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Schedule (2014)

Wednesday, April 9 (special pre-workshop event, free and open to the public)

7 p.m.
Erma Bombeck Writing Competition Awards Ceremony
Emcee: Mary McCarty, Dayton Daily News‘ columnist
Centerville Library
111 W. Spring Valley Rd.
Centerville, OH 45458

Thursday, April 10

2 to 5:30 p.m.
Attendee sign-in, Dayton Marriott Hotel Main Lobby

4 to 6 p.m.
Networking reception, Tradewinds, Dayton Marriott Hotel (cash bar)

4 to 6 p.m.
EBWW bookstore open

6 p.m. — Welcome dinner with Phil Donahue, Marriott Ballroom

8:30 p.m.
Dessert reception, Tradewinds (cash bar)

9:30 and 10:30 p.m. — Shuttle bus to Holiday Inn Dayton/Fairborn

Friday, April 11

7:20 and 8:20 a.m. — Shuttle bus from Holiday Inn Dayton/Fairborn to University of Dayton

7 to 8:30 a.m. (loop) — Shuttle bus from Dayton Marriott Hotel to University of Dayton

7:30 to 9 a.m.
Attendee sign-in (Kennedy Union Lobby, University of Dayton)
Continental breakfast (Kennedy Union Ballroom

8 to 9 a.m.
Informal breakfast roundtables, Kennedy Union Ballroom

9 to 10:15 a.m. — Concurrent workshop sessions (Click here for session descriptions.)

From Hometown to Hollywood: The Psychology, Strategy and Secrets Behind Gaining National Exposure — Dr. Nancy Berk
Kennedy Union 222 — This session is also offered Friday at 10:30 a.m.

Writing Non-Fiction: Connecting People Through Stories — Kelsey Timmerman
Kennedy Union 310 — This session is also offered Friday at 10:30 a.m.

Chick Wit: Writing the Humorous Memoir — Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella (one time only)
Boll Theatre

Self-Hypnosis: A Tool for Vivid Storytelling — Suzette Martinez Standring (one time only)
Kennedy Union 331

In Their Own Write — Tony Cochran and Tom Batiuk
Sears Recital Hall — This session is also offered Friday at 3:45 p.m.

10:15  to 10:30 a.m. — Break

10:30 to 11:45  a.m. — Concurrent workshop sessions (Click here for session descriptions.)

Stand-Up Comedy Boot Camp — Leighann Lord
Boll Theatre

Editing for Bigger Laughs (Or Why I Wouldn’t Want Two Vaginas) — Anna Lefler
Sears Recital Hall — This session is also offered Saturday at 2:15 p.m.

The E-Book Revolution and How Self-Publishing Affects You — Robert Levine
Kennedy Union 331 — This session is also offered Saturday at 9 a.m.

From Hometown to Hollywood: The Psychology, Strategy and Secrets Behind Gaining National Exposure — Dr. Nancy Berk
Kennedy Union 222 — This session is also offered Friday at 9 a.m.

Writing Non-Fiction: Connecting People Through Stories — Kelsey Timmerman
Kennedy Union 310 — This session is also offered Friday at 9 a.m.

Self-Publishing is the New Black — David Braughler and Robin O’Bryant
Kennedy Union 207 — This session is also offered Saturday at 2:15 p.m.

11:45 to noon — Break

Noon to 1:30 p.m. — Lunch with Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella, Kennedy Union Ballroom

1:45 p.m. — Break and book signing by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella

2:15 to 3:30 p.m. — Concurrent workshop sessions (Click here for session descriptions.)

Hairdo Monologues: When Monsieur Chemo Styles Her Hair: How Stories Transform Lives — Patricia Wynn Brown (one time only)
Science Center Auditorium

Column Writing: How Personal is Too Personal? — Gina Barreca (one time only)
Sears Recital Hall

Write Out Loud: Blogs, Books and Beyond — Donna Cavanagh
Kennedy Union 331 — This session is also offered Saturday at 9 a.m.

Staying Power Advice From Top Opinion Columnists — Suzette Martinez Standring (one time only)
Kennedy Union 310

Surrounding Your Brand: How to Define Your Content, Stake Out Your Niche and Own Your Corner of the Writing World — Tracy Beckerman
Boll Theatre — This session is also offered Saturday at 10:45 a.m.

3:30 to 3:45 p.m. — Break

3:45 to 5 p.m. — Concurrent sessions (Click here for session descriptions.)

Psychology of the Anthology — Dahlynn McKowen
Barrett Dining Room — This session is also offered Saturday at 2:15 p.m.

How to Blog Your Way to a Book Deal — Nina Amir (one time only)
Science Center Auditorium

Women Writing Their Lives — Truth-Telling, Wisdom and Laughter — Suzanne Braun Levine, Gina Barreca and Ilene Beckerman, moderated by Patricia Wynn Brown
Sears Recital Hall — This session is also offered Saturday at 10:45 a.m.

In Their Own Write — Tony Cochran and Tom Batiuk
Kennedy Union 222 — This session is also offered Friday at 9 a.m.

