Registration opens Thursday , July
22nd at 8:00 a.m.
(Please note: the following schedule is subject to change.)
(Please note you do not need to register to any conference sessions, seating is first come first serve.)
One Day Novel Writing Seminar
York Times best-selling writer Bob Mayer for an all-day workshop on writing the
novel, beginning with the original idea and core conflict, developing plot and
character, working with point of view, and pulling everything together selling
your book and the business of writing.
This intensive workshop is included
in your registration fee. However, if you wish to ONLYattend the One Day Novel Writing Seminar, the cost is $150.00 for PNWA
members and $200.00 for non members.Click here for registration form.
9:00 – 9:50The
Original Idea – The Heart of Your Story and Key to selling Your Book
10:50Plot and Outline: The Events of
11:50Point Of View:The voice of Your Story
12:00 – 1:00Lunch Break (Bring your own lunch - Lunch is not provided)
1:00 – 1:50Characters:The People of Your Story
2:00 – 2:50Selling and Marketing Your Book
3:00 – 3:50The Current State and Future of the
Publishing Business for the Writer
4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
What Is A Book Doctor, and Why Do
You Need One?
A look at
what a book doctor is, and how book doctors fit into the broader spectrum of
the publishing industry.
Stay The Course
to stay the course with a book you know you’re supposed to write when doors
keep slamming shut in your face.
Pitching to Agents and Editors
Without Being Pushy
Conducting Investigative Research.
workshop will be geared toward non-fiction work, particularly journalistic
projects, but will be suitable also for the fiction writer who seeks greater
authenticity.The presenter, Bruce A.
Smith, is a freelance investigative reporter and is regularly published in the
Pierce County Dispatch, a weekly newspaper that covers the southern half of
Pierce County.The focus will be broad
and will cover strategies, protocols, resources and a do’s and don’t discussion
of investigating crimes, political maneuverings, and major financial
Keynote Speaker: Andre Dubus III
Reception with Agents and Editors,
8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
PNWA Annual Meeting
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
will give an overview of the kind of projects they are acquiring and the best
way to submit your project.A question
and answer period will be included.
10:30 a.m. – Noon
will give an overview of the kind of projects they are acquiring and the best
way to submit your project. A question and answer period will be included.
12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
Lunch and book signing with author Robert
1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Sex and Sensuality
workshop is about more than sex and chocolate. Megan Chance and C.C. Humphreys
discuss how to use description and world building to create images that
heighten atmosphere, character’s relationships, tension, emotion and setting
and immerse readers fully into story.
Humphreys and Megan Chance
Science Fiction and Fantasy
Zombies, Vampires and Werewovles,
follow the trends and when to start your own.
Roff, Joe Monti, Cherry Weiner, Laurie McLean
Children’s and Young Adult
Searching For Harry Potter:The Key Elements of Successful Middle-grade and Young Adult Fiction.
of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels, in not only the children’s book market,
but also in the adult market has made this an exciting time for middle-grade
and YA fiction.These novels are now
commanding unprecedented advances and receiving attention from both the
publishing and film industries.Laura
Rennert, a senior agent with Andrea Brown Literary Agency, provides an
insider’s view of the state of the market for middle-grade and YA fiction.She discusses current trends and reveals the
five crucial elements of commercially successful middle-grade and YA
fiction.Come gain an awareness of the
formal and conceptual tools at your disposal whether you are a first-time or a
well-published author, and discover the criteria for noteworthy middle-grade
and YA fiction.
Speaker: Laura J. Rennert
The Casual Game Industry: Writing
Opportunities for new and established authors.
James Patterson and Nora Roberts have in common?They are both involved with the emerging
Casual Game Industry.Cara Ely, an
award-winning producer and game designer, will discuss storytelling in games,
an overview of the games industry, what is a casual game, who is buying these
games, the authors currently represented in the industry and opportunities for
And You Thought You Were Finished –
Facing the Revision Decision.
workshop will address recognizing the role and value of a completed early
draft, evaluating major changes, such as changing point of view, eliminating
chapters, rewriting the beginning or the ending, switching from first to third
person, and changing from present to past tense.
Five local screenwriters and an
entertainment lawyer discuss ways to break into screenwriting.
Royce Buckingham, Pat White, Diane Mettler, Gano Lemoine, and Bill Schreiber.
How to Write an Irresistible
Non-fiction Book Proposal
Speaker: Rita Rosenkranz
3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
From Legal, Detective, Serial
Killer, Political and Medical Thrillers to the Cozy Mystery.
discuss the hits and misses.
