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Nicole will be at the Pacific Northwest Writers' Association 2017 Conference, teaching a class for the fantasy track.
"When it comes to writing fantasy, world building is a common point of discussion. How can we write unique, vivid, and magical worlds with authenticity? How can we avoid the dreaded info dump while maintaining believability? Often forgotten in these discussions are our main characters—which is a shame, since it is through our characters that the reader experiences our fantastic worlds. In this class, we’ll discuss how character development can improve our world building. We’ll go over the elements of solid world building through the lens of our characters, coming away with the tools needed to write compelling characters and the striking worlds in which they live."
Nicole will teach two classes at this year's Rivers of Ink conference:
Self-Editing: The Focused Draft Approach – Nicole J. Persun
Editing your messy first draft can feel daunting, especially if you don’t know where to start. Perhaps you’re afraid you’ll miss something, or maybe you’re worried about over-editing. In this class, I’ll address your self-editing concerns and walk you through how to edit through a series of focused drafts. By tackling different areas of craft—such as plot, character, setting, pacing, word choice, and more—separately, you’ll stay organized and productive without overworking the passionate prose of your first draft. Attendees will come away with the tools needed to edit confidently and effectively.
How to Successfully Break the Rules of Fiction – Nicole J. Persun and Terry Persun
There are many writing “rules,” from “show don’t tell” to “don’t use adverbs.” In this popular session, we’ll discuss 1) common rules of fiction 2) their deeper meaning 3) examples from bestselling fiction where the rules are broken and 4) how you can successfully break the rules, too.
Nicole is teaching her popular class, "Where Character Development Meets Setting" at the upcoming Rivers of Ink Conference. Read her class description below.
"When establishing setting, we often look to add detail—but description can slow the pace, interrupt the action, and add unnecessary bulk. By viewing setting through the character’s eyes, we can add descriptive and emotional depth, deepening both setting and character in order to make the narrative more dynamic."
Nicole is teaching a fun, intensive class on character development at the world headquarters of the Pacific Northwest Writers' Association: The Writer's Cottage in Issaquah!
"Characters are the basis of story, but how we develop them depends on who they are and the role they play. How do you keep a heroic character interesting? how do you write an anti-hero worth rooting for? How do you add dimension to your villains? And what about those characters who refuse to change? When it comes to character development, each of these characters need a different approach. In this class, we will learn about the different kinds of main characters: how to tell them apart, how to realistically develop them, and how to make them jump off the page and into the hearts of your readers."
Nicole will be attending and speaking at the Pacific Northwest Writers' Association 2016 Conference. She is on the board of the PNWA as Student Liaison and also acts as their social media manager. Class topics include character development, social media marketing for authors, and a panel on Amazon's Kindle Worlds. View the event on Facebook.
Nicole will be teaching a workshop at the upcoming Write On! Teen Writing Conference. For more information, visit their website.
Nicole will appear on the popular podcast, Blondie and the Brit!
"Where do you go next when you are offered a publishing contract with Booktrope while you're still in high school? Since then Nicole has published a string of award-winning novels. Nicole shares some great tips with us about her writing process, SEO optimization, Facebook and Twitter analytics, and how to effortlessly schedule social media posts through Facebook. Don't miss all this great information and her guidelines about breaking the rules of fiction."