Saturday 9:00 am

Saturday morning, June 18, from 9:00-10:00 a.m.

Lights, Camera, Action! Publicity & Platform

with Michele Chynoweth ~ Track: Business/Marketing

Publicity, promotions, public speaking, platform…the words can strike terror into some writers who just want to hide away at their desks and write. But marketing your book is important now more than ever and stepping into the limelight is crucial. Author, speaker, book coach, and marketing expert Michele Chynoweth will share tips on how you can be your own best publicist and provide training on developing your press release and media kit, become a better public speaker, and get more publicity by landing TV, radio and podcast gigs so that you can sell more copies of your book.

Literary Devices and Simple Tricks to Improve Your Prose

with Robin Patchen ~ Track: Writing Craft

Has your critique partner ever “fixed” a great piece of your writing because it wasn’t grammatically perfect? Maybe you were using a literary device and didn’t even know it. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to use literary devices—which often don’t follow rules—and other simple tricks to improve the emotional impact of your stories. Because great prose transcends voice and genre, examples of the different devices will be taken from speeches, literature, and movies to illustrate how they can be used in all kinds of writing.

Crafting a Compelling Speaking Presentation

with Lori Hatcher ~ Track: Business/Marketing

You feel called to speak. You realize your life experiences and spiritual insight can make a difference in other people’s lives. You know what you want to say, but you aren’t sure how best to say it. Toastmasters International speaker Ryan Avery studied 25 years of the International Speech Contest winners to determine which elements are most important in crafting a memorable, moving, and motivational speech. He included these three elements in his speech, “Trust Is a Must,” and walked away as the 2011 Toastmasters International World Champion. In this workshop and with his permission, I share his three-step formula.

From Llama Llama to Twilight

with Leslie Santamaria ~ Track: Writing Craft/Children's

Books for kids come in many shapes, sizes, and reading levels: board books, picture books, picture storybooks, easy readers, early readers, leveled readers, chapter books, middle grade, and more. So what are the differences between these products? In this lively overview of the children’s section of any library or bookstore, we’ll examine all the types of books for kids at different ages and grade levels and discuss unique aspects of each so that you can figure out the best formats for your great ideas.