2016 Preliminary Conference Schedule

Tentative schedule, subject to change. Updated regularly so check back!

Friday, May 13

Noon - Registration (Lobby)

1 p.m. to 4 p.m. – WWA Board Meeting (Boardroom)

1 to 1:50 p.m.

Memoir Writing
Presenter: Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff
(Henrietta Room)

How to Deliver a Successful Pitch
Presenter: Philip Martin
(Thistle Room)

2 to 2:50

Break-out Session One (Henrietta Room)

Break-out Session Two (Thistle Room)

2:50 to 3:10    BREAK

3:10 to 4 p.m.

Break-out Session One (Henrietta Room)

Break-out Session Two (Thistle Room)

6 p.m.
Writing Contest Awards Ceremony, Oshkosh Public Library (use Washington Ave., entrance)

Saturday, May 14

WWA Writer’s Services Marketplace and Bookstore, Saturday, May 14, 8-5 PM (time subject to change) (Paul L. Room)

This year, WWA offers conference attendees and authors an all-in-one marketplace experience with a writer’s services (such as editors, proofreaders, book designers, illustrators, cover designers, publishing services, writing magazines, writing assist software, website designers, etc.) vendor fair and book store. Authors are encouraged to consign your titles to the bookstore, where sales will be handled for you for a flat fee. Authors are no longer stuck at a table, but encouraged to sign up for and take advantage of the wonderful conference. Authors are also expected to spend at least 30 minutes helping at the bookstore and you should be able to make yourselves available to autograph books.

Pitch sessions held through the day (Boardroom)

Ashley Ruggirello, representing REUTS, a unique boutique YA/NA publisher based in Milwaukee that offers an unconventional, yet advantageous and author-friendly approach to traditional publishing. Publishes 12-24 titles each year.

Philip Martin, representing small but good quality indie press, Crickhollow Books. Publishes a range of regional-rooted fiction and some genre fiction (mysteries, always am looking for good fantasy but it's hard to find) for adults, and also historical fiction for middle-grade readers.

8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Registration (Lobby)

8:30 to 9 15 a.m.
Welcome – general assembly (Paul L. Room)

9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

From Idea to Novel
Presenter: Jessica Lourey
(Henrietta Room)

You've got that golden idea for a book, the one that won't let you go, that embellishes itself as you walk around your day. How do you turn that good idea into a great novel, and what do you do with it after you write it? Join author of thirteen books and college writing instructor Jessica Lourey for the answers.

Break-out Session Two (Thistle Room)

30-Day Promotional Plan: Learn How to Launch (Or Re-launch) Your Novel.

Presenter: Valerie Biel
(Hutchinson Room)

While promoting your book is an ongoing process, what you do in the 30 days leading up to your release (or re-launch) is crucial to gaining the attention your book deserves. This session provides a systematic approach, dividing the tasks into manageable categories within a month-long schedule that aims to protect your valuable writing time.

Learn the basics of press release writing, finding the right local/regional/statewide media outlets, building a buzz via Twitter/Facebook/your own website, designing contests for maximum interaction, and promoting directly to area bookstore managers, librarians, and teachers.

10:30 to 11 a.m. BREAK

11 to 11:50 a.m.

Getting to Know Your Characters
Presenter: Andrea Lochen
(Henrietta Room)

Flash Fiction
Presenter: Christopher Chambers
(Thistle Room)

Break-out Session Three (Hutchinson Room)

Noon to 1 p.m. LUNCH (Paul L. Room)

1 to 2:30 p.m.

Break-out Session One (Henrietta Room)

Break-out Session Two (Thistle Room)

Break-out Session Three (Hutchinson Room)

2:30 to 3 p.m.

Autograph session – door prizes (Paul L. Room)

3 to 3:50 p.m.

Keynote Speaker Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff, author of The Missing Kennedy: Rosemary Kennedy and the Secret Bonds of Four Women. (Paul L. Room)