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Bay to Ocean Conference 2019

Save the date for the next Bay to Ocean Writers Conference: March 9, 2019

Save the date for the next Bay to Ocean Writers Conference: March 9, 2019.

Thanks to everyone who attended and presented at the 2018 Bay to Ocean Writers Conference, held March 10, 2018 at Chesapeake Community College in Wye Mills, Md.

BTO is a one-day event sponsored by the Eastern Shore Writers Association featuring accomplished authors, poets, film writers and other instructors. 

BTO has issued a Call for Speaker Proposals for the 2019 conference. Find out more and submit a proposal here if you're interested in applying to conduct a seminar or workshop next year:

2018 BTO Program

Keynote Address

CHRISTOPHER TILGHMAN – Notes From a Writer's Life

Craft of Writing Sessions

ROBERT BIDINOTTO – Fill Your Story with Irresistible Suspense

NANCY NORTHCOTT – The Ups and Downs of Writing a Fight Scene

JUDITH REVEAL– Viewpoint/ Point of View

JANET BODNAR – How To Write—and -- Sell Articles That Inform and Columns That Entertain

PANEL: SYL SOBEL, TIM YOUNG, JACQUELINE JULES ​– The Craft of Writing for Children

JEANNE ADAMS – Plotting for Panzters, Or, How to Get to The End

JEANNE ADAMS – Mauled Men, Drowned Dames, and Crispy Critters, A Body Disposal Primer for Writers

KATHRYN JOHNSON  – Everything You Need to Know to Write Your First (Or Next) Novel


Genre Sessions

KATHRYN JOHNSON  – The Rebirth of Historical Fiction

KENTON KILGORE – Tenets of Technical Writing

LESLIE WALKER – Blogging 3.0: How Authors Use Blogs


Publishing & Marketing Sessions

CYNTHIA BLAKE SANDERS – Legal Considerations for Writers

MOLLY WINANS – How to Think Like an Editor

KENTON KILGORE – Hand-Selling Books: What I’ve Learned the Hard Way

LORIANN OBERLIN – Boost Your Bank Account by Writing

ROBERT BIDINOTTO – Target Your Readers to Maximize Sales

MICHELE CHYNOWETH – Speakers Sell Books


Social Media for Writers Sessions

LAURA REETH – Social Media & Advanced Marketing for Published Authors

LEIGH-ANN LAWRENCE – Branding You: How to Build Your Personal Brand Online

STEPHANIE FOWLER & TONY RUSSO – Podcasting: “So, What's Your Story?” 


Poetry Sessions

SUE ELLEN THOMPSON – Poetry as Autobiography

NANCY MITCHELL  – Poetry Reverie via a Rendezvous with the Sensuous

FENIX YOUTH PROJECT/AMBER GREEN  – The Last Word: Poetry as Activism


Bay to Ocean Writers Conference

March 10, 2018

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