Schedule and synopses of Writers Conference presentations – September 2, 2017.

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Registration

8:30 – 8:45 a.m. Opening remarks

1. Frank W Brown: Getting it all Down

8:45 – 10:00 a.m. In the opening session Dr. Bown will talk about the importance of writing our memories and stories.

2. Peggy Archer: Show, Don’t Tell! 

10:15 -11:30 a.m.  Tips from a Picture Book Author. Why is it important to ‘show’ instead of ‘tell’ in our stories?  What do we show? Add some tools to help accomplish this. Then mix in examples from children’s picture books to ‘show’ how to capture your reader’s full attention.

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Break — Luncheon and Awards

3. Shannon Taylor Vannatter: Avoiding Rejection and Redlines

1:00 – 2:15 p.m. This class compiles a list of top twelve mistakes writers make revealed by published authors and editors. For each mistake, there is an easy fix. We’ll cover timeline, passage of time, POV, show don’t tell, continuity, keeping your character real, character confusion, wrangling backstory, avoiding backflips and contrivances, character reactions, must have elements of scenes, and repetitiveness. The result – clean copy that will grab the editor and make it hard for them not to offer you a contract again and again.

2:15-2:30 p.m.  Break

4. Peggy Archer: Using Rhythm and Rhyme to Make Your Poetry Sing

2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Tips from an Author of Children’s Poetry. Choose the right words, then put them together to create the right rhythm. Follow with tips to make your rhyme sublime! Then take a look at revisions that go from ho-hum! to zing! Bring 4-8 lines of rhyming poetry for an in-session workshop.