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THURSDAY

10:00 – 11:45, Registration

Location: The Saloon

No matter what day you arrive at the Experience Writing Conference, you will need to check in. Check in, or registration, will be held in the Saloon each day. Just belly up to the bar and let us know who you are, and we will confirm your experience and let you know where your accommodations are if you are staying at Frontier Cove. You will receive your conference packet. This packet will contain lots of conference information including the schedule and a map. As well, you will have the opportunity to meet other conferees and the speakers.

  • Check in and get your conference packet.
  • Receive your room assignment.
  • Grab some Experience Writing freebies.
  • Meet our amazing instructors.
  • Sign up for your one-on-one coaching session.
  • Grab your pencil and start to experience writing!

11:45 – 12:30, Lunch
Location: Lakeside Grill

Enjoy delicious food along with some delightful speaker introductions as you get an idea of what to expect–or not–from YOUR experience at the Experience Writing Conference!

12:30 – 1:20, Vision Casting

Location: The Saloon
Speakers: Mark & Janice

During this time, Mark and Janice will introduce you to the Experience Writing Conference and what YOU can expect from your writing experience!

1:30 – 2:45, Sense Writing

Location: The Saloon
Speaker: Tara Lynn Thompson

There is only one universal language, and it isn’t love. It’s smell. Also touch. Sight, as well as sound. Taste says a lot, too. Our senses are the common dialect of the world. We all know the stink of sewage, the pain of fire, and the beauty of a sunset. So, how can we create a living, breathing world that engages our reader’s senses in a way that intimately connects them to our writing? We do it by turning on our own senses in a way that may make it impossible to see the world or writing the same again. This interactive class will take your writing to a new level of engagement. Be prepared to be overwhelmed.

2:45 – 3:15, Gold Dig: Sense Writing & Snacks

Location: Campus Wide

This is your turn to put into practice what you’ve learned. You will have the freedom to explore Frontier Cove, its unique Old West streets, common areas, or hiking trails and, using your senses, to write what you experience!

3:15 – 3:45, Release the Novel – Round 1

Location: The Saloon
Speaker: Gina Conroy

Crafting your One-sentence Pitch Summary

Your one-sentence summary is not only your road map to keeping your story on track, but it’s also a necessary tool to pitch your story to an agent or editor. In this workshop, you will learn to write a powerful one-sentence summary that will stand out and capture the reader’s attention.

3:45 – 5:45, Free Time

Location: Frontier Cove activity areas or where ever you want to explorer on the property

It’s your time. Use it however you want to, or need to. You can take a nap, go for a hike, or participate in any of the offered activities Frontier Cove. Snacks are for sale in the General Store. The patio, behind the Lakeside Grill, offers nice views of Lake Hudson and could provide that perfect location for quiet time or a place to read a book or write one!

5:45 – 6:30, Dinner

Location: Lakeside Grill

Time for food, fun, and fellowship! Dinner is the perfect time to make a new friend, rub shoulders with a speaker, or share some of the gold you’ve been digging! Dinners will take place at the Lakeside Grill.

6:30 – 7:15, Mad Libs

Location: The Saloon

It’s wild, it’s crazy, hilarious, and just plain fun. During Mad Libs, you will have the opportunity to mingle with other conferees and have them help you fill in your story (Mad Lib). This will be a great time to meet people, find out a little about them, and exchange personal info so you may connect with them again during the conference and afterwards. Then there will be an opportunity to share the Mad Lib your new friends helped you write.

7:15 – 8:30, Keynote

Location: The Saloon
Speakers: Mark Brady & Janice Buswell

During this time, Mark and Janice will share their hearts as writers and a little bit of how their journeys began, as well as how this conference came about. They will explain the importance of knowing the truth of publishing and the power of not letting others define who you are or what you have to write.

8:30 – 9:30, Coaching Sessions

Location: The Saloon

Coaching Sessions are one-on-one time with a conference speaker of your choice. There will be sign-up sheets posted in the Saloon. You may only sign up for one session unless the conference director determines that everyone has had an opportunity to sign-up. This is a great opportunity to ask experts in the field specific questions about your book, your story, or your writing experience. If you come to the conference needing help to mine out a nugget that will advance your journey, or if you hear something in a talk that you want to know more about, then here is your opportunity. A one-on-one coaching session could be the gold you are looking for.

