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The 2019 Writers Conference will be held Thursday, November 14 through Sunday, November 17.
Our conference will focus on craft, skill-development, and community building. Get your manuscript polished and submission-ready with how-to sessions, editing and critique, and community building. Thursday - Saturday is for adult and teen writers. Sunday is just for the kids.

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

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Thursday, November 14
 

6:00pm

Kickoff Event
The Library's 5th annual Writers Conference kicks off with responses to the prompt, "How has writing helped you through difficult times?" Our conference faculty will be joined by local authors reading their original works. We encourage you to drop in and meet our faculty for the weekend, mingle with other local writers and enjoy refreshments and author signings. Share your response to our prompt. Conference organizers will review and invite select authors to share their work at the kickoff.

Check out what’s already been submitted here!

Thursday November 14, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Gallery
 
Friday, November 15
 

9:00am

Al Wallace and David Smale (seats 150)
Ghostwriters create new opportunities for stories to be shared. Learn about the ins and outs of the process from FOX 4’s Al Wallace and his ghostwriter David Smale. From the actual work a ghostwriter does to how to connect up with your own client, this discussion will illuminate the details of a mostly hidden profession.

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Speakers
avatar for Al Wallace

Al Wallace

Al Wallace is a native Texan and a graduate of Texas Tech University. His career in broadcasttelevision news and sports spanned 5 different decades and 40 years. He spent 33 years as asports reporter and anchor at WDAF-TV, Kansas City’s oldest and most trusted televisionstation... Read More →
avatar for David Smale

David Smale

David is a lifelong sportsfan who has covered high school, college and professional sports. His favorite sport is whatever is in season. His favorite type of story is one that tells about the people involved. His 40-plus year career as a journalist has led to David writing 20 books... Read More →


Friday November 15, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Carmack

9:00am

Creating Magic Systems (seats 24)
It's not just Bibbity Bobbity Boo. When you bring magic into your story, you bring in much more than an interesting plot twist -- you bring in true power. Power that affects character, setting, plot, theme, structure .  . . even word choice. And we all know, with great power comes great responsibility. Accio Workshop!

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Speakers
avatar for Jenn Bailey

Jenn Bailey

Author and Editor
Jenn Bailey has her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her work has received the Candlewick Picture Book Scholarship and the Beyond Words award, among others. Jenn is a frequent guest lecturer and workshop leader for SCBWI, Heartland... Read More →


Friday November 15, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Logan

9:00am

Fantasy for Kids (seats 18)
Children's fantasy has produced some of literature's most beloved and enduring works. Join award-winner fantasy author Elizabeth Bunce in an exploration of what makes these stories so special, and what today's readers and editors are looking for.

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Bunce

Elizabeth Bunce

Author
Elizabeth C. Bunce is the nationally-known author of award-winning young adult historical fantasy novels A CURSE DARK AS GOLD and the Thief Errant series. She's a three-time Kansas Notable Book award-winner, and her books have appeared on Oprah's list and the Smithsonian Notable Books... Read More →


Friday November 15, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Pickard

9:00am

Mental Health Advocacy Writing (seats 12)
This unique workshop will focus on the strengths of storytellers in writing for mental health advocacy. Advocacy writing works to make an impact on both our immediate community and policy that expands beyond it. Using the pair and share strategy, writers will team up to identify a topic of interest and pitch their idea to other groups. Included in the workshop will be time to revise or start an advocacy story.

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Speakers
avatar for Ashley Grill

Ashley Grill

Peer Engagement Specialist, Johnson County Mental Health
I spent over a decade writing my personal narrative with the pen name, Sunny Mera. All in Her Head is a mental health advocacy story that some call a “page turner”. I shared the book with the entire Board of the New York Dental Hygienists’ Association, and they still voted me... Read More →


Friday November 15, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Conference Room 1

9:00am

NaNoWriMo Word Sprints (seats 24)
If you need an extra push to get those words in for NaNoWriMo, word sprints are your best friend. Word sprints give writers a competitive word count goal to work toward while putting them in communication with others who are on the NaNoWriMo grind. We’ll be writing and sharing, with prizes for the most voluminous sprinters.

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Friday November 15, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Learning Lab

9:00am

Bard Book Coaching (8 drop ins)
15 Minute Coaching Session with a Tarot Reading.
The book, graphic novel, painting, or song that exists in your mind is important to the fabric of life. Do not let writers’ block, limiting beliefs, and a creativity slump get in the way of what you are crafting! In fifteen minutes, the Bard Book Coaching Session will assist you with taking the next step with your creative project. The next page is ready!

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Speakers
avatar for Phil Denver

Phil Denver

Bard Coaching


Friday November 15, 2019 9:00am - 11:00am
Gallery

9:00am

Meet the Industry Insider (drop in)
Want to make sure your morgue scene captures all the mucky details? Need a realistic computer hacking scenario? If your latest work could benefit from access to an industry insider, stop by the Meet the Expert booth. We'll have local experts from all different professions on standby, ready to answer your questions, check for authenticity, and give you all of the jargon and grit you need to craft believable work.

9:00 - 10:00 - John Frownfelter, General Manager, Johnson County Funeral Chapel and Memorial Gardens
11:00 - 1:00 - Larry Rinne, Fighter Pilot, Gun School Graduate
noon - 2:00 - Lou Gehring, Astonomer
1:00 - 3:00 - Dan Estes, Computer Forensic Analyst
2:00 - 4:00 - Matt Stewart, Reporter/Anchor

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Friday November 15, 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm
Meet the Expert

10:00am

Fantasy for Kids (seats 18)
Children's fantasy has produced some of literature's most beloved and enduring works. Join award-winner fantasy author Elizabeth Bunce in an exploration of what makes these stories so special, and what today's readers and editors are looking for.

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Bunce

Elizabeth Bunce

Author
Elizabeth C. Bunce is the nationally-known author of award-winning young adult historical fantasy novels A CURSE DARK AS GOLD and the Thief Errant series. She's a three-time Kansas Notable Book award-winner, and her books have appeared on Oprah's list and the Smithsonian Notable Books... Read More →


Friday November 15, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Pickard

10:00am

Fight Like a Girl (seats 150)
Fight Like a Girl is a guideline to writing believable, kickass fight scenes that immerse but don't confuse the reader. You’re going to want a notebook and pen -- but please leave your nunchucks at home.

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Speakers
avatar for L.L. McKinney

L.L. McKinney

Leatrice "Elle" McKinney, writing as L.L. McKinney, is a poet and active member of the kidlit community. She’s an advocate for equality and inclusion in publishing, and the creator of the hashtag #WhatWoCWritersHear. Elle's also a gamer, Blerd, and adamant Hei Hei stan living in Kansas City. She spends her free time plagued by... Read More →



Friday November 15, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Carmack

10:00am

Trimming the Fat From Your Prose (seats 24)
Novelist Graham Greene characterized revision as glorious disloyalty to past ideas about how writing is made. This workshop will focus on the art and craft of revision. “Trimming the fat” does not mean downsizing or doing with less. Rather, it means becoming a better writer through hard work, reflection, feedback, and including the reader on your journey. Bring pen and paper or a laptop for exercises!

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Speakers
avatar for Andres Rodriguez

Andres Rodriguez

Graduate Writing Specialist, University of Kansas
Andrés Rodríguez is the author of Night Song (Tia Chucha Press), Book of the Heart (Lindisfarne Press), and Portal of Dreams (Woodley Press). His poems and essays have appeared in Bilingual Review, Flint Hills Review, Harvard Review, Hispanic Culture Review, I-70 Review, Palabra... Read More →


Friday November 15, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Logan

10:00am

Writing Your Mental Health Journey (seats 12)
Writing through one’s mental health journey is not only cathartic but also holds the potential to educate and inspire. This session will focus on the development of a mental health memoir or advocacy story. The facilitator will work through her own experiences and processes, demonstrating potential methods for attendees.

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Speakers
avatar for Ashley Grill

Ashley Grill

Peer Engagement Specialist, Johnson County Mental Health
I spent over a decade writing my personal narrative with the pen name, Sunny Mera. All in Her Head is a mental health advocacy story that some call a “page turner”. I shared the book with the entire Board of the New York Dental Hygienists’ Association, and they still voted me... Read More →


Friday November 15, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Conference Room 1

10:00am

Promoting Yourself: Marketing You and Your Writing (seats 12)
It’s very rare that talent alone will make you a successful writer. Getting your writing out to the public often includes selling yourself. Patrick Dobson will present the fine points of promoting you and your writing, including use of social media, speaking engagements, and E-mail. He will talk about gaining and maintaining an audience, building a platform for your work, and the details of getting published. Writers of all levels of experience are invited to attend this informative and useful conversation.

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Speakers

Friday November 15, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Conference Room 2

10:00am

Critique Partner Matchup (seats 24)
Have you been looking for another writer who is invested in their craft and will offer feedback on your latest work-in-progress? Are you willing to invest your time in a fellow writer and expand your critique and editing skills? Join Editor Tiffany White of Writers Untapped and Editor & Authorpreneurship Coach Jessica Conoley for a Critique Partner (CP) Matchup session! This two-hour workshop covers CP basics and allows you the chance to connect with (up to) twelve other potential CPs during the speed-match portion. Walk away with a list of writers as dedicated to the craft as you are, as well as a road map on how to navigate the opening stages of a CP relationship.

To assist facilitators in making the best possible match, please fill out this form by November 7.

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Conoley

Jessica Conoley

Author, Editor, Speaker, & Authorpreneurship Coach
Jessica Conoley is an author, editor, speaker, and Authorpreneurship coach. She writes YA and fantasy novels, creative non-fiction, flash fiction, and essays. Her creative non-fiction piece “I Am Descended From Giants” was awarded 1st place honors by the Bacopa Literary Review... Read More →
avatar for Tiffany White

Tiffany White

Editor, Writers Untapped
Tiffany White is an author and active voice in both local and online writing groups. She is highly engaged in the #WritingCommunity on Twitter and in the #WritersofInstagram community, where she engages authors with daily writing tips, advice, and support. When she's not writing... Read More →


Friday November 15, 2019 10:00am - 11:50am
Learning Lab

10:00am

Author Portraits (drop in)
Have your author portrait taken by Jacob Meyer from New Friends Photography!

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Speakers
avatar for Jacob Meyer

Jacob Meyer

Photographer, New Friends Photography
Filmmaker, Photographer and Storyteller.


Friday November 15, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm
Gallery

11:00am

Creating Magic Systems (seats 24)
It's not just Bibbity Bobbity Boo. When you bring magic into your story, you bring in much more than an interesting plot twist -- you bring in true power. Power that affects character, setting, plot, theme, structure...even word choice. And we all know, with great power comes great responsibility. Accio Workshop!

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Speakers
avatar for Jenn Bailey

Jenn Bailey

Author and Editor
Jenn Bailey has her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her work has received the Candlewick Picture Book Scholarship and the Beyond Words award, among others. Jenn is a frequent guest lecturer and workshop leader for SCBWI, Heartland... Read More →


Friday November 15, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
Logan

11:00am

The Long Haul (seats 150)
Anyone can start a novel; that’s when it’s fun, exciting, all possibility and no problems. For about fifty pages the thing practically writes itself—and then something happens. Narrative difficulties emerge and accumulate. Doubt creeps in. You falter, or quit altogether. This is not merely a common experience; it’s universal. Currie will share strategies for overcoming this challenge and powering through to the end.  This lecture is an introduction to the topic; an alternate two-day workshop will be offered for those with works in progress--see schedule for more details.

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only. 

Speakers
avatar for Ron Currie, Jr.

Ron Currie, Jr.

Author
Ron Currie is the author of the three novels, The One-Eyed Man, Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles, and Everything Matters! along with the short story collection, God is Dead, winner of the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award. In 2009, he received the Addison M. Metcalf Award... Read More →


Friday November 15, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
Carmack

11:00am

Writing Poetry for Prose Writers (seats 18)
Stretch your writing muscles by learning some daily poetry exercises to use as warm-ups before tackling your manuscript. We will also take on the task of turning prose into poetry (Hint: One of the first steps is to cut the lines  - chopping blocks will NOT be provided)

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Speakers
avatar for Jamie Heller

Jamie Heller

Author
Jamie Lynn Heller uses poetry as her caffeine (and she needs a lot to keep up with her life of teaching, parenting, wife-ing, daughter-ing, aunt-ing, neighboring, writing, and other -ings ). Her poetry book Buried in the Suburbs was published in 2018 (Woodley Press) and received the... Read More →


Friday November 15, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
Pickard

11:00am

Promoting Yourself: Marketing You and Your Writing (seats 12)
It’s very rare that talent alone will make you a successful writer. Getting your writing out to the public often includes selling yourself. Patrick Dobson will present the fine points of promoting you and your writing, including use of social media, speaking engagements, and E-mail. He will talk about gaining and maintaining an audience, building a platform for your work, and the details of getting published. Writers of all levels of experience are invited to attend this informative and useful conversation.

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Speakers

Friday November 15, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
Conference Room 2

12:00pm

Writing Contest Readings (seats 150)
Winners from our Read Local contests and published contributors from elementia, the library’s teen literary magazine, will share their work over lunch.

Friday November 15, 2019 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Carmack

12:00pm

Zine Workshop (drop in)
The organizers of KC Zine Con are excited to share the ins and outs of making zines. Zines (pronounced “zeens”) are self-published DIY booklets about a topic dear to the zine maker’s heart. They are typically handmade and embellished with collages and artwork. Zines are reproduced on a printer or copy machine, and then traded, sold, or given away for free. The zine concept favors process over perfection in order to get one’s ideas out into the world and shared immediately. There are many genres of zines and many ways to approach making a zine (fanzines, mini comics, essays, personal zines, instructional). Join us to learn more about making zines and leave with your very own mini zine to share with others. You may want to bring favorite sketches, writing, and quotes to include in your mini zine. Collage supplies and writing prompts will also be provided to help get you started.

Speakers
avatar for Abigail Walden

Abigail Walden

KC Zine Con
Abigail is a recent graduate from UMKC, where she's now a grad student working toward a Masters in Public Administration. She started working at Wonderscope Children's Museum in June of 2018, and while working there, she became interested in the idea of holding zine workshops for... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Iser

Stephanie Iser

Organizer, KC Zine Con
Stephanie Iser has a love of the zine medium. From 2005 to present, she has worked with others to establish a zine culture in Kansas City. She has done this through workshops, pop-up libraries and exhibits, mentorship of first-time zine-makers, and the creation of a local history... Read More →


Friday November 15, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Gallery

1:00pm

Best Practices (seats 150)
The perfect panel for someone looking to inject new energy and ideas into their writing process. We’ll talk the when, where, and why of writing and explore which methods have brought our panelists the greatest success. A new approach might be the perfect thing to get your next project on the right track.

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Speakers
avatar for Annie Ward

Annie Ward

Author
Annie’s sophomore novel and first psychological thriller BEAUTIFUL BAD was published by Harper Collins/Park Row books in March, 2019.Annie received a BA in English Lit with an emphasis in Creative Writing from UCLA and an MFA in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute. While... Read More →
avatar for L.L. McKinney

L.L. McKinney

Leatrice "Elle" McKinney, writing as L.L. McKinney, is a poet and active member of the kidlit community. She’s an advocate for equality and inclusion in publishing, and the creator of the hashtag #WhatWoCWritersHear. Elle's also a gamer, Blerd, and adamant Hei Hei stan living in Kansas City. She spends her free time plagued by... Read More →
avatar for Eric Obenauf

Eric Obenauf

Publisher, Two Dollar Radio
Eric Obenauf founded the publishing company Two Dollar Radio with his wife, Eliza. Their publications have been honored by the National Book Foundation, named Notable Books at the New York Times, finalists for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and placed on best-of-year lists at O, The Oprah Magazine, the Washington Post, NPR, and others... Read More →


Friday November 15, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Carmack

1:00pm

Show vs Tell (seats 12)
"You tell too much" is commonly told to writers. But what does that mean? In this workshop, we'll take a deep dive into the many different categories "telling" falls under, and we'll look at published books for examples of how to show in each instance instead. By the end of this workshop, writers will walk away with a firm understanding of what it means to "show" in a novel and when “telling” is helpful and necessary, too.

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Speakers
avatar for Tiffany White

Tiffany White

Editor, Writers Untapped
Tiffany White is an author and active voice in both local and online writing groups. She is highly engaged in the #WritingCommunity on Twitter and in the #WritersofInstagram community, where she engages authors with daily writing tips, advice, and support. When she's not writing... Read More →


Friday November 15, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Conference Room 1

1:00pm

Writing Poetry for Prose Writers (seats 24)
Stretch your writing muscles by learning some daily poetry exercises to use as warm-ups before tackling your manuscript. We will also take on the task of turning prose into poetry (Hint: One of the first steps is to cut the lines  - chopping blocks will NOT be provided)

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Speakers
avatar for Jamie Heller

Jamie Heller

Author
Jamie Lynn Heller uses poetry as her caffeine (and she needs a lot to keep up with her life of teaching, parenting, wife-ing, daughter-ing, aunt-ing, neighboring, writing, and other -ings ). Her poetry book Buried in the Suburbs was published in 2018 (Woodley Press) and received the... Read More →


Friday November 15, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Logan

1:00pm

Writing Under the Radar (seats 18)
Most writers don't want to be transparently "confessional" but still want to use the emotion and experience from their lives. In this workshop, participants will learn how to imbue other characters with the parts of their lives they want to keep "under the radar" while enriching their work with facts and details that give the writers new insight.

