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 8:30am  Check-In for Optional Friday Morning Workshops
 9:00am - 12:00pm

Workshop 1: Larry Brooks, Author and Writing Coach


 9:00am - 12:00pm

 Workshop 2: Laura Bradford, Agent, Bradford Literary Agency


 9:00am - 12:00pm

 Workshop 3: Abigail Samoun, Agent, Red Fox Literary Agency

 12:00pm  Optional Lunch Available in Foyer (please pre-pay for lunch on your conference registration)
 12:30pm - 2:30pm Optional First Pages Roundtable Reviews with Larry Brooks, Michelle McCann, Laura Bradford, and Abigail Samoun
 2:30pm Check-In for Optional Friday Afternoon Workshops
 3:00pm - 6:00pm

Workshop 4: Larry BrooksAuthor and Writing Coach


 3:00pm - 6:00pm

Workshop 5: Michelle McCann, Editor, West Margin Press / Sasquatch Books

Picture Book Chop Shop

Feeling like your picture book has a few dents that need fixing? Or maybe even a whole new engine? Sometimes the best way to spruce up your picture book is to tear it apart and rebuild. Join picture book editor/art director Michelle McCann for a hands-on deconstruction adventure! With paper, glue and scissors we will cut apart your manuscript and rebuild it into something spectacular. In the Chop Shop you will learn the secrets of strengthening your story from the inside out, including:

·      Shoring up your structure

·      Thinking visually and making room for illustrations

·      How to start your story with a bang

·      Revving up your middle

·      Creating tantalizing page turns

·      Firing up your climax

·      Ending your story with reader satisfaction

Sound fun? It will be. Come get your hands dirty and leave with your story in primo condition.

Bring: a print out of your story in 14 pt. font.

 3:00pm - 6:00pm

 Workshop 6: Angela James, Editor, Before You Hit Send



8:00 - 8:30am Conference Check-In
8:30 - 8:50am BIRCH ROOM: Welcome and Awards
8:50 - 9:30am  BIRCH ROOM: Keynote by Author Larry Brooks (TBA)
9:30 - 9:40am BREAK

 9:40 - 10:40am 



  Angela James (TBA) 
 Abigail Samoun (TBA) Lorna Rose-Hahn: From Journal to Story; Writing for resilience, writing your life.

Everyone has a story inside. It is the story of our lives, our experiences, our choices. Through journaling, we lay claim to those experiences. Through memoir, we tell our story as a vehicle for connection. Come explore how to turn those journal entries into a memoir. Specifically, we’ll discuss: How we find resilience through journaling, how to make sense of your story, and how to tell your story in an artful way. We’ll also drill down to the basics and talk about how to start journaling, how to know when you’re ready to tell your story, and autobiography vs. memoir.

Christiane Allison: Creating Fantastic Original Characters. Crafting characters is a critical component of storytelling in every medium, from books to feature film. Your readers will know when you’re writing a character that’s only skin deep, and they’ll abandon ship. Christiane’s unique method of character creation approaches the process in layers of detail and can be adapted to suit your personal style without sacrificing depth of character.  
  10:40 - 10:50am   BREAK   

10:50am - 11:50am



Larry Brooks (TBA) Michelle McCann: Get the  Inside Story Editorial Panel with local authors Matthew Lasley, Tricia Brown, Ethan Atwater, Barbara Atwater, and Dan Walker  Shane Castle: Literary Journals, Advice from an Editor and Writer. Learn and ask questions about all aspects of publishing short prose in literary journals from a senior editor of Alaska Quarterly Review who regularly publishes in (and receives rejections from) well-regarded presses nationwide. Sharon Aubrey: Foundations for Self-Publishing or Building a Small Press. This session covers the foundational steps necessary for self-publishing or starting a small press. Many authors are confused regarding what it means to be self-published, often believing they are self-publishing when in fact they are vanity publishing, overpaying for services and under receiving on royalties.  In this class, authors will learn the basic steps in publishing, ways to save money, hire experienced professionals for editing, formatting, and graphic design, explore options available for printing, and learn how to sign up with distributors to get books in stores and libraries. This class will also get real about other types of publishing options available and how to evaluate the best publishing for them as an author.  
 12:50pm  Lunch Available in Foyer   
   Kristen Ritter
Abigail Samoun (TBA)               
Jeremy Pataky (TBA)  
Kristen Ritter: Stealing From Sitcoms, How to Move Your Story Forward with Comedy and Dialog. In this breakout, we’ll look at three comedy shows: Superstore, Ted Lasso, and The Good Place in order to explore how telescripts move story forward through dialogue. Special emphasis will be placed on the use of humor to explore women’s roles and the subversion of stereotype that make these stories unique within the genre.
  Laura Bradford (TBA) Anastacia Ward and Jena Benton-Lasley: Illustrating My Book: When and Where to Find an Illustrator. Have you written a picture book and now you’re wondering if you should illustrate it yourself? Or where to find an illustrator for your graphic novel? Or wondering if you even need one? Come to this session to learn more about illustrators and how SCBWI can help you find a good fit. SCBWI Alaska Illustrator Coordinator Jena Benton Lasley and illustrator Anastacia Ward will discuss what you need to know in your search.      Dan Walker:  Catch and Release; Hook Your Readers and Let Your Endings Let Them Go. The critical part of your story is the opening, and the way to get a reader to come back for more stories is an effective ending. Using models and examples, participants will 1) discuss and define what makes strong beginnings and endings; 2) examine some strong beginnings and closing scenes from various genres; and 3) Work to write both opening paragraphs and closing scenes. Local Romance Authors Panel with RWA Authors  (TBA)

  • Recording links for each webinar will be emailed to all registrants.
  • Times, speakers, and topics subject to change.


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