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.
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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.