Agenda at a glance

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 25th annual Writers' Institute. We are already looking forward to 2015. All information below is from the 2014 event, here for your reference.

(See full program page» for all the details on sessions, pitches, and institute extras)

Thursday, April 3

Thursday late afternoon  
5:30-6:30pm Pitching basics/Open pitching session
6:30-7:45pm Panel-The Lure of the Logline

Friday, April 4

Friday morning  
8:00am-3:00pm Registration open
8:30-8:55am 25th Year Opening/Welcome Celebration
9:00-9:45am Practice pitches
9:00-9:55am Keynote address: Nathan Bransford – How to Stay Sane During the Writing Process
10:00-11:25am Concurrent sessions: choose 1 of 5
10:00-11:25am Agent and practice pitches, advanced manuscript critiques, and one-on-one meetings
10:25-11:25am Agent Q & A session, and fireside chat #1
11:30am-12:30pm Concurrent sessions: choose 1 of 4
11:30am-12:30pm Agent, editor, and practice pitches, advanced manuscript critiques, and one-on-one meetings
11:30am-12:30pm Agent Q & A session, and fireside chat #2
12:35-1:50pm Success panel lunch
Friday afternoon  
2:00-3:25pm Concurrent sessions: choose 1 of 4
2:00-3:25pm Agent, editor, and practice pitches, advanced manuscript critiques, and one-on-one meetings
2:25-3:25pm Agent Q & A session, and fireside chat #3
3:25-3:35pm Break
3:35-4:25pm Keynote address: Dale Kushner – Writing from the Self
3:30-4:30pm Agent and practice pitches
4:30-5:45pm Agent panel– State of the industry discussion with our agents
Friday evening  
6:00-8:00pm Critique groups
7:00-8:00pm Concurrent sessions: choose 1 of 2

Saturday, April 5

Saturday morning  
8:00-12N Registration open
8:30-9:25am Panel to kick off Book DayPublishers and local booksellers
9:30-10:15am Practice pitches
9:30-10:18am Agent pitches
9:30-10:25am Keynote address: Michael Perry – Writing From the Heartland
10:30-11:55am Concurrent sessions: choose 1 of 5
10:30-11:55am Agent, editor, and practice pitches, advanced manuscript critiques, and one-on-one meetings
10:55-11:55am Agent Q & A session, and fireside chat #4
Saturday afternoon  
12noon-1pm Practice pitches
12noon-1:25pm Lunch on your own, and book signing event
1:30-2:25pm Concurrent sessions: choose 1 of 4
1:30-2:25pm Agent Q & A session, and fireside chat #5
1:30-2:25pm Agent, editor, and practice pitches, advanced manuscript critiques, and one-on-one meetings
2:00-3:30pm Practice pitches
2:30-3:25pm Concurrent sessions: choose 1 of 4
2:30-3:25pm Agent and editor Q & A sessions
2:30-3:25pm Agent and practice pitches, advanced manuscript critiques, and one-on-one meetings
3:30-3:45pm Break
3:45-4:45pm Concurrent sessions: choose 1 of 4
3:45-4:45pm Agent Q & A session, and fireside chat #6
3:45-4:45pm Agent pitches, advanced manuscript critiques, and one-on-one meetings
4:50-6pm Agent pitches
Saturday evening  
6:00-8:00pm Critique groups
7:00-8:30pm Evening discussion session: Marilyn Atlas – Creating 3-Dimensional, Non-Stereotypical, Memorable Characters

Sunday, April 6

Sunday morning  
8:30 Good morning!
8:45-10:00am Jane Friedman – The Future of Authorship
9:00-10:15am Advanced manuscript critiques
10:00-10:15am Break
10:15-11:30am Nathan Bransford – Social Media for Authors
12n Conference concludes