Saturday, February 23, 2013

ANWA Conference 2013

Today was the final day for the ANWA Conference for this year. If you don't know, ANWA is for the American Night Writers Association - for LDS (mostly women) writers. There is an annual conference and while finances prevented me from attending last year, I was able to afford a Saturday only admission. It didn't disappoint, at all.

For starters, their web site posted not only the schedule of classes, but also posted many of the handouts for the conference in advance. This allowed me to look at the information provided for the sessions I couldn't attend, and I'm glad I did.

One of the sessions talked about the archetypes used in fiction, and the patterns they use. This was from author Jennifer Griffith, which she referred her handout to Heroes and Heroines: The Complete Guide to Archetypes:

I found this book as a Kindle, but found and purchased it through iBooks for my iPad. I've been reading it through part of the week prior to today, and it is a fantastic resource if you are looking to write fiction and need some character development.

Other great speakers were other authors, agents and publishers on a variety of topics, including some very helpful classes to get your readers hooked starting with the first chapter and information about what publishers are looking for. It gave me great insight!

Update: The link didn't work (I was trying to post this from my iPad), so here it is again: Heroes and Heroines This is definitely a must have book if you are writing fiction. It has been great reading!

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