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2015 CONFERENCE SCHEDULE - July 16 – 19, 2015

Please note conference program is subject to change.

 

THURSDAY July 16th

8:00 AM – 7:30   PM
Registration Desk

9:30 – 11:00 AM
PNWA Success Stories
Presented by Ethan Reid (additional speaker will be listed soon).
Emerald Ballroom D

 

How To Get The Most Out Of Your PNWA Conference
Presented by the Seattle Scribblers
Emerald Ballroom E

 

Writing Active Setting
Presented by Mary Buckham
Emerald Ballroom F

 

Choose Your Own Adventure: An Unbiased Look at the Publishing Choices Available Today
Presented by Beth Jusino
Mercer A & B

 

11:00 AM
Lunch Sales Begins


11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
The Changing Landscape of Self-Publishing
Presented by conference sponsor Visual Quill's Amazon best-selling author and conference Featured Speaker, Gerri Russell

Emerald F


1:30 – 3:00 PM
Market your Book into an Amazon Best Seller
Presented by Rebecca Berus and Andrea Hurst
Emerald Ballroom D

 

Character, Value and Change
Presented by Scott Driscoll
Emerald E


A Primer on Ebook Publishing

Presented by conference sponsor Smashwords
Emerald Ballroom F

 

Engaging Readers and Building a Fanbase
Presented by Kiffer Brown
Mercer A & B


3:30 – 5:00 PM
Session details coming soon
Presented by Robert Dugoni
Emerald Ballroom

 

5:30 – 7:00 PM
Pitching Fest
Presented by Featured Speaker Gerri Russell
Crystal Ballrooms A, B, &C

7:30 PM (purchase tickets)
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION
Andre Dubus III
Emerald Ballroom
Book signing following event

Dessert Reception During Presentation

9:00 - 10:30 PM

Bards & Beverages

Readings by Featured Poet Carolyne Wright, and guest poets Bill Carty, Kelly Davio, and Jeannine Hall Gailey. Poetry Finalist in the Literary Contest will also have the opportunity to read!

Writer's Cafe

 

FRIDAY July 17th

7:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Registration Desk

7:30 – 9:00 AM

Continental Breakfast
Emerald Foyer

8:00 – 8:30 AM
PNWA Annual Member Meeting
Emerald Ballroom

8:30 – 9:30 AM
Editor Forum
Emerald Ballroom


10:00 – 11:30 AM
Agent Forum
Emerald Ballroom


11:00 AM
Lunch Sales Begins

12:00 – 1:30 PM
Treat Your Book Like a Start Up
Presented by conference sponsor Book Country's Lucy Silag
Emerald Ballroom E

 

Simon and Schuster

Session details coming soon



2:00 – 3:30 PM 
Children's Picture and Chapter Books
Presenter and session details coming soon
Emerald Ballroom A


Query Letters That Grab the Attention of Agents & Editors 
Panel Presentation by agents and an editors: Ayanna Coleman, April Eberhardt, Connor Goldsmith, and Lynn Price
Ballroom D


The Media Interview
Presented by Greg Martin
Emerald Ballroom E

 

The Best Practices of Successful Ebook Authors
Presented by conference sponsor Smashwords's Mark Coker
Emerald Ballroom F

 

Inciting Incident
Presented by Scott Driscoll
Mercer A & B


Key Elements of Fantasy, and Hard and Soft Science Fiction
Presented by Featured Speaker Nancy Kress, Nicole J. Persun, Terry Persun, and Kat Richardson
Crystal Ballroom A


Villany 101
Presented by Robert Dugoni, Bernadette PajerMike Lawson, and Gloria Kempton
Crystal Ballroom B

 

Point of View – First and Third Person
Presented by Wayne Ude
Crystal Ballroom C


4:00 – 5:30 PM
We’re Not in This Business Alone
Presented by Martha BrockenbroughChelly Wood, Penny Wright, and Sabrina York
Emerald Ballroom A


The Importance of a Strong Synopsis
Panel Presentation by agents and editors: Gordon Warnock, Roseanne Wells, and Peter Field
Emerald Ballroom D

 

Why Do Book Reviews Matter?
Presented by Kiffer Brown
Emerald Ballroom E

 

Publishing Landscapes
Panel presentation by editors: Sheila Gilbert, Brit Hvide, Anna Michels, and Adam Wilson
Emerald Ballroom F

 

How to Write an Irresistible Non-Fiction Book Proposal
Presented by agent Rita Rosenkranz
Mercer A & B


Bring the Past to Life
Presented by Dave BolingBharti Kirchner, J.L. Oakley, and Candace Robb
Crystal Ballroom A


Hooks: Baiting Your Story To Catch a Reader
Presented by Featured Speaker Elizabeth Boyle
Crystal Ballroom B



Make Sure You Know What You’re Writing
Presented by editor John Raab
Crystal Ballroom C


7:00 PM
FEATURED PRESENTATION (purchase tickets)
Elizabeth Boyle, J.A. Jance, Nancy Kress, Kevin O’Brien, and Gerri Russell

Dinner During Presentation 


8:30 – 10:00 PM
Autograph Party
Emerald Ballroom
Over sixty award-winning and New York Times best-selling authors will be in attendance.

