Schedule and Panels


September 30-October 2

You can access the tentative schedule here Schedule



  • Alexandra Sokoloff Master Class – Screenwriting Tricks for Authors
  • Reed Farrell Coleman Master Class
  • Planners, note pads or post it notes. How do you plot out your writing schedule?
  • How to get the most out of this conference
  • How do you create complex female characters?
  • Past, Present, Future: What worked, didn’t work and what are you going to change in your writing life?
  • One, Three or many? Standalone, trilogy, and series. How do you decide?
  • Is Your novel ready to market?
  • Plotter or Pantser? Why?
  • Music, Quiet or TV? What keeps you motivated while writing?
  • How do writers improve their dialogue?
  • Alternatives to Social Media Marketing
  • Creating Speculative Fiction: Cerese Rennie Murphy
  • Promotion, Sales or reviews? Lessons learned from the front lines
  • Library talk: Get insight from a librarian on how to get into the ‘system’
  • Cover design. What do fans like to see (audience participation)
  • Psychologist, police officer or journalist. Bringing real jobs into fiction.
  • Humor – What Is and Isn’t
  • Problems All Writers Face
  • Suspense, Action or Conflict? The prime elements of a thriller / mystery
  • Writing Outside the Box: Crossing Genre Lines to Tell Your Story
  • Young and Clean YA/New Adult
  • First Timer’s Panel
  • Violence in Genre Fiction: What’s the secret of writing a great fight scene?
  • One star, Five stars or blacklisted? The effects of reviews
  • Playful, Rude or Stern? How dialogue affects thrillers and mysteries.
  • Super Fans; what are they and how do you get them?
  • Villains manufactured by circumstance or born that way?
  • Unusual Amateur Sleuths
  • Meet your fans. Authors talk about meeting fans for the first time.
  • Fan Mail
  • Dressing to the nine’s. How does dress play a part in your story?
  • What’s in a name? How to handle character names that are hard to pronounce.
  • Should popular fiction have a social conscience? If so, how to work it in and not preach.
  • Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal or Code Black. Which of these shows gets it right every time?