  • Signups lists posted in The Saloon.
  • Each session will last up to 25 minutes.
  • You must pay your coach upfront with cash only.
  • Each session is $25.00

 

FRIDAY

8:15 – 9:00, Breakfast

Location: Lakeside grill

A great way to wake up your day and fuel yourself for the full-on writing experience!

9:15 – 10:15, Pick Our Brains

Location: The Saloon
Speakers: All Instructors

This will be your opportunity to ask a panel, comprised of the conference speakers, any question you may have concerning writing, or the business of writing. By hearing someone else’s question during the panel, you may discover some info concerning a topic you never even thought about before. If your curiosity needs more, then you may want to sign up for a “Coaching Session” with one of the speakers.
You don’t want to miss this mining adventure.

10:15 – 10:30, Break

10:30 – 11:45, Breakout Sessions – Round 1

Come hear from experts the wisdom they’ve gleaned from their own writing experience. Take notes. Ask questions. Discover the gold. Get ready to make the experience your own!

  • Marketing Mastery by Tara Lynn Thompson
    Location: The Depot, Room 1
    You’ve got an amazing book. Now, you need to get it into the hands of people who will love it. But what marketing message works? How can you stand out among thousands? Is there a way to attract prospective readers even as a new author? Yes! Learn the “fill the need” technique advertising agencies use that can entice readers to your fiction. If you write thrillers, learn how to sell the excitement. If you write romance, sell the relationship. And more! Find out how to attract and woo the readers who will become your loyal fan base.
  • Finding Your Voice by Gina Conroy
    Location: The Saloon

    Let’s face it, anyone with an Amazon account can publish a book. But what makes a writer stand out is their ability to be heard above the noise of millions of other writers clamoring for a reader’s attention. Sure, getting your message to the right audience through marketing is important. So is writing an excellent book. But if you sound like every other author out there, your story may never be heard.

    What makes a writer stand out? It’s voice. A fabulously written novel aside, what differentiates you from other authors is how you tell your story through your unique voice. In this interactive session, you will learn the difference between a writer’s and a character’s voice. You will explore your unique life’s theme and the overall message you are meant to share with the world. Then through writing exercises, we will practice finding your voice so those destined to hear your message can find you.

  • Where Do I Start? by Janice Buswell
    Location: The Chapel
    How do I start my story? Let me count the ways… There are so many ways to approach the art and science of writing. Join Janice for a guided exploration of some of the common approaches and see which way—or even what unique approach—suits you!
  • Just Imagine by Mark Brady
    Location: The Depot, Room 2
    What’s the source of a good writer’s material? Do they have a secret source they go to when they need to produce? Do they buy their material from a store, or check it out from their local library? Perhaps they watch TV and movies, and use other’s ideas, but with a twist. Mark will share what the one guaranteed source is and how to use it, and where it comes from.
11:45 – 12:45, Lunch

Location: Lakeside Grill

Time to refuel and recharge for an afternoon full of gold-digging opportunities!

1:00 – 2:30, Breakout Sessions – Round 2

Come hear from experts the wisdom they’ve gleaned from their own writing experience. Take notes. Ask questions. Discover the gold. Get ready to make the experience your own!

