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Thursday May 1 

12:00 Registration Opens

2:00 – 4:00

Session 1 – Crafting Killer Query Letters – Jennifer Sander/Paul S. Levine, Nephele Tempest, Pooja Menon, Moderator:  Merilee Marsh

5:00 – 7:00 No-host Reception

7:00 – 8:00 Ciji Ware Join your friends for First Thursday at Rediscovered Books and listen to an amazing and entertaining author.

Friday, May 2

8:00 Registration Opens

9:00 – 10:00 Opening Session - Doug Copsey, VIP Welcome – TBD Guest speaker,  Alan Heathcock

10:15 – 11:30

Session 1: Agents Panel – How to go from Fingers on the Keyboard to Dollars in the Bank – Paul S. Levine, Nephele Tempest, Pooja Menon.

11:45 – 1:15 Lunch with a presenter or on your own

1:15 – 2:15

Session 1: Self-Publishing 101 – AK Turner This workshop will walk you  through the basics of self-publishing, including formatting, cover, design, editing, production, Ebooks vs. paperbacks, pricing, promotion, sales channels and management.

Session 2: Fact vs. Fiction; Getting it Right Even if You Make it Up – Ciji Ware

2:30 – 3:30

Session 1: Could Hemingway Get A Book Deal In Our Time: A Look At Publishing Past to Understand the Publishing Future - Jennifer Sander

Session 2: The First Principles of Literary Non-Fiction – Ron Powers

One on One Agents, Editors, or marketing session with Christy Hovey

3:45 – 4:45

Session 1: Maximizing Book Sales – Joanne Pence

Session 2: Writing for the Young Adult/New Adult Market – Sarah Tregay

One on One Agents, Editors, or marketing session with Christy Hovey

5:00 – 6:00 Open Mic Merilee Marsh, Moderator

7:00 – 8:00 Reading – Daniel Orozco (Centre Auditorium)

Saturday, May 3

8:00 Registration Opens

9:00 – 10:15

Session 1: Editor Panel – Working the Words & More - Elizabeth Day, Stacy Ennis

Session 2: Increase Your Income and Your Skills Writing for Magazines - Kitty Fleischman, Karleen Andreson Cheryl Richard Moderater: Christy Hovey

Session 3: Theme & Conflict – Key elements in any novel – Ciji Ware

10:30 – 11:30

Session 1: Form & Structure – How Long Is A Short Story? – Daniel Orozco  A short story can capture the experience of one singular   moment, much as a poem does, or span the experience of several generations or more.  While the short story can encompass all such sundry and various narrative forms, it must always present certain narrative elements for it to be called a “short story.” We’ll engage these essential elements of short story craft, going back to basics via a discussion of story form and structure.

Session 2: Humor:  Easier Said Than Written – AK Turner Learn why some humor works in print and other jokes fall flat. This workshop will highlight key elements of comedy in print and how to make your scene sing (or chuckle), as well as cover the warning signs of funny failure and when to reach for the red pen.

Session 3:

First Impressions: The Importance of Cover & Book Design - Sarah Tregay Discuss cover design from two perspectives: as an  author working with a “Big 5” publisher and as a  graphic designer creating books for small presses and independent authors. She will also share tips on finding the right cover for your book and creating welcoming interior layout. 

11:30 – 1:00 Lunch with a presenter or on your own

1:00 – 2:00

Session 1: Marketing Your Book and Yourself – Christy Hovey In this session you will learn how to create a marketing strategy to successfully launch your book. From getting book reviews to setting up your author profile page, you will learn everything you need to become a super-star marketer. 

Session 2: What Writers Today Can Learn From Mark Twain – The Power of Place – Ron Powers

2:15 – 3:15

Session 1: Film Panel - Mitch Wieland, Steve Kirwan, Clay Morgan

Moderator: Clay Morgan

Session 2: Advanced Self-Publishing – Joanne Pence

One on One Editors, Agents, Christy Hovey, or Sarah Tregay

3:30 – 4:30

Session 1: Powerful Proposals:  Writing A Successful Non-Fiction Book Proposal Jennifer Sander and Elaine Ambrose Why would anyone want to read your manuscript? What is your competition?  How will you help market your book?  What are your credentials?  Learn the answers to these and more questions as two professional authors provide the   proven guidelines for packaging a creative and dynamic book proposal that refuses to languish in the slush pile. 

Session 2: Plot and structure design: Screenwriting Techniques for Novelists – Mitch Wieland How the three-act structure and hero’s journey can provide the framework for a novel, and how scenes, sequences, and acts are used to build forward-drive and complicating progression in a narrative. 

One on One Agents, Editors, Christy Hovey, or Sarah Tregay

6:00 – 10:00 Awards Banquet

Keynote – Ron Powers


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