2013 Conference Workshop Schedule

Friday, June 7, 2013

10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Executive Board MeetingGarden I

2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Registration - Garden Ballroom Pre-Function Area

    Sign up for one Agent slot, one Critique Roundtable, and Open Mic.

2:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Critique Roundtables – Garden III

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Agent Sandra Bond - Pitch Session - Salon G

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Agent Katherine Sands - Pitch Session – Hilton Boardroom

3:00 p. m. to 7:00 p.m. Bookstore OpenGarden Ballroom Pre-Function Area

5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Board Dinner with FacultyGarden I

5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Dinner (On your own)

7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Chris Madson - Navigating Chaos: Is there a way for the freelance writer to make a living in the new media world? – Garden Ballroom

8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Open MicGarden Ballroom, MC: Aaron Graham


Saturday, June 8, 2013

7:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Registration – Garden Ballroom Pre-Function Area

7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Breakfast – Garden Ballroom

8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. General Membership Meeting – Garden Ballroom

9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Bookstore – Garden Ballroom Pre-Function Area

9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Opening Session - Faculty Panel – Garden Ballroom

10:15 a.m. to10:30 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. WORKSHOP SESSION I

Margaret Coel - Talk that Walks – Salon B

    How to write dialogue that seems like real speech.

Gene Gagliano - So You Want to Write a Children’s Book – Salon F

    This session will provide helpful points about how to use sensory triggers to get story ideas, showing and not telling in your writing, and creating real characters.

Katharine Sands - Getting Ready, Getting Read, and Getting Readers – Salon A

    This session will focus on steps for new writers to take in the marketing world.

Agent Sandra Bond Pitch Session – Salon G

11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Contest Awards Luncheon

1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. WORKSHOP SESSION II

Margaret Coel - Plotting Your Way to Success – Salon B

    Practical steps to plotting your novel.

Tom Rea - Keeping a Ding-dang Notebook, Darn It! – Salon A

    Whether you keep a diary, a journal, a day book, or just stuff scraps of paper in your pocket, a notebook is useful in all kinds of ways—spiritual, intellectual and practical.  It is especially useful at various pivot points on a big project. Attendees are encouraged to bring their notebooks and insights.

Gene Gagliano - Revising Your Children’s Book – Salon F

    Glean helpful information on how to revise your children’s book by eliminating needless words, using verbs of speech, avoiding passive voice, and more.

Agent Sandra Bond - Pitch Session – Salon G

2:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Break

2:30 p. m. to 3:30 p.m. WORKSHOP SESSION III

Margaret Coel - Waltzing Your Characters – Salon B

    Creating believable characters.

Tom Rea - Our Friend the Index Card – Salon A

    Tips on a former newspaper guy’s never-fail system of research involving note taking, keeping track of the notes, and knowing when to stop researching and start writing. Workshoppers will be given a chance to try the system on the spot.

Mike Shay - Short Stories on Small Screens – Salon F

    Mike will discuss the latest markets for short stories – smart phones and tablets. Learn writing techniques that will enliven your stories to make them more marketable to outlets such as Kindle Singles and Byliner.

Agent Katharine Sands - Pitch Session – Hilton Boardroom

3:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Break

3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. WORKSHOP SESSION IV

Sandra Bond - From You to a Published Book & All the Steps In Between – Salon B

    An overview of traditional publishing.

Tom Rea - How to Write a Book: It May be Easier than You Think – Salon A

    For beginners and veterans - What makes a good nonfiction book idea? And next, how do you divide up the work into completable tasks? Tom speaks from his own experience and hopes workshoppers will speak from theirs.

Rick Kempa - Re-seeing Our Poems: The Essence of Revision – Salon F

    To “revise” means literally “to see something in a new way.” This session will offer a wealth of ideas, activities, and conversation concerning this critical stage of the poem-making process. Bring a few of your poem drafts to work on if you want.

Agent Katharine Sands - Pitch Session – Hilton Boardroom

5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. WyoPoets Meeting – Salon F

5:30 p.m. Cash Bar and Book Signing Garden Ballroom Pre-Function Area

6:30 p.m. Banquet – Keynote Speaker: Margaret Coel – Garden Ballroom

8:15 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Open Mic Grand Ballroom, MC: Mike Shay


Sunday, June 9, 2013

8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Breakfast with a Panelist – Garden Ballroom

9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Patricia Frolander, WY Poet Laureate – Garden Ballroom

9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Closing Panel – Garden Ballroom

11:00 a.m. Combined Board of Directors Meeting – U/W Boardroom