2019 schedule coming soon!

We’ll have a program for both Saturday and Sunday up and available in February. In the meantime, check out our 2018 schedule below, and get ready for an even bigger events lineup this year!

WORDfest 2018 Morning Schedule - updated 3/14/18

NOTE: all programming items are subject to change!



Center Corner
(Contains three breakout areas)


Conf. Room

TV Lounge


8:00 – 9:00

Hallways open; registration begins

9:00 – 9:15






9:30 – 10:15

Session I

Full-length sessions happening in one divided room

Reviving/Republishing Your Backlist – Jodi Thompson

Panel: “The Big Ask” – how to request readers, blurbs, referrals, reviews, and everything else under the sun 

Royer, Klein, Rooks, Eudaly, Atwood (m)

Activity: Crowdsourced Storytelling

Daniel Wells

Writing and Selling Short Stories

Bill Ledbetter


Getting an Agent: How and Why – Rebecca Balcarcel

Your Book Marketing Recipe for Sizzling Sales

Shayla Raquel

Doing Research Right
Kathryn McClatchy

10:30 – 11:15

Session II

Avoiding Rookie Mistakes as an Indie Author – Robert Rooks

Panel: “Writing Outside Your Identity” – tips for responsibly and realistically portraying other races, genders, abilities, & beliefs

Balcarcel, Ledbetter, Douglas, Fields (m)

Activity: Storyboarding Tools and Techniques

Amber Royer

Developing Your Creative Confidence

Michael Guinn

Making it as a Hybrid Author

Kathleen Baldwin


Controlling Runaway Ideas and Competing Projects

Urania Fung

Tax Issues for Writers–Jim Brown

11:30 – 12:15

Session III

How to Make an Audio Book

Stewart / Rolon / Hamilton

Panel: “Avoiding the Money Pits” – there are a million ways to spend money on your writing career – but which ones are worthwhile?

J. Brown, Z. Brown, Helt, J. Thompson, Wells (m)

Activity: Creating Blackout Poetry

Krystal Norton

Writing Through the Tough Times

Sara Seese

How to Break into Ghostwriting

Blake Atwood


How to Start Getting Speaking Gigs – Jeff Klein

The Secrets of Scene Structure Amanda Arista


WORDfest 2018 Afternoon Schedule – updated 3/14/18

NOTE: all programming items are subject to change!



Center Corner
(Contains three breakout areas)


Conf. Room

TV Lounge


12:30 – 1:15

Lunch Break – buy or bring your lunch and join one of our genre/interest tables to meet other kindred spirits!

1:30 – 2:15

Session IV

Avoiding Medical Mistakes in Your Writing

Dr. John Boyd

Panel: “What I Learned the Hard Way” – successful writers from multiple career paths share their hardest-won wisdom

Guinn, Williams, Baldwin, Banerjee, Arista (m)


Activity: Practice Critique Group

(help us critique a sample work and discuss best practices for choosing and using a critique group)

Sarah Hamilton,
Bill Ledbetter,
Sara Seese

Surviving Rejection
Blake Kimzey

Screenwriters’ Secrets for Every Storyteller

Daniel Wells

Building Your Audience with

Existing Media Fandoms
Jennie Komp

Working with a Cover Artist or Illustrator- Jodi Thompson

2:30 – 3:15

Session V

Thriving as a Midlist Author – Kathleen Baldwin

Panel: “Writing Sustainably” – living a balanced and healthy writer’s life – pursuing your dream while avoiding neglect and burnout

Balcarcel, McClatchy, Ledbetter, Rooks, Kimzey (m)

Overcoming Fear of Failure

Barbara Wilson

Activity: Open Mic Performance

(come test your courage by reading 3-5 minutes of your work out loud!)

Michael Guinn

Writing Richer, More Gripping Nonfiction

Rusty Williams


Making Characters Come to Life

Ann Fields

Choosing and Using an Editor

Zetta Brown

3:30 – 4:00


Raffle and Closing Remarks