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JOIN US IN Dallas, Texas June 3-5, 2020!


Inkers Con Boot Camp was created for aspiring and debut authors. Its intensive curriculum is designed to give the knowledge, inspiration, and tools to write, publish and promote a debut novel!

Held in the three days preceding Inkers Con, Boot Camp is designed to be an intimate experience that will build friendships and connections among attendees and instructors. Taught by New York Times Bestseller Alessandra Torre and her team of editors, publicists, and marketers—attendees will have the chance for feedback on their plot, writing, and branding. The sessions will include plenty of time for questions, discussions and networking. In addition, there will be allocated time for campers to meet one-on-one with different editors to get feedback on writing samples and outlines. We will also provide online lessons with social media, newsletter setup, and your author website. 

Continue reading to see the full Boot Camp agenda.


*Agenda is subject to small changes, due to scheduling and attendee feedback.

Boot Campers should arrive with a book idea that they have thought out, with a basic knowledge of their characters and the events that will occur in the book. They should also have written a scene in the book, one approximately 2,000 words long.

Day 1: Wednesday, June 3 - Plot and Characters

9:15 – 10:00am: Welcome. Summary of boot camp events, introduction to team, and camper meet and greets.

10:00 – 11:00am: Your Story’s Arc and Timeline. We will discuss the elements of a great story, and how and when to unveil them. Campers will immediately put the lesson into action and place their own story on an arc.

11:20 – 12:30pm: Plotting for Novices. Learn different ways to outline your novel.

12:30pm - 1:15pm: Lunch

1:20 – 2:00pm: Tips and Secret Tools to help you during plotting.

2:00 - 2:45pm: Guided Break where boot campers will do a rough plot of their novel. Instructors will be on hand for feedback, advice, and questions.

2:45 – 4:00pm: Your Characters. Learn how to mentally build your characters, and then transfer them onto the pages. Teachings will include backstories, personality types, dialog, point-of-views and how to speak from inside your character’s head.

4:00pm – 4:30pm: Wrap-up and Q&A.

4:30 - 5:00pm - Editor Appointments 1 (Group 1 campers will meet with editors to review their rough plot)

5:15 - 5:45pm - Editor Appointments 2 (Group 2 campers will meet with editors to review their rough plot)


This evening, boot campers will use the editor feedback and day’s lessons to expand and improve their outline.

Day 2: Thursday, June 4 - Story-Telling and The Business of Being an Author

8:00 – 8:30am: Editor Appointments 1 (Group 1 campers will meet with editors to review their plot)

8:40 - 9:10am: Editor Appointments 2 (Group 2 campers will meet with editors to review their plot)

9:15 – 9:45am: Morning Q&A

10:00 – 10:50am: Traditional Publishing versus Self-Publishing : Honest Q&A with Alessandra Torre. Alessandra has five novels published with Hachette and Harlequin, and has self-published an additional eighteen novels.

11:00 – 12:00pm: Pseudonyms, Copyrights, and the Publishing Process.

12:00pm: Buffet lunch and break

1:00 – 2:45pm: Scenes, scenes and scenes! Now that you have an idea WHAT your story is about, we will teach you how to tell it. This lesson will break down small scale and large scale scenes, and teach you how fun (and easy!) it can be write a powerful scene. Also included – scene descriptions, pacing, and purpose. Includes break for campers to write a scene.

2:45 - 4:00pm: Let’s bring your characters to life! This lesson and exercise will help you with your character’s dialogue, descriptions and actions.

4:00 – 4:30pm: Workshop: Types of First Chapters and Which One You’ll Pick

4:30 – 5:00pm: Wrap-up, First Draft Discussions, and Q&A.

5:00 – 5:30pm: Editor Appointments 1 (Group 1 will meet with editors to review their writing sample)

5:45 - 6:15pm: Editor Appointments 2 (Group 2 will meet with editors to review their writing sample)

This evening, boot campers will write the first chapter in their novel!


Day 3: Friday, June 5 - Marketing and Editing Your Novel 

8:00 – 8:30am: Morning Q&A

8:30 – 9:30am: Most Common Mistakes You May Be Making. It’s easy to fall into bad habits if you don’t know what to look for. First drafts are supposed to be ugly, but this lesson will help guide you away from some painful missteps that might cause a reader to put down your book.

9:30 – 10:30am: Rewriting and Self-Editing Workshop. Learn how to edit and rewrite your novel. This lesson will discuss different drafts of your novel, working with an editor and beta readers, and what you should know about the process.

10:30 – 11:00am: Next Steps in Publishing. Building a team to help you. Timelines and to-do lists. Plus, the finances and cost-expectations on self-publishing.

11:00 – 12:00pm: Lunch and Discussion with Alessandra Torre.

Alessandra will share why most new books never get written, and stumbling blocks you may encounter. You’ll learn how to kill the fears inside you and write this first book!

12:00 – 12:30pm: Editor Appointments 1 (Group 1 campers will meet with editors to review their first chapter)

12:40 - 1:10pm: Editor Appointments 2 (Group 2 campers will meet with editors to review their plot)

1:15 – 2:00pm: Frank discussion and Q&A of your writing goals, motivations, and expectations.

2:00 – 3:30pm: Four decisions you need to make about your novel. Explanation of pricing and distribution options. What will be your brand? How to develop that brand with covers, message, and marketing.

3:30 – 4:30pm: How to market a debut novel when you don't have an audience yet.

4:30 – 5:00pm: Discussing your next steps and action plan. Recap of the boot camp events.

5:00 – 6:00pm: Open Q&A, Wrap-Up, and Boot Camp Graduation.

As part of their registration, Boot Camp Attendees will receive a ticket to Inkers Con Digital - and have one year’s access to all recordings, downloads, and content from the Inkers Con 2020 Weekend Conference!

Save your spot in the 2020 Boot Camp on June 3-5, 2019 in Dallas, Texas at the Hilton Plano by clicking one of the yellow payment buttons below!

Hotel rates are not included in your registration rates.

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Hilton Plano Granite Park

5805 Granite Parkway, Plano, Texas, 75024

The Hilton was chosen for Inkers Con 2019 because of its beautiful design, comfortable areas to relax and plenty of space for great conversations.

The Hilton offers:

  • Room Rate $160 plus taxes

  • Free guest room internet

  • An on-site restaurant, bar and morning coffee shop

  • Walking distance to Granite Park Boardwalk including five restaurants