Learning tracks

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.

2014 Writers’ Institute Suggested Tracks

We want you to enjoy as many aspects of this year’s Writers’ Institute as possible. And for that reason, we’ve created a menu that outlines our topics to help you choose the best workshops for you.

For all writers

25th Year Opening Welcome Celebration with Laurie Scheer, Friday 8:30-8:55

How to Stay Sane During the Writing Process, Friday 9:00-9:55

Staying Alive; Resolutions to Keep You Producing & Challenged, Friday 10:00-11:25

Friday luncheon – Success stories panel, Friday 12:35-1:50

Agent panel – Q & A with agents, Friday 4:30-5:45

Local booksellers panel, Saturday 8:30-9:25

Book signing break, Saturday 12:00-1:25

Book Day, Saturday 8:30-4:30

Writing From the Heartland, Saturday 9:30-10:25

How to Build & Grow A Community of Colleagues, Saturday 10:30-11:55

Publishing Your First Book panel, Saturday 1:30-2:25

Social Media for Authors, Sunday 9:00-10:15

The Future of Authorship, Sunday 10:30-11:50

Fiction track

The Deep Edit with Ron Kuka, Friday 10:00-11:25

Creating Characters that Live in the Hearts of Readers, Friday 11:30-12:30

Plotting First-Aid & Magical Solutions, Friday 2:00-3:25

Cinematic Solutions to Writing Your Novel, Friday 2:00-3:25

Writing from the Self, Friday 3:35-4:25

TV & Movies Matter panel, Friday 7:00-8:00

Lighting Round: How Flash Fiction Electrifies Writing, Saturday 10:30-11:55

How to Write a Stellar Opening, Saturday 1:30-2:25

How to Write a Novel, Saturday 2:30-3:25

The Edge of Your Seat – A Cliffhanger How-To, Saturday 3:45-4:45

Creating 3-Dimensional, Non-Stereotypical, Memorable Characters, Saturday 7:00-8:30

Nonfiction track

The Deep Edit with Ron Kuka, Friday 10:00-11:25

Home Sweet Home: Writing About Place, Friday 11:30-12:30

Stories Behind the Stories, Friday 2:00-3:25

Keeping a Journal and What to Do With It, Saturday 10:30-11:55

The Art of the Interview, Saturday 2:30-3:25

Memoir Writing, Saturday 3:45-4:45

Poetry track

Poetry Essentials, Friday 11:30-12:30

Following the Unconscious Into Poetry, Saturday 2:30-3:25

Young adult (YA) track

No Vampires Need Apply: Why the New Wave in YA, Friday 10:00-11:25

What a Young Adult Editor Wants, and Doesn’t Want, Saturday 3:45-4:45

DIY publishing

Indie Publishing: A New Path to Success, Friday 10:00-11:25

Book Design from Cover to Cover, Saturday 10:30-11:55

Making the Most of Your Website, Saturday 1:30-2:25

Learn to Format Your Own eBooks, Saturday 2:30-3:25

Indie Publishing: Demystifying Marketing, Saturday 3:45-4:45

Selling/marketing your work

Pitching basics/open pitching session, Thursday 5:30-6:30 Open to those that attend all 3 days of the conference only

The Lure of the Logline panel, Thursday 5:30-6:30 Open to those that attend all 3 days of the conference only

How to Get Your Book Published, Friday 10:00-11:25

Review How-to and the Changing Face of Book Criticism, Friday 11:30-12:30

How to Write a Query That Gets Manuscript Requests, Friday 2:00-3:25

Crunching Numbers: Advances, Sales Figures, etc., Saturday 1:30-2:25

Making the Most of Your Website, Saturday 1:30-2:25

Finding and working with agents

How to Get Your Book Published, Friday 10:00-11:25

How to Write a Query That Gets Manuscript Requests, Friday 2:00-3:25

Emphasis on creativity

Ha! How the Tricks of the New Yorker Cartoonist can Help you Free up your Writing and Unleash the Full Power of your Stories—Even the Serious Ones!, Friday 7:00-8:00pm

Writer’s Block Blaster, Saturday 10:30-11:55


These are just suggestions—you are welcome (with a few exceptions) to attend whatever tracks you like!