As a special, popular add-on session, seasoned writers, marketers and agents will answer your questions and share writing and publishing tips. It’s based on a speed dating model that allows writers to learn a variety of perspectives from the pros in a short amount of time.
Two sessions will be offered (7:45-8:45 a.m., Friday, April 3, and Saturday, April 4, in the Executive Dining Room next to the Riverview Café at Curran Place). Most of our experts also are offering sessions during the workshop and are available for your questions beyond the Speed Dating sessions, which fill up quickly. Registration will be held in February.
Speed Dating is coordinated and moderated by Tracy Beckerman, nationally syndicated humor columnist and author. Read more about Tracy.
Meet the pros:
Jim Azevedo is the marketing director at Smashwords, the largest distributor of self-published e-books. Since 2008, Smashwords has helped more than 140,000 authors, publishers and literary agents around the world release more than 500,000 titles to e-book retailers, subscription services and public libraries. Jim, a convert from Silicon Valley’s technology industry, brought to Smashwords’ indie author ethos 18 years of drumming, recording and touring with a San Francisco Bay-area hard rock band. (Publishing: 7:45-8:45 a.m. Friday, April 3, and 7:45-8:45 a.m. Saturday, April 4, Executive Dining Room)
Kim Bongiorno, author, freelance writer and award-winning blogger behind Let Me Start By Saying, is best known for her parenting humor, whether in 280 characters on Twitter or essay form in a New York Times bestseller. She has written thousands of articles for dozens of publications over the years, appeared in 11 humor anthologies, self-published a collection of short fiction, wrote a middle-grade novel, taught social media classes for writers and small businesses, and creates something new every day. Kim lives in New Jersey with her family, but you can find her on Instagram or Twitter. (Social Media: 7:45-8:45 a.m. Saturday, April 4, Executive Dining Room)
David Braughler is the founder and president of Braughler Books, a hybrid publishing company headquartered in Dayton, Ohio. He and his team work with authors, organizations and executives to help them turn their stories and expertise into published books. Over the last 10 years, he’s collaborated and worked directly with more than 500 authors on nearly 400 titles. Braughler Books has partnered with authors in North America, Spain and Australia on books ranging from self-help and memoirs to business topics and children’s books. He’s a frequent speaker at regional and national conferences, and is a member of the Independent Book Publishers Association. (Publishing: 7:45-8:45 a.m. Friday, April 3, and 7:45-8:45 a.m. Saturday, April 4, Executive Dining Room)
Christy Heitger-Ewing writes human interest stories for national, regional and local magazines, has contributed to 24 anthologies and is the author of the award-winning Cabin Glory: Amusing Tales of Time Spent at the Family Retreat. A lifelong lover of words, Christy began penning stories in elementary school, creating Christy’s Cuddly Cats Magazine — a “one-woman show,” as it were, because she did all the researching, writing, proofreading, artwork, marketing and distribution for the magazine. When she graduated from college, though she wanted to pursue a full-time writing career, her confidence was shaken by her English professors who red-inked her papers. Nevertheless, she persisted…and got rejected. In fact, she has two totes full of rejection letters in her garage that she refers to as her “pile of persistence.” She also has 78 writing portfolios that hold more than 1,000 magazine articles. She’s been published in outlets from the Huffington Post to Woman’s World, and she regularly contributes to 17 local magazines near her home in Avon, Indiana. She’s also contributed to 12 Chicken Soup for the Soul books as well as Laugh Out Loud: 40 Women Humorists Celebrate Then and Now…Before We Forget, published in conjunction with the EBWW. (Pitching Paid Publications: 7:45-8:45 a.m., Friday, April 3, Executive Dining Room)
Bonnie Jean Feldkamp is an award-winning freelance writer, columnist and op-ed contributor. She is a member of the Cincinnati Enquirer’s editorial board, serves as the communications director for the National Society of Newspaper Columnists and is a board member for the Cincinnati chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. One of her essays appears in Laugh Out Loud: 40 Women Humorists Celebrate Then and Now…Before We Forget, published in conjunction with the EBWW. She lives with her family in Northern Kentucky. Find her on social media @WriterBonnie or at WriterBonnie.com. (Social Media: 7:45-8:45 a.m., Friday, April 3; Pitching Paid Publications, Saturday, April 4, Executive Dining Room)
Lisa Glowinski has been director of GateHouse Media’s More Content Now service since 2010. Before that, she held several roles at the Rockford (Illinois) Register Star, including features editor. She was president of the Society for Features Journalism in 2015-16, and in 2009, she was a Poynter McCormick Change Leadership Fellow. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She has been a speaker and trainer for the Society for Features Journalism; the Associated Press Media Editors’ NewsTrain program; Poynter; and the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. (Syndication: 7:45-8:45 a.m. Friday, April 3, and 7:45-8:45 a.m. Saturday, April 4, Executive Dining Room)
