2014 Preliminary Conference Schedule

Friday, May 9

12-4 p.m.      

Registration in the Conference Center Atrium

1-4 p.m. 

Hands-on Poetry Workshop
Bruce Dethleson
Henrietta Room

Wisconsin’s Poet Laureate Bruce Dethlefsen will lead a conversation about a variety of poems and discuss what makes a good poem. The three-hour workshop includes exercises for hands-on experience so bring pencil and paper!

1-1:50 p.m.

How to Write in the Voice of the Opposite Sex
John DeDakis
Thistle Room

Forget about Venus and Mars.  Emotions are not gender specific.  We all have them.  It just takes a little work (ok, a LOT), to get into the head of the opposite sex.  But it can be done.  In this session, we'll explore how. DeDakis’ writes from the point of view of a twenty-something young woman in his three novels in the Lark Chadwick mystery-suspense series. Journalist/Author and Syndicated Columnist Diane Dimond has this to say about his writing: "How John DeDakis can write so compellingly about the world of journalism is no surprise.  But how he can write so convincingly about a woman in the field is astounding!"

2-2:50 p.m.   

A Field of Daffodils: How to Write So It Knocks Their Socks Off
Judy Bridges
Thistle Room

What can be more fun that writing a scene you know readers will love? Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, short form or long, there are techniques you can use to make your characters come alive, your settings feel real, and the action unforgettable. Session includes tips, a short writing exercise, and useful handouts. Bring your notebook or laptop to take notes, and who knows, maybe write that scene so it knocks their socks off.
NOTE: Judy is highly sensitive to fragrances so please refrain from wearing perfume, aftershave, scented lotions, etc. Thank you!
3-3:50 p.m.

Setting the Scene
Hallie Ephron
Thistle Room

Writing setting is about so much more than creating a palpable reality to anchor the narrative. In this workshop we'll discuss the crucial link between viewpoint and setting. We'll also explore the varied uses of setting not only create a sense of place, but also to show character, to drive suspense, to trigger memories, and mor.

6-8 p.m.

Author reception at the Oshkosh Public Library.  Please use the Washington Street entrance (flanked by lions) which will be open to the public for this special event.



Saturday, May 10

7:30 to 3 p.m.

Registration in the Conference Center Atrium

8:30 to  9:20 a.m.    

The Writing Life: Are We Having Fun Yet?
Hallie Ephron
Hutchinson Room

9:30 to 10:20 a.m.   

Mr. Shubert, Could You Please Bring Home One Cow’s Eyeball?  Writing Fiction and Nonfiction; Living Alive-Alive.
Carolyn Lesser
Hutchinson Room

The journey began snuggled into a lap, the loved Father’s voice reading aloud from National Geographic, and has ranged from Oshkosh, Wisconsin to the Arctic, Antarctica, Palau, and China.  In between then and now is everything that happened to create an explorer/author, in love with life and this beautiful planet.  Come see what can happen if you get in the helicopter or ask Mr. Shubert for an eyeball, and he delivers.

10 Things Every Journalist Should Know
Bill Lueders
Thistle Room

There's more to writing good journalistic nonfiction than not making things up. There are skills to hone, ethical considerations to weigh, and hard lessons to learn. This presentation will examine ten tips drawn from the author's three decades of experience writing for publication. Things like "An interview is a conversation in which your job is to understand." And "Never, ever get anything wrong."

The Wonderbra Approach to Writing: Put Your Best Stuff Up Front
Patricia Kilday
Henrietta Room

A book buyer only spends about thirty seconds skimming a book’s first page before deciding whether to read on. How do you create a first sentence that catches the jaded eye of an agent? How do you write a first page that makes a reader ask: what’s going on and why should I care? Kilday will show you how to immediately grab your reader's attention.

10:30-11:20 a.m.     

How to Read So People Will Listen
Barry Wightman
Hutchinson Room

Reading aloud is a skill that anyone can perfect! Writer and voice actor Barry Wightman will talk about how to use your voice to engage your audience. He will discuss tone, pace and volume, with numerous examples sure to inspire the actor in all of us. This program is a must for anyone who plans to do author readings, open mic or poetry jams.

The Art of Killing: Writing Crime In the Academy
Jon Loomis
Thistle Room

Loomi will discuss the pitfalls and rewards he experienced wrting crime novels while working as a university professor. Includes a question-and-answer session.

Lies My Wizard Told Me
Scott Lynch
Henrietta Room

Award-winning fantasy author Scott Lynch will explore the proliferation of cliches and half-truths in fantasy and adventure fiction, and how misrepresentations of fact are passed on in popular culture until they crowd out actual facts and data.

11:30  to 12:30 p.m.           

Lunch and awards
North Breakout Room

12:30 to 1:20 p.m.   

Plot Your Novel
Dixie Jarchow
Hutchinson Room

You've got a great idea for a novel! Now what? Whether you are writing a romance, mystery or sci fi thriller, learn different methods for plotting your story. Methods include the Snowflake Method, Mind Mapping and 250 Questions…find the one that speaks to your creativity!

Writer's Intuition
Sherri Lee Devereau
Thistle Room

Writers need to train themselves to be observant, to make use of all five senses, and to pay attention to detail. Sherri Lee Devereau, host of "Opening Your Intuitive Eyes" Radio Show, will explore how to develop our senses to enhance our writing and perhaps even our personal lives.

Shelley Tougas
Henrietta Room

Tougas, a middle-grade and young adult writer, will discuss the surprises she faced in the kid-lit genre ranging from craft issues, audience questions, marketing dilemmas, and unexpected wrinkles in the publishing process. The session includes time for Q & A.

1:30 to 1:50 p.m.     

Book signings (Atrium)

2:00 to 2:50   

How to Be Your Own Agent, Editor, Publicist and Publisher
Tom Cannon
Hutchinson Room

Authors today often must do it all – be their own agent, editor, publicist and publisher. They are able to do this through technology. In this presentation, the audience will get an overview of several tools available to writers. Demonstrations will include word-processing (Open Office, Google apps), finding markets (through Duotrope), getting the word out (Twitter and Facebook), and self-publishing (Kindle-Direct Publishing, Lulu Publishing, etc).

A Writer-Editor’s Guide to Revision
Ruthie Knox
Thistle Room

A New York Times bestselling author and former professional editor talks about the revision and rewriting process from both perspectives, including tips, helpful approaches, and dealing with the emotional aspects of editing work.

Finding Time To Pursue Your Passion
D.B. Rouse
Henrietta Room

Rouse would often go camping to get away from the distractions that kept him from writing but has since learned to write every day, no matter what his surroundings are. In this workshop, Rouse will provide practical tips on how to find time to write every day. He will also give advice on overcoming writer's block; one method is to read more.

 3 to 3:50

John DeDakis
Hutchinson Room


Schedule is subject to change.