Hey all, it is that time of year again. November rolls around, writers start NaNoWriMo, and there are conferences! Conferences everywhere. And this year, once again, I will be speaking at Fyrecon, virtually of course. While some conferences are in person this year, Fyrecon made the decision early on to be virtual at least for this year, and for good reason.

What that means for you is that you can attend from anywhere with no travel. Personally, I will be coming back from a conference in Vegas on November 12, and then jumping right into Fyrecon with seven (yes, that’s right, seven!) different presentations throughout the weekend.

Below, you can find my schedule, but you can find the whole thing (and register for the conference) by using the button below. Class times may change–so stay tuned as I’ll make changes to this post as things finalize.

Sub-Genres and Related Genres: Bridging Multiple Genres for Fun and Profit

Is there an element of mystery to your sci-fi story? Is romance a huge driver in your epic fantasy? Can comedy fit into nearly any genre? Adding more than one sub-genre can help you sell more books, but it can get you in trouble too. Find out what genre really means.

November 18, 4:00-4:50 p.m. (MDT)

Do You Gotta Have Faith?

Can you build a world without religion? Star Trek and Star Wars tried–sort of. But did they succeed? Can you have good and evil, right and wrong, with no religion as part of your world at all? Come explore “Losing my Religion” and writing an a-religious world.

November 19, 10-10:50 a.m. (MDT)

Troy Lambert Reading: From The Call of Karen

Written under a not-so-secret pen name, I’ll be reading from my humorous Lovecraftian horror/love story called The Call of Karen! There will be a special book offer for anyone who attends the session. Join me for some side-splitting laughter featuring the epitome of evil from two very different worlds.

November 19, 12:00-12:50 p.m. MDT

How to Plot if You’ve Never Plotted Before: A Workshop

Are you a discovery writer who has never plotted before? Well never fear! Help has arrived. In this workshop we will not only talk about how to start with a simple outline, you’ll leave class with your very first one. Bring your ideas and an open mind!

Some optional materials will be available for download before the class or at the time. Stay tuned for that link!

November 19, 2021 6:00-7:50 p.m. MDT

Primary and Secondary Sources

Do you know how to do research so you are SURE you get it right? From primary and secondary sources to how to verify the information you discover, we will explore it all in this in-depth class on advanced research techniques.

November 20, 10:00-10:50 a.m. MDT

3-to-1 Editing Session with Troy Lambert

Want to see how an editor works? Want to get a fresh look at your current project by a freelance editor? Join this special 3 on 1 session for insights into your project, some free advice and corrections, and a special offer for anyone who joins us! I look forward to seeing what you are working on!

November 20, 3-3:50 p.m. MDT

Goal, Motivation, Conflict, and Verbs (GCMV)

Goal, motivation, conflict, and verb all help you get to know your characters and how they interact with one another. How do you use them, and how can you make your characters deeper? We’ll build a character from start to finish, and talk about adding this to every element of your story.

November 20, 5:00-5:50 p.m. MDT

Beyond the Book: The End is the Beginning

Whether you are a self-publisher, a hybrid publisher, or you plan to query agents and editors, there is a lot of writing to do beyond the book. Come learn from a former acquisitions editor and hybrid author about all the writing you need to do after the end to go Beyond the Book.

November 21, 11-11:50 a.m. MDT

Finding Your Target Audience

Who is really interested in your books? Who will actually read and enjoy them? Are you really going to compare yourself to THAT writer (whoever that is in your genre)? Come learn about finding your audience, and making sure you reach them with your story.

November 21, 1-1:50 p.m. MDT