Special Notes:

  • The Friday evening entertainment and the Saturday evening awards banquet are open to attendees, even if they dine elsewhere.

  • Coffee and tea will be served throughout the day on Friday and Saturday.

  • Be sure to sign up at publisher’s row to pitch your book, and view the fantastic books available at the author’s tables!

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Thursday


Evening Activities:


3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Early Bird Session


Registration: 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Location: Hickory Room

Topic: Finding Your Inspiration with Tiffany Schofield

Description:
In this interactive workshop, Tiffany will show ways and places to find inspiration for your writing, as well as how famous authors found their inspiration. Come ready to share with the group how you find inspiration.


Starts At 6:30 PM

Welcome Reception


Location: Lobby

Description:
Snacks, naughty and nice punch!
Visit with old friends and make new friends!


Starts At 7:00 PM

Open Mic


Registration: 2:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Location: Hickory

Description:
Share with us what you have been working on since we last met.
Strict five (5) minute time limit!


Friday


Morning Sessions:


9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Welcome & Announcements


Location: The Woods

Please Note: Registration is open from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.


9:15 AM – 10:15 AM

Jodi Thomas


Location: The Woods

Topic: Charting Your Way Toward A Successful Career In Writing

Description:
Jodi will share the tools in her writing toolbox that has helped her achieve a successful writing career. Come ready to add to your writing toolbox in this inspiring workshop.


10:15 AM – 10:30 AM

Break Session


10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Jodi Thomas


Location: The Woods

Topic: Continuing, Charting Your Way Toward A Successful Career In Writing


11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Break For Lunch Session

Please Note: Lunch is on your own.


Breakout Sessions:


1:30 PM – 2:45 PM

Choose one breakout session:

Sharon Kizziah-Holmes


Location: Hickory

Topic: Manuscript Setup 101

Description:
Learn the basics of manuscript setup using Microsoft Word, Google Docs and OpenOffice. This will get your work ready for submission to publishers, agents, contests and more.


Marcia Preston


Location: Oak

Topic: Writing Killer Fiction

Description:
This session includes an explanation of crime fiction sub-genres, the difference between mystery and suspense, plus a modus operandi for the actual writing.


Linda O’Connell


Location: The Woods

Topic: Inspire with Your Stories

Description:
Inspirational stories warm our hearts and feed our souls. They are written not only by professional therapists, counselors and authors, but by everyday people.


2:45 PM – 3:00 PM

Session Break


3:00 PM – 4:15 PM

Choose one breakout session:

Meg Welch Dendler


Location: Hickory

Topic: Writing for Children

Description:
Meg will walk you through the dos and don’ts of writing for a young audience, including the different genres and age groups (covering birth through age eighteen) and the general guidelines for each level. While good writing and excellent storytelling is always at the core, writing stories for young readers holds specific challenges and its own set of rules. There will be plenty of time for questions, and Meg will share lists of resources and recommended reading to start you on your journey of writing specifically for children and young adults.


Casey W. Cowan


Location: Oak

Topic: The Literary Professional

Description:
Do you wonder if you have what it takes to be a professional, successful author? Are you considering pitching to an agent or publisher? Do you have any idea what to expect from the publishing process if you’re actually accepted? Casey Cowan, co-founder and President of Oghma Creative Media is here to answer all your questions and more with his workshop.


Amy Brewer


Location: The Woods

Topic: Creating an Engaging Social Media Platform

Description:
In this class, Amy will share:

  • The most essential social medias to use to create a well performing platform. How to anchor your platform with an author website.

  • Creating a Facebook author page and why it is important. How to get followers.

  • Creating a Twitter page, and why Twitter is still relevant. How to get followers.

  • Instagram why it is the fastest growing social media and how you can link it to your Facebook.

  • Using Harlequin romance RWA member Silver James as an example of how to successfully engage on a social media romance platform.


