2022 Conference Schedule

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Friday, May 6, 2022

Time: Activity: Location:

Noon – 4 p.m.

Registration

Lobby

1 – 4 p.m.
(Sign-up required)

Individual sessions available:

Celeste Anton
Dandelion Web Marketing

On Friday afternoon, meet with Dandelion Web Marketing owner Celeste Anton to discuss options for creating or enhancing your existing author website.  Ask questions about the other pieces of an online writer’s platform such as social media marketing, email lists and google analytics.

Concourse

1:15 – 4 p.m.
(Sign-up required)

Pitch sessions available:

Logo for Wisconsin Writers Association, Lakefly Writers Conference SponsorBarry Wightman
WWA Press

WWA Press, represented by Barry Wightman, is looking for Wisconsin-themed original material of good quality that celebrates and explores all walks of life and for all ages, be it historical, fictional, nonfiction, lyrical, or speculative. Family friendly, please.

Boardroom

1 – 2 p.m.
Breakout Session
Option 1

Conquer Writer’s Block
Bailey Hansen

Authors at all levels struggle with writer’s block. Successful writers have found ways to get around, over, or through the issues that are causing their creativity to flounder. This session highlights some core issues that can cause writing blockages, empowers writers to embrace a messy first draft, and includes practical writing exercises to get those creative juices flowing.

Henrietta

1 – 2 p.m.
Breakout Session
Option 2

Improve Your Life Through Poetry
Tom Cannon

Explore the many benefits of incorporating poetry into your daily life. Through hands-on activities, participants will learn how to write poetry that can improve your personal life and mental well-being.

Thistle

1 – 2 p.m.
Breakout Session
Option 3

Past presenter for Lakefly Writers Conference located in the Fox Cities, Oshkosh, Wisconsin: Christine Keleny

Indie Publishing
Christine Keleny

Confused about indie publishing? It’s understandable. Christine will help point you in the right direction by sharing clear steps through the publishing process so you use your money and time wisely. Some of the things you’ll learn include the basic steps to print and ebook publishing; cover design options/recommendations, and definition of common terms.

Hutchinson

2:10 – 3 p.m.
Breakout Session
Option 1

Past presenter for Lakefly Writers Conference located in the Fox Cities, Oshkosh, Wisconsin: David Michael Williams

The Snowflake Method for Novel Writing
David Michael Williams

Software architect Randy Ingermanson invented a process for “designing a novel.” But can 10 simple steps really produce a worthy work of fiction? Fantasy author David Michael Williams recently gave the Snowflake Method a try and is eager share his experiences and observations, using his YA novel, The Lost Tale of Sir Larpsalot, as a case study.

Henrietta

2:10 – 3 p.m.
Breakout Session
Option 2

Characterization Through Dialogue
John DeDakis

When characters talk to each other, the story moves forward and the reader learns about the speaker. In this class, you’ll learn how to create characters out of thin air, and the do’s and don’ts of finding the right words to put into their mouths.

Thistle

2:10 – 3 p.m.
Breakout Session
Option 3

Instagram for Writers
Malinda Andrews

This interactive session will demystify the use of Instagram for authors by helping to create a “handle,” and develop consistent content to cultivate an online community while building your author platform.

Hutchinson

3-3:30 p.m.

Break
 

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Breakout Session
Option 1

A 10-Step Plan for Self-editing
Nick Chiarkas

As you begin the rewriting process, you also start the editing process. This is the art and the heart of it; this is when you begin to build castles. A poorly edited manuscript is certain death for any legitimate agent or publisher. Learning how to edit your manuscript will not only reduce cost but will improve your skill as a writer.

Henrietta

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Breakout Session
Option 2

Queries 101
Dan Cramer

Learn the ins and outs of writing a query that will capture agents’/editors’ attention. This presentation will help provide you with a guideline of organizing your query for any genre, writing the pitch, and reveal the secret that will help give your query the best possible chance to engage an agent/editor. 

Thistle

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Breakout Session
Option 3

Venturing into Vella
Kendra Griffin

This session will introduce you to the basics of writing serials for Kindle Vella, will share pros and cons of Vella/serials as compared to writing full-length novels, and will help you decide if Vella is the right platform for you. Tips and strategies for creating engaging author notes and hooking readers will be provided.

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.

After Hours Open Mic, Oshkosh Public Library

It’s your turn to take the stage! At After Hours Open Mic, you’ll have five minutes to read your work in front of an audience. Join other writers for a fun night of listening and sharing.

Oshkosh Public Library, under the dome, 106 Washington Avenue (Enter through the Washington Avenue doors.)

Please Note: On Saturday, vendors are asked to set up between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m.

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Time: Activity: Location:

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Vendor Set-up

West Paul L.

7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Registration

Lobby

10 – 11:30 a.m. &
1 – 2:45 p.m.
(Sign-up required)

Pitch sessions available:

Dan Cramer
Page Turner Literary Agency

Dan Cramer, founder/agent of Page Turner Literary Agency, will accept pitches for children’s literature – picture through YA, and graphic novels. Prior to opening his own agency, Dan interned and was an associate agent at Flannery Literary, working directly with Jennifer Flannery, agent to the late Gary Paulsen.

Boardroom

10:10 – 11:25 a.m. &
12:55 – 2:55 p.m.
(Sign-up required)

Pitch sessions available:

Pam Parker
Orange Hat

Pam Parker, author and Staff Editor, will be representing Orange Hat Publishing | Ten16 Press, a small family-owned and operated indie publisher based in Waukesha, WI. Both publishing houses offer traditional and hybrid contracts depending on content, existing author readership, niche, and potential reach.

