Writers Conference Schedule

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WILD ABOUT BOOKS
SPRING 2015 WRITERS CONFERENCE

FRIDAY & SATURDAY – MARCH 6 & 7, 2015
(Tentative schedule, times subject to change)

FRIDAY MARCH 6, 2015

10:00 – 11:30 AM
Intensives Group A – 90 Minutes Each (Additional Cost $40)

BONNIE HEARN HILL – Fiction
A writer-friendly intensive geared to your work. E-mail 10 pages to bonniehh@gmail.com. Material will be edited and then discussed in your small group. Bonnie has worked with and mentored many published writers and has authored and co-authored more than 20 novels and nonfiction books, including New York Times bestsellers. She was a founding member of International Thriller Writers.
HAZEL DIXON-COOPER – Non-Fiction
Hazel’s intensive will focus on nonfiction, memoir, and humor, so expect to have a good time. E-mail your first ten pages to astrohazel@gmail.com. Hazel is the author of the Rotten Day humorous astrology series, and Harness Astrology’s Bad Boy, about Pluto, the planet of transformation.

2:30 – 4:00 PM
 Intensives Group B – 90 Minutes Each (Additional Cost $40)

BONNIE HEARN HILL – Fiction
A writer-friendly intensive geared to your work. E-mail 10 pages to bonniehh@outlook.com. Material will be edited and then discussed in your small group. Bonnie has worked with and mentored many published writers and has authored and co-authored more than 20 novels and nonfiction books, including New York Times bestsellers. She was a founding member of International Thriller Writers.
JOHN BRANTINGHAM – Poetry
John Brantingham has been published in hundreds of magazines in England and the United States, and his poetry has been featured on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac. Send your poems to him, three pages maximum, to johnmbrantingham@aol.com. In his group, you will find acceptance, instruction and inspiration.
JENNIFER BADASCI – Screenwriting
Jennifer is a screenwriter, an award-winning fiction and nonfiction writer and editor who has edited and contributed to multiple international award-winning, peer-reviewed articles and book chapters for publication. Send up to 10 pages of your screenplay, short script, or webisode to jenbadasci@gmail.com. Jen will edit and discuss your script with you and share an insider’s view of the industry.
CHRISTOPHER ALLAN POE – Fiction
This fiction intensive will focus on your first ten pages. E-mail to info@christopherallanpoe.com. Chris will do a content edit and discuss your work in your small group. He is the author of two paranormal thrillers, co-author of a book on writing (with Bonnie Hearn Hill), and a social media expert who has helped many authors sell their books.

5:00 – 7:00 PM Author/Presenters Reception & Book Barn Tour


SATURDAY MARCH 7, 2015


8:00 AM – Doors Open, Continental Breakfast, Registration, Pick Up Conf. Materials


8:30 – 8:45 a.m.

  • WELCOME – Dan Dunklee

Dan is the guy who, with his wife Peggy, founded Wild About Books.


8:45 – 9:30 a.m.

  • WHAT SUN SIGN IS YOUR CHARACTER?Hazel Dixon-Cooper

In fiction, the characters we can’t forget are the ones who make us forget they aren’t real people. Hazel Dixon-Cooper shows you an original approach to character development by using the signs of the zodiac to add new dimensions to your characters.

Learn the four basic personality types, Fire, Earth, Air and Water,
* And the key behavior patterns of the three Sun signs within each type.
* Understand each sign’s fundamental approach to life, love, hate, jealously and violence.
* Learn about zodiac body types, communication styles, avoidance mechanisms, quirks, and other traits that will make your characters come alive on the page.
* Discover a source of information that other writers never think of using

  • COPS, AGENTS, KILLERS & SPIES: INSIDE TIPS FOR CRIME WRITERS – Kathleen Puckett

If you have a story or nonfiction book proposal in the works that includes a cop, a federal agent, a killer or a spy, here’s your opportunity to “vet” it with someone whose experience has included working with – or against – all of them.


9:45 – 10:30 a.m.

  • THE DOWN & DIRTY TRUTH ABOUT CONFLICT IN FICTION – Bonnie Hearn Hill & Christopher Allan Poe

Conflict is the driving force in writing fiction. Without it, your scenes will turn into dreaded events. Learn how to create organic conflict and goal-driven fiction. Bonnie and Chris will give you examples of how to write I-Want-A, and You-Want-B scenes. And they will do it without guns, knives or bombs. Maybe.

  • WRITING SCIENCE FICTION – Scott Noon Creley

This workshop will explore genre tropes and expectations present in Science Fiction and examine what makes it such a potent genre. We’ll complete some on-the-spot writing exercises with an eye toward writing craft.


10:45 – 11:30 a.m.

  • PUBLISHING PANEL – Ann Brantingham, John Brantingham, Dan Dunklee

Leopards can’t change their spots nor zebras their stripes. The publishing business is an entirely different animal. Learn what publishers are looking for and what is expected of the 21st century author.


11:30 – 1 PM – LUNCH (Provided)


1:00 – 1:45

  • PROPOSALS, SYNOPSES, QUERIES – Hazel Dixon-Cooper, Bonnie Hearn Hill, Christopher Allan Poe, Jen Badasci

Although the publishing world has changed, authors who want to work with agents and/or small and large publishers must know now more than ever how to craft proposals, synopses, and that dreaded query letter. You’ll learn how to avoid canned queries and paint-by-number synopses. Bring your ideas and let the presenters help you take them to the next level.


2:00 – 2:45

  • THE BIG BAD – VILLAINS READERS LOVE TO HATE – Christopher Allan Poe

If all you can say about the villain in your story is, “He’s craaazy,” you need to talk to Chris. He can help you take what you already know about your bad guy or woman and craft that villain from the inside out. Come ready to share any ideas you have about possible villains, and let Chris help you make them motivated, deadly–and real.

  • DESCRIPTION WORKSHOP – John Brantingham

Your stories can be poetic. Come to this session to discover the difference between language that informs and language that creates.


3:00 – 3:45

  • CUT THE CRAP: HOW TO REVISE YOUR POETRY – Michaelsun Knapp

Cutting the Crap is a two part editing lecture/workshop that has a two page handout. The first part is an interactive lecture and discussion of techniques and reasons to make cuts, for both fiction and poetry, that are listed and briefly defined on the handout. And this occurs concurrently with a class activity where we take a famous poem that I have prepared by adding crap to it, and we cut it back to greatness. The second part is where I lead a workshop where I ask for a volunteer to submit a piece, and as a class we cut the crap that we can identify from it, and return it to it’s author at the end of class. I do emphasize that these are editing techniques and they are not conducive to generating material, merely honing previously generated material.

  • FROM FICTION TO FILM: ADAPTING YOUR STORY INTO A SCRIPT – Jen Badasci

Whether you write short fiction or novels, your stories can be adapted into marketable scripts. Jen will show you the eight essential elements of writing the adaptation, and how to transform your work into a screenplay….


4:00 – 4:45

  • FROM CHIRON TO TIN HOUSE: PUBLISHING IN LITERARY MAGAZINES – Scott Noon Creley, Michaelsun Knapp

What you need to know about working with literary journals, coming from the professional writers and editors who’ve worked on both sides.

  • CONTEST CONFIDENTIAL: SUBMITTING, WINNING, & SPOTTING SCAMS – Bonnie Hearn Hill, John Brantingham

How to avoid all of the scams out there and preserve the integrity of your work.