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PNWA Conference: July 20-23, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday,

July 20th

7:30 am - 7:30 pm

REGISTRATION DESK OPEN

 

 

 

 

 

Grand Ballroom 2

MASTER CLASS

9:00am – 4:00 pm

Conference registrants $125.00

Non-conference registrants: $200.00

Grand Ballroom 3

MASTER CLASS

9:00am – 4:00 pm

Conference registrants $125.00

Non-conference registrants: $200.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Master Class with

C. C. Humphreys:

How to Write a novel – from first inspiration to final edit – then submission!

Master Class with

Christopher Vogler

The Twelve-Stage Writer's Model Structure: How the Hero's Journey Triggers The Emotions of the Reader.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Northwest 1

11:30 – 12:30 p.m.

Conference Prep: How to get the most out of the conference

Speakers: Pam Binder, Jim Harris and Maria Philips

 

 

 

 

 

Northwest 1

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Master Class (Included in registration)

Nonconference: $50.00

World Building: Create Compelling Fantasy and Sci-fi Worlds

Speaker: Janet Lee Carey

Northwest 2

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Master Class (Included in registration)

Nonconference:

$50.00

Amazon for the 21st Century Author.

Speaker: Terry Persun

Northwest 3

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Master Class

(Included in

registration)

Nonconference:

$50.00

Fearless Writing

Speaker: William Kenower

 

 

 

Northwest 1

5:30 – 7:00 pm Pitch Fest: Learn how to pitch your story and practice your pitch with the help of published authors.

Speaker:

Gerri Russell

Northwest 2

5:30 – 7:00 pm

Northwest 3

5:30 – 7:00 pm

 

Grand Ballroom 2 & 3

8:00 – 9:30 pm

Keynote Address

Natalie Baszile

(included in registration)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, July 21st

7:30 am - 7:30 pm

Registration Desk Open

Grand Ballroom 2

8:00 – 8:30 am

PNWA Annual Meeting

 

 

 

 

 

8:30 – 9:30 am

Publisher 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 am

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grand Ballroom 2

Noon to 1:30 pm

Spotlight on Publisher: Wild Rose Press

Grand Ballroom 3

Noon to 1:30 pm

Spotlight on Publisher: Behler Publications.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grand Ballroom 2

2:00 – 3:30 pm

Publishing Track

The Truth About Kindle Scout: What it takes, how long it takes, and why it’s a chance worth taking.

Speaker: Monique Smith, Amy Wolf

Grand Ballroom 3

2:00 – 3:30 pm

Preparing Your Manuscript for Publication Track

Topic: 50 Things to Check Before Submitting to an Agent.

Speaker: Elizabeth Kracht

Evergreen 1 & 2

2:00 – 3:30 pm

Marketing Track

Want To Sell More Books? It starts with the cover.

Speaker: Gerri Russell

 

 

Evergreen 3

2:00 – 3:30 pm

Writer’s Toolbox

Scrivener Unraveled! Capture and organize your ideas, anywhere, anytime.

Speaker: Brian Mercer

Evergreen 4

2:00 – 3:30 pm

Craft of Writing

Backstory:

Speaker: Cherry Adair

Cascade 1-12

2:00 – 3:30 pm

Opportunity to meet authors in your genre, practice your pitch, and/or form critique groups. A PNWA monitor will supply critique rules and guidance.

1: Nonfiction/Memoir

2: Childrens Chapter/Picture Book

3 & 4 Historical

5 & 6: Literary Fiction

7 & 8: Romance

9: Mystery & Thriller

10: Science Fiction

11 Fantasy/Paranormal

12: YA & Middle Grade

Grand Ballroom 2

4:00 – 5:30 pm

Publishing Track

Honest Look at the World of Publishing

Speakers: John Raab and Jeff Ayers

Grand Ballroom 3

4:00 – 5:30 pm

Preparing Your Manuscript for Publication Track

How to Hook an Agent

Speaker: Michael Carr

Evergreen 1 & 2

4:00 – 5:30 pm

Marketing Track

Social Media and Book Marketing – The Basics

Speaker: Lisa Dawn

Evergreen 3

4:00 – 5:30 pm

Writer’s Toolbox

Pantser vs. Plotter

Speakers: Deborah Schneider (Sibelle Stone) and Saralynn Hoyt

Evergreen 4

4:00 – 5:30 pm

Craft of Writing

Literary Techniques for Genre Writers

Speaker: Cat Rambo

 

Cascade 1-12

4:00 – 5:30 pm

Opportunity to meet authors in your genre, practice your pitch, and/or form critique groups. A PNWA monitor will supply critique rules and guidance.

