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                                                           2019 Writer’s Conference
                                   “The Hudson comes to the Peace”

Here is your conference schedule:

For your convenience, a map of the Charlotte County Cultural Center is included in this program.  

When      Where                     What                                        Who

7:00 AM    Lobby              Registration/Packet dispersal                                     ABC volunteers
7:00 AM    Dining Hall      Breakfast is served                                                     Cultural Ctr. Staff

8:30 AM    Dining Hall      Welcome                                                                     Brenda Spalding

Session 1  40 MINUTE SESSION

8:50 AM    Theater           Agents/Editors answer questions about fiction          Agents & Editors                                                 Moderator – Marie LaBrassie
                                        Panel – Lisa Abellera, Doug Grad, Katharine Sands,
                                        Nicole Rescinti, open, Paula Munier  

                 Room Tolstoy  What’s hot & what’s not in non-fiction                      Agent   Stephany Evans
                 Room Austin    Writing to a market                                                  Staff – TBA
Until          Room King       Internet Marketing for writers                                  Staff – Brenda Spalding
                 Room Rowling Mainstream/Literary fiction that appeals to Agents   Agent Rebecca Scherer
                 Room Dickens Writing is your business – be sure it is!                     Staff – Tim Jacobs
                 Room Roberts Write right, right now!                                              Staff – Liz Coursins
9:30 AM    Room Twain    Poetry workshop/finding publication                        Staff – Clarissa Thomasson

Session 2    40 MINUTE SESSION

9:40 AM    Theater           Agents/Editors answer questions about non-fiction   Agents & Editors                                                   Moderator – Susan Klaus
                                          Panel – Dede Cummings, Stephany Evans, Bob Zaslow,
                                         Toni Robino, Dr. Robert Fulton,    
                  Room Tolstoy  What’s hot & what’s not in fiction                          Agent   Lisa Abellera
                  Room Austin    Writing to a market                                               Staff – TBA
Until          Room King       Internet Marketing for writers                                Staff –  Brenda Spalding
                 Room Rowling Editing – You mean there’s more than grammar?    Staff – Veronica H. Hart
                 Room Dickens Literary Magazines – Who, How, What & When        Staff – Dr. Lynn Hawkins
                 Room Roberts The Book Tourist – Marketing in person                  Staff – Liz Coursins
                 Room Twain    Six secrets of successfully published authors         Agent   Sheree Bykofsky

Session 3   40 MINUTE SESSION

10:30 AM  Theater          What publishers want in an author                            Publishers   

                                         Moderator – Marie LaBrassie
                                         Panel – Mary Custurerie, Jane Cussen, (Peppertree)
                                           X, Y, Z 
                  Room Tolstoy  What’s hot & what’s not in fiction                           Agent   Lisa Abellera
                  Room Austin    Five reasons you need an agent                             Agent   Sheree Bykofsky
Until          Room King       Reasons to write – but not for publication              Agent   Toni Robino
                 Room Rowling Editing – You mean there’s more than grammar?     Staff – Veronica H. Hart
                 Room Dickens Publishing studies and scholarly work (???)              Staff – TBA
                 Room Roberts Setting – Suspending the disbelief                           Staff – Clarissa Thomasson
11:10 AM  Room Twain    Stalking Dead People –Researching Bios & Memoirs  Staff – Jo Ann Glin                                   

Session 4    40 MINUTE SESSION

11:20 AM  Theater          Intellectual Property                                                  Agent   Emily Keyes
                  Room Tolstoy  What’s hot & what’s not in non-fiction                    Agent    Stephany Evans
                  Room Austin    Beware the Shaggy Dog story                                 Editor    Dr. Robert Fulton
Until          Room King       Mystery that appeals to agents & publishers           Agent    Nicole Rescinti
                 Room Rowling Self-Publishing – is it for you?                                  Staff –  Tim Jacobs
                 Room Dickens Magazine article writing                                          Staff –   Lane DeGregory
                 Room Roberts It all depends on your “point of view!” (POV)            Staff –  Joanne Tailele
12:00 PM   Room Twain    Books that sell to Agents, Publishers & Readers      Agent    Doug Grad

12:10 PM   Dining Hall      Lunch is served

12:40 PM   Dining Hall     Presenting collegiate writing awards                        Staff Clarissa Thomasson

Session 5               40 minute session

1:20 PM     Theater What do periodicals want – panel discussion                    Newspaper & Magazine Eds.                               Moderator – Lucy Tobias
                              Panel – Bob Massey, Ed Franks, Cindy McCurry Bush/,
                              Naples), (Sarasota), (GCM), mag Y

                  Room Tolstoy  Is fiction the place to start your writing career         Staff – DL Havlin
                  Room Austin    Platforms & how to build them                                Editor  Lynn Thompson
Until          Room King       Romance that appeals to agents & publishers          Agent   Nicole Recinti
                  Room Rowling Writing others stories – Biographies                         Staff – Dr. Lynn Hawkins
                  Room Dickens Magazine article writing                                           Staff – Lane DeGregory
                  Room Roberts Covers that work & those that don’t – to sell books  Staff – Joe Eckstein
2:00 PM     Room Twain    The art of keeping them reading - Pacing                 Staff – Joanne Tailele

Session 6      40 MINUTE SESSION

2:10 PM     Theater    Getting your book on shelves – panel discussion      Area Librarians                                                     Moderator – Nancy Buscher

