Master Classes at UTOPiAcon are a way for writers to dig deeper into craft and career than the regular panel sessions can provide. These limited-seating, two-hour workshops are led by industry leaders and are offered at an additional fee.

You do NOT have to have a ticket to UTOPiAcon to register for a spot in a Master Class. If you do have a ticket to UTOPiAcon, you will still need to secure your spot in the class by registering and paying an additional fee.

Please register at the bottom of the page or on our Eventbrite site:

Thursday, June 22, 2017 :: 4 PM


cjredwine2.mdHow do you take your manuscript from rough draft to polished and publication-ready?
New York Times bestselling author of THE SHADOW QUEEN, C.J. Redwine will teach writers how to:

  • target pacing
  • character development
  • conflict arcs
  • prose

…and more in an organized, methodical approach that will make even the most challenging revisions absolutely doable to help you set your work apart from the pack.

C.J. Redwine is a New York Times bestselling author with over a decade of experience critiquing manuscripts and teaching the craft of writing, editing, querying, and marketing novels. She combines the insight of a commercially successful author with the expertise of a trained educator to help writers gain the tools necessary to bring their craft to the next level. She is also author of the ebook: QUERY: Everything You Need to Get Started, Get Noticed, and Get Signed.


 Friday, June 23, 2017 :: 10:30 AM


savethecatEver since Blake Snyder’s crowd-pleasing presentation at a writing conference in 2008, authors have used his Save the Cat!® story structure method to create engaging stories, compelling character arcs, and captivating novels.

Blake’s 15 “beats” (or plot points) are the key elements that give your story a strong “spine” and create a transformative journey for your protagonist. The beats can be used to turn a new story idea into a complete outline, fix broken plotlines, and more.

Since Blake’s passing in 2009, his Development Director, Jose Silerio, has continued to teach the Save the Cat! Beat Sheet method to screenwriters and novelists around the world.


Jose Silerio

José Silerio, a screenwriter who served as Blake Snyder’s Development Director. José has been integral to the success of Blake’s workshops and classes as he worked alongside Blake schooling writers in the Cat! method.

José is my right-hand man when it comes to script consultations.”– Blake Snyder, Save the Cat!® Strikes Back – More Trouble for Writers to Get Into… and Out Of.