pens

This conference includes workshops for Aspiring, Active and Accomplished writers of books and screenplays. Each topic offers an educational and inspirational experience in a stream of learning that progresses all weekend. This methodology allows you to participate and learn at a comfortable level and speed with peers of similar interests and disciplines.Register Now!


2020 Enhanced Schedule

Rather than a typical multi-track event with workshops concurrently (opposite each other) this virtual event presents the entire program in a consecutive manner. So, instead of you being limited to attend only of part of the conference, you will be able to attend virtually everything
from November 06-07-08-09-10-11-12-13-14.


This means More New Topics • More Speakers • More Agents and Publishers!

  1 on-1 Pitch Meets with Agents, Scouts, Editors, and Publishers ProCritiques™

Subject to
individuals
availability

Meet editors, agents and/or publishers for a personal consultation to pitch, discuss and improve pre-submitted pages of your manuscript. Schedule an appointment at the Registration Desk. Some editors may take new submissions on site. A separate fee applies to ProCritque and Masters ProCritique consultations. Some agents do not read or edit material in advance. Consult the wcwriters.com website for details.

We recommend you attend the "How to Pitch" sessions in order to help identify the best professionals for your individual genre and work.

Reserve a calendar appointment
by calling the
"1-on-1 Desk"
at 310.379.2650

Meetings are held Online during event

Friday November 6, 2020 - All Times are Pacific (West Coast), USA

6:00

PM PST

An update on How to use Zoom Software for this event

A quick refresher on how to use the free zoom software to get the most from this event.

Nic Nelson

(Solo Spotlight)



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7:00

PM PST

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Is this the New Normal? And how you can thrive and benefit from this event.

Tony N Todaro,
Executive Director

 

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7:30

PM PST

How to Organize Your Writing Life

This panel will discuss how to map out more writing time—without losing sleep. Learn to:

• Learn smart ways to use your day job to help your writing—not distract from it.

• Structure your stories the intuitive way — no muss, no fuss.

• Keep your book-in-progress on track, with simple tools to help you streamline your research, timelines, characters & more.

• Plan to invest more wisely in our conference dos and don’ts.

• Simplify (and maximize) your submissions.

Nic Nelson,
Debra Eckerling,
Sara Anne Fox  

 

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Saturday November 7, 2020 - All Times are Pacific (West Coast), USA  

8:00 AM

AM PST

Writers Digital Coffee Klatch

A very popular event at our conferences is the opportunity to gather with popular author / editor / educator / screenwriter Art Holcomb for a round-table discussion + Q&A on the craft of writing. Even though we are meeting virtually, attendees can still participate in this popular event, updated into a coffee klatch. Just click up the link (to be provided to attendees) and have a leisurely coffee and networking discussion with Art. We will even include coffee packs in the swag bags we are sending by mail in advance of the event)  

Art Holcomb

(Solo Spotlight)

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9:30

AM PST

Saturday Orientation and update

Tony N Todaro &
Event Officials

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10:00 

AM PST

90 min

How To Pitch an Agent or Publisher
 You've spent a year or more working on a great novel and now you feel it's ready to be shared with the world. Naturally, the first step is to pitch literary agents and find one who shares your passion for the work and is willing to sign you. While many authors submit countless query letters and emails -- without result, a few wise souls know that agents often look to conferences as a source for new talented writers. It is a unique window to have your work considered firsthand. But what do you say? How do you present yourself and your manuscript in order to have them ask for more?

This panel of agents, editors, and publishers du jour will discuss what they expect and answer your questions. This is an opportunity to hear what each agent needs in order to make a decision. Listen well, then rehearse before scheduling a pitch session with any or all of them later any day at the conference.

