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Wednesday, June 19
8:15-9:30 Registration
8:30-9:15 First-timers Orientation: Getting the Most From the Conference—Letitia Suk
9:30-10:30 Opening General Session
Speaker—James Watkins—"Keeping Your Dreams Alive"
10:30-11:00 Break
11:00-12:15 Continuing Classes
  1. How to Get Published—Tim Shoemaker
    Learn to focus ideas, find markets, submit manuscripts in correct format, understand manuscript rights, write query letters, and more. Recommended for people who have not been published.
  2. Characterization: The Key to Great Fiction—DiAnn Mills
    Learn how great characters open the door to masterful storytelling and an unforgettable experience for your readers, whether you're writing novels or short stories.
  3. Zero to Book Deal—Bethany Jett
    Prerequisite: How to Get Published class or equivalent. Learn how to turn a few resources into publishing opportunities with magazines, radio shows, guest posts, and speaking engagements. Navigate the components of how to create fantastic nonfiction proposals, build publication credits, and leverage every opportunity and resource already in your arsenal.
  4. Writing for Children—Michelle Medlock Adams
    Explore the different types of children's books; markets for your stories, whether fiction or nonfiction; submission procedures for your manuscripts; and methods for marketing your published books.
  5. Correctly Handling the Word of God in Writing—James Watkins
    Learn tools to accurately present the true meaning of Scripture in your manuscripts, as well as tips for reaching the general market with God's truth, taught by an ordained minister who has won nine industry awards in using God's Word in both the Christian and general markets.
  6. Advanced Career Track—Allie Pleiter
    Prerequisite: one book published or under contract or at least 75 published manuscripts, not counting reprints. Today's author is much closer to a small business than an artist. A successful career as a published author often requires a multidisciplinary approach, weaving together books, classes, online content, freelance work, and other income streams. Learn how to build your business without sacrificing the quality of your writing and expand your reach without burning out.
12:15-1:45 Lunch and Free Time
1:45-3:00 Panel: Magazine, Newsletter, and Website Editors
3:30-4:30 Electives
  1. Self-editing for Fiction Writers—Marianne Hering
  2. The Art of Memoir Writing—Carol Traver
  3. Preparing for Appointments With Editors and Agents—Cindy Sproles
  4. Five Tips for Selling Magazine Articles—Dan Brownell
  5. Author-Editor Relationships—Ginger Kolbaba
  6. How to Survive the Changing Publishing World—Caroline George
4:30-6:30 Free Time and Dinner
6:30-8:00 General Session
Worship—Michelle Rayburn and Cynthia Ruchti
Speaker—Tim Shoemaker
8:15-9:45 Manuscript Critique Groups
 
Thursday, June 20
8:15-9:00 Registration
8:30-8:55 Worship and Devotions—Michelle Rayburn and Cynthia Ruchti
9:00-10:15 Panel: Specialty and Independent Publishing Editors
10:15-10:45 Break
10:45-12:00 Continuing Classes (see Wednesday)
12:00-1:30 Lunch and Free Time
1:30-2:30 Electives
  1. Everyone Isn't Your Audience: Identifying Target Readers—Catherine DeVries
  2. Structuring Articles and Nonfiction Book Chapters—Ginger Kolbaba
  3. Five Essentials for Every Manuscript Submission—Debra L. Butterfield
  4. Essential Elements of a Great Book Propopsal—Andy Rogers
  5. Making Your Way Through the Indie (Self) Publishing Jungle—Athena Dean Holtz
  6. Contract vs. Rejection: How to Sell Your Book to a Publisher—Cyle Young
2:30-3:00 Break
3:00-4:00 Electives
  1. Copyediting for Nonfiction Writers—Marianne Hering
  2. Understanding and Writing for Fiction Genres—Karin Beery
  3. Improve Your Visibility on Facebook and Twitter—Cyle Young
  4. Don't Give Up: Help for Completing Your Writing Projects—Rochelle Melander
  5. Marketing Strategies for Indie (Self) Publishing—Athena Dean Holtz
  6. Panel: Literary Agents
4:00-6:30 Free Time and Dinner
4:15-5:15 Manuscript Critique Groups
6:30-8:00 General Session
Worship—Michelle Rayburn and Cynthia Ruchti
Speaker—Tim Shoemaker
8:15-9:45 Manuscript Critique Groups and Manuscript Makeovers Group Session
 
Friday, June 21
8:15-9:00 Registration
8:30-8:55 Worship and Devotions—Michelle Rayburn and Cynthia Ruchti
9:00-10:15 Panel: Book Editors
10:15-10:45 Break
10:45-12:00 Continuing Classes (see Wednesday)
12:00-1:30 Lunch and Free Time
1:30-2:30 Electives
  1. Using Fiction Elements to Enliven Nonfiction—Cynthia Ruchti
  2. Writing Puzzles That Sell—Stephen O'Rear
  3. Grow Your Social-media Platform—Michelle Rayburn
  4. Developing Your Brand—Caroline George
  5. Everyone Has a Story: How Will You Tell Yours?—David Bennett
  6. Finding the Right Fit With a Publisher—Catherine DeVries
2:30-3:00 Break
3:00-4:00/b> Electives
  1. Inspired Writing That Inspires Readers—David Bennett
  2. Writing Devotionals That Sell—Cindy Sproles
  3. Writing Realistic Dialogue—Rowena Kuo
  4. Developing Your Email List for Marketing—Debra L. Butterfield
  5. The Gift of Failure—and What to Do With It—Karin Beery
  6. Digital Advertising for Writers and Speakers—Michelle Rayburn
4:00-6:00 Free Time
4:15-5:15 Manuscript Critique Groups
6:00-8:30 Banquet
Speaker—Bethany Jett—"Grace Under Pressure"
 
Saturday, June 22
8:15-9:00 Registration
8:30-9:00 Worship and Devotions—Michelle Rayburn and Cynthia Ruchti
9:15-10:30 Continuing Classes (see Wednesday)
10:30-11:00 Break
11:00-12:00 General Session
Speaker—Tim Shoemaker
12:00-1:00 Lunch
 
 

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