s Best Oklahoma Feature in 2015, and in 2016 her novel My Life as a Doormat was adapted into the Hallmark movie Love’s Complicated. She is co-writer on the feature film Family Camp, a Movieguide award winner and a Dove Award nominee for 2023. She is also a Screencraft finalist in true-crime. Rene is co-director of WriterCon in Oklahoma City, senior contributor at Writing Momentum and is the head writer at Skit Guys Studios. Find out more at ReneGutteridge.com.
7:30-8:20 - Registration
8:30-10:30 - Character and Character Therapy
Do you know your character? Really know your character? Are you just getting to know one? Bring your character to therapy, and let’s find out what makes your character tick--and motivates him or her in your story.
10:45-11:45 - Queries, Short Pitches, Synopses and More!
This class will teach you not only how to prepare a fiction proposal but also how to use a short pitch to tease out a solid proposal. Learn how one significant lesson in what the movie industry calls “loglines” can drastically improve your story pitch and the actual writing itself.
11:45-1:15 - VIP Lunch, Speaker Q&A
1:30-3:00 - How Film is Killing Your Fiction and How to Fix It with Deep POV
Many writers have let their love for film seep into their fiction in an unhealthy way. While it may seem that film influencing your fiction might be helpful and even fun, it can actually have a drastically different and opposite effect. Learn what parts of film may be killing your fiction, and how to use POV to correct course and jump ahead of your competition.
3:15-4:45 - Traditional Vs. Self Publishing
Have you ever wondered what the pros and cons are of traditional vs. self-publishing? Let’s talk through them and what might be right for you, and why.