                              Panel – Dr. Robert Hoeperling, Ellen India, Mary X, (Collier), (Charlotte), (Lee), (Manatee), (Desoto)

                  Room Tolstoy  Character Development – a scientific approach I     Staff –  DL Havlin
                  Room Austin    Is Partnership Publishing for you?                           Editor Dede Cummings
Until          Room King       The Well-Sold Story – Secrets that sell your writing  Agent   Paula Munier
                  Room Rowling “Hobby authors” – A place to start & how to do it    Staff – Pat McKanic
                  Room Dickens Plot, theme, story … the anatomy of fiction             Staff –  Ronni Miller
                  Room Roberts A Writer’s View on Crafting a Best Seller                  Staff – Angela Assanti
2:50 PM     Room Twain    Writing for outdoor publication                                Editor  Dr. Robert Fulton

Session 7      40 MINUTE SESSION

3:00 PM     Theater      Publishing trends – panel discussion                         Agents & Editors                                                   Moderator – Susan Klaus
                              Panel – Sheree Bykofsky, Rebecca Scherer, Katherine Sands, Emily Keyes

                  Room Tolstoy  Character Development – a scientific approach II    Staff –  DL Havlin
                  Room Austin    Effective Dialogue                                                  Staff – James Abraham
Until          Room King       Historical works that appeal to agents & publishers Agent   TBA
                  Room Rowling Producing, Writing & Selling “Green” work               Editor Dede Cummings
                  Room Dickens Finding your market                                                Staff – Dr. Lynn Hawkins
                  Room Roberts Newspaper articles & stories – getting started         Staff –  Lucy Beebe Tobias
3:40 PM     Room Twain    Fantasy that appeals to agents & publishers            Agent   TBA

Session 8     40 MINUTE SESSION

3:50 PM     Theater    Getting your book on shelves – panel discussion       Bookstore owners/managers
                                   Moderator – Susan Klaus
                              Panel – Heidi X, Kathryn Y, (McIntosh), (Store One), (Sunshine Books), (B&N), (BAM),                                                 Annette Stilson

                  Room Tolstoy  Writing for radio and TV                                            Staff – TBA
                  Room Austin    Effective Dialogue                                                      Staff – James Abraham
Until          Room King       YA & Children’s that appeal to agents & publishers  Agent   Emily Keyes
                 Room Rowling Writing controversial subjects – in poetry & verse    Staff – Melody Dean Dimick
                  Room Dickens Query Letters                                                            Agent   Katharine Sands
                  Room Roberts Newspaper articles & stories – getting started         Staff –  Lucy Beebe Tobias
4:30 PM     Room Twain    Copywriting – Hone your skills & make some cash   Staff –  Ronni Miller

Session 9     40 MINUTE SESSION

4:40 PM     Theater    What do avid readers want – panel discussion      Book buyers & club members
                                     Moderator – Susan Klaus
                                     Panel – 4 book store & 4 librarians referrals

                  Room Tolstoy  Pacing – keep them reading                                   Staff –  Melody Dean Dimick
                  Room Austin    Advanced editing topics – Legalities, continuity     Editor  Lynn Thompson
Until          Room King       The Second Draft Deep Dive: Revising to sell          Agent   Paula Munier
                  Room Rowling Non-fiction that appeal to agents & publishers       Agent   Doug Grad

                  Room Dickens “Hobby authors” – A place to start & how to do it   Staff – Pat McKanic
                  Room Roberts The idea factory – creative juice squeezer               Agent   Toni Robino
5:20 PM     Room Twain    Illustrations & Artwork Basics                                  Staff – Joe Eckstein

5:30 PM     Lobby               Networking – visit exhibits, vendors, other participants

6:00 PM     Theater           Keynote speaker                                                                     X

6:40 PM     Dining Hall      Banquet

7:50 PM     Dining Hall      Presentation of the “Whammy”                                             DL Havlin

8:00 PM     Dining Hall      Comments and farewell                                             Brenda Spalding & DL Havlin


                                                     ONE-TO-ONE  SESSIONS

 How it works.

This is your opportunity to get personal advice and counseling from our New York publishing professionals and other members of our faculty with strong experience in one or more publishing areas. You’ll get an honest opinion of your work and, most importantly, the areas you need to improve on from a person qualified to do it! You can make great strides forward in your writing progress from what you learn at this one day conference. You may select (on a first come first serve basis) a faculty member to have a twenty-minute one-to-one counseling meeting. Yes, the agents will expect you to pitch your work to them if they have connections to your genre, general fiction, or non-fiction interest area.

 Here’s how it works:

You must be a registered participant of the conference to be eligible for the one-to-one sessions.
Read about each faculty member’s area of expertise and determine which members you would like to consult. There is a limit of two sessions with our New York Agents/Editors per participant. There is no limit on our “local” faculty.
Each faculty member will have a writing sample requirement that must be submitted to the conference 60 days (in our hands) prior to the conference. This allows the faculty member to review your work in advance and give you better suggestions. Requirements are specified in the “selection sheets” in this program.
You will have a time(s) and place(s) provided to you in your registration packet the day of the conference.
Most consultations will be in the Dining Hall, but some may be moved to other locations to accommodate presenters. (See map)
If the faculty member you’ve chosen already has been “sold out” you will be given the opportunity to select another member. Availability of all faculty is on a first-come-first-serve basis based on receipt of registrations.
Rates per session with each individual are marked on the selection sheets. New York Agent/Editor Faculty is $50 for each session. The faculty is $30 for each session.
See refund policy for this topic.         

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