Mike Parker, author, actor, publisher at WordCrafts Press, playwright
In publishing, a perfect pitch is a submission that lands the author a contract. This workshop will provide you with tools for crafting a compelling submission.
Gail Kittleson, author, speaker
“Musts for a Powerful Memoir” (in 2 parts)
1. Introduction to Memoir: Exploring the mindset and requirements for memoir writing.
2. Essentials of Memoir Writing: Dig deeper into this topic with a theme-finding guide.
Carmen Peone, author
“The Significance of Oral Interviews”
The oral interview sparks golden nuggets of authentication for your work, in fiction or non-fiction, and validates one’s writing. Together we will explore the elements of interviewing.
Jennifer Leo, award winning author
“Working Well with Your Editor”
Tips for maintaining a smooth working relationship with your editor.
“Get the Work Done no Matter What”
Jennifer shares a quarter-by-quarter planning and productivity method that works.
Suzanne Kuchynka, writer, writing coach
“Plotting the Character Arc”
In this class, we will cover characterization elements of the lie journey, character identity- including a specific plan for your character.
Jan Cline, author, speaker, conference director
“Through Their Eyes”
In this class you hear tips on how to write deep POV (point of view) by getting into the head of your character.
Dori Harrell, freelance editor, author
“Guardian Angel: Self-Content Editing Your Fiction”
Dori will walk you through the seven main elements of fiction and what editors look for in each element during a development edit. She’ll offer strategies to take your storytelling to the next level and cover the top concerns she encounters—so you can improve your publishing chances.
“The Devil Is in the Details: Self-Copyediting” (Fiction and Nonfiction)
Get ready—Dori will toss out some of the things you learned in school about punctuation, grammar, and spelling. She’ll briefly cover the style manuals used by the book publishing industry and trends. This workshop concludes with her author comma clinic: Commas You Never Need to Worry about Again.
JD DeWitt, Director of Development/Producer 5 X 5 Productions
JD has combined her relationships in the entertainment business with her passion for working with authors to connect writers directly with Hollywood. As a literary manager, JD develops and packages material for film and television. Most recently, JD produced the romantic comedy, Home Sweet Home, written by Leslie Ann McDaniel and starring Natasha Bure and Ben Elliott.
JD will be taking appointments for pitches at our conference. She wants verbal 6 minute pitches only, no manuscript pages or one-sheets. Only pitches from writers who have a finished novel (published or unpublished), script for TV show, or finished screenplay. Use the contact page to request an appointment with her.
A limited number of pitch appointments will be available with Mike Parker for WordCrafts Press. He’s interested in fiction, nonfiction, and stage play scripts. To request an appointment: contact Jan Cline, director after you register. If you have secured an appointment, an email will be sent with instructions. When all slots are filled, we will post it here.