1: Nonfiction/Memoir

2: Children's Chapter/Picture Book

3 & 4 Historical

5 & 6: Literary Fiction

7 & 8 Romance

9: Mystery & Thriller

10: Science Fiction

11 Fantasy/Paranormal

12: YA & Middle Grade

Grand Ballroom 2&3 Dinner

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Featured Speakers Dinner: Cherry Adair,

Deb Caletti, Gregg Hurwitz, Donald Maass, Christopher Vogler. Moderator: Robert Dugoni

(included in registration)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grand Ballroom 1

8:30 – 10:00 pm

Autograph Party

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY, July 22nd

7:30 am - 7:30 pm

REGISTRATION DESK OPEN

 

 

 

 

 

Grand Ballroom 2

8:00 – 9:30 am

Publishing Track

Grand Ballroom 3

8:00 – 9:30 am

Prepare Your Manuscript for Publication Track

Evergreen 1 & 2

8:00 – 9:30 am

Marketing Track

Evergreen 3

8:00 – 9:30 am

The Next Level

 

Evergreen 4

8:00 – 9:30 am

Craft of Writing

 

Cascade 1-13

8:00 – 9:30 am

Writing Tracks

The latest and greatest in publishing.

Speaker: Laurie McLean

A Literary Agent Reveals the Biggest Pitfalls Novel Writers Miss in Revision

Speaker: Steven Salpeter

Library Journal Self-e for Indie Authors

Speaker: Deborah Schneider

What’s in a Name

Speaker: Darcy Carson

Hooks: Baiting Your Story to Catch a Reader

 Speaker: Elizabeth Boyle

 

Cascade 1

Nonfiction/Memoir:

How to write a nonfiction book proposal

Speaker: Rita Rosenkranz

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cascade 2

Children's Picture & Chapter book:

Building Your Character

Speaker: Trudi Trueit

 

 

 

 

 

Cascade 3 & 4

Historical Fiction:

Writing the Historical Novel

Speaker: Megan Chance

 

 

 

 

 

Cascade 5 & 6

Literary Fiction:

The Premise: Controlling Idea, and Logical Assumptions

Speaker: Scott Driscoll

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cascade 7 & 8

Romance & Women’s Fiction

Sex is not Romance

Speakers: Carmen Cook, JC Hay, and Sabrina York

 

 

 

 

 

Cascade 9

Mystery and Thriller:

Writing the Cozy Mystery.

Speaker: Wendy Kendall

 

 

 

 

 

Cascade 10

Science Fiction:

From Bio-Uplinks to Nanobots. Writing Believable Futuristic Technology

Speaker: Camela Thompson

 

 

 

 

 

Cascade 11

Fantasy/Paranormal:

The Intersection of World Building and Character Development

Speaker: Nicole Persun

 

 

 

 

 

Cascade 12

Young Adult & Middle Grade:

How Much is Too Much in YA and Middle Grade?

Speaker: Eric Myers,

 

 

 

 

 

Cascade 13

Book Store

Grand Ballroom 2

10:00 – 11:30 am

Publishing Track

Grand Ballroom 3

10:00 – 11:30 am

Prepare Your Manuscript for Publication Track

Evergreen 1 & 2

10:00 – 11:30 am

Marketing Track

Evergreen 3

10:00 – 11:30 am

The Next Level

Evergreen 4

10:00 – 11:30 am

Craft of Writing

Cascade 1-13

10:00 – 11:30 am

Writing Tracks

Business Side of Publishing by the Numbers.

