Conference Schedule - 2013

Write it Right Writers Conference

Conference Schedule

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Tamaqua Community Arts Center

125 Pine St., Tamaqua, PA 18252

8 a.m.

Registration and Networking

8:50 a.m.

Welcome and Announcements


9:00 – 9:50 a.m.

 “Poetry Writing Workshop”  Craig Czury

Participants will write from a prompt, discuss their process and read aloud among the group. We play a game with books like dominoes spread out on the floor.  You arrange one behind or alongside another. I arrange one, we take turns and ponder until each book together forms letters of the alphabet, until no book is left to play…we discover words. 

“Life Journaling”  Kathy Long

Find out how jotting a few lines a day can not only help you with your memory and writing skills but also improve your overall health and well being. Do you think that you have nothing interesting to write about? Think again. Get tips on how to pick moments from your history to write and talk about, to pass on oral tradition to future generations and keep those stories alive. 

10:00 –

10:50 a.m.

Secrets of Dramatic Tension: Creating a Page Turner”  Tracy L. Higley

“I couldn’t put it down!” Learn the secrets to creating fiction that will keep readers turning the pages of your novel long into the night, regardless of genre.

Writing for and About the YA Guy”  Nicole Andel

This session covers the dearth of male protagonists in YA novels, what young men want to read about and how their reading tastes may differ from young women’s.  Participants will brainstorm characteristics of YA male protagonists and ways to create a sustainable problem or conflict for these characters. 

11:00 –

11:50 a.m.

“10 Ways to Market Your Book in Person”  Jon Gibbs

So you’ve got a book out. You advertised it on your website, did the blog tour and promoted it on all manner of modern social media. Trouble is, with over 300,000 books published in America every year, there’s an awful lot of competition out there. So how else can you get the word out?  In this fun, interactive presentation, Gibbs shares advice on how to promote yourself and your work in person, even if your book’s only available in e-form.

“Poem Fusion Workshop”  Craig Czury

Participants will bring poems or prose writings to create a collective multi-voice poetry performance.  “I’ve been waiting for you to smile all day…because I had a dream about you last night…because I keep hearing your voice in my head… because I’m still trying to figure out…what you meant…when you said hmmmm…a little dark spot in space…like the Earth seen from a star?” 

“First-Page Reboot”  (Advance Submission Only-Limited to first 20 signing up) Kathryn Craft

Powering up a story is so challenging that most of our writing mistakes are apparent on a story’s first page—you know, that page the agent or editor or book buyer will look at to see if they’re interested. What needs to be there, and how do you include it all seamlessly? In this advance-submission workshop, Kathryn will assess participants’ first pages against a brief synopsis of the larger story to see what works and what could use revision. The first twenty conferees with qualifying entries will receive hard copy pages back at the conference, with comments. Common mistakes from the pages will be referenced during the session. 

Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Lunch and Keynote Speech

Keynote Speaker, Tracy L. Higley: 
“Finding Your Voice in a Noisy World”

     With the publishing industry in upheaval these days, writers are paying close attention to buzz words like “discoverability.” Where’s a writer to start?  Ideas for getting noticed are endless, from posting to tweeting to blogging and more. 

     All this chatter can easily drain away our writing time. We must find our truest voice in this noisy world, understand who we are as writers and make a plan that flows from and supports our authentic voice.

1:40 –

2:30 p.m.

Competent Characterization: Knowing When and What to Reveal”  Nicole Andel

Competent characterization does not reveal all the details the author knows about the character. The best authors know when and how to reveal enough about their characters, teasing out their vagaries, their uniqueness, without stripping them down to generic nakedness. Learn how critics analyze characterization in novels and short stories and find out ways writers can build better characters by keeping character note cards with physical and mental qualities as well as personal history and other defining characteristics.  

The ABCs of Public Speaking  Kathy Long

Learn tips for public speaking and some of the mistakes to avoid when you speak in front of a group. Learn the seven C's of Communication and how to Always Be Confident when talking to people.

2:40—3:30 p.m.

“Have blog…Want Readers”  Jon Gibbs

In this fun, interactive presentation, learn the who, why, what, where, when and how of using blogs and social media to promote yourself and your work. Starting from the easy bit, starting up a blog, to the hardest part, getting people to actually read your posts, discover and use some of the proven techniques Gibbs used to develop his blog, An Englishman in New Jersey (, which is now read in over thirty countries.

The Last Word on Endings  Kathryn Craft

Books are sold by the strength of their opening pages, but sold word-of-mouth by their endings. Many of us have heard, "This starts slow but hang in there, it all comes together in the end."  But who ever heard, "You'll love this—it starts with a bang then fizzles out altogether"? Take a look at what contributes to a satisfying story ending and receive a set of guidelines by which you can judge your own.

3:40 -4:30 p.m.

Door Prize Drawings/Author Book Fair

            You can download a 2013 Conference Registration Form here.  Check out the Schedule of Events to learn about the many writing-related programs this year that will be presented by industry professionals. 

            For more information about the Black Diamond Writers’ Network or the Write it Right writers’ conference, call Kathy Ruff at 570-645-3059 or email katrina at 

            Seating is limited, so send in your registration NOW.  Pre-register by Feb. 28 to save! 

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