Full Programme

Please note: Rooms and speaking topics might be subject to change right up to day of conference.

Thursday August 17th

Time Description   Convenor Location
7.00pm – 9.00pm Drinks in the bar for anyone who has come in early Chance to chat with others and network Kris Pearson Bar

 

Friday August 18th

Time Description   Speaker Location
7.30am Registration Opens Conference Centre entrance

Coffee in Conference foyer

8.15am Welcome and introductions Housekeeping MC Catherine Robertson Batten Room 1&2
 8.30am Session one  Rise of the Machine  Kristen Lamb  Batten Room 1&2
 10.00am Morning Tea  TBC
 10.30am Session two  Rise of the Machine  Kristen Lamb  Batten Room 1&2
 12.00pm Lunch  TBC
 1.00pm Session three  Rise of the Machine  Kristen Lamb  Batten Room 1&2
 3.00pm Afternoon Tea  TBC
 3.30pm Session Four  Rise of the Machine  Kristen Lamb  Batten Room 1&2
5.15pm Workshop close
7.30pm Conference Cocktail Party

 

MC Catherine Robertson

F.Housden Raffle drawn 9pm

Theme TBC

6.30pm – 7.30pm Registration Open Conf Centre entrance

 

Saturday August 19th

Time Description   Speaker Location
7.15am – 8.30am Registration Open Conf Centre entrance

Coffee available

7.15am – 8.20am Cold Reads Host / Reader:

Host/ Reader:

Sue Grimshaw

Jessica Watterson

Seddon Room

Mansfield Room

8.30am Conference Opens – WELCOME MC’s Catherine Robertson  Batten Rooms 1&2
8.50am KEYNOTE Build a Character, Build a Book Christie Craig (CC Hunter)  Batten Rooms 1&2
9.50am Morning Tea
10.20am to 11.20am KEYNOTE Build a Character, Build a Book Christie Craig (CC Hunter)  Batten Room 1&2
11.25am to 12.25pm KEYNOTE Tips to Build Your Brand Kristen Lamb
12.30pm LUNCH
1.15pm 

to

2.15pm

MAIN
Batten 1 & 2
KYLIE SCOTTBetween Plotting and Pantsing: Book planning and structure on a level you can live with 
Mansfield Room

Published Authors Round Table

(For published authors only – traditional or self pubbed)

 

2.15pm
to
3.15pm

 

 BREAKOUT SESSION ONE


Batten Room 1

ANNE GRACIE

Getting out of the Slush Pile

 

Batten Room 2

SPA GIRLS

Dealing with Author Overwhelm in the Digital Age

Mansfield Room

JUDY L MOHR

Hidden Traps of a Writers Platform

(what you need to know about security online)

 

Seddon Room 

CASSANDRA DEAN & LUCY CLARK

How to Inject Emotional Punch Through Pacing

3.20pm
to
3.45pm
 

 

 AFTERNOON TEA
3.45pm Introducing Random House Sue Grimshaw Batten Room
1 & 2
4.15pm
to
5.15pm 
 BREAKOUT SESSION TWO

Batten Room 1

TRACEY ALVAREZ, WENDY VELLA, FAYE ROBERTSON (SERENITY WOODS), BRONWEN EVANS

My Strategy for Successful Self Publishing

Batten Room 2

ALLISON CARROLL, BRYNN KELLY AND FRANCES HOUSDEN

Keeping them in Suspense

Mansfield Room

GRACIE O’NEIL

How to Write a Blurb that Sells or a Query that gets a Request

Seddon Room

KATHY DERRICK

Grand Designs.
Discovering the Building Blocks of Story

5.20pm  AGM 

Introducing the new Executive

5.40pm Batten Room 1 &2 Volunteer of the Year Award

RAFFLES DRAWN

Out of Towners Draw

 MC Catherine Robertson

Jean Drew

7.30pm – 10pm Harlequin Awards Dinner

 

Theme – Some Enchanted Evening MC Catherine Robertson

 

 

 

Sunday August 20th

Time Description   Speaker Location
7.15am – 8.15am Cold Reads Host / Reader:

Host/ Reader:

 

Elaine Spencer

Allison Carroll/Lilia Kanna

Coffee available foyer

Seddon

Mansfield

8.20am to 8.30am Day 2 Opens MC’s Catherine robertson Batten 1&2
8.30am KEYNOTE  It’s Not Just Adding a Naked , Tattooed Guy: Using Humour in Your Writing  Christie Craig Batten 1&2

 

9.30am

 

That Tricky High Concept Pitch  Elaine Spencer Batten Room 1 & 2
10.00am  Harlequin Spotlight  Allison Carroll Batten Room
 10.30am    Morning Tea  
10.50am – 11.50pm BREAKOUT

SESSION ONE 

Batten Room 1

ANNE GRACIE

Creating Reader Engagement 

Batten Room 2

YVONNE WALUS

Beyond Plot: What is Your Story About

Mansfield room

JUDY L MOHR

SCRIVENER – Part One

Nuts and Bolts

Seddon Room

JENNIFER KLOESTER

GEORGETTE HEYER: HOW SHE WROTE HER REGENCY NOVELS

11.55am
to
12.55pm
BREAKOUT
SESSION TWO
Batten Room 1KYLIE SCOTT Making a Scene:
Every Scene has to earn its space on the page 
Batten Room 2

TEE AYER

When the Hobby Becomes A Job.
(how to write 4 or more books a year)

Mansfield room

JUDY L MOHR

SCRIVENER – Part Two

Nuts and Bolts

Seddon room

IOLA GOULTON

Introducing Christian Romance (the biggest little genre you’ve never heard of)

 1.00pm to 1.55pm    HARLEQUIN LUNCH
2.00pm to 2.30pm Introducing the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency  Jessica Watterson
2.35pm
to
3.35pm
KEYNOTE

 

Bullies and Baddies Kristen lamb Batten 1&2
3.35pm – 4.05pm  KEYNOTE Crystal Ball Gazing

Anything you want to know about publishing 

Sue Grimshaw
Elaine Spencer
Jessica Watterson
Kristen Lamb
Christie Craig
Anne Gracie
Kylie Scott
Harlequin
4.o5pm – 4.15pm   Introducing the 2018 Conference Committee MC Catherine Robertson Batten 1&2
CONFERENCE CLOSED

The Conference Programme is subject to change.

Workshop rooms will be designated and set up to cater for participants using your selected registration options so please honour the selections you have made at time of booking. Please be considerate of the presenter and other participants if you need to leave for pitch appointments.

As always, our conference is perfume free.

 

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