MWSA Annual General Membership
and Joint Conference
 Agenda

Albuquerque, NM
Current as of 6/2/2019

Thursday, September 12—Franciscan Ballroom

5:30 - 7:00 PM

Opening reception [start time is tentative and may shift by a half hour]

Friday, September 13—Franciscan Ballroom

8:00 - 9:00

Opening: Welcome to the conference–Rose Kern and Bob Doerr

Administrative Remarks–Jim Tritten

Book Sales and Table Displays–ReVaH Loring and Circe Woessner

Trivia Questions Icebreaker–Hugh Simpson, Melody Groves, and/or Phil Keith

Sign-ups for Open Mike–Jack London

Sign-ups for Mentoring–Joe Badal

9:00 - 9:30

Publishing: From Writer to Published Author: What does it take to become published today?–Geoff Habiger

9:30 - 10:30

Panel: Research and those pesky details–Ann Zeigler, Bob Worthington, RJ Mirabal,  Ted Spitzmiller (Moderator)

10:30 - 10:45

Break

10:45 - 11:15

Skills: Creating a controlling premise–Chris Goff

11:15 - 12:00

Panel: Getting to the Finish Line (Critique groups, Hard lessons the easy way, Chapter endings)–Pat Walkow, RJ Mirabal, Jack London, Loretta Hall (Moderator)

12:00 - 1:00

Lunch: Speaker–Jack London

1:00 - 2:00

Inspiration: Stealing from the Greats: Inspiration From and Retellings of Famous Works–Jonatha Kottler

2:00 - 3:15

Panel: Targeted Writing (Trade magazines, Thrillers, Memoir)–Loretta Hall, Brinn Colenda, Ruth Crocker, Jacqueline Loring, Nancy Arbuthnot (Moderator)

3:15 - 3:39

Break

3:30 - 4:00

Inspiration: Fellowship with other writers and published authors who have traveled the path–Hugh Simpson

4:00 - 4:30

Inspiration: The Writer’s Journey–Ruth Crocker

4:30 - 6:00

Open Mike:  Writers read their work for 3 min.–Jack London

Saturday, September 14Franciscan Ballroom

8:00 - 9:00

Panel: Characters (Development & Using historical figures)–Janet Brennan, Kari Bovee, Chris Goff, Joe Badal (Moderator)

9:00 - 9:45

Scenes: Let's Make a Scene–Charlene Dietz

9:45 - 10:00

Break

10:00 - 10:30

Skills: Writing a memoir or non-fiction piece–Nancy Arbuthnot

                

10:30 - 11:15

Skills: Suspense elements that translate to every genre–Chris Goff

11:15 - 12:00

Panel: Publishing options (Amazon, Traditional and non-traditional)–Sonja Dewing, Marc Liebman, Pat Walkow, Chloe Rachel Gallaway (Moderator)

12:00 - 1:00

Lunch: Speaker–Rob Spiegel

1:00 - 1:45

Career: Overcoming a Late Start to Your Writing Career–Bob Kidera

1:45 - 2:45

Panel: Marketing (Digital, Guerilla, Social media)–James Rosone, Marc Liebman, Dane Zeller, Sonja Dewing (Moderator)

2:45 - 3:00

Break

3:00 - 4:00

Skills: Becoming an Evocative Conveyor of Information–Ted Spitzmiller

4:00 - 5:00

Closing: Open Discussion–Rose Kern and Bob Doerr

6:00-?

Joint Awards Banquet

Sunday, September 15Franciscan Ballroom

8:00 - 9:00

Board Meeting

9:00 - 9:45

MWSA General Membership Meeting

9:45 - 10:00

Break

10:00 - 10:45

Membership Meeting, cont.

10:45 - 11:45

Training on how to review books and submit comments

Schedule for this morning is tentative and will be updated and revised by Bob Doerr, Joe Epley, and John Cathcart

Notes: