Intensive Roundtables and Panel Discussions

Day 1 Schedule: Friday July 10th, 2020

7:45 – 8:30am Registration
8:30 – 8:45am Welcome and Introduction
8:45 – 9:30am PANEL #1
PANEL #1 The latest on self-publishing, Indy, Hybrid, and traditional – Sam Hiyate, David Braughler and more
9:30 – 9:45am Break
9:45 – 11:40 ROUNDTABLE No.1
One agent/editor or publisher will lead a table at these sessions. Each writer presents 5 PAGES and receives critiques from the leaders and their peers. (timer and staff at each table. Presenters must provide copies of their work for every person at the table.) Approximate time per person will be approximately 10-15 minutes per person. Last fifteen minutes will either be a wrap-up by the leaders or they answer questions.

Windsor International Writers ink splash

12:15 – 1:30pm Lunch

1:30 – 3:00pm THE BOOK DOCTORS – Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry are co-founders of The Book Doctors, a company dedicated to helping authors get their books published. They are also co-authors of The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published: How To Write It, Sell It, and Market It… Successfully (Workman, 2010). Arielle Eckstut has been a literary agent for over 20 years at The Levine Greenberg Literary Agency. She is now the agent of Newberry award winner, Alexander.

She is also the author of nine books and the co-founder of the iconic brand, LittleMissMatched. David Henry Sterry is the best-selling author of 16 books, on a wide variety of subject including memoir, sports, YA fiction and reference. His first book has been translated into 10 languages and optioned by HBO, his latest book was featured on the cover of the Sunday New York Times Book Review. They’ve taught their workshop on how to get published everywhere from Stanford University to Smith College. They have appeared everywhere from The New York Times to NPR’s Morning Edition to USA Today.

Everyone agrees that after the story is written, editing becomes the most important task for writers to do to their work. There is so much to learn from this awesome duo!

3:00 – 5:00pm ROUNDTABLE #2 One agent/editor or publisher will lead a table of ten at these sessions. Each writer presents 500 words and receives critiques from the leaders and their peers. (timer and staff at each table. Presenters must provide copies of their work for every person at the table.) Approximate time per person will be approximately 10-15 minutes per person. Last fifteen minutes will either be a wrap-up by the leaders or they answer questions.

3:00 – 5:45pm “Wilkommen, Bien Venue –Welcome!
Official registration for conference

NB: Those who attended the roundtables are already registered and do not have to re-register.

5:45 – 6:30pm  WELCOMING THE DRUM It is our tradition to open our conference with a ceremony called Welcoming the Drum. “Been my understanding that the drum is the heart beat of our mother earth. It was the first sound we heard in our mother’s womb. The beating of our mothers heart sent us vibrations of love. That’s why we love the sound…the vibration the drum sends out. That’s why we dance…to send out the vibration of love to the ones who are sick..and to the ones who can not dance. I believe that the drum can heal us. Help us become better people, better friends, better husbands, better boyfriends to our female counter parts. the drum can heal our past and it can save our lives. the drum can help us stay sober. It can also lead us back to our true self. Our language, our ceremonies. The drum can heal a family. repair old resentments, and bring a family closer together. The drum can remind us to treat each other with respect…the drum only knows one thing…and that’s love. The drum can take you to places you’ve never dreamed of going. It can feed our families. Provide a way home. so many things the drum gives us…so long as we care for it…this I am reminded…to feed it. keep it safe from harm…it is always accepting..it is always welcoming those who stray from the good path….all this..and so much more…”

6:00 – 7:00pm Dinner: Keynote Speaker Monica Piper

MONICA PIPER

Windsor International Writers Speaker Monica Piper

We are so thrilled and honoured to have the fabulous Monica Piper!
Monica is an Emmy Award-winning comedy writer and stand-up comic. She has written for sit-coms Roseanne and Mad About You, and was the head writer of the #1 children’s animated series Rugrats.

She starred in her own Showtime Network special, “No, Monica, Just You” and was nominated by the American Comedy Awards as one of the top five female comedians in the country.

Monica is proud to be an artist-in-residence with the Jewish Women’s Theatre of Los Angeles. Her critically acclaimed one-woman play, “Not That Jewish,” returned to LA, after its hit 7-month run Off Broadway, and was seen every Thursday in February at the Braid Performance Space in Santa Monica.

THERE WILL BE A CASUAL GREET AND MEET and AUTHORS BOOK SIGNINGS AFTER MONICA’S ADDRESS!!!!!!

Come schmooze and mingle with fellow attendees and always a favourite pastime SHOPPING for BOOKS! Authors will be on hand to autograph.

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