Speaker: Paul Stevens

Edit Yourself into Print: Giving your work a professional polish.

Speaker: Michael Carr

 

Social Media and Book Marketing: Advanced. Making Social Media work for you.

Speaker: Lisa Dawn

Understanding Scene and Sequel

Speaker: Gerri Russell

 

 

Moving From Idea to Draft

Speaker: Cat Rambo

 

Cascade 1

Nonfiction/Memoir:

The Art of the Personal Essay Speaker: William Kenower

 

 

 

 

 

Cascade 2

Children’s Picture & Chapter Book:

Writing Nonfiction for Kids.

Speaker, Laurie Ann Thompson.

 

 

 

 

 

Cascade 3 & 4

Historical Fiction:

Location. Location. Location

Speakers: C.C. Humphreys, Joe Beernick, Pam Binder

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cascade 5 & 6

Literary Fiction

Point of View

Bharti Kirchner

 

 

 

 

 

Cascade 7 & 8

Romance & Women’s Fiction:

Trends in Romance & Women’s Fiction

Agent and Editor Panel: Diana Carlile, Jessica Faust, Meghan Farrell, Eric Ruben

 

 

 

 

 

Cascade 9

Mystery and Thriller:

Putting the D in Dastardly Deeds

Panel: Scotti Anderson, Tom Hopp, Jim Thomson, Brian Thornton, James Ziskin

 

 

 

 

 

Cascade 10

Science Fiction:

How Could Advances in Technology Change Society?

Speaker: Camela Thompson

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cascade 11

Fantasy/Paranormal:

The Glorious Middle

Speaker: Kay Kenyon

 

 

 

 

 

Cascade 12

Young Adult & Middle Grade:

Writing Humor

Speaker: Mark Maciejewski

 

 

 

 

 

Cascade 13

Book Store

12:30  to 1:30 pm

Spotlight on Publisher:

Tule Publishing

12:30  to 1:30 pm

Spotlight on Publisher:

Tom Doherty Associates, publisher of Tor, Forge, Orb, Starscape and Tor Teen, Suspense Publications, New World Library. Sourcebooks

 

 

 

 

 

Grand Ballroom 2

2:00 – 3:30 pm

Publishing Track

Grand Ballroom 3

2:00 – 3:30 pm

Prepare Your Manuscript for Publication Track

Evergreen 1 & 2

2:00 – 3:30 pm

Marketing Track

Evergreen 3

2:00 – 3:30 pm

The Next Level

Evergreen 4

2:00 – 3:30 pm

Craft of Writing

Cascade 1-13

2:00 – 3:30 pm

Writing Tracks

Best Practices & Formatting for Self-Publishing

Speaker: Gerri Russell

 

The Query and Synopsis

Speaker: Margarie Reynolds.

How to Write a Blurb that Sells Your Book.

Speaker: Diana Carlile

 

 

 

Planning a Series: Things to Think About Before You Start to Write.

Speaker: Melissa Ann Singer

 

Writing Diversity: How authors can create realistic multicultural characters.

Speaker: Wendy Schwartz

 

Cascade 1

Nonfiction/Memoir:

A Layer of Truth: The Role of Research.

Speaker: Gail Folkins

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cascade 2

Children’s Picture & Chapter Book:

Writing to Save the World

Speaker: Laurie Ann Thompson

 

 

 

 

 

Cascade 3 & 4

Historical Fiction:

Taming The Research Dragon

Speakers: Claire Gebben, Carrie Kwiatkowski, SJ McCormack, Fowler

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cascade 5 & 6

Literary Fiction:

Trends in Literary Fiction.

Agent Panel: Elise Capron, Quressa Robinson, Rebecca Scherer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cascade 7 & 8

Romance & Women’s Fiction:

Laws of Attraction

Speaker: Elizabeth Boyle

 

 

 

 

 

Cascade 9

Mystery and Thriller:

Heroes, Antiheroes and Villains.

