2018 Conference Workshops

Saturday’s Schedule

9:00 – 10:00
Writers Track
Master Class
Paula Chafee Scardamalia – Gold Room

Using Archetypes From Myth And Fairy Tales For Powerful Storytelling

    The basis of modern storytelling whether in print or on the screen, lies deeply rooted in the mythological tradition. Game of Thrones, Wonder Woman, Clash of the Titans, Thor, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Snow White and the Huntsman, Once Upon a Time, Grimm—all popular books, movies and TV series that have their roots in the realms of myth and fairy tale, and their characters embody archetypes. Jung defines as “universal, archaic patterns and images that derive from the collective unconscious and are the psychic counterpart of instinct.” These archetypes are a powerful tool for storytelling as they are universally understood and speak to that deeper part of being human. This workshop defines myth and fairy tales and the differences between them; explains archetypes and their roles in culture and in story; gives examples of how they have been used in contemporary fiction; and offers ideas for how the writer can use these archetypes as well as make them uniquely his or hers.

Susan Carlisle – Sapphire A
Organizing Your Time to Write More

    Time management can be one of the most difficult techniques to master as a writer. Every writer strives to find more writing time. One way to find time is being well organized. In this workshop, the writer will discover ways to improve productivity through organizing her life and how to organize her work area to help maintain quality writing time when life gets in the way. Easy first steps will be introduced that can make organization a reality. Ways to effectively use a calendar, set goals, make lists and how to plan an organized day as well as an efficient work area will be discussed. This upbeat workshop includes visual aids. Attendees will be given a handout of tips on how to start managing their writing time.

Indie Publishing
Marianne Rice – Sapphire B

You’re Such a Tease

    Ever see a book teaser with an amazing graphic and a quote that makes you smile, pulls at your heartstrings, or revs your…engine? In this workshop, you’ll learn the basic steps of graphic design. Marianne will share sites that have royalty free high-quality pictures and free programs to create your teasers for social media sites, website banners and blog posts. By the end of the session, those who choose to participate will leave with an epic teaser formatted and ready to post on all social media, blogs, and websites.

Readers Track
Meet the Authors – Silver A

    Local authors read from their novels and answer your questions about how they write, get ideas and more!

Kimberly Rocha – Silver B
Book Obsessed Chicks Charades

    Think you’re good at guessing and figuring out clues about the books you love? Join Kimberly in a spirited game of charades and find out how much you truly know!


10:15 – 11:15
Writers Track
Master Class
Julie Kenner & Dee Davis – Gold Room

Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know about Collaboration and more!

    Join Julie Kenner and Dee Davis as they share their experiences with collaboration and more and answer your questions about publishing in today’s challenging environment.

Nancy Quatrano – Sapphire A
Hybrid Marketing 101

    Any author looking for sales to those outside their Christmas card list needs to market. How, how much and where become the key questions. Small publishing successes are found in a hybrid approach that includes well-written press releases and powerful media kits as well as online campaigns for reviews and blogs. Come learn some basics. Handouts include checklists.

Indie Publishing
Caridad Pineiro – Sapphire B

Basics of the Box Set

    Many authors have discovered that participating in box sets and other multi-author publications are a good way to increase their visibility to new readers and maybe even make a coveted list. However, there are many things to consider before joining such a venture. From the basics of collaboration agreements to LLCs to publicity and payments, NY Times and USA Today Bestselling author Caridad Pineiro will share information and experiences in participating in multiple NY Times and USA Today box sets.

Readers Track

Kimberly Rocha – Silver A
How to Book Club

    How to start and sustain a successful book club with multiple members. In person and online. Learn how to operate or be an active member of a book club that actually works and has member who remain active for years. Kimberly Rocha and some of her members will give examples of how Book Obsessed Chicks has been in operation since 2009 with 49 local members and 5 chapters around the US, and help anyone who wants to start a new book club.

Meet the Authors – Silver B

    Local authors read from their novels and answer your questions about how they write, get ideas and more!


