2017 Nebraska Writers Guild Spring Writers' Conference - April 7th-8th 2017
LaVista Conference Center - 12520 Westport Pkwy, LaVista NE 68128
Friday, April 7th
3:00 - 5:30pm - Verbal Pitch Practice with review (Members Only)
FREE - Elective Workshops - Open to the Public (no registration needed):
3:00 - 3:45pm - Fire Alarm and Access Control Systems for the Author, by Don Dingman
It's as much fun as reading law books in college. but with the right tidbits of information, an author can have their antagonist save the day. It will also help in real life since my talk will include real life situations I have encountered. Hollywood gets it wrong a lot of times.
- Meet The Author - A Fresh Approach for Shy Authors, by Marilyn Coffey
Take the fear out of marketing yourself. Learn about Marilyn Coffey, the person, by participating in a real life author presentation by Marilyn that will demonstrate a creative way to handle your own opportunities, nervousness, and fear of public speaking.
4:00 - 4:45pm - GRAMMAR: Tell It Like It Really Is Or Really Tell It Like It Is, by Johnnye Gerhardt (a self-proclaimed grammar Nazi)
This workshop contains actual Facebook Memes to demonstrate what not to do. There will also be connections to Johnny Depp and how grammar can cause problems in who loves who most. And bring pencils, pens, or your favorite mode of writing for some exercises. We're going to change the meaning of a sentence several times using only one word. If you've heard about split infinitives but never knew what they were, this is the place to find out. You'll be surprised to find out how old they are.
- Creativity, A Whack on the Head, by Connie Spittler
To open your mind, generate ideas, find different ways of reaching solutions. Bring pen/pencil and paper.
5:00 - 5:45pm - Historical Research - Resources & Methods, by Faith Colburn
- Author Takeovers, by Sarah Buhrman
The Lady in Green Lipstick. Feed your curiosity. Is this a writers beware workshop? Or is this about promotion like you have never heard it before. Either way, it's bound to be creative, titillating, and worth the drive. So, get your ... in the chair.
6:00pm - Register and Meet and Mingle (Open to the Public)
7:00 - 9:00pm - Readings from NWG Members. A wonderful way to get a taste of what members are writing about. (Open to the Public)
Readers sign up at the door!
Saturday, April 8th
Must Register to Attend
8:00am - Registration
8:30am - Welcome and Announcements
8:45am - Malaga Baldi - What I've Learned, What I tell Writers, and What I'm looking for; an Agent's Perspective on Publishing - Learn from an experienced literary agent on what to do, and what not to do when trying to get published.
10:00am - Break
10:30am - George Ayoub - Mistakes or Other Things that Reveal an Author is a Newbie - Learn the top things you shouldn't do as a new author!
11:45am - Break for Lunch (not provided)
1:15pm - Business Meeting
1:45pm - Break
2:00pm - Andy Ross - Slush Pile Derby - First paragraph weaknesses and strengths - from a real slush pile! Learn how to strengthen your own writing.
3:15pm - Break
3:45pm - Danny Manus - The Antagonist’s Journey - Using examples of Hollywood’s greatest villains, we will go over the pathology of antagonists, how to take popular villain archetypes to the next level, how to create relatable motivations, powerful backstories, and follow the Antagonist’s Journey beat sheet to make your bad guys oh so good!
5:00pm - Raffle Drawings, Evaluations, Closing - Don’t leave early—you’ll miss out on some great prizes! And don’t forget to fill out an evaluation and tell us how we did. Let us know what you liked. Let us know where we can improve. Share your ideas. Do you have a talent that you would like to share with the Guild? Let us know. As the Guild grows, we’ll need more volunteers!
5:50 - 7:00pm – BARED Reading: the Body & its Adornments. - A themed readings on “the body and its adornments” open to all NWG members and/or poets collected in the new anthology BARED, edited by Laura Madeline Wiseman. Sign up at the conference!
More about the Speakers Coming this Spring!
Danny Manus – No Bull Script Consulting
Danny Manus parlayed his career as a development executive in Hollywood to becoming an in-demand script consultant and founder of No BullScript Consulting. The author of “No BS for Screenwriters: Advice from the Executive Perspective,” which is now in its 2nd Edition, Danny was ranked in the Top 15 “Cream of the Crop” Script Consultants by Creative Screenwriting Magazine and was named one of Screencraft’s “25 People Screenwriters Should Follow on Twitter”.
George Ayoub – Creative Writer, Retired Journalist
George Ayoub, a native son of Nebraska, has spent his life reading, speaking, and writing words. Trained in broadcast journalism, George gravitated to traditional newspapers and rode the major changes in that writing area all the way to on-line content development. He has written columns for publication for years, continued creative writing, taught writing, and taught political science, ethics, and persuasion. Recently retired, George brings to us wisdom about the writing path and knowledge related to avoiding the marks and pitfalls of being a ‘newbie’ writer.
Andy Ross – Andy Ross Literary Agency
Andy Ross started his literary agency in February 2008. Prior to becoming an agent, he was the owner of Cody’s Books in Berkeley, California for 30 years. He bought most of the new titles for the bookstore. Some of them worked, and some of them didn’t. The largest selling book Cody’s ever had was the autobiography of Bill Clinton. It sold 2500 copies in one day, the day he came to the store to sign books. Andy represents authors who write books in a wide range of subjects: narrative non-fiction, science, journalism, history, current affairs, contemporary culture, religion, children’s books, and commercial and literary fiction.
Malaga Baldi – Agent & Owner Baldi Agency in New York City
Malaga Baldi has worked as an independent literary agent since 1986. The Baldi Agency is an eclectic agency specializing in literary fiction, memoir and cultural history. She worked as a cashier at Gotham Book Mart, in the Ballantine Books Publicity Department, as an associate at Candida Donadio & Associates and the Elaine Markson Agency before going out on her own. Baldi believes the strength of the author's voice and the heart of the story to be key when considering new work.