Saturday Programme

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:

Host/ Reader:

Sue Grimshaw

Jessica Watterson

Allison Carroll/Lilia Kanna

Seddon Room

Mansfield Room

Batten Room

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

to

2.15pm

MAIN
Batten 1 & 2
KYLIE SCOTT Between 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

 

Saturday  19th August

General Blurb for the day

Plenary Sessions

Kristen Lamb – Social Media Overview

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Christie Craig – Building a Character Build a Book

You’ve mastered writing, and finally have a grasp on story development, but those rejections haven’t stopped. Without strong characters to hold up your plot and prose, a book can, and probably will, fail.

Using simple techniques, New York Times best-selling author Christie Craig teaches how to create engaging characters one building block at a time. Goals, flaws, fears, conflicts, and plot development—they all stem from character.

Come hear Christie Craig, a New York Times Bestselling author, and a proclaimed character-driven writer, do an in-depth talk about building characters.

She’ll offer tips on: how to make your characters jump off the page and into the hearts of your readers. How to make them more lovable—even when they’re bad. How to plagiarize from your own life to offer richness to your scenes. Using simple techniques, she teaches how to create engaging characters one building block at a time. Goals, flaws, fears, conflicts, plot development, it all stems from character.

Craig will give you the tools to get your characters in shape, then this southern spitfire, who has received thousands of rejections, is gonna give the waning writer in you a good swift kick in the pants.


Kylie Scott—Between Plotting and Pantsing: Book planning and structure on a level you can live with.

This session is aimed at new to mid-level writers.


Published Authors Round Table

This session is for published authors only—traditionally published, self-published, or hybrid. In it we will be discussing the market, contracts, Self-Publishing, and anything else on your mind. Come with questions. Chaired by Bronwen Evans.


Breakout Workshop One

Please click here to see a list of four workshops. You may choose one of these four for this session.


Breakout Workshop Two

Please click here to see a list of four workshops. You may choose one of these four for this session.


Introducing Random House Editor Sue Grimshaw
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