2020 Preliminary Conference Schedule

COVID-19 Response
The health and safety of community members is our number one priority. For that reason, we have decided to cancel the 2020 Lakefly Writers Conference.

Refunds: We are working on issuing full refunds to all who registered but please note it may take 8 to 10 weeks. Checks will be mailed to the address you provided at the time of registration; if you have since moved or would like the check mailed to a different address, please email lakeflywriters@gmail.com.
Hotel: If you registered for a hotel room at the Best Western Premiere Waterfront Hotel adjacent to the convention center, your room reservation has automatically been canceled.
Writing Contests: The writing contests are still moving forward! Winners will be notified by mail. Once we verify the addresses of the winners, checks and certificates will be mailed.
Save the dates: Our next conference will be May 7-8, 2021 at the Oshkosh Convention Center.

Stay safe and healthy, and keep on writing!


Friday, May 8, 2020

Time: Activity: Location:

Noon – 4 p.m.

Registration

Lobby

1 -4 p.m.

WWA Board Meeting

Boardroom

1 – 2 p.m.
Breakout Session

Branding Yourself to Match Your Books: What Not to Wear for Writers
Rebekah Bryan
In a gentle format with audience participation, this session will leave you with ideas for how to dress to match your book and learn best practices for an approachable and professional author photo. Gain on-the-fly style ideas for getting noticed by potential customers based on your genre and book topic, and learn suggestions for consistency across all aspects of your brand, online and offline.

Henrietta

Log Lines
Sara Dahman
Progam description pending.

Thistle

20 Steps from First Draft to Contract
Nick Chiarkas
Start here, right now, at the 2020 Lakefly Writers Conference, to begin and commit to your writing journey. Chiarkas has developed a 20-step process, not a timetable, but rather a “What comes first.” There are no tricks or short cuts, but there is a best 20-mile highway map. You’re driving and all you have to do is stay on this road. How fast you drive and whether you need to stop at a rest area along the way is up to you. The path to publication requires perseverance, hard work, and luck. And, luck happens when preparation meets opportunity. Chiarkas has a map and knows how to get there, so, let’s get on the road!

Hutchinson

2:10 – 3
Breakout
Session

Writing Non-fiction
Karl Stewart
Program description pending.

Henrietta

Story Structure
Christine Keleny
Program description pending.

Thistle

Self-Publishing: Is It For You?
Naomi Schmidt
Considering self-publishing? Schmidt will walk you through the process, including identifying and managing the excessive details, how other professionals (editors/graphic design) fit in, and what the draw backs and costs are (managing inventory, finances). A great overview for authors thinking about taking this path to publication.

Hutchinson

3-3:30

Break/ Snack  

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Breakout Session

Pansters vs Plotters
David Michael Williams
To outline or not to outline — that is the question! Some authors jump headfirst into a rough draft. Others take painstaking care to plan out their plots beforehand. But which is the better way to write a novel? This conversation-style lecture explores the pros, cons, and myths of each approach.

Henrietta

Writing a Successful Mystery Series
Patricia Skalka
Program description pending.

Thistle

How to Give a Successful Pitch
Chrysa Keenon
Program description pending.

Hutchinson

5- 6:30 p.m.

Dinner (On your own): A room has been reserved at Becket’s Restaurant- Dutch Treat  

7 – 9 p.m.

Open Mic
Come to the Oshkosh Public Library and sign up to share a 5 minute reading of your work. Free and open to the public. Refreshments provided. Use the Washington Avenue entrance between the lions.

Oshkosh Public Library, under the dome (106 Washington Avenue)

Please Note: On Saturday, vendors are asked to set up between 7 and 8 a.m.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Time: Activity: Location:

7 – 8 a.m.

Vendor Set-up

West Paul L.

7 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Registration

Lobby

8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Lakefly Marketplace

West Paul L.

8 – 8:50 a.m.

Keynote – Sonali Dev
Bollywood writer Sonali Dev’s first literary work was a play about mistaken identities performed at her neighborhood Diwali extravaganza in Mumbai. She was eight years old. Despite this early success, Sonali spent the next few decades getting degrees in architecture and written communication, migrating across the globe, and starting a family while writing for magazines and websites. With the advent of her first gray hair her mad love for telling stories returned full force, and she now combines it with her insights into Indian culture to conjure up stories that make a mad tangle with her life as supermom, domestic goddess, and world traveler.

East Paul L.

Starting at 9 a.m.