Lawson, Kevin O’Brien, Bob Mayer, Lisa Gardner, Robert Dugoni and Penny Warner.
The Author-Agent Relationship: What
each party brings to the table.
You’ve finished your novel and are in search of an agent (or maybe you’ve even
found one!) Now what? Learn what makes (and breaks) a good business
relationship with your agent.Yes, it’s
about meeting deadlines, checking your spelling, and minding your manners, but
also much more.Come participate in this
lively and enlightening discussion so that when you find the right agent for
you, you’re ready to go.
Myths and Misconceptions About
Writing For Young Readers
Sensel, Deb Caletti, TBA.
World Building the Fantasy and
Science Fiction Novel
Funny You Should Write That.
has been called the most difficult genre to work in, and Gordon Kirkland has
mastered it.His award winning books
have all received critical acclaim, in part because he lets his readers laugh
with him and at him, and in turn, shows them the way to laugh at
themselves.In this workshop, Kirkland
will discuss the tools and methods for successful humor writing, and for
inserting comic relief into other genres.
Re-Inventing Yourself As A Writer
and How Your Agent Can Play A Role
Sheila Roberts and Lisa Hendrix
The Evolution of the Blues Poem and
tradition of the Blues is a touchstone of African American culture.It is said that music has transcendent
qualities.This lecture and discussion
will examine the progression of the Blues poem from Sterling Brown and Langston
Hughes to contemporary practitioners of the genre such as Kevin Young, Tyehimba
Jess, Honoree Jeffers, and A. Van Jordan.It will address such questions as; what is a blues poem, why do the
Afro-Formalists want to see it taught as part of the American canon, how much
does the literary form owe the musical traditions, what are the Yoruba and
references Blues poets use, is there always a weight of personal authenticity
within the Blues poem, and can any poet write a Blues poem?Handouts will be provided, and some music
will be played.
Gary Copeland Lilley
Featured Speaker: Lisa Gardner
8:30 – 10:00 p.m.
Autograph Party (this event is open to the public)
Award Winning and New York Times Bestselling Authors will attend the Autograph
Party that will follow the Keynote Address.
participate in the autograph party please click here)
8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Practical Guide to Screenwriting
Screenwriting is the craft of showing characters visually reacting emotionally to whatever circumstance in which they find themselves
– whether it’s war, love, mystery-solving, victimization or heroics. Most beginners feel they have to focus on getting the format “right,”
the paradigms in the right place, the plot points on the right page and screenwriting style over substance. What has happened is that
too many scripts are looking and sounding alike. While Hollywood is afraid to step too far a field of what they’ve seen work, they’re still
looking for that fresh voice. Writer, director, and producer, Colleen Patrick, will discuss elements of screenwriting, the seven steps of a
full length story, characters, dialogue and premise.
Performance Coaching for Writers:
How to be more creative, confident, and successful.
The Dark Side of Publishing – Using
the Force of Small Press, Juried Press, Self-Publishing, and e-Books.
discussion centers on “non-traditional” ways of getting published.It includes a survey of how to locate small
independent publishers, how to approach them, and what to expect from them.It will talk about alternative publishing
forms like “juried” publishing in which agents and editors are cut out of the
cycle and readers decide what to publish.It will also look at the business of self-publishing, when it makes
sense, and how much it costs.It will be
blunt about how much work it is to make a published book sell.Finally, we’ll talk about the “new” e-Book
market and what to expect when an e-Book hits the market, fueled by the
multitude of new eBook readers and platforms.
Speaker:Nathan Everett, Terry Persun, Boyd Morison
Working to a difficult deadline
We all know
that missing a deadline is not a good idea.Sometimes the deadlines, both those placed on us and self-imposed, can
be overwhelming.Taking the lessons learned
during the taping of his TV show in which he had to write a complete novel in
72 hours, Gordon Kirkland will show participants a number of tips and tricks
for meeting a deadline, no matter how deadly it might seem.
10:30 - Noon
Marketing Tips Your Publisher
Doesn’t Tell You.
verbal pitch to their appearance on TV, most authors receive little guidance in
what marketing assistance is expected of them and how they can provide it.In order to avoid having a book printed and
then forgotten, all authors must participate in the marketing.This workshop will discuss what agents and
publisher need to know in order to offer a contract, what happens to your
manuscript once it is accepted by a publisher, and how and when you can
influence the marketing of your book.
