Conference Call: Night Owls!

- by Charlotte Hubbard

It wouldn’t be a NINC conference without Night Owls! This final Conference Call post discusses the offerings our Night Owls coordinator, Melinda Rucker Haynes, has put together for us–because. as we know, the “real” conference often goes on in those spur-of-the-moment meetings in out-of-the-way niches of the hotel (and the Tradewinds has bunches of these! Not to mention the beach!)

These after-hours Members Only sessions are where many of us let down our hair, find a new gimmick for kicking our creativity into gear or…discover a new way to procrastinate rather than write! Lots of us have made new friends here–or learned things we never suspected about colleagues we’ve known for years. Come comfy! Expect the unexpected! After our intensive daytime sessions, the Night Owls are a great place to unwind,to chat…they are what you make them!

Thursday Evening, October 7

8:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Room 1 –FINDING YOUR VOICE: FAN MAIL FROM THE FUTURE with Jennifer Stevenson
Find five elements of your voice that your fans love, figure out new genres where you might sell well, and more! Jen says: “I’ve been using this workshop with critique partners and in public workshops for years. Even when repeating it with old friends, I learn something new every time. Nobody goes away hungry!”

Room 2 –PAST LIFE REGRESSION with Melinda Haynes
Yes. Really. Certified hypnotherapist and past life regression therapist Melinda Rucker Haynes will take the willing on a journey of personal discovery. Who knows, maybe you write such compelling crime thrillers because, in a past life, you were Clyde Barrow, or your love of the English Regency Era has a lot to do with your past-life friendship with Beau Brummell. In any event — buckle up and come along for the ride!

9:00 -10:00 p.m.

Room 1 –I’VE GOT YOUR NUMBER! with Charlotte Hubbard
Does your hero require constant variety? Is your heroine so able to see both sides of a story she seems indecisive? Perfect examples of a 5 and a 2 lifepath! Charlotte puts you on the fast track to numerology, both to concoct interesting characters AND to figure, from a character’s name and/or birth date, what sort of person he/she is likely to be (this simple system is a fast way to analyze your friends, too!). Take-home charts and personality keys provided!

Room 2 – PAST LIFE REGRESSIONS, Melinda Haynes (cont.)

Friday Evening, October 8

8:00-9:00 p.m.

Room 1– GET CRAZY CREATIVE WITH STORY COMPASS© with Melinda Haynes
Find new direction and get your story on track with Melinda’s “crazy-fun” process that will shake up your perspective and encourage you to experiment with new ways of combining the elements of fiction–plot, characterization, setting and theme—into totally unpredictable stories. You might even be inspired to get crazy-fun creative with your own personal story and discover a new one in the process. STORY COMPASS© tool provided for practice and fun.

Room 2 –COLLAGING FOR FUN AND PROFIT with Charlotte Hubbard
Supplies like glue stix, scissors, folders etc. as well as a vast array of magazines/pages will be available for you–but PLEASE bring any magazines you have, too. Even doo-dads from your crafting closet, like beads, ribbon, trims, stickers–you name it–might inspire someone! Charlotte says: “New to collaging? I’m here to help! I’ve seen collage participants come up with entire plots in an hour of picture-gazing, and I’ve seen some find THE ANSWER to the plot point/character detail that had been stalling their story.

9:00-10:00 p.m.

Room 1–WHAT’S IN A NAME? WOULD A WRITER BY ANY OTHER NAME BE MORE PRODUCTIVE? with Lisa Wanttaja

As authors, we’re all used to using numerous sources to choose character names based on their meanings, but what about our own names? Names have power, and learning the meanings and symbology of our own names can unlock clues to our work styles, gifts, and challenges, leading to greater creativity and enhanced motivation. Join Lisa in an interactive workshop that uses traditional name meanings, numerology and runic symbols to find the deeper significance of your name, gives you tools for selecting a pseudonym and new techniques for creating effective characters.

Room 2– COLLAGING (cont.) (Note: the collaging area will be open the entire conference…come in and work/play as you care to!)

Check the Conference pages at www.ninc.com for more details. And if you haven’t yet signed up for our conference, WHY NOT???!

Click the conference logo on our home page, sign up for a room, and be Where It’s Happening!

2 comments

  1. I’m so excited about this conference!

  2. There’s a lot here to get excited about, Laura! Great hotel, speakers like you can’t find elsewhere–and of course, time to play at night, too! Thanks for chiming in!