Our Two-Part Workshop format offers a blend of genre-specific intensive instruction (Part I) and more than 35 cross-discipline sessions (Part II). In Part II, July 23-25, 2015, from Thursday afternoon until the closing banquet on Saturday night, you have ample time to network with faculty and other participants, glean information about fiction and nonfiction writing techniques, marketing, and taking your writing career to the next level. There are also agent pitch sessions, query critiques, professional head shots, consultations for social media, Scrivener, and taxation for writers, PLUS networking, writing contests, and more!


  • Part I: Intensive Session – One day, Thursday, July 23
    • $155 [Fee also includes: morning refreshments and lunch]
  • Part II: Thursday evening, Friday & Saturday – July 23-25
    • $285 [Fee includes: Friday lunch and dinner; Saturday awards banquet] 
  • Part I & Part II: Package
    • $395 [Fee includes all activities described above]

2015 Part II Schedule

Thursday Events – July 23, 2015

PART II begins

3:45 pm                       Registration packets for Part II available

3:45-5:00 pm   SESSION 1

[1] Pitching 101 [Kelsey Timmerman, Summer Heacock] Tips for the 3-minute pitch to agents and “pitch practice”

[2] Query Letters 101 [Elise Capron, Amy Reichert] Tips for improving your query letter

6:30-8:30 pm

Faculty Introductions / Speaker: Michael Shelden  [Cash bar/refreshments/ice breaker: networking: “Find Your Tribe”]

Friday Events – July 24, 2015

[NO sign up necessary for Part II sessions; attend any ones you want!]

[Pitch sessions, appointments for manuscript evaluations, query letter critiques, professional head shots, and consultations for Scrivener, social media, and taxation for writers are scheduled throughout Friday & Saturday]

8:15-9:00 am        Coffee & Fellowship

9:00-10:15 am SESSION 2

[3] All Agent Panel Q&A

10:30-11:45 am           SESSION 3

[4] Ten Tips for More Effective Queries / Janet Reid.

[5] #AmEditing: Revision Techniques for Busy People Already Tired of Their Books / Lori Rader-Day.

[6] Writing the Linked Short Story Collection / Lucrecia Guerrero.

11:45-1:00 pm   Box Networking Lunch

[7] Jane Friedman: The Competitive Creative: How to Make a Living Doing What You Love (While Everyone Else Is Trying to Do the Same)

1:15-2:15 pm               SESSION 4

[8] When Bad Grammar Makes for Good Writing / Martha Brockenbrough.

[9] Clearing the Air: Writing Middle Grade Humor that Goes Beyond Fart Jokes / Heidi Schulz.

[10] How to Write an Essay for an Online Audience and How to Get it Published / Ashley Ford.

[11] Settings You Can’t Escape / D.E. (Dan) Johnson.  

[12] When Writing for Free Pays Off / Dana Kaye.

2:30-3:30 pm               SESSION 5

[13] Finding Subjects for Nonfiction / Michael Shelden

[14] The Voices in your Head / Julie Hyzy.

[15] Ask the Editor Panel / Nicole Sohl, Annie Berger, Christa Desir, Summer Heacock, intro.

[16] Technical Session on Using Scrivener / Dee Romito.

3:45-4:45 pm               SESSION 6

[17] Path to Publishing Panel / Jane Friedman, Michael Shelden, Michelle Richter, Dee Romito, Gail Werner, moderator.

[18] One-Hour Mystery Bootcamp / Lori Rader-Day.

[19] Basic Taxation for Writers / Gary Hensley.

5:00-6:30 pm   Dinner and networking

7:00-9:00 pm

[20] Message in a Bottle (Participant Readings) / Photo Booth!


Saturday Events – July 25, 2015

8:30-10:30 am             SESSION 7

[21] Buttonhole the Experts

10:45-11:45 am           SESSION 8

[22] Friends Indeed / Julie Hyzy.

[23] Sex in YA / Christa Desir.

[24] How to Be a Better Online Writer: Understanding the Art of SEO, Headlines, and Images / Jane Friedman.

[25] Are You a Professional Writer? Don’t Wait for an IRS Audit to Find Out / Gary Hensley.

11:45 am-1:00 pm  Lunch (on your own) [Boxed lunch available; $12 – MUST be pre-paid with registration]

1:15- 2:15 pm              SESSION 9

[26] There Are No Heroes or Villains: How to Write the Truth and Keep Your Characters Human / Ashley Ford.

[27] The Art of Research / Michael Shelden.

[28] Percy Jackson or Katniss Everdeen: Key Differences between Middle Grade and Young Adult / Heidi Schulz.

[29] Everything You Want to Know About the World of Gay Romance But Were Afraid to Ask / Chrisa Desir.

2:30-3:30 pm               SESSION 10

[30] The Hows and Whys of POV / Dan Johnson.  

[31] Secrets of the Synopsis – How to Make This Dreaded Thing Work for You / Martha Brockenbrough.

[32] Writing the Short-Short Story / Lucrecia Guerrero.

[33] Agent & Author Relationships: Christa Heschke & Annie Sullivan; Brooks Sherman & Heidi Schulz.

3:45-5:00 pm               SESSION 11

[34] Writerly Resources Panel: Jane Friedman, Janet Reid, Dana Kaye, Summer Heacock, moderator.

[35] Liars and Thieves, and These are the Good Guys: How to Create Unreliable and Unlikeable Characters People Still Want to Read / Lori Rader-Day.

5:00-6:00 pm     Cash Bar, Happy Hour

6:00-7:45 pm       Closing Banquet / Manny Awards / Keynote Speaker: