First Draft Friday: Conversations about author craft

A regular open house for the author community

Books by Authors A.I. authors
A few of the books by Authors A.I. authors.

By the Authors A.I. team

Welcome to First Draft Friday! We have a big team of authors here at Authors A.I. with lots of opinions to share — and we’d like to hear from you! So starting June 5, 2020, we’ll kick off an every-other-week online conversation on Facebook Live that’s open to all members of the author community.

Author Brett Battles
Cheers to all the aspiring and published authors in the house.

Rather than doing webinars, we think it’s better to be have a freewheeling back and forth. So we’ll do this as a live-stream on our public Facebook group at facebook.com/groups/authorsai — please join!

Some weeks we’ll have one or two of our startup’s founding authors serve as hosts.

Some weeks we’ll bring in a special guest who’s known to the author community. And some weeks we’ll bring in one of the independent book editors with whom we’ll be partnering.

Almost always, our focus will be on the craft of novel writing and storytelling.

There are a ton of sites that can help you with your book marketing, and we encourage you to learn the inside tricks of self-publishing. But there are few places devoted to writing craft.

So please return here and we’ll list upcoming events on topics such as narrative arc, pacing, character development, writing tips, whether the three-act structure applies to modern works — and lots more.

First Draft Friday events

FDF #1: What are your biggest writing challenges?

Date: June 5

Hosts: Romance author Alessandre Torre and historical romance author Cecelia Mecca

Topic: How two bestselling authors — and a new artificial intelligence — can help with your story craft. 

Here’s a 30-minute video of our kickoff First Draft Friday chat about author craft.

FDF #2: Nailing character development

Date: June 19

Host: Romance author Alessandre Torre 

Guest: Veteran editor/publisher Lou Aronica 

Topic: What fiction writers should think about in fleshing out their characters.  

Torre and Aronica discuss what goes into successful character development.  

FDF #3: Using A.I. to help with story beats

Date: Friday, July 3, 1 pm Eastern (10 am Pacific, 6 pm UK)

Details: James Rosone, a bestselling military thriller author, recently turned to writing a military sci-fi series. He’ll join Authors A.I. for a fast-paced conversation about how he’s using an artificial intelligence to help his storytelling at key parts of the rewrite process.

“This is the first time I’ve ever written a book using an A.I. tool, and I’ve found it’s helping me establish writer beats,” he says.

James Rosone
FDF #4: How A.I. can enhance  storytelling

Date: Friday, July 17, 1 pm Eastern (10 am Pacific, 6 pm UK)

Details: Matthew Jockers, PhD, co-author of The Bestseller Code and co-founder of Authors A.I., joins us for a discussion about how artificial intelligence can help authors enhance their storytelling and sell more books. Dr. Jockers is a pioneer in the applications of machine learning to the study of fiction. He is the creator of the pioneering A.I. tool Marlowe.

Matthew Jockers

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