2021 Conference Schedule

Saturday: 

12:00 - 05:00 Bookstore 

11:00 - 04:00 Registration 

01:00 - 02:00 Pitching 101 : Caroline George

01:00 - 04:00 Pitch Sessions: Live/Virtual 

01:00 - 02:30 Critique Tables 

02:00 - 02:30 WyoPoets Meeting 

02:30 - 02:45 Break 15 Minutes 

02:45 - 03:45 Session #1 / Zoom 

Ramon Garcia: Poetry of Place and Landscape 

Many poets write about a specific place, from a location within a wider span of history. But how does the poet imagine a place and a landscape in order to express his/her place in history? How does the poet explore the connection between a specific location and the self? Which ideas does the poet make use of to depict his/herself in a distinct place or landscape? This session will address the imagining of place and landscape with examples by Rainer Maria Rilke, César Vallejo, Anna Akhmatova, Weldon Kees, James Wright and José Emilio Pacheco. Place and landscape are continuous, available sources of inspiration in locating ideas about history and one’s place in it. Where does one begin? 

Susan Tweit: Finding Voice and Grace in the Hard Stuff 

How do we handle the hard stuff in our writing, the things we prefer to look away from or skip over? How can we write about the issues that are controversial, painful, or just no fun? After visualizing the baggage we carry as actual vessels--whether luggage or boxes or whatever--we’ll practice writing techniques that strengthen our voices and reveal the grace and wisdom to be found in tough times and tough writing. 

Bill Sniffin: How to write for publication + secrets to writing a column

Bill Sniffin has been writing weekly newspaper columns for 58 years. He inspired, cajoled, and threatened dozens of shy people who ultimately became outstanding published writers. He will talk about how he nudged people into taking that big step. Bill believes the personal touch is necessary when it comes to writing columns and guest articles. There is an art to getting published and this session will share the best tips Bill has learned from both the writer’s perspective and from that of being the editor who decided who got published and who did not. 

Pamela Hutchins: How to Sell a Ton of Books in 5 Simple Steps (For all writers) 

So, you’ve written a book. It’s for sale on Amazon, your own little Field of Dreams. You’ve strong-armed everyone you know, and they’ve all promised to buy it. To read it. To review it. Only they haven’t, and it’s not selling. Meanwhile, your mother has told everyone and their three-legged dog about her son the author. Her daughter the next Steven King. Her little pookie who’s going to be rich and famous any day now. People ask you when you’re quitting your day job (and to borrow money). Your life has become a secret hell that you cover up with a swagger and a smile. You tell yourself that it’s about the achievement. About getting it out there. About the art. The truth is, though, you want readers. You want fan letters and a movie deal. You want to make MONEY at this, but you have no idea how. Pamela does. She went from attorney/investigator to full-time author in three years, with nearly three-million downloads and mid six-figure royalties. And she wants to help you with her 5 simple tips to sell a ton of books. 

04:00 - 05:30 Set up for Banquet 

05:00 - 06:00 Open Bar Beer & Wine / Book Signing 

06:00 - 07:30 Banquet / Zoom *Willie Le Clair - Invocation/Prayer 

07:30 - 09:30 Open Mic 

Sunday: 

08:00 - 11:45 Pitches 

09:00 - 03:00 Bookstore 

08:00 - 09:00 Session #2 / Zoom 

Ramon Garcia: The Persona Poem 

The persona poem can serve as a form to explore the imagination and to imagine being someone else, to assume a voice that is not one’s own. The persona poem allows the poet to embody the voice, character and the dramatic situations of a character from history or literature. With examples by Jorge Luis Borges, Sylvia Plath, Robert Hayden, W. D. Snodgrass, Richard Wilbur, Margaret Atwood, and Carmen Boullosa, Ramón García will lead participants to reflect on the choice to inhabit the voice of another, and the imaginative freedom it permits. 

Susan Tweit: Field Notes: Writing From Life 

Learn how to use the observation techniques of scientists to sharpen your skills and bring the richness of detail to your work. Add sensory detail and vibrancy, and practice noting the kinds of particulars that root writing in place and time—whether imagined or real. Find natural lushness or sparseness to give character to your stories. Draw on the lessons of nature to stimulate your creativity and hone your words. 

Caroline George: Author Apocalypse 

How To Survive The End Of The Publishing World Based on her hit Almost An Author article, Caroline leads an engaging, informative workshop aimed to teach attendees about the changes within the publishing industry, digital opportunities and ways to compete with a saturated market. 

Bill Sniffin: How to write about controversial subjects 

Is it better to give readers an “on one hand and on the other hand” approach, or is it better to come on strong with your position? Bill explores how difficult it is to take a position and publish it, whether in a book, a column, or even a Facebook post. Bill will share the secrets he has learned on how to write about controversial subjects that gets your point across but does not totally alienate you from your readers. This is especially interesting with today’s highly-charged political battle lines. This session will cover politics, the pandemic, Donald Trump, and other topics. 

09:00 - 09:15 Break 

09:15 - 10:15 Session #3 / Zoom 

Ramon Garcia: Poetry: The Solitary Art of Community 

Writing is a solitary practice, but the reasons for dedication to this practice involve a connection to others. Ramón García shares his experience as a poet who did not come to poetry through an MFA program. How can one think about poetry as an art that is connected to education, publishing, support, mentorship, and community? Can poetry be a solitary activity that is empowered by a connection to a community or communities? Ramón Garcia will share from his experience and lead a discussion about poetry as an art of connection and communication between the artist and his/her place in history and society.

Susan Tweit: Take One a Day: Haiku as Writing Practice 

"Show up!" is one of the most difficult tenets of writing. The ancient art of haiku teaches us how to be present and make use of every moment. Think you don’t have time to write? Try one haiku a day, and watch your creativity grow, your words flow, and your other writing be enriched by the practice of distilling a moment’s essence in just a few words. 

Caroline George: #Bookstagram: Secrets To Know To Gram Like A Pro 

Caroline George’s Instagram landed her a three book contract with Thomas Nelson, Harper Collins. Why? Because Instagram sells books! Most writers shy away from the visual platform because they don’t understand its power—and they’re not sure what content to post. In this interactive workshop, Caroline introduces the hidden social media world of #BOOKSTAGRAM, teaches attendees how to gram like pros and engage with their target audiences. The session includes hands-on “bookstagramming” activities and provides an opportunity for attendees to launch their Instagram presences on the spot. Caroline talks about basic photography (composition, coloring, etc.), shares her Instagram secrets, and uses marketing basics to help writers pinpoint their brands, messages, and social media strategies, all intended to boost platform and land book deals. 

Pamela Fagan Hutchins: 10 Surefire Ways to Get Reviews 

You’ve published a book (or you’re going to) and you know that you need reviews. (If you didn’t know that, trust me, you do.) But that begs a million questions, give or take: 

 What kind of reviews do you need? 

 Where do you need them? 

 From whom? 

 How do you find reviewers? 

 Should you pay for them? 

 Does the rating matter? 

 What about bad reviews? 

 What if a review is taken down, can you do anything about that? 

 How many reviews are enough? 

 What about international markets? 

 And more. 

You get the picture. In this session, you’ll get the answers from USA Today best-selling author Pamela Fagan Hutchins. With thousands and thousands and thousands of reviews, you’ll definitely want to hear how she does it. 

10:15 - 11:00 Break 

11:00 - 12:30 Lunch / Service Awards 

12:30 - 12:45 Break 

12:45 - 01:45 General Meeting 

01:45 - 02:00 Break 

02:00 - 03:30 Paddle Panel 

03:30 - 04:00 Conference Closing




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