2018 Writers Conference

Friday, Jul 7, 2017

Writers conferences come in various shapes and sizes, and take place around the world – including here in Johnson County. A conference is a chance for writers at all stages of your publication journey to come together, improve your craft and get to know writers of all stripes in your community.

The 2018 Writers Conference at Johnson County Library lets you network other authors about various elements of the publishing business and the craft of writing. Our conference can help you get energized and inspired about how to improve your work. You'll leave our conference with a stack of new books to read, a heart full of passion for our writing community and maybe even the urge to start a story or poem.

For the first time ever, our Writers Conference will feature sessions just for teen writers, and Sunday is a day of sessions for young writers.

Here is our schedule at a glance. For in depth program descriptions and panelist biographies, and to register for the day(s) you will attend, head over to our Events section.

Thursday, Nov 1

6:30 - 8:30 pm - Authors in Conversation - Writers Conference Kickoff

Friday, Nov 2 (read more about these programs and register for Friday here)

9:00 - 9:50 am, Location: Carmack - The Gentle Art of Writing Fight Scenes

9:00 - 9:50 am, Location: Logan - Research

9:00 - 9:50 am, Location: Pickard - Characterization - the Key to Your Reader’s Heart

9:00 - 9:50 am, Location: Learning Lab - Prompts to Jumpstart Your Writing

10:00 - 10:50 am, Location: Carmack - Work-Write Balance

10:00 - 10:50 am, Location: Logan - Explaining the Unexplainable: Writing to Dispel Myths and Stereotypes

10:00 - 10:50 am, Location: Pickard - I’m Not Throwing Away My . . . Plot

10:00 - 10:50 am, Location: Learning Lab - Tell Your Own Story: An Introduction to Perzines

10:00 am - 1:00 pm, Location: Makerspace, Green Room - Author Photos

11:00 - 11:50 am, Location: Carmack - Ask the Agent with Lisa Bankoff

11:00 - 11:50 am, Location: Logan - Writing Plausible Computer Hacks for Your Novel

11:00 - 11:50 am, Location: Pickard - Cooking Up a Good Chicken Soup Story

12:00 - 12:20 pm, Location: Carmack - Diana Goetsch Reading

12:20 - 12:50 pm, Location: Carmack - Writing Contest Winners Reading

1:00 - 1:50 pm, Location: Carmack - Don’t Bore Me to Death

1:00 - 1:50 pm, Location: Logan - Music and the Word

1:00 - 2:50 pm, Location: Pickard - A Flash in the Pan: Getting Started on Short Short Stories

1:00 - 2:50 pm, Location: Gallery - Zine Harvest

​2:00 - 2:50 pm, Location: Carmack - How to Get and Use Quotes to Spice Up Your Stories

2:00 - 2:50 pm, Location: Logan - How to Find (and Be) a Great Critique Partner

3:00 - 3:50 pm, Location: Carmack - First Page Reads

3:00 - 3:50 pm, Location: Logan - Extraordinary Seeing: a Poetry Workshop

3:00 - 3:50 pm, Location: Pickard - Where Do You Get Your Ideas? Transforming an Idea Into a Viable Story

3:00 - 4:50 pm, Location: Learning Lab - TBD

4:00 - 4:50 pm, Location: Carmack - Author-Agent Relationship

5:30-7:00 pm, Location: Carmack - elementia Best of Reception

Saturday, Nov 3 (read more about these programs and register for Saturday here)

9:00 - 9:50 am, Location: Carmack - 5 Steps to Compelling Characters

9:00 - 9:50 am, Location: Logan - What We Write About When We Write About Sex

9:00 - 9:50 am, Location: Pickard - Starting and Facilitating Writing Groups with Underserved Populations

​9:00 - 9:50 am, Location: Learning Lab - Prompts to Jumpstart Your Writing

10:00 - 10:50 am, Location: Carmack - Steps to Traditional Publication

10:00 - 10:50 am, Location: Logan - The Three Practices: for Anyone Serious About Writing

10:00 - 10:50 am, Location: Pickard - I’m Not Throwing Away My . . . Plot

10:00 - 11:50 am, Location: Learning Lab - Tell Your Own Story: An Introduction to Perzines

11:00 - 11:50 am, Location: Carmack - Using Scene and Structure to Create an Un-put-downable Novel

11:00 - 11:50 am, Location: Logan - Copyright 101 for Writers: Establishing and Protecting Creative Rights

11:00 - 11:50 am, Location: Pickard - Epistle as Literary Device

12:00 - 12:50 pm, Location: Carmack - Submission Etiquette

1:00 - 1:50 pm, Location: Carmack - Me and You and I and She: Points of View

1:00 - 1:50 pm, Location: Pickard - Where Do You Get Your Ideas? Transforming an Idea Into a Viable Story

1:00 - 1:50 pm, Location: Logan - Nothing Happens Nowhere: A Boot Camp on Setting

1:00 - 1:50 pm, Location: Learning Lab - Identity, Place, and Immigration Workshop

1:00 - 2:50 pm, Location: Green Room - Author Photos

1:00 - 2:50 pm, Location: Gallery - Zine Harvest

​2:00 - 2:50 pm, Location: Carmack - Craft and Vision: a Live Editing Session

2:00 - 2:50 pm, Location: Pickard - Characterization - the Key to Your Reader’s Heart

3:00 - 3:50 pm, Location: Carmack - Literary Citizenship: Not Only a Star, but Part of a Constellation

3:00 - 3:50 pm, Location: Logan - Writing from the Central Channel

3:00 - 3:50 pm, Location: Pickard - Open Records

4:00 - 4:50 pm, Location: Carmack - First Page Reads

Sunday, Nov 4 at the Writers Conference is for kids! (read more about these programs and register for Sunday here)

1:30 - 2:30 pm, Location: Carmack - Picture Books

1:30 - 2:30 pm, Location: Logan - First Lines That Grab You!

1:30 - 2:30 pm, Location: Pickard - Using Your Senses When You Write (Grades 6-8 only)

2:30 - 3:30 pm, Location: Carmack - Getting Started - Tell Your Story! Write Your Story!

2:30 - 3:30 pm, Location: Logan - Single Image Poems

2:30 - 3:30 pm, Location: Pickard - Writing Letters to an Editor

3:30 - 4:30 pm, Location: Carmack - Comic Books and Superheroes

3:30 - 4:30 pm, Location: Logan - Breaking News!

3:30 - 4:30 pm, Location: Pickard - Intro to Poetry Slam (TBD)

The 2018 Writers Conference is co-sponsored by Johnson County Library Foundation and the Joan Berkley Writers Fund.