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WELCOME TO AWC24!

Conference Agenda

Arrive Early and Enjoy Beautiful Berea!
 

Shop

Berea is the Folk Arts and Crafts Capital of Kentucky and the home
of the Kentucky Artisan Center.

Explore

Enjoy the great outdoors in Berea! Hike, Bike, eBike, Kayak,  or  take an afternoon stroll on one of the many paved trails.

Dine

Berea is home to 21 restaurants and 15 quick serve eateries!
Don't forget the Spoonbread!

Need ideas?

 - Hike the Pinnacles - Visit The Taleless Dog Booksellers - Grab an eBike and Cruise Berea's Paved Trails -
- Paddle Owsley Fork Lake in a Kayak - Visit Unique Shops in Old Town Berea -
- Visit Artists and Shop Their Wares - Shop at Kentucky's Artisan Center -
- Grab a Bite (or two) at one of Berea's Eateries and Restaurants - Sip Some Coffee -
- Eat Some Fudge and Ice Cream -
- Talk to Our Artists -

Tuesday, September 3

Pre-Conference Evening Event
 

WELCOME RECEPTION IN THE LINCOLN LOUNGE

6 to 8 p.m. Welcome to the Appalachian Writer's Conference!

Registration will open at 6 p.m.

Meet your fellow attendees and conference faculty. Feel free to roam under the beautiful canopy of trees on the patio, the Boone Tavern's Historic Front Porch, or in the Lincoln Lounge.

A Cash Bar in The Lincoln Lounge will feature our signature drink "The Inkwell" along with complimentary light refreshments.

"The Inkwell"
Appalachian Writer's Conference 2024 Signature Cocktail

 

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Wednesday, September 4

Conference Begins - Day 1
 

REGISTRATION AND BREAKFAST

8 a.m. Conference Registration in the Lincoln Lounge. Sign in, pick up your name badge, and Conference extras.

9 a.m.  Light Breakfast in the Banquet Hall & Conference Kick-off!

 

(Note: most sessions are repeated from morning to afternoon to allow participants to attend as many as possible and to keep class sizes smaller, allowing more one to one access to faculty)

MORNING SESSIONS

9:15 to 10:15 a.m.

  • Novel Writing Essentials -- Melissa Newman - Coyle Room

    • This fiction workshop is for both beginning and intermediate writers. So you have an idea for a novel but how do you get started or you have some writing completed but you need your story to come alive. In this session, you will learn how to structure your novel, create lively dialogue among your characters, develop a timeline and how to create seamless flashbacks.

  • Adaptations: From Book to Screen – Mark Daniels - Skylight Room

    • In this session, Mark will teach us what it takes to bring a novel from pages to the big screen (or small screen) and outline the skills necessary to pull the essential scenes from our writing, scaling a 300-page book into a 120-page script ready for production. 

10:25 to 11:25 a.m.

  • Character Development – Susan Furlong - Coyle Room

    • Learn to develop characters your readers won’t soon forget with Susan Furlong, author of Shattered Justice, a New York Times Best Crime Fiction Novel of the Year. During this session you will learn techniques for developing complex and intriguing characters along with practical advice for weaving emotion into each scene. Elevate your writing by mastering characterization. 

  • Fall In Love with Writing Romance - Summer Hanford - Skylight Room

    • In this session you’ll learn how to launch your Romance Writing career and uncover what goes into a best-selling romance. Learn how to begin your novel, how to keep it going, and when to squeeze your readers’ hearts till it hurts. But don’t worry, it will all end happily ever after.

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

  • Non-fiction, Historical Non-fiction - Making the Narrative Interesting - Dr. Pam Parry - Skylight

    • This non-fiction session will explore how to write about historical figures and find the potential markets for those stories. This workshop will provide writing tips and strategies for transforming your historical research into a readable, interesting narrative that is ready for the marketplace. How do you identify your readers? How do you write for their interests? After this workshop, you should know how to write, market, and sell your historical writing. 

  • Revisions and Editing – Sherry Robinson - Coyle Room

    • This session will help writers dig into perhaps the most important step in the writing process: revising. Revising is hard work—and sometimes painful. Writers will learn strategies for editing, rewriting, and restructuring your manuscript regardless of your writing process. 

 

LUNCH

  • 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. (Served in Hotel Event Center by Boone Tavern Restaurant. There will be Spoonbread!)

  • 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. "Pick Your Genre" and get into "The Business of Writing"

Bring your pen and notepad or your favorite note-taking device, and be ready to collaborate with other writers, with time after our meal to meet and talk with fellow writers. Immediately after your collaborative session, stay in the Hotel Event Center for an "Ask Me Anything Panel." Join in casual conversation with AWC's experts on topics from writing romance, literary, crime, or cozy mystery. Or, tap into our panels' expertise on the Business of Writing with topics like contracts and legal questions to how to brand yourself as an author and how to develop and diversify your career as a writer. You choose the topics!

AFTERNOON SESSIONS

2:45 to 3:45 p.m.

  • Fall In Love with Writing Romance - Summer Hanford - Skylight Room

    • In this session you’ll learn how to launch your Romance Writing career and uncover what goes into a best-selling romance. Learn how to begin your novel, how to keep it going, and when to squeeze your readers’ hearts till it hurts. But don’t worry, it will all end happily ever after.

  • Adaptations: From Book to Screen – Mark Daniels - Coyle Room

    • In this session, Mark will teach us what it takes to bring a novel from pages to the big screen (or small screen) and outline the skills necessary to pull the essential scenes from our writing, scaling a 300-page book into a 120-page script ready for production. 

4 to 5 p.m.

  • Character Development – Susan Furlong - Coyle Room

    • Learn to develop characters your readers won’t soon forget with Susan Furlong, author of Shattered Justice, a New York Times Best Crime Fiction Novel of the Year. During this session you will learn techniques for developing complex and intriguing characters along with practical advice for weaving emotion into each scene. Elevate your writing by mastering characterization. 

  • Revisions and Editing – Sherry Robinson - Skylight Room

    • This session will help writers, dig in to, perhaps the most important step in the writing process: revising. Writers will learn about the difference between editing and proofreading and be introduced to a framework for giving and receiving feedback that helpfully systematizes what should be cut and what should be kept from each draft.

 

5:30 p.m.

  • Dinner on Your Own in Beautiful Berea, Kentucky! (see goodie bag for list of local eateries and a map)

Conference Continues - Day 2
 

Thursday, September 5

BREAKFAST

8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Light Breakfast in the Hotel Event Center.

 

MORNING SESSIONS

9:45 to 10:45 a.m.

  • Your Epic Journey Begins: Fantasy and Science Fiction Writing - Summer Hanford - Skylight Room

    • In this session, writers will learn how the experts make science fiction and fantasy believable. They will also gain insights on how to keep track of a newly created world, and strategies that aid in paying close attention to every element, from geology to weather, astronomy to biology.

  • Crime Fiction - Susan Furlong - Coyle Room

    • In this session writers will explore different types of crime writing, from cozy crime to psychological suspense and police procedural to better understand where your writing fits in this diverse genre.

11:00 to 12 p.m.

  • Your Epic Journey Begins: Fantasy and Science Fiction Writing - Summer Hanford - Skylight Room

    • In this session, writers will learn how the experts make science fiction and fantasy believable. They will also gain insights on how to keep track of a newly created world, and strategies that aid in paying close attention to every element, from geology to weather, astronomy to biology.

  • Crime Fiction - Susan Furlong - Coyle Room

    • In this session writers will explore different types of crime writing, from cozy crime to psychological suspense and police procedural to better understand where your writing fits in this diverse genre.

LUNCH

  • 12 to 2 p.m. Lunch on Your Own. Grab a bite at one of the hometown unique restaurants. Explore Beautiful Berea mid-day when the shops are buzzing.  (see goodie bag for list of local eateries and a map)

 

AFTERNOON SESSIONS (the Business of Writing)

2:05 to 3:05 p.m.

  • Building Your Brand & Marketing Your Work - Gerry Deer, of GLD Communications - Coyle Room

  • Legal Contracts & Protecting Your Work - Frank Newman, J.D., of Cole, Cole, Anderson & Newman - Skylight Room

3:10 to 4:15 p.m. (sessions are duplicated to allow for greater access and smaller class sizes)

  • Building Your Brand & Marketing Your Work - Gerry Deer, of GLD Communications - Coyle Room

  • Legal Contracts & Protecting Your Work - Frank Newman, J.D., of Cole, Cole, Anderson & Newman - Skylight Room

4:15 to 5:15 p.m.

  • Collaboration & Networking - Find a cozy spot in one of the comfy areas of the Boone Tavern's many lobby areas, or in any of the class session rooms and start (or continue) networking with other writers. You'll be glad you did.

 

CONFERENCE BANQUET, "Lit It Whip!," and Appy Inkwell Awards

6:30 p.m.

  • Banquet Begins in Hotel Event Center (please be seated by 6:15 p.m.)

7:30 p.m.

"Lit It Whip!"  But wait, there's more - from Gery Deer

Gery Deer is an accomplished writer and business coach, but he also has another professional skill - the bullwhip. Gery has entertained on TV and stages all over the country, from corporate events to local festivals. He is the founder and master instructor at The Whip Artistry Studio, the country's only permanent bullwhip training center for sport and performing arts. 

This year, he's not only on our faculty but will also round up our conference after Thursday's dinner with his supersonic editorial style!

Here are some of Gery's TV appearances ...

The Bonnie Hunt Show

Steve Harvey

America's Got Talent

Our Ohio (PBS)

 

8 p.m.

  • Appy Inkwell Awards and Appy Inkwell New Voices Awards!

NIGHTCAP ON THE PORCH & PATIO - Conference Closing Event

8:30 p.m.

  • “Writer’s Night Cap on the Porch & Patio" Boone Tavern. Enjoy famous Kentucky Bourbons, a glass of local wine, or a Southern Sweet Tea at The Frost Cafe located inside the hotel.

  • Cash Bar Featuring Signature Drink "The Inkwell"

"The Inkwell"
Appalachian Writer's Conference 2024 Signature Cocktail

 

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