Paul S. Levine
Steven Hutson
Ken Sherman
Helga Schier,
Toni Robino

Tony N Todaro (M)

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11:45
AM PST

Special Encore

The Science of Storytelling

Join #1 New York Times bestselling author James Rollins and New York Times bestselling author and neuroscience expert, W. Craig Reed, for an entertaining and exciting look at how stories affect your readers at a primal level and how to harness that power for your own writing. You will learn how the latest research on brain science can help you create characters that leap off the page and build plots that sizzle. You will also learn how to use neuroscience profiling to create sympathetic characters, riveting plots, engaging dialog, visual settings, and spine-tingling tension. Also learn how to use this science to appeal to specific target markets.

William Craig Reed is the author of the non-fiction books The Seven Secrets of Neuron-Leadership: What Military Commanders, Neuroscientists, and the Ancient Greeks Teach Us About Inspiring Teams (Wiley, 2017) and the critically acclaimed Red November: Inside the Secret U.S. – Soviet Submarine War (HarperCollins, 2010). Also, the novel The Eagle and the Snake: A SEAL Team Six Interactive Thriller (Diversion, 2012). He is the co-author of Tarzan, My Father (ECW Press, 2002) with the late Johnny Weissmuller, Jr. Reed served as a U.S. Navy qualified submariner, SpecOp photographer, and submarine diver.* He earned commendations for completing secret missions during the Cold War and is one of only a few authors invited by the U.S. Navy to observe Ice Exercise (ICEX) submarine operations in the Arctic and submerge beneath the ice. Reed is an alumnus or member of numerous military, veteran, and technology associations, allowing him to reach an audience of millions.

#1 New York Times Bestselling Author James Rollins is the author of the bestselling Sigma Force series Sandstorm, Map of Bones, Black Order, The Judas Strain, The Last Oracle, The Doomsday Key, The Devil Colony, Bloodline, The Eye of God, The 6th Extinction, The Seventh Plague, and The Demon Crown; six individual adventure thrillers; the blockbuster movie novelization, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull; the Tucker Wayne Series; the Order of the Sanguines Series; and the Jake Ransom middle grade series.

New York Times
Best-selling Authors

James Rollins

 
W. Craig Reed

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1:00
PM PST

Things I Wish a Pro Had Told Me When I First Started Writing

Many aspiring writers waste time and brain cells when they first enter the world of writing professionally. Becoming a writer and then a published author is a steep, steep learning curve. Even for those with prior experience and previously published books, the rapidly changing landscape of the industry means you can easily make mistakes; in your writing, pitching, marketing and certainly when it comes to finding and signing a deal with a publisher or entering the shark-infested waters of the self-publishing pool. The aim of this session is to keep you safe, strong and smart as you progress in your work and career. Learn from industry pros many of the things you can avoid to save years of frustration and yes, brain cells, too.

A popular topic with fresh voices including:

Brandie June,
Neil V. Young,
Marco Subias,
Chrome Oxide
Dennis A. Cherry (M)

 

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2:15
PM PST

Finding the Heart of Your Story: Your Original Idea.

This workshop featuring a NY Times best-selling author will discuss how to find and identify your best original ideas, and then how to nurture and create a sellable piece of fiction.

New York Times
Best-selling Author

George Galdorisi

 

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3:30
PM PST

How Book Authors Go From Fingers on The Keyboard to Dollars in Their Bank.

Few beginning writers have very little idea of how they can go from slaving away on their keyboards at night and on weekends to actually quitting their day job.

Literary Agent Paul S. Levine will discuss four ways that authors make money from book publishers, and also ways publishers try not to pay, or try to postpone paying for as long as possible, monies which authors are owed.

Paul S. Levine

(Solo Spotlight)

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4:45
PM PST

Why Synopses are Notoriously Hard to Write
(and Three Ways to Do It Right) 

This seasoned editor explains the three types of synopses, when you'll need each one, and how to write them. Once you understand what each one entails, you'll stop confusing them and start getting them right! (This workshop will include detailed outlines and writing prompts for each kind of synopsis, and real examples of at least the first two kinds ... you'll discover why the third kind is so rarely shared!)

