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37th Annual Writers Conference

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Schedule

Friday, May 4

Schedule of events
TimeEventLocation
3:30-4:30 p.m. Registration Freeman Center
4:30-6 p.m. Open Mic

You’ve been writing all year. Now is the time to share your words in front of a supportive audience. Readers must read their own work. Time is limited to five minutes. Sign up at the registration table to reserve your spot. Moderated by Michael Khandelwal of the Muse Writers Center.

Gaines Theatre
6:30-7:45 p.m. Keynote Panel: From Manuscript to Sales

You write your manuscript by yourself, but it takes a team to move your book to publication. These professionals will discuss the process of selling, editing and publicizing your book.

Mary Batten, moderator
Krista Soukup, publicist
Tess Callero, adult agent
Natalia Remis, children’s editor
Jennifer Mattson, children’s agent

Freeman Center 202
8-9:15 p.m. Evening Workshops

Hints for Polishing Your Fiction Submission – John Bray
Writing Nonfiction Imaginatively – Joe Jackson
Writing for the Screen – Matt Friedman

Descriptions below.

Freeman Center

Saturday, May 5

Schedule of events
TimeEventLocation
8:15-8:45 a.m. Registration Freeman Center
9-10:20 a.m. Morning Workshops

The Art of the Narrative – David Robbins
Writing Your Life – Sharon Dorsey
Writing for the Screen – Matt Friedman

Descriptions below.

Freeman Center
10:30-11:30 a.m. Keynote: Keeping It Real: The Challenges of Writing Realistic Fiction for Young Readers

Writing about difficult subjects can be challenging. O’Connor shares her experiences from 30 years of writing about sometimes difficult subjects in books for young readers.

Barbara O’Connor

Gaines Theatre
11:30-12:50 p.m. Book Sales and Signing Freeman Center
Noon-12:50 p.m. Lunch Freeman Center
1-2:20 p.m. Early Afternoon Workshops

Panel: From Manuscript to Sales – Mary Batten, Moderator
Writing Nonfiction Imaginatively – Joe Jackson
Hints for Polishing Your Fiction Submission – John Bray

Descriptions below.

Freeman Center
2:30-3:50 p.m. Late Afternoon Workshops

The Well-Stocked Revision Toolbox – Barbara O’Connor
The Art of the Narrative – David Robbins
Writing Letter Poetry – Ed Lull

Descriptions below.

Freeman Center
4 p.m. Announcement of Contest Winners and Closing Words
Collin Norman
Gaines Theatre