2017 Writers Conference

2017 Writers Conference

  • Writers Conference
    Writers Conference Writers Conference
Friday, Jul 7, 2017

It's heaven for authors and authors-to-be!

Join us for advice from local and bestselling authors, live editing workshops, genre specific critique sessions and more!

Register once (appreciated but not required) for the entire Writers Conference and come and go as you please. Separate registrations are required to attend any of the Critique Sessions. Check out the schedule below or search our online calendar for in-depth descriptions.

The 2017 Writers Conference is co-sponsored by Johnson County Library Foundation and the Joan Berkley Writers Fund.

Schedule at a Glance

Thursday, Nov. 2

6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Meet the Author: Natalie C Parker

Friday, Nov. 3

9 - 9:45 a.m. How to Read Your Work Out Loud

9 - 9:45 a.m. Live Writing

9 - 9:45 a.m. Writing Advice Examined

9 a.m. - 12 p.m. General Fiction 3 Page Critique

9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Erotica 3 Page Critique

9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Literary Fiction: 3 Page Critique

10 - 10:45 a.m. Science Fiction World-building

10 - 10:45 a.m. How to Research and Interview

10 - 11:30 a.m. Portrait Sessions

11 - 11:45 a.m. 7 Things I Wish I'd Known Sooner About Writing Romance

11 - 11:45 a.m. Technology Tips and Tricks

11 - 11:45 a.m. Edit Yourself: Developmental Editing

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. How to Read Your Work Out Loud Workshop

12 - 12:45 p.m. It All Starts With Character: Writing a Mystery Novel

12 - 1 p.m. Meet the Author: E.K. Johnston

1 - 1:45 p.m. Beyond the Bodice Ripper: Writing Modern Steamy Romance

1 - 3 p.m. Live Editing Workshop

1 - 2 p.m. Eric McHenry on Poetry

1 - 4 p.m. Poetry Critique

1 - 4 p.m. Creative Nonfiction 3 Page Critique

1 - 4 p.m. Science Fiction 3 Page Critique

2 - 2:45 p.m. Is It Funny Yet?

2 - 2:45 p.m. The Art of the Travelogue

2 - 3:45 p.m. Word Processing for Writers

3 - 4:45 p.m. Poetry Workshop

3 - 3:45 p.m. The Ballad of the Hero's Journey

3 - 3:45 p.m. How to Make a Living as a Writer

4 - 4:45 p.m. First Page Reads

4 - 4:45 p.m. Goal Planning and Staying Focused

Saturday, Nov. 4

9 - 9:45 a.m. The Art of the Travelogue

9 - 9:45 a.m. Edit Yourself: Line Editing

9 - 9:45 a.m. Science Fiction World-building

9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Romance 3 Page Critique

9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Middle Grade Fiction 3 Page Critique

9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Fantasy 3 Page Critique

10 - 10:45 a.m. It All Starts With Character: Writing a Mystery Novel

10 - 10:45 a.m. Using Imagery to Improve Your Poetry & Prose

10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Live Editing Workshop

11 - 11:45 a.m. Mistakes I Made So You Don't Have To

11 - 11:45 a.m. Technology Tips and Tricks

11 - 11:45 a.m. Live Writing

12 - 12:45 p.m. Copyrights and Trademarks for Writers

12 - 2 p.m. Using Imagery Workshop

12 - 12:45 p.m. What's Hot in Publishing?

1 - 2:45 Exercises for Writing Fiction

1 - 1:45 p.m. 7 Things I Wish I'd Known Sooner About Writing Romance

1 - 2:30 p.m. Portrait Sessions

1 - 4 p.m. Mystery 3 Page Critique

1 - 4 p.m. Humor 3 Page Critique

1 - 4 p.m. Thriller and Suspense 3 Page Critique

2 - 2:45 p.m. The Truth About Show Don't Tell

2 - 3:45 p.m. Word Processing for Writers

2 - 2:45 p.m. The Ballad of the Hero's Journey

3 - 3:45 p.m. Ask the Editor

3 - 3:45 p.m. First Page Reads

4 - 5 p.m. Author E.K. Johnston in conversation with editor Andrew Karre