Nic Nelson

(Solo Spotlight)

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6:00
PM PST

Read and Critique Workshop - Fiction

Would you like feedback on your work additional to the quick pitch meeting? What is it like to work with a critique group of good, focused writers?

This is an opportunity for registered attendees to participate in a live editing of their work-in-progress. Fuel up on caffeine, drink and words, and join us for Renegade Late Night Read & Critique.  It is an amazing creative experience — not to be missed.

Have 3 to 5 pages of your manuscript to read and share, and enjoy the feedback exchange! As this is a virtual read and critique, you should have a PDF ready to send to the moderator.

Marco Subias

and You!

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  1 on-1 Pitch Meets with Agents, Scouts, Editors, and Publishers ProCritiques™

Subject to
individuals
availability

Meet editors, agents and/or publishers for a personal consultation to pitch, discuss and improve pre-submitted pages of your manuscript. Schedule an appointment at the Registration Desk. Some editors may take new submissions on site. A separate fee applies to ProCritque and Masters ProCritique consultations. Some agents do not read or edit material in advance. Consult the wcwriters.com website for details.

We recommend you attend the "How to Pitch" sessions in order to help identify the best professionals for your individual genre and work.

Reserve a calendar appointment
by calling the
"1-on-1 Desk"
at 310.379.2650

Meetings are held Online during event

Sunday November 8, 2020 - All Times are Pacific (West Coast), USA Creative Writing

10:00

AM PST

Nailing the Second Draft – The Art of the Prewrite

Prewriting and rewriting are my two favorite parts of the writing process. Prewriting the assessment and power review of the first draft - sets you up for success so that once you’ve spilt everything out on the page, it gives you something truly solid to work with. But rewriting is where you get to take that material and make it truly reflect the best of what you have to give to the world. Even if you strive to create a first draft that’s as close to the final form as possible—which always should be your own personal writing objective—there must always a revision that spotlights best your talent and voice.

In this session, Story Expert Art Holcomb uses his acclaimed Two Drafts – Two Polishes approach to show you: • How to use The ABC Method to power-assess your First Draft • How to use The Universal Storyline to make sure you’re on track • How to calibrate your adventure for high impact • Ways to make sure your story lies up to audience’s expectations • How to make your genre work for you • How to perfect your opening hook – so that you never let them go

Art Holcomb

 

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11:15

AM PST

The Pros and Cons of Traditional vs. Indie Publishing

What are some of the major differences when it comes to self-published, Indie, hybrid and traditionally published books for authors in regards to sales and marketing, distribution and PR behind the book? Where will you make the most money? How can you make sure that your book is successful? What are some of the platforms that will help you promote your self-published or Indie published book? The literary industry is always evolving and there are many ways to make sure that your book becomes a success. But what does success really mean in the literary industry across these mediums? Join this workshop to find out more about each publishing platform and get a better idea of what is right for you!

Nic Nelson
Steve Hutson

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12:45

PM PST

"TELL ME A STORY" -- The Four Most Important Words in the English Language

These were the sentiments of the late Pat Conroy, the brilliant creator of "The Prince of Tides", "The Lords of Discipline" and "The Great Santini", among others. From caveman days around the cave fire to bedtimes spent reading to small children to making things up to settle down restless kids to eerie tales being told around a modern campfire, we humans have always been entranced by a compelling and entertaining story.

What are the elements of a story that bring listeners and readers into a writer-created world? What is needed to keep them entranced? And, most importantly for our workshop purposes, what's YOUR story? Learn more about the ways to spin a wondrous tale for an audience so they keep asking four other very important words: "And then what happens?"

Sara Anne Fox


(Solo Spotlight)

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2:00

PM PST

Nonfiction Book Hooks that Deliver!
How to create a bestselling concept and structure

Learn the essential steps to create a bestselling hook and structure that agents want to represent and publishers want to buy. (Not for memoir or true crime)

Finding an enticing way to share a new idea, discovery or method is one of the most critical challenges that nonfiction writers face. The entire book must be able to hang from one big idea that’s significantly different from the other messages already on bookshelves.
 
In this one-hour workshop, we’ll explore compelling hooks and the structures that support them and you’ll learn how to make these attention-grabbers as pointed and sharp as possible.

Toni Robino is a talent scout, connecting writers with established literary agents who are good matches for their nonfiction projects. She also teaches writers how to craft powerful pitch packages, increasing their likelihood of representation. In the literary marketplace, Toni's company, Windword Literary, brings books to fruition by working with major publishing houses and independent publishers. Credits include New York Times bestsellers and groundbreaking titles such as Age Later: Health Span, Life Span, and the New Science of Longevity, The Male Brain: A Breakthrough Understanding of How Men and Boys Think; and100 Heartbeats: The Race to Save Earth’s Most Endangered Species. As a literary scout, Toni is currently developing authors and nonfiction book

Toni Robino 

 

(Solo Spotlight)

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3:15
PM PST 

How to Design A Self Published Book to Look Professional

What makes for a great book jacket design, one that will motivate a prospective buyer to pick up the book? And what is there about some covers that causes the book to disappear on the shelf? A panel of great designers and book cover designers will discuss the merits as well as the sins and errors of a wide variety of designs. This topic is especially important for Indie and self-published authors.

Carla Green,
Christopher Paniccia

plus Expert Panel

 

Click to Link to Event
4:30
PM PST

"Face to Face" Sales and Marketing -- After the Pandemic

So many authors do not have a good sales presence in person. They sit back and think the books will sell themselves but they need to get out and pound the pavement and sell their books in person. This panel gives the authors the confidence to talk and sell their books to others in person.

Christopher Paniccia,
Gayl Murphy,
Darice Fisher,
Chrome Oxide

 

Click to Link to Event
6:00
PM PST

Read and Critique Workshop - Nonfiction

Would you like feedback on your work additional to the quick pitch meeting? What is it like to work with a critique group of good, focused writers?

This is an opportunity for registered attendees to participate in a live editing of their work-in-progress. Fuel up on caffeine, drink and words, and join us for Renegade Late Night Read & Critique.  It is an amazing creative experience — not to be missed.

Prepare 3 to 5 pages of your manuscript to read and share, and enjoy the feedback exchange! As this is a virtual read and critique, you should have a PDF ready to send to the moderator.

Marco Subias

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Monday November 9, 2020 - All Times are Pacific (West Coast), USA  

5:00

PM PST

Beyond the First Draft – Techniques for Editing Your Own Work and When to Hire a Pro

Like a legal client who tries to represent themselves, a writer who solely relies on their ability as an editor is probably headed for literary disaster. Beyond friends and first readers, there is a real need to have a professional editor review every manuscript, and bring it up to literary standards. This panel of editors will give you tips of how to best edit your work, and what to avoid, then explain how to prepare the MS for a professional and how to find an affordable one.

Deanna Brady,
Nic Nelson,
Sara Anne Fox,

Plus Panel

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6:15
PM PST

Writing Tips From a New York Times Best-Selling Author:
The Secrets Behind Every Successful Novel

George will share his experiences in crafting and selling four New York Times best-selling novels in a row (2012-2016).

George Galdorisi

(Solo Spotlight)

Click to Link to Event

7:30

PM PST

Websites for Authors

Sure, you hear you need a website, but how do you do that? You aren’t a computer person. You don’t have to be! Learn how something as complicated as building a website can actually be point and click. Learn the three techniques for getting a customized personal site; learn the two types of Wordpress pages (and what makes them different); see four different themes in action; learn what plugins are and how to email people without ending up in the spam bin along with the “You’ve won the lottery!” emails. Yes, you can haz cheeseburger. The internet isn’t just for cat videos – now it’s for your book(s).

