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The 33rd Annual Western Reserve Writers Conference

Event Type: Writing
Age Group(s): Adults
Date: 9/24/2016
Start Time: 9:00 AM
End Time: 4:30 PM
Description:
 THIS CONFERENCE IS FREE OF CHARGE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ITS HISTORY! REGISTER TODAY.

AGENDA

9:00-9:30 AM REGISTRATION, CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST, COFFEE

9:30 AM WELCOME & CONFERENCE OVERVIEW
Deanna R. Adams, Conference Coordinator
Laurie Kincer, William N. Skirball Writers' Center

9:40 AM KEYNOTE SPEAKER: WRITER JOHN ETTORRE
John will share what he learned from his friendship with noted American writer and editor William Zinsser, author of On Writing Well, among others. John is an Emmy award-winning writer, journalist and marketing communicator.

Note: Sessions with an asterisk (*) include a writing exercise.

10:15-11:15 AM BREAKOUT SESSIONS, choose one:
1. *Organizing Your Novel / Julie Anne Lindsey. Get a crash course in novel know-how from a writer who has published short stories, novellas and 16 novels.
2. Self-Publish Your Memoir / Sandy Petrovic. Sandy takes you step-by-step through her process and experience self-publishing a book with her son David about autism and Tourette's syndrome.
3. *Research/Writing the Nonfiction Book / Gail Bellamy. Find out how to organize your research, use background material and define your market with Gail Bellamy, PhD, a veteran magazine editor with seven books of poetry and nonfiction.

11:15-11:30 AM BREAK & PREARRANGED EDITING SESSIONS
Judy Allen edits manuscripts for suspense, coming-of-age, short stories, children's, romance, sports, self-help and social commentary titles.
Diane Campbell Taylor is a longtime writing coach and editor whose goal is to help others take their writing to the next level.

11:30 AM-12:30 PM BREAKOUT SESSIONS, choose one:
1. *Draft a Winning Query Letter / Deanna R. Adams. Bring a paragraph describing your book and get help writing the all-important query letter from Deanna, the coordinator of this conference and award-winning writer, instructor, and author of both fiction and nonfiction.
2. About Contracts & Copyright Issues / Steve Grant. Questions about copyright and contracts? Bring them to this session and get answers from Steve Grant, an intellectual property attorney with Standley Law Group.
3. *Your Story Can Save a Life! / Nicole Eva Fraser. Nicole, a ghostwriter and author of two novels, will share some of her story, along with those who have saved her with their stories, and tell you how yours can benefit others, too.

12:30-1:45 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
Judy Allen and Diane Campbell Taylor (see description at 11:15 AM).

1:45-2:45 PM Q & A PANEL: THE WRITING LIFE
1. Perfecting Your First Pages / Deanna Adams. Deanna, the coordinator of this conference, will discuss how to engage your reader from the first sentence.
2. Why a Writers Group? / Diane Taylor. An experienced writing coach and editor, Diane will offer tips on how to find a writers' group or start your own.
3. Benefits of Writers Retreats / Steve FitzGerald. Steve, a writing coach and editor, will introduce several affordable writers retreats in Ohio that can help further your writing projects.

2:45-3:00 PM BREAK & PREARRANGED EDITING SESSIONS
Judy Allen and Diane Campbell Taylor (see description at 11:15 AM).

3:00-4:00 PM BREAKOUT SESSIONS, choose one:
1. *Editing Your Manuscript / Diane Taylor. From plot structure to punctuation and grammar, editor Diane Taylor discusses how to identify and address common manuscript problems.
2. How NOT to Write for Free / Sandra Gurvis. Get up to speed and boost your freelance income. Sandra has written 16 commercially published books and hundreds of magazine articles.
3. *Using Red Herrings in Mystery Writing / Les Roberts. Learn about mystery, conflict, and how to use red herrings to amp up your story. Les Roberts as written 31 books, six screenplays, and written or produced thousands of network and syndicated television shows.

4:00-4:15 PM PREARRANGED EDITING SESSIONS
Judy Allen and Diane Campbell Taylor (see description at 11:15 AM).

4:00-4:30 PM DOOR PRIZES, NETWORKING RECEPTION, BOOK SALE & AUTHOR SIGNINGS
Library: South Euclid-Lyndhurst    View Map
Location: Meeting Room A+B+C
Other Information:
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Status: Closed