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 Page Critiques are free to attendees. First Page Sessions (Adult and Chikdren’s) will be pre-recorded and available to attendees from May 22 - June 21.

Attendees may submit a first page of their Children's manuscript to Megha ( and a first page of their adult manuscript to Lisa ( 

First Pages are due by April 17.

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.

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 17). 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 17.

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 17, 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.

ADDITIONAL PRERECORDED PRESENTATIONS besides 1st Page Session Children's & 1st Page Session Prose (available May 21 - June 7)

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, Litarary Agent, Waxman Literary Agency

 The Art and Craft of Picture Books

 Emma Dryden, Editor and Publisher

Writing Travel Poetry

Nancy Lubarsky, Poet