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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. 

Thanks 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.

Bay to Ocean 2019 Photo Gallery : See the photos.

Below is a list of sessions. Click the large blue labels to read session summaries and speaker bios for that track.

BTO 2019 -- Sessions

Keynote Address

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

 Craft  Sessions

CHRISTINE Stewart and Ann Tatro – Grants and Fellowships 

EDITORS' PANEL - What Are We Looking For - Moderated by Gregg Wilhem: with Christine Stewart, Chris Salerno, Kim Robers & 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  –Moderated by Michele Chynoweth, with Susan Reiss & 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 

BhodiI Tims – Mining the World of Science  for Ideas & Language to Expand Your Poetry

 Publishing, Marketing, Editing

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 

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 

Picture Book Panel: (Moderated by Behr & Swanson) with James Burd Brewster; Carol Franks-Randall; Michelle Meadows




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