Schedule: 9:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m.--Check In and Continental Breakfast 9:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.--Opening Panel with all Instructors
Morning "Inspiration" Session: 10:00 a.m.-Noon--"Get the MOST out of YOUR Writing Life," led by Cathy Day.
Noon-1:00 p.m.--lunch break Afternoon "How To" Sessions: 1:00-1:50 p.m.--Find Your Writing "Tribe" (Critique Groups, Readings, and More!) 2:00-2:50 p.m.--Platform and Brand Building (Put Websites, Social Media and More to Work for You) 3:00-3:50 p.m.--Find a Venue For Your Work (Agents, Editors, Publishers, Magazines--and the Tools to Find Them)
4:00-4:30 p.m.--Booksigning with Instructors
Faculty: Morning Session--Cathy Day is the author of the memoir Comeback Season: How I Learned to Play the Game of Love (Free Press) and the novel The Circus in Winter (Harcourt). Her novel was adapted for and produced on stage. She teaches creative writing at Ball State University. Cathy teaches and speaks frequently about creative writing, motivation, literary citizenship, social media for writers, and more.
Finding Your Writing "Tribe" Panelists--Becky Morean, Fred Marion, Grace Curtis, and Ryan Ireland.
Becky, writing as R. A. Morean, is a novelist, short story writer, essayist and screenwriter. Her work has appeared in Salon, Jabberwock Review, Ploughshares, The Lost Coast Review, Kalliope, and more, and her novels are with St. Martin's Press, Avignon Press, and Escape Publishing (AU). Writing in a variety of genres, she has published literary fiction, romance, and mystery as well as nonfiction. A single mom, her four children are now grown. She teaches at Sinclair College in Dayton, Ohio.
Fred Marion is a professional marketer and web designer. His resume includes stints as a Vespa-driving mobile billboard operator, security guard, blogger, flower deliverer, real estate photographer, barista, dishwasher, cook, forklift driver and a copy editor, features reporter and columnist at four newspapers in three states. He earned a B.S. in English/Creative Writing at Wright State University. His first novel, an in-progress middle grade fantasy, is represented by The Bent Agency in New York. His weekly email newsletter on creativity has readers in 18 states and 2 countries. Sign up at www.daytonlit.com or www.fredrickmarion.com.
Ryan Ireland is the author of two novels, "Beyond the Horizon" and "Ghosts of the Desert." He studied English at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, for both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, and earned his PhD in English from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Ryan is the Publicity and Marketing Officer for Greene County Public Libraries. Learn more about his creative writing and novels at www.ryangireland.com
Platform and Brand Building Co-Leaders--Amelia Robinson and Ashley Bethard
Amelia Robinson, a graduate of Ohio University's E.W. Scripp School of Journalism, joined the Dayton Daily News staff in 2000 after a three-year stint at the Mansfield News Journal. She writes about dining, nightlife, entertainment and lifestyle in the Dayton area. In addition to serving on the AWW board, Amelia serves as president of the Greater Dayton Association of Black Journalists, serves on the Dayton Sister City Committee, Boonshoft Museum of Discovery’s Associate Board and is a member of the Junior League of Dayton. Amelia writes the wildly popular Smart Mouth column featured in Saturday's Dayton Daily News.
Ashley Bethard is the Digital Product Manager, Social Media, Cox Media Group Ohio. She is also a writer and freelance editor, and holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing--Creative Nonfiction from Ashland University. Learn more about Ashley's writing at http://ashleybethard.com/
Find A Venue for Your Work Co-Leaders--Kate Geiselman and Sharon Short
Kate Geiselman's essays have appeared at Salon.com, The Rumpus, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, and elsewhere online. Several of her essays about teaching have aired on NPR stations onThe Story with Dick Gordon, an American Public Media production. She is editor of Flights, the literary magazine of Sinclair Community College, where she is also a professor of English. Learn more about Kate at http://www.kategeiselman.net/
Sharon Short is the author of the literary novel My One Square Inch of Alaska (Penguin Plume) , two mystery series, and a collection of humorous essays. She is the two-time recipient of an Ohio Arts Council individual artist's grant (2012 and 2016), a Montgomery County (Ohio) Arts & Cultural District Literary Artist Fellowship, and was the 2014 John E. Nance Writer-in-Residence at Thurber House in Columbus, Ohio. Her screenplay adaptation of her literary novel has won several awards at film festival competitions, including as a selection and "Audience Pleaser Award" at the 2016 Female Eye Film Festival in Toronto. Sharon is also the Literary Life columnist for the Dayton Daily News, an adjunct instructor at Seton Hill University, and is part of a fiction manuscript consulting group, "The Write Sisters." Learn more about Sharon at www.sharonshort.com.