Track/Presenter Workshop Location Description


Andrea Chmelik

Dayna Bennett Davis 

Never Give Up. Tips For The Writing You Do Everyday. Perseverance For The New Writer Room 6306 A rare chance to learn from the best team of social writers. The Dream Team will share all the tools, skills, and mindset you need to start and sustain your writing career. Instruction includes tricks and tips to keep writing, social media tips, and different ways to get your best prose out into the world.


Eldonna Edwards

The Hook: Make a Promise to Your Readers (and keep it!) 

Room 6304

No matter how beautiful your cover or how wonderful your story, you only have about twenty seconds between the time a reader picks up your book and decides whether to purchase it. In this hands-on workshop, we’ll test your opening and offer ways to improve it. Eldonna will also discuss how to deliver on the promise you made on that critical first page.


Novel Writing

Jason Pinter

It's a Mystery  Room 5401 Writing and publishing crime fiction, and how readers’ tastes and the market has changed


Sara Roahen

Making Recipes and Cookbooks Matter in a Blog-Eat-Blog World  Room 6302 These days we can Google-search even the most obscure recipe, and within seconds, the world is our cookbook. What’s the point anymore of printed cookbooks? Why would your recipe matter in this bottomless ocean of freebies? As a cookbook editor and frequent recipe consumer, I believe there’s more need than ever for artfully written-and-presented recipes and cookbooks with meaning. Let’s talk about that, as well as the pros and cons of the recipe blog.


Lisa Coffman

Disruptor Poem  Room 6301 This workshop considers the vital and tricky practice of disrupting expertise when we write—of setting aside rules and ruses and even successes in order to reach the next poem. The session will include exercises to make writing jump track and head toward uncharted territory. We’ll look at inspiring work by Ross Gay, Mary Ann McFadden, and Dian Sousa along the way. 

Young Adult and Childrens

Diane Auten 

How to Sell Books on Twitter  Room 6303 As writers, we have all heard, "You need to grow your platform," but many of us don't exactly know HOW to grow our platform. In this session, Diane will discuss how to use Twitter effectively to grow your platform. She will cover what kinds of things you should be tweeting about, which times of day are most effective to tweet, how to "borrow" another person's platform, how to meet and connect with other writers and influencers on Twitter, and the logistics of maximizing your Twitter account. If possible, please sign up for a Twitter account before attending the session, as we may access Twitter during the class. 


Chantelle Aimée Osman

 Perfecting Your Pitch and Query Letter Room 6307 Learn how to write (and deliver) the perfect elevator pitch. Most authors know how to write—until it comes to writing about themselves. We’ll go over the key points with both in-person and in-writing pitches and how to make yourself and your work attractive from the word go.

Writing for the Screen

Linda Aronson

New Structures for New Audiences: Nonlinear, flashback and multiple protagonist storytelling   - Pt. 1  Room 7120 Do you have a great story that just won’t work in the traditional one-hero, three-act structure? Linda Aronson's internationally-acclaimed master class explains how writers can construct scripts that don’t fit the conventional linear, chronological one-hero three-act model, and instead use nonlinearity, flashback, and Pulp-Fiction style multiple fractured storylines. She shows how films like Pulp Fiction, Memento, Inception, Atonement, 21 Grams and many more all work to patterns based on multiplying, fracturing, and reconstructing multiple three-act structure stories in very specific ways.

Publishing and Agents

Brenda Knight

How Publishers Think and How Best to Pitch Them  Room 6305 As everyone probably knows, you or your agent needs to get your book or proposal into the hands of an interested editor; that’s the first hurdle. A well-crafted proposal, an agent with good relationships, and choosing the right editors to approach are the first steps. What most would-be authors don’t know is that the editor has to turn around and sell you to an editorial board. The sales management, more often than not, makes the decisions.  If sales and marketing think they can sell your book, then you’ve got a wonderful chance of getting published.