Keynote Speaker

Catherine Bybee

Keynote Speaker

Catherine Bybee is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-five books that have collectively sold more than eight million copies and have been translated into twelve languages. Raised in Washington State, Bybee moved to Southern California in hopes of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full-time and has penned the Not Quite series, the Weekday Brides series, and the Most Likely To series.



Chasity Bowlin

Career Planning for Newbie (and Oldie) Authors

You can fly by the seat of your pants writing your books, but not mapping out your career and what it takes to be a professional author without the safety net of a day job. This workshop will touch on how to plan financially for taxes, health insurance, unexpected business expenses and the importance of utilizing technology to stay abreast of book keeping when you're not the most diligent at it. We'll also talk about what it takes to make it as a mid-list author in today's market by discussing how many books to publish per year, how length of books can impact your number of releases and your bottom line. In short, this is the down, dirty, and sometimes ugly truth about how unglamorous the #writinglife really is. 

Allie Pleiter

Dynamic Dialogue

Sure, dialogue records conversation.  But it can do so much more--if you know how to wield it.  Dialogue can provide subtle backstory, vivid characterization, or shoot a plot forward at high speed.  Great dialogue is memorable and effective.  Bad dialogue is cumbersome and can turn your reader (or potential editor) off quickly.  Multipublished author Allie Pleiter leads you through all the ways you can use dialogue within your story to pack a far bigger punch than “she said.” 

Samantha C. Cole

The Right to Remain Silent: Writing Police Procedure

TV and movie writers and directors are working with time constraints, having the actors solve a crime in an hour or two, so they take liberties with how the police conduct arrests and investigations. However, as authors, we have all the time we need to get the scenes correct. We don't want to lose a reader because we didn't write the proper way to do something and they know it. In this class, you'll learn how to write believable and accurate arrest and police procedure scenes. The information may also help you plot ways for evidence to be thrown out and a suspect to go free.  

Shannon Nemechek 

Writing Believable Military Characters

It’s not news to you that one of the biggest challenges in writing is creating authentic scenes, settings, and dialogue that make the story feel real. Sometimes, especially with the military, the obstacles are huge and when you’re dealing with very realistic scenes, settings, characters, and readers who are quite familiar with all of those, it becomes an even more daunting task. One of the toughest things to write is writing something you don’t know. 

Many service members are huge readers, and they know when you are ate up. So if you don’t want to get called out or get a scathing email then I think this presentation is for you.

Also featuring

Suzan Tisdale
Hallee Bridgeman
Gregg Bridgeman
Lynn Crandall

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