Thursday, May 3, 2018

5:00 p.m. Registration Opens
6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Pre-Con Workshop with Diane Drake – What's the Big Idea: Creating a Strong Logline
A compelling logline can be key to both keeping your screenplay on track and to selling your material. This workshop will briefly cover the definition, purpose, and ingredients of a good logline, and then have attendees engage in a couple interactive exercises designed to practice crafting them. After that, we’ll have some time for Q&A on screenwriting and the film business.
 
OPEN TO PUBLIC - $20 (Not included in conference registration. Must purchase a separate ticket.)
Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. (Cash only at the door).

Friday, May 4, 2018

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: Christine Jarmola
Welcome: OWFI President Sabrina Fish

Room A

Room B

Room C

Room D

9:10 – 10:10 a.m. Agents & Editors Panel
Ask our lineup of agents & editors questions.
Samantha March
How to Effectively Use Social Media
Arlene Gale
Legal and Business Considerations in Writing
10:20 – 11:20 a.m. Melissa Edwards
Contracts, Copyright, and Intellectual Property… Oh My!
Rhonda Penders & Ally Robertson
Where Does the Story Start?
Michael Dahl
From Richard Scarry to Really Scary: Writing Horror for Children
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Set up for WhoDunIt? luncheon Diane Drake
Get Your Story Straight: Structuring Your Screenplay to Sell
Vickey Kennedy
Story Building Blocks: The ABCs of Story Structure
12:30 p.m. Box Lunch Workshop with Mark Alpert – WhoDunIt? How to Write a Science Thriller
Prior ticket purchase required. No walk-ins.
 
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Adriana Mather
Writing Suspenseful Plots
William Bernhardt
Creating Character
Jack Burgos
You.com – How to Get Your Name on the World Wide Web
Linda Apple
Writing from Your Soul
3:10 – 4:10 p.m. Brian Roe
Working with a Professional Cover Designer
Mariana Llanos
What Everyone Should Know About Multicultural Children’s Literature
Tara Lynn Thompson
Get Your Name in Print
Adrean Messmer
This Kills the Monster: Dissecting Horror
4:20 – 5:20 p.m. Tamara Grantham
The Fantasy Formula: How to Build a Realistic Fantasy World
Hannah Joy Wilkinson
Writing Historical Fiction
Erin York
Publishing Your Poetry
BJ McMinn
Formatting for Kindle
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  
7:00 p.m. Banquet Keynote Speech by Michael Dahl
Approx. 9:00 p.m. LIVE MUSIC with Patrick von Wiegandt (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 5, 2018

REGISTRATION
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

PITCH ROOM
1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

BOOKSTORE
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Room A

Room B

Room C

Room D

8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Ally Robertson
How to Know When Your Work Is Ready for an Editor
Melissa Ann Singer
Writing Series Fiction
Rachelle Gardner
Book Proposals that Sell
Samantha March
How to Build a Platform
9:40 – 10:40 a.m. Courtney Knight
First Impressions Matter: On Queries
Mark Alpert
Putting Real Life in Your Fiction
BJ McMinn
Publishing on Amazon
Jack Burgos
Tales from Bedlam – Mental Illness in Storytelling
10:50 – 11:50 a.m. Set up for 50th Anniversary Luncheon Stephanie Hansen
Traditional Publishing: Insight from an Agent
Patrick von Wiegandt
Songwriting Basics: Where Do Ideas Come From?
12:00 p.m. Box Lunch Workshop: 50th Anniversary with Linda Apple, Anna Myers, Marsha Preston, & Wayne Wyrick
Prior ticket purchase required. No walk-ins.
 
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. William Bernhardt
Dynamic Dialogue
Adriana Mather
Making Book Trailers
Linda Apple
Using Fiction to Tell the Truth
Arlene Gale
What is a Writing Coach and Why Might I Need One
2:40 – 3:40 p.m. Tamara Grantham
Newsletters, Street Teams, and Websites
Vickey Malone Kennedy
Science Fiction Building Blocks
Adrean Messmer
The Red Write Hand: Fanfiction 101
Hannah Joy Wilkinson
Writing Christian Fiction
3:50 – 4:50 p.m. Brian Roe
The Basics of Book Cover Creation
Tara Lynn Thompson
A Writer for the Senses
Mariana Llanos
Secrets of a Hybrid Author
Erin York
Fanfiction: Fine or Fined?
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 2019 OWFI Keynote Speaker will be announced.)