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

7:00 am – 7:00 pm


Breakfast Bar

Writer’s Café & Registration area

7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Coffee, Tea and assorted fruit (Pastries 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.

The 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.

The 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)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Quote Me on That!

Grand Ballroom 2

2:00p.m.– 3:30 p.m.

Presented by: Eilidh MacKenzie



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



This workshop focuses on how authors can 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.

How to Write an Irresistible Non-fiction Book Proposal

Cascade 1 & 2

2:00p.m.– 3:30 p.m.

Presented by: Rita Rosenkrantz



 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.


Creating Characters that Dazzle

Evergreen 1 & 2

2:00p.m.– 3:30 p.m.

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.

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.

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.

Queer Lands: LGBTQ+ Representation in Fiction

Grand Ballroom 3

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Presented by: Lindsay Pierce



Queer Lands will focus on creating a safe space to have open conversations about the representation of LGBTQ+ characters within fiction and how we, as writers, can improve our understanding and portrayal of this community. The presentation will focus on how to empower writers and authors to be part of positive social change through their words. The workshop will discuss this diverse community, language, powerful words and how to use them effectively, developing complex LGBTQ+ characters, and shedding stereotypes.

Writing Real vs Reality 

Cascade 1 & 2

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Presented by: Donna Conrad



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. Join award-winning author, Donna Conrad, in an exploration of how to convey reality’s effect on characters in ways that will captivate the reader.

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



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



Adaptation of Lesley McDaniel's romantic comedy, Home Sweet Home. JD, Robin and Lesley will discuss the process as it pertains to the relationship between author and producer and what a writer can expect in changes


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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