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All times are listed in Central Time.

Registration for Traditional Author Weekend is required to attend the sessions below, unless otherwise noted. 


Saturday, January 21

Time  Event

9:00 - 9:10 a.m.

Welcome from RWA President Clair Brett

9:15 - 9:30 a.m.

Keynote with Priscilla Oliveras

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Understanding Publishing Lines: Write a Manuscript that Fits
Panelists: Leticia Gomez (Kensington Publishing), Candace Havens, Leah Hultenschmidt (Forever), La Sheera Lee (SBR Media), and Morena Stamm (The Wild Rose Press)

10:45 - 11:45 a.m.

Do the Research: Agents' and Editors' Wish List and Submission Guidelines
Panelists: Michelle Klayman (Boroughs Publishing), Morena Stamm (The Wild Rose Press), and Leslie Truex (Blue Ridge Agency)

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Writing a Query Letter and Synopsis: Preparing the Submission Material
Presenter: Candace Havens

1:15 - 2:15 p.m.

The Best Pitches
Presenter: Leticia Gomez (Kensington Publishing) and Morena Stamm (The Wild Rose Press)
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. From Contract to Bookshelf
Panelists: Leah Hultenschmidt (Forever), Peggy Jaeger, and LaQuette

3:45 - 5:15 p.m.

After Hours Fun
Host: A.M. Roark

Sunday, January 22

Time  Event

9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Copyrights and Contracts
Presenter: Jode Millman
10:15 - 11:15 a.m.
How Many No's Before I Got a Yes
Panelists: Sonali Dev, Peggy Jaeger, Thien-Kim Lam, Mia P. Manansala, Ella Quinn, Reese Ryan, & Naima Simone

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

Public Relations and Marketing for Traditional Authors
Presenter: Athena Hernandez

12:45 - 1:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks