Organized and sponsored by the nonprofit Eastern Shore Writers Association, the Bay to Ocean Writers Conference (BTO) is dedicated to providing first-rate educational sessions and inspirational tips across a variety of writing genres. Choose a track to follow, or mix it up and select sessions that are just right for you!
This year’s keynote speaker is Grace Cavalieri and features six tracks with thirty-one sessions to help writers develop their craft, edit, publish, and market their writing. The sessions, all 50-minutes in length, are carefully designed to help attendees generate solid writing, hone their craft, and ask pointed questions of published and award-winning presenters about the process.
Thirty-One Sessions to Choose from!
Using Joseph Campbell's ˜Hero Cycle" to Create Character and to Develop Plot
Be Be a Plotter AND a Pantser – Plan Your Novel So It’s Easy to Write!
Calm and Chaos: Mastering the Art of Narrative Tension
He Said, She Said: The Art of Writing Dialogue
Navigating the Literary Landscape to Land on the Editor's Desk with a Yes!
Special Session: Poetic Yoga
Fruitful Frustration and Resistance: the Energy of Poetic Constraints
Braiding Voices: A Collaborative Generative Workshop
How to Get Out of Your Way and Let the Poem Have Its Say
Getting Unstuck: Experimental Poetic Form & Technique
The Poetry of Migration
No Red Bows: How to End an Essay (or any work, really) Meaningfully, Honestly, and “Perhaps" Openly
Is Your Nonfiction Book Naked? Maybe It Needs an Index...
From Memories to Memoir
Navigating Trauma in Memoir
How to Write a Braided Essay
CRAFT / EDITING
Spells or Newscasts?
Bronco Poetics: How to Ride Line Breaks Deeper into the Narrative Process
The Art of the Critique: It's Not Rocket Science; It's MUCH Tougher Than That
Familiar History: Using Family Stories and Hands-On Research to Bring the Past Alive
The Tales, the Traumas, the Beauty, the Poetry and the Music of Ireland
PUBLISHING / MARKETING / PROMOTION
Personal Brand Strategy for Writers
Stop Struggling With Social Media - Everything You Need to Know to Harness the Power of the Internet
Making Money As a Freelance Writer
Let's Chat About AI: How Is AI Impacting Writers and Publishers
Are you Publicist Ready?
SPECIALTY / INSPIRATION
Facing Your Writing Fears
A Place to Stand: Staying Grounded in the Writing Life
The Disappearing Bookshelf: Why You Should Write Kidlit in the Era of Book Challenges
Archetypes, Metaphors, and Mental Musings – How Do Your Writing Ideas Manifest?
Art at Night (but During the Day): Ekphrastic Writing
Highlights from the 2023 Bay to Ocean Writers Conference
Saturday, March 4th, 2023 was dedicated to providing first-rate educational sessions and inspirational tips across a variety of writing genres. Featuring six tracks with thirty sessions helping
writers develop their craft, edit, publish and market their writing. The 2023 conference included a keynote by Mariah Burton Nelson.
Learn all about last year’s sessions by viewing the full Program PDF at the link below.2023 Conference Program PDF