Thursday, May 2, 2019

5:00 p.m. Lobby Registration Opens
6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Pre-Con Workshop with TAMARA HART HEINER – Writing Hard Topics for Teens While Avoiding the Smut
Real life teenagers deal with uncomfortable situations and topics on a daily basis. Literature is both an outlet and a learning tool, opening the eyes of those unaware of social issues and providing hope and light to those suffering. Discover what your end goal is and tackle the hard topics with class.
 
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 3, 2019

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

PITCH ROOM
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 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 Staci Mauney

Room A

Room B

Room C

Room D

9:10 – 10:10 a.m. Agents & Editors Panel
Ask our lineup of agents & editors questions.
Angela Archer
Elements and Rules of Writing Historical Novels
Linda Boulanger
Can I really create my own cover?
10:20 – 11:20 a.m. Grace Wagner
An Introduction to Poetry of Witness and Documentary Poetics
Shannon Iwanski
People First Language: Shaping Readers' Perceptions of Characters
Tamara Hart Heiner
Writing Distinctive Voices with Multiple Points of View
CM Healy
Being Self-Published, but Looking Professional
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Set up for Hawaiian Luau luncheon Melissa Ann Singer
Instant Feedback on Your Opening Scene
12:30 p.m. Lunch Workshop with Robin Patchen – Writing when Life Gets in the Way
Prior ticket purchase required. No walk-ins.
 
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Natasha Tinsley
Beyond Inclusion: Intentional Strategies for Critiquing Race and Racism in Writing
Eric Reitan
There’s No Such Thing as Writer’s Block
Rene Gutteridge
Screenwriting for Novelists
Sabrina Fish
Building an Author Platform
3:10 – 4:10 p.m. Cecelia Wilson
Back to Bremen *Co-host w/Edith Röpke Harris
Jennifer McMurrain
All Things E-book
John Biggs
Writing by the Seat of Your Pants
Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer
Writing about Native Americans
4:10 – 6:30 p.m.  
7:00 p.m. Banquet Keynote Speech by Meg Gardiner - Inspiration, Craft, and Elbow Grease: A Writer’s Journey
Approx. 9:00 p.m. Buzz Sessions (informal come-and-go talks)
Locations and topics will be announced at the close of banquet.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

REGISTRATION
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

PITCH ROOM
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

BOOKSTORE
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Room A

Room B

Room C

Room D

9:10 – 10:10 a.m. Ally Robertson
Fine-Tuning Your Manuscript Before Submitting (Or Self-Publishing)
Cecelia Wilson
How to Interview for Magazines and more
Amy Brewer
Formula for writing Romance
Paul Levine
How to go from Fingers on the Keyboard to Dollars in the Bank
10:20 – 11:20 a.m. Rene Gutteridge
The Screenwriting Life
Angela Archer
The Best of Both Worlds: Being a Hybrid Author
Amelia Appel
Instant Feedback on Query letters
Sabrina Fish
Fantasy World Building
11:30 – 12:30 p.m. Set up for the Galaxy Luncheon Meg Gardiner
Killer Plots: Building Tension & Creating Conflict in Fiction
12:30 p.m. Lunch Workshop with John Biggs—Let Magic Realism Work its Spell on Your Fiction
Prior ticket purchase required. No walk-ins.
 
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Robin Patchen
Small Edits, Big Impact: Literary Devices and Simple Tricks to Improve your Prose
CM Healy
Self-Published Marketing: Doing It on Your Own
Jennifer McMurrain
Book Cook
Natasha Tinsley
Seeing is Believing: Strategies for “Showing” in Creative Writing
3:10 – 4:10 p.m. Linda Boulanger
Judging a book by its cover
Grace Wagner
The Technical Side of Poetry: An Introductory/Intermediate Workshop on Poetic Devices and Form
Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer
My Thousand Mile Journey (Motivation, inspiration, and encouragement for writers)
Eric Reitan
Openings that Don’t Suck (But Do Suck You In)
4:10 – 5:00 p.m.  
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 2020 OWFI Keynote Speaker will be announced.)