SATURDAY - July 18th

7:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Registration Desk

7:30 – 9:00 AM
Continental Breakfast
Emerald Foyer

8:00 – 9:30 AM
Everyday Emergency: Poems that use everyday language to invoke surprise and move between the interior and exterior landscape
Presented by Bill Carty
Emerald Ballroom A


Project Manage Your Book to The Finish Line
Presented by Wendy Kendall
Emerald Ballroom D


Getting Your Books into the Hands of Readers
Presented by Wendy Hinman
Emerald Ballroom E


The Independent/Hybrid Author
Presented by Arleen Williams
Emerald Ballroom F


When Bad Grammar Makes For Good Writing
Presented by Martha Brockenbrough
Crystal Ballroom A


The Perfect Fiction Proposal
Presented by agent Chip MacGregor
Crystal Ballroom B


The Elements of Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction
Presented by Brian Mercer
Crystal Ballroom C


10:00 – 11:30 AM
The Cross-Genre Connection: What Prose Writers Can Learn from Poetry
Presented by Kelly Davio
Emerald Ballroom A

The First Page
Presented by a panel of agents: Noah Ballard, Rachel Letofsky, Mary C. Moore, and Monica Odam
Emerald Ballroom D


The Author Platform: Social Media Dos and Don’ts
Presented by Girl Friday Production's Andrea Dunlop and conference sponsor Book Country's Lucy Silag
Emerald Ballroom E


Great Cover Designs: What's Hot and What's Not
Presented by Kelli Liddane
Emerald Ballroom F


See Me, Touch Me, Feel Me: Using Sensory Detail to Evoke Emotion in the Reader
Presented by Anjali Banerjee
Crystal Ballroom A


Edgy Inspirational Fiction; Compromise or Reality?
Presented by J.D. DeWitt
Crystal Ballroom B


The Five Essential Elements of a Short Story
Presented by Bharti Kirchner
Crystal Ballroom C



11:00 AM
Lunch Sales Begin

 

12:00 – 1:30 PM
Merchandising in the Apple iBooks Store
Presented by conference sponsor Smashwords's Mark Coker
Emerald Ballroom E


2:00 – 3:30 PM
PR for Poets
Presented by Jeannine Hall Gailey
Emerald Ballroom A


The Anatomy of a Good Book Presented by agent Jennifer Weltz
Crystal Ballroom B


Creating Identity and Branding for Authors 
Presented by Kiffer Brown
Emerald Ballroom E


Best-Selling Genres 
Panel presentation by agents and editors: Margaret Bail, Shannon Hassan, Carly Watters and Allison Lyons
Emerald Ballroom F


Revision --  Top Seven Manuscript Pitfalls
Presented by Jason Black
Crystal Ballroom A



A Fun Look at the Subgenres of Fantasy and Science Fiction
Presented by Lindsay Schopfer
Crystal Ballroom B


Nonfiction: Do you Speak Mandarin
Presented by Bharti Kirchner
Crystal Ballroom C


4:00 – 5:30 PM
“Look Here!” -- Voice and Persona in Poetry
Presented by Carolyne Wright
Emerald Ballroom A



Tax Issues: What an Author Needs to Know 
Presented by CPA, Robert Abbott
Emerald Ballroom D


Hit the Best-Seller Lists with Preorders
Presented by conference sponsor Smashwords's Mark Coker
Emerald Ballroom E

 

The Five Stages of Editing
Presented by A.C. Fuller
Emerald Ballroom F


Deep Revision

Presented by Waverly Fitzgerald
Crystal Ballroom A


Writing Outside Your Comfort Zone
Presented by Kat Richardson
Crystal Ballroom B


Point of View: Omniscient
Presented by Wayne Ude
Crystal Ballroom C


7:00 – 8:30 PM (purchase tickets)
Literary Contest Awards Celebration and Dinner
Emerald Ballroom

8:30 – 10:00 PM
Exclusive Event: Literary Contest Winners's Afterparty with Agents & Editors

SUNDAY - July 19th

8:00 am – 12:00 PM
Registration Desk

8:30 – 10:00 AM
Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 9:30 AM
Literary Contest First Place Winners’s Reading
Emerald Ballroom

10:00 am – 12:00 PM 
Why We Write (purchase tickets)
Presented by Bill Kenower
Emerald Ballroom






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