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.
WRITERLY RUTS: Step Out of Your Comfort Zone to Improve Your Writing
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
WITH SUSAN REISS AND LYNN AULD SCHWARTZ
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
SOPHIE MOSS – Secrets to a Successful Writing Career
ARIELE SIELING – Your Book, Your Way:
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
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;