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2013 CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Please note schedule is subject to change.

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FRIDAY, JULY 26TH 

8:00 - 8:30 a.m.

PNWA ANNUAL MEETING

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
EDITOR FORUM

The editors 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.
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

10
:00 - 11:30 a.m.

AGENT FORUM

The agents 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.


12:00 - 5:30 p.m.

PRACTICE YOUR PITCH

Area available through-out entire conference. Join your fellow attendees and practice your pitch in a group setting. This room is available to help guide you through the process of perfecting your pitch.


12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
SPOTLIGHT ON ST. MARTIN'S AND THOMAS DUNNE PUBLISHING
Presented by Michelle Richter, Holly Blanck Ingraham, and Kat Brzozowski

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

POWER PITCH BLOCK: A

During each 90-minute block, attendees will have the opportunity to pitch to multiple agents and editors. Each pitch is 4 minutes.

BIG SUCCESS WITH LITTLE READERS

Presented by Wendy Wahman, Joe Wahman, Julie Matysik, and Kevan Atteberry                 
                            
With such a small amount of “writing” in picture and chapter books, they’re a breeze to create, right? WRONG.If anything,every word counts that much more,and the market has never been so fiercely competitive. Industry professionals will discuss word counts, how to speak to your particular audience,what’s in demand, what illustrators want to see (or not see) in a story,and how to please both the little readers and their parents.
         
         
A DEEP EDITING GUIDE TO MAKING YOUR OPENINGS POP
Presented by Margie Lawson
         
This power-packed workshop teaches writers how to use deep editing to empower your openings.Deep editing techniques that will be covered include power words, back loading, linear load,style and structure, objective constructs, scene-themed words, and cadence-driven rhetorical devices.We will also address what the reader needs in the first few paragraphs and the two promises writers give readers on the first page.Examples of strong openings will be analyzed.
         
         
SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL: DARK HEROES IN POPULAR FICTION
Presented by Laura Navarre
         
Using clips from blockbuster films and excerpts from best selling novels, this workshop explores dark heroes and heroines in popular film and fiction, from Philippa Gregory's Tudor historicals to Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles, Daniel Craig's icy James Bond and classic dark heroes like Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights.What makes a hero/heroine dark, yet keeps them human (and sexy)?How do you establish and maintain reader sympathy and identification with dark heroes?We also look at dark hero/villain relationships, how the right villain "completes" the hero, and the villain's role in the hero's redemption.Finally, we explore the role of dark allies,placeholder villains and foils.
         
         
THE EVOLVING YA MARKET
Presented by Laurie McLean and Mandy Hubbard
         
Angsty teens gazing into the night as their tattoos glow. Shadowy figures lurking around every corner. Girls in ball gowns brandishing [insert weapon]. You've seen what's selling at the bookstore, but is that what editors are buying these days? Agents Laurie McLean and Mandy Hubbard discuss the rapidly changing YA landscape, and what readers and authors can expect to see in the future. They will also delve into what new tricks the industry is using to market in this digital age.
         
         
CHANGING COURSE
Presented by Pat Pritchard, Sally Harding, Gerri Russell,and Pat White
         
Learn from authors and agent, Sally Harding, how writers successfully changed from one genre to another and how they chose the ones that were right for for theircareers.
         
         
GET A CLUE: HOW FIRST-TIME CRIME WRITERS BECOME TRADITIONALLY PUBLISHED AUTHORS
Presented by Leslie Budewitz, Curt Colbert, Judy Dailey,Waverly Fitzgerald, Charles Philipp Martin, and Bernadette Pajer
         
This panel of published authors, representing nonfiction crime writing, cozies, thrillers,and historical mysteries, discuss the pros and cons of using an agent, how to find an agent, and when to bring an agent on board. Two of the authors work as a team; others are members of long-standing critique groups. The panel will also discuss promotion using Facebook, author websites, social media, and author signings.
         
         
BRING YOUR EXPERTISE TO THE PAGE: HOW TO DRAW ON PERSONAL EXPERIENCE TO CREATE PREscriptIVE NONFICTION
Presented by Gordon Warnock, Robert V. Taylor, Bharti Kirchner, Maureen Francisco, Judy Mandel, and Rita Rosenkranz
         
Industry professionals discuss the art of crafting compelling nonfiction books and how to weed out the interesting from the mundane when writing about your area of expertise -- a sometimes difficult thing to do when processing your own experiences. Find out what will fascinate a reader and what will have them closing a book for good.
         
         
CREATING A CAREER IN THE FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION GENRES
Presented by Philip Athans
         
Learn more about world-building and the importance of a strongly-motivated villain. Join former Wizards of the Coast senior managing editor and New York Times bestselling author Philip Athans for a spirited Q&A session for aspiring writers, with advice from his book,The Guide to Writing Fantasy&Science Fiction(Adams Media).


4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

POWER PITCH BLOCK: B

During each 90-minute block, attendees will have the opportunity to pitch to multiple agents and editors. Each pitch is 4 minutes.

HISTORICAL PANEL

Presented by Megan Chance and Shana Drehs

History continues to fascinate, whether you are writing an adult, young adult or middle grade novel. There is also a renewed interest in Americana, particularly during sunnier days. Victorian and Edwardian periods continue to hold readers' interest and no doubt the hit British TV show "Downtown Abby" will influence future novels. Learn the distinction between historical fiction that uses real persons and events, and historical fiction that uses little reference to recorded history or real persons.


WRITING VISCERAL RESPONSES: BEYOND HAMMERING HEARTS Presented by Margie Lawson

This workshop teaches writers the importance of including visceral responses when emotions run high, and how to write them fresh. We will cover the Four Levels of Writing Emotion, how to crescendo emotion, stimulus/response patterns, overwriting and underwriting, idiomotoric shifts, cliché twists and play, and how to hook your reader viscerally. Multiple teaching points will be provided. Examples of visceral responses will be dissected and analyzed.  Workshop participants are encouraged to bring five chapters of their WIP—double-spaced, printed, in a binder. They will review visceral responses in their WIP. If needed, they may rewrite and add power.
 

MYSTERY PANEL: Glue Readers to the Edge of Their Seats

Presented by Mary Daheim, Dana Haynes, Mike Lawson, and Carolyn McCray

From cozy mysteries to full-throttle thrillers, this panel takes them on! Learn the newest trends, the key elements that catch and hold the reader's attention, and the art of a successful series.  

FROM MIDDLE GRADE / YOUNG ADULT TO ADULT FICTION

Presented by Dr. Cuthbert Soup, Laurie McLean, Pooja Menon, Karice Bolton, and Eldritch Black

From middle-grade mainstream to YA historical to adult high fantasy, industry professionals will discuss what readers want and expect from authors. What are the clichés to avoid? How far can you take a reader before they pump the brakes and demand a reality check? These and similar questions will be addressed in this panel session.


WOMEN'S FICTION: THE NEW RULES OF ATTRACTION
Presented by Margaret Bail, Holly Blanck Ingraham, Claudia Long, Katharine Sands, and Gina Robinson
                  
New genres are emerging in this growing market, from new adult, to literary romance. Find our why women's fiction continues to dominate the landscape.

INTRODUCTION TO SPECULATIVE FICTION

Presented by Danika Dinsmore

Dystopian,cyberpunk, steampunk, and slipstream:no longer do we think solely in terms of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror when it comes to speculative fiction.And its subgenres continue to morph and grow in this extremely popular market.As readers and writers become more sophisticated, genres are being bent, blended, and blurred. In this workshop, Danika leads the participants on a journey through the contemporary world of speculative fiction, examining the various subgenres with explanations and examples of each. There will be two writing exercises.The first plays on the possibilities of creating new subgenres.The second exercise combines elements of speculative fiction to create story ideas that participants can develop later on.Participants will learn the difference between science fiction and fantasy, and the numerous subgenres under the umbrella of speculative fiction.

THE INTERSECTION OF LITERARY AND MAINSTREAM FICTION: AESTHETIC YET ACCESSIBLE
Presented by Paul Lucas, April Eberhardt, Paul Fedorko, and Jack Skillingstead


How do you focus on keeping a novel’s language beautiful and the concept highbrow, yet also ensure the writing is commercial enough to appeal to a traditional publisher as well as abroad range of readers? This panel session will discuss how achieving this intersection of literary and commercial seems to be the key to success in today’s publishing world.

MEMOIR:MAKE THEM CARE

Presented by Lynn Price


This memoir workshop explores the differences between writing something that has small audience appeal versus capturing a publisher or agent’s attention.Lynn Price, editorial director for Behler Publications, will cover what makes for a big story, the “who cares” factor or“what’s the point,” and how to discover your story’s hook.Authors will learn how to study the marketplace and trends, how to work on their platform, and the importance of a message that captures a reader’s attention.



7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
FEATURED SPEAKERS:DEB CALETTI, STELLA CAMERON, ROBERT DUGONI, AND GERRY SWALLOW

(Admission by ticket only - no host bar)
Dinner event

8:30 - 10:00 p.m.
AUTOGRAPH PARTY

Over sixty award-winning and New York Times bestselling authors will attend the Autograph Party that will follow the dinner.


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