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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 Morgan Lee Walsh (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


1:30 – 3:00 pm
Market your Book into an Amazon Best Seller
Presented by Rebecca Berus, Andrea Hurst, and Morgan Lee Walsh
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 Ballroom

7:30 pm
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION
Andre Dubus III
Emerald Ballroom
Book signing following event

Dessert Reception During Presentation




 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 sponsors Book Country's Lucy Silag
Emerald Ballroom: E


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


Query Letters That Grab the Attention of Agents and
Presented by a panel of agents and an editor: 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' 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, Elizabeth George, Mike Lawson, Featured Speaker Kevin O'Brien, and Bernadette Pajer
Crystal Ballroom B

 

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


4:00 – 5:30 pm
We’re Not in This Business Alone
Presented by Martha Brockenbrough and Sabrina York
Emerald Ballroom A


The Importance of a Strong Synopsis
Presented by a panel of agents and an editor: Gordon Warnock, Roseanne Wells, and Peter Field
Emerald Ballroom D

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

Publishing Landscapes
Presented by a panel of 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
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
Presenter and session details coming soon
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


What a Great Cover Design Does for Your Novel
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' Mark Coker
Emerald Ballroom E


2:00 – 3:30 pm
PR for Poets
Presented by Jeannine 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.
Presented by a panel of agents and an editor: 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 Bestseller lists with preorders
Presented by conference sponsor Smashwords' 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
Literary Contest Awards Celebration and Dinner
Emerald Ballroom

8:30 – 10:00 pm
Literary Contest Winners (by invitation only) Reception 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’ Reading
Emerald Ballroom

10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Why We Write
Presented by Bill Kenower
Emerald Ballroom






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