2018 Nebraska Festival of the Book

2018 Nebraska Festival of the Book
August 25, UNL City Campus Union, 1400 R Street
Nebraska Writers Guild Room Schedule
9:00 Author Readings 
by Cort Fernald, Michel Meyers, Charlene Pierce
9:30 “Cleaning Up Your Manuscript: Revising Your Manuscript One Writing Craft Skill at a Time”
by Margaret Lukas
To improve your writing and bring a professional shine to your manuscript, we recommend doing a separate revision of your manuscript for each of the following writing craft issues: adverb use, sticky sentences, strong verbs, sentence length, overused verbs, clichés, redundancies, solid transitions, deadwood, purple prose, pronoun use, and more.
Margaret Lukas is a retired professor in UNO’s Creative Writing program. Margaret received her MFA from Rainier Writing Workshop in Tacoma, Washington. She is a contributor to  NEBRASKAland magazine and an editor for the quarterly literary journal, Fine Lines. Her award-winning short story, “The Yellow Bird,” was made into a short film and premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. She is a recipient of a 2009 Nebraska Arts Council Individual Artist fellowship. Her first novel Farthest House was published in January 2014.
10:15 “Voice from the Plains” Readings and Book Signing
by Charlene Pierce, Kolleen Meyer-Krikac, Margie Lukas, and Cort Fernald
“The first literary anthology published by the Nebraska Writers Guild since 1967, “Voices From the Plains” contains stunning works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry by more than 60 contemporary Nebraska authors. Readers will find essays, memoirs, short stories, poetry and excerpts of novels, constituting a diverse picture of Nebraska’s literary talent.” (Lincoln Journal Star) 
11:00 “Let's Have A Dialogue About Dialogue”
by Johnnye Gerhardt
Great dialogue is more than a craft; it's an art. Make the dialogue work to flesh out your characters and move your story forward. This is an interactive workshop. Bring writer's tools--you know, pens/pencils and stuff. 
While working for an advertising agency, Johnnye wrote a commercial that ended up airing during the Super Bowl. During that time, she won an Ad Club Award for an advertising campaign. Ms. Gerhardt then managed an Agency Media Department where she won a Certificate of Excellence Award for a creative training video she wrote, directed, and edited. Johnnye studied screenwriting under Michael Hague, Professor Linda Voorhees of the UCLA School of Film, and Bob Pederson out of New York. She is a graduate of Professor Lew Hunter's Screenwriting Colony. Ms. Gerhardt has written over 50 short stories, most of which have been published. Most recently, two appeared in the anthology, "Misbehaving Nebraskans." One of those won a judges award. Three of her scripts made the finals of the Omaha Film Festival where she also acted and narrated in their Writer's Theater. One of her scripts was optioned and two are in development.
Johnnye has been an acquisition and contract editor for a small press, and editor for Fine Lines Literary Magazine. She lectures on screenwriting, characterization, dialogue, and grammar at schools, conferences, and festivals. Ms. Gerhardt serves as Secretary on the Nebraska Film Association Board of Directors and formerly served on the Nebraska Writers Guild Board of Directors. She is on the Governor's Education Outreach Speakers Bureau. Johnnye is a member of Omaha+ Screenwriters, the Nebraska Writers Guild, the Nebraska Writers Workshop, and the Nebraska Independent Film Project.
11:45 Bring Your Lunch! 
join Katherine Wielechowski and Sarah Buhrman
Having Fun With Writing Prompts! (a hands-on writing event for fun and laughter) - What do tea leaves, a mango, and wild hair have in common? They might all show up together in a writing prompt. Come have fun stitching words together that sometimes seem improbable.
1:30 “An Introduction to Writing Narrative Nonfiction”
Stew Magnuson will speak about the challenges of writing narrative nonfiction and use a passage from his award-winning book, The Death of Raymond Yellow Thunder, to show writers how to construct a scene based on research.
A native of Omaha, Nebraska, Stew Magnuson is a Washington, D.C. based journalist and the author of The Death of Raymond Yellow Thunder, an award-winning nonfiction book published by Texas Tech University Press.
His latest work is The Last American Highway: A Journey Through Time Down U.S. Route 83 in Texas. Nebraska-Kansas-Oklahoma, part two of his Highway 83 Chronicles series came out in 2015. Part one, The Dakotas, was released in 2014. He also penned Wounded Knee 1973: Still Bleeding, which was published ahead of the 40th anniversary of the Wounded Knee Occupation.
The Nebraska Center of the Book named The Death of Raymond Yellow Thunder the 2009 Nebraska Book of the Year in the nonfiction category and it was recently named one of the state’s 150 most important literary works.
Magnuson has traveled to all 50 U.S. states and visited or lived in 48 countries and is currently Editor in Chief of National Defense Magazine.
2:30 “Creating School Author Events that Get You Invited Again”
by Nancy Sharp Wagner
Public presentations intimidate most of us, but the skills can be learned and effectiveness mastered. Reaching your audience in the schools in a way that gets you invited back or invited to other locations is a primary outreach possibility for authors. Nancy remains in demand to do school presentations. She will share her skills and insights.
Nancy Sharp, a children’s author and educational writing consultant from Fremont, holds college degrees from U of N Lincoln & U of N Omaha. She is the author of Effie’s Image, The Flower Girl, The Ring Bear and The Flower Girl/The Ring Bear: A Flip-Over Book and the owner of the Nebraska-based publishing house, Prairieland Press.
3:30 “Self Publishing: A Viable Option for Authors”
by Lisa Pelto
In recent years, author income from self-publishing has continued to rise. Last report the Nebraska Writer Guild is aware of stated that in excess of 40% of all author income from books came from self-publishing. Come let Lisa clue you in on the basic demands of self-publishing and what you will need to do to capture a portion of this income stream.
Lisa Pelto is a Nebraska Author and President and Publisher Partner of Concierge Marketing Inc. in Omaha. Concierge is a full-service book marketing and publishing services provider specializing in helping authors who wish to explore self-publishing their books.
4:15 Author Readings 
by Johnnye Gerhardt, Kolleen Meyer-Krikac, Steve Bruttig, Cort Fernald, and Laura Madeline Wiseman more
These Nebraska authors will read from their writings and be available to sign their books.