2018 Conference Schedule


Theme: Writing Life Stories


9:30-10:00 a.m.: Sign-in and Breakfast
10:00-10:15: Welcome:
       Robert Moore: overall welcome
       Hilaire Tavenner: opening prayer

10:30-11:15: Morning Workshops 1:
       Room A: Kathryn Perales: Copyright Law for Writers
       Room B: Robert Moore: Real People in Fake Life

       Room C: Kelly Boyer Sagert: Deepening Faith Through Spiritual Writing
11:30-12:15: Morning Workshops 2:
       Room A: Debra Rose and Kelly Boyer Sagert: No-Pressure Poetry
       Room B: Cassandra Morgan: Before You Write, Set the Writing Mood
       Room C: Indi Wright: But I Don’t Have Time!

12:15-1:00: Lunch, socializing
1:00-1:15: Gary Patzke Announces the International Writer’s Association Anthology
1:15-1:45: Indi Wright, Keynote Speaker: Shaping Your Story
2:00-2:45: Afternoon Workshops 1:
       Room A: Robert Moore: Real People in Fake Life
       Room B: Kathryn Perales: Copyright Law for Writers

       Room C: Kelly Boyer Sagert: Deepening Faith Through Spiritual Writing
3:00-3:45: Afternoon Workshops 2:
       Room A: Cassandra Morgan: Making the Most of Character and Setting
       Room B: Debra Rose and Kelly Boyer Sagert: Bringing Historical Characters to Life

       Room C: Indi Wright: But I Don’t Have Time!

4:00-4:15: Awards ceremony by Robert Moore
4:15-5:00: Nuts and Bolts of Publishing (by today’s speakers)
5:00: closing prayer by Hilaire Tavenner

Speaker Bios and Workshop Blurbs

Keynote Presentation: Shaping Your Story by Indi Wright
Bio: Indi Wright is a multi-passionate Inspirational Author, Evangelist, and Pastor who has earned the reputation as an ambassador of change and community leader across the Midwest. To date, she has authored and published seven books that have uplifted and continue to uplift hundreds of people worldwide. Currently, Indi is working on book number eight which will debut in 2018.
Blurb: You have a story to tell. You are unsure of where to begin. Shaping your Story will help to move what's in your mind to paper and initiate the process of creating the story you want to share with the world.

Presentation: Copyright Law for Writers
Bio: Kathy Perales is an intellectual property lawyer who helps all kinds of people and organizations protect their original ideas and creations with copyrights, trademarks and patents.  She offices and lives in Oberlin, and is licensed to practice in Ohio, Texas and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  Kathy started out as a technical writer, creating software manuals and online help.  She then went to law school,  tried out different areas of the law, and eventually set on helping creative and innovative people like all of you. 
Blurb: All writers should know the basics of copyright law, both to protect their own work and to make sure they don’t step on other creators’ toes.  The presentation will cover how to protect original work, when you need permission to borrow from others’ work, what to do when others borrow your work without permission, and how copyright law is different from trademark and patent law. 

Presentation: Real People in Fake Life
Bio: Robert J. Moore is the author of “Till Death Do Us Part” and “Listen to My Kaleidoscope" on his own imprint, MooreWriting Publishing. For many years, Robert served as the vice president of the International Writers Association and hosts The International Writers Association Podcast.
Blurb: This session will cover many issues dealing with fictional characters inspired by real life people.  Participants will leave with an understanding of what's legal and what's moral.

Presentation: Deepening Faith Through Spiritual Writing
Bio: Kelly Boyer Sagert has taught spiritual writing for four years and published the devotional book, Everything to God in Prayer: A Weekly Devotional for Writers.
Blurb: In this workshop, you can participate in spiritual writing exercises that will help you articulate your personal statement of faith, perhaps in surprising ways.

Presentation: No-Pressure Poetry
Bio: Debra Rose is an author, speaker, actor and entertainer. She has published two books of poetry and will release her third poetry book in the fall of 2018.  She hosts a monthly poetry and open mic night in Amherst, Ohio, and encourages others to express themselves through the written word.
Bio: Kelly Boyer Sagert is a freelance writer by trade and a budding poet at heart. She studied poetry with Bruce Weigl and now partners with Debra Rose to make it accessible to everyone.
Blurb: Yes, writing poetry can be lots of fun, even if you’ve never written it before. Debra Rose and Kelly Boyer Sagert take you step by step through the process. (Smiling, even laughing, is allowed!)

Presentation: Before You Write: Getting in the Mood!
Bio: Cassandra Morgan, the Midwest's Mistress of Wordplay, is a YA Fantasy Author and presenter on writing topics. Her passion and mission is to teach the foundation of writing to young and newbie writers, and to give inspiration to our future generation of writers.
Blurb: Join Cassandra Morgan as she talks about her top 5 tips and tricks to set the writing mood! Learn how to get over your fear of failure, and finally get those words on the page!

Presentation: But, I Don't Have Time!
Bio: Indi Wright is a multi-passionate Inspirational Author, Evangelist, and Pastor who has earned the reputation as an ambassador of change and community leader across the Midwest. To date, she has authored and published seven books that have uplifted and continue to uplift hundreds of people worldwide. Currently, Indi is working on book number eight which will debut in 2018.
Blurb: Each of us are given a daily allotment of 24 hours in which we must skillfully utilize to complete everything necessary and desired. This hands-on session will help you maximize your moments and develop a plan that will aid in achieving your writing goals!

Presentation: Making the Most of Character and Setting
Bio: Cassandra Morgan, the Midwest's Mistress of Wordplay, is a YA Fantasy Author and presenter on writing topics. Her passion and mission is to teach the foundation of writing to young and newbie writers, and to give inspiration to our future generation of writers.
Blurb: Ideas are great, but it's what you do with it that really matters! Cassandra Morgan gives the foundation of what drives a great character, and how to set the most out of your setting.

Presentation: Bringing Historical Characters to Life
Bio: A natural problem-solver, Debra Rose enjoys breathing life into historical characters by studying their writing, photos and clothing, framed by the societal norms of the day.  She will be sharing her process for making the character come alive.
Bio: Kelly Boyer Sagert loves giving historical characters the opportunity to speak again through her writing and does her best to do justice to their words and their lives.
Blurb: Discover how to bring people from ages past to life, including those virtually lost to history. Kelly Boyer Sagert shares her perspectives as a writer; Debra Rose, as an actor.

 

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