2016 Arkansas Writers' Conference Brochure

Friday, June 3rd   
            AWC Director Brenda Iannacone

8:15-9:30  Presiding:  Brenda Iannacone 
            Speaker: Mark Mathes
             Editor Tips

15 minute break

9:45 – 11:00 Breakout session Room A
Laura Castoro, Pet Peeves & Big Mistakes: Things Editors & Agents Won't Mention but keep you from selling your work.  Don't be an amateur. Attendees can bring page 1 of a story to read.

9:45 – 11:00 Breakout session Room BC
            Penny Richards, Great Expectations:
          The Importance of a good beginning

9:45-11:45 Pub/Editor Author Pitches
            Jackson Room 1

12:00 – 1:45 Presiding: Ellen Withers
Hall of Fame Luncheon/HoF Acceptance 
Door Prizes; Contest Awards 
15 minute break
2:00 – 3:15 Keynote Speaker 
            Dusty Richards, SPUR Award Winner  
15 minute break
3:30 – 4:45 Breakout session Room BC
            Mike Miller Dramatic Reading with
            writing process discussion

3:30 – 4:45 Breakout session Room A
Carol Dabney, Using Artwork in Children's Books

3:30 – 5:30 Author Pitches
            Jackson Room 1

6:00- 8:30 Presiding: Brenda Iannacone
Box Supper
            Read around 10 minute max per person

Saturday, June 4th
7:30-8:00  REGISTRATION 
            AWC Director Brenda Iannacone
8:15-9:40  Presiding: Joe David Rice
            Keynote Speaker: Laura Castoro
15 minute break   
9:45 – 10:30 Breakout session Room A
Linda Black-How to Make a Book Promo Trailer

9:45 – 10:30  Breakout session Room BC
            Penny Richards, Great Expectations:
          The importance of a good beginning

9:45 – 10:30 Breakout session Jackson #1
            Michael Don Fess, Controversy-A Path to Success

15 Minute Break

10:45 – 11:30 Author Panel Q&A

12:00 – 1:00 Box Lunch; Door Prizes; 
            Luncheon Contest Awards
Ellen Withers, Contest Chair

1:15 – 3:00  Presiding: Robin McClea, Arkansas Art Council
Russell Sharman, Hollywood Scriptwriter,
Filmmaker, and Anthropologist
Screenwriting Seminar & Panel Discussion /Room BC
15 minute break
3:15 - 5:00 Meet the Authors (Open to Public) Ballroom BC  
No conference registration but must pick up Pass at
registration table by 2:00 p.m.
 Check out participating authors list on
            the AWC official website

3:00 – 5:30 Pub/Editor Author Pitches
            Jackson Room 1 & Ballroom A
6:00-8:15 Presiding: Sara Gipson
Awards Banquet Ballroom ABC
        Award presentations, Ellen Withers

8:15-8:30 Closing Remarks and Acknowledgements 
Brenda Iannacone, AWC Director
The 72nd Annual
Arkansas Writers’ Conference
June 3 - June 4, 2016
Keynote Speakers:
Book Display and Sale Tables
4-Foot long tables available to AWC registered attendees for $10 fee if requested during pre-registration by May 20, 2016.
Proceeds remain with authors. Meet the Author event will be open to the public
Display Table Space
4- Foot long tables available for Writers’ Groups and Publishing Support Services such as editors, website developers, cover artists, illustrators, picture book artists etc. if requested during pre-registration by May 20, 2015.
Author 5 minute Pitches to Publishers
Sign up for pitches on the registration form.
Angie Abderhalden is owner and acquiring editor for Seventh Wave Books, LLC with her business partner Jason Wilcox for over 3 years.  They have published 16 books with 4 more planned for 2015.  They love working with first time authors of all ages. Every book cover is tailored to the author's specific book. They are especially looking for romance and mystery genres but are always searching for authors who have exceptional potential.  Are you their next author? Come pitch your book to Angie.  Check out their website at www.seventhwavebooks.com.

As Promotion Director of Pelican Publishing Company, Antoinette de Alteriis is delighted that her company located in Gretna, LA enjoys national recognition as a medium-sized independent company with a backlist of over 2500 titles and approximately 50 new titles produced yearly.  Pelican ranks as the largest independent trade book publisher in the South.  Since 1926, they have been committed to publishing books of quality and permanence that enrich the lives of those who read them. www.pelicanpublishing.com

Prose-Press will be represented by Tommy Hancock.  Check out their website at www.prosepress.com
Sell your books the 2016 High Cotton on the Bayou Festival at the Scott Plantation Settlement in Scott, Arkansas. Contact Sara Gipson at saragipson@aol.com for details. 

The AWC Board Thanks 2016 AWC Sponsors:
GRAND BENEFACTORS: ($500 or more) Arkansas Pioneer Branch NLAPW
BENEFACTORS: ($200-$400) Brenda Iannacone, Gale S. Gill, Rita Goodgame, 
PATRONS: ($100-$175) Bob J. Nash & Associates, Village Writers of Hot Springs Village, Poets' Roundtable of Arkansas (www.poetsroundtable.com),
SPONSORS: ($25-$75) Jim Barton, Delta Poets,  Sara Gipson, Carol Hodges, Humane Society of Pulaski County, Barbara Longstreth Mulkey, Scott Connections (www.scottconnections.org), South Arkansas Poets of the Pines, Ellen Withers, Kitty Yeager, Rhonda Roberts,Pinpoint Wrtiers Group, White County Creative Writers (www.whitecountycreativewriters.org),


AWC Founder: The Arkansas Pioneer Branch, NLAPW

 2016 AWC Director:

Brenda Iannacone

Email: breannacone1@yahoo.com

Phone: (501) 833-2756

Cell: (501) 960-5014