Here is a guest post from Katharine Grubb of 10 Minute Novelists all about their conference in the summer. It sounds great, so if you’re thinking about it book quickly before the tickets sell out!



In this saturated market, you can’t afford to be a mediocre writer.

For most of us, it’s not enough to read books or depend on beta readers to show what’s precisely wrong with our manuscripts. We plow on, submitting here or there, facing rejection after rejection, questioning our creative choices.

What if we gave ourselves a weekend to really grow? What if we could sit with a well-experienced literary agent and get the inside secrets to writing good fiction? What if we invested wisely in instruction that could make a huge difference in our careers? What if we challenged ourselves to excel in ways we hadn’t before?  Don’t you think that your art is worth it? Don’t you think that your career is worth it?

The writers of 10 Minute Novelists certainly do. Join them for their first ever writing conference, 10MINCON, August 9-11, 2018, in Cincinnati, Ohio, for a chance to spend the weekend with literary agent Donald Maass, and hear from James Scott Bell and Janice Hardy.

Mr. Maass will be spending the day speaking from his book The Fire in Fiction. Through this intense, exercise-packed, hands-on workshop, he will address multiple aspects of novel writing, from the characters to the setting, to the plot, analyzing each piece carefully, demonstrating what can grip the reader the most.  Are you really satisfied with your opening pages? Mr. Maass will point out common errors, explain what kinds of protagonists are the strongest, and how to make them alive for your reader.

Then Maass will delve into conflicts. He will challenge authors to really dig deep into the drives of their protagonists, create complex inner conflicts, and reveal their hearts.  Additionally, Maass will address the antagonist. Through examples, he will reveal common mistakes writers make with their antagonists and challenge authors to make them richer, sympathetic, and engaging.

By the end of the day, the participants will have addressed:

  • Three kinds of protagonists that appeal most to readers
  • How to build rich characters Intriguing antagonists
  • Scene-sculpting for maximum tension
  • World-building
  • The development of the narrative voice
  • Creating an attractive reality for the reader
  • Increasing tension in every scene
  • The significance of stories for humankind
  • And how to tell a story with new passions.

This day-long seminar will be intense, but the advice Mr. Maass will give could make the difference between a mediocre one and a great one. What our attendees are going to hear that day will change their writing forever!

But that’s not all: James Scott Bell will be delivering our keynote address on Thursday, August 9.  He has taught novel writing at Pepperdine University and numerous conferences in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain. He also served as fiction columnist for Writer’s Digest magazine and has written five craft books for Writer’s Digest Books: Plot & Structure, Revision & Self-Editing, The Art of War for Writers, Conflict & Suspense and Just Write. His Write Your Novel From The Middle was an instant #1 Amazon bestselling writing book. Mr. Bell will be bringing to a conference year of experience and applicable instruction for growing writers everywhere.

And if that weren’t enough, Janice Hardy, an award-winning author, will be leading two workshops on Saturday:  Planning Your Novel in Ten Easy Steps and Revision Readiness: How to Revise. She runs the popular writing site Fiction University and has written multiple books on writing, including Understanding Show, Don’t Tell (And Really Getting It), Plotting Your Novel: Ideas and Structure, and the Revising Your Novel: First Draft to Finished Draft series.

If you’ve ever sighed over critique partner’s suggestions, argued with a beta reader, or cried over yet another rejection, you’re like the rest of us: you’re discovering that your writing needs to get better. If your manuscript needs help (and whose doesn’t it?) You can’t find a better opportunity than this to learn what to do to fix it.

How can you be a part of this fantastic opportunity? Click here to and register. The last day we’re accepting registrations is July 15! We expect to sell out, so buy your ticket soon! Then make your reservation at the Embassy Suites. Boxed lunches will be provided on Friday and Saturday and breakfast is free for guests of the hotel.

We’ve chosen these speakers because we believe that your art deserves to be the best it can be. You deserve to have opportunities to learn from some of the top experts in the fiction writing today.

Join us! Click here to register!


Joining the 10 Minute Novelists Facebook Group nearly two years ago was a kick-start to my dreams of becoming a writer. I honestly would not be in the position I am now without them. I really wish I could join everyone at the conference and put faces to the names I’ve got to know in the Facebook Group. But as I’m not able to this summer I wish that as many other people can as possible. The program looks amazing and I will be insanely jealous of all you who manage to make it there. So go ahead and book now!

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