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2018 MN SCBWI Conference: Tell Me A Story. Paint Me A Dream – St. Paul, MN

September 22 @ 8:00 am - September 23 @ 5:00 pm

TWO full days of presentations, intensives, manuscript & portfolio reviews, and more! 

Saturday, 9/22/18 – 9:00 am–10:15 am
Upcycling Story with Sherri L. Smith
Have you ever seen a piece of furniture at a yard sale or on the side of the road and thought,
with a little paint and some new fabric, that could be beautiful? Have you ever heard a story
or a line of conversation that, with a little narrative elbow grease, would make a great book?
Sherri L. Smith talks about the art of upcycling life into engaging stories. With examples from
her own work, she’ll point out the best flea markets, yard sales, and tips on making those
underappreciated diamonds in the rough shine.

Sunday, 9/23/18  – 9:00 am – 11:30 am
The Little Engine that Should: Using Character Wants to Drive the Story with Sherri L. Smith
How many times have you started writing a great story and gotten bogged down in the middle?
How often have you chugged up that hill of rising action, only to lose steam? There’s nothing
wrong with your story idea. You just haven’t asked the big question: what does my protagonist
want? Character Want is the engine that drives the story forward. Without this key bit of information,
you can’t start the journey, throw believable obstacles in the way, build tension, or convince
your readers to root for your character’s success. Without a want, it’s hard to know what success
even means. In this workshop, we’ll examine character wants in film and fiction. We’ll also do
some hands-on exercises to help you excavate you characters’ deepest desires, so you can rev
that engine and get on with the story. Come with your protagonist in mind and be prepared to


September 22 @ 8:00 am
September 23 @ 5:00 pm
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