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Speakers
avatar for Marcia Hurlow

Marcia Hurlow

Author
Dr. Marcia L. Hurlow started the creative writing program at Asbury University, where she taught for 36 years before retiring to Olathe. She has also taught youth camps in creative writing for the Carnegie Center for Learning and Literacy and for ImpactU, as well as participated in... Read More →


Friday November 15, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Pickard

1:00pm

Scrivener 101 (seats 24)
Scrivener might be the most powerful writing tool you aren’t using. We’ll take a hands-on approach to tackling and taming this software. Learn to streamline and organize your process with this crucial word-processing program.

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Speakers
avatar for Jenn Bailey

Jenn Bailey

Author and Editor
Jenn Bailey has her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her work has received the Candlewick Picture Book Scholarship and the Beyond Words award, among others. Jenn is a frequent guest lecturer and workshop leader for SCBWI, Heartland... Read More →


Friday November 15, 2019 1:00pm - 2:50pm
Learning Lab

1:00pm

The Long Haul Workshop Pt 1 (seats 10)
Limited Capacity full

This is a two-part intensive workshop. Participants should plan on attending both Friday 1 – 3:50 AND Saturday 1 – 3:50.

In this workshop, participants will discuss and practice strategies for overcoming common challenges that develop after the first fifty pages of a novel. Over the course of two days, the class will workshop early chapters from participants’ own novels. Come prepared for critique and exchange.
Submission required: After registering, participants are asked to submit a manuscript (a novel excerpt) of up to 3,000 words by no later than 9am. on October 31.

A condensed lecture version of this workshop will be offered on Friday.  See schedule for more details.

Registration for this session is limited to 10 and participants must register and submit work ahead of time to attend.

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only. 

Speakers
avatar for Ron Currie, Jr.

Ron Currie, Jr.

Author
Ron Currie is the author of the three novels, The One-Eyed Man, Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles, and Everything Matters! along with the short story collection, God is Dead, winner of the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award. In 2009, he received the Addison M. Metcalf Award... Read More →


Friday November 15, 2019 1:00pm - 3:50pm
Conference Room 2

2:00pm

Show vs Tell (seats 12)
"You tell too much" is commonly told to writers. But what does that mean? In this workshop, we'll take a deep dive into the many different categories "telling" falls under, and we'll look at published books for examples of how to show in each instance instead. By the end of this workshop, writers will walk away with a firm understanding of what it means to "show" in a novel and when “telling” is helpful and necessary, too.

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Speakers
avatar for Tiffany White

Tiffany White

Editor, Writers Untapped
Tiffany White is an author and active voice in both local and online writing groups. She is highly engaged in the #WritingCommunity on Twitter and in the #WritersofInstagram community, where she engages authors with daily writing tips, advice, and support. When she's not writing... Read More →


Friday November 15, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Conference Room 1

2:00pm

Writing About Moral Injury (150)
Moral injury is common amongst military, police, and first responders, though has only recently been recognized by mental health professionals. If your protagonist is emotionally conflicted from responding to grave injuries or death, working through the trauma they’ve suffered--the haunting guilt and shame--is essential in building a character that is true to life. We’ll study moral injury, how it differs from post-traumatic stress disorder and how it can impact your primary and secondary characters and the story line you create.

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Speakers
avatar for Cindy McDermot

Cindy McDermot

Author, McD Media
Cindy McDermott is an internationally award-winning writer and video producer in the non-profit, manufacturing, and military sectors. She spent most of her working career in the public relations business, with twenty-five years managing the employee communications program for Alcoa... Read More →


Friday November 15, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Carmack

2:00pm

Writing Documentary Films (seats 24)
How do you write for a documentary?  How do you blend narration and clips from interviews with pictures and sound for maximum effect?  This talk will take you behind the scenes of the filmmaking process and reveal the painstaking process involved in getting it just right.  Award-winning local filmmaker Michael Price will walk you through how he does it, and he'll explain the constraints on the writer, as well as the freedoms offered.

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Price

Michael Price

English Landing Films
Michael Price is a filmmaker and journalist based in Kansas City, although originally from the UK. He studied law at Oxford University and then gained a master's degree in radio from the University of London. He went on to become a producer with the BBC TV national current affairs... Read More →


Friday November 15, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Logan

2:00pm

Writing Under the Radar (seats 18)
Most writers don't want to be transparently "confessional" but still want to use the emotion and experience from their lives. In this workshop, participants will learn how to imbue other characters with the parts of their lives they want to keep "under the radar" while enriching their work with facts and details that give the writers new insight.

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Speakers
avatar for Marcia Hurlow

Marcia Hurlow

Author
Dr. Marcia L. Hurlow started the creative writing program at Asbury University, where she taught for 36 years before retiring to Olathe. She has also taught youth camps in creative writing for the Carnegie Center for Learning and Literacy and for ImpactU, as well as participated in... Read More →


Friday November 15, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Pickard

2:00pm

Channeled Psychic (8 drop ins)
15 Minute sessions.
Channeled psychic information that helps you move forward in your Life. This information helps give you the direction you’re looking for, not just in your career but in your everyday life.

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.


Friday November 15, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Gallery

3:00pm

The Door into Darkness with Annie Ward (seats 24)
There’s something wickedly fun about a good anti-hero. Don’t we all love to hate a really well written villain who is smart enough to outwit the reader? Let’s discuss bad guys, particularly the bad guys who didn’t start out that way. They’ve existed forever (or at least since Shakespeare wrote Macbeth) but they’ve gotten very popular in recent literature and film (Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Gone Girl, etc.). This seminar will explore the appeal of the “negative character arc” and why it’s cathartic to watch ordinary people spiral out of control.

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Speakers
avatar for Annie Ward

Annie Ward

Author
Annie’s sophomore novel and first psychological thriller BEAUTIFUL BAD was published by Harper Collins/Park Row books in March, 2019.Annie received a BA in English Lit with an emphasis in Creative Writing from UCLA and an MFA in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute. While... Read More →


Friday November 15, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Logan

3:00pm

Writing Clearly: Commas, Semicolons, and Colons (seats 18)
No elements of punctuation are more troublesome than commas, semi-colons, and colons (or is it “commas, semi-colons and colons”?).
This highly interactive workshop will help you to determine when to use which; hands-on activities will support the discussion.

Bonus: if we have time we might even talk about dashes and ellipses!

Speakers
avatar for Andy Rowe

Andy Rowe

Business Trainer, Instructional Designer, Writer
Andy Rowe has enjoyed a 25-year career as an instructional designer and business trainer. “You see the work of the instructional designer whenever you attend a training session,” says Andy. “There are manuals, assessments, activities, facilitator notes, PowerPoint slides... Read More →


Friday November 15, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Pickard

3:00pm

1st Page Reads (seats 150)
Find out what your manuscript is doing right or what might be keeping you from finding the perfect publishing opportunity. Submit one, double-spaced page with no identifying information. We’ll randomly select pages for our panel to read and discuss. 
Submit here: https://readlocal.submittable.com/submit 
Panelists: Jessica Conoley, Eric Obenauf, and Polly McCann
Not all submissions will be discussed.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Conoley

Jessica Conoley

Author, Editor, Speaker, & Authorpreneurship Coach
Jessica Conoley is an author, editor, speaker, and Authorpreneurship coach. She writes YA and fantasy novels, creative non-fiction, flash fiction, and essays. Her creative non-fiction piece “I Am Descended From Giants” was awarded 1st place honors by the Bacopa Literary Review... Read More →
avatar for Polly McCann

Polly McCann

Managing Editor, Flying Ketchup Press
POLLY ALICE MCCANN graduated with her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Hamline University in St. Paul. She is a published poet and author/ illustrator. She is a writing instructor with Society of Young Inklings, and managing editor of Flying Ketchup Press, she won the... Read More →
avatar for Eric Obenauf

Eric Obenauf

Publisher, Two Dollar Radio
Eric Obenauf founded the publishing company Two Dollar Radio with his wife, Eliza. Their publications have been honored by the National Book Foundation, named Notable Books at the New York Times, finalists for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and placed on best-of-year lists at O, The Oprah Magazine, the Washington Post, NPR, and others... Read More →


Friday November 15, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Carmack

3:00pm

NaNoWriMo Word Sprints (seats 24)
If you need an extra push to get those words in for NaNoWriMo, word sprints are your best friend. Word sprints give writers a competitive word count goal to work toward while putting them in communication with others who are on the NaNoWriMo grind. We’ll be writing and sharing, with prizes for the most voluminous sprinters.

