Track Presenter Workshop
BEGINNING Sara Roahen  You’re a Writer, Not a Therapist
Sometimes when we sit down to write stories lifted from our own lives, the remembering is overwhelming. Even positive memories can tax the emotions; living in our darker memories for a day—or more—of writing can be downright devastating. We’ve all heard the phrase, writing is therapy, and psychologists back that up with all kinds of research about the psycho-emotional benefits of putting words on a page. Why can it hurt so much, then, and what can we do about it? In this workshop, I will take the writing-is-therapy trope to task and offer an alternative viewpoint, with solutions. 
NOVEL Natalie Obando  Surviving & Thriving In The Book World

Careers in the book world are difficult to navigate and even more difficult to begin. Where do you start and what are the steps that you take to continue to thrive as a writer? This workshop teaches the nuts and bolts of what all writers need to know. From how to finish the work that you’ve started, to how to self-edit, to how to pitch and query yourself and your work to agents and publishers, and finally, do you self-publish, indie publish or traditionally publish? This course is an intensive dive into the deep end of the career of writing, so bring your coffee!

SCREENWRITING Jason Mirch  Could Your Book Be A Movie Or Series? How To Adapt, Pitch, And Sell A Script Based On Your Own IP
With critical and commercial successes of television series including Game of Thrones, The Handmaid's Tale, Big Little Lies, and The Witcher, and feature film franchises such as The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, and Jurassic Park, the entertainment industry is in constant search for the next great piece of IP that is ready for adaptation.  As authors, the challenge becomes how to position your pre-existing IP in the best position to be considered for adaptation.  In this workshop, Jason will discuss the current needs of studios and streamers, how to adapt a book into either a feature film or series, and how to position your IP so it has the best chance of success in a crowded market.  
NONFICTION Katya Cengel  Nonfiction, The Art Of Crafting True Stories Part II, Characters
One of the main components of crafting strong narrative non-fiction is developing characters. Yes, even though they are real people I call them characters, because in good narrative non-fiction that is how you should think of them. In this talk you will learn how to find and develop the characters that will make your nonfiction narrative read like a novel. We will cover everything from choosing a character who becomes a star (and then a fallen star), Jose Altuve, to learning how to include the complexities of a character – a murderer who also happens to be a good father. (You can take both courses in this series or just one). 
BUSINESS Maria Rogers  The Art Of Pitching: Build Up Your By-Lines
No matter the genre, editors (and therefore agents) appreciate submissions from writers who have a platform, a beat, or who have previously published material online or in print. This workshop focuses on how to find, craft, and pitch articles and ideas to media editors.