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Conference Program - Friday, July 18th 2014
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2014 CONFERENCE SCHEDULE - July 17 – 20, 2014

Please note schedule is subject to change


FRIDAY, JULY 18th

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.

PNWA ANNUAL MEETING
Come meet our board of directors and learn about how they work to make PNWA possible.


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 is included.


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 is included.


2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

HOW AND WHY AUTHORS SHOULD INCORPORATE GOOGLE+ INTO THEIR AUTHOR PLATFORMS
Presented by Kiffer Brown

Google+ if the fastest growing social media platform in the Internet universe. This new social network already has over 176 million active users, and this number is growing by leaps and bounds daily. Google+ has recently surpassed Twitter in the number of active users and is gaining on Facebook. Authors wanting to stay up-to-date on the latest social media will learn what Google+ is, how to set up a Google+ profile page, how to integrate Google+ authorship in their author platform, and what circles and communities mean in the Google+ world.


HOW I CAUGHT 37 TWEETS IN MY WEB AND BLOGGED THEM TO ONLINE NEWS
Presented by Wendy Kendall and Chelly Wood

The presentation will be filled with how-to’s, resources and examples. Wendy Kendall and Chelly Wood discuss branding and creating your web site, blogging consistent with your branding, online news book reviews, leveraging Twitter to connect with your target market and getting and staying motivated.


QUERY LETTERS THAT GRAB AGENT AND EDITOR'S ATTENTION

Presented by a Panel of Agents & Editors: Paul Fedorko, Silisa Kenney, Rachel Letofsky, Wes Miller, and Rita Rosenkranz

This is your opportunity to discover what grabs an agent or editor’s attention. Bring a sample of your query letter to this session — query letters will be selected at random. Learn the importance of a well-crafted query letter and how it can be used in marketing your novel.


CREATING AND MAINTAINING TENSION AND SUSPENSE
Presented by Robert Dugoni

Regardless of whether you are writing a thriller or a romance, what gets readers to turn the page is tension and suspense. This can be accomplished in different manners but is interrelated to proper story structure and creating characters that readers care about. Once you have the reader hooked, there are time-tested techniques for ramping up the suspense to make your novels one of those the reader won’t want to put down and will be talking about long after the final page.


UNLOCKING CHARACTER MOTIVATION
Presented by Lindsay Schopfer

Motivation is the fuel that allows a character to make the long journey from a story’s beginning to its ending. No other character trait will prove more useful to the writer in determining a story’s structure, pacing, mood, and theme. Participants in this course will learn how to identify character needs, how to create motivation for both protagonists and antagonists, how to increase pacing through motivation, and how to make a character’s motivation evolve throughout the story.


THE HERO ISN'T WHO YOU THINK IT IS IN A ROMANCE NOVEL
Presented by Gwen Hayes

The romance genre has many nuances that set it apart from other genre fiction, which can sometimes create problems for writers when trying to apply well-known storytelling structure methods to their plot. This workshop highlights why neither the hero nor the heroine are actually the protagonist in a romance novel and why shifting the focus to the real hero of the journey, the love story, will make it stronger and often easier to plot.


EFFECTIVE HYBRID PUBLISHING (or Why Self-Published Authors Need Agents)
Presented by Gordon Warnock

Throw out the idea of self-publishing vs. traditional publishing and learn how to make both methods work together to benefit your career. Gordon Warnock of Foreword Literary discusses how modern authors are finding success with hybrid publishing.


BEYOND PLOT: Writing Literary Fiction
Presented by Scott Driscoll

Digging up the Bones of Subtext and Why the Uncertainty Principle is So Annoying. Literary fiction is not defined by what you write so much as how you write about it. The heart of the story often resides in its buried subtext. These characters cannot be summed up by the roles they play, and they are better at raising questions than answering them. Does this mean that plot can simply be discarded? This workshop will explore what considerations go into narrating “literary” stories. We will then circle back to this question: should plot be rescued, and if so, how can it be saved from drowning in a pool of uncertainty?


4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

WHEN YOU'RE ON THE SAME PAGE: A blueprint for successful co-authorship.
Presented by
Armen Bacon and Nancy Miller

Attendees will learn about the challenges, opportunities, benefits and safeguards of writing as a team. Also discussed is the balancing act of doing multiple things at once as a pair, including how to establish an effective rhythm for planning/writing/editing, adhering to deadlines, researching and querying agents/publishers and dividing up responsibilities for social media, promotion, book talks, presentations and the next project.


THE IMPORTANCE OF A STRONG SYNOPSIS
Presented by a Panel of Agents & Editors: Kat Bzozwski, Lucas Hunt, Andrea Hurst, Lara Perkins, and Lynn Price

Bring your one-page synopsis to this session. Synopses will be selected at random, read aloud, and discussed by a panel of agents and editors. In order to qualify for a chance at selection, your synopsis must be double-spaced, 12-point font, one-inch margins, and only one page in length. The synopsis is another tool in marketing your novel.


10 Tips for Writing a Page-Turner
Presented by Allison Lyons, Ann Roth, Pat White, and Janice Kay Johnson

A sucessful book is one that keeps the reader turning the page.  Join Allison Lyons, Harlequin editor, along with multi-published, award-winning authors, Ann Roth, Janice Johnson, and Pat White, who will share ten tips on how to make your book a compelling read.



WRITING FOR THE CHILDREN'S NONFICTION MARKET: How to Create a “Real” Good Story
Presented by Jackie Ball, Clare Hodgson Meeker, and Lisa Owens

Librarians say that, when given the choice, most kids choose to read nonfiction. What are the secrets to writing successful nonfiction for children? How do you present factual material in an interesting way? Panelists will discuss their research and writing processes and share tips for creating nonfiction that young readers will enjoy – and that teachers will want to use in their classrooms. Attendees will learn how to research and write an article, book, or series for the children’s nonfiction market, weave a story around the facts to engage the reader, and tie books into school and core curriculum topics.


THE AGENT/AUTHOR RELATIONSHIP: How Has It Changed?
Presented by author Halie Fewkes and her agent Katie Reed; author Dan Gemeinhart (PNWA Literary Contest winner and success story); author Jim Satterfield (PNWA Literary Contest winner and success story) and his agent Elizabeth Kracht

Agents and authors discuss a range of topics, including an author's decision to pursue an agent over small press/self-publishing, the process of finding the right agent, an agent's search for "the right fit" and what influences their decisions, the importance of establishing expectations and maintaining communications, and what it takes to make the author/agent relationship work well.


SCIENCE FICTION/FANTASY: World-Building
Presented by Yasmine Galenorn, Brian Mercer and Ethan Reid

World or story, which comes first? Discover how to craft a realistic background for your manuscript: from vampires to space exploration, to new lands, peoples, economies, and beyond.  how suspension of disbelief is key to keeping your reader, agent, or editor onthe page.  In this workshop, you will learn how to develop and strengthen sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal, and all fiction genres to forge an immersing novel; the ins and outs of researching world building; and how to use language, politics, and friendships as tools to create an unforgettable landscape.


NONFICTION: The Power of Story
Presented by Sarah Blum, Heidi Cave, and PNWA Board Member Bill Kenower

Real life makes no sense to us without a story. The job of the nonfiction writer – from the memoirist, to the essayist, to the investigative journalist – is to distill the enormity of life into a comprehensible narrative. Doing so, however, always raises interesting questions: Is a memoir true if the writer must invent dialogue? How accurate is a story when so many details are left out? In this panel we will look at the how a nonfiction writer finds his or her story, and what “the truth” means within the limited context of a book.



WRITING FOR FILM AND TELEVISION
Presented by Ken Sherman

Once you’ve written a book or stage play, there’s always the chance it will transfer well to film and television. Agent Ken Sherman will discuss specific projects with this history and then discuss some of yours, with the idea of taking it out of the theoretical and into the real.


7:00 p.m. l FEATURED SPEAKER PRESENTATION
Panel of Featured speakers include: Mike Lawson, Megan Chance, Margaret Stohl, Gerry Swallow, Janet Wong, and Sabrina York
Enjoy a dinner during the presentation.


8:30 – 10:00 p.m. l AUTOGRAPH PARTY
Over sixty award-winning and New York Times bestselling authors will participate in the Autograph Party that will follow dinner.


 




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