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Sullivan

Stephanie Sullivan

NaNoWriMo Liason, NaNoWriMo
Stephanie grew up in a household of gamers, and her biggest struggle was squeezing in time to play herself around the three other folks in her home who played. In high school, a friend brought her into the world of tabletop roleplaying games, and she hasn’t looked back. Her essay... Read More →


Friday November 15, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Learning Lab

4:00pm

Writer/Publisher Relationship (seats 150)
Joshua Mohr, author of Sirens, will sit in conversation with Eric Obanauf, his publisher at Two Dollar Radio. Find out how Mohr first connected with Obenauf, what happened after he did, and what kind of things are important to look for in a publisher. A Q&A will follow.

Speakers
avatar for Joshua Mohr

Joshua Mohr

Author
Joshua Mohr is the author of the memoir "Sirens" (2017), as well as five novels including "Damascus", which The New York Times called "Beat-poet cool." He’s also written "Fight Song" and "Some Things that Meant the World to Me," one of O Magazine’s Top 10 reads of 2009 and a San... Read More →
avatar for Eric Obenauf

Eric Obenauf

Publisher, Two Dollar Radio
Eric Obenauf founded the publishing company Two Dollar Radio with his wife, Eliza. Their publications have been honored by the National Book Foundation, named Notable Books at the New York Times, finalists for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and placed on best-of-year lists at O, The Oprah Magazine, the Washington Post, NPR, and others... Read More →


Friday November 15, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Carmack

4:00pm

The Door into Darkness by Annie Ward (seats 24)
There’s something wickedly fun about a good anti-hero. Don’t we all love to hate a really well written villain who is smart enough to outwit the reader? Let’s discuss bad guys, particularly the bad guys who didn’t start out that way. They’ve existed forever (or at least since Shakespeare wrote Macbeth) but they’ve gotten very popular in recent literature and film (Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Gone Girl, etc.). This seminar will explore the appeal of the “negative character arc” and why it’s cathartic to watch ordinary people spiral out of control.

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Speakers
avatar for Annie Ward

Annie Ward

Author
Annie’s sophomore novel and first psychological thriller BEAUTIFUL BAD was published by Harper Collins/Park Row books in March, 2019.Annie received a BA in English Lit with an emphasis in Creative Writing from UCLA and an MFA in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute. While... Read More →


Friday November 15, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Logan

4:00pm

Writing Clearly: Run-on Sentences (seats 18)
What is too much and when do you stop if you have too much in one sentence so you just don’t really know where to pause or even just hesitate a little bit so that your reader might have an opportunity to digest what you’re trying to say so all you end up with is one long run-on sentence that nobody wants to read? Come to this workshop to find out!
And fragments too.

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Speakers
avatar for Andy Rowe

Andy Rowe

Business Trainer, Instructional Designer, Writer
Andy Rowe has enjoyed a 25-year career as an instructional designer and business trainer. “You see the work of the instructional designer whenever you attend a training session,” says Andy. “There are manuals, assessments, activities, facilitator notes, PowerPoint slides... Read More →


Friday November 15, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Pickard

4:00pm

Story in a Bag (seats 24)
Unlock your creativity with a Story in a Bag session. Participants will draw prompts from a bag and have 45 minutes to craft them into a story or poem.

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Speakers
avatar for Hebah Amin-Headley

Hebah Amin-Headley

Information Specialist, Johnson County Library


Friday November 15, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Learning Lab

6:00pm

Meet the Author: Sly James (seats 150)
Former Kansas City Mayor Sly James, in discussion with Bob Snodgrass, will talk about James’ new autobiography, A Passion for Purpose: Building Cities for Our Children. It seamlessly incorporates the former mayor’s political philosophy and his life story into a fast-paced and entertaining story told with an informative and authentic style. James and Snodgrass will engage in a dynamic conversation that includes audience participation, followed by a book signing. Books will be available for purchase by Ascend Books, LLC.

Speakers
avatar for Mayor Sly James

Mayor Sly James

Sylvester “Sly” James was sworn in as the 56th Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri in 2011, and was re-elected for a second term in 2015. A native Kansas Citian, James served as a military police officer in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. Prior to his entry into politics... Read More →
avatar for Bob Snodgrass

Bob Snodgrass

Publisher and CEO, Ascend Books
With over 35 years in the publishing and licensing business Bob Snodgrass, Publisher and CEO of Ascend Books of Overland Park has over 350 titles to his credit. Bob’s career in the publishing business has produced hundreds of successful book titles with regional and national celebrity... Read More →


Friday November 15, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Carmack
 
Saturday, November 16
 

9:00am

Writing Partners (seats 150)
Writing partners work to elevate each other’s work from good to great, but how does one manage this relationship from different parts of the country? Joshua Mohr and Ron Currie live in California and Maine, respectively, but have maintained a strong writing partnership in spite of the distance. They’ll discuss how they met, what tools and processes they use, and the challenges of sharing your work in its early stages.

Speakers
avatar for Ron Currie, Jr.

Ron Currie, Jr.

Author
Ron Currie is the author of the three novels, The One-Eyed Man, Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles, and Everything Matters! along with the short story collection, God is Dead, winner of the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award. In 2009, he received the Addison M. Metcalf Award... Read More →
avatar for Joshua Mohr

Joshua Mohr

Author
Joshua Mohr is the author of the memoir "Sirens" (2017), as well as five novels including "Damascus", which The New York Times called "Beat-poet cool." He’s also written "Fight Song" and "Some Things that Meant the World to Me," one of O Magazine’s Top 10 reads of 2009 and a San... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Carmack

9:00am

Importance of Research (seats 24)
We often think of creative work as flowing freely from our solitary writing process. Yet, this session will present how our creative writing, specifically poetry, can actually benefit from integrating outside research. It will explore how to "deepen" a writer's work by taking time to investigate the social and political events of a time period and to find and apply words and allusions that provide layers beyond pure narrative and observation. Specific poems that have gone through this research process will be shown and writing time may be allotted.

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Speakers
avatar for Aisha Sharif

Aisha Sharif

Poet
Aisha is a Cave Canem fellow who resides in Shawnee, Kansas, a suburb that borders Kansas City, Missouri.  As an African American Muslim woman, her work explores how racial, gender, and religious identities align, separate, and blend. Her poem, “Why I Can Dance Down a Soul Train... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Logan

9:00am

Writing Documentary Films (seats 18)
How do you write for a documentary?  How do you blend narration and clips from interviews with pictures and sound for maximum effect?  This talk will take you behind the scenes of the filmmaking process and reveal the painstaking process involved in getting it just right.  Award-winning local filmmaker Michael Price will walk you through how he does it, and he'll explain the constraints on the writer, as well as the freedoms offered.

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Price

Michael Price

English Landing Films
Michael Price is a filmmaker and journalist based in Kansas City, although originally from the UK. He studied law at Oxford University and then gained a master's degree in radio from the University of London. He went on to become a producer with the BBC TV national current affairs... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Pickard

9:00am

Writing Hike (seats 12)
Can hiking help your writing? Absolutely. Writing anything—a novel, memoir, thriller, or picture book—is simply a matter of moving a story forward, scene by scene. If you’re ready to take the first step toward writing your masterpiece, join hiker and writer Kate Klise, author of more than 30 books, on a 50-minute hike. You’ll discuss characters, conflict, setting, and plotting all while plodding through Strang Park. Studies show that creativity is increased by 60% when we’re walking, so let’s get moving!

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Speakers
avatar for Kate Klise

Kate Klise

Author


Saturday November 16, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Conference Room 2

9:00am

Writing Your Mental Health Journey (seats 12)
Writing through one’s mental health journey is not only cathartic but also holds the potential to educate and inspire. This session will focus on the development of a mental health memoir or advocacy story. The facilitator will work through her own experiences and processes, demonstrating potential methods for attendees.

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Speakers
avatar for Ashley Grill

Ashley Grill

Peer Engagement Specialist, Johnson County Mental Health
I spent over a decade writing my personal narrative with the pen name, Sunny Mera. All in Her Head is a mental health advocacy story that some call a “page turner”. I shared the book with the entire Board of the New York Dental Hygienists’ Association, and they still voted me... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Conference Room 1

9:00am

NaNoWriMo Word Sprints (seats 24)
If you need an extra push to get those words in for NaNoWriMo, word sprints are your best friend. Word sprints give writers a competitive word count goal to work toward while putting them in communication with others who are on the NaNoWriMo grind. We’ll be writing and sharing, with prizes for the most voluminous sprinters.

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Sullivan

Stephanie Sullivan

NaNoWriMo Liason, NaNoWriMo
Stephanie grew up in a household of gamers, and her biggest struggle was squeezing in time to play herself around the three other folks in her home who played. In high school, a friend brought her into the world of tabletop roleplaying games, and she hasn’t looked back. Her essay... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Learning Lab

9:00am

Channeled Psychic (8 drop ins)
15 Minute sessions.
Channeled psychic information that helps you move forward in your Life. This information helps give you the direction you’re looking for, not just in your career but in your everyday life.

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.


Saturday November 16, 2019 9:00am - 11:00am
Gallery

9:00am

Meet the Industry Insider (drop in)
Want to make sure your morgue scene captures all the mucky details? Need a realistic computer hacking scenario? If your latest work could benefit from access to an industry insider, stop by the Meet the Expert booth. We'll have local experts from all different professions on standby, ready to answer your questions, check for authenticity, and give you all of the jargon and grit you need to craft believable work.

9:00 - 11:00 - Jim Edson, Architect
11 - noon - Jim Crabtree, Civil Trial Law
2:00 - 4:00 - Larry Rinne, Fighter Pilot, Gun School Graduate
2:30 - 4:30 Master Deputy Allen Kisler, Lead/Training/Classifications Officer, Counterfeit Document Recognition Instructor, Detention Bureau, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office


Saturday November 16, 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm
Meet the Expert

10:00am

Importance of Research (seats 24)
We often think of creative work as flowing freely from our solitary writing process. Yet, this session will present how our creative writing, specifically poetry, can actually benefit from integrating outside research. It will explore how to "deepen" a writer's work by taking time to investigate the social and political events of a time period and to find and apply words and allusions that provide layers beyond pure narrative and observation. Specific poems that have gone through this research process will be shown and writing time may be allotted.

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Speakers
avatar for Aisha Sharif

Aisha Sharif

Poet
Aisha is a Cave Canem fellow who resides in Shawnee, Kansas, a suburb that borders Kansas City, Missouri.  As an African American Muslim woman, her work explores how racial, gender, and religious identities align, separate, and blend. Her poem, “Why I Can Dance Down a Soul Train... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Logan

10:00am

Mental Health Advocacy Writing (seats 12)
This unique workshop will focus on the strengths of storytellers in writing for mental health advocacy. Advocacy writing works to make an impact on both our immediate community and policy that expands beyond it. Using the pair and share strategy, writers will team up to identify a topic of interest and pitch their idea to other groups. Included in the workshop will be time to revise or start an advocacy story.

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Speakers
avatar for Ashley Grill

Ashley Grill

Peer Engagement Specialist, Johnson County Mental Health
I spent over a decade writing my personal narrative with the pen name, Sunny Mera. All in Her Head is a mental health advocacy story that some call a “page turner”. I shared the book with the entire Board of the New York Dental Hygienists’ Association, and they still voted me... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Conference Room 1

10:00am

Live Poetry Editing by Huascar Medina (seats 150)
In this live editing session Huascar Medina, 2019-2020 Poet Laureate of Kansas, will use select poems by participants to demonstrate how to revise constructively, with the goal of seeing our own work with new eyes. Not all submissions will be edited. Submit your work at https://readlocal.submittable.com/submit.

Speakers
avatar for Huascar Medina

Huascar Medina

Poet Laureate of Kansas
Huascar is a poet, writer, and performer who lives in Topeka. He currently works as a freelance copywriter and as the Literary Editor for seveneightfive magazine publishing stories that spotlight literary and artistic events in northeast Kansas. His poems can be found in his collection How... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Carmack

10:00am

Critique Partner Matchup (seats 24)
Limited Capacity seats available

Have you been looking for another writer who is invested in their craft and will offer feedback on your latest work-in-progress? Are you willing to invest your time in a fellow writer and expand your critique and editing skills? Join Editor Tiffany White of Writers Untapped and Editor & Authorpreneurship Coach Jessica Conoley for a Critique Partner (CP) Matchup session! This two-hour workshop covers CP basics and allows you the chance to connect with (up to) twelve other potential CPs during the speed-match portion. Walk away with a list of writers as dedicated to the craft as you are, as well as a road map on how to navigate the opening stages of a CP relationship.

To assist facilitators in making the best possible match, please fill out this form by November 7.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Conoley

Jessica Conoley

Author, Editor, Speaker, & Authorpreneurship Coach
Jessica Conoley is an author, editor, speaker, and Authorpreneurship coach. She writes YA and fantasy novels, creative non-fiction, flash fiction, and essays. Her creative non-fiction piece “I Am Descended From Giants” was awarded 1st place honors by the Bacopa Literary Review... Read More →
avatar for Tiffany White

Tiffany White

Editor, Writers Untapped
Tiffany White is an author and active voice in both local and online writing groups. She is highly engaged in the #WritingCommunity on Twitter and in the #WritersofInstagram community, where she engages authors with daily writing tips, advice, and support. When she's not writing... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 10:00am - 11:50am
Learning Lab

10:00am

Scrivener 101 (seats 18)
Scrivener might be the most powerful writing tool you aren’t using. We’ll take a hands-on approach to tackling and taming this software. Learn to streamline and organize your process with this crucial word-processing program.

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Speakers
avatar for Jenn Bailey

Jenn Bailey

Author and Editor
Jenn Bailey has her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her work has received the Candlewick Picture Book Scholarship and the Beyond Words award, among others. Jenn is a frequent guest lecturer and workshop leader for SCBWI, Heartland... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 10:00am - 11:50am
Pickard

11:00am

Screenwriting Panel (seats 150)
With the increasing ease of TV and movie production, screenwriting has become an important skill for writers of all genres to add to their toolboxes. Our panel will bring together experts from different writing backgrounds to talk about their experience in screenwriting and filmmaking.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Obenauf

Eric Obenauf

Publisher, Two Dollar Radio
Eric Obenauf founded the publishing company Two Dollar Radio with his wife, Eliza. Their publications have been honored by the National Book Foundation, named Notable Books at the New York Times, finalists for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and placed on best-of-year lists at O, The Oprah Magazine, the Washington Post, NPR, and others... Read More →
avatar for Joshua Mohr

Joshua Mohr

Author
Joshua Mohr is the author of the memoir "Sirens" (2017), as well as five novels including "Damascus", which The New York Times called "Beat-poet cool." He’s also written "Fight Song" and "Some Things that Meant the World to Me," one of O Magazine’s Top 10 reads of 2009 and a San... Read More →
avatar for Michael Price

Michael Price

English Landing Films
Michael Price is a filmmaker and journalist based in Kansas City, although originally from the UK. He studied law at Oxford University and then gained a master's degree in radio from the University of London. He went on to become a producer with the BBC TV national current affairs... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
Carmack

11:00am

The Good, the Bad, the Ugly: How to Turn IRL Stuff Into Fiction (seats 24)
Strangers who become friends. Friends who become strangers. Fantastic surprises. Horrible heartbreaks. This is the stuff of real life—and also of bestselling literature. If you’ve ever wondered how to turn one of your best (or worst) life experiences into fiction, this workshop is for you. We’ll discuss what makes a good story, where to start, the importance of conflicts, journeys, turning points, and oh-no moments all while writing and workshopping IRL.

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Speakers
avatar for Kate Klise

Kate Klise

Author


Saturday November 16, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
Logan

11:00am

Writing a Culture that's Not Your Own (seats 12)
Some of the most compelling narratives in fiction for children and young adults bring characters to life whose experiences are vastly different from the writer’s. This might be in terms of age (e.g. Maurice Sendak’s Max), gender (e.g. J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter), time period (e.g. Karen Cushman’s Catherine, called Birdy), culture (e.g. Scott O’Dell’s Karana in Island of the Blue Dolphins), race (Elizabeth Yates’ Amos Fortune), religion (Laura Moriarty’s Sadaf in American Heart). Come and explore the value and most productive ways of creating more diverse populations of characters and narratives for young readers.

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Speakers
avatar for Giselle Anatol

Giselle Anatol

Professor, The University of Kansas
Giselle Liza Anatol has edited three collections of analytical essays on popular literature for children and young adults: *Reading Harry Potter* (Greenwood, 2003), *Reading Harry Potter Again* (ABC-CLIO, 2009), and *Bringing Light to Twilight: Perspectives on the Pop Culture Phenomenon... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
Conference Room 2

11:00am

Poetry Small Group Critique (seats 10)
Join Huascar Medina, Poet Laureate of Kansas, for a poetry critique. Bring up to three, single-sided, double spaced pages and be ready to share. A great session for those looking for feedback or new writing partners!

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Speakers
avatar for Huascar Medina

Huascar Medina

Poet Laureate of Kansas
Huascar is a poet, writer, and performer who lives in Topeka. He currently works as a freelance copywriter and as the Literary Editor for seveneightfive magazine publishing stories that spotlight literary and artistic events in northeast Kansas. His poems can be found in his collection How... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 11:00am - 12:50pm
Conference Room 1

11:00am

Zine Workshop (drop in)
The organizers of KC Zine Con are excited to share the ins and outs of making zines. Zines (pronounced “zeens”) are self-published DIY booklets about a topic dear to the zine maker’s heart. They are typically handmade and embellished with collages and artwork. Zines are reproduced on a printer or copy machine, and then traded, sold, or given away for free. The zine concept favors process over perfection in order to get one’s ideas out into the world and shared immediately. There are many genres of zines and many ways to approach making a zine (fanzines, mini comics, essays, personal zines, instructional). Join us to learn more about making zines and leave with your very own mini zine to share with others. You may want to bring favorite sketches, writing, and quotes to include in your mini zine. Collage supplies and writing prompts will also be provided to help get you started.

Speakers
avatar for Abigail Walden

Abigail Walden

KC Zine Con
Abigail is a recent graduate from UMKC, where she's now a grad student working toward a Masters in Public Administration. She started working at Wonderscope Children's Museum in June of 2018, and while working there, she became interested in the idea of holding zine workshops for... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Iser

Stephanie Iser

Organizer, KC Zine Con
Stephanie Iser has a love of the zine medium. From 2005 to present, she has worked with others to establish a zine culture in Kansas City. She has done this through workshops, pop-up libraries and exhibits, mentorship of first-time zine-makers, and the creation of a local history... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 11:00am - 1:00pm
Gallery

12:00pm

Writing Contest Winners with The Inspiration Monkeys (seats 150)
A lunchtime hour of brassy, primal, poetry-inspired improvisational jazz! We’ll welcome poets and spoken-word artists to the stage to read their work alongside the Inspiration Monkeys, a local four-piece jazz ensemble. Musical accompaniment guaranteed. 

The Inspiration Monkeys are Dan Diamond on Bass, Aaron Bush on Baritone Sax, Mark Hamblin on Trumpet, and Jason Ammerman on Percussion. 

Speakers
avatar for Inspiration Monkeys

Inspiration Monkeys

Dan Diamond- BassAaron Bush- Baritone SaxMark Hamblin- TrumpetJason Ammerman- Percussion



Saturday November 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Carmack

12:00pm

Bard Book Coaching (8 drop ins)
Limited Capacity full

15 Minute Coaching Session with a Tarot Reading.
The book, graphic novel, painting, or song that exists in your mind is important to the fabric of
life. Do not let writers’ block, limiting beliefs, and a creativity slump get in the way of what you
are crafting! In fifteen minutes, the Bard Book Coaching Session will assist you with taking the
next step with your creative project. The next page is ready!

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Speakers
avatar for Phil Denver

Phil Denver

Bard Coaching


Saturday November 16, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Gallery

1:00pm

Beta Reader Basics (seats 150)
You finished your draft! The story is done! It's time to... let someone else read it. Sharing a manuscript for the first time can be daunting, but when you have the right Beta Readers sharing can be educational, encouraging, and exciting! Jessica Conoley covers the Beta Reader Basics in this workshop. We'll break down: what a Beta Reader is, how to find one, what they can do for you and your work, how to cultivate long-lasting, trustworthy relationships with your Betas, and more. Walk away with a blueprint on how your Beta Readers can help your writing shine.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Conoley

Jessica Conoley

Author, Editor, Speaker, & Authorpreneurship Coach
Jessica Conoley is an author, editor, speaker, and Authorpreneurship coach. She writes YA and fantasy novels, creative non-fiction, flash fiction, and essays. Her creative non-fiction piece “I Am Descended From Giants” was awarded 1st place honors by the Bacopa Literary Review... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Carmack

1:00pm

Fractured Fairy Tales (seats 12)
Whether writing for very young readers or for young adult audiences, contemporary re-visions of fairy tales and other classics of children’s literature are a popular genre. Examples include works as diverse as Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith’s humorous True Story of the Three Little Pigs picture book, told from the wolf’s point of view; L.L. McKinney’s action-packed A Blade So Black, a rewriting of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, set in present-day Atlanta; and Marissa Meyer’s Cinder, which casts Cinderella as a teenaged cyborg in an alternate Asian futurescape. Come and explore different ways of crafting successful fractured tales!

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Speakers
avatar for Giselle Anatol

Giselle Anatol

Professor, The University of Kansas
Giselle Liza Anatol has edited three collections of analytical essays on popular literature for children and young adults: *Reading Harry Potter* (Greenwood, 2003), *Reading Harry Potter Again* (ABC-CLIO, 2009), and *Bringing Light to Twilight: Perspectives on the Pop Culture Phenomenon... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Conference Room 1

1:00pm

Redeeming Your Villain (seats 24)
Without the antagonist, there is no story. But how do you make sure your Big Bad isn’t so big and so bad that they are unbelievable? Crafting memorable villains means gifting them with just the right amount of horror and just the right amount of humanity.

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Speakers
avatar for Jenn Bailey

Jenn Bailey

Author and Editor
Jenn Bailey has her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her work has received the Candlewick Picture Book Scholarship and the Beyond Words award, among others. Jenn is a frequent guest lecturer and workshop leader for SCBWI, Heartland... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Logan

1:00pm

The Other: How to Write Inclusivity Authentically (seats 24)
Good writing draws us into the experiences of another. But what if the writing jolts the reader out of the narrative, making him or her feel othered instead? In this workshop we’ll examine blind spots that alienate readers—such as ethnic stereotypes and irrelevant references to ethnicity. We will explore techniques to create, instead, authentic inclusivity in fiction and nonfiction writing, thereby drawing and maintaining a wider audience.

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Silwance

Mary Silwance

Author
Originally from Egypt, Mary Silwance lives in Kansas City. An environmental activist and speaker, former teacher, award-winning poet, mother and aspiring farmer, she is a member of the Kansas City Writers Group, is active in the KC open mic scene and serves on the editorial teams... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Learning Lab

1:00pm

Trimming the Fat From Your Prose (seats 18)
Novelist Graham Greene characterized revision as glorious disloyalty to past ideas about how writing is made. This workshop will focus on the art and craft of revision. “Trimming the fat” does not mean downsizing or doing with less. Rather, it means becoming a better writer through hard work, reflection, feedback, and including the reader on your journey. Bring pen and paper or a laptop for exercises!

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Speakers
avatar for Andres Rodriguez

Andres Rodriguez

Graduate Writing Specialist, University of Kansas
Andrés Rodríguez is the author of Night Song (Tia Chucha Press), Book of the Heart (Lindisfarne Press), and Portal of Dreams (Woodley Press). His poems and essays have appeared in Bilingual Review, Flint Hills Review, Harvard Review, Hispanic Culture Review, I-70 Review, Palabra... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Pickard

1:00pm

Author Portraits (drop in)
Have your author portrait taken by Jacob Meyer from New Friends Photography!

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Speakers
avatar for Jacob Meyer

Jacob Meyer

Photographer, New Friends Photography
Filmmaker, Photographer and Storyteller.


Saturday November 16, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Gallery

1:00pm

The Long Haul Workshop Pt 2 (seats 10)
Limited Capacity full

This is a two-part intensive workshop. Participants should plan on attending both Friday 1 – 3:50 AND Saturday 1 – 3:50.
In this workshop, participants will discuss and practice strategies for overcoming common challenges that develop after the first fifty pages of a novel. Over the course of two days, the class will workshop early chapters from participants’ own novels. Come prepared for critique and exchange.
Submission required: After registering, participants are asked to submit a manuscript (a novel excerpt) of up to 3,000 words by no later than 9am. on October 31.
A condensed lecture version of this workshop will be offered on Friday. See schedule for more details.

Registration for this session is limited to 10 and participants must register and submit work ahead of time to attend.

Speakers
avatar for Ron Currie, Jr.

Ron Currie, Jr.

Author
Ron Currie is the author of the three novels, The One-Eyed Man, Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles, and Everything Matters! along with the short story collection, God is Dead, winner of the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award. In 2009, he received the Addison M. Metcalf Award... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 1:00pm - 3:50pm
Conference Room 2

2:00pm

Conflict and Tension (seats 150)
Conflict is a part of our day to day lives, but what does conflict mean when we're actually putting it down on the page? Mohr will demonstrate how narrative conflict is a collision between a character's wants and the obstacles that we put in their path. Learn how to use emotion, characterization, and motivation to maximize a scene's potential.

Speakers
avatar for Joshua Mohr

Joshua Mohr

Author
Joshua Mohr is the author of the memoir "Sirens" (2017), as well as five novels including "Damascus", which The New York Times called "Beat-poet cool." He’s also written "Fight Song" and "Some Things that Meant the World to Me," one of O Magazine’s Top 10 reads of 2009 and a San... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Carmack

2:00pm

Playwriting: Tips & Tricks (seats 24)
Have you always wanted to write a play, or are you looking for support to finish a script or bump it up to the next level? Lezlie Revelle Zucker shares tips, tricks, and the deep conundrums of creativity. In this workshop, we’ll talk about craft, formatting, submitting, and the little things that can make big differences in our playwriting.

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Speakers
avatar for Lezlie Revelle Zucker

Lezlie Revelle Zucker

Pot Luck Productions
Lezlie Revelle Zucker is an award-winning playwright, author, and singer-songwriter from the Midwest. She is a Midwest Dramatists Center playwright, a producer with Potluck Productions, and a member of the Dramatists Guild. Lezlie’s plays have been produced nationwide, and she has... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Learning Lab

2:00pm

Redeeming Your Villain (seats 24)
Without the antagonist, there is no story. But how do you make sure your Big Bad isn’t so big and so bad that they are unbelievable? Crafting memorable villains means gifting them with just the right amount of horror and just the right amount of humanity.

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Speakers
avatar for Jenn Bailey

Jenn Bailey

Author and Editor
Jenn Bailey has her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her work has received the Candlewick Picture Book Scholarship and the Beyond Words award, among others. Jenn is a frequent guest lecturer and workshop leader for SCBWI, Heartland... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Logan

2:00pm

Writing Clearly: Paragraphs and Structure (seats 18)
Have you ever been confronted with a solid block of text that looks as inscrutable as the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey? This workshop will help you to break up your paragraphs and structure your writing for greater clarity and understanding (but no help with figuring out the movie!).

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Speakers
avatar for Andy Rowe

Andy Rowe

Business Trainer, Instructional Designer, Writer
Andy Rowe has enjoyed a 25-year career as an instructional designer and business trainer. “You see the work of the instructional designer whenever you attend a training session,” says Andy. “There are manuals, assessments, activities, facilitator notes, PowerPoint slides... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Pickard

3:00pm

Fantasy for Adults (seats 24)
Join award-winning fantasy author Elizabeth C. Bunce as she tackles your questions about the craft of writing this most enduring of genres. From worldbuilding to understanding sub-genres (is that high fantasy or traditional fantasy?), to crafting believable magic systems, and more, we'll discuss techniques that will satisfy even the most sophisticated readers.

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Bunce

Elizabeth Bunce

Author
Elizabeth C. Bunce is the nationally-known author of award-winning young adult historical fantasy novels A CURSE DARK AS GOLD and the Thief Errant series. She's a three-time Kansas Notable Book award-winner, and her books have appeared on Oprah's list and the Smithsonian Notable Books... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Logan

3:00pm

Writing a Culture that's Not Your Own (seats 18)
Some of the most compelling narratives in fiction for children and young adults bring characters to life whose experiences are vastly different from the writer’s. This might be in terms of age (e.g. Maurice Sendak’s Max), gender (e.g. J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter), time period (e.g. Karen Cushman’s Catherine, called Birdy), culture (e.g. Scott O’Dell’s Karana in Island of the Blue Dolphins), race (Elizabeth Yates’ Amos Fortune), religion (Laura Moriarty’s Sadaf in American Heart). Come and explore the value and most productive ways of creating more diverse populations of characters and narratives for young readers.

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Speakers
avatar for Giselle Anatol

Giselle Anatol

Professor, The University of Kansas
Giselle Liza Anatol has edited three collections of analytical essays on popular literature for children and young adults: *Reading Harry Potter* (Greenwood, 2003), *Reading Harry Potter Again* (ABC-CLIO, 2009), and *Bringing Light to Twilight: Perspectives on the Pop Culture Phenomenon... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Pickard

3:00pm

1st Page Reads (seats 150)
Find out what your manuscript is doing right or what might be keeping you from finding the perfect publishing opportunity. Submit one, double-spaced page with no identifying information. We’ll randomly select pages for our panel to read and discuss. 
Submit here: https://readlocal.submittable.com/submit 

Speakers
avatar for Eric Obenauf

Eric Obenauf

Publisher, Two Dollar Radio
Eric Obenauf founded the publishing company Two Dollar Radio with his wife, Eliza. Their publications have been honored by the National Book Foundation, named Notable Books at the New York Times, finalists for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and placed on best-of-year lists at O, The Oprah Magazine, the Washington Post, NPR, and others... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Conoley

Jessica Conoley

Author, Editor, Speaker, & Authorpreneurship Coach
Jessica Conoley is an author, editor, speaker, and Authorpreneurship coach. She writes YA and fantasy novels, creative non-fiction, flash fiction, and essays. Her creative non-fiction piece “I Am Descended From Giants” was awarded 1st place honors by the Bacopa Literary Review... Read More →
avatar for Polly McCann

Polly McCann

Managing Editor, Flying Ketchup Press
POLLY ALICE MCCANN graduated with her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Hamline University in St. Paul. She is a published poet and author/ illustrator. She is a writing instructor with Society of Young Inklings, and managing editor of Flying Ketchup Press, she won the... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Carmack

3:00pm

NaNoWriMo Word Sprints (seats 24)
If you need an extra push to get those words in for NaNoWriMo, word sprints are your best friend. Word sprints give writers a competitive word count goal to work toward while putting them in communication with others who are on the NaNoWriMo grind. We’ll be writing and sharing, with prizes for the most voluminous sprinters.

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Sullivan

Stephanie Sullivan

NaNoWriMo Liason, NaNoWriMo
Stephanie grew up in a household of gamers, and her biggest struggle was squeezing in time to play herself around the three other folks in her home who played. In high school, a friend brought her into the world of tabletop roleplaying games, and she hasn’t looked back. Her essay... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Learning Lab

3:00pm

Poetry Small Group Critique (seats 10)
Limited Capacity full

Join Huascar Medina, Poet Laureate of Kansas, for a poetry critique. Bring up to three, single-sided, double spaced pages and be ready to share. A great session for those looking for feedback or new writing partners!

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Speakers
avatar for Huascar Medina

Huascar Medina

Poet Laureate of Kansas
Huascar is a poet, writer, and performer who lives in Topeka. He currently works as a freelance copywriter and as the Literary Editor for seveneightfive magazine publishing stories that spotlight literary and artistic events in northeast Kansas. His poems can be found in his collection How... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 3:00pm - 4:50pm
Conference Room 1

4:00pm

Fantasy for Adults (seats 24)
Join award-winning fantasy author Elizabeth C. Bunce as she tackles your questions about the craft of writing this most enduring of genres. From worldbuilding to understanding sub-genres (is that high fantasy or traditional fantasy?), to crafting believable magic systems, and more, we'll discuss techniques that will satisfy even the most sophisticated readers.

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Bunce

Elizabeth Bunce

Author
Elizabeth C. Bunce is the nationally-known author of award-winning young adult historical fantasy novels A CURSE DARK AS GOLD and the Thief Errant series. She's a three-time Kansas Notable Book award-winner, and her books have appeared on Oprah's list and the Smithsonian Notable Books... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Logan

4:00pm

Fractured Fairy Tales (seats 18)
Whether writing for very young readers or for young adult audiences, contemporary re-visions of fairy tales and other classics of children’s literature are a popular genre. Examples include works as diverse as Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith’s humorous True Story of the Three Little Pigs picture book, told from the wolf’s point of view; L.L. McKinney’s action-packed A Blade So Black, a rewriting of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, set in present-day Atlanta; and Marissa Meyer’s Cinder, which casts Cinderella as a teenaged cyborg in an alternate Asian futurescape. Come and explore different ways of crafting successful fractured tales!

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Speakers
avatar for Giselle Anatol

Giselle Anatol

Professor, The University of Kansas
Giselle Liza Anatol has edited three collections of analytical essays on popular literature for children and young adults: *Reading Harry Potter* (Greenwood, 2003), *Reading Harry Potter Again* (ABC-CLIO, 2009), and *Bringing Light to Twilight: Perspectives on the Pop Culture Phenomenon... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Pickard

4:00pm

Finding a Publisher (seats 150)
You think writing a book is hard? Try finding a publisher! Eric Obenauf, Editorial Director of the family-run, small publisher Two Dollar Radio, will explain how he connects with writers and give advice to those who are on the search for new opportunities. Bring your questions, as a Q&A will follow!

Speakers
avatar for Eric Obenauf

Eric Obenauf

Publisher, Two Dollar Radio
Eric Obenauf founded the publishing company Two Dollar Radio with his wife, Eliza. Their publications have been honored by the National Book Foundation, named Notable Books at the New York Times, finalists for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and placed on best-of-year lists at O, The Oprah Magazine, the Washington Post, NPR, and others... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Carmack

4:00pm

Story in a Bag (seats 24)
Unlock your creativity with a Story in a Bag session. Participants will draw prompts from a bag and have 45 minutes to craft them into a story or poem.

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Speakers
avatar for Hebah Amin-Headley

Hebah Amin-Headley

Information Specialist, Johnson County Library


Saturday November 16, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Learning Lab
 
Sunday, November 17
 

1:00pm

Passive Poetry Collages (drop in)
Sunday November 17, 2019 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Gallery

1:30pm

Improv Writing (seats 24)
Starting with small group collaborations of improvisational writerly play (theater games), students grades 4 to 8 will scaffold into character exploration creating a dramatic sketch, by focusing on problem solving through plot building and resolution. These activities culminate into an informal sharing of our stories, using the puppets and props provided. Participants will get to meet new people, take home their writing, and learn about more opportunities for young writers and actors at Mesner Puppet Theater and Society of Young Inklings.

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Speakers
avatar for Polly McCann

Polly McCann

Managing Editor, Flying Ketchup Press
POLLY ALICE MCCANN graduated with her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Hamline University in St. Paul. She is a published poet and author/ illustrator. She is a writing instructor with Society of Young Inklings, and managing editor of Flying Ketchup Press, she won the... Read More →
avatar for Alex Espy

Alex Espy

Education Director, Mesner Puppet Theater
Alex Espy is currently Education Director at Mesner Puppet Theater, and has spent over a decade in Kansas City as a director, producer, actor, designer and teaching artist. He has created original theater pieces for the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, as well as narrate several concerts... Read More →


Sunday November 17, 2019 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Logan

1:30pm

Poetry with Huascar Medina (seats 18)
Kids can write amazing poetry using rules or breaking them. Huascar will get you writing poems, whether you rhyme or not.

Speakers
avatar for Huascar Medina

Huascar Medina

Poet Laureate of Kansas
Huascar is a poet, writer, and performer who lives in Topeka. He currently works as a freelance copywriter and as the Literary Editor for seveneightfive magazine publishing stories that spotlight literary and artistic events in northeast Kansas. His poems can be found in his collection How... Read More →


Sunday November 17, 2019 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Pickard

1:30pm

Turning Experiences into Stories (seats 150)
Think about the worst haircut you’ve ever had. Or that time you got lost walking home from school. Or the summer you learned to ride a bike. Experiences like these are grist for the writing mill. Join award-winning children’s book author Kate Klise as she leads you on a writing workshop. Maybe this will be the start of your bestselling book! (Recommended for writers in grades 4-8.) 

Speakers
avatar for Kate Klise

Kate Klise

Author


Sunday November 17, 2019 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Carmack

2:00pm

Zine-making at any age! (drop in)
Zines (pronounced like zeen) are awesome vehicles for creative exploration in writing and creating. They’re easy-to-make (and distribute!) mini magazines that explore basically any topic you could think of! What are you interested in? How can you share your story with the world?
You’ll have the opportunity to copy and distribute your zines with other workshop participants at the end of our creative, fun-filled, thought provoking time together!

Speakers
avatar for Abigail Walden

Abigail Walden

KC Zine Con
Abigail is a recent graduate from UMKC, where she's now a grad student working toward a Masters in Public Administration. She started working at Wonderscope Children's Museum in June of 2018, and while working there, she became interested in the idea of holding zine workshops for... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Iser

Stephanie Iser

Organizer, KC Zine Con
Stephanie Iser has a love of the zine medium. From 2005 to present, she has worked with others to establish a zine culture in Kansas City. She has done this through workshops, pop-up libraries and exhibits, mentorship of first-time zine-makers, and the creation of a local history... Read More →


Sunday November 17, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Gallery

2:30pm

Great Characters (seats 18)
How do writers create story characters who feel real, move an audience, and propel the plot forward through memorable action and dialogue? Join Daniel Schwabauer for a glimpse behind the curtain as we study how writers create fascinating personalities.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Schwabauer

Daniel Schwabauer

Daniel Schwabauer, M.A., is the owner of Clear Water Press, Inc. and creator of the One Year Adventure Novel, Cover Story, and Byline writing programs. His professional work includes stage plays, radio scripts, short stories, newspaper columns, comic books and scripting for the PBS... Read More →


Sunday November 17, 2019 2:30pm - 3:20pm
Pickard

2:30pm

Seeing Like a Storyteller (seats 24)
In this fun, guided brainstorming session, kids will learn to harness their imagination to see like a storyteller, and find inspiration and ideas everywhere.

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Bunce

Elizabeth Bunce

Author
Elizabeth C. Bunce is the nationally-known author of award-winning young adult historical fantasy novels A CURSE DARK AS GOLD and the Thief Errant series. She's a three-time Kansas Notable Book award-winner, and her books have appeared on Oprah's list and the Smithsonian Notable Books... Read More →


Sunday November 17, 2019 2:30pm - 3:20pm
Logan

2:30pm

Story Prompts (seats 150)
Got writers’ block? Learn different ways to jump start ideas for writing, at any point in your story.

Speakers
avatar for L.L. McKinney

L.L. McKinney

Leatrice "Elle" McKinney, writing as L.L. McKinney, is a poet and active member of the kidlit community. She’s an advocate for equality and inclusion in publishing, and the creator of the hashtag #WhatWoCWritersHear. Elle's also a gamer, Blerd, and adamant Hei Hei stan living in Kansas City. She spends her free time plagued by... Read More →


Sunday November 17, 2019 2:30pm - 3:20pm
Carmack

3:30pm

Details! Details! (seats 18)
Learn the importance of significant detail and the difference between what to keep in and what to leave out of your writing. We'll practice adding interest by making your nouns and verbs more specific to engage your readers and help them see what you see.

Speakers
avatar for Mary-Lane Kamberg

Mary-Lane Kamberg

Mary-Lane Kamberg is the author of The I Love to Write Book for young authors. She founded and directs I Love to Write summer camps for kids. She has written more than 30 nonfiction books for middle school and high school libraries, and dozens of articles for magazines for teens... Read More →


Sunday November 17, 2019 3:30pm - 4:20pm
Pickard

3:30pm

Story Gifts (seats 150)
We will share ideas (brainstorm), draft a plan (outline), and craft a story or poem (write) using all of our writing skills, even rewriting (revision). It will delve deep into a cornucopia of creativity and at the end, you can take your gift of imagination home and share it with somebody special.

Speakers
avatar for Jenn Bailey

Jenn Bailey

Author and Editor
Jenn Bailey has her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her work has received the Candlewick Picture Book Scholarship and the Beyond Words award, among others. Jenn is a frequent guest lecturer and workshop leader for SCBWI, Heartland... Read More →


Sunday November 17, 2019 3:30pm - 4:20pm
Carmack

3:30pm

The Write Questions (seats 24)
To look at the moon and stars you don't need a microscope. You need a telescope. The same principle holds for writing. You don't need tools of analysis—the habits you might use when writing a term paper about Mark Twain. You need tools of creativity. Fortunately, learning to turn vague, far-off ideas into clear and compelling stories is not complicated. In this session we will discover the five elements of every good story by asking "The Write Questions."

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Schwabauer

Daniel Schwabauer

Daniel Schwabauer, M.A., is the owner of Clear Water Press, Inc. and creator of the One Year Adventure Novel, Cover Story, and Byline writing programs. His professional work includes stage plays, radio scripts, short stories, newspaper columns, comic books and scripting for the PBS... Read More →


Sunday November 17, 2019 3:30pm - 4:20pm
Logan

3:30pm

Author Portraits (drop in)
Have your author portrait taken by Jacob Meyer from New Friends Photography!

Speakers
avatar for Jacob Meyer

Jacob Meyer

Photographer, New Friends Photography
Filmmaker, Photographer and Storyteller.


Sunday November 17, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Gallery