Ozark Creative Writers, Inc. Annual Conference: Sessions with CWStL Member Dianna Graveman

Ozark Creative Writers, Inc.

The 45th Annual Conference

Oct. 11-13, 2012

Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Inn of the Ozarks
Make hotel reservations early
and let them know you’re with OCW.

Thursday, Oct. 11:

2:00-4:30 Lobby of the Conference Center

Dusty will interview successful writers so they can tell us about their writing journeys and the secrets they’ve learned about marketing.

6:30 pm Informal Reception and Open Mic in the Lobby

Cash bar and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Bring something to read for the open mic. Please sign up ahead of time by writing to LouTurn@aol.com   No more than five double-spaced pages please. This is a great opportunity to read your work in front of a room full of friendly faces. When you reserve your spot, include the title of your piece and a 25 word bio. And be careful, if you don’t send a bio, we will make one up for you. After the open mic we will hold a music jam in the lobby, so if you play an instrument please bring it so you can join in the fun. Yes, even a tuba will be welcome.

Friday, Oct. 12:

8:00-4:00 Registration

(Single day registration not available)

8:30 Continental Breakfast

(Lobby Conference Center)

9:00 Announcements:

President Dusty Richards

9:15-10:15 Keynote Session Cherry Weiner:

How to make your writing so polished that any agent will want to represent you.

10:15 Break

10:30-11:15 Pat Carr:

Anatomy of a Scene

11:15-1:30 Lunch on Your Own

1:30-2:30 Johnny Boggs:

Writing for Young Adults. The YA market is growing, and Crossover YAs (books that appeal to young and older readers) are interesting many publishers these days. Many mainstream adult writers have also jumped to writing for kids. Think like a kid, but don’t treat the readers like kids, and other secrets and tips.

2:30 Break

2:45-3:30 Cherry Weiner and Daniela Rapp:

One Page Book Buy-For this panel you will need to bring one, double-spaced page of your novel, novella, or non-fiction book. We will read the page and both Cherry and Daniela will tell you what you did right, and what you might do better to get an agent or editor interested in reading the rest.

3:35-4:15 Peggy Vinning:

Arkansas Poet Laureate will talk about poetry and her life as a poet. Whether you’re a novice or have been writing poetry your entire life, you’ll learn by listening to Peggy.

3:35-4:15 Breakout Session Dianna Graveman:

The CEO of 2 Rivers Communications will teach you how to market yourself and your work using the web. Dianna does everything from book trailers and reviews, web marketing, blog and website setup, and the set up of book signings and events.

7:00 Buffet and Cash Bar

(tickets must be purchased in advance)

8:00 Entertainment and Another Open Mic if time allows.


Saturday, Oct. 13:

8:00-12:00 Registration

8:30 Continental Breakfast

(Lobby Conference Center)

9:00 Announcements:

President Dusty Richards

9:15-10:15 Keynote Session – Daniela Rapp:

Daniela will tell you what she would love to see come across her desk, and why.

10:15 Break

10:30-11:15 Pat Carr:

The Five Vital Scenes for Narratives.

11:15-1:30 Lunch on Your Own

1:30-2:45 Board Member Panel:

Board members will talk about their personal experience in the writing world and answer any questions you might have about the craft of writing or the pursuit of publication.

1:30-2:45 Breakout Dianna Graveman:

From book trailers to blogs, Dianna knows the ins and outs of selling your work. It can make the difference from being a B-List writer to being a best seller.

2:45 Break

3:00-3:45 Cherry and Daniela:

Going from Agent to Editor to Publication, What to expect along the way. This is a fun session that will help you learn about the process from manuscript to agent, then on to editor, publication and bookstore shelf.

4:15-5:00 Announcements

Please provide Dusty Richards with information about conferences, publishing opportunities, and recent publications. This is your time to crow.

6:30 Pre-Banquet Gathering and Cash Bar

7:30 Awards Banquet

(tickets must be purchased in advance.)


Contest Information:
OCW will have three independent contests during the year that must be entered separately from the longer annual contests that have a deadline in August. These contests are free to people who attended the 2011 conference and they are also free from new people if you send in your registration early.


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