A day celebrating writers with informational workshops, hands on experience, a panel discussion, and a reception for all local authors or authors-to-be. Bring a copy of your book to celebrate completing your writing project or mingle and network with other authors during the reception.
Sign up for the conference in advance at the Porter Branch Adult Research Desk to receive weekly email writing tips and information on special writer's events and library resources in the lead up to the conference to get you motivated to write that masterpiece!
Timeline of the day:
9:45-10:45 Steve Watkins: When Fiction Goes to War: Creating Characters In and After Combat
9:45-10:45 Traci Hunter Abramson: Writing Believable Characters
9:45-10:45 Writing a Pitch
11:00-12:00 Ronnie Sidney: Beating the Odds: Using Graphic Novels to Help Youth Overcome Adversity
11:00-12:00 Chris Jones: Market Your Book Like a Pro! Tips, tools, and strategies to selling your book (and have fun while doing it!)
11:00-12:00 Review of First 500 Words: Bring 500 Words and Receive Feedback
1:30-3:00 Panel Discussion on Traditional Publishing vs. Self-Publishing Moderated by Linda White and featuring local authors: Jim Hall, E.H. Kindred, Mary Maki, and Steve Watkins
3:00-5:00 Local Author Reception