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Spring Conference

NWG Spring Conference and Writing Retreat

April 11-13, 2019

Omaha Comfort Inn & Suites, 7007 Grover St., Omaha

**Registration is closed.**

Special Conference Guests: The Writing Gals

For the first time, the Nebraska Writers Guild is going to offer a writing retreat in conjunction with the Spring Conference! And The Writing Gals are going to be there! Who are The Writing Gals, you ask? Let me introduce them:

Amy Meyer: Amy is the most prolific of The Writing Gals. She lives south of the Twin Cities in MN. She spends her days with her knight in shining armor, four princes, and her baby princess. Amy publishes middle grade under Amy Linnabary, and sweet romance under Anne-Marie Meyer. She is a successful self-published author bringing in six-figures a year.

Judy Corry: Judy is the Young Adult romance expert in The Writing Gals. She has been addicted to love stories for as long as she can remember. She reads and writes YA & Clean Contemporary Romance because she can’t get enough of the feeling of falling in love. She graduated from Southern Utah University in an area that has nothing to do with writing. Some of her favorite things are chick flicks, singing, and playing the piano. She believes in swoon-worthy kisses and happily-ever-afters. Judy's first book won the Kindle Scout program and is published through Kindle Press. Because of her success in self-publishing, she is now represented by Lane Heymont of the Tobias Literary Agency and has been approached by a movie producer. 

Michelle Pennington: Michelle is the Historical Romance expert in The Writing Gals. She spends her days quoting movies with her husband and making messes faster than her four kids. She loves to make magic by stringing words together, but she also creates designer sugar cookies, sings loud in church, and kills too many house plants. Michelle's success caught the attention of Hershman Rights Management and Tantor Media who both approached her.

Victorine Lieske: Victorine is just happy the other Writing Gals let her be in the group. She is the current Vice President of the Nebraska Writers Guild, and a NYT's and USA Today bestselling author. Victorine spends her day making up love stories, playing with Photoshop, and collecting yarn. Because of her success in self-publishing, she has been approached by two movie producers, several literary agents and two foreign rights acquisition agents. Her first book is translated into German by Amazon Crossing.

The Writing Gals have a weekly podcast on their YouTube Channel where they talk about writing and publishing, and share secrets of their success. They also have a Facebook Group where members share loads of information. The Writing Gals will also be teaching classes at the conference both on Friday and on Saturday. And don't forget Friday evening Boot Camp and the reception party with The Writing Gals! You can't miss anything. Sign up for the whole three-days!

Agents Taking Pitches:

Literary Agent Eliza Kirby from The Bent Agency-- SOLD OUT!

After graduating from Oberlin College with degrees in Creative Writing and French, Eliza moved to New York to start her career in publishing. Before joining The Bent Agency, she worked at Diversion Books and Leigh Feldman Literary. Eliza is looking for Young Adult and Middle Grade, Women's Fiction, Literary Fiction, and Historical Fiction. Eliza will be taking pitches through Skype.

Literary Agent Joanna MacKenzie from The Nelson Agency--SOLD OUT!

Joanna is seeking: Character-driven and atmospheric mysteries and thrillers—think Tana French, Blake Crouch, and Heather Gudenkauf. Literary fiction—fish-out-of-water experiences, immigrant stories, complex families. I cried my way through The Namesake and couldn’t put down The Round House. Upmarket women’s fiction featuring characters I can’t stop thinking about. Literary and commercial young-adult fiction—I’ll Give You The Sun and Bone Gap and anything that reminds me of Veronica Mars.



April 11 - Thursday Writing Retreat with The Writing Gals

9:00 am


9:00 am - 5:00 pm 

-Writing Retreat - We will be chatting, eating chocolate, and doing writing sprints! Join The Writing Gals on their very first writing retreat. Lunch is included in the price. LIMITED SPACE! Sign up early!

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

-Break for Dinner. Dinner is not included in the retreat price, but you're welcome to socialize with The Writing Gals at Anthony's Steakhouse, not far from the conference center at 7220 F St Omaha. We've reserved their banquet room from 5pm to 7pm, so no need to make a reservation. Check out the menu for your favorite find; you can enjoy whatever your budget and diet will allow for! 

7:00 pm

-The Writing Gals will do a LIVE BROADCAST of their show, and all who registered for the retreat will get to attend! They will be taking questions from the live audience.


April 12 - Friday Conference

8:00 - 8:30 am

- Registration

- Shop at Vendor Tables and Socialize

8:30- 9:15 am

- Welcome and opening remarks - Opening exercises by Gina Barlean

9:30 - 10:15 am

- Editing for Authors - Carol Weber - Learn what you can do to make your manuscript as clean as it can be.

- Show vs. Tell - Mary Unger - An interactive class. Learn how to take those telling moments and turn them into scenes that show.

- Tracking Long Fiction: From a Blank Page to "The End" - John Achor

10:30 - 11:15 am

- Endings that Sell Your Next Book - Michelle Pennington - Learn tricks and tips on how to give a satisfying ending that will make readers want more.

- Starving Artist: Marketing on a Shoestring Budget - Sarah Buhrman - Not all authors have a thousand dollars to drop on marketing their book. Learn ways to market on a limited budget.

- Tax Information for Authors - Rand Hansen - Learn what you need to know about doing your taxes when you're making money as an author. 

11:30 - 12:15 am

- How to Write Swoon-Worthy Kiss Scenes - Judy Corry - Learn the essentials of writing amazing kiss scenes, the build-up, and anticipation that will have your readers swooning. 

- Formatting a Print-Ready Manuscript - Faith A. Colburn - Are you getting ready to publish a book? Or submit something for publication? Learn what you can do to format using Word. 

