Comprehensive Schedule

This is a preliminary schedule and subject to change. Note: Conference dates are confirmed; times are listed in Central Time.

Registration for conference is required to attend the events below, unless otherwise noted. 

 

Friday, August 28

Event
Time
Welcome 10:00 – 10:15 a.m.
Master Class: Guidance and Lessons Learned: Collaborative Worlds for Author Owners and Collaborators
10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 
Master Class: Growth Hacking a Bestseller 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 
Master Class: Mastering the Book: Agents Tell All   10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Networking Breakout Rooms  10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
Trade Show
10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. 
Librarians Day Keynote with Virginia Kantra
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Librarians Day Sessions
2:30 – 6:30 p.m. 
Workshop: Audiobooks 101
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. 
Workshop: Copyright and Contracts
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. 
Workshop: Hot With Plot
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. 
Workshop: Podcasting for Authors
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Workshop: Dark Moments and Killer Endings
4:30 – 5:30 p.m. 
Workshop: Plot or Pants with Scrivener 3
4:30 – 5:30 p.m. 
Workshop: Top 10 Checklist for a Successful Promo Push
4:30 – 5:30 p.m. 
Librarian/Bookseller Networking Event 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Write-In 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
   

Saturday, August 29

Event
Time
Write-In
8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Workshop: Pack Your Bags: Using Travel to Enhance Your Writing
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. 
Workshop: Planning Your Career: An Agent's POV
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. 
Workshop: A Critical Discussion on the History of Black Category Romance and Its Authors 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Networking Breakout Rooms  
10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
Trade Show  10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. 
Workshop: Laughter Is Serious Business
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 
Workshop: Marketing When Your Dough Is Low
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 
Workshop: Tell Me the Why: Character Motivation and Why It's an Important Part of Your Book
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 
Keynote with Xio Axelrod   1:00 – 2:00 p.m. 
Workshop: Bangin' Hot Betas
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Workshop: Inclusion in Practice with the Author-Editor Relationship
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. 
Workshop: Let's Talk About Sex
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. 
Workshop: Plot Smarter, Not Harder
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. 
Workshop: How to Edit Your Book Using Character-Driven Details
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. 
Workshop: Save Your Sanity - and Your Writing
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. 
Workshop: Six-Figure Serials
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. 
Workshop: Leverage Photoshop to Help You Sell
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. 
Workshop: Long Game
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. 
Workshop: Getting Real with Bloggers  5:30 – 7:30 p.m. 
Write-In 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
   

Sunday, August 30

Event
Time
Write-In 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Workshop: Moments of Brilliance: 3 Techniques for Creating a Sticky Story
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. 
Workshop: Writing Intimacy and Sexual Tension
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. 
Workshop: Turn That Book into a Movie Script
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
Networking Breakout Rooms  10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Workshop: Erotic Romance: A Journey of Heart and Sexuality 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Workshop: From Heart to Page to Print: A Primer Guide to Book Publishing 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Workshop: Not Just for Laughs 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Trade Show
10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. 
Keynote with Shirley Hailstock
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Workshop: Awaken the Senses
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Workshop: Quarantine Blues: Getting Your Mojo Back After a Major Event
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. 
Workshop: Writing Alpha Heroines: How to Create Alpha Heroines Who Prove that Femininity Is Fierce
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. 
Write-In 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.