11:30 – 12:30
Writers Track
Master Class
Sourabh Sharma – Gold Room

Creating and Boosting Your Author Platform on Social Media

    Sourabh will show authors how to develop a social media strategy to boost an author’s platform. Advice, user-friendly how-to’s, recommended platforms based on objectives, tips and tricks, software supplements, etc. There are several best practices that can be used to both get started, as well as establish yourselves on social platforms to boost your platform, and can be tackled from a beginner to advanced level in the workshop.
    – Looking at what each author’s objective is on social media, who their target audience is, and understanding how the social media platforms differ from each other, and selecting which ones to use. Creating an editorial calendar for overall organization.
    – Understanding your social media brand – what works/what doesn’t, what theme you should encompass or what niche you should embrace.
    – Creating profiles and basic use across platforms, nuances of ‘posts’ versus ‘live content’, both of which are trending now and work in different ways.
    – Tips and tricks: geo-tagging, events based publicity, images, hashtags, live stories, videos, etc. Software to help automate some of this, as well as what to share on what platform.
    – Active engagement and connection with followers – buying books vs reading about buying books, book buzz, etc. Promotion and advertisements vs. active engagement with intended readers
    – Other: security and privacy concerns, dedicated time to social media (work life balance)
    – Future trends

Lois Winston – Sapphire A
Help! I’ve Lost My Muse

    What do you do when your muse takes off for parts unknown and leaves you staring at a blank computer screen? In this hands-on workshop award-winning author and agent Lois Winston offers some unorthodox tips for recapturing that AWOL muse, banishing writer’s block and stimulating creativity.

Kim Lowe & Kimberly Rocha- Sapphire B
Great Expectations: Building Successful Partnerships with Readers, Bloggers, and Assistants

    Following their popular panel, A Tale of Two Bloggers, Kim Lowe and Kim Rocha return to explore how authors can build successful partnerships with others vested in romance publishing – readers, bloggers, and assistants.
    Social media has given readers greater access to romance authors. Kim and Kim discuss strategies for interacting with readers to increase book sales while maintaining a professional relationship.
    Meanwhile, bloggers continue to grow in numbers and influence in promoting author brands. Kim and Kim guide authors through the rewards and challenges of interacting with reviewers and bloggers.
    Finally, Kim and Kim advise authors on how to hire an assistant as a resource to balance writing the next bestseller, promoting it to readers, and enjoying the fruits of success.

Readers Track

Paula Chafee Scardamalia – Silver A
World-Building For Genre Fiction (Not Just Fantasy)

    Whether you write science fiction, fantasy, horror, historical, mystery, suspense, romance or any of the many cross-overs or blends of those genres, you are creating a world for your characters and your reader. In fact, if you write fiction of almost any kind, you are creating a world.
    But can you make your world believable for your reader and do readers understand just what it takes to build a believable world?

Julie Kenner & Dee Davis – Silver B
Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know About Writing

    Ever wonder what inspires writers? Where they get their ideas? What it’s like to be a bestseller? Julie Kenner and Dee Davis answer all your questions about what it’s like to be a writer!


12:30 – 2:00

Lunch featuring Keynote Speaker Julie Kenner


2:00 – 3:00
Writers Track
Master Class
Rachel Kenley – Gold

Getting Readers to Buy Your Book Without Selling – Part 1

    Did you write a book you absolutely love? Do you dread being one of those smarmy “buy my book” authors you’ve seen on social media? Do you want a better way to get your book out there so that people are scrambling to buy without you selling it to them?
    Join author Rachel Kenley as she shows you the simple steps you can take today to reach your readers, grow your audience, and inspire them to purchase your book without being smarmy.
    By the end of this workshop, you’ll know:
    • What draws your ideal readers to you
    • Where to find your ideal readers right now
    • How to inspire them to buy without you selling
    • Specific steps you can take to make it happen.

Editor and Agent Panel – Sapphire A

    Join our attending editors and agents as they discuss their interests, what’s happening in publishing and answer your questions about their agencies and publishing houses.

Indie Publishing
Anne Carrole & L.G. O’Connor – Sapphire B

Crowdsourcing Your Way to Publication with Kindle Scout!

    Whether you are an aspiring writer, or a multi-published small press author, Kindle Scout offers an opportunity for authors to harness the power of Amazon Publishing and Kindle Press to elevate their careers. Beyond getting your book published, selection unlocks a supportive community of Kindle Press authors and the opportunity for ongoing learning and cross-promotion. Find out how to run a successful campaign, and what life’s like on the other side as a Kindle Press author.

Readers Track

Meet the Authors – Silver B

    Local authors read from their novels and answer your questions about how they write, get ideas and more!

3:15 – 4:15
Writers Track
Master Class
Rachel Kenley – Gold

Getting Readers to Buy Your Book Without Selling – Part 2

    Did you write a book you absolutely love? Do you dread being one of those smarmy “buy my book” authors you’ve seen on social media? Do you want a better way to get your book out there so that people are scrambling to buy without you selling it to them?
    Join author Rachel Kenley as she shows you the simple steps you can take today to reach your readers, grow your audience, and inspire them to purchase your book without being smarmy.
    By the end of this workshop, you’ll know:
    • What draws your ideal readers to you
    • Where to find your ideal readers right now
    • How to inspire them to buy without you selling
    • Specific steps you can take to make it happen.

Gwen Jones & Linda Parisi – Sapphire A
First Line, First Para, First Page

    What are the first words an editor, agent, and reader see of your work?
    What draws them into your story?
    What keeps them reading?
    Your FIRST LINE, FIRST PARAGRAPH, FIRST PAGE.
    Let multi-published, award winning authors Gwen Jones and Linda Parisi help you hook your audience. They will discuss tactics, the Five Second Rule, and use examples from literature, their own work, and the audience as examples.
    Each attendee will submit their first page at the end of the workshop for critique which will be sent back via email.

Readers Track
Marianne Rice – Silver A
Man Candy Bingo

    Join Marianne in a spirited game of bingo featuring some of your favorite actors, athletes, and others. Prizes will be awarded to attendees!

Meet the Authors – Silver B

    Local authors read from their novels and answer your questions about how they write, get ideas and more!


4:30 – 6:30

Book Fair – Open to the General Public

Exhibit Area and Diamond C


6:45 – 7:45
Dinner – Diamond A & B


8:00 – 11:00

Laissez les bon temps rouler!

Party with Caridad Pineiro and the Book Obsessed Chicks!
Crystal Room

Come dance the night away in our New Jersey version of Mardi Gras!

Sunday

9:00 – 10:00 AM

Breakfast featuring Keynote Speaker Dee Davis


10:15 – 11:15
Writers Track
Julie Kenner & Dee Davis – Sapphire A
Q&A on craft, business, and writing

    Bestselling authors Dee Davis and Julie Kenner answer your questions about plotting problems, creating sexual tension, pacing, character developments, the publishing industry and the business of writing.

Yvonne Ventresca – Sapphire B
Keep the Pages Turning: Maximizing Suspense in Your Novel

    Learn how to maximize suspense with specific techniques that can be applied to various types of novels (not just thrillers). This workshop breaks suspense down into the story, scene, and paragraph levels, and includes topics such as raising the stakes, creating cliffhangers, using ticking clocks, and developing a suspenseful writing style. Keep readers turning your pages with insights from Alfred Hitchcock, Lee Child, Donald Maass, and James Scott Bell. Lots of concrete examples are provided.

Lois Winston – Diamond C
Killer Pacing vs. Killing Your Pacing

    Ever hear the expression “Less is More”? When it comes to writing, authors would do well to take those words to heart. Too many manuscripts are rejected because writers draw out their scenes to the point where they become yawners, putting the reader to sleep instead of turning pages to find out what happens next. In this interactive workshop author Lois Winston will offer ways to avoid killing your pacing by creating killer pacing.

Nancy Quatrano – Diamond D
Backstory: How, When and How Much?

    Backstory is like the spice rub on really good brisket – too much or too little and the meal is ruined. Learn some tips about what to avoid, what to include, and how to test for the best application of the “good stuff” that keeps readers turning the pages.

Readers Track
Teel James Glenn – Gold Room
How to Build a Better Beating – Part 1

    Join author and professional fight choreographer Teel James Glenn as he takes you on a journey through the process of creating believable and dramatic action scenes in every kind of fiction. Using wit and personal experience he dissects action scenes for the keys to what makes them work. You will benefit from his combat experience, including eastern martial arts, the physiology and kinetics and the dramatic story telling from film and stage acting. From Fantasy swordfights, barroom brawls, comic combat to martial arts knockabouts he not only outlines and explains the whys and wherefores of literary violence he also explores techniques that allow you to create them yourself. He takes the mystery out of writing action, but not the excitement!


11:15 – 11:45
Writers Track
Author Mingle – Exhibit Area

    Take a break to mingle and network with your fellow authors. Young Writer Attendees are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch if they so desire for the mingle time!

Readers Track
Teel James Glenn – Gold Room
How to Build a Better Beating – Part 2

    Join author and professional fight choreographer Teel James Glenn as he takes you on a journey through the process of creating believable and dramatic action scenes in every kind of fiction. Using wit and personal experience he dissects action scenes for the keys to what makes them work. You will benefit from his combat experience, including eastern martial arts, the physiology and kinetics and the dramatic story telling from film and stage acting. From Fantasy swordfights, barroom brawls, comic combat to martial arts knockabouts he not only outlines and explains the whys and wherefores of literary violence he also explores techniques that allow you to create them yourself. He takes the mystery out of writing action, but not the excitement!


12:00 – 1:00

Writers Track

Rachel Brune – Sapphire A
Writing Military Heroes

What do you do when your story’s hero wears a uniform? Or a badge? In this workshop, we will talk about writing protagonists who come from a military background–their training, their journey, the obstacles they may face, and their choices and consequences of such. Whether you are brand new to the military world, or a seasoned veteran, this workshop will have something for you to think about when creating your characters and world.