It’s Just Bunny Eat Bunny Out There:
How to Succeed in the Competitive Picture Book Market.
books look deceptively simple, but they’re not.Join Laura Rennert, senior agent at Andrea Brown Literary agency, as she
discusses the art and craft of picture book writing, drawing on her many years
of expertise as an agent and her own recent experience on the other side of the
table as the author of a picture book forthcoming with Knopf.This in-depth discussion will focus on the
special requirements, challenges, and techniques for creating a picture book
that editors can’t put down.
10:30 - Noon
How to Write a Synopsis and Query
Jump-Start A Short Story With These
class, we’ll first focus on different aspects of a short story such as,
beginning hook, dialogue, showing/telling, and point of view.We’ll look at published stories as
examples.We’ll then do class exercises
to launch a story, strengthen our dialogue, describe a setting from a
character’s head, and add an element of surprise in our work and more.This workshop is meant for both new and
12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
Lunch with an Author Lisa Gardner
1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
And Then What? How to Organize,
Prepare and Create Series and Sequels.
Sequels have never been hotter.In fact,
most readers assume a book will no longer stand alone but will be followed
within the year by the “next” one.As
the writer, how do you make sure you remember all the pertinent information and
details?Amber Kizer will share a
notebook technique that she uses while juggling both her teen series and her
paranormal series.She will help
attendees develop the tools they need to write beyond book number one.Amber will also share pitching and marketing
suggestions for selling your manuscript.
Crafting Fiction That Sells In
Today’s Market – An Agent’s Point of View.
writers are not savvy regarding the business and commercial considerations
necessary to attaining success.Publishing professional, Andrea Hurst, will discuss the importance of
the right title, a strong opening, and how to polish a manuscript so that it
will stand out.
Career Plan Bootcamp – 10 Must-know
Tips for emerging Writers.
are often so busy learning the craft that they don’t start thinking about their
career until they begin submitting their manuscripts to agents and
editors.But to maximize their success
in today’s market, they need to have a career action plan so they can be ready
to hit the ground running when they get “the call”.In this “career fitness training” workshop,
Ann Charles, Jacquie Rogers, and Wendy Delaney will discuss in detail ten
important tips new and intermediate writers nee to know to help them develop a
successful career plan.
Ann Charles, Jacquie Rogers and Wendy Delaney.
Writing Memoir That Sells.
workshop will define the nonfiction genre with examples from magazines,
literary journals, and book-length works.Agents and editors continue to seek memoir, and this workshop will guide
participants in identifying key themes about which to write.It will also explore the craft of writing
memoir, and how to pitch a finished short or long memoir to agents and/or
3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
The Secret To Grabbing An Agent’s
elements make a manuscript stand out from the hundreds, or thousands, submitted
each year?Agents and their authors will
discuss the answers to this age-old question.
Amberly Finarelli, Penny Warner, TBA
Killer First:Crafting Page One of Your Mystery.
your mystery, you need these elements: Killer, Victim, Sleuth, Murder,
Discovery, Reporting, Crime Scene, Sleuth Onstage, Witness Interview, and
Victim’s Lair.Which elements do you
need to write Page One?To find out,
join Robert J. Ray (The Weekend Novelist Writes a Mystery) in this hands-on
mystery-crafting workshop with writing in the room.Bring pencil and paper
Critiques and Champagne: Secrets of
a Successful Non-fiction Writing Group.
Agroup of seven non-fiction writers,
who specialize in history, travel and food, share a commitment to writing and
getting published.They use champagne to celebrate victories
and roses to soften setbacks.They will
provide resources that will help others find a writing group and tips on how to
make the writing group work for them.
break through the “paper curtain” that separates the unpublished from the
published by entering the rapidly growing field of Internet journalism.This class will cover the advantages and
disadvantages of Internet publishing, teach some of the writing techniques, and
suggest ways of getting published on widely read websites
Write Essays for Fun and Profit.
of periodicals publish essays, and pay ranges from approximately $20.00 to
$800.00.This genre represents a fast
(and often lucrative) way for freelance writers to break into a magazine or
newspaper; it also offers authors the opportunity to promote their books with
related essays and a byline.
6:30 – 8:30
Featured Speaker C.C. Humphreys
Literary Contest Awards Celebration
for Literary Contest First Place Winners with Agents and Editors follows Awards
Celebration.Invitation (with location)
will be included in the First Place Winners’ Packets.