|The 34th Annual Western Reserve Writers' Conference|
Event Type: Writing|
Age Group(s): Adults
Start Time: 9:00 AM
End Time: 4:30 PM
The William N. Skirball Writers' Center proudly hosts the Western Reserve Writers' Conference for a second year, making it free of charge for writers. New this year, community writing organizations will have information tables at the conference.Library: South Euclid-Lyndhurst View Map
Parking: If the library parking lot is full, you may find parking on the side streets north of the library, such as Greenway or Golfway.
9:00-9:30 AM REGISTRATION, LIGHT BREAKFAST, COFFEEDrop off the first page of your work-in-progress at Registration. (See guidelines below, under “FIRST PAGE CRITIQUE” at 1:45 PM)
9:30 AM WELCOME & CONFERENCE OVERVIEW
Deanna R. Adams, Conference Coordinator
Laurie Kincer, William N. Skirball Writers' Center
9:40-10:20 AM KEYNOTE SPEAKER: BRIAN A. KLEMS, "GETTING PUBLISHED IN TODAY'S WORLD: 10 TIPS TO MAKE YOU A WRITER AGENTS AND PUBLISHERS WANT"Brian A. Klems (@BrianKlems), a graduate of the Ohio University E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, is the senior online editor of WritersDigest.com and author of the bestselling book, Oh Boy, You're Having a Girl: A Dad's Guide to Raising Daughters (Adams Media). His blog, The Writer's Dig -- which covers everything writing and publishing -- is one of the fastest growing blogs in the writing community. Brian has been a part of the Writer's Digest family since 2003 and has overseen the launch of all the Writer's Digest blogs as well as helped Writer's Digest become a vibrant member of the social media community.
Note: Sessions with an asterisk (*) include a writing exercise.
10:30-11:30 AM BREAKOUT SESSIONS, choose one:
1. Let's Get Cozy: Writing the Popular Who-Done-It / Amanda Flower. Learn what it takes to make your cozy stand out from the rest and get the attention it deserves.
2. *Revising Your Work / Deanna Adams. Learn how to see your work through an editor's eyes and start revising today! Writing exercise and Deanna's "Ten Tips for Achieving Your Writing Goals" included.
3. *Public Speaking for Writers / Ray McNiece. Learn simple techniques for reading your work to a live audience from a master performance poet. Practice reading your work and get feedback.
11:30-11:45 AM BREAK & PREARRANGED EDITING SESSIONS
Eight writers' names were drawn in August for eight free, 15-minute individual editing sessions with editors Judy Allen or Lex Hupertz. Judy Allen edits manuscripts for suspense, coming-of-age, short stories, children's, romance, sports, self-help and social commentary titles. Lex Hupertz of Write Now Publishing offers a range of editing services from developmental and line editing through proofreading.
11:45 AM-12:45 PM BREAKOUT SESSIONS, choose one:
1. *Getting Rid of Your Internal Censor / Barbara Snow. If you still hear that self-doubting voice questioning your talent as a writer, Barbara will help hush that voice and make you realize that Yes, you are a writer!
2. *Agents: When You Need One, When You Don't / Deanna R. Adams. Deanna will take you through the steps of pitching your book to an agent and also how to get published without one. Query letter writing included.
3. Writing for the Young Adult Market / JT Dutton. Explore what it means to "sound fifteen" and develop a coming-of-age voice that readers will love and remember.
12:45-1:45 PM LUNCH BREAK PLUS BOOK SALE & AUTHOR SIGNINGS
Brown bag or go out. Restaurant map available at registration table.
1:30-1:45 PM PREARRANGED EDITING SESSIONS
1:45-2:45 PM FIRST PAGE CRITIQUE with panelists Brian A. Klems, Deanna Adams and CCPL's new Writer in Residence Claire McMillan.
Submit the first page of your work-in-progress at the registration table upon check in. Your page must be double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12 point, with a title and genre indicated at the top. DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR NAME. Each panelist will raise a hand at the point where they would stop reading and then comment on what stopped them. Submissions will be randomly selected.
2:45-3:00 PM BREAK & PREARRANGED EDITING SESSIONS
3:00-4:00 PM BREAKOUT SESSIONS, choose one:
1. Don't Get Fooled Again / Steve Grant. Learn how to deal with the traditional publishing world and protect yourself from unscrupulous companies in the self-publishing world from an intellectual property attorney.
2. *Point of View: It's Not Just Who Tells the Story / Shelley Costa. Explore the special features of the most common points of view and, aside from the nuts and bolts of narration, consider each point of view and its meaning.
3. Dialogue Do's / Claire McMillan. With CCPL's new Writer in Residence, Simon & Schuster author Claire McMillan, take a close look at how best to use dialogue to deepen character and serve plot.
4:00-4:15 PM PREARRANGED EDITING SESSIONS
4:00-4:30 PM DOOR PRIZES, BOOK SALE & AUTHOR SIGNINGS, MEET-UP FOR WRITERS LOOKING FOR A WRITING GROUP