VIRTUAL CONFERENCE: SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2022
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.
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