Evening Activities:


Opens at 5:30 PM

Happy Hour (Cash Bar)


6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Buffet Banquet


Starts At 7:30 PM

Entertainment


Location: Dining Room

We will have the pleasure of hearing John Chandler, Award Winning Singer/Songwriter, perform.
CD’s will be available at the event.

Please Note: Open to all attendees, even if they dine elsewhere.


Saturday


Morning Sessions:


9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Welcome & Announcements


Location: The Woods

Please Note: Registration is open from 8:00 am – 11:00 am.


9:15 aM – 10:15 AM

Jon Chandler


Location: The Woods

Topic: The Story Song - Where Literature and Music Meet

Description:
The pop music story song is a unique pairing of melodic and literary elements that serves to create an aural experience that is, by degrees, meaningful, wistful, wise, and often lovely. They can be categorized as the shortest of short stories but can be as emotionally striking as any words on paper. Utilizing lyrics to convey literary concepts while adding a melody that fits the emotion and construction of words is both difficult and rarely successful. But when such components are blended properly, songs like Eleanor Rigby, Ode to Billy Joe, I Hope You Dance, Papa Was a Rolling Stone, Galveston, and thousands of others are the result. The keynote will be interactive, exploring the role of the author/songwriter in bringing this combination of words and music to life. An overview of Americana Music- oriented themes and styles, along with pertinent songs will be examined, and attendees will be encouraged to participate in the creative process.


10:15 AM – 10:30 AM

Session Break


10:30 aM – 11:30 AM

Jon Chandler


Location: The Woods

Topic: Continuing, The Story Song - Where Literature and Music Meet


11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Break For Lunch Session

Please Note: Lunch is on your own.


Breakout Sessions:


1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Choose one breakout session:

Sharon Kizziah-Holmes


Location: Hickory

Topic: From the Big Five to Do it Yourself

Description:
Find out what publishing avenue could be the best for you. Study the difference between big traditional publishers, small traditional presses. vanity presses, self-publishing service providers, solely self-publishing and everything in between. We’ll cover all the bases.


Johnny D. Boggs


Location: Oak

Topic: The Short Story, From Developing An Idea To Getting The Story Published

Description:
It is the hardest form of prose to write. It’s also one of the toughest to get published. Yet writing short fiction can be the most rewarding. Here’s a course on writing a short story, from developing an idea (and a title), the dos and don’ts, and how to find a market.


Linda O’Connell


Location: The Woods

Topic: No Joke! Humor Writing Pays Off

Description:
Linda O’ Connell infuses her stories about everyday family life and situations with a healthy dose of laugh out loud humor. Experts claim laughter has health benefits. If you’ve ever laughed yourself silly, laughed until you’ve cried, or just laughed it off, you are aware laughter is good for your soul. Learn how to make a memorable impression using humor in your writing.


2:30 PM – 2:45 PM

Session Break


2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

Choose one breakout session:

Meg Welch Dendler


Location: Hickory

Topic: What If?

Description:
Spending time wondering “what-if” can transform a short story into a book series! This session will look at how to expand your ideas and bring depth and detail to your story, and hands-on work will be done to show how a simple idea can become grand--whether it’s a tale for children or adults.


Marcia Preston


Location: Oak

Topic: What Is Women’s Fiction and What Isn’t?

Description:
What’s the difference between romance fiction and women’s fiction? Where do literary novels written by women fit in? Join this session for a discussion of the kinds of books women read—and write.


Max McCoy


Location: The Woods

Topic: The Hero’s Journey

Description:
Discover the magic of mythic storytelling, from The Wizard of Oz to Stars Wars and beyond. We’ll use Joseph Campbell’s “The Hero’s Journey” to unlock the power of myth to provide theme and structure for your narrative. Applies to both fiction and creative nonfiction and is especially useful for aspiring screenwriters.


3:45 PM – 4:00 PM

Session Break


4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Panel

Location: The Woods

Topic: Ask Those Who Know


Evening Activities:


Opens at 6:00 PM

Happy Hour (Cash Bar)


6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Buffet Banquet


Starts At 7:30 PM

Awards