top of page


REGISTRATION and Light Breakfast:  8:15 - 8:45 am

WELCOME:  8:45 am

MORNING KEYNOTE:  9:00 - 9:50 am

Write and Shine: Unique Recipes for Getting Your Creative Juices Flowing - Kathy Kane, Kane Creative Consulting

SESSION A:  10:00 - 10:50 am

The Deceptively Simple Art of the Picture Book - Joanna Cardenas, Associate Editor, Viking Children's Books / Penguin Random House


The Agent/Author Relationship - Liza Fleissig, Liza Royce Agency, LLC and Laurie Wallmark, Author Member of Women Who Write, Inc.


Poetry Reading & Publishing Tips - Donna Baier Stein, publisher, award winning author and teacher. Donna will read some of her poetry and talk about her journey to publication, with suggestions on how you can prepare your work for submission and current markets for you to target.


MEMBERS Online Registration >

Closed, thank you!

NON-MEMBERS Online Registration > 

Closed, thank you!

Download Conference Schedule >

SESSION B:  11:00 - 11:50 am

Panel Discussion - Sharon Orlando, Watchung Youth Services Librarian; Katie Bojanek, Warren Township Teen Librarian; Sean McCarthy, Agent, Sean McCarthy Literary Agency


Making Memories into Memoir - Lisa Romeo, award winning author and teacher.  Lisa will share writing and revision insights, tips, and strategies for turning memories into compelling, artfully crafted short- or long-form memoir.


Moments of Glad Grace: How Being a Fool for Words Can Make a Poet - Donna Baier Stein.  Attendees will look at how Yeats' "moments of glad grace" are vital to the poet's life...and how a passion for language affects your life as a writer.


How to Advance Plot and Keep Action Building in Your Screenplay - Carol Forbes, award winning author and teacher of television production, screenwriting and creative writing.

LUNCH:  11:50 am - 1:10 pm (on your own) Come back to the gym by 12:45 for cake

SESSION C:  1:10 - 2:00 pm

First Pages - Children's (PB, MG, YA) - Sean McCarthy & Joanna Cardenas


First Pages - Prose and YA - Suzie Townsend & Liza Fleissig


Personal Essays: Writing and Publishing Creative Nonfiction - Lisa Romeo.  Lisa will discuss keys to developing personal essays readers love and editors crave, and offer suggestions for submitting to the diverse and fast-growing essay market.


Creating Authentic Voices - Christina Kapp, author, editor, and teacher.  In this multi-genre forum, Christina will discuss strategies and techniques to help writers create a distinctive voice, as well demonstrate how to use diction, tone, and style to incorporate characters' voices into well-crafted dialogues. 

                AFTERNOON KEYNOTE:  2:10 - 3:00 pm

Behind the Scenes in Getting Published - Suzie Townsend, Agent, New Leaf Literary and Media, Inc.

CLOSING REMARKS and PRIZES:  3:00 - 3:20 pm

bottom of page