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Fun at the Willamette Writers Conference 2016!

posted Aug 15, 2016, 11:17 AM by Jared Agard   [ updated Aug 15, 2016, 11:55 AM ]

It's almost like a crazy dream now that it's all over. The Willamette Writers Conference was such a blast this year! I went to some classes that really were helpful. I am especially excited to rework my action scenes after the incredible advice of Fonda Lee, author of Zero Boxer, on how to infuse action scenes with emotion to avoid the play-by-play feel.

I also pitched to two really wonderful agents who made the pitching process feel like a pleasant conversation about my projects. Thanks Jennifer Azantian and Emily Keyes! You were both fantastic!

And, of course, there was the thrill of being able to teach my own class. The Building a Middle-Grade Villain Workshop was so fun to teach. The attendees were excited and ready to engage, even right after lunch when the body's energies are usually less focused on processing thought and most focused on digestion. Ain't nobody got time fo dat! Time flew by and, before I knew it, time ran out. 

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Thanks again to all of my attendees, the agents, and the incredible teachers.