LOGIN TIME:  8:45 - 8:55 am

WELCOME:  9:00 am

Dana Faulkner Punzo, President of Women Who Write, Inc.

MORNING KEYNOTE:  9:10 - 10:10 am

Michael Slackman Shares Trends, Realities and His Journey in International News

Q&A follows talk (using Zoom chat for questions)

Michael Slackman, Senior Editor at The New York Times

SESSION A:  10:15 - 11:00 am



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Why Bother with Research?

Author Doris Parmett

Q&A BREAKOUT SESSIONS (Choose 1 from each time slot)

11:00 - 11:30 am: 

Linda Camacho , Gallt & Zacker and Jess Harold, Scholastic or

Madelyn Burt, Stonesong and Susan Litman, Harlequin

11:30 - 11:45 am

Laurie Wallmark, Children's Author or

Mary Brancaccio, Poet (on Writing the Wilderness)

11:45 - 12:00pm

Carol Van Den Hende, Author and Public Speaker or 

Mary Brancaccio, Poet (on One Woman's Peregrinations)

LUNCH BREAK:  12:00 - 12:30 pm

If you have difficulty every time WWW asks you to submit a document for First Pages, Opening Pages, Goldfinch, or other manuscripts this video may be a sanity saver!  

SESSION B:  12:30 - 1:30 pm

Honestly, It's Not You, Aunt Milly: Character Development in Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Biography, and Memoir - A Workshop

Author Julia Markus's workshop aims to help the writer to create authentic characters who interest the reader through their authenticity and liveliness. No matter the genre you work in, the minute your character hits the page she has to convince the reader of her unique identity. It doesn’t matter if she is  “real,” a fictional character, a biographical figure, yourself, or your Aunt Milly. Once she hits the page she turns from person to persona and needs to be captured in the round. Julia will discuss her own experience as a writer of fiction and biography and then turn to a discussion of your work and your own process in character development. Please come ready to write.  We will discuss characters that interest us and write a few paragraphs in class to share and discuss as a group. If you'd like to prepare a brief (1-2 paragraphs) character sketch from your own work to share, please have it ready to go on your computer's desktop so you can upload it through the chat feature in Zoom. Remember, this character can be fictional, nonfictional, autobiographical, biographical. It can be from a work in progress or a new idea. Plunge in. Questions on character development (or the like) are welcome. Bring them too.  See you there!

AFTERNOON KEYNOTE:  1:30 - 2:15 pm

Self-Publishing: Pros, Cons, and What You Need to Know

Author Amy Reade will talk about the reasons people might wish to self-publish and the pitfalls they need to be aware of before making the decision to self-publish. And since she has self-published 6 (hopefully 7 by the time of the conference) books, both traditionally and as a self-publisher, she will share tips, how-to's, and provide resources to writers who are interested in exploring the self-publishing route. (Includes Q&A)

CLOSING REMARKS and Prizes, and Refreshments:  2:20 pm


FIRST PAGES: At no additional fee, submit the opening page of your manuscript's first chapter and have the chance at receiving spontaneous feedback from our industry professionals.

Instructions for Submitting:

Included in the conference fee is a first-page session. Attendees may submit the first page of their manuscript (to us by April 7th) to be commented on by agents and editors: Madelyn Burt and Susan Litman (prose) or Linda Camacho and Jess Harold (children's, MG or YA), who will comment on as many first pages as can be addressed in an hour.

Format your first page correctly to be eligible for critique. DOUBLE SPACED, FONT Times New Roman, 12 pt., MARGINS 1” on all sides. HEADING title, genre (adult memoir, PB, MG, YA, kids bio, adult bio, adult fiction, etc.) word count. DO NOT INCLUDE your name. Start at the top of page. Send to Treasurer@ no later than April 7, with subject line: FIRST PAGES SUBMISSION, adult or children.

OPENING 15 PAGES: ONE-ON-ONE CRITIQUES: (limited quantity and available at an additional fee): Have one of our professional Faculty read and review the opening 15 pages of your manuscript (must be sent in by April 7th). A one-on-one private critique (via Zoom or phone call) will then be scheduled in which they will share their impressions and provide suggestions for improvement.

Instructions for Submitting:

Members may sign up for up to two (2) critiques. If there are open slots left by April 5, you may sign up for an additional critique. Critiques are due to no later than April 7.

FORMAT: DOUBLE-SPACED, FONT: Times New Roman, 12 pt., MARGINS: 1” on all sides, HEADING: Last Name, email address, title, genre (adult memoir, picture book, middle grade, young adult, kids bio, adult bio, adult fiction, etc.), and word count.

SEND: First 15 pages to Treasurer@ no later than April 7, with the subject line: CONFERENCE CRITIQUE SUBMISSION, adult or children.

For Picture Books, send the complete manuscript. If you would like to send a summary of your work, it must be one of the 15 pages. Place your summary at the end.

At the beginning of May, you will receive a day and time to meet with your critiquer (an editor or agent from our event) via Zoom, or on the telephone for a 15-minute critique. The editor or agent will provide written comments as well.

NOTE: Susan Litman, Harlequin, will only critique ROMANCE manuscripts.


Writing Picture Book Biographies That Children Will Want to Read

Author Laurie Wallmark

In Order to Form a More Perfect Query: A "How-To" on the art of creating query

Agent Madelyn Burt

Tips and Tricks for Getting Started on Self-Promoting/Gaining Visibility Even Without having Sold a Manuscript

Assistant Editor Jess Harold

Millennials: Apply Generational Insights to Your Writing

Author Carol Van Den Hende

Millennials are now the largest generation in the US. Find out what events have shaped this cohort, how they’re affected by the weight of college debt, how they’re the most technologically-dependent and diverse generation, and how they’re still fighting the “me, me, me” stereotype. Come to this hands-on workshop to discuss applying these insights to reaching or writing characters from this important generation.

Persistence: How to Keep Going in This Tough Business

Agent Linda Camacho

There are many talented writers out there, but not all of them will be published. The difference between the published writer and unpublished writer? Persistence. This workshop will show you how to maintain persistence in the face of an ever-changing publishing market. We’ll discuss how to get in the right mindset, develop a routine, and work on some basic craft elements.

Writing the Wilderness

Poet Mary Brancaccio 

In this talk, Mary Brancaccio explores the importance of wilderness as both creative concept and physical space. There is a long tradition in literature, religion, and philosophy of writers and thinkers spending time in the wilderness to confront self-doubt, uncertainty, existential questions, and other uncertainties.

One Woman's Peregrinations

Poet Mary Brancaccio 

Mary Brancaccio discusses the various challenges many of us face as writers and poets, from finding the time and space for creative work, to connecting with communities that will nurture us, to tackling the harder work of re-envisioning and revising creative projects. As she reads from her poetry, she will share what she has learned about her own process and how she nurtures her own creativity while juggling the demands of family and work. Along the way, she will describe what inspires her writing and offer strategies and practices that she’s found helpful for sustaining her creativity.

Isn't It Romantic?: What Makes a Harlequin Romance?

Editor Susan Litman will present an overview of Harlequin’s publishing program, as well as advice for crafting an irresistible romance.