Track Presenter Workshop
BEGINNING Andrea Chmelik & Dayna Bennett  It's Not Easy Being Green: Fake It Til You Make It
You're never too old or too young to start writing, and you don’t have to be a NYT bestselling author to be successful (although one day you might be just that...if you keep going!) In this class, two optimists who never quit will explain why your voice matters, why your story needs to be told, and why you should never give up on your dream. You ARE a writer, and your audience is waiting for you!
NOVEL Danny Manus  Writing For The YA/Teen Audience
The YA/Teen audience is a hard nut to crack. This class discusses the seven necessary elements of every successful teen project and why you must include them. We’ll go through how to choose your protagonist and know your exact demographic; how to create dialogue that feels genuine; how relatable themes, stakes, and dilemmas drive story; the difference between inspirational and aspirational in teen films; and what types of teen stories are driving the marketplace today. Plus, do you HAVE to write the book first? We’ll examine teen hits, the YA Book-to-Film market, as well as two teen films I helped develop to make sure your stories are snapchat-worthy and get TikTok famous.  
SCREENWRITING Jeanne Veillette Bowerman  Writing Your First Script
Discover what Hollywood is looking for in a story and writer, how this complicated industry works, as well as essential techniques that grab a producer's attention and make the execution of your story as good as the hook, all while taking the audience on an emotional ride. Learn how a film's story structure relates to character development, increasing your odds of attracting actors. Understanding screenwriting is essential for novelists, too. After all, most of us want to see our books on the big screen. If you structure your novel like a movie, it just might happen! Bonus: You'll walk away with an in-depth structure handout! 
POETRY Luke Johnson & Dare Williams  The Decapitated I: Discovering Yourself Through The Eyes of Others

Come prepared and excited to write, read, and discuss the functionality of the “I” narrative poem, both as a function of confession and affirmation. We’ll discuss the persona poem, confessional poem, and the difference between truth and honesty in our work. 

BUSINESS John & Fauzia Burke  Author Websites The Easy Way

It’s indisputable: All authors and small publishers must have their own mobile-friendly, professional looking website. It is, by far, the most important element of your marketing strategy. John and Fauzia Burke will take you through design, content, interactivity and functionality options for creating a successful and easy to maintain website. John has over 20 years of experience building author and publisher websites, including sites for Tom Clancy, Clive Cussler, Jonathan Kellerman, and Gail Godwin.

During the presentation you will learn about:

  • The various platforms for building a website
  • What you should know about domain names
  • What you should have on your website
  • How to integrate social media and a mailing list into your site
  • Bookselling and e-commerce
  • Marketing tools that help enhance a website
  • Search engine optimization
  • Pub Site, a new website platform developed just for books and authors