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"Mastering the Craft"

April 28-30, 2006

NOTE:  The 2006 conference is now complete.  This schedule is provided for sample purposes only. The 2007 event may have a different schedule based on faculty requirements and travel schedules. Stay tuned! And thanks to those who made the 2006 event the best ever!

(THIS SCHEDULE MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.)
Faculty appointments will be scheduled on Friday and Saturday.

Friday, April 28, 2006:
  3:00 - 4:00 pm - President's Tea (Chapter presidents or designated reps only)

  3:00 - 6:00 pm Registration
  6:00 pm - Welcome!
  6:30 pm - Opening Speaker - Cheryl Klein, Arthur A. Levine Books
  7:00 pm - Meet the Faculty Panel Discussions
  8:00 pm - Breakout Sessions I
                  Elfrieda Abbe - The Business of Freelance Writing.
                  Patty Rice - Introduction to Andrews McMeel Publishing.
  9:00 pm - Networking Reception and MWG Showcase

Saturday, April 29, 2006:
  7:30 am - Continental Breakfast
  8:00 am - Opening Speakers
                   Lisa McCormick - Avoiding Scams that Prey on Writers.
                   Bernie Rhodes - Understanding your Contract.
  9:30 am - Breakout Session II
                   Kent L. Brown, Jr. - Insiders Look at the Business of Publishing.
         Sheree Bykofsky - Six Secrets of Successful Authors.
         Bernette Ford - Book Packagers - a Growing Untapped Market.
         Susan Vaught - Writing Synopses That Sell.
10:30 am - Breakout Sessions III
         Judy Burke - Secrets Revealed!
         Kevin Dilmore, Dayton Ward - Writing for Licensed Properties.
         Melanie Chrismer - Can This Picture Book Be Saved?
11:30 am - Faculty Book Signing
12:00 pm - Luncheon - Leslie E. Banks, Keynote Speaker
  1:45 pm - Shameless Pitches
  2:45 pm - Breakout Sessions IV
                    Cheryl Klein - The Essence of Plot 
          Robert C. Jones - Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Poem.
          Dara Sharif - Behind the Scenes at Scholastic Magazine.
          Sally van Haitsma - Submitting Your Work to an Agent.
  3:45 pm - Breakout Sessions V
                    Leslie E. Banks - Seducing Your Readers.
                    Tim Janicke - Inside the Kansas City Star Magazine.
                    Anitra Steele - What Makes a Book "The Most Distinguished?"
          Katie Van Luchene - Know My Readers: How to get on an Editor's Speed Dial.
  4:45 pm - Round Table Discussions I (authors, editors, agents)
  6:00 pm - MWG Member and Guest Book Signing
  7:30 pm - Awards Banquet  - Keynote -- Kent L. Brown, Jr., CEO Highlights Foundation

Sunday, April 30, 2006
9 am - 12 pm
Master Classes 
(advance enrollment required, maximum enrollment of 12-18/class depending on instructor.)

Regina Brooks - “Working with Agents.” (SOLD OUT)
Bernette Ford - “Crafting Books For Emergent and Early Readers.”(SOLD OUT)
Robert C. Jones - “Jekyll vs. Hyde in Three Bouts.” (Crafting Poetry)(SOLD OUT)
Loring Leifer - “How to Make Writing Your Full-time Job.” (SOLD OUT)
Evan McNamara - “How to Write a Novel and Work Full-time.”(SOLD OUT)
Erin Murphy - “Developing That Elusive Voice.” (SOLD OUT)
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