2022 Schedule

THURSDAY EVENING, September 22, 2022, CHECK-IN @ 6:30 PM

7:00 – 9:00                  I Finished the Book! Now What?—John G. Hartness

7:00 – 9:00                  How to Pitch Agents, Editors, and Publishers—M.M. Finck

7:00 – 9:00                  Point of View and Voice—David B. Coe

7:00 – 9:00                  Using Archetypes to Create Characters and V is for Villain—Cate Hart

 

9:00 – 10:00                Meet and Greet Happy Hour in Blue Bar

 

FRIDAY, September 24, 2021

7:30 – 8:30 AM           Check-in/Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 9:45                    Welcome/First 10 lines critique session

9:45 – 10:15                 Keynote Address by Edmund R. Schubert

10:15 – 10:30               Contest Awards

 

10:45 – 12:15              Character Development and Arc—David B. Coe

10:45 – 12:15              How to Perfect Your Query—M.M. Finck

10:45 – 12:15              (Screenplays) Audience (aka: Who cares ?)—Kevin Richmond

10:45 – 12:15              Big, Medium, Small, or Self: What’s the Right Publishing Option for You?—Edmund R. Schubert

10:45 – 12:15              From Query to Contract: Becoming a Paid Magazine Writer—Ann Eichenmuller

10:45 – 12:15              (Poetry) Page to Stage—Jorge Mendez

 

12:15 – 1:15                 Lunch Buffet

 

1:25 – 2:25                  Publishing – 10 Things I Hate About You(r Book)—John G. Hartness

1:25 – 2:25                  How to Eliminate Distant Characters and Talking Heads Syndrome from Your Writing—Kelly Thomas

1:25 – 2:25                  Who Needs an Editor?—John Robert Mack

1:25 – 2:25                  (Screenplays) Telling a Story (aka: What's going on ?)—Kevin Richmond

1:25 – 2:25                  Where to Begin: How to Write Your Memoir—Ann Eichenmuller

1:25 – 2:25                   (Poetry) Small but Mighty: Using Caesura, or Silence in Your Work—Kelly Morse

 

2:35 – 3:35                   Making Book Marketing Fun—Wendy H. Jones

2:35 – 3:35                   Building Big From Small: A View of Novellas-In-Flash, Flash Novels, and Micro Novels—Ran Walker

2:35 – 3:35                  TROPE TALK: How to Use - and Not Use - Tropes—M. M. Finck

2:35 – 3:35                  A Thin Line Between Fact and Fantasy: Differences and Similarities Between Historical Fiction and Historical Fantasy—Nicole  Glover

2:35 – 3:35                  Harness Your Muse—John Robert Mack

2:35 – 3:35                  The Poetic Form of the Ghazal—Jorge Mendez

 

3:45 – 4:45                  Effective Public Speaking for Writers—Wendy H. Jones

3:45 – 4:45                  Holding Up a Microscope to Your Fiction: Microfiction and the 100-Word Story—Ran Walker

3:45 – 4:45                  Talk to Me: Lessons from a Playwright on How to Create Dialog that Works—John Robert Mack

3:45 – 4:45                  Realism in My Fantasy Novel: What Are We Saying When We Want SFF Stories to be Realistic—Nicole Glover

3:45 – 4:45                  Notes from Behind the Editor’s Desk—Edmund R. Schubert

3:45 – 4:45                  Unwritten Contract: Structuring Poems So That They Elicit Trust and Intrigue in a Reader—Kelly Morse

 

5 – 6:30                         Networking Social/Silent Auction Fundraiser; heavy hors d'oeuvres served

7 – 9:00 PM                 Open Mic

 

SATURDAY, September 25, 2021

7:30 – 8:30 AM           Check-in/Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 9:45                    Welcome/First 10 lines critique session

9:45 – 10:15                 Keynote Address by Wendy H. Jones

10:15 – 10:30               Readings of first pages of first place winners

 

10:45 – 11:45              How to Hook and Hold a Reader—John G. Hartness

10:45 – 11:45              I Wrote It. Now What Did I Write?—M. M. Finck

10:45 – 11:45              How to Create an Effective One-Page Synopsis—Kelly Thomas

10:45 – 11:45              Business Terms Every Writer Should Know—Edmund R. Schubert

10:45 – 11:45              Using Old Stories to Create New Stories (Mining the Public Domain…and Beyond)—Ran Walker

10:45 – 11:45              One Man Band: Using the Five Principles of Music in Poetry—Kelly Morse

 

11:45 – 12:45               Lunch Buffet

 

12:55 – 1:55                Having Fun With Research—Wendy H. Jones

12:55 – 1:55                Tips for Bettering Your Chances of Winning a Writing Contest—Ran Walker

12:55 – 1:55                Eliminating the Excuses—John Robert Mack

12:55 – 1:55                Loglines, Hook Lines, and Pitches, Oh My!—M.M. Finck

12:55 – 1:55                Retold Over and Over: The Appeal of Retelling Old Stories with a Twist—Nicole Glover

12:55 – 1:55                Poetry is a Defense Mechanism—Jorge Mendez

 

2:05 – 3:05                  Three Acts, Saving Cats, Chekhov’s Rifle, and How to Build a Novel from Scratch—John G. Hartness

2:05 – 3:05                  (Screenplays) Developing Functional Characters (aka: Who are you ?)—Kevin Richmond

2:05 – 3:05                  What’s My Genre?—Cate Hart

2:05 – 3:05                  The Essentials of World Building—David B. Coe

2:05 – 3:05                  Showing, Not Telling: How to Move Your Narrative Forward Without Putting Your Reader to Sleep—Ann Eichenmuller

2:05 – 3:05                  Little Rooms: How to Make the Most of Stanzas—Kelly Morse

 

3:15 – 4:15                  First Pages Pitfalls—Cate Hart

3:15 – 4:15                  The Neuroscience of Story—Edmund R. Schubert

3:15 – 4:15                  Creating the Fictional Dream—John Robert Mack

3:15 – 4:15                   Putting Hollywood into Your Stories: How Analyzing Movies Can Help Your Writing—Jonathan Rosen

3:15 – 4:15                  You Have to Outline and Other Hard Truths about Writing—Nicole Glover

3:15 – 4:15                  Horror in “Poe”try—Jorge Mendez

 

4:25 – 5:25                  Philosophy and Story—Edmund R. Schubert

4:25 – 5:25                  Pacing and Narrative Arc—David B. Coe

4:25 – 5:25                  So, You Want to Write Nonfiction?—Wendy H. Jones

4:25 – 5:25                  Maintaining the Fictional Dream—John Robert Mack

4:25 – 5:25                  Creating Dynamic Characters—Ann Eichenmuller

4:25 – 5:25                  The Poetry of Rap Music—Jorge Mendez