The 2018 conference is scheduled

for June 8-9  (Friday and Saturday) in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Workshop Schedule


Conference registration / check-in begins at

11 a.m. on Friday in the Education Building of First Baptist Church, Tuscaloosa, Ala. On Saturday it begins at 8:00 a.m.

    The workshop schedule will allow you to attend 13 sessions.

     There is no additional charge for the Friday dinner and ceremony for the National Award for the Encouragement of Writing.

    There is no additional charge for Saturday lunch.

    There is no additional charge for the Hospitality Room.

    There is no additional charge for individual consulting sessions with literary agents or other speakers and staff members.


FRIDAY


11:00 a.m.WORKSHOP REGISTRATION OPENS

                     Hospitality Room opens — and will remain open

                     throughout the conference.


11:15 a.m.-8:15 p.m.  Individual consulting sessions with literary agents. You may reserve a time when you arrive for the conference registration check-in.


11:15 a.m.AUTHOR BOOK SALES AND AUTOGRAPHING


Noon - 12:45 p.m.     LIVE MUSIC CONCERT


1:00-1:30 p.m.WELCOME AND WORKSHOP INFORMATION


1:30-2:15 p.m.GENERAL SESSION I

“Encouraging Words: Experiences of SCWC Members”


2:15-2:45 p.m.BREAK Author book sales and autographing


3:00-3:45 p.m.WORKSHOP SESSION I

Bruce Barbour: “How to Prepare A Book Proposal that Will Get An Agent's

    Attention”

Cheryl Wray: “Writing and Publishing Magazine Articles, Part 1: Writing”

Christopher Sloan: “The Writer as an Instrument of God”

Keith Elder: “Songwriting”

Ramona Richards: “Working with a Christian Book Publisher


4:00-4:45 p.m.WORKSHOP SESSION II

Gretchen Cook: “Writing for Regional Magazines”

Jennifer Rash: “How To Find Your Place in a Saturated Writers Market”

John Phillips: “How To Write a Nonfiction Book”

Karen Moore: “What’s the Big Idea? How To Make Your Idea Large Enough

    for a Book”

Sally Apokedak: “Working with a Literary Agent”


5:00-5:45 p.m.GENERAL SESSION II / KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Melanie Dickerson: “Making Your Writing Dreams Come True”


6:00-7:15 p.m.GENERAL SESSION III / DINNER

AWARD PRESENTATION: JOANNE AWARD FOR ENCOURAGEMENT

RECIPIENT: RICK BRAGG


7:30-8:15 p.m.WORKSHOP SESSION III

Alecia Archibald: “Writing for Trade Magazines”

Angela Benson: “How To Write a Novel”

Cindy Jones: “Building Your Writing Brand Through Social Media”

Joanne Sloan: “Five Principles To Improve Your Writing and Make It More

    Dynamic”

Kelly Kazek: “Using Humor in Your Writing”


8:15-9:00 p.m. BREAKOUT SESSIONS



SATURDAY


8:15-8:40 a.m. WELCOME


8:45 a.m.-2:00 p.m.  Individual consulting sessions with literary agents. You may reserve a time when you arrive for the conference registration check-in.


8:45-9:30 a.m.WORKSHOP SESSION IV

Angela Benson: “How To Write a Novel”

Bruce Barbour: “How to Prepare A Book Proposal that Will Get An Agent's

    Attention”

Gretchen Cook: “Writing for Regional Magazines”

Keith Elder: “Songwriting”

Ramona Richards: “Working with a Christian Book Publisher


9:45-10:30 a.m. WORKSHOP SESSION V

Cheryl Wray: “Writing and Publishing Magazine Articles, Part 2: Publishing”

Christopher Sloan: “The Writer as an Instrument of God”

David Sloan: “How To Self-Publish Your Book”

Melanie Dickerson: “How To Create Conflict in Fiction”

Sally Apokedak: “Working with a Literary Agent”


10:30-10:55 a.m. BREAK

Author book sales and autographing


11:00-11:45 a.m. GENERAL SESSION III / KEYNOTE ADDRESS

John Phillips: “How To Make a Full-time Living in Writing”


11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. LUNCH


1:00-1:45 p.m.WORKSHOP SESSION VI

Alecia Archibald: “Writing for Trade Magazines”

Cindy Jones: “Building Your Writing Brand Through Social Media”

David Sloan: “How To Self-Publish Your Book”

Karen Moore: “What’s the Big Idea? How To Make Your Idea Large Enough

    for a Book”

Kelly Kazek: “Using Humor in Your Writing”


2:00-2:45 p.m. PANEL: AUDIENCE Q&A

Cheryl Wray, Melanie Dickerson, John Philips


3:00-4:00 p.m.  Drawing for door prizes

         Awards Ceremony, 2017-2018 SCWC Writing Contest