2017 Conference Schedule

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Wyoming Writers, Inc. 43rd Annual Conference, June 2-4, 2017
Multi-Event Facilities of the Energy Hall of the CAM-PLEX, Gillette, Wyoming

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Special events:

Sign up for the Friday critique tables

On Friday afternoon join fellow writers at moderated topical tables: poetry, free verse, fiction, non-fiction and children/young adult, from 2:30 to 4:45. Get feedback, share feedback. Limit 8 participants per table. Help us plan—sign up in advance by e-mail to Shanna at shannaferguson57@yahoo.com. Please bring 9 copies of the piece to be critiqued.

Guidelines for participants
Guidelines for moderators
Recommended reading: The Art of Criticism: How to Be Constructive and Improving Your Critiques: Advice from Kristin Abraham

Sunday Paddle Panel

Does your first page grab the reader? Find out! Submit an anonymous double spaced first page in a #10 envelope labeled “Paddle Panel” to Tom Spence, Box 98, Buffalo, WY 82834.  As time allows your opening will be read to the room and the panel will offer constructive criticism and suggestions.  

Sign up for a pitch session

Do you have a finished manuscript or a good outline of a work in progress? Sign up to pitch it to an agent or editor. A little practice can ease the jitters. Slots are open (first come, first served; one pitch per person) Friday afternoon and Saturday morning and afternoon. E-mail Shanna at shannafergson57@yahoo.com in advance to sign up. A limited number of slots may also be available at the registration table.

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Wyoming Writers, Inc. 43rd Annual Conference, June 2-4, 2017
Multi-Event Facilities of the Energy Hall of the CAM-PLEX, Gillette, Wyoming

Friday, June 2

10:30-12:00- Board Meeting

1:00-5:00- Registration

                      Book Store opens*

2:30-4:00- Pitch Sessions

                       Round Tables

4:00-5:00- Wyo Poets Meeting

5:00-6:00- Dinner for Faculty, Board, Patrons, Sustaining Members

6:00-7:30- Dessert & Coffee/Welcome/Faculty Intros/Writing Contest Winners/Reading by Fellowship Winner (Everyone welcome to attend)

7:30-9:30- Open Mic

 

Saturday, June 3

Breakfast on your own (full breakfast included at Arbuckle)

Hospitality table with coffee, pastries and fruit available sponsored by Prairie Pens

7:30-12:00- Registration

8:00-9:15- General Membership Meeting

9:00-6:00- Book Store Open*

9:30-10:45- Breakout Session #1

  • Nina McConigley: “Writing What You Know: Using Autobiography as Fiction”
  • Kristin Abraham: “Fracturing Fairytales: Making Proverbial Stories Fresh”
  • Clay Landry: “The Resources and Methods of Research’”
  • Caskey Russell: “The Art of Creative Non-Fiction”

10:45-11:00- Break

11:00-12:15- Breakout Session #2 (member sessions)

  • Member Presenters on Various Topics
    • 2017 Poet Laureate Gene Gagliano:  “Want to Write for Children?”
    • Member Panel: “What You Should Know About Self-Publishing”
      • Facilitated by Abbie Taylor with panelists Linda Crowder, Laurie Marr Wasmund, and Alethea Williams
    • Keri De Deo & Patricia Landy: “Rescuing and Reviving Old Manuscripts”
    • Susan Vittitow Mark: “Blogging and More: Sailing the Social Media Seas”

12:15-1:45- Services Awards Luncheon

1:45-3:00- Breakout Session #3

  • Nina McConigley: “Writing the New American West: Post Frontier Literature”
  • Kristin Abraham: “A Rose Poem by Any Other Name Would Stink” Come prepared with a poem.
  • Clay Landry: “Categories of Historical Literature”
  • Caskey Russell: “Finding Inspiration for Fiction in Your Own Life ”

3:00-3:15- Break

3:15-4:30- Breakout Session #4

  • Nina McConigley: “From Rejection to Publishing”
  • Kristin Abraham: “Have You Listened to Your White Space Lately?”
  • Clay Landry: “Uncovering Topics “
  • Caskey Russell: “Editing: The Key to the Creative Writing”

5:30-6:30- Social Hour/Book Signing

6:30-8:00- Banquet

8:15-10:00- Keynote with Nina McConigley

Open Mic to follow

 

Sunday, June 4

Breakfast on your own (full breakfast included at Arbuckle)

Hospitality table with coffee, pastries and fruit available sponsored by TBD

8:00-10:30- Bookstore Open*

8:00-10:00- Paddle Panel

10:15-10:30- Closing

10:30-Noon- Board Meeting