John D. Gwinner

(Solo Spotlight)

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Tuesday November 10 - All Times are Pacific (West Coast), USA  
5:00
PM PST

Self-Publishing Basics

Many authors have no idea where to start, including support for just beginning a manuscript. I take these authors through the beginning ideas through, cover design, and all the way to Kindle or Draft to Digital. Also so many self published authors have no clue about having a social media presence and I help them build sites and author pages..

Christopher Paniccia Gridiron Publishing

(Solo Spotlight)

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6:30

PM PST

Two hour
Workshop

Book Publicity 101

Publicity is part strategy and part luck, know how to be prepared for both. This 2-hour session talks about book publicity, what's free and low cost. How to reach out to podcasts, television, radio, print, and Online avenues and how to always be prepared in case opportunities arise.

At the end of the session, the attendee will receive a list of resources and an outline for both a press release and a media kit.

Sheila English
Dayna Linton
Scott Lorenz

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Wednesday November 11 - All Times are Pacific (West Coast), USA  

5:00

PM PST

The Writing Life: Covid-19 and Beyond

Mystery author Michael Bradley, sci-fi/paranormal author Jason Offutt, and action/thriller author James Lindholm talk about their respective journeys to publication, their different experiences with different Indie publishers, juggling the writing life in isolation, and marketing during Covid.

Helga Schier (M) Michael Bradley
James Lindholm
Jason Offutt

Click to Link to Event

6:15

PM PST

Before You Jump Into Self-Publishing

In the brave new world of publishing, you have more choices than ever before. Are you better off to bypass the "traditional" system? Self-pub offers many empowering advantages, but that (apparent) empowerment is not always a good thing if you're not prepared to treat it like a business.

Steven Hutson

(Solo Spotlight)

Click to Link to Event

7:30

PM PST

50 Ways to Leave Your Publisher
(or Agent, Attorney, Collaborator, etc.)

Many authors find themselves stuck in contracts with publishers, agents, collaborators or others that are problematic. Like a marriage, expectations, relationships and circumstances change over time. Sometimes divorce is the best option.

Many terms in traditional and self-publishing contracts, collaboration and other writer’s agreements, and changes in copyright law, give publishers, authors and their heirs “escape hatches” from undesirable contracts. State laws regulating talent agents, attorneys and other fiduciaries provide a wealth of legal recourse when problems arise.

Copyright and publishing litigator Greg Victoroff, www.victoroff-law.com, will discuss terminating publishing contracts, failures to perform, account, violations of fiduciary duties, litigation, statutory terminations and more in an interactive presentation with time for audience questions and answers.

Greg Victoroff, Esq

Download PDF
for the Workshop

(Solo Spotlight)

Click to Link to Event

Thursday November 12 - All Times are Pacific (West Coast), USA  

4:00

PM PST

Nailing the Second Draft – The Art of the Prewrite

Prewriting and rewriting are my two favorite parts of the writing process. Prewriting the assessment and power review of the first draft - sets you up for success so that once you’ve spilt everything out on the page, it gives you something truly solid to work with. But rewriting is where you get to take that material and make it truly reflect the best of what you have to give to the world. Even if you strive to create a first draft that’s as close to the final form as possible—which always should be your own personal writing objective—there must always a revision that spotlights best your talent and voice.

In this ENCORE session, Story Expert Art Holcomb uses his acclaimed Two Drafts – Two Polishes approach to show you: • How to use The ABC Method to power-assess your First Draft • How to use The Universal Storyline to make sure you’re on track • How to calibrate your adventure for high impact • Ways to make sure your story lies up to audience’s expectations • How to make your genre work for you • How to perfect your opening hook – so that you never let them go

Art Holcomb

 

 

 

Click to Link to Event

5:00

PM PST

Your Platform Begins with YOU.

Learn to understand yourself, maximize your strengths, and manage around your weaknesses while you work on them. We will discuss Enneagram integration paths/directions and CliftonStrengths Signature Themes which will help you distinguish unhealthy “weaknesses” from those things which are simply “not your jam.”

    What can you accept and ignore, at least for now? This is the first step in self-improvement: eliminate what isn’t worth your time.
    What will support my basic ability to function as a human? Physical health; Financial wisdom; Relational stability. Learn how to maximize your strengths and manage around your weaknesses.
    What will give you the biggest ROI if you focus on it? How can you take what you already do well, and REALLY master it, make it a superpower? 

Nic Nelson

(Solo Spotlight)

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6:15 

PM PST

Networking and Media in the Upending "New Normal”

Learn about Live-streaming, remote networking, Online meetings, virtual marketing; zooming, pitching and selling yourself and your work. Also learn:

1 - The New Normal: what it is EXACTLY and how writers can make it their brave new world.

2 - Successfully utilizing the tools of  New Normal to your advantage regardless of where you are in your writing career.

3 - What every writer needs to know about speaking directly to their readers, publisher, the media and fans. 

4 - Creating effective and powerful media-messaging so you can  “tell it to sell it” virtually, and in real time. 

Gayl Murphy is The Celebritizer, a Hollywood correspondent, media and presentational coach, speaker and the author of, “Interview Tactics! How to Survive the Media Without Getting Clobbered”.

Keith Keller is considered by many to be one of the world’s leading authorities on Twitter, and Twitter Video Marketing, which is evident in his podcast series “CRACK THE TWITTER CODE”. Keith also offers one on one consulting via Zoom.

Gayl Murphy
from Los Angeles

Keith Keller,
Live via Melbourne, Australia

Click to Link to Event

7:30

PM PST

Ten Steps to a Successful Revision
(or, All You’ll Ever Need are Post-its)

No doubt you know that the last period on your first draft is not the end, but the beginning of your writing journey. First drafts are diamonds in the rough, dull stones that need to be cut and shaped and polished in the revision process. This sounds like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. All you need is an open mind and lots of post-it notes. Editor and writing coach Helga Schier (CamCat Books and withpenandpaper, LLC) will teach you how to edit with a plan that will guide you from fixing big-picture issues like structure, pacing and point of view to making sure every comma and period is in the right place. As Stephen King once said: “Writing is human. Editing is divine.”

Helga Schier, PhD

(Solo Spotlight)

Click to Link to Event

Friday November 13 - All Times are Pacific (West Coast), USA

5:00

PM PST

7 Things Every Writer Needs to Become an Author


About 200 million people in the US have an idea for a book, yet most never become an author. In this encore webinar, Keith Ogorek shares seven key things he has learned from working with hundreds of writers and authors so that you don’t end up with an idea and unfinished manuscript instead a copy of your book. He will share:  

  • the most important thing every writer needs to do
  • the keys to turning your idea into a compelling fiction or non-fiction book
  • how to create a plan to get to your goal
  • the importance of constructive feedback and the risks of unqualified opinions
  • So if you are still working to get to your goal, or know someone who is, you don’t want to miss this webinar.

 

Keith Ogorek
President of The
Author Learning Center

(Solo Spotlight)

 

Click to Link to Event

6:15

PM PST

5 Tips for You To Win Big as a Writer in 2021

To get what you want, you need to know what you want. And then make a plan to achieve it. You're all here, so you already know that a successful writing life is a huge goal for you. But how do you make that happen? Debra Eckerling is here to help!

Debra is the author of Your Goal Guide: A Roadmap for Setting, Planning and Achieving Your Goals and founder of The D*E*B Method. DEB stands for Determine Your Mission, Explore Your Options, Brainstorm Your Path. In this session, Debra will share tips to help you hone in on your mission and motto as a writer, as well as simple, actionable strategies for turning your goals into reality. Plus, you will learn what to do with all the wonderful information you gathered at this conference, and incorporate it into your plans.

Debra Eckerling

 

(Solo Spotlight)

 

Click to Link to Event

7:30

PM PST

How to Create a Simple, Effective Book Trailer
and How to Get It Seen.
  

