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Registration is now open for the 22nd annual Bay to Ocean Writers Conference, which features an exciting lineup of 30 different workshops and classes from accomplished novelists, poets, film writers and other authors.

The one-day event typically sells out early, so don't delay reserving your seat. The conference will take place on Saturday, March 9, 2019, at Chesapeake Community College in Wye Mills, Md.

Sponsored by the nonprofit Eastern Shore Writers Association, BTO is dedicated to helping writers improve their craft by providing first-rate educational sessions and inspirational tips across a variety of writing genres.

Below you will find the schedule for 2019.  To read a detailed description of each session and bios of speakers, click on any Sessions Title.

Early bird prices will only be available through Nov. 30, 2018, so be sure to register soon. The registration form is here on the event page.  Be sure to review the list of sessions below first, because the form will ask you to list the three sessions you're most interested in attending.    REGISTER

2019 BTO Program

Keynote Address

GREGG WILHELM 

                                      Writerly Ruts: Step Out of Your Comfort Zone to Improve Your Writing 



 Craft  Sessions

CHRISTINE STEWART Grants / Fellowships 

THE EDITORS' PANEL - Moderated by Gregg Wilhem:

CHRISTINE STEWART, CHRIS SALERNO, KIM ROBERTS,  GERRY LAFEMINA–What Are We Looking For: 

SCOTT McCORMICK – Audio Books with Graphic Audio Director

LORIANN OBERLIN &  ROBERT BIDINOTTO– The Do Nots & Definitely Do Steps for Writers

LAURA SHOVAN  – Novels in Verse


Fiction Sessions

AMY SCHISLER – Using Dialogue to Advance a Plot

JOHN DEDAKIS  – How to Write a Novel

KRIS FAATZ   – Creating Layered Fiction

JOSHUA ISARD – Autobiographical Inspiration: Finding Effective Ways to Keep Yourself in Your Fiction

TARA CAMPBELL – The World in a Flash

CHARACTER PANEL DISCUSSION –Moderated by Michelle Chynoweth:

                                              SUSAN REISS; LYNN AULD SCHWARTZ; MICHELE CHYNOWETHER



 Poetry  Sessions

CHRIS SOLERNO – Writing the Contemporary Lyric Poem

NANCY MITCHELL – Make it Sound True:  A Guide to Hijacking Your Reader's Heart

KIM ROBERTS – The Insectanuum:  Small Life Forms in Poetry

CHRISTOPHER T. GEORGE   – Resilience, Trauma & Autobiographical Poetry

GERRY LAFEMINA  – The Chapbook 

BHODI TIMS – Mining the World of Science for Ideas & Language to Expand Your Poetry


 Publishing & Marketing Sessions

SOPHIE MOSS – Secrets to a Successful Writing Career

ARIELE SEILING – Your Book, Your Way: Setp-by-Step Self-Publishing 

DIANNE L. PEARCE – Don't Die with Your Secret: Completing Your Work for Publication 

ALLY MACHATE – Perfecting Your  Author Platform

PAT VALDATA & KIM ROBERTS– Residencies & Fellowships 

KENTON KILGORE – Hand-selling Books, Making Money & Winning Fans 


 Children & Creative Nonfiction Sessions

MARY McCARTHY – Meditative Journaling 

DAVID OATES – The Art & Seriousness of Humor Writing 

LAURA J. OLIVER  – Micro Creative Nonfiction 

CHRIS GRABENSTEIN (via Skype)  – Everything You Want to Know About Everything You Want to Know

MATTHEW SWANSON & ROBBI BEHR  – The Secrets of Collaboration 

                                       THE PICTURE BOOK PANEL DISCUSSION: (Moderated by Behr & Swanson)

JAMER BURD BREWSTER; CAROL FRANKS-RANDALL; MICHELLE MEADOWS




Bay to Ocean Writers Conference

March 9, 2019

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