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Join us next year June 8-12, 2015!

Look for the 2015 schedule and instructor list in late fall


2014 Schedule

Monday, June 9

7:45-8:00 a.m.             Registration - Jack B. Kelley Student Center Foyer
 
8:00 a.m.                   Opening Breakfast – Thunder Room

8:20 a.m.                   Welcome and announcements – Thunder Room
 
8:30 a.m.                    Rise Out of the Slush Pile and Shine: Critique, Hook, Logline, First line—Tim Lewis
                                   OR Jodi Thomas—Think Series: World Building
 
9:30 a.m.                    Break
 
10:00 a.m.-Noon         Participants choose one class for a week of in-depth instruction - Classroom Center
                                             Jennifer Archer             Nuts & Bolts: Strengthening Your Story’s Foundation
                                  Margie Lawson             Deep Editing: Adding Power to Every Page
                      Matthew Sherley          Crime Writer’s Police Boot Camp: Experience It – Then Write It
                                  Alexandra Sokoloff       Screenwriting Tricks for Authors
                      Jodi Thomas                World Building: A Guide to Developing a Series (for returning students only)
 
Noon-1:30 p.m.           Lunch on your own
 
1:30-3:00p.m.              In-depth classes continued from morning session - Classroom Center
 
3:00 p.m.                    Break
 
Special Event:           ROUNDUP DINNER - Alumni Banquet Hall
6:30 p.m.                    Book Signing by instructors
 
7:00 p.m.                    Roundup Dinner and Program—Tim Lewis, host
                                             Keynote Speaker—Matt Koumalats, “In Marketing, Story is Everything” 



Tuesday, June 10
8:00 a.m.                     Continental Breakfast  – Thunder Room
 
8:20 a.m.                            Daily Announcements – Thunder Room
 
8:30 a.m.                     Rise Out of the Slush Pile and Shine: Critique, Hook, Logline, First line - Tim Lewis
                                    OR Penning the Perfect Pitch: Creating a Written and Verbal Pitch for Your Book – Jennifer Archer
 
9:30 a.m.                     Break
 
10:00 a.m. – noon         Jennifer Archer            Nuts & Bolts: Strengthening Your Story’s Foundation
                                  Margie Lawson            Deep Editing: Adding Power to Every Page
                      Matthew Sherley         Crime Writer’s Police Boot Camp: Experience It – Then Write It
                                  Alexandra Sokoloff      Screenwriting Tricks for Authors
                      Jodi Thomas               World Building: A Guide to Developing a Series (for returning students only)
 
Noon – 1:30 p.m.         Lunch on your own
 
1:30 – 3:00 p.m.          In-depth classes continued from morning session
 
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.                 Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum tour with Jodi  (museum admission $10 per person)


Wednesday, June 11

8:00 a.m.                     Continental Breakfast – Alumni Banquet Hall
 
8:20 a.m.                             Daily Announcements – Alumni Banquet Hall
 
8:30 a.m.                     Rise Out of the Slush Pile and Shine: Critique, Hook, Logline, First line—Tim Lewis
                                   OR Not Your Mama’s Character Descriptions—Margie Lawson
 
9:30 a.m.                     Break
 
10:00 a.m. – noon        Jennifer Archer             Nuts & Bolts: Strengthening Your Story’s Foundation
                                  Margie Lawson             Deep Editing: Adding Power to Every Page
                      Matthew Sherley          Crime Writer’s Police Boot Camp: Experience It – Then Write It
                                  Alexandra Sokoloff       Screenwriting Tricks for Authors
                      Jodi Thomas                World Building: A Guide to Developing a Series (for returning students only)
 
Noon – 1:30 p.m.        Lunch on your own
 
1:30 – 3:00 p.m.         In-depth classes continued from morning session
 
Special Event:          MOVIE NIGHT—Jodi Thomas, hostess
7:00 p.m.                          Thunder Room, JBK


Thursday, June 12
8:00 a.m.                  Continental Breakfast – Thunder Room
 
8:20 a.m.                  Daily Announcements – Thunder Room
 
8:30 a.m.                  Rise Out of the Slush Pile and Shine: Critique, Hook, Logline, First line—Tim Lewis
                                OR Matthew Sherley—Tactical Writing: The Special Operations Approach to Publication
 
9:30 a.m.                  Break
 
10:00 a.m. – noon      Jennifer Archer             Nuts & Bolts: Strengthening Your Story’s Foundation
                                 Margie Lawson            Deep Editing: Adding Power to Every Page
                     Matthew Sherley         Crime Writer’s Police Boot Camp: Experience It – Then Write It
                                 Alexandra Sokoloff      Screenwriting Tricks for Authors
                     Jodi Thomas               World Building: A Guide to Developing a Series (for returning students only)
 
Noon – 1:30 p.m.       Lunch on your own
 
1:30 – 3:00 p.m.        In-depth classes continued from morning session
 
Open Evening           
 

Friday, June 13
8:00 a.m.                  Continental Breakfast – Thunder Room
 
8:20 a.m.                  Daily Announcements – Thunder Room
 
8:30 a.m.                   Rise Out of the Slush Pile and Shine: Critique, Hook, Logline, First line—Tim Lewis
                                OR  The Brave New World of Indy Publishing: Is It For You? —Alexandra Sokoloff
 
9:30 a.m.                   Break
 
10:00 a.m. – noon      Jennifer Archer             Nuts & Bolts: Strengthening Your Story’s Foundation
                                 Margie Lawson            Deep Editing: Adding Power to Every Page
                     Matthew Sherley          Crime Writer’s Police Boot Camp: Experience It – Then Write It
                                 Alexandra Sokoloff       Screenwriting Tricks for Authors
                     Jodi Thomas                World Building: A Guide to Developing a Series (for returning students only)
 
12:30 pm                     Closing Luncheon with Faculty panel Q & A – Thunder Room