David Morrell’s Master Class
Bestselling author and creator of “Rambo”
Thursday, August 22, 2019, 2:00-4:50 pm
$65 for registered attendees / $119 for unregistered participants
David’s debut novel, First Blood, which introduced Rambo, was published 47 years ago and has never been out of print. He wrote many bestselling novels since then, including the classic espionage novel, The Brotherhood of the Rose, which was adapted into the only television miniseries to air after a Super Bowl. In this three-hour master class, David discusses the writing lessons that he learned in his unusually long career, how he approaches the massive task of writing a novel and the questions he asks himself to determine if a project is worth developing. Part motivational, part nuts-and-bolts, David’s presentation also addresses common technical mistakes that can be easily corrected. More information can be found in his writing book, The Successful Novelist: A Lifetime of Lessons about Writing and Publishing. (www.davidmorrell.net)
Breakout Workshop Information
Breakout sessions are $20 each.
Are you a writer with specific questions you would like addressed? Do you want a chance to sit with an author in a small intimate setting and discuss the business of writing and getting published? Then a breakout session may be just the answer.
These limited-attendance question-answer sessions are conducted by professional authors, publishing professionals, and marketing specialists with the sole purpose of providing information that attendees can utilize in their writing careers, but without the pressure of being in a larger panel or whole-group setting.
- Open to all attendees of Killer Nashville!
- Enrollment is limited.
- Please note that some sessions take place concurrently.
- It is not possible to attend more than one breakout session per day.
- Breakout sessions are interchangeable; you need only talk to a Killer Nashville staff member or volunteer.
1. How to Get an Agent
2. Writing Strong Beginnings
3. Reviews & How to Get Them
4. An Overview of the Publishing Process
5. Effectively Using Social Media
6. The Middle of Your Book: How to Move Things Forward
7. How to Get an Agent
8. Writing Strong Beginnings
9. Reviews & How to Get Them
Killer Nashville offers manuscript critiques to its registered attendees for the low additional charge of $49 per critique.
“I just heard from the agent that gave a critique for the ten pages I sent in, ten pages from a short story! She really LIKED IT!! She wants to see a whole manuscript. After I reminded her it was a short story, she said ‘Oh, that’s right.’ She also said she would be HAPPY to see a manuscript from me if I decide to turn the short story into a novel. I’m so excited I can’t see straight! And it all happened because of Killer Nashville!!!!” – Amy Denton, Author
A manuscript critique offers a specialized one-on-one meeting with a professional writer or literary agent who will read a section of your manuscript and then offer you a face-to-face analysis of what works and what does not in your submission. It is a unique opportunity and one of the features that makes The Killer Nashville Writers’ Conference such an indispensable tool for writers. If you want to see how your work appeals to the professionals, choose an agent or editor. If you prefer a more detailed craft analysis, you may prefer to choose an author for your critique.
Fiction Critique: A published author or agent will read and critique the first ten pages (or to the end of the chapter) of your novel. All manuscripts should be double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman or other “reasonable” font.
Non-Fiction Critique: An publisher or agent will read and critique the first ten pages (or to the end of the chapter) of your non-fiction book or article. Your manuscript should be double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman or other “reasonable” font.
Short Story Critique: A published author or agent will read and critique your short story (up to ten pages). All manuscripts should be double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman or other “reasonable” font.
Query Critique: An agent, published author, or the leader of a query-writing workshop will read and critique your query letter. The query letter should be no more than one page long, in standard query format and in 12-point Times New Roman or other “reasonable font.”.
Screenplay Critique: An author and independent filmmaker will read and critique the first 15 pages of your screenplay. All submissions should be in standard screenplay format.
Marketing Plan Critique: A professional publicist will read and critique your marketing plan (up to four pages), offering advice on how to make your plan more effective and how to get the most bang for your marketing buck.