Pitch Sessions (Individual sign up available on Saturday)    

Boardroom

9 – 10 a.m.
Breakout Session

First Pages: Get ‘em at Hello
Kim Suhr, Red Oak Writing
All writers know the importance of the first sentence, paragraph, and page of their manuscript, but how can you tell when the first page is doing its job? In this breakout, we’ll begin with a brief overview of the “absolutely must haves” for The First Page followed by group feedback for as many opening paragraphs/pages as time will allow. Participants are encouraged to bring the first page of their manuscript (250 words maximum).

Henrietta

 

Speaker: Jon Etter
Program title and description pending.

Thistle

Further Your Writing Career With YouTube
Rebecca Zornow & Nicole Van Den Eng
YouTube is a great networking platform for writers, has the potential to sell books or make authors money from advertising, and provides a creative outlet. Join Nicole Van Den Eng and Rebecca Zornow, hosts of the Conquer Books YouTube channel, in a discussion of how to use YouTube as a writer. The workshop will cover examples of successful AuthorTube and BookTube channels, demonstrate how to plan and create your own videos, and give helpful SEO and marketing tips.

 

Hutchinson

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

New this year!
Every author needs a professional photo! A professional photo shows you are serious about your craft, helps project your image or brand as an author, and is needed for book jackets, social media and other publicity.

Sign up Saturday morning: $35 for a digital copy; additional $15 for make-up and styling, payable to Shaena Ragna Photography on the day of the event.

 

10 – 10:30 a.m.

Break/ Shop/ Snack

West Paul L.

10:30 – Noon
Breakout Session

Ask An Expert: Emergency Operation Centers
Lenora Borchardt, founder EPTEC, Inc.
Each year, Lakefly features a non-writing expert in their field. This year we’re hosting Lenora Borchardt, an emergency planning, training and exercise consultant serving Midwest municipalities in planning for emergencies. Learn about OECs and how a community responds in the wake of a disaster. Questions about pandemics, plane crashes, chemical leaks, severe weather? Bring them!

Henrietta

Keeping Your Scenes Afloat with the Five Fun Floaties of Scene Structure
r. r. campbell
Sensing some sink on the page? Is a lack of direction threatening to tear your characters asunder? Then batten down the hatches; you might have a case of scene sink! In this seminar, writers will learn how to keep their scenes above water through the use of goal-oriented storytelling. After collecting all five of the fun floaties of scene structure, attendees will be more ready than ever to send their manuscripts sailing to greatness!

Thistle

Building Your Online Author Image
Valerie Biel
Often, the first impression people form about authors comes from digital sources—an author’s website, social media accounts, book sales’ websites, blogs and more. In this session, we’ll walk through the components of each digital platform and the options authors have for presenting the best possible image to readers and others in the publishing world.

Hutchinson

12 – 1 p.m.

Lunch

Entertainment provided by Literary Cabarets!
Defying the centuries-old stereotype of musicians as illiterate, the cabaret duo of Candace Decker and Phil Smith has been writing and performing cabarets on literary themes from Poe to Urrea and Ng for over ten years. They have performed throughout Wisconsin at libraries, conferences and other venues and we’re excited to have them with us today!

East Paul L.

1 – 1:30 p.m.

Book Signing/ Dessert

East Paul L.

1:30 – 2:20 p.m.
Breakout Session

Panel on Speculative Fiction
David Michael Williams, r. r. campbell, Malinda Andrews
Join this lively and informative discussion on what it means to write speculative fiction, potential markets for publication and more!

Henrietta

Writing Romantic Arcs for Genre Fiction
Jennifer Trethewey
This presentation will focus on how writers can use fundamental elements of romance writing and basic principles of attraction to create romantic subplots or secondary story arcs to increase conflict and maintain tension in any genre fiction. By using examples from best-selling authors, we’ll explore the use of tropes, emotional wounds, and key story beats that can help make your book un-put-down-able.

Thistle

Exploring Poetry
Dasha Kelly Hamilton
The Lakefly community knows Hamilton as the founder of Still Waters Collective, an arts education and community-building initiative in Milwaukee. In this session, the nationally respected writer will talk about poetry and the spoken word as means of self-expression and community building.

Hutchinson

2:30 – 3:20 p.m.

Keynote – Beth Amos
Beth Amos is a USA TODAY bestselling author who is also published under the pseudonyms of Annelise Ryan and Allyson K. Abbott.  Amos has enjoyed a varied writing career that included a stint as a book reviewer and several years of nonfiction freelancing. Now she writes only fiction, and in stark contrast to her “day job” as an ER nurse, the one common factor in her fiction, is that someone always dies.

East Paul L.

3:20 – 3:50 p.m.

Break  

3:50 – 4:30 p.m.

Writing Contest Awards Ceremony
Door Prizes

East Paul L.