The 2018 Festival of Books includes events in Brookings and Sioux Falls, SD
Our sortable online schedule tells you everything you need to know about the 2018 Festival of Books! Sort by day, venue, genre or presenter (or combine sorting, e.g. sort by both venue and day, etc.). You can also download grid pdfs below. (Right-click and select "save target as" to download. Click to view.).
This workshop will focus on the building blocks that drive story forward, be that for fiction or nonfiction. With its hands-on approach, you'll get practical advice and exercises geared to writers of all levels.
The fate of a novel can depend on the first page. It must snap its fingers in agents’ and editors’ faces, shake them by the shoulders, and spark a fire so high that readers leap to the next page. In this workshop, we’ll look at your first page as agents and editors might.
We all want to write that book that readers won't put down, but how do we transform our ideas and characters into a riveting story? This workshop introduces you to the simple but revolutionary Plot Box method of plotting your book. Participants will leave with a Plot Box kit (detailed in event description) as well as a clear map for structuring their story, whether it is memoir or fiction.
Did your great-uncle collect matchbooks? Was your cousin's brother a lumberjack-turned-Vaudeville star? Participants rate this workshop off-the-charts and call it “the best workshop of the day.” Learn to create better characters in your writing by using elements of the most engaging people you know.
A good story is always compelling, but if you want your book to leave an indelible mark, prose matters. In this workshop you’ll learn some techniques to make your narrative as complex and mesmerizing as the tale you tell.