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Conference Schedule

Conference Schedule

Please note that the conference schedule is subject to change. For additional information about any of the faculty select it from the top menu.

7:00am          Class 1 (Room 1) Amy Brewer
                      How Deep Relaxation and Being Present Can Help a Writer to Accept Negative Feedback

As a certified yoga teacher, Amy will encourage attendees to do some chair stretches and deep breathing exercises to calm and relax them. Her interaction will also drive the workshop toward the logical understanding that negative feedback or unpleasant editing suggestions are not meant to be personal, and if they can find presence outside their story life, they can gain perspective that will lead to acceptance.

8:00am          Registration (Lobby)

9:00am          Opening Statement by MWG President George Sirois (Banquet Hall)

9:30am          Workshops Begin

Class 1 (Room 1) Amy Brewer & Patty Carothers
The Perfect Pitch Session

Are you freaked out to pitch to an agent? Are you afraid that if you screw up you will lose your shot at being published? Have no fear, Amy and Patty are here to guide you through a pitch experience. From the initial hello to the closing, they will answer all of your questions and help you feel secure in your pitch. They will highlight exactly what needs to be communicated to an agent regarding your manuscript. The class will even have an exercise where you pitch your book to the person sitting next to you, and when they pitch back to you, you get to be in the agents chair.

Class 1 (Room 2) JeriAnn Geller & Michael Ruscoe
Journalistic Standards in the 21st Century

We live in a time in which anyone with access to the Internet believes that he or she can be a “reporter,” without recognizing the standards with which professional journalists are trained. This session will discuss what these standards are, and how they can enhance any kind of writing, including both fiction and non-fiction.

Novel Development / One-on-One with Pro Members Meghan Pinson & Jennifer Stolzer and Agent Jennifer Haskin (Room 3)


10:30am        Second Classroom Session

Class 2 (Room 1) Amy Brewer & Patty Carothers
How to Create a Character That Jumps Off the Page

In almost a game show-like fashion, Amy & Patty use loads of visuals and audience participation to create a protagonist and an antagonist that feel alive. They will talk about how authors can apply what they had done to their writing.

Class 2 (Room 2) JeriAnn Geller & Michael Ruscoe
Applying Fiction Techniques to Your Memoirs

JeriAnn Geller & Michael Ruscoe are leading a session about how elements of fiction writing can be used in your memoirs.

Novel Development / One-on-One with Pro Members Meghan Pinson & Jennifer Stolzer and Agent Jennifer Haskin (Room 3)


11:30am        Third Classroom Session

Class 3 (Room 1) Liz Schulte
Creating an Author Platform

Class 3 (Room 2) Patty Carothers
Plotting a Successful Story Arc

There are a few different techniques that will be discussed pertaining to plotting a successful story from start to finish.

Novel Development / One-on-One with Pro Members Meghan Pinson & Jennifer Stolzer and Agent Jennifer Haskin (Room 3)


12:30pm        Lunch Buffet (Banquet Hall)

Presentation of Honorary MWG Member Susan Swartwout Award


1:30pm          First-Page Reads (Banquet Hall)


2:30pm         Fourth Classroom Session

Class 4 (Room 1) Marideth Sisco
Creating a Narrative with a Different Medium

Class 4 (Room 2) Wayne Ude
Who Are These People, Anyway? A Look At Characters and Characterization

As writers, we use the word “character” to refer to a person in a story or play. In daily life, we might use “character” in at least two additional ways: “He’s quite a character” probably means unusual, perhaps a bit strange, not that he just stepped out of a work of literature (in which case, he’s probably taken a look around and is trying to figure out how to get back in). “She’s got a lot of character” conveys honest, reliable, trustworthy, steadfast—not a split personality with a lot of characters within. We’ll explore what characters are and ways characters may be represented. Along the way we may try to figure out how to go about creating characters—which is a different thing from representing a character once created.

Agent / Publisher / Editor Pitching (Room 3)


3:30pm          Fifth Classroom Session

Class 5 (Room 1) Guy Anthony De Marco
Writing for Different Genres

Class 5 (Room 2) Wayne Ude
Creating Your Writing Persona

Your writing persona is the second self you become or create when you sit down to write – the self who’s wiser, more objective, more fully aware than you know your daily self to be – and who can see straight through to the truth about your characters, your material, your stories, your poems, and therefore keeps you at your best. We’ll explore ways to create that persona as well as ways that persona shows up on the page.

Agent / Publisher / Editor Pitching (Room 3)


4:30pm          Networking / Book Signing (Lobby – Continues until 6pm)


5:00pm          Missouri Writers Guild Annual Business Meeting (Room 1)


6:00pm          Dinner Buffet (Banquet Hall)

Announcement of Presidents’ Contest Winners

Announcement of Ten Pillars & 2018-2019 Board

Keynote Speaker Marideth Sisco and friends


8:00pm          After-Conference Networking & Mingling (Garden Grille & Bar)

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