The creator of book trailers discusses what they are, where to find assets for free or low cost, and how to put them together. Plus Sheila will reveal tips & tricks, rules not to break, and where you can send them once they're finished.

Sheila English

(Solo Spotlight)

Click to Download
PDF of Presentation

 

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  1 on-1 Pitch Meets with Agents, Scouts, Editors, and Publishers ProCritiques™
Subject to individuals availability

Meet editors, agents and/or publishers for a personal consultation to pitch, discuss and improve pre-submitted pages of your manuscript. Schedule an appointment at the Registration Desk. Some editors may take new submissions on site. A separate fee applies to ProCritque and Masters ProCritique consultations. Some agents do not read or edit material in advance. Consult the wcwriters.com website for details.

We recommend you attend the "How to Pitch" sessions in order to help identify the best professionals for your individual genre and work.

Reserve a calendar appointment
by calling the
"1-on-1 Desk"
at 310.379.2650

Meetings are held Online in confidence

Saturday November 14 - All Times are Pacific (West Coast), USA  

10:00 

AM PST

How To Pitch an Agent or Publisher
You've spent a year or more working on a great novel and now you feel it's ready to be shared with the world. Naturally, the first step is to pitch literary agents and find one who shares your passion for the work and is willing to sign you. While many authors submit countless query letters and emails -- without result, a few wise souls know that agents often look to conferences as a source for new talented writers. It is a unique window to have your work considered firsthand. But what do you say? How do you present yourself and your manuscript in order to have them ask for more?

This is an opportunity to hear what a top agent needs in order to make a decision. Listen well, then rehearse before scheduling a pitch session at the conference. Yes, he has signed a number of our attendees, and scored a 6-figure, 3-book deal for a hard working attendee/author in the process.

Ken Sherman

 

Tony N Todaro (M)

Click to Link to Event

11:15

AM PST

 

3 clicks To 1 book
How To Format Your Novel for Self-Publishing

Formatting can be a mess – and it takes you out of your writing streak. Having to indent half a space on each line, adding blank lines, creating the # # # in between white space breaks, adding carriage returns – none of it has anything to do with writing, right? Yet – it does. A publisher will reject a manuscript if it doesn’t look professional.

In this two hour session, learn how to make a professionally laid out book with only three clicks! Keep writing as fast as you can and learn one way to lay down three things: chapter headings, quotes, and section breaks by literally clicking a button.

In the second half, we will also show you how to fix books that haven’t been done via the three click method. Time permitting, we will even publish a Kindle book at the end of class using these techniques.

John D. Gwinner

 

 

Click to Link to Event

1:00

PM PST

The Indie Author Journey: A Conversation with
Indie and Self-Publishing Authors about Their Experiences

This panel gives attendees the opportunity to hear from authors who are undertaking the indie and self-published author journey. It promises to answer questions such as: Is there a one-size fits all approach that works for all authors? What are the dos and don’ts? What does it really mean to be an “authorpreneur”? What is it like writing a “calling card” book, and what path is right for you?

Patrice Brown,
Kevin Groh,
Bert Sarkkinen,
Lon Varnadore

Desireé Duffy (M),
Founder of Black Chateau, Books That Make You

Click to Link to Event

2:30  

PM PST

What is the Publishing Industry Doing Right Now and in 2021?

A panel of industry experts will discuss the state of the publishing industry, including what is being published, are acquisitions up/down, how are Online purchases effecting sales, how are physical bookstores surviving, what new avenues are publishers exploring, are e-book and audio book sales on the decline, and more.

Sue Arroyo,
Rachel Beck
Paul S. Levine
Steven Hutson
Ken Sherman

Tony N Todaro (M)

Click to Link to Event

3:45

PM PST

Closing Remarks, Keynote, Drawing for Prizes

Same link as above


Best wishes for continued success
with your writing!