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March 9, 2019

The 22nd annual Bay to Ocean Writers Conference featured an exciting lineup of 30 different workshops and classes from accomplished authors, poets, film writers and other instructors. 

*** SOLD OUT ***

Thank you to all of our presenters, attendees and volunteers who helped make the 2019 BTO conference a great success. Please check back here later this spring for details about the 2020 BTO. 

The 2019 conference took place on Saturday, March 9, 2019, at Chesapeake College on Maryland's Eastern Shore 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. Registration, now closed, was on the event page

To read detailed descriptions of sessions and speaker bios, click on each of the Sessions Titles below -- or browse the session summaries by using the list of tracks in the sidebar to the right.

The full 2019 program brochure is online: download it here.


TRAVEL & HOTELS

Chesapeake College is located in at the intersection of U.S. Route 50 and Md. Rt. 213 in Queen Anne's County, 15 miles east of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Directions.

Its central location in Delmarva makes the college about an hour's drive from Washington's Capital Beltway, the Baltimore Beltway or Dover, Delaware.  It's only slightly farther to Salisbury, Md.  (75 minutes) or Rehoboth Beach, De. (90 minutes.)

Attendees looking for overnight accommodations should consider the Holiday Inn Express Easton about 13 miles east of the college on US Rt. 50 in Easton, Md. It has reserved a block of rooms for BTO attendees at the nightly rate of $125. Reservations must be made by February 8, 2019 by calling 410-819-6500 and mentioning the conference name.

 Attendees from the Western Shore might consider hotels closer to the Bay Bridge on or near Kent Island, including the Holiday Inn Express Annapolis East-Kent Island; the Best Western Kent Narrows Inn; or the Hilton Garden Inn Kent Island.

Below is an outline of the program. Click any green session button to read bios of the speakers and details for workshops in that track.

2019 BTO Program

Keynote Address

GREGG WILHELM 

                              WRITERLY RUTS: Step Out of Your Comfort Zone to Improve Your Writing 


 Craft  Sessions

CHRISTINE STEWART and ANN TATRO Grants / Fellowships 


THE EDITORS' PANEL - What Are We Looking For?

Moderated by Gregg Wilhem: with

CHRISTINE STEWART, CHRIS SALERNO, KIM ROBERTS,  

and GERRY LAFEMINA


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


AUSTIN CAMACHO - Writing Winning Dialogue

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

MICHELE CHYNOWETH:

                                             WITH SUSAN REISS AND LYNN AULD SCHWARTZ; 

                                                

 

 Poetry  Sessions

CHRIS SALERNO – 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 SIELING – Your Book, Your Way:

Step-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)

JAMES BURD BREWSTER; CAROL FRANKS-RANDALL;

MICHELLE MEADOWS




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