- Plotting Your Novel - Delores Feeken-Schmidt - Do your novels lack structure? Do you get stuck when writing, not sure what should come next? Take this class to learn how to plot your next book!

12:15 - 2:00 pm

- Break for Lunch (included)

- Shop at Vendor Tables and Socialize (Network!)

2:00 - 2:45 pm

- Writing Blurbs and Loglines - Amy Meyer - Now that your book is published, how do you drive traffic to your product page? Learn tips to writing great blurbs and ad copy.

- Turning a Novel into a Script (Part 1 of 2) - Lisa Kovanda - Have you ever wanted to turn your novel into a screenplay? Take this two-hour class!

- FREE consultations with Electric Moon Publishing, DK Solutions, Infusion Media, and Concierge Marketing.

3:00 - 3:45 pm

- Defeat Writers Block - Victorine E. Lieske - Do you frequently get stuck? Writers block got you down? Get tips on how to break out of that cycle and get to writing.

- Turning a Novel into a Script (Part 2 of 2) - Lisa Kovanda - Have you ever wanted to turn your novel into a screenplay? Take this two-hour class!

- FREE consultations with Electric Moon Publishing, DK Solutions, Infusion Media, and Concierge Marketing.

4:00 - 4:45 pm

- The Audience is NOT in their Underwear, but You are and They are All Staring at You - Cort Fernald - This is a hands-on class to get over your fear of speaking in public. Come ready to face those fears and learn to speak before an audience. Please bring something of yours to share with the group.

- The Psychology of Villains - Kierstin Marquet - Delve into the mysterious and sometimes freaky minds of the criminals and/or antagonists you wish to write about. Kierstin has a degree in criminal justice and a minor in psychology.

- FREE consultations with Electric Moon Publishing, DK Solutions, Infusion Media, and Concierge Marketing.

4:45 - 6:30 pm

- Break for Dinner (not included)

6:30 - 9:30 pm

- Boot Camp (We will split into small groups of 6 to 7 people. Each person will read a selection of work up to 2,000 words. Then we will go around the table and each person will give feedback. Be prepared to print your selection for all 7 people around the table. Last Boot Camp was highly successful!)

- Reception - Mix and Mingle (Free to the public)


April 13 - Saturday Conference

8:00 - 8:30 am

- Registration

- Shop at Vendor Tables and Socialize

8:30 - 9:40 am

- Keynote Speaker: Amy Meyer - How I Became a Six-Figure Indie Author 

9:40 - 10:00 am

- Break

- Shop at Vendor Tables and Socialize

10:00 - 10:45 am

- Writing Great Dialogue - Michelle Pennington - Do your characters sound flat? Learn tips and tricks for making them come alive through dialogue!

- Anatomy of a Mystery - Inside the Convoluted Mind of a Mystery Writer - John Achor

- Starting Your Own Publishing House - Nancy Sharp Wagner - Have you ever wanted to start up your own publishing company? Learn what to do, and what to avoid in this class!

11:00 - 11:45 pm

- Breaking Down the Barriers - Judy Corry - Learn how Judy went from writing one book a year to producing and publishing more than she thought possible. Break down the barriers you put up for yourself.

- Formatting with Vellum - Bonnie Lacy - Learn how easy formatting your own books can be—whether for print or ebooks—using Vellum! We’ll learn to do the basic format: making sure every page in your project is just like you want it to look, generate ebooks for Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and how to assemble box sets. So far it’s only for Macs or using a service which gives you access to a virtual Mac.

- Writing a Sustainable Column - Tammy Marshall - Learn how to potentially land and sustain a column for over nine years like Tammy did; this advice will apply to creating a sustainable blog, too.

12:00 - 2:00 pm

- Break for Lunch (included)

- Business Meeting

- Shop at Vendor Tables and Socialize

2:00 - 2:45 pm

- Facebook Ads 101 - Victorine E. Lieske - If you've never set up a Facebook ad before, this is the class for you. It will take you through the basics of what to click on when you're setting up your ads.

- Research Like a Pro - A Two-Hour Workshop - Dr. Kathryn Hain

- Cross Examination, Closing Argument, and Credibility - Donna Kathryn Kelly - How to take your life experiences and work them into your novel.

3:00 - 3:45 pm

- Facebook Ads 102 - Victorine E. Lieske - Know how to set up Facebook ads, but not sure who to target? Unsure of how to get clicks? Want better ad copy? This class will dive a bit deeper into the world of Facebook ads.

- Redefining Failure - Shennon Helms

- Research Like a Pro - A Two-Hour Workshop - Dr. Kathryn Hain

4:00 - 4:45 pm

- AMS Ads Simplified - Amy Meyer - Are you confused by AMS ads? Learn what keywords to use, and how to make your AMS ads work for you.

- Stamp Out Head Hopping - Master Deep POV - Patricia Lynn - Deep point of view. What it is, and how to make it awesome in your work in progress.

- Learn the New NWG Website - Charles Lieske - Learn the cool new things you can do with the new NWG website.

5:00 pm

- Closing Remarks and Raffle Drawing

**Registration is Closed**


NWG Member Price:

Individual Days:

     Thursday - $70; Friday - $95; Saturday - $95

Package Deals:

     Friday and Saturday - $149

     Entire Three-Day Package - $179

Non-Member Conference Price:

     $259 (Become a member and save! All are welcome, no matter where you live.)

Hotel Rooms:

Omaha Comfort Inn & Suites, 7007 Grover St., Omaha

Reserve your room online or call the hotel directly. *See below for terms.

Below is the information you need to make your reservation. 

Group Name: Nebraska Writers Guild
Group Code: OJ76M5

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations before March 10th - $35 Cancellation Fee. Cancellations after March 10th - No Refunds Given