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9:30 am – 10:15 am
Collectively, the women of the Wild Women Who Write Take Flight Podcast have five books in print and three more under contract and on the way, so they know about telling a good story. Not only have they told their own stories, but they've spent the last two years interviewing authors and industry professionals, finding out what works and doesn't work, and learning what it takes to succeed. Join them as they present, "The Writer's Journey (even if you're not a writer): Telling Our Stories." Whether you're a writer looking to tell your stories or just someone wanting to get your memoir down for family members, your story is worth telling! They will discuss the writer's journey and how to get those stories from heart and head to paper, or even publication, if that's your goal.

The Wild Women number six total, and these first four are definitely attending. Kim Conrey, Gaby Anderson, Kathy Nichols, and K.J. Fieler


10:30 am – 11:15 am

Writing a story as one goes, or flying by the seat of one's pants, is as exciting as it is perilous. While a myth may weave a fine yarn with a single narrative thread, today's modern novels entail multiple entangled storylines. At times, the number of possible outcomes for a scene becomes confusing, as authors experience paralysis through indecision. This class offers tools for visualizing the plot, appraising it from a distance, while critically distinguishing the substance of the story from the form it takes. Breaking down a timeline into events also allows one to consider alternate outcomes to a story with minimal investment in time. Why cut scenes that took hours to write, when one can decide the direction of the story from the start? Participants will learn how to graph a plot, tracing out future and past events, while tracking flashbacks and flash-forwards easily. Mapping the plots of other novels provides insight into what ingredients make a great story, allowing for a new exploration of familiar genres. Rather than relying on plot-typology models which dictate what shape your narrative should take, this class offers narratological tools for understanding one’s own story for the purposes of telling it.

Dr. Colin Wheeler has a Ph.D. in Communication from Georgia State University. When he's not researching media, he designs it. Check out his projects at


1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

George Weinstein--author of seven novels, executive director of the Atlanta Writers Club, and Atlanta Writers Conference director--will discuss the ins and outs of the three paths to publication: traditional publishing, self-publishing, and hybrid publishing. He will offer a realistic preview of the challenges that each path poses as well as the rewards that can be earned by overcoming those obstacles.



2:00 pm – 2:45 pm

If you think your work is done once you’ve written your book, think again. Even the big publishers expect authors to promote their own work, but with so many different things out there you could be doing—building a website, social media, newsletters, list builders, giveaways—it can feel overwhelming. Where should we spend our time and money? What really even works? Let’s talk about it and demystify the book marketing process.

Kim Conrey is the author of the sci-fi romance Stealing Ares. Book two in the Ares series, Losing Ares, will be available in the fall. She also writes about living with OCD. In addition, she serves as VP of Operations for the Atlanta Writers Club. You can also find her on the Wild Women Who Write Take Flight Podcast where she and the other Wild Women interview authors and industry professionals with a primary goal of supporting women writers. She also runs the social media marketing for the podcast. Her essays have been published in The Bitter Southerner, Atlanta Parent, Awakened Voices Literary Magazine, and others.


9:30 am – 10:15 am
TM Brown, Helen Stine. and Danielle Thorne will discuss their fascination with historical and contemporary fiction.


10:30 am – 11:15 am

A lively discussion on the role of romance and women’s fiction in the literary world by Susan Sands, Alison Umminger, Gaby Anderson and Angie Gallion


1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Join in conversation with Kathy Nichols, Stephanie Baldi, Chris Swann, and Susan Crawford as they explore the dark and tantalizing side of the suspense/thriller genre.


2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Fantasy knows no boundaries in the universe. Visit the multiple subgenres of fantasy (High fantasy, Urban fantasy and magical realism with authors Ben Meeks, Elyse Wheeler, Mark Wallace Maguire, and Robert Gwaltney.

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