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June 12-18, 2022
Academy Schedule

Sunday, June 12

4:00-6:00 p.m.   Residence Hall Check-in for In-depth students and Writing Warriors

6:30 p.m.   Self-pay group dinner at Joe Taco on the square

Monday, June 13

8:30 - 9:30    Catered breakfast

10:00 - Noon  In-Depth Course - choose your course when you register

The Western: Writing the Great American Gift to Literature with S.J. Dahlstrom
Twenty Things You Don't Know Your Novel Needs with Candace Havens
Bring on the Conflict! with Jolene Navarro
The Building Blocks of Exceptional Fiction with Sasha Summers  (this course is sold out.)

Noon - 1:00   Lunch own your own

1:00 - 3:30   In-Depth Course

6:00 - 8:30   WTWA
                            Book showcase with WTWA authors, instructors and speaker
                            Dinner followed by keynote
                            "Dream Big - Make It Happen Now!" keynote by Candace Havens

Tuesday, June 14

9:00 - Noon    In-Depth Course

Noon - 1:00   'Grab and Go' or 'Grab and Gab' Lunch

1:00 - 3:30   In-Depth Course

5:00             Optional self-pay dinner at Creek House Honey Farm

7:00 - 8:30   Intellectual Property Attorney Chris Stewart will cover
                    Copyright Law for Writers

                   "The information we got was well presented and focused on exactly what we need to know."

                    "There was no rabbit chasing or going off topic. Very well done."  

                                   --2021 Attendee evaluations of Stewart

Wednesday, June 15

9:00 - Noon   In-Depth Course

Noon - 1:00   'Grab and Go' or 'Grab and Gab' Lunch

1:00 - 3:30   In-Depth Course

Free evening

Thursday, June 16

8:30 - 9:30   Catered breakfast

10:00 - Noon  In-Depth Course

Afternoon break for writing or resting your brain

5:30-6:30   Weekender check-in at museum

6:30-9:00   EVENT FOR ALL ATTENDEES
                    WTWA Social with JODI THOMAS
                    at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum
                    the museum will be open for viewing until 9:00

Friday, June 17

8:30 - 9:30    EVENT FOR ALL ATTENDEES  catered breakfast

9:30 - 10:30   Check-out for non-weekenders

10:00 - Noon  Two workshops to choose from!

Middle Grade: Books That Live in a Child’s Mind Forever with S. J. Dahlstrom
Writing for children carries a special responsibility, these books shape the person the child becomes.  Books in this genre will be read over and over again.  Learn how to consider your book in the light of nourishing entertainment for children. 

What is High Concept? And Why Do I Need It? with Candace Havens
Grabbing a reader/agent/editor's attention is tougher than ever these days. Make sure your book has the advantage of being high concept. We'll break high concept ideas down to make them easier than ever to understