Looking through my notes, I found several resources that were mentioned during the conference, so I thought I'd share them with you for this week's Friday Five.
Mentioned by Kate Messner during her keynote, "The Spectacular Power of Failure"
Excerpt from the book description: "Ryan Babineaux and John Krumboltz, psychologists, career counselors, and creators of the popular Stanford University course 'Fail Fast, Fail Often,' have come to a compelling conclusion: happy and successful people tend to spend less time planning and more time acting. They get out into the world, try new things, and make mistakes, and in doing so, they benefit from unexpected experiences and opportunities."
Recommended by Emma Dryden in her "A Few Good Resources" handout for the plot intensive
Excerpt from the book description: "When it comes to writing bestsellers, it's all about the plot. Trouble is, plot is where most writers fall down--but you don't have to be one of them. With this book, you'll learn how to create stories that build suspense, reveal character, and engage readers--one scene at a time."
Martha Alderson also has a corresponding blog, Plot Whisperer for Writers and Readers.
Recommended by Jane Friedman during her "Building an Author or Illustrator Platform" session: this video from Simon Sinek, "Start With Why"
Mentioned during Jill Santopolo's session "The Fundamentals of Plot"
Excerpt from the book description: "Best-selling exploration of world myth and the individual soul's development that has changed millions of lives and was the focus of the recent Bill Moyers special on PBS. In this book Campbell reveals the basis of the monomyth theory which deeply influences the mythologic and folkloric studies."
Another interesting book mentioned by Kate Messner during her "The Spectacular Power of Failure" speech
Excerpt from the book description: "Art & Fear explores the way art gets made, the reasons it often doesn't get made, and the nature of the difficulties that cause so many artists to give up along the way."
Kate also has a blog post about the conference weekend which contains numerous other resource links from her speech. It's not quite as good as being there, but it's a start.