  • Writing in the Right Context by Jared Buswell
    Location: The Saloon
    Location, location, location. That phrase is not just for real estate! Do you write in the right place? Do you get a lot done there? Is your writing location inspiring? Join Jared as he helps you identify where you should be writing, and why. How to spot the things around you that distract, or even keep you from writing.
  • Rhythm Writing by Tara Lynn Thompson
    Location: The Chapel
    Gloria Estefan famously warned, “The rhythm is gonna get you.” Take her seriously. It will. We can’t help but tap our feet, nod our heads, or do a little jig when a favorite song plays. It moves us. That rhythm drags us into the world of that song whether we want to go or not. Did you know that rhythm in your prose can do the same? It’s in there, woven in with the syllables and punctuation and word choices. We may not tap our feet while reading James Patterson, but, then again, maybe we do. Find out how to create your own rhythm and get your readers on the dance floor for the time of their life.
  • Cutting the Fat from Your WIP by Gina Conroy
    Location: The Depot, Room 1
    If you don’t catch a reader’s attention in 10-20 seconds, you’ve lost them. Even if you do manage to grab their interest, you only have a few more paragraphs (or chapters if they’re generous) to keep it. If they’re stumbling over your words or your message is cluttered and unclear, chances are high they will be gone for good.Whether you’re a new or experienced author, learning the art of self-editing is the key to keeping your readers’ attention and touching their hearts with your message. In this interactive workshop, you will learn to write tight, so your message can be heard by the heart of your reader. I will teach you several editing techniques I learned the hard way when I cut my 50,000 word mystery novel to 20,000 words.  We will work through some original scenes in my novella, Buried Deception, to see how I cut the fat without losing the integrity of the story, and how I turned it into a page-turner. Come prepared with something to edit and see how cutting the fat from your WIP (work in progress) gives your readers more.
  • What is the Goal? by Janice Buswell
    Location: The Depot, Room 2
    How do you bring a character to life? Sometimes we need a clear goal in life to get motivated to push through the conflict that opposes us. Funny thing is our characters need that, too! Learn how to craft compelling GMC’s (Goal, Motivation, Conflict) with Janice Buswell to learn how to bring your characters to LIFE. Your characters will have a reason to get up in the morning. And you will, too.
2:30 – 2:45, Break

2:45 – 3:15, Gold Dig: Activate What You’ve Learned

Location: Campus Wide

Here is an opportunity to reflect on what you have heard today, or to practice it. Make notes in your registration packet that will help remind you of these things when you return home. The gold of this conference will come when you apply the things that spoke to you, that excited your soul.

3:15 – 3:45, Release the Novel – Round 2

Location: The Saloon
Speaker: Gina Conroy

Creating Dynamic Characters with your B.E.S.T. F.R.I.E.N.D.

Your real life best friend is someone you like to spend time with. Think of your protagonist as your story B.E.S.T. F.R.I.E.N.D. , someone you will need to spend a lot of time with to discover and tell their story. In this workshop, we will use my B.E.S.T. F.R.I.E.N.D. worksheet to learn everything you need to know about your protagonist to craft a powerful and page-turning story.

3:45 – 5:45, Free Time

Location: Frontier Cove activity areas or where ever you want to explorer on the property

It’s your time. Use it however you want to, or need to. You can take a nap, go for a hike, or participate in any of the offered activities Frontier Cove. Snacks are for sale in the General Store. The patio, behind the Lakeside Grill, offers nice views of Lake Hudson and could provide that perfect location for quiet time or a place to read a book or write one!

5:45 – 6:45, Dinner & “Show, Don’t Tell”

Location: Lakeside Grill

Time for food, fun, and fellowship! Dinner is the perfect time to make a new friend, rub shoulders with a speaker, or share some of the gold you’ve been digging! Dinners will take place at the Lakeside Grill.

6:45 – 7:00, Break

7:00 – 8:30, Darken the Lines & Accepting Constructive Criticism

Location: The Saloon
Speaker: Janice Buswell

What’s in your story? And how do you make it grow? Learn how to sort the good from the bad among of constructive or not-so-constructive criticism from the pack of rabid advice-givers that you will encounter in writing journey. Most importantly, learn how to identify and apply the best advice to make your story the strongest and best expression of itself.

8:30 – 9:30, Coaching Sessions

Location: The Saloon

Another great opportunity to ask experts in the field specific questions about your book, your story, or your writing experience.

 

SATURDAY

8:15 – 9:00, Breakfast

Location: Lakeside grill

A great day and great start to fuel your full-on writing experience!

