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..Writers'                  SCHEDULE
....Conference
Time  /    Day
Friday, Sept 29
6:00 - 8:00
Robert Fulghum
"The Amazing Saga of
Emily Phipps
8:00 - 11:00
Reception/Music
Evening
Teen Introduction
Time  /   Day
Saturday, Sept 30
Saturday
Saturday
Saturday
Saturday, Poetry
9:30 - 11:30
Jan Kardys
"How to Negotiate a
Book Deal"
John Riddle
"Freelance Writers
and Truth About
Tough Times:
They Don't Exist"
Susan Rich
David Kohner
Zuckerman
"How to Write Your
Script to Sell"
Rachel Rose
"From Family
Legend to Public
Poem" Writing
Poetry Inspired by
Personal History
1:00 - 3:00
Gordon Kirkland
"Climbing the Writing
Ladder"
Embracing Your
Successes
Nancy Warren
"Strong Women,
Foolish Choices"
Katharine Sands
"From Pitch to
Published: a Seven Step
Plan for Getting Into
Print"
Nancy Steinbeck
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ill be unable to
attend
Greg Greenway
"Songwriting for
Poets and Writers"
4:00 - 6:00
John J Nance
Learn from one of
the top selling writers
today
David Kohner
Zuckerman
"Life's a Pitch"
Selling Your
Screenplay to
Hollywood
Laurie Lindop
"Characters that Leap
From the Page, Grab
Attention and Won't Let
Go"
Gordon Kirkland
"Takin' it to the
Streets"
Book Promotion
Ilya Kaminsky
"Talking All
Afternoon" A Survey
of Issues in
Contemporary
Poetry
All Day
Teen Classes with
Brad Kirkland
Teen Classes with
Brad Kirkland
Teen Classes
6:00 - 11:00
Gordon Kirkland
and
Greg Greenway
Comedy and
Music
Time  /   Day
Sunday, Oct 1
Sunday
9:30 - 11:30
Robert Fulghum
"Why to Dance, Sing,
Act and Draw"
What Underlies Your
Creativity
John Nance
An event that will
inspire
Friday, September 29, 6:00 PM

Robert Fulghum, Keynote
"The Amazing Saga of Emily Phipps. (Miss)".
Fulghum will entertain and inform as he presents an evening of education, delight and inspiration.
The evening will continue with a reception where you can meet your favorite authors.
Saturday, September 30, 9:30 to 11:30 AM

Jan Kardys
"How to Negotiate a Book Deal"
This course explores the life cycle of a book from writing a book proposal, how to research the competition
before you submit your proposal, finding an excellent literary agent, working with an editor, an overview of all
publishing departments , and in-depth review of a book contract, copyright permissions, and publicity and
promotion strategies. A PowerPoint is presented along with a detailed resource list and a list of common
publishing words used in the industry.

John Riddle
"Freelance Writers and Truth About Tough Times: They Don't Exist"
Many freelance writers struggle to find paying markets, while other freelance writers find more work than they
can handle. The difference between the two writers can be summed up in one word:
Marketing. Freelance writers
must embrace "marketing" and when they do, they will reap the rewards: more bylines and more checks.
Amateurs write, then try and sell. Professionals sell, and then write. In this workshop you will learn to use the
Internet as a marketing tool and to find freelance assignments. You will also learn how to get a book contract in
30 days or less, focusing on publishers that have ideas for books and who are looking for new authors. You will
discover how to write book reviews for fun and profit and how to write for health markets, (the fastest growing
sector for freelance opportunities!).  

Susan Rich


David Kohner Zuckerman
"Writing Your Script to Sell"
This is a class taught by producer David Kohner Zuckerman for screen writers interested in the inside scoop on
what Hollywood development executives and producers seek when choosing what material to pursue. Topics
will include outlining, formatting, dialog, the 3-act structure, and adaptation. David will also draw from his
experiences working in Hollywood as a reader, executive and producer in discussing tips of the trade.

Rachel Rose
"From Family Legend to Public Poem" Writing Poetry Inspired by Personal History.
All of us have legends in our families: Stories of great Uncle Isadore, who escaped the Nazis in Romania, of a
grandfather who secretly kept another family across town, a great, great grandmother who gave birth to twins  
in a covered wagon crossing the prairies, a sister who drowned just before we were born and whose name was
never spoken. These mythic stories may have been part of our own childhoods or may have been passed down
for generations and may be haunting the poet, who nevertheless struggles to find a way to write them that is
both honest and sympathetic. In this workshop Rachel Rose will discuss poems by Michael Ondaatje, Sharon
Olds, Sylvia Plath and others, examining strategies to create what appear to be autobiographical poems, as well
as strategies to protect the private self.


