Join our full-day Writers Conference, Clues to Writing for Publication, cohosted with Northeast Ohio Sisters in Crime for workshops on overcoming roadblocks and rejection, writing a book in 30 days, crafting brilliant dialogue, and writing a great villain. Hear how other writers became published authors and bring a copy of your book blurb* for a chance to get expert feedback from literary agents. Books available for purchase, author signings, and raffle giveaways. Lunch is on your own.
9:00 a.m.: Registration
9:15 a.m.: It's Never Too Late: Overcoming Excuses, Rejections, & Roadblocks - Shelley Shepard Gray
10:10 a.m.: Writing a Book in 30 Days - Abby Vandiver
11:10 a.m.: Beyond Banter: Mastering the Art of Dialogue in Romance - Angie Hockman
12:00 p.m.: Lunch: Walk to a local restaurant or bring a sack lunch.
1:10 p.m.: Pathways to Publication presented by NEOSinC - Shelley Costa, Cari Dubiel, Amanda Flower, Kathryn Long and Marin McGinnis
2:10 p.m.: Fifty Shades of Evil: Writing a Great Villain presented by NEOSinC - Anastasia Hastings
3:10 p.m.: Agent Book Blurb Panel* presented by NEOSinC - Erin Hosier with Dunow, Carlson, & Lerner, Jacqueline Lipton with the Tobias Literary Agency, and Jennifer Wills with the Seymour Agency
4:30 p.m.: Raffle - stay for a chance to win a book basket!
*SUBMISSION GUIDELINES for the Agent Book Blurb Panel: A book blurb is the persuasive summary found on the back cover, inside flap, or online description of a book. Blurbs intrigue readers by introducing the main characters, the central conflict, and finishing with a hook rather than revealing the ending of a story.
To submit a book blurb for possible consideration by our panel of literary agents, please bring four printed copies of your blurb with a maximum of 200 words, double-spaced in Times New Roman 12 point font, to the registration desk at the start of the conference. Include your story title and genre at the top of the page but please do not include your name as entries will be read anonymously.