Saturday Sessions

Saturday Main Day Itinerary
Saturday, April 29
9am to 5 pm
Check-in & Onsite Registration begins 8:30 am

Diversity of Inspiration: Finding Ideas for Writing in Letters, Journals, Photographs, and Other Magical Sources
9am to 10am

What inspires writing? Where do those magical ideas come from? An award-winning author and teacher, Keynote Speaker Nina Sankovitch will explore sources of inspiration across the creative spectrum. She will share from her own experience, and connect diverse concepts for sowing the seeds that yield great writing.

Breakout Sessions

Time Session 1 Session 2 Session 3
10:15 – 11:15 am
Speculative Fiction
with Prof Nathan Ridings

In this session, Prof Ridings will discuss various elements of successful world building for speculative fiction authors.
Cutting through the noise: Crafting the query that editors will read with Agent Doug Grad

In this session, agent Doug Grad will share tips and techniques for crafting effective and successful query letters.
Legal Thrillers Panel with Manning Wolfe, Russell Little, Melanie Bragg, Ramon Del Villar

In this session, panelists will share tips and techniques for crafting bestselling legal fiction.

11:30 – 12:30
SciFi Panel with
Terry Hill, Adam Holt, Stuart Hardwick, and Glenn Roberts

In this session, panelists will share tips and techniques for crafting bestselling science fiction
Critique Groups: Why they matter with Mark Andersen

In this session, author Mark Anderson will share his journey as a writer and how critique groups helped him at each step of the process.
Social Media & Pod Casting for Artists with Vanessa Alstyne

In this session, Vanessa Alstyne will share tips and techniques for successful social media management and discuss the newest trend – Pod casts.
12:30 – 1:30 pm LUNCH


1:30 – 2:00 pm Exhibitor/Vendor Viewing

Exhibitor/Vendor Viewing Exhibitor/Vendor Viewing

2:00 – 3:00 pm
The Ins and Outs of Memoir with Keva Horry

In this session, Keva Horry will share tips and techniques she used in crafting her award-winning memoire.
Derek Murphy
Guerrilla Publishing: how to launch a bestseller without spamming social media.

In this session, author Derek Murphy will share his 10 step roadmap for successful book launches Designing your Ebook for publication, distribution and marketing with Enos Russell

In this session, Enos Russell will share tips and techniques for successful ebook creation and marketing.

3:15 – 4:15 pm
Who’s telling your story? Finding your narrative voice to immerse your readers with Julian Kindred

In this session, Julian Kindred discuss the decision of Point of View, how it affects your story, and what to consider as you make these choices for your work. Story Arc in Songwriting with Andrew Richardson, President of the Houston Songwriters Association

In this session, Andrew Richardson will share how story arc is vital in the songwriting field and explore techniques for building in story in your lyrics. Building your World for all genres with Dorothy Tinker

In this session, Dorothy Tinker will share the elements of successful world building using PERSIAN and how they apply in all genres for deeper and more successful story structure.

4:30 – 5:30 pm
Script Foibles: The 20 mistakes a screenwriter should never make with John Thomas

In this session, John Thomas will share tips and techniques for successful screenwriting and what to avoid.
The Agent-Author Relationship with former Agent Johnnie Bernhard her author Ian McLean; plus Agent Jennie Goloboy and her author Arianne Tex Thompson

In this panel, agents and their authors will share their journey to find each other and learn how to work together for a successful outcome on both sides.
Copyrights and Other Legal Considerations for Authors with attorney Manning Wolfe

In this session, attorney and author Manning Wolfe will share must know information on legal matters that pertain to the writing and publishing industry.