ABC-Artisans of Books

                                                                  Welcome to

                                    2019 Southwest Florida Writers 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 panel
                 Room Tolstoy   What’s hot & what’s not in non-fiction                       Agent
                 Room Austin     Writing to a market                                                    Staff –
Until          Room King        Internet Marketing for writers                                   Staff –
                 Room Rowling   Literary fiction that appeals to Agents/publishers     Agent
                 Room Dickens   How to write books that sell                                       Agent
                 Room Roberts   Grammar – where to find it                                       Staff –
9:30 AM    Room Twain      Poetry workshop/finding publication                         Staff –

Session 2          40 minute session

9:40 AM    Theater           Agents/Editors answer questions about non-fiction     Agents & Editors
                  Room Tolstoy  What’s hot & what’s not in fiction                              Agent
                  Room Austin    Writing to a market                                                   Staff –
Until          Room King       Internet Marketing for writers                                    Staff –
                  Room Rowling Editing – You mean there’s more than grammar?       Staff/Editor
                  Room Dickens Magazine article writing                                             Staff – 
                  Room Roberts Biographies & tell-alls                                                 Agent

10:20 AM  Room Twain    YA that appeals to Agents/publishers          Agent

Session 3
           40 minute session

10:30 AM   Theater           What publishers want in an author                            Publishers panel
                  Room Tolstoy  What’s hot & what’s not in fiction                              Agent
                  Room Austin    Cook Books that Sell                                                   Agent
Until           Room King       Internet Marketing for writers                                   Staff –
                  Room Rowling Editing – You mean there’s more than grammar?       Staff/Editor  
                  Room Dickens Magazine article writing                                            Staff –
                  Room Roberts Less is More – the art of being succinct                     Staff –
11:10 AM  Room Twain    Memoirs – What people what to know about you        Agent

 Session 4         40 minute session

11:20 AM  Theater           Intellectual Property                                                   Agent/Lawyer
                  Room Tolstoy  What’s hot & what’s not in non-fiction                       Agent
                  Room Austin    Beware the Shaggy Dog story                                    Staff –
Until          Room King       Mystery that appeals to agents & publishers              Agent
                  Room Rowling Self-Publishing – is it for you?                                    Staff –
                  Room Dickens Literary Magazines – Who, How, What & When            Staff –
                  Room Roberts Using Blogs to develop a market & following              Staff –
12:00 PM   Room Twain    Open for Agents Suggestions                                     Agent  

 12:10 PM   Dining Hall      Lunch is served
12:40 PM   Dining Hall      Presenting of collegiate writing awards                    Clarissa Tomlinson

Session 5          40 minute session

1:20 PM     Theater           Getting your book on shelves – panel discussion       Bookstore                                                                                                                                               owners/managers
                  Room Tolstoy  Is fiction the place to start your writing career          Staff –
                  Room Austin    Platforms & how to build them                                 Staff –
Until           Room King       Romance that appeals to agents & publishers         Agent
                  Room Rowling Theme, Plot, Story Line – they aren’t the same         Staff –
                  Room Dickens Publishing studies and scholarly work                     Staff –
                  Room Roberts Using Blogs to develop a market & following           Staff –
2:00 PM     Room Twain    Open for Agents Suggestions                                   Agent  


Session 6           40 minute session

2:10 PM     Theater           Getting your book on shelves – panel discussion      Area Librarians
                  Room Tolstoy  Character Development – a scientific approach        Staff –
                  Room Austin    Platforms & how to build them                                Staff –
Until           Room King       Fantasy that appeals to agents & publishers             Agent
                  Room Rowling “Hobby authors” – A place to start & how to do it      Staff –
                  Room Dickens Publishing human interest stories and books            Editor
                  Room Roberts Using Blogs to develop a market & following             Staff –
2:50 PM      Room Twain    Open for Agents Suggestions                                   Agent 

Session 7           40 minute session

3:00 PM     Theater           Publishing trends – panel discussion                         Agents & Editors
                  Room Tolstoy  Character Development – a scientific approach         Staff –
                  Room Austin    Advanced editing topics – Legalities, continuity        Editor
Until          Room King       Historical works that appeal to agents & publishers   Agent
                  Room Rowling Effective social media writing                                    Staff –
                  Room Dickens Finding your market                                                  Staff –
                  Room Roberts Newspaper articles & stories – getting started            Staff –
3:40 PM     Room Twain    Open for Agents Suggestions                                     Agent

                          
Session 8        40 minute session

3:50 PM     Theater     What do avid readers want – panel discussion          Book buyers & club members
                  Room Tolstoy  Writing for radio and TV                                            Staff –
                  Room Austin    Effective Dialogue                                                     Staff –
Until          Room King       Children’s that appeal to agents & publishers            Agent
                  Room Rowling Effective social media writing                                     Staff –
                  Room Dickens Query Letters                                                             Agent
                  Room Roberts Newspaper articles & stories – getting started            Staff –
4:30 PM     Room Twain    Open for Agents Suggestions                                     Agent

 Session 9       40 minute session

4:40 PM     Theater      What do avid readers want – panel discussion         Book buyers & club members
                  Room Tolstoy  Pacing – keep them reading                                       Staff –
                  Room Austin    Effective Dialogue                                                      Staff –
Until           Room King       Sci-fi that appeal to agents & publishers                   Agent
                  Room Rowling Non-fiction that appeal to agents & publishers         Agent
                  Room Dickens Reasons to write – but not for publication                 Staff –
                  Room Roberts The idea factory – creative juice squeezer                Staff –
5:20 PM      Room Twain    Open for Agents Suggestions                                      Agent
5:30 PM     Lobby               Networking – visit exhibits, vendors, other participants


6:00 PM     Theater           Keynote speaker
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

(Draft notes – the faculty assignments are suggestions, if agents don’t have suggestions I have topics to fill classes)
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