schedule

1:30 pm - Arrive and Check-in

2:00 pm - Welcome Session

2:30 pm - SESSION 1:

Finding the balance between hustle and rest

  • Elizabeth Oates

3:30 pm - SESSION 2: 

What Agents Want You to Know and 

What They’re Looking For

  • Blythe Daniel

4:30 pm - SESSION 3: 

Writing for Magazines and Articles

  • Marianne Herring

5:15 pm - Break and Literary Agent Meetings

6:15 pm - Dinner at Gathering Oaks Retreat

7:30 pm - Special Event and

Literary Agent Meetings

8:30 pm - Wrap Up

*** One-on-One Consultations with Literary Agent Blythe Daniel are an add-on feature and must be reserved at the time of registration. Limited space is available and spots are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Blythe is offering 1-on-1 meetings at NO COST. These are beneficial if you want to bounce an idea off her or have specific questions about writing and publishing.

She is also offering critiques for $40. If you sign up for a critique, you will email your book proposal or manuscript to her prior to the conference (up to 10 pages, single-sided, double-spaced). When you meet with her, she will provide feedback. 

8:00 am - Breakfast at Gathering Oaks Retreat and Literary Agent Meetings

9:00 am - Welcome 

9:15 am - SESSION 4:

Telling Your Story on Social Media

  • Melaina Hagerup

10:00 am - SESSION 5:

Ways to Build Your Platform

  • Alaina Mayes

11:00 am - Breakout Sessions

  • Identifying Your Audience . . . Kara-Kae James

  • How to Market Your Book . . . Blythe Daniel

12:00 pm - Lunch at Gathering Oaks Retreat and Literary Agent Meetings

1:15 pm - Breakout Sessions

  • Writing Children's Books . . . Marianne Herring

  • Writing Essentials: Improve Your Writing, Impact Your Audience . . . Courtnaye Richards

2:15 pm - Writing Reflection Time and Literary Agent Meetings

 

3:00 pm - SESSION 6:

Starting Points for Your Speaking Ministry

  • Sarah Martin

4:00 pm - Q&A panel

5:15 pm - Break and Literary Agent Meetings

6:00 pm - Dinner at Gathering Oaks Retreat

7:15 pm - Special Event and

Literary Agent Meetings

8:00 am - Breakfast at Gathering Oaks Retreat

9:00 am - Welcome

 

9:15 am - SESSION 7:

How to Write a Book Proposal

  • Elizabeth Oates

10:00 am - SESSION 8:

10 Things You Need to Know About Self-Publishing

  • Courtnaye Richards

11:00 am - Breakout Sessions

  • The Nuts and Bolts for an Effective Message     . . . Sarah Martin​

  • Blogging . . . Alaina Mayes

11:45 am -​ Lunch at Gathering Oaks Retreat and Literary Agent Meetings

1:00 pm - SESSION 9:

Building an Online Community

  • Kara-Kae James

1:45 pm - Wrap-Up

  • Facebook
  • Instagram