Spring Conference Agenda

Oh, The Things You'll Learn & the People You'll Meet!

 April 22, 2018 ~ Hilton Rialto Melbourne, FL

 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

 Registration check-in and meet the vendors

Speakers and Vendors

Registration check-in table with Ash McGrath.  

Pre-registered Participants

 Check-in table with Carol Didier

 A – L  and  M- Z  

On site Registration

At welcome table with Kandi Siegel 

9:00 AM – 9:45 AM

Genre Discussion Session #1 in Ballroom

  •  Children's Books
  •  Christian Writers
  •  Crimes & Cops 
  •  Dystopian / Dark / Horror 
  •  Journalism: Newspaper & Magazine
  •  Memoir
  • Military & War
  • Mysteries: Cozy  

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Breakout Sessions #1 

John Catapano          How to Start a Writers' Group: Pitfalls & Benefits

Mary Dall                   Writing for Children: Find Your Niche--And Fill It!

Jaimie Engle               How an Indie Got Into Barnes & Nobel

Maritza M.  Mejia     Marketing Plan Ideas

Linda Zern                 How to Ask For and Get Reviews

11:05 AM – 12:00 PM Breakout sessions #2 

Chris Cushing        Social Media: Why You Need It

Marsahll Frank      Writing Your Memoir: How to Write About 

                                  True Happenings & Real People

DL Havlin               Building a Platform for Fiction & Nonfiction

JR Sharp                 Media: The Dos & Don'ts of Advertising Your Book

Linda Zern            How to Judge a Book by Its Cover

12:00 PM –  1:00 PM Lunch 

1:00 PM –  1:45 PM

Genre Discussion Session #2 in Ballroom

  • Historical Fiction
  • Mysteries: Murder & Mayhem 
  • Non-fiction
  • Poetry
  • Romance
  • Science Fiction
  • Thrillers
  • Writing for Social Media 

2:00 PM –  3:00 PM Breakout sessions #3 

Marion Coste            Editing Boot Camp:                                                      

                                     Work Your Manuscript into Top Shape

Tony Deane               Lessons Learned About Book Marketing

Christing Edwards   Press Releases That Get Noticed

DL Havlin                  A Shot of Realism: Your Chances of Success as a Writer

Keith Rommel         From Novel to Screenplay to Big Screen

3:05 PM –  4:00 PM Breakout sessions #4 

Robbie Cox                How Relationships Lead to Fans

Kristen Stieffel        Satisfying Endings: A Crucial but

                                     Overlooked Element of Great Fiction

Tyson Hanks              Creating Villains & Characters We Love to Hate

Keith Rommel           Traditional Publishing Without an Agent

Karen Whiting           Proposals That Get the Attention of Publishers

4:05 PM –  5:00 PM Keynote Speaker

Scott Tilley, Ph.D.,       Writing to Live  

 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Meet the Vendors

  • Valerie Allen
  • Janet Balletta
  • John Catapano
  • Robbie Cox
  • Mary Dall
  • Tony Deane
  • Christine Edwards
  • Jaimie Engle
  • Marshall Frank
  • Tyson Hanks
  • DL Havlin
  • Linda Jump
  • Maritza Martinez Mejia
  • Keith Rommel
  • JR Sharp
  • Space Coast Writers' Guild
  • Brenda Spalding
  • Robert Thompson
  • Terri Talley Venters
  • Margarita Pedrozo Walling
  • Karen Whiting
  • Linda Zern