Thursday, May 4

5:00 p.m. Registration Opens
6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Pre-Con Workshop with Ben Montgomery: Dirty Little Narrative
How to make your true short stories for magazines and newspapers sing. Ben Montgomery, a Pulitzer Prize finalist in local reporting and Dart Award winning reporter for the Tampa Bay Times, shares tips on how to report for narrative and breathe life into your words.
 
OPEN TO PUBLIC – $20 (Not included in conference registration, must purchase separate ticket)
Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door (cash only at the door).

Friday, May 5

REGISTRATION/LOBBY AREA
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

PITCH ROOM
2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

BOOKSTORE, PRE-CONVENE AREA
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

8:30 a.m. Opening Session – Opening Skit: Amy Shojai
Welcome: OWFI President Christine Jarmola

Room A

Room B

Room C

Room D

9:10 – 10:10 a.m. Agents & Editors Panel
Ask our lineup of agents & editors questions.
Jennifer McMurrain
Indie Strong
Joan Stewart
How to Become an Expert in Your Topic & Promote Your Expertise (Even If You Write Fiction)
10:20 – 11:20 a.m. Sam Morgan
Publishing Math
Ally Robertson
Plotting Your Way to a Solid Outline
Sonia Gensler
Writing Horror With Heart
Jason Hough
Scrivener Boot Camp
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lauren Spieller
Strategies for Writing a Successful Query
Tamera Grantham
Writing a Series Character
Amy Collins
How to Get Noticed on Amazon
12:30 p.m. Box Lunch Workshop with Ann Leslie Tuttle – Casual Q & A With the Editor
Prior ticket purchase required. No walk-ins.
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Nathan Brown
The Art of Songwriting
Dr. Marty Ludlum
Should I Incorporate My Writing Business?
Ruth Weeks
Things That Go Bump in the Night
Heather Davis
"Writing for the Love"
(Inspirational Writing)
3:10 – 4:10 p.m. Cara Brookins
#RaiseMyRoof
David Christopher
Building a Marketing Platform for Your Writing
Amy Shojai
BLOG-ICITY: Why Most Blogs Suck & How to Make It Work
4:20 – 5:20 p.m. Ben Montgomery
Go Long: Ten secrets to reporting, pitching, and writing nonfiction books.
Lance Hawvermale
Poetry for Daredevils
Judith Briles
If Publishing Is in Your Midst... Which Option is for YOU and YOUR Book?
7:00 p.m. Banquet Keynote: Kelley Armstrong – Coping With the Unanswerable
Approx. 9:00 p.m. LIVE MUSIC with Nathan Brown (9 p.m. – 10 p.m.)
Buzz Sessions (informal come-and-go talks)
Locations and topics will be announced at the close of banquet.

Saturday, May 6

REGISTRATION
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

PITCH ROOM
1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

BOOKSTORE, PRE-CONVENE AREA
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Room A

Room B

Room C

Room D

8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Sam Morgan
Tales from the Slush Pile
Rhonda Penders
The Business of Writing
Dr. Marty Ludlum
Legal Issues for Writers
Jason Hough
Writing Kick Ass Action Scenes
9:40 – 10:40 a.m. Hannah Fergesen
Stakes
Bess Cozby
The Revision Process: From First Draft to Final Book
Joan Stewart
How to Generate Fun Ideas for Book Publicity
10:50 – 11:50 a.m. Set-up for Tea Lunch Ann Leslie Tuttle
The Inside Scoop on Publishing With Harlequin
Kelley Armstrong
Page Turning Fiction
12:00 p.m. Box Lunch Workshop: Tea with Sonia Gensler – Honing Your Writing to a T(ea)
Prior ticket purchase required. No walk-ins.
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Ruth Weeks
The Stage and the Page
Heather Davis
Once Upon a Time There Was Me (Writing Your Life's Story)
Nathan Brown
Why Prose Writers Should Read and Write Poetry
Tamara Grantham
5 Best Books on Writing
2:40 – 3:40 p.m. David Christopher
Write More, Write Better
Judith Briles
How to Avoid Book Publishing Blunders, Bloopers, & Boo-Boos
Joan Stewart
How to Use Email to Create SuperFans Who Help You Sell Books
Amy Shojai
SCRIPTING NEKKID: The Playwright's Life
3:50 – 4:50 p.m. Amy Collins
How to Get Your Books Into Bookstores (Chain & Independent)
Lance Hawvermale
Getting Published...the Hard Way
Jennifer McMurrain
Contest Junkie
Cara Brookins
Writing in Multiple Genres Without Killing Your Career
5:00 – 5:20 p.m. OWFI Board Meeting
Officers and delegates, please attend
5:20 – 5:30 p.m. OWFI General Membership Meeting
All members welcome & encouraged to attend
7:00 p.m. Banquet: Contest Results
(The 2018 OWFI Keynote Speaker will be announced)
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