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Conference- Friday Schedule
Friday— September 13, 2019
Registration Desk Opens                                                                                            
Registration Desk

7:00 am – 7:00 pm

 

Writer’s Café & Registration Area

                                                                                                                   

Writer’s Café & Registration area

7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Coffee & Tea.

(Breakfast concessions available for purchase)

PNWA Annual Meeting

Grand Ballroom 2 & 3

8:00 a.m. 8:30 a.m.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Editor Forum

Grand Ballroom 2 & 3

8:30 a.m. 9:30 p.m.

Editors give an overview of the projects they are acquiring and the best way to submit your project. A question and answer period is included

Morning Break


9:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Agent Forum

Grand Ballroom 2 & 3

10:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m.

Agents give an overview of the projects they are acquiring and the best way to submit your project. A question and answer period is included

Lunch Break

Writer’s Café & Registration Area

11:00 a.m.– 2:00 p.m.

(Lunch concessions available for purchase)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

 

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

 

Lunchtime Events: Spotlight on Publishing

 

Evergreen 1 & 2

Spotlight on The Wild Rose Press

Presented by: Maureen Frances Sevilla and Eilidh MacKenzie

The Wild Rose Press was founded in 2006 by RJ Morris and Rhonda Penders. Both published authors, these women were disheartened by the way publishers treated authors. They believed there should be a better, friendlier way to get books published. At this same time, publishing was just entering the digital world with e-books. Many small presses popped up around the same time believing that this type of publishing was low cost and easy to do. Nothing could be further from the truth. Morris and Penders held their course, building their business and their author base. They focused their attention not on the bottom line but rather on keeping a balance with author satisfaction and customer expectation. They believed that creating a quality product and taking care of their authors was the only way to publish. Their mission was to create a “garden” where writers would grow. Over 500 authors and 3500 titles later, this motto has proven to be solid. When other small presses have come and gone, The Wild Rose Press has never wavered. It truly is a publishing house for authors, founded by authors with customer satisfaction being their number one priority.


Quote Me on That!

Grand Ballroom 2

2:00p.m.– 3:30 p.m.

Presented by: Eilidh MacKenzie

CRAFT OF WRITING TRACK

 

What goes first, comma or quotation mark?  When does speech turn into a comma splice? Why does your editor hate single quotation marks? Unravel the mysteries of punctuating dialogue with The Wild Rose Press editor Eilidh MacKenzie.


Writers for Diversity

Grand Ballroom 3

2:00p.m.– 3:30 p.m.

Presented by:  Eliana West

DIVERSITY TRACK

How can authors create realistic multicultural characters? Author Eliana West will explain the basic tools needed to write characters from different racial backgrounds without falling into many of the common pitfalls that create characters who are stereotypes instead of real people. Tap into this growing new market and reach new readers by adding diversity to your story.

 

Cascade 1 & 2

VOLUNTEER INFORMATION ROOM

Learn about the following PNWA Volunteer opportunities:

  • PNWA Off-Board Chair Positions
    • Writer’s Contests
    • Conference
    • Membership
    • Marketing
    • Grant Writing
  • Writer’s Cottage
  • Young Author’s Day
  • Year-round opportunities

How to Write an Irresistible Non-fiction Book Proposal

Cascade 3 & 4

2:00p.m.– 3:30 p.m.

Presented by: Rita Rosenkranz

CRAFT OF WRITING

 

What are the key components that define a winning book proposal? What research should an author do to help make sure the project has merit? How can an author leapfrog over the competition in the category? In this especially competitive climate, authors need to be savvy to manage the marketplace. This presentation will guide the author through the basic steps for writing a proposal and making the project count.

 

 

Cascade 5 & 6

Punk U: The Whys and Why Nots of Writing Punk Fiction

Presented by: Cat Rambo

Cyberpunk. Steampunk. Dieselpunk. Solarpunk. Splatterpunk. Hopepunk. Monkpunk. And more. Is it meaningful to add punk to a genre name or just a marketing maneuver? What do the tenets behind the punk music movement add to the various genres it’s influenced? Will there be additional punks down the line and what might they look like? What are the tropes, pitfalls and techniques of each subgenre and what do they hold in common?

