Schedule


Friday, May 5

8:00 AM              
Registration opens

9:00 – 9:30 AM        
Welcome, Distinguished Author Award

9:45 – 10:45 AM       
Session 1: Elements of a Good Pitch with Literary Agents
Session 2: Building Your Platform with Jen Mann  

10:45 – 11:00 AM      
Break

11:00 AM – Noon       
Session 1: What to Expect from Your Manuscript Evaluation with Allison Malecha and John Helfers
Session 2: Publishing Past, Present & Future with Tom Reale of Brown Books Publishing

Noon – 1:30 PM        
Lunch Break – Lunch w/ Presenter

1:30 – 2:30 PM        
Session 1: Query Letter Workshop with Annie Hwang, Patricia Nelson, and Eric Smith
Session 2: Developing a Cast of Believable Young Adult Characters with Margo Kelly

2:30 – 2:45 PM        
Break

2:45 – 4:00 PM        
Session 1: Fictional Promotion: How to Get Real Publicity for Your Make-Believe Book with Dan Smith 
Session 2: Intro to the Art of Travel Writing with Rolf Potts
One-on-one Manuscript Evaluations and Agent Pitches

4:00 – 4:15 PM        
Break

4:15 – 5:30 PM       
Session 1: Q&A with the Idaho Writers Guild Board
One-on-one Manuscript Evaluations and Agent Pitches

5:30 – 7:00 PM        
Cocktail Reception, Contest Awards, Life Sucks Laugh Hard Comedy Event sponsored by Mill Park Publishing (Open to all conference attendees plus one guest)
                                                


Saturday, May 6

8:00 AM               
Registration Opens


8:30 – 9:30 AM       
Session 1: E-Books Demystified: What It Takes to Be an "Indie" Author with Joanne Pence
Session 2: Is It Funny Yet? with Jen Mann  

9:30 – 9:45 AM      
Break

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM       
Session 1: How to Write a Mystery with Joanne Pence
Session 2: Getting Started: Beginnings in Nonfiction Storycraft with Rolf Potts

10:45 – 11:00 AM      
Break

11:00 - Noon
Session 1: Creating an Authentic Voice for a Young Adult Novel with Margo Kelly
Session 2: Synopsis Workshop Allison Malecha and John Helfers

Noon – 1:30 PM        
Lunch Break – Lunch w/ Presenter

1:30 – 2:30 PM        
Session 1: In-Depth Story Workshop with Elisabeth McKetta
Session 2: The Author "It" Factor with Thomas Reale

2:30 – 2:45 PM        
Break

2:45 – 3:45 PM        
Session 1: In-Depth Story Workshop with Elisabeth McKetta
Session 2: Indie Partnership: How Authors and Bookstores Work Together with Laura Delaney and Sam Kaas
One-on-one Manuscript Evaluations and Agent Pitches

3:45 – 4:00 PM        
Break

4:00 – 5:00 PM       
Session 1: Beyond Book Sales: Using Your Nonfiction Book as a Business Card and Marketing Tool with Dan Smith
One-on-one Manuscript Evaluations and Agent Pitches

5:00 PM        
Conference Ends

7:00 - 8:30 PM
Rolf Potts at Rediscovered Books - this follow-up event to the conference is free and open to the public. 


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