Concourse

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Lakefly Marketplace

West Paul L.

9 – 10 a.m.

Keynote: Ten Unlikely Secrets of Literary Success
Dean Robbins

You long to cultivate your writing skills and publish your work but encounter obstacles at every turn. Is there a way forward? Dean Robbins offers hope—and hard-won secrets of success—in a tragicomic account of his career as a children’s author and journalist. Dean rebounded from a preposterous series of setbacks to become a nationally known writer. Here’s how you can, too.

East Paul L.

10 – 10:30 a.m.

Coffee, Tea & Time to Visit the Lakefly Marketplace

Paul L.

10:30 – 11:20 a.m.
Breakout Session
Option 1

Keeping Your Scenes Afloat (with the “Five Fun Floaties” of Scene Structure)
Ryan 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, enrollees will be more ready than ever to send their manuscripts sailing to greatness!

Henrietta

10:30 – 11:20 a.m.
Breakout Session
Option 2

Building Blocks of a Successful Mystery Series
Patricia Skalka

Planning a mystery series? Unfortunately, not every good idea lends itself to a series. In this craft session, we’ll consider the advantages and disadvantages of stand-alone versus series books. We’ll analyze the types of protagonists, settings, themes, and scope that can carry the weight of three, four, or even more books. We’ll also consider the challenges you face when you move past the first book.

Thistle

10:30 – 11:20 a.m.
Breakout Session
Option 3

Romancing The Story: Ratcheting Emotional Tension Through Romantic Conflict
Bobbi Dumas

Whether you’re writing a classic romance novel or dramatic literary fiction, most storylines benefit from some exploration of the romantic journey. This workshop will offer practical tips to adding romantic tension to any work-in-progress, as well as powerful take-aways for creating and maintaining deep-seated character conflict that you can use on any project, love story or not.

Hutchinson

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Lunch

East Paul L.

12:30 – 1 p.m.

Book Signing/ Dessert

East Paul L.

1 – 1:50 p.m.
Breakout Session
Option 1

Subject Matter Specialty: Firefighting
Gregory Renz

What’s it like to respond to a raging fire with children trapped inside and have to make split-second life and death decisions on how best to rescue them? How do you get that emotion along with the chaotic scene onto the page for the reader? With twenty-eight years as an urban firefighter in Milwaukee, Renz will offer insight into writing authentic scenes that keep the reader riveted to the page.

Henrietta

1 – 1:50 p.m.
Breakout Session
Option 2

On Duende: Writing Poetry with Reverence & Irreverence, Wonder & Play
Abayomi Animashaun

Frederico Garcia Lorca in the “Theory and Play of The Duende” calls the duende a spirit, a force, which has no map. Yet, for the artist, “the aid of the duende is required to drive home the nail of artistic truth.” In this craft talk and workshop, participants will be introduced to Lorca’s idea of duende along with hands-on strategies that can be utilized to discover the poem’s core, its true subject, and its animating force.

Thistle

1 – 1:50 p.m.
Breakout Session
Option 3

Building Your Author Platform Before You’ve Written a Book
Maggie Smith

Many authors start thinking about book marketing the day they sign with a publisher, but that’s too late. If you hope to get strong traction for your novel, you need to start building your author platform long before. In this fast-paced interactive workshop, you’ll learn a step-by-step process for doing that, from what to put on an author website when you don’t have a book and how to score blurbs from well-known authors in your genre. Whether you go indie, sign with a small or hybrid press, or land a contract with a major house, you’ll leave with a plan to strategically position yourself in today’s crowded book marketplace.

Hutchinson

2 – 2:50 p.m.
Breakout Session
Option 1

Past presenter for Lakefly Writers Conference located in the Fox Cities, Oshkosh, Wisconsin: Christy Wopat

Essayer is French for “to try.”
Christy Wopat

What better way to venture into the unknown than by writing a personal essay? Every time we begin an essay, we have no idea where it is going to take us, only that we can use it to explore and improve the craft of writing and use our words to connect with others. In this workshop, Christy will walk you through the steps of writing a personal essay, from idea building through revision and seeking publication. Attendees will leave with an action plan for next steps and some great resources for publication.

Henrietta

2 – 2:50 p.m.
Breakout Session
Option 2

Well Begun is Half Done: Successful Story Openings
William Gillard

In this workshop, we’ll look at successful short story openings from a variety of genres to discover how to craft an opening so that a reader or editor will want to continue reading after the first page, which is our goal, after all!

Thistle

2 – 2:50 p.m.
Breakout Session
Option 3

The Business Side of Writing
David Michael Williams, Christine Keleny and John DeDakis

A panel of conference speakers will answer your questions regarding publishing, marketing, and more!

Hutchinson

3 – 3:45 p.m.

Literary Cabarets
Candace Decker & Ryan Cappleman

Join Candace Decker and Ryan Cappleman through story and song as they celebrate writers, literary influences, and inspiring authors in this unique cabaret performance.

East Paul L.

3:50 – 4:30 p.m.

2022 Lakefly Writing Contest Awards Ceremony
Barry Wightman, will emcee the announcement of the 2022 Lakefly Writing Contest winners; assisted by Patrick McCorkle.

East Paul L.

After Awards

Door Prizes

East Paul L.

Thank You!