UTOPiAcon Master Classes on Sale in January

Utopia Announcements, Craft, Master Class

January 1st was the first time we’d run a promotion on the Master Classes, and the response to that was so incredible we’ve decided to extend the offer of $17 off the Master Classes until the end of the month!

You do NOT have to have or buy a ticket to UTOPiAcon in order to take a Master Class. The classes, while located in the same hotel are separated from the main convention hall. If you do have a ticket to UTOPiAcon, you must still purchase a Master Class registration.

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.

Here are this year’s three Master Class options:

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.



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.



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. 


Friday, June 23, 2017 :: 2 PM


Novelistas.SaraAlanSusanKnudtenJointHeadshotAs active members of the writing community, The Novelistas Sara Alan and Susan Knudten, have seen the challenges many writers face trying to access genuine voice, dialogue and characters. Using tools from the world of improv, this dynamic workshop will help writers get out of their heads and into their bodies to play with and connect to their characters on a deeper, more authentic level.

We’ll be exploring how to:

 Be present and open to all possibilities

 Squash self-consciousness

 Experience what it’s like to be in your character’s body

 Learn non-traditional tips for busting through blocks

 See how many choices are possible and how your choices can heighten conflict (or not)

 Explore the objective correlative and notice how the right setting details enhance mood

and theme

 Create dialogue that is true to character yet still unexpected

 Develop stronger, more grounded characters

 Improve your ability to “see” the environments of your stories

 Write better scenes using the principles of: starting in the middle, heightening, making every word count, and choosing the right details

Have no fear if you’re an introvert—you won’t be put on the spot. But you will leave this workshop with new energy for your project and solid tools to help you bring a fresh perspective to your writing.


Master Classes are $17 off in January to ring in the new year right!!!

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