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REGISTRATION

SPECIAL GUESTS

2017 PROGRAM

CONFERENCE VENUE

STAY INFORMED

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DISCUSSION PANELS

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PITCHING YOUR NOVEL

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FEATURE EVENTS

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SPECIAL GUESTS

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WORKSHOPS & SEMINARS

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PARTICIPANT BIOS

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SATURDAY DISCUSSION PANELS

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AUDITORIUM 1

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AUDITORIUM 2

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10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

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HOW TO SKIP THE ROOKIE MISTAKES

There are some mistakes everyone makes when they’re starting out. Join Amy Andrews, Angela Slatter, and Angela Meyer as this panel of professional mentors and editors give you the lowdown on avoiding the rookie mistakes when it comes to writing, submitting work, and building your career.
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THE LINE BETWEEN TRADITION AND CLICHÉ

Genres provide a collection of tropes and structures that resonate with fans, but readers also crave something new. Claire Coleman, Daniel Findlay, and Kim Wilkins ask what traditions are worth preserving because they resonate with readers, and when have you crossed the line between genre trope and genre cliché?
Chair: Rebecca-Ann Do Rozario[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row gap=”35″ content_placement=”middle”][vc_column][vc_column_text]

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

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BUILDING THE FOUNDATION FOR YOUR SERIES

Whether you’re writing a sequel, a trilogy, or a series, you need to start laying foundations early. Nalini Singh, Anne Gracie, and C.A. Larmer talk the art and business of writing a fiction series, and offer their top tips for keeping a series on track.
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HOW TO CONNECT WITH READERS (AND WHAT TO DO ONCE THEY’RE ON YOUR SIDE)

Your career depends on connecting with readers and establishing a core group of fans. Sean Williams, Nathan Farrugia, and Tansy Rayner Roberts discuss how to find your readers, online and offline, and how to make the most of your dedicated fans through social media and online funding.
Chair: Tehani Croft[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row gap=”35″ content_placement=”middle”][vc_column][vc_column_text]

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

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STAYING HEALTHY OVER THE LONG-HAUL OF YOUR CAREER

Books get finished when writers are healthy enough to write them, but writing is a career where you have to navigate plenty of health challenges. Join Delilah S. Dawson, Sean William, and Sandy Curtis as they talk the things that can hijack your health, how to take care of yourself over the long haul, and what you need to do to get things done when the spirit is willing and the body is weak.
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CULTIVATING SOURCES AND NAILING THE DETAILS

How do you write about a character who thinks, feels, and experiences the world in a way you haven’t? Daniel Findlay, Emma Viskic, and Foz Meadows give their advice on character, authenticity, and cultivating the sources you need to put make your fictional character feel very real.
Chair: Danielle Clode[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row gap=”35″ content_placement=”middle”][vc_column][vc_column_text]

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

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LEVERAGING COPYRIGHT FOR FUN AND PROFIT

Print rights. Audio rights. Translation rights. Movie rights. You may have written a single story, but the book is just the beginning. Angela Slatter, Nalini Singh, and Alex Adsett take a look at the rights you need to be aware of a writer and discuss how you can use them to help build a sustainable career.
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WHAT EVERY WRITER OUGHT TO KNOW ABOUT THEIR BOOK COVER

Your story is what will keep a reader going until the end, but the cover is what gets them to pick the story up. Kate Cuthbert, Mark Lingane, and Rebekah Turner explore the art of a good cover, how much influence a writer really gets on the process, and how to survive a cover you really dislike.
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SUNDAY DISCUSSION PANELS

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10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

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RUNNING A GLOBAL CAREER (FROM THE BOTTOM OF THE WORLD)

There are many ways to build a career in traditional publishing, but how do you handle networking and promotion when you live 15,000 kilometers from the major genre market? Angela Slatter, Nalini Singh, and Kylie Scott provide their own takes on managing a writing career at a distance.
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WRITING SEX AND SEXUALITY IN THE 21ST CENTURY

Our understanding of sex and sexuality is more nuanced than ever, and an increasing number of readers are willing to talk – quite vocally – about those who get it right and those who rely on old cliches. Jodi McAlister, Kate Cuthbert, and Meg Vann discuss writing sex and sexuality for a 21st century audience.
Chair: Rowena Specht-Whyte[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row gap=”35″ content_placement=”middle”][vc_column][vc_column_text]

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

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MAKING CHOICES MEAN SOMETHING

Every story hinges on characters making important decisions, but how do you tell the difference between the choices that matter and the choices that don’t? Join Daniel Findlay, Delilah Dawson, and Christine Wells as they explore the ways to wring everything you can out of the big decisions and the small ones.
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WHAT WRITERS GET WRONG

Hospitals, horses, and global terrorism. Between them, Amy Andrews, Renee Dahlia, and Steve Vincent have experience with all three areas and some ideas about the things most writers get wrong when portraying all three in fiction and on the screen (and what you should get right when you write about them).
Chair: Gary Kemble[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row gap=”35″ content_placement=”middle”][vc_column][vc_column_text]

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

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SURVIVING THE BOOK LAUNCH (AND THE LULL THAT FOLLOWS)

First the book comes out and it feels like everyone’s talking about it. Then the book’s been out for a while, and it seems like people aren’t talking enough. Amy Andrews, Emma Viskic, and Trent Jamieson talk you through the first few weeks of a book’s lifespan and offer tips on surviving the launch and the lull that follows when the release is over and the reviews have all come in.
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LUCK, TALENT, AND BLOODY HARD WORK

Smart writers focus on the things they can control when building a career, but is that all it really takes? Claire Coleman, Anna Campbell, and Lisa Hannett discuss the role luck, hard work, and planning play in getting a book published, and what can you do to take advantage of any big breaks that happen.
Chair: Catherine Shrubsole[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row gap=”35″ content_placement=”middle”][vc_column][vc_column_text]

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

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WHEN WRITING BECOMES BUSINESS

You may have been told writers don’t earn money, but that’s no reason you shouldn’t be smart about the fact you’re running a small business. Sean Williams, Brooke Maggs, and Charlotte Nash find where world of money meets the world writing, and explore good practices for building a sustainable writing business.
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FROM CONCEPT TO EXECUTION

How do you go from an idea to a story? We give Delilah Dawson, Emma Viskic, and Shona Husk, writers from three different genres, the same creative brief, then get them to walk us through their process of transforming inspiration into story.
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