FRIDAY
8:00-8:45 Registration for those who signed up for the Master Class
9:00-11:00

Master Classes

Emotion in Fiction: Making Characters Real, Making Readers Feel

ANGIE HODAPP

Writing Brilliant Paragraphs

TRAI CARTWRIGHT

The Original Idea: The Heart of Your Story and Key to Selling Your Book & Conflict: The Fuel of Your Story

BOB MAYER

10:00-11:00 Registration for those who signed up for the Agent/Editor Panel Luncheon
11:15-12:45

Agent/Editor Panel Luncheon

ANGIE HODAPP
MARILYN ALLEN
JOHN WILLIG
JENNIFER MARCH SOLOWAY
JESSICA STRAWSER
ALICIA CLANCY

Light soup and salad lunch

12:00-1:00 Registration for Conference
1:00 - 1:15 Conference Welcome and Orientation

1:30-2:30
Session 1

Plotting with Your Pants Down: How to Effectively Outline Your Novel

WHITNEY DAVIS 

"Reply All": A Serial Flash Fiction

JON DAVIS

Your Most Productive Writing Year 

JAMIE RAINTREE

The Art of the Personal Essay 

LAURA PRITCHETT

1:30-2:45
Critique Round Tables

ANGIE HODAPP
MARILYN ALLEN
ALEX BARBA
BECKY LeJEUNE
JENNIFER MARCH SOLOWAY
JOHN WILLIG
JESSICA STRAWSER
ALICIA CLANCY

2:30-3:00 BREAK

3:00-4:00 Session 2

The Military for Writers

BOB MAYER 

Tools of the Screenwriting Trade

TRAI CARTWRIGHT 

How to Start Your Own Publishing Company

KERRIE FLANAGAN 

Kid in a Candy Store: Finding Your Sweet Spot in Children's Books

DENISE VEGA 

 3:00-4:15

Agent/Editor Pitches

ANGIE HODAPP
MARILYN ALLEN
JOHN WILLIG
ALEX BARBA
BECKY LeJEUNE
JENNIFER MARCH SOLOWAY
ALICIA CLANCY
JESSICA STRAWSER

4:00-4:30 BREAK

4:30-5:30 Session 3

Social Media and Marketing: Navigating the Event Horizon 

JC LYNNE

Weapons of the Future

LINK MILLER 

Thriller Writing 

SHANE KUHN 

 Out of the Sheets, Onto the Page . . .

LAURA PRITCHETT

 
5:30-6:30 Cocktails (Cash Bar)
6:30-8:00

Dinner

Announcement of the Top of the Mountain Book Award Winners
Conference Creative Team Short Movie
Recipients of the Jerry Eckert Scholarship
Keynote speaker, Chuck Wendig

8:00-10:00 Nightcaps and Networking
The Falls Bar (Cash Bar)
 
  SATURDAY

8:00-9:00 Session 4

Author Panel

Authors: CHUCK WENDIG, KERRIE FLANAGAN, SHANE KUHN, JON DAVIS, DENISE VEGA

9:00-9:30 BREAK

9:30-10:30 Session 5

Principles of Information Design: Your Guide to Better Marketing Materials

ANGIE HODAPP 

Reworking Your Rewrites: Demystifying the Editing Process 

WHITNEY DAVIS

 

 9:30-11:00
Character-Driven Plotting

CHUCK WENDIG

 

10:30-11:00 BREAK

11:00-12:00 Session 6

Spec Fic Subgenres and Tropes

WARREN HAMMOND

Preparing Your YA Novel for Submission: Polishing Your Opening Pages

JENNIFER MARCH SOLOWAY

Build Your Own Author Website

JAMIE RAINTREE

A Walk Through the Traditional Publishing Process

ALICIA CLANCY

 
12:15-1:45

Lunch

2:00-3:00 Session 7

How to Write a Killer Query Letter

MARILYN ALLEN

Never Pay a Poet by the Hour: Discovering the Poem Through Revision 

JON DAVIS

Demystifying Magazine Writing; A Writer's & Editor's Perspective

KERRIE FLANAGAN & JESSICA STRAWSER 

 E-Pub, POD, and The Future of Publishng for the Writer

BOB MAYER

 
3:00-3:30 BREAK

3:30-4:30 Session 8

The Loaded Exchange: Writing Tension-Packed Dialogue

ANGIE HODAPP

Not So Freaky Economics: Your Book Proposal; Your Investment Prospectus

JOHN WILLIG

Death of the Hero's Journey

TRAI CARTWRIGHT

How to Be the Kind of Writer Editors Love

JESSICA STRAWSER

 
4:45-5:30

Closing
"Ignite Your Creativity" from closing keynote speaker, Carrie Visintainer

Dessert & Door prizes