Creating Characters that Dazzle

Evergreen 1 & 2

2:00p.m.– 3:30 p.m.

CRAFT OF WRITING

Presented by: Damon Suede

Create fresh characters and story planning techniques that go beyond trivia, backstory, and stereotypes that will lay the foundations for unforgettable fiction. Learn to use archetypes, tropes, and functions of genre characters in casting your story with dynamic personalities.


Newsletters that make an Impact

Evergreen 3 & 4

2:00p.m.– 3:30 p.m.

MARKETING AND PROMOTION TRACK

Presented by: Steena Holmes

Your email list is your number one secret weapon when it comes to marketing and promotion, but the key is to have an organic list of readers who care about you and your books.  Steena Holmes will share some tips on communicating with your readers, how to use your brand to build your followers and practical steps on building a list that will help you with your career as an author.


Afternoon Break

 

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Why Did You Reject Me? – The Editing World from My Side of the Pen

Grand Ballroom 2

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

CRAFT OF WRITING TRACK

Presented by: Lynn Price

There are many reasons why authors are rejected, and they aren’t always because the writing isn’t good. Lynn Price, editor of Behler Publications, will explore these reasons and many more: Falling in love. Did the author grab me on the first page? Does each chapter have a reason for being there? Does each chapter reveal more of the plot? What is the cliché trap? Are characters real or fake? Lynn price will also discuss how authors stay on task, and punctuation and sentence structure.

Backstory

Grand Ballroom 3

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

CRAFT OF WRITING TRACK

Presented by: Cherry Adair

Backstory is your character’s life before their future begins. Good backstory is crucial to building realistic, three-dimensional characters, with texture, shading, flaws, and fears. Learn how to build a credible past for your characters and how to raise the stakes. Cherry will show you how to reveal important information where and when you need it and expose your characters’ emotions to show their innermost fears based on their past experiences.


 

Cascade 1 & 2

VOLUNTEER INFORMATION ROOM

Learn about the following PNWA Volunteer opportunities:

  • PNWA Off-Board Chair Positions
    • Writer’s Contests
    • Conference
    • Membership
    • Marketing
    • Grant Writing
  • Writer’s Cottage
  • Young Author’s Day
  • Year-round opportunities

Writing Real vs Reality 

Cascade 3 & 4

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Presented by: Donna Conrad

CRAFT OF WRITING TRACK

 

Reality is factual, what happened, when, where, how, and to whom. When written, it is accurate, journalistic reporting. Yet, as creative writers, we want our readers to feel deeply, to experience the real intensity of actions, to know the internal agony, elation, desolation, and joy our characters feel when reality strikes. Through literary examples and writing exercises, this workshop will focus on methods and choices used to expose the personal impact of an event, versus a merely factual description. 

Life After Agent: The Different Publishing Options an Agent Can Offer the Author

Evergreen 1 & 2

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Presented by: Amber Cowie, Alison Dasho and Gordon Warnock

PUBLISHING TRACK

 

An aspiring author, an agent and an editor walk into a bar. Does that sound like the beginning of a bad joke or the launch of a literary career? Join Amber Cowie, bestselling author of Rapid Falls, Gordon Warnock, agent and co-founder of Fuse Literary Agency, and Alison Dasho, Amazon Publishing senior editor, for a rundown of how three people transformed a psychological suspense novel from a Word document to a number one bestseller. This will be a panel discussion with a brief overview of each panelist followed by a question and answer period.

Book to Screen: How Books Are Adapted to the Screen

Evergreen 3 & 4

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Presented by: JD DeWitt, Robin McLain and author Lesley Ann McDaniel

SCREENWRITING TRACK

Using the adaptation of Lesley McDaniel’s romantic comedy, Home Sweet Home, JD, Robin, and Lesley will discuss the process of adapting a book as it pertains to the relationship between author and producer and what a writer can expect in changes to their original work.

FEATURED SPEAKER DINNER

Grand Ballroom 2 & 3

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: Greg Bear, Jessica Brody, Kim Hornsby, Donald Maass, Damon Suede, and Julia Quinn

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Autograph Party & Dessert

Grand Ballroom1

8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Over sixty award-winning and New York Times bestselling authors will attend the autograph and dessert part. This event follows the Featured Speaker dinner.

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