2018 Conference Schedule

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All Events in the Center Theater Unless Noted Otherwise
Location of Craft Classes Will Be Noted at Conference Venue

Thursday, June 28, 2018

10:00 – 1:00 Registration: Theater Lobby
10:00 Silent Auction opens, table in the gallery hallway near lobby
1:00 – 1:10 Welcome – Tim Sandlin
1:10 — 2:10 Speaker: Nina Swamidoss McConigley – What Do You Care About? Finding The Why To Your Writing
2:15 — 3:15 Speaker: Nancy Pearl – The Pleasures and Perils of a Life of Reading.
3:30 — 4:30 Craft Classes

Poetry: Bethany Schultz Hurst – Persona Poems: Writing Through the Mask – Conference Room

Fiction: Nina Swamidoss McConigley – Murky Waters: Writing About Family and Place – Dancers Workshop #4

Nonfiction & Adventure: Craig Welch –  Not Brave, Just Miserable: Seeking Discomfort And Finding True Stories – Dancers Workshop #3

Young Adult: Jewell Parker Rhodes –  Tension and Conflict: Creating Compelling Voices and Scenes – Dancers Workshop #2

Query Letters: Catherine McKenzie – UW Classroom

6:30 Cocktail Party provided by Jedediah’s at the Airport – Theater Lobby
8:00 Public Talk: Jewell Parker Rhodes – Writing for Youth: Empathy, Diversity and the Empowered “I” Voice  – Theater

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Friday, June 29, 2018

8:00 — 9:00 Late Registration: Theater Lobby
9:00 —9:50 Speaker: Lyanda Lynn Haupt – The Nature of Inspiration
10:00 — 10:50 Speaker: Peter Heller – From Nonfiction to Fiction: A Writer’s Journey
11:00 — 12:30 Agents: Melissa Edwards, Cindy Uh, Mark Gottlieb
12:30 — 1:45 Lunch On Your Own
1:45 — 2:40 Craft Classes

Poetry: Laurie Kutchins –   Remember Joy: Poems of Praise in Critical Times – Conference Room

Fiction: Peter Heller – What We Think About When We Think About Writing – The Five Touchstones – Dancers Workshop #4

Young Adult: Nanci Turner Steveson – The Life Altering Magic of Writing for Children and How You Can Change the WorldDancers Workshop #2

Creative Nonfiction: Lyanda Lynn Haupt – To Me Or Not Me – Dancers Workshop #3

Tina Welling – Writers as Healers & Hustlers, Make a Difference in the World – UW Classroom.

2:50 — 4:50 Individual conferences with stars and faculty
3:15 — 4:15 Elena Hartwell: Story Structure: Building A Strong Foundation (for those without manuscripts) – UW Classroom.
5:00 Wine and cheese social.
7:00 — 9:00 Mark Gottlieb:  How to Write an Effective Hook and Query Letter – Dancers Workshop #4
7:15 — 9:00 Poetry workshop & readings: Laurie Kutchins and guest poets: Invoking Our Muses: A Conversation on Creative Process Dancers Workshop #3
7:00 — 9:00 Craft Workshop:  Mark Hummell – Seeing Your Way through Re-“vision” –   UW Classroom

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Saturday, June 30, 2018

8:00 — 8:30 Yoga For The Deskbound – Cassandra Lee – UW Classroom (no mat necessary)
9:00 — 9:50 Speaker: Jon Pineda – Search Party: Finding What’s Alive Inside Our Writing
10:00 — 10:50 Speaker: Michael Arndt – Here Is How I Became A Writer
11:00 — 12:20 Editors: Matthew Daddona, Jaime Coyne, Alicia Clancy
12:20 – 2:00 Lunch On Your Own
2:00 — 3:00 Craft Classes

Nonfiction: Kristen Moeller – Help Us Help You: A Guide To Writing a Winning Book Proposal – Dancers Workshop #3

Michael Arndt – Endings: The Good, the Bad, and the Insanely Great – UW Classroom.

Poetry: Jon Pineda – Cutting In Line: Identifying the moments that want to be first – Conference Room

Fiction: Nancy Pearl – Why People Like the Books They Do – Dancers Workshop #4

Young Adult: Patti Sherlock – The Book You Needed When You Were Young – Dancers’ Workshop #2

3:15 — 5:15 Individual conferences
3:40 — 4:30 Jack Clinton (beginning fiction workshop for those without critiques, bring a section from a work in progress) – Commit, submit, query, and engage in the writers world! – Dancers Workshop #3
5:00 Silent Auction Closes
5:15 – 7:30 Student Readings in the tent (with beer & snacks). Preceded by a short reading by Carly Rita Fraysier, 2018 Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship Winner in Nonfiction.
7:30 — 8:00 Book sales and signings: Theater Lobby
8:00 — 10:00 Barbecue Dinner from Traci McClintic-Hargrave Catering – Conference Center Tent

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