Please Note: this information is from last year's Institute. Save the date: the 2013 Writers' Institute will be held April 12, 13, and 14.
Schedule and Workshops
Click on a date below to see the detailed workshop descriptions for that day.
- Preconference Practice Pitch Session (open to those who attend all three days of the conference ) Thursday April 12th.
- View Friday, April 13th detailed schedule with workshop descriptions.
- View Saturday, April 14th detailed schedule with workshop descriptions.
- View Sunday, April 15th detailed schedule with workshop descriptions.
- Download the detailed schedule.
- Download the registration form.
At a glance:
Friday, April 13
8:00–9:00 am Registration
(coffee, tea, juice, pastries).
8:30-9:00 AM New and Good with Writer’s Institute Director Laurie Scheer
9:00-9:25 AM Introductions of speakers and announcement of contest winners.
9:30-10:45 AM Keynote speaker-The Writer's Life with John Vorhaus
Concurrent Sessions (choose one)
Take Your Characters to Dinner-and Dessert with Laurel Yourke
12:30-1:50 PM Friday Luncheon- Success Stories/Writers Networking/Genre Lunch
2:00-3:20 PM Concurrent Sessions (choose one)
How to Write a Dynamite Book Proposal and More with agent Linda Konner
2:00-3:20 PM Private Pitches
3:20-3:40 PM Break (Sodas, cookies)
3:40 PM Bookstore closes for the day
3:45-5:15 PM Agent Panel- Q&A with Agents
5:30-6:00 PM Editor Private Pitches
5:30-7:00 PM Critique sessions and private pitches
7:15-8:30 PM Critique sessions
Saturday, April 14
8:00-9:00 AM Registration (coffee, tea, juice, pastries)
8:00-9:00 AM Practice Pitches with Bridget Birdsall
8:15-9:20- The Play is the Thing with Bredan Sullivan
8:30-9:00 Private Pitches
9:30-10:50 AM Concurrent Sessions (choose one)
Should Novelists Outline? Pro's, Con's and How's with Laurel Yourke
9:30-10:50 AM Private Pitches
10:50-11:20 AM Break -book signing break (with treats)
11:30-12:30 PM Concurrent Sessions (choose one)
Supplementing your Income- The Writer's Magical Publicity Tour with Brian Christian and Jim Pappandrea What's cookin': A beginners guide to food, wine and cookbook writing with Jeanette Hurt
Adventures in Self-Publishing with Mary T. Wagner
Becoming a Corporate Story Teller with Susan Reetz
Agent Q&A with Laurie McClean
Agent Q&A with Andy Ross
12:30-1:45 Lunch (on your own)
1:50-3:10 PM Concurrent Sessions (choose one)
Panel Book Proposal Basics with Jeanette Hurt, Tina Schwartz
Agent Q & A with Gordon Warnock
1:50-3:10 PM Private Pitches
3:10-3:35 PM Break (Sodas, cookies)
3:30-5:00 PM Concurrent Sessions (choose one)
How to Find the Right Agent with Tina Schwartz
Inspired Ideas–Querying Before and After
3:30-5:00 PM Private Pitches
5:00 PM Bookstore closes.
5:08-6:00 PM Private Pitches
Sunday, April 15
9:00-10:30 AM Critique Session and Advanced Critique Sessions
9:00-10:30 AM Creative Bypasses and Detours for Better Driving with Brendan Sullivan
10:50-11:10 AM Break
11:15-12:30 PM Publishing in the Post-Paper World with John Vorhaus
12:30 PM Conference Concludes