Session titles and speakers for the 2017 BTO Conference are listed below, organized by general topics: Craft of Writing, Genre, Publishing/Marketing, Social Media for Writing and Poetry.
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LAURA OLIVER – Accepted! Tips for Developing a Standout Style
GAIL BARRETT – Stop Messing with My Head! A Crash Course on Point of View.
LYNN SCHWARTZ – It’s Not A Formula: Developing A Satisfying Plot
BARBARA ESSTMAN – SHOW vs. TELL: Just How Does that Work?
ART TAYLOR – The Short Story: Big Worlds in Small Spaces
AUSTIN CAMACHO – Bringing Diversity to Your Characters
KATHRYN JOHNSON – Conflict, Action and Suspense: Adding the Power that Sells
TARA LASKOWSKI – Tiny but Mighty: How to Write Amazing Flash Fiction
LORIANN OBERLIN – Writing Difficult People into Your Fiction and Nonfiction
ROBERT BIDINOTTO – Rejecting Reality: Making the Leap from Nonfiction to Novels
KHRIS BAXTER – Screenwriting Techniques for Writing Effective Dialogue
PANEL: Writing for the Inspirational Market
ROBERT BLAKE WHITEHILL – The Heart of the Thriller: the Interface of Research and Creativity
GAIL BARRETT – Writing Romance that Resonates
GLEN FINLAND – True Lies: What Is Remembered in Memoir Writing
KATIE MOOSE – Want to Write a Cookbook? It’s Not as Easy as You Think!
MINDIE BURGOYNE – Beyond What I Did on Vacation: An Introduction to Travel Writing
EMILY RICH – Going From Draft to Craft: Submitting Your Work to Literary Magazines
ALLY MACHATE – Forming and Using a Book Marketing "Street Team"
AUSTIN CAMACHO – One Writer's Marketing Journey
GREGG WILHELM – Publishing and Not Perishing: Options for Writers Who Want to Be Read
LORIANN OBERLIN – Writing to Make Money – A Quicker Approach
JOHN LEWIS and JIM DUFFY – Telling and Selling Stories
LEIGH-ANNE LAWRENCE – Networking Online: Twitter for Authors
MINDIE BURGOYNE – 7 Ways to Raise Your Author Platform Through Social Media
LESLIE WALKER – Social Media Tools for Writers
POETRY PANEL – Perfect Words for an Imperfect World
JAMES ALLEN HALL – Poetic Apertures: Condensing and Expansive Strategies for Writing Poems
ERIN MURPHY – Writing Documentary Poetry
MEREDITH DAVIES HADAWAY - Location, Location, Location: Poetry of Place