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LOGIN TIME:  8:45 - 8:55 am

WELCOME:  9:00 am

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

MORNING KEYNOTE:  9:10 - 10:00 am

Michelle Cameron: On Being a Hybrid Author

Having been published by a small literary press, a Big Five publisher, and a hybrid press, Michelle Cameron is considered a “hybrid author.” She began her publishing career when her verse novel, In the Shadow of the Globe, was published by Lit Pot Press in 2003. Her first historical novel, The Fruit of Her Hands: the story of Shira of Ashkenaz, was published by Pocket Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, in 2009. And most recently, in 2020, her second historical novel, Beyond the Ghetto Gates, was published by the hybrid publisher, She Writes Press.  



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In her keynote speech, Michelle will describe the benefits and frustrations of all three publishing paths, including finding and losing agents, the long, long road to traditional publication, editorial care, being involved (or not) in cover decisions, marketing, and distribution. In addition, she’ll talk about She Writes Press’s unconventional publication model, including the financial investment authors need to make in producing and promoting their own books.

SESSION A:  10:05 - 10:55 am

Nicole Smith: A Penchant for Publicity: Carry casual conversation designed to promote your book

An interview done right is a casual conversation that conveys the essence of your book and your being that is intriguing to the audience. Nicole Smith, host of the Happy to Help radio show, shares her gift of gab, based on the art of listening, to show how to have comfortable, meaningful conversations out loud; on the air or in the cloud. Nicole will interview Women Who Write member, Carol Van Den Hende, award-winning  author of Goodbye Orchid: To Love Her, He Had to Leave Her.

SESSION B:  11:00 - 11:50 am

Nancy Lubarsky: Poetic Memoir

LUNCH BREAK:  11:50 - 12:30 pm

SESSION C: 12:30 - 1:20 pm

Michelle Cameron: Planning and Researching Your Novel

SESSION D: 1:25 - 2:15 pm

Don George: Art of The Story: Elements of Great Storytelling

AFTERNOON KEYNOTE:  2:20 - 3:10 pm

Andy Skurna: Cyber Security and Online Privacy

CLOSING REMARKS, Information about Prerecorded Presentations and Prizes:  3:15 pm


First Pages - Children's

VP of Membership Megha Malhotra reads submissions by attendees who write for children to our expert faculty, Emma D. Dryden and Lauren Wise

First Pages - Adult

WWW Conference volunteer Lisa Napolitan reads attendees' submissions in the Adult category for our experts faculty, Ashley Lopez and Laura Blake Peterson

The Care and Feeding of an Agent: Your Guide to a Healthy Author/Agent Relationship

Laura Blake Peterson, V.P., Curtis Brown, Ltd.

Behind the Scenes: The Ins and Outs of the Agent/Client Working Relationship

Jessica Brody, author of Save the Cat! Writes a Novel, and
Jim McCarthy, Agent, Dystel, Goderich & Bourret

An Interview with a Focus on Querying from a Place of Power: What Writers Need to Know Before They Hit Send

Ashley Lopez, Literary Agent, Waxman Literary Agency

 The Art and Craft of Picture Books

 Emma Dryden, Editor and Publisher

Writing Travel Poetry

Nancy Lubarsky, Poet

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