Saturday, June 24, 2017

8:00 – 3:00 pm

  • Registration

7:00 – 9:00 am

  • Coffee Bar at Registration

8:00 am – 1:00 pm

  • Red Pen Query Session
    • All conference attendees should bring a query letter or two (personal info removed) to be read and edited by a variety of conference attendees.

8:00 am – 8:50 am

  • Martial Arts for Writers/Mike Mullig
    • The martial arts are often seen as mysterious and mystical, with practitioners capable of superhuman — or supernatural — feats of skill and endurance. While such fight scenes can look brilliant on the screen, it can be difficult to understand the concepts underlying martial arts for writing prose. Join Sandan Mike Mullig as he invites you to look behind the dojo door. In this presentation, Mike discusses (and demonstrates) topics such as training, techniques, applications, injuries, and the conditioning that comes with the practice of a martial art.
  • Kick Ass Titles/Sally Bosco
    • One of the most important decision you’ll make about your novel is the title, yet many of us settle for the first thing that pops into our minds-the “good enough” title. Your novel’s name is the first introduction a reader, editor or agent has to your novel. In our busy world where people make snap decisions about what they would like (or would not like) to read, why not come up with a title that compels the reader to pick up your book?
    • Class time will be allowed for you to work through this process with one of your own novels.
  • Writing Intriguing Characters/Judi Fleming
    • Without a character your readers can relate to, you don’t have a story.  What makes some characters draw them in and what elements make a compelling adversary?  What about all those secondary characters can your readers really tell them apart?  In this workshop, you’ll be given some tools to help you make strong, memorable characters and tweak yours through a guided exercise.

9:00-10:15 am

  • Story Development and Efficiency In Your Writing/Diana Rowland
  • Trends: Finding the YA Sweet Spot/Kurestin Armada
    • Discussion about crossover genre fiction, specifically fiction that hits the sweet spot between YA and adult audiences (Red Rising, Uprooted, etc). Why editors want it, what makes a book work for it, how to pitch a book you think might fight the bill, what isn’t a good fit, and so on.

 10:30-11:45 am

  • Navigating the Publishing World from a Publisher and Editor’s Perspective/Sandra Kasturi
  • Foreign Rights for Publishing and Film/TV Adaptation/John Bowers

12:00-1:00 pm

  • Guest Author Lunch with Diana Rowland
    Lunch provided for all IYWM attendees. 

1:00-2:15 pm

  • What I Look For in a Query/John Bowers
  • Origin of Species/ Scott Johnson
    • Sci-fi, horror, and fantasy are littered with creatures of all shapes and sizes. But the best ones follow a few simple rules.

 2:30-3:45 pm

  • Horror: The Redheaded Stepchild/Sandra Kasturi
  • Fixing the First Five/Kurestin Armada
    • With genre fiction, it can be hard to balance world building, genre expectations, and character building all in those initial pages, all while maintaining reader interest.


  • Special Guest Panel
    • Bring your questions about the publishing world. Our fantastic industry professionals (two agents, one editor and author) will be ready to give you answers.

5:30- 6:30 pm

  • Purple(headed) Prose and How to Avoid it/Dr. Natalie Duvall and Matt Duvall
    • Sometimes your naughty bits may tingle just a little too much when you’re writing those scenes of afternoon delight. We’ll examine the anatomy of good sex scenes, bad sex scenes, and scenes so bad they’re good. You’ll be erect (in your chair) the whole time.
  • We are Here to Help: Pick an Editor’s Brain/J.L. Gribble and Anna La Voie
    • here is a stigma against editors that they are just frustrated writers. In reality, editors have one goal: To make the author’s work better. Join freelance editors for a panel conversation about the role of editing in the life of a work of fiction.
  • Flash Fiction for Fun and Fulfillment/Donna J. W. Munro
    • Writing flash fiction can hone your skills as an editor, force you to write with sharp daggers for words, and get your name out there. This workshop will spend half the time discussing markets and communities. The other half of the time will be spent putting together a flash piece.

5:30- 6:30 pm

  • Dinner Break (available in Lowe Dining Hall)

7:00 pm

  • Public Forum, Cecilian Hall
    • Enjoy a lecture by the special guest of the WPF program, ?. All IYWM attendees are invited.

9:00 – Midnight

  • Costume Ball (Theme: International Persons of Mystery)
  • Costumes are encouraged, but not required.
    • Join us for our annual costume ball! Finger foods will be provided, and there will be a beer/wine cash bar. Come in your best spy ensemble, or come as you are! Prizes will be awarded for best costumes, and raffle basket winners will be announced. Dance the night away!