Track/Presenter Workshop Location Description


Catherine Ann Jones

 Heal Your Self With Writing Room 6306 Our lives may be determined less by past events than by the way we remember them. You are invited to come aboard this inner adventure that offers a step-by-step journey of discovery and re-visioning through focused journaling. Telling stories about our past through focused journaling can help change our perspectives to enable healing and empowerment. In this way, we are able to make meaning out of memory and put the past where it belongs - behind us. Healing and transformation are only possible through changing one's perspective from within. In this way, global healing takes place one individual, one tribe, at a time. What story are you living? How do you choose to remember your story?


Nadine Nettmann

Show vs Tell  Room 6304 They always say show don’t tell, but what exactly does that mean? We’ll go over specific examples and tips on how to show instead of tell to really bring the reader into your story.

Novel Writing

Bryan Young

Fast Fiction  Room 5401 Writing fiction on a deadline can be daunting, especially when you’re working toward multiple deadlines with multiple outlets. In “Fast Fiction,” we learn how to build quick idea springboards to launch our creativity for fiction of any length. It is suggested that a pen and paper or computer to write with are brought to this workshop, as there are interactive assignments.


Sam Horn

 How to Critique Our Own Work Room 6302 ...with an agent/editor's eye so we're creating and submitting copy that earns their attention and respect - and maybe even representation and a book deal.  The question isn't, "What do I want to say?" as much as it is "What hasn't the agent/editor seen that will get their eyebrows up? What is intriguing, relevant, salable? Is this crystal clear?  Does it make me want to turn the page and keep reading?"


Laure-Anne Bosselaar

You Readin’ to Me? 

Room 6301

At readings, have you sometimes been disappointed not by the work, but by the way it was read? In this interactive session, we’ll learn to bring our poems or prose to life by developing the ability to engage the public and allow our work to have maximum impact on the audience. With some easy but essential “tricks,” we’ll develop techniques that will help us get our work across fluently and appear confident and convincing at all times.   

Young Adult and Childrens

Wendelin Van Draanen

Keeping Hope in the Mail  Room 6303 How do you get your story from inspired beginning through the sagging middle to the end and onto an editor’s desk? Wendelin Van Draanen, award winning bestselling author of 35 traditionally published books, gives specific strategies for getting your story finished and circulating.


Natalie Obando-Desai

 How to Pitch Your Book Like a Pro Room 6307 Whether you’re looking to get an agent or looking to get media coverage for your book, the most important thing you need to know is how to pitch your book and yourself. This workshop will help you hone in on your pitching skills including your logline, premise, and what makes you the perfect person to tell this story. With over a decade’s experience in the competitive world of book publicity and successfully helping people land agents through workshops, Natalie helps authors find the best way to position their books and themselves.

Writing for the Screen

Doug Richardson

Intuitive Story Structure  Room 7120 It’s true. When it comes to storytelling, structure IS everything. And yet you still struggle with it. Did you know that story structure is within you? It is everywhere and in everything and right under your nose. Novelist and screenwriter Doug Richardson illustrates how structuring your story is already in your bag of tricks. You just need to know where to look.

Publishing and Agents

Andy Ross

Finding and Working with a Literary Agent. Room 6305 If you are seeking to get your book published, the first step is usually finding an agent to represent you. This class will lead you through the process of finding the right agent. We will discuss how to decide when your book is ready for submission, how to do research on agents, writing effective query letters, preparing book proposals that are convincing to agents and publishers, and describing the work of the agent in negotiating a contract. In the process, we will have a lot to say about the culture and business of publishing.