Stacey Graham has worked both sides of the literary door as a humor writer on the wickedly funny “Zombie Tarot” and as an agent with Red Sofa Literary. She is currently looking to expand her list with snappy rom-coms, hilarious middle-grade and weird nonfiction. (Literary Agent: 7:45-8:45 a.m. Saturday, April 4, Executive Dining Room)
Sam Hiyate worked at the literary magazines Blood & Aphorisms and The Quarterly in the 1990s. He ran the edgy micropublisher Gutter Press from 1993 to 2002. He launched the literary division of the Lavin Agency in 2003. Sam’s projects for the Rights Factory, where he is president and CEO, have been in various categories, including memoir, literary and commercial fiction, narrative nonfiction, lifestyle, self-improvement, and graphic novels. He’s looking for works of all categories. He loves humor and loves to discover and help new writers prepare their works for the market and build lasting careers with their talent. (Literary Agent: 7:45-8:45 a.m. Friday, April 3, and 7:45-8:45 a.m. Saturday, April 4, Executive Dining Room)
Katrina Kittle is the author of Traveling Light, Two Truths and a Lie, The Kindness of Strangers (winner of the 2006 Great Lakes Book Award for Fiction), The Blessings of the Animals and Reasons to Be Happy. She is a lecturer in creative writing at the University of Dayton and teaches creative writing workshops through Word’s Worth Writing Connections, focusing on craft and motivation (and is especially good at jump-starting stalled writers). She is a public speaker, leading the workshops “Leap and the Net Will Appear” and “Happy Class.” Katrina has a thing for goats, gardening and going barefoot; and is addicted to coffee, pedicures and movies. (Fiction: 7:45-8:45 a.m., Saturday, April 4, Executive Dining Room)
Jess Montgomery is the author of the Kinship Historical Mysteries, including The Widows (2019) and The Hollows (January 2020). Under her given name of Sharon Short, she is a newspaper columnist, focusing on the literary life, authors and events of her native Dayton, Ohio, for the Dayton Daily News. Her honors have included a Montgomery County (Ohio) Arts & Cultural District Artist Opportunity Grant (2018); an Individual Excellence Award in Literary Arts from the Ohio Arts Council (2016); and John E. Nance Writer-in-Residence at Thurber House (Columbus, Ohio, 2014). She is a three-time recipient of the OAC’s Literary Arts Excellence Award (2012, 2016, 2018) and the author of other published novels, short stories and essays. (Fiction: 7:45-8:45 a.m., Friday, April 3, Executive Dining Room)
Paula Munier is a literary agent, editor and USA Today best-selling author with 25 years’ acquiring, editing and marketing fiction and nonfiction. She’s the Mary Higgins Clark Award-nominated author of A Borrowing of Bones and Blind Search. She’s also written Plot Perfect, The Writer’s Guide to Beginnings, Writing with Quiet Hands, the memoir Fixing Freddie and Happier Every Day: Simple Ways to Bring More Peace, Contentment and Joy into Your Life. In her fab day job as senior literary agent and content strategist for Talcott Notch Literary, she represents many great writers. Her specialties include women’s fiction, book club fiction, crime fiction, middle grade and crossover young adult, high-concept science fiction or fantasy, and nonfiction. (Literary Agent: 7:45-8:45 a.m. Friday, April 3, Executive Dining Room)
Susan Pohlman is the founder and director of the Phoenix Writers Network. She is a freelance writer, editor and writing coach and the author of the memoir, Halfway to Each Other: How a Year in Italy Brought Our Family Home. Her essays have been published in a variety of print and online magazines and journals. (Memoir: 7:45-8:45 a.m., Friday, April 3, Executive Dining Room)
Sophfronia Scott began her writing career as a journalist for Time and People magazines. When her first novel, All I Need to Get By, was published by St. Martin’s Press in 2004, she was nominated for best new author at the African American Literary Awards and hailed by Henry Louis Gates Jr. as “potentially one of the best writers of her generation.” Sophfronia holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Harvard University and Master of Fine Arts in writing, fiction and creative nonfiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her latest novel is Unforgivable Love (William Morrow). She’s also the author of an essay collection, Love’s Long Line (Ohio State University Press’s Mad Creek Books), and a memoir, This Child of Faith: Raising a Spiritual Child in a Secular World, co-written with her son Tain (Paraclete Press). Sophfronia teaches at Regis University and Bay Path University. She’s also delivered craft talks and held workshops at the Yale Writers’ Workshop, Antioch Writers’ Workshop, Meacham Writers’ Workshop and the Hobart Festival of Women Writers in addition to her own retreat, The Write of Your Life, which takes place in Veneto, Italy, each September. (Memoir: 7:45-8:45 a.m., Saturday, April 4, Executive Dining Room)