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 Conference Overview & History

Every winter since 1998, the Bay to Ocean Writers Conference has brought together writers, editors, agents, and publishers from Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, and Washington, D.C. 

BTO is a nonprofit, volunteer-run conference sponsored by the Eastern Shore Writers Association. Our mission is to inform, encourage, and inspire writers and help them unravel the mysteries of the ever-changing publishing business. 

The first BTO conference was held 20 years ago by Friends of the Talbot County Free Library. It was and continues to be dedicated to the legacy of Gilbert Byron (1903-1991), who did more to capture the unique ambience of the Eastern Shore than any other writer in his time. To learn more about Gilbert Byron's novels, poetry, and essays and the museum celebrating his life, visit the Web site of the Pickering Creek Audubon Center.

2017 BTO Coordinating Committee

Rick Barton - Co-Coordinator

Judy Reveal, Co-Coordinator

Paul Briggs

Mala Burt

Jo Ebling

Bonnie Feldstein

Charlene Marcum

Diane Marquette

Anne McNulty

Loriann Oberlin

Suzanne Sanders

Amy Steward

​Anny Williams

Kathleen Winter

Ann Wilson

Hal Wilson

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Bay to Ocean Writers Conference

March 11, 2017

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