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Saturday, September 30, 1:00 to 3:00 PM

Gordon Kirkland
"Climbing the Writing Ladder"
As writers gain more experience and get some publication credits under their belt, they begin to climb the ladder
from the Wannabe Writer to the Emerging Writer to the Experienced Writer. Successfully moving up the rungs
takes a concerted effort and a dedication to the endeavor. This workshop will provide tips on ways to make the
climb easier and the rewards at the top more accessible.
Topics include:

Nancy Warren
"Strong Women, Foolish Choices"
A look at female based comedy from Jane Austen to Helen Fielding, with a fair discussion on the chick lit
phenomenon. Warren will also discuss the timeless appeal of the romance novel. Nearly one of every two mass
market fiction paperbacks sold is a romance novel, a fun and reasonably lucrative genre to write in.
Discussions will include:

Katharine Sands
"From Pitch to Published: a Seven Step Plan for Getting Into Print"
Publishers are always in search of writing that takes a fresh look, writing that is insightful, observant, funny or
urgent. Writing that is transporting. Writing that makes you want to turn the page. New York literary agent
and author of "Making the Perfect Pitch", Katharine Sands guides participants step by step through the getting-
published process, including topics such as:
The class gives potential authors the tools they must have to succeed. For everyone from the fledgling writer to
the well-published professional this workshop will provide everything-you-need-to-know. Participants who
bring samples of their works-in-progress will receive professional evaluation.


Greg Greenway
"Songwriting for Poets and Writers"
Songs are truly the well connected, more social cousins of poems. The happy connection is to music, that most
abstract of gifts. The "social" is that by definition the words must travel through the air, affixed to time, to
someone listening. Anyone who writes in short forms knows how maddeningly difficult that is to do
memorably. In my experience as a  nationally touring singer/songwriter, when done well, there is nothing so
powerful. The gauntlet thrown down by so many from Dylan to Randy Newman is that it doesn't matter how
well you play or sing, it's how well your writing communicates.
My workshop will delve into:


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Saturday, September 30, 4:00 to 6:00 PM

John J Nance
John will share his background and writing information.
John J Nance is one of the most informative and dynamic speakers today. His insights and information will  
intrigue and inspire . Don't miss this opportunity to w
ork with this nationally acclaimed author and speaker.

David Kohner Zuckerman
"Life's a Pitch"
So, You've written a great script. Terriffic--now it's time to show it! There are two basic ways to sell your projects
to the Hollywood Elite: verbal pitching and query letters. In this highly interactive class that includes plenty of
practice pitching, David will discuss ways to improve your verbal pitching skills and your query letters. He will
also cover such topics as, "Hollywood Etiquette" and "The Follow-up." This class is a great way to prepare
yourself for marketing your script to industry pros. At the end of the class the attendees have a chance to get in
front of the class and practice pitch their screenplay. The winning pitch, that the class decides on, receives free
Draft Software valued at $250.00.


Laurie Lindop
"Characters that Leap From the Page, Grab Attention and Won't Let Go"
What do Humbert Humbert, Mrs. Dalloway, Jay Gatsby, and Sherlock Holmes have in common? They're
unforgettable characters. In this workshop, you will learn how to develop three-dimensional fictional characters
who will intrigue readers (and editors) and keep them turning the pages. We will discuss ways to make our
characters psychologically complex and realistically flawed. The ultimate goal will be to create a fictional
protagonist readers won't be able to forget.

Gordon Kirkland
"Takin' it to the Streets"
Most authors who are either self-published or published by smaller publishers cannot afford the luxury of hiring
a publicist and a tour valet. As a result many are left with the task of doing the work themselves with little or no
help or guidance. This workshop will deal with the problems and solutions when organizing and running a
successful book marketing campaign and tour including:

Ilya Kaminsky
"Talking All Afternoon" A Survey of Issues in Contemporary Poetry
The only way to become a great poet in a tradition is to understand what others have done so far. We will look
at poems both modern and contemporary, from around the world, and try to understand how they were made.
Particular attention will be paid to the forms, the music, the images and other aspects of the craft.
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Sunday, October 1, 9:30 to 11:30 AM

Robert Fulghum
"Why to Dance, Sing, Act and Draw" What Underlies Your Creativity
This workshop will discuss creativity and how to tap into it. Interactive programs will help writers unlock their
imagination and build on the inspirations they discover. Fulghum will include an "I'll show you mine if you
show me yours" technique to involve the writer in a thought-provoking experience that will move any work
forward.

John J Nance
John will share his background and writing information.
John J Nance is one of the most informative and dynamic speakers today. His insights and information will  
intrigue and inspire . Don't miss this opportunity to see this nationally acclaimed author and speaker.
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