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BP Energy & Conference Center

 Check-In Opens for Morning Intensives
 9:00 - 11:00
 Stephanie Pitts: Writing Irresistible Picture Book Characters
 9:00 - 12:00  Cherry Adair: Plotting by Color
 11:15 - 12:00  FREE Illustrators Event: "Draw This!" (No Registration Required)
 12:00pm  Check-In Opens for Roundtable Critiques
 12:30 - 2:30  Roundtable Critiques with Cherry Adair, Paul Lucas, Nicole Resciniti, and Stephanie Pitts
  2:30pm  Check-In Opens for Afternoon Intensives
  3:00 - 4:45  FREE Kidlit Query Discussion (No Registration Required)
  3:00 - 6:00  Cherry Adair: Build 3D Characters that LEAP off the Page!
  3:00 - 6:00  Jane Friedman: How to Get Your Book Published
  4:00 - 6:00 Stephanie Pitts: Raise Your Voice! For Authors of Middle Grade & Young Adult Fiction

FREE Faculty Panel and Illustrator Portfolio Showcase (No Registration Required)! 


BP Energy & Conference Center

 Check-In & Coffee
 8:30 - 8:50Welcome & Opening Remarks (Birch Room)
 8:50 - 9:40 Publishing Panel & Faculty Introductions with Stephanie Pitts, Nicole Resciniti, & Paul Lucas
 9:40 - 9:45 Break
 9:45 - 10:30Keynote Address with Jane Friedman; Writing for Love and Money, the Author as Innovator 
 10:30 - 10:40 Break

 10:40 - 11:30   Breakout Session 1-A
Cherry Adair:  The Cherry Hour! Ask Cherry Anything: Romance Writing! Publishing! How she likes her dinosaur eggs! This hour is for your questions and your questions alone.
Breakout Session 1-B
Paul Lucas: The Nonfiction Book Proposal. Nonfiction is more than dumping facts on a page. Learn how to successfully assemble your nonfiction in a way that will capture the eye of readers, agents, and publishers alike. 
Breakout Session 1-C
Stephanie Pitts: Get to Know a Major Publishing House! G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers publishes some of today’s strongest voices in fiction, with fifty trade hardcover books a year from picture books and nonfiction, to Middle Grade and YA.  
Breakout Session 1-D
Lizbeth Meredith: What is Hybrid Publishing and Why Should You Care? Many writers believe their options are traditional or self-publishing, but hybrid publishing combines the best and the worst of both. Find out more about this option and explore whether or not it might be for you.

 11:30 - 12:30       Lunch in BP Energy Center Foyer and Member Book Sales & Signings
Juried Illustrator Portfolio Display in Cottonwood / Alder Room
 12:30 - 1:10  Faculty Author Jeopardy with Cherry Adair, Lizbeth Meredith, Kris Farmen, & Jim Misko (BIRCH)
 1:10 - 1:20  Break

 1:20 - 2:10          Breakout Session 2-A
Nicole Resciniti

First Impressions, the Difference Between Selling and SlushingAn in-depth look at how the submission package impacts acquisition results, from pitch to placement, and the elements guaranteed to hook an editor or agent. 

Breakout Session 2-B
Jane Friedman: The Art & Business of Author Platform. Don’t let the term “platform” baffle you! Learn how to approach platforming in a way that helps you understand human behavior—including your own! 
Breakout Session 2-C
Barbara Lavallee:
An Illustrator's Perspective on Picture Books.
 Learn from the Alaskan Creator of The Snow Child, Mama, Do You Love Me?, and more!
Breakout Session 2-D

Jim Misko: The Crucible; Every actor is affected by events. Enhance reader interest by diving into how the actors of your story react to the events that occur in the crucible of your plot. 

 2:10 - 2:20Break             

 2:20 - 3:10

Breakout Session 3-A 
Cherry AdairRunning Chasing, Shooting, and Wild Monkey Sex; The Choreography of Action. Every part of a book contains some sort of action. In this session, we'll explore how to choreograph the action in every scene for maximum impact, filled with meaning and purpose.
Breakout Session 3-B
Paul LucasQuery WorkshopA query letter is often the first impression an agent or publisher has of you and your work. Bring your query letters and let agent Paul Lucas help you dig through what’s working and what isn’t in your own queries.
Breakout Session 3-C
Nicole Resciniti

From Concept to Cover,  ow to Shape a Story that Breaks the Mold. Many stories can feel derivative or formulaic--but some formulas are a good thing! A look at what's selling in Middle Grade and Young Adult, where the industry is goingand how you can apply tried-and-true techniques to craft something that is anything but ordinary

Breakout Session 3-D

Lizbeth Meredith: Pieces of You, Turning Your Life into a BookWriting your life story is tricky business. What should you include? Will your friends and family be mad? What if you get sued? These and more questions will be covered as we explore the many issues of writing memoir.

 3:10 - 3:20Break                                                                                                                                                             

 3:20 - 4:10

Breakout Session 4-A 
Jane Friedman: Indie Author Marketing & Promotion Strategies; Learn how to successfully market your own book without the support of a publisher. 
Breakout Session 4-B
Local Romance Author Panel with Tam Linsey, CM McCoy, Lynn Lovegreen, Karen Kiely, and Elizabeth Grover
Breakout Session 4-C

Stephanie PittsOnce Upon a Time...The EndPicture Book Plots and structures for authors and author/illustrators. How do you tell an entire story in less than 1000 words? Discussion topics include key plot elements, common narrative structures,  and picture book nonfiction.

Breakout Session 4-D

Kris Farmen: Alaska History as Fiction Inspiration. Alaskan history is rife with stories, from spine-tingling adventures to the ins and outs of sourdough life. In this session, explore how to mine this treasure trove of stories to weave one of your very own.

 4:10 - 4:20 Break (Please check main table to pay for and retrieve silent auction items)    
4:20 - 4:45 Closing Remarks and Awards: Lin Halterman Memorial Grants, Most Promising Manuscript Designations,
AWG Writer of the Year, & AWG Founders Award
BP Energy Center Closes

* Times, speakers and topics subject to change

For more information on our annual writers conference, email conference chairman Brooke Hartman at bahartman@me.com



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