Saturday, July 11TH, 2020
SCRATCHING THE SURFACE
7:30-8:45am Late Registration
8:45 – 10:00am MORNING SPEAKER : Carol Rehme
Windsor International Writer speaker Carol Rehme
Carol Rehme, award-winning author and a freelance editor, Rehme has 600 articles and stories in various magazines and anthologies. She is the co-author of five gift books for Publications International, Ltd. As a professional speaker, Rehme entertains and educates the same way she writes—through stories. She workshops her word-craft at storytelling and writing conferences, and offers keynotes and classes to guilds, businesses, associations, and professional organizations.
10:15 – 11:30am tba
Noon-2:00pm LUNCH BREAK!
Keynote speaker: LAURIE STEVENS
Windsor International Writers Speaker Laurie Stevens
Laurie Stevens screen play writer, solidified her desire to become a professional screenwriter when, at age 18, wrote a script for a Paramount Pictures screenplay competition and won. Laurie is a member of the Writers Guild of America West, joining after writing episodes for the syndicated television show, TIME TRAX. After years of script-doctoring for numerous features and production companies and having many scripts optioned, her first produced screenplay was AUTUMN DREAMS starring Colin Egglesfield and Jill Wagner, which became the highest-rated feature on The Hallmark Channel. She now has several scripts in development with The Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, the Lifetime Network, MRG Productions , Jay Weston Productions and AD Oppenheim Productions.
In addition, Laurie’s specialty is adapting novels into screenplays. She owns the film and television rights to several books for which she is writing for the screen. She also co-owns the film and television rights alongside Heidi Holicker, for HL Productions, of the novel, TASSY MORGAN’S BLUFF and has recently adapted it into the script, BLUFF. The duo also owns the film and television rights to two other novels, BELINDA LOST by Kathy Green and THE CURRENCY OF LOVE by Jill Dodd, for Laurie to both write and produce.
Laurie currently resides in Los Angeles
1:45-2:45pm Keynote speaker: SUZETTE MARTINEZ STANDRING
Windsor International Writers Speaker Suzette Martinez Standring
Suzette Martinez Standring became NSNC Executive Director in January 2017. She’s come full circle as she formerly directed a legal organization for 1,500 attorneys from 1984-1995 in her hometown of San Francisco.
Since 2007, she writes a spirituality column for The Patriot Ledger (MA), which is syndicated nationally through GateHouse Media. Her award winning books, The Art of Opinion Writing (2014) and The Art of Column Writing (2008) are used in journalism courses such as Johns Hopkins University. Suzette is a past president of The National Society of Newspaper Columnists (2004-2006) and is the host of It’s All Write With Suzette, a cable TV show about writing, with episodes on youtube.com Suzette presents writing workshops nationally.
She is also the recipient of the coveted Will Rogers Humanitarian award.
2:45-3:00pm BREAK AND BOOKSIGNING
3:00-4:30pm THE BOOK DOCTORS and PITCHAPALOOZA!
WHAT: Pitchapalooza is the American Idol for books (only kinder and gentler). Twenty
writers will be selected at random to pitch their book. Each writer gets one minute—and
only one minute! Dozens of writers have gone from talented amateurs to professionally
published authors as a result of participating in Pitchapalooza, including Genn Albin, our
KC winner who got a 3-book mid-6 figure deal with Farrar Straus & Giroux.
HOW: At Pitchapalooza, judges will help you improve your pitch, not tell you how bad it is. Judges critique everything from idea to style to potential in the marketplace and much, much more. Authors come away with concrete advice as well as a greater understanding of the ins and outs of the publishing industry. Whether potential authors pitch themselves, or simply listen to trained professionals critique each presentation, Pitchapalooza is educational and entertaining for one and all. From Miami to Portland, from LA to NYC, and many stops along the way, Pitchapaloozas have consistently drawn standing-room-only crowds, press and blog coverage, and the kind of bookstore buzz reserved for celebrity authors.
PRIZE: At the end of Pitchapalooza, the judges will pick a winner. The winner receives an introduction to an agent or publisher appropriate for his/her book.
Pitchapalooza video trailer: bit.ly/mVj4uA
Pitchapalooza mini movie: http://tinyurl.com/3jr8zte.
Here’s what people are saying about Pitchapaloza:
“We came to Pitchapalooza with an idea and six months later we got a book deal with a prominent publisher. We simply couldn’t have done this without this opportunity and without David and Arielle. We had been working on this project for several years, on our own, and struggling without any guidance. We were really discouraged by the entire process. Winning Pitchapalooza, and working with these two, really helped us focus and renew our enthusiasm in the project. And now we’re going to be published authors!”—Nura Maznavi and Ayesha Mattu, Pitchapalooza winners Litquke, San Francisco, Oct. 2010
6:15pm – 7:45pm DINNER
Keynote speaker: Steven James
Windsor International Writers Speaker Steven James
Steven James is a nationally bestselling author whose award-winning novels continue to gain wide critical acclaim and a growing fan base. Best known for his psychological thrillers, he has received dozens of honors and awards for his books, including three Christy Awards. His novel Every Wicked Man won the 2018 International Book Award for best Mystery/Suspense.
Suspense Magazine, who named Steven’s book The Bishop their Book of the Year, says that he “sets the new standard in suspense writing.” Publishers Weekly calls him a “master storyteller at the peak of his game” and RT Book Reviews promises that “the nail-biting suspense will rivet you.”
Equipped with a unique Master’s Degree in Storytelling, Steven has taught writing and storytelling on four continents over the past two decades, speaking more than two thousand times at events spanning the globe.
Steven’s groundbreaking book on the craft of fiction, Story Trumps Structure: How to Write Unforgettable Fiction by Breaking the Rules, won a 2015 Storytelling World Award and was recognized as one of the year’s best resources for storytellers; his latest book on writing, Troubleshooting Your Novel, also won a Storytelling World Award. Both books were published by Writer’s Digest Books.
Widely-recognized for his story crafting expertise, Steven has served for a number of years as a Master CraftFest instructor at ThrillerFest, North America’s premier training event for suspense writers hosted by International Thriller Writers. Steven also regularly teaches Novel Writing Intensive retreats across the country with New York Times Bestselling author Robert Dugoni.
2018 International Book Award for best Mystery/Suspense (Every Wicked Man)
2018 Storytelling World Award (Troubleshooting Your Novel)
2015 Storytelling World Award (Story Trumps Structure)
2012 ECPA Book of the Year – Fiction (The Queen)
2012 Retailers Choice Awards Finalist (The Queen)
2012 Christy Award – Suspense (The Queen)
2012 International Thriller Award Finalist for Best Original Paperback (The Queen)
2011 Library Journal’s One of the Best Christian Fiction Books (The Queen)
2011 Christy Award – Suspense (The Bishop)
2011 INSPY Award – Mystery/Thriller (The Bishop)
2011 INSPY Award – Thriller/Suspense (The Knight)
2010 Suspense Magazine Book of the Year (The Bishop)
2010 RT Book Reviews Best Inspirational Suspense (The Bishop)
2010 The Christian Manifesto’s Lime Award (The Bishop)
2009 The Suspense Zone Book of the Month, November (The Knight)
2009 Suspense Magazine Top 10 Books of (The Knight)
2009 The Christian Manifesto’s Lime Award – Best Fiction (The Knight)
2009 Christy Award – Suspense (The Knight)
2008 The Suspense Zone Reviewer’s Choice Award (The Rook)
2008 Best Crime Thriller Christy Award, Finalist (The Pawn)
2007 A Peek at my Bookshelf (The Pawn)
BOOKSIGNING FOR ALL WRITERS TO FOLLOW!!!
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