Bay to Ocean Writers Conference

March 7, 2020

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Bay to Ocean Writers Conference 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. 

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 summer 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.

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


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

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

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

  • Breaking-Tecumsehs-Curse
  • winning-short-stories
  • mission-boy-front-cover-135-x-200
  • Whispering-Vines_
  • Trees-will-clap
  • BookCoverPreviewMADC.do_
  • Delmarva-Legends
  • Haunted-Mindie
  • Rose-the-chase-book
  • Anna-Gill-book
  • Young-Mariner
  • Better-or-for-Verse
  • PRS-ARTFINAL-COVER-ELAINE-PATTERSON-A-brief-relation-of...-Book-1
  • Delmarva-Review-2016
  • Capitol-Kid-v3-Front-Cover
  • dchesapeake3hd
  • Book-Cover-Front-January-30th-2016
  • ESWA-history
  • Nature-Bible
  • Taste-of-Salt
  • Lost-and-Found
  • Valdatacoverfront_small
  • oblatesconfession-featured-350x306
  • Steamboats
  • Moonrise-Gail-Priest
  • Shadow-of-Whimsy-Medium
  • Faithful One
  • Road Trips
  • Adventures of Natalie Hill
  • Macy the Mermaid
  • Shattered (Memoirs of an Amnesiac)
  • Alfred and His Friends
  • Abandoned Homes:  Vietnam Revenge Murders
  • Second Chances
  • Baltimore Girls
  • On to Africa
  • Overcoming Passive-Agression
  • Words for Cats
  • HostaSeizure
  • Slideways Jeff Grode
  • DogBitch
  • Where Have All the Muskets Gone
  • Book of Boems
  • Traveling Moons
  • Where Have All the Muskets Gone
  • Altered Seasons
  • playground heroes cover
  • ranger
  • The Path Taken
  • Taylor book cover

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