A Bridge to Publication 12th Annual Writing Conference
November 12, 2016 at Central School 809 Kirby St, Lake Charles, LA
Purchase tickets at the door.
Doors open at 7 am
Conference – 7:55 am to 4:40 pm
Lunch, Mardi Gras Chicken will be included for conference attendees.
*An agent will be on hand to hear pitches. Pitches – 10 minutes
Scheduled Speakers (for Bios – Click HERE)
BJ Bourg – Mystery Author
Darrell Bourque – Professor Emeritus in English and Poet
Larry Gray – Playwright
Deborah LeBlanc – Mystery/Suspense Author
Quinn Loftis – YA Fantasy/Paranormal Author
DiAnn Mills – Christian Fiction Author
Latoya C. Smith – Literary Agent with L. Perkins Agency
Prewriting Your Novel – by DiAnn Mills
Dateline BWG – BJ Bourg
Vendor Space for Conference Attendees and Non-attendees
Assigned 8 x 6 table space for rent. The program has time allotted for shopping throughout the day. Vendor must man (during shopping times) and provide own table, chair, table cloth, and change. Vendors that purchase this option will be emailed an assigned numbered space.
Tickets: Nonrefundable but transferable
Scholarships are available to cover the registration fee of anyone who cannot otherwise afford to attend. Send an email for scholarship application to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be confidential.
7-7:50—Registration – First Floor
Main Conference – Second Floor
7:55-8:00—Opening remarks – Cliff Seiber BWG President
8:00-8:30—LaToya C. Smith—Agent
What Happens Next?
8:45-9:30—Quinn Loftis, YA Fantasy Author
Concept to Publish in Four Months
9:30-10:00—Check Out the Book Tables!
Announce Young Writers Contest Winners
10:15—11:00—DiAnn Mills—Christian Fiction Author
The Dance of the Character
11:00-11:30—Words from the Mayor’s Office
Announce Members Only Contest Winners
11:30-1:00—Lunch—Mardis Gras Chicken Pasta or On Own
1:05-1:50—Darrel Bourque, Poet
2:00-2:45—Larry Gray, Playwright
How Playwriting Differs
2:50-3:25—Check out the Book Tables!
3:25-4:10—Deborah LeBlanc, horror writer
Writing Realistic Supernatural/Horror Stories
4:10-4:20—Drawing for Painting
4:20-4:50—Speaker Panel—Get your questions ready!
4:50-5:00—Closing Remarks—Conference Chairman
Additional Workshops: First Floor
9:40-11:15–BJ Bourg, Crime/Mystery Writer—Dateline BWG
1:10-2:45–DiAnn Mills—Prewriting your novel
SPONSORS: Supported by grants from the City of Lake Charles, the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, the Lake Charles / SWLA Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Decentralized Arts Funding, LA Dept of Arts, LA Dept of Recreation and Tourism, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the Arts Council of SWLA. Also sponsored by Obvious Advertising, Wise Publications Printing, and Lake Charles American Press.