Chris Redding – Sapphire B
How to Make Money Before You Get the Call

    Since getting published can take years, Chris will share with you the different ways you can make money with your writing until you get published or choose to indie publish.

K. Edwin Fritz – Diamond C
Episodic Fiction: The Future of Publishing?

    With the massive changes the publishing industry has endured over the last decade, authors & publishers are still scrambling to find a source of steady profits even while readers are scrambling to find repeated content they can trust. Enter: Episodic Fiction, a mashup utilizing the steady publishing schedule of Television, the old-school teaser model of “Serialized Publishing”, and the financial success of the modern entertainment blockbuster, Netflix. This workshop will explore the design and uses of this phenomenon of the publishing world that just might provide readers, authors, & publishers alike with what they’ve been looking for.

Stephanie Queen – Diamond D
How to Optimize Your Novel Writing Process

    Learn how to define and measure your writing efficiency. Find new methods of improving efficiency that work to optimize your individual writing process.

Readers Track

Flash Fiction – Silver A

    So you think you can write? Read your best 300-500 words for your fellow writers and readers! Entries will be judged and prizes will be awarded. Participants should sign up at registration on Saturday morning.

Rick Ollerman – Diamond D
What Do Real Detectives Do?

    Ever wonder what really happens behind the scenes when detectives arrive on the scene? How they conduct investigations? Rick Ollerman will share the reality behind what detectives really do.

1:15 – 2:15

Writers Track

P.K. Eden (Kathye Quick & Patt Mihailoff) – Sapphire A
Motivation- How to Kick Your Muse into High Gear

    This workshop will invite people to understand why they sometimes lose their motivation, why they stop or are afraid to keep going. Below is a partial list of what we plan to do to help people to stay Motivated. Muses get lost all the time, their goddesses after all and tend to wander when they should be working for you, we will show you how to get them back on track and stay motivated.

Susan Carlisle – Sapphire B
Rejection-Making “No” Work For You

    This workshop will show that rejection can be a positive force in a writer’s life if it is used constructively. Rejection comes in many forms, and all writers experience it. One thing that separates the published writer from the unpublished is how the writer responds to rejection. Attendees will learn they are in good company if they have been rejected and that not all rejections are equal. Many can be useful. Ideas on how to make rejection work in the writer’s will be discussed including how successful authors have turned rejection to their advantage. A list of ways to overcome rejection will be the focal point of the discussion.

Yvonne Ventresca – Diamond A
Writing Young Adult Fiction: Information Session and Q&A

    Join award-winning YA author Yvonne Ventresca for this information session about writing young adult fiction. She will explain the characteristics of YA fiction vs adult fiction, discuss how the publishing and marketing experience can differ, and suggest next steps for learning more about the world of YA. Come with your questions about the writing process, getting published, and YA fiction in general. Yvonne will save time for Q&A and will provide a handout of further resources.

Rick Ollerman – Diamond D
Dialogue vs. Exposition: When to Use One or the Other to Advance a Scene

    The purpose of the workshop is to use a hands-on approach to decide when it’s best to use dialogue to advance the plot of a book, or exposition. We will use real world examples of famous works rewritten as dialogue-heavy scenes, exposition-heavy scenes, as well as revealing the authors’ actual choices. Audience participation will be heavily requested as we dissect famous (and not so famous) scenes, giving us a feel for how a dialogue-heavy vs. exposition-heavy approach alters the not only the reading pace of the story but also the emotional impact. The audience will be requested to bring works of their own for the same sort of dissection at the end section of the workshop, and the aim is give new insight into style and how these choices affect the readers’ ability to follow the plot or action in a book, how the author is able to impart information—especially back story—into the book, as well as introduce new pieces of the plot. There will be handouts for everyone showing the examples of the works we used in class which will also enclose the teaching points that we’re trying to get across during the session.

Readers Track

Irene Peterson – Silver A
Sherlock, The Doctor, and Godzilla – Writing enduring characters

    What makes characters unforgettable and makes readers and viewers want to enjoy them over and over again? These three have existed for many years and in so many incredible adventures. What makes them endure in our hearts? Can they teach you to create unforgettable individuals of your own? For the serious, for the serial writers who long for immortality.

Anne Carrole & L.G. O’Connor – Silver B
Name that Hottie!

    Think you know a lot about your favorite hottie? Join Anne and L.G. in this fun Jeopardy-style game that tests your knowledge of hottie facts. Prizes will be awarded during the game!


More workshops coming soon!


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