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EOD Writers' Academy - Tentative Schedule
West Texas Writers' Academy June 8-12, 2020

 

2019 Schedule
2020 schedule coming in December
 

Sunday, June 9

3 - 5 p.m.           Check-in for students staying in Residence Hall - Buff Hall

5:15 p.m.           Optional, self-pay dinner at Feldman's Wrong Way Diner, 2100 N. 2nd Ave, Canyon

7 - 8:30 p.m.      Pre-conference workshop -   $40 per person; free for WTWA Alumni.
                           How to Pitch Your Book To Agents
                           with Jonathan Baker, former assistant to the editor-in-chief at W.W. Norton & Co.

Mr. Baker’s workshop will focus on the intricacies and pitfalls of landing an agent in today’s market. From putting the final polishes on a manuscript and knowing what agents are looking for, to knowing which agents to pitch, writing query letters, and approaching agents at conferences, Baker will guide writers through the thicket of confusion that surrounds the agent-search process.

Monday, June 10

7:45-8 a.m.           Registration

8 a.m.                    Opening Breakfast

8:30 a.m.               General Session:  The Author's Marketing Plan, an Overview
                            
9:30 a.m.               Break

10 a.m.-Noon        In-depth instruction

Noon-1 p.m.          Lunch on your own

1 -3 p.m.                 In-depth classes continued from morning session

3 p.m.                     Break

Special Event:      ROUNDUP DINNER - Alumni Banquet Hall 
                           
6:30 p.m.               Book Signing by instructors and published students

7 p.m.                     Roundup Dinner and Program – Timothy Lewis, host

                                 Keynote  After ‘The End’
                                Jonathan Baker, former assistant to the editor-in-chief at W.W. Norton & Co.
West Texas writer and editor Jonathan Baker will discuss the process you can expect once you’ve landed an agent—and a publisher. Baker will explain the author-agent relationship, how it differs from the author-editor relationship, and how newly signed (or self-published) authors can position themselves for maximum success.


Tuesday, June 11

8 a.m.                     Breakfast

8:15 a.m.                Daily Announcements

8:30 a.m.               General Session: Who is Your Target Market?

9:30 a.m.                Break

10 a.m.–Noon        In-depth instruction

Noon – 1 p.m.         Lunch on your own

1 – 3 p.m.                In-depth classes continued from morning session

Special Event:  

7:00 p.m.                 The Art of Critique
                                  an experiential workshop with Jodi Thomas


Wednesday, June 12

8 a.m.                      Breakfast

8:15 a.m.                 Daily Announcements

8:30 a.m.                 General Session: What is your Author Brand?              

9:30 a.m.                  Break

10 a.m.–Noon          In-depth instruction

Noon – 1 p.m.           Lunch on your own

1 – 3 p.m.                  In-depth classes continued from morning session

7 p.m.                        Alumni Banquet Hall

Special Event:  

7:00 p.m.                 Announcing Your Place in the Family of Things
                                  with WT Writer-in-Residence Chera Hammons

What inspires you to write? Where does your unique voice come from? What, if anything, does your writing unwittingly reveal about you and the time in which you live? Do you ever wonder what people will think of your body of work after you are gone? No matter your genre of choice, have you ever really stopped to consider the place your work has in the world?

When writers place their words on the page, they are entering into a larger tradition that has gone on since long before they were born and will continue long after they are gone. Participants will add their voices to the larger conversation with a guided group poetry exercise, which is likely to help spark ideas for their future work. They can expect to leave inspired and with a new way to think of their own craft and its intrinsic value.


Thursday, June 13

8 a.m.                      Breakfast

8:15 a.m.                 Daily Announcements

8:30 a.m.                 General Session: Social Media Tips and Tricks to Grow a Following

9:30 a.m.                  Break

10 a.m.–Noon         In-depth instruction

Noon – 1 p.m.          Lunch on your own

1 – 3 p.m.                 In-depth classes continued from morning session

BRAIN DEAD NIGHT

 

Friday, June 14

8 a.m.                    Breakfast

8:15 a.m.               Daily Announcements

8:30 a.m.               Breakfast of Champions                           

9:30 a.m.               Break

10 a.m.–Noon       In-depth instruction

12:30 pm               Closing Luncheon