Agent Panel: Michelle Richter, Jessica Faust

 

 

 

 

 

Cascade 10

Science Fiction:

Speculative Short Stories

Speaker: Cat Rambo

 

 

 

 

 

Cascade 11

Fantasy & Paranormal:

Non-terrestrial character development.

Speaker: Kathleen Alcala

 

 

 

 

 

Cascade 12

Young Adult & Middle Grade:

Trends in Young Adult & Middle Grade Fiction

Agent and Editor Panel: Laura Apperson, Shannon Hassan, Patricia Nelso, Karen Grencik

 

 

 

 

 

Cascade 13

Book Store

Grand Ballroom 2

4:00 – 5:30 pm

Publishing Track

Grand Ballroom 3

4:00 – 5:30 pm

Prepare Your Manuscript for Publication Track

Evergreen 1 & 2

4:00 – 5:30 pm

Marketing Track

Evergreen 3

4:00 – 5:30 pm

The Next Level

Evergreen 4

4:00 – 5:30 pm

Craft of Writing

 

Cascade 1-13

4:00 – 5:30 pm

Writing Tracks

Surviving Your Virgin Year: Tips for Your First Year as a Published Author

Speaker: Kim Hornsby

A Novel in Four Drafts

Speaker: Lindsay Schopfer

 

Podcasting To Sell Your Book.

Speaker: A.C. Fuller

Flash Fiction: How It Can Spark Creativity.

Speaker: Donna D. Conrad

 

Getting Sassy with Subtex

Speaker: Christine Fairchild

 

 

Cascade 1

Nonfiction/Memoir:

How To Dramatize Creative Nonfiction

Speaker: Scott Driscoll

 

 

 

 

 

Cascade 2

Children’s Picture & Chapter Book:

‘Insight Book’ Workshop

Speaker: Wendy Wahman

 

 

 

 

 

Cascade 3 & 4

Historical Fiction:

TBA

Bharti Kirchner

 

 

 

 

 

Cascade 5 & 6

Literary Fiction:

TBA

 

 

 

 

 

Cascade 7 & 8

Romance & Women’s Fiction:

The Secrets of Writing Steamy Romance

Speaker: Sabrina York

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cascade 9

Mystery and Thriller:

The elements of Killer Mysteries and Thrillers

Panel: Robert Dugoni, Matt Hoffman, Mike Lawson, and Kevin O’Brien

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cascade 10

Science Fiction:

Hard vs Soft Science Fiction.

Ethan Reid

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cascade 11

Fantasy & Paranormal:

Landscapes of Fantasy. From Mythic to Diesel Punk

Speaker: Kay Kenyon

 

 

 

 

 

Cascade 12

Young Adult & Middle Grade:

Crafting the Young Adult Novel.

Speaker: Melinda Rucker Haynes

 

 

 

 

 

Cascade 13

Book Store

 

7:00 – 8:30 pm

Literary Contest Awards Celebration and Dinner

(included in registration)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, July 23rd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Northwest 1

8:30 – 10:00 am

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Literary Contest First Place Winners Reading

Panel: Sandy McCormack and Darcy Carson

 

 

 

 

Grand Ballroom 3

SUNDAY MASTER CLASS SCHEDULE

9:00 – 1:00 pm

Cost: Conference registrants $125.00

Non-registrants $200.00

Swept Away: Writing Enthralling Fiction”

Speaker: Donald Maass –

 

 

 

 

 

 

Northwest 1

10:30 – 12:00

Publishing Track

Essential Edits to Be a Bestseller.

Speaker: Christine Fairchild

Northwest 2

10:30 – 12:00

Marketing Track

Fearless Marketing

Speaker: William Kenower

Northwest 3

10:30 – 12:00

Craft of Writing Track

Making the Most Of Your Writing Time.

Speaker: Lindsay Schopfer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday Keynote Dessert Reception: Natalie Baszille, Author of Queen Sugar

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Thursday Master Class: Write a novel – from first inspiration to final edit – with C. C. Humphreys

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Thursday Master Class: Twelve-Stage Writer’s Model of Structure With Christopher Vogler

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Friday Night Featured Dinner moderated by Robert Dugoni

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