8:00 – 8:50 am
- Coffee Bar
- Morning Peer Critique Session/Moderator TBA
- In this session, participants will give peer critiques of one another’s 10 pages submissions. Please come to the session having fully read the submitted works and with either written or typed notes on each submission to return to each author.
9:00 – 9:50 am
- Expanding Your Brand into Digital/Jay Smith
- The group will discuss ways to establish a permanent author footprint in online media by examining the world of audio podcasting, audiobooks, and audio drama, exploring the advantages and challenges of working in the growing and crowded online medium. Practical exercises will include identifying resources and tools to produce cost-effective shows. The workshop will include group activities to develop, produce, and market a hypothetical podcast series.
- What’s Love Got to Do with it? /Victoria Thompson
- A romantic subplot can spice up any genre, and if you’re not writing a Romance novel, the romance doesn’t even have to end happily. Using Joseph Campbell’s theories of myth-based fiction, you can add a romance subplot to any genre and create conflict, mayhem and disaster or just a really, really long courtship.
- Panel-Behind the Scenes of Military Life/J.L.Gribble, Alex Savage, and K.P. Kulski.
- This panel of veterans, current service members, and dependents is ready to share their unique experiences of life in the military (and life attached to the military) and answer questions from the audience.
10:00 – 10:50 am
- Adjuncting for Dummies/Elaine Ervin
- So you have that almighty parchment bearing the letters M.F.A. How do you put it to work to do any actual teaching? This workshop presents a basic game plan (and many tales from the trenches) for those wishing to learn more about the adjunct life and how to break in without going “too” crazy. Ms. Ervin has over a decade of teaching experience (9 years as adjunct) for a variety of campuses from community college to university level with equally varied environments (on-ground, online, blended). If you think college teaching “might” be for you, come kick the tires to find out.
- Naval Warfare for Writers/Timons Esaias
- Okay, you’ve gotten your characters down to the sea, and they need to use ships to fight the Enemy. Maybe you don’t know what kind of ships that would be. Possibly you aren’t clear on how they would use them. You’re wondering if pirates have a union. What made Vikings so awesome? And what are battleships, anyway?
- Timons Esaias will dispense malt balls and perspective. There will be many pictures. We’ll talk about “Why You Won’t Have Galleons Without Gunpowder” and deal with the basic logic, and logistics, of fighting on (or under) the water. We’ll get you sailing line ahead in no time.
- Mastering the Great Agent Hunt/Rhonda Mason
- As an author who has been through the process (and heartbreak) several times before landing an agent, let me save you some time and headaches. I’ll tell you how I went about my agent search, what worked and what didn’t, and the things I wished I’d known before I mailed my first query letter.
11:00 – 11:50 am
- Hands On: Writing the Back-Cover Blurb/Shelley Adina
- If you’re seeking traditional publication, the back-cover blurb goes in your query letter. Once you’re under contract, your publisher may ask you to write your own–or rewrite theirs. And if you’re self-publishing, you’ll need to write a grabby book description to hook the readers attracted by your cover art. In this hands-on workshop, we’ll learn the anatomy of a blurb, from shoutline to hook, and then in four easy steps, write one for our works in progress.
- The Cold Hard Clog: AKA the Middle/Maria V. Snyder
- What happens after the excitement of writing the beginning of your book? You start working on the middle section, and eighty percent of your novel is considered “the middle.” For most writers, it’s a cold hard slog until you reach the thrilling climax at the end of the book. This workshop will help you get through the middle by developing characters, advancing the plot, and weaving in sub-plots all to reach your goal – finishing!
- Abracadabra/Scott Johnson
- Have magic users in your fiction? How to make readers go along with the ride, instead of using magic to get you out of every tight spot.
12:00 – 1:00 pm
- IYWM Closing Luncheon
- All attendees are welcome to attend this luncheon when the new graduates of the WPF program are celebrated and welcomed into the alumni community.
1:00 – 2:30 pm
- Alumni Business Meeting
- WPF alumni are welcome to attend this meeting to discuss the IYWM conference, make suggestions, and recognize needs.
- WPF Commencement