Humor Writing: Punch Up Your Prose — Dan Zevin
Kennedy Union 331 — This session is also offered Saturday at 10:45 a.m.

3:45 to 5:30 p.m. — Shuttle buses from University of Dayton to Dayton Marriott Hotel

6 to 8:30 p.m. — Dinner with Mary Lou Quinlan, Marriott Ballroom

8:30 to 11 p.m. — Book signing and reception with Mary Lou Quinlan and all workshop presenters, Marriott Tradewinds (cash bar)

9:30 and 10:30 p.m. — Shuttle bus from Dayton Marriott Hotel to Holiday Inn Dayton/Fairborn

Saturday, April 12

7:20 and 8:20 a.m. — Shuttle bus from Holiday Inn Dayton/Fairborn to University of Dayton (Attendees registered for the Greyden Press tour should take the 7:20 a.m. shuttle)

7 to 8:30 a.m. (loop) — Shuttle bus from Dayton Marriott Hotel to University of Dayton

7:30 a.m. — Continental breakfast, Kennedy Union Ballroom on the University of Dayton campus

7:30 and 8 a.m. — Shuttles leave from Dayton Marriott Hotel for Greyden Press tour (advance reservation required, brown-bag breakfast included)

8 to 9 a.m. — Informal breakfast roundtables, Kennedy Union Ballroom

9 to 10:15 a.m. — Concurrent workshop sessions (Click here for session descriptions.)

Ready to Invent Brand YOU — Mary Lou Quinlan (one time only)
Science Center Auditorium

The E-Book Revolution and How Self-Publishing Affects You —Robert Levine
Kennedy Union 331 — This session is also offered Friday at 10:30 a.m.

How to Get Published Successfully — Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry (one time only)
Boll Theatre

Write Out Loud: Blogs, Books and Beyond — Donna Cavanagh
Kennedy Union 310 — This session is also offered Friday at 2:15 p.m.

From Novel to Script to Red-Carpet Premiere — Cathryn Michon and W. Bruce Cameron
Sears Recital Hall — This session is also offered Saturday at 2:15 p.m.

Building a Killer Author Website — Ken Palen
Room 125, St. Joseph Hall — This session is also offered Saturday at 10:45 a.m.

10:15 to 10:45 a.m. — Break

10:45 a.m. to noon — Concurrent workshop sessions (Click here for session descriptions.)

Humor Writing: Punch Up Your Prose — Dan Zevin
Kennedy Union 310 — This session is also offered Friday at 3:45 p.m.

Surrounding Your Brand: How to Define Your Content, Stake Out Your Niche
and Own Your Corner of the Writing World — Tracy Beckerman
Kennedy Union 331 — This session is also offered Friday at 2:15 p.m.

Evaluating your Book Idea and Prepping for Success — Nina Amir (one time only)
Science Center Auditorium

Building a Killer Author Website — Ken Palen
Room 125, St. Joseph’s Hall — This session is also offered Saturday at 9 a.m.

Women Writing Their Lives — Truth-Telling, Wisdom and Laughter  — Suzanne Braun Levine, Gina Barreca and Ilene Beckerman, moderated by Patricia Wynn Brown
Sears Recital Hall — This session is also offered Friday at 3:45 p.m.

Noon to 12:15 p.m. — Break

12:15 to 1:45 p.m. — Lunch with Judy Carter, Kennedy Union Ballroom

1:45 to 2:15 p.m. — Break and book signing with Judy Carter

2:15 to 3:30 p.m. — Concurrent sessions (Click here for session descriptions.)

Turning Your Problems Into Punchlines – Judy Carter (one time only)
Science Center Auditorium

Psychology of the Anthology — Dahlynn McKowen
Barrett Dining Room — This session is also offered Friday at 3:45 p.m.

Self Publishing is the New Black — David Braughler and Robin O’Bryant
Kennedy Union 222 — This session is also offered Friday at 10:30 a.m.

Editing for Bigger Laughs (Or Why I Wouldn’t Want Two Vaginas) — Anna Lefler
Kennedy Union 310 — This session also offered Friday at 10:30 a.m.

From Novel to Script to Red-Carpet Premiere — Cathryn Michon and W. Bruce Cameron
Sears Recital Hall — This session is also offered Saturday at 9 a.m.

3:30 to 3:45 p.m. — Break

3:45 to 5:15 p.m. — Pitchapalooza: The American Idol for Books — Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry (Click here for session description.)
Kennedy Union Ballroom

3:45 to 6 p.m. (loop) — Shuttle bus from University of Dayton to Dayton Marriott Hotel

6 to 8:30 p.m. — Dinner with Bruce Ferber, Marriott Ballroom

8:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Book signing and reception with Bruce Ferber, Marriott Ballroom foyer (cash bar)

9:30 to 11:30 p.m. — Attendee stand-up comedy, Marriott Ballroom

9, 10 and 11 p.m. — Shuttle bus from Dayton Marriott Hotel to Holiday Inn Dayton/Fairborn

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