9:15 – 10:15, Pick Their Brains – Your Life: The Story God is Writing

Location: The Saloon
Speakers: All Instructors

A panel, comprised of the conference speakers, will ask questions of you, the conferees. These questions will be designed to make you think. They will probe into your innermost being, but we promise, gloves will not be required. They might be tough questions, but ones that hopefully help you to be honest with yourself, and see both the challenges and the gold God has woven through your life!

10:30 – 11:45, Social Media – Mark

Location: The Saloon
Speaker: Mark Brady

Mark will help you answer questions like: “As a writer, do I need to be on social media?” “Where do I start?” “Which media gives you the biggest bang for your buck?” He will guide you in some basic rules that will help you build a successful platform that will assist you in getting heard, in an extremely noisy world.

11:45 – 12:45, Lunch

Location: Lakeside Grill

1:00 – 2:30, Publishing

Location: The Saloon
Speakers: Mark Brady, Janice Buswell, Jared Buswell & Gina Conroy

This cast of characters will help you navigate the confusing, overwhelming world of publishing. They will act out the different methods of getting your material published in the best way to attract your readers. You won’t want to miss this vaudeville display that is sure to help you understand publishing.

2:30 – 2:45, Break

2:45 – 3:15, Gold Dig: Creative Time

Location: The Saloon

This is an opportunity for you to create something you will be able to take home and display. Something that will have a lot of meaning to you, and probably to no one else, but will be a reminder of what God spoke to you at the Experience Writing Conference. It may serve as a monument of when your life, your writing, made a turn in the direction it needs to be heading.

3:15 – 3:45, Release the Novel – Round 3

Location: The Saloon
Speaker: Gina Conroy

G.O. F.I.S.H.: How to Hook your Reader from Page One.

Just like a fish on a hook can’t swim away, as writers we need to write great “hooks” (opening paragraphs) so our readers won’t get away! If you don’t hook your reader by the first few paragraphs, there’s a chance the reader might not get past the first page. In this workshop, you will learn the G.O. F.I.S.H. elements that every story needs to hook your reader.

3:45 – 5:45, Free Time

Location: Frontier Cove activity areas or where ever you want to explorer on the property

It’s your time. Use it however you want to, or need to. You can take a nap, go for a hike, or participate in any of the offered activities Frontier Cove. Snacks are for sale in the General Store. The patio, behind the Lakeside Grill, offers nice views of Lake Hudson and could provide that perfect location for quiet time or a place to read a book or write one!

5:45 – 6:45, Dinner

Location: Lakeside Grill

6:45 – 7:00, Break

7:00 – 8:00, Celebration

Location: The Saloon

This will serve as a time for you to share and celebrate what God did for you at the conference. It will also be an opportunity for others to speak into your life what they have witnessed in you. You may want to show off your item from “Creative Time,” read something you wrote, or share an idea you just can’t wait to go home and start writing. It will be a powerful time of positive words.

8:15 – 11:00, Bonfire: “At the Fire, in the Fire, on Fire!”

Location: The Outdoor Chapel
Speaker: Mark Brady

Join Mark Brady for a brief word of encouragement and then stay as long as you like for s’mores and a chance to get to know your fellow writers. It will be an inspiring time to be encouraged, empowered, and motivated!

 

SUNDAY

8:15 – 9:00, Breakfast

Location: Lakeside grill

The perfect kick-off to the final day of the conference! And the beginning of the rest of your writing experience!

9:15 – 10:30, The Spiritual Side of Writing

Location: The Chapel
Speaker: Mark Brady

Mark will send us off with an inspiring talk about why do we really write, and just who are we really writing for. He will share parts of his own journey, and transfer knowledge of how to keep going when you feel like quitting. You won’t want to miss this epic time that will cap off your writing experience.

10:30 – 10:45, Break

10:45 – 11:45, Coaching Sessions

Location: The Saloon & The Chapel

Another great opportunity to ask experts in the field specific questions about your book, your story, or your writing experience!

11:45 – 12:45, Lunch

Location: Lakeside Grill

1:00 – 3:00, Coaching Sessions

Location: The Saloon & The Chapel

More and more time slots with our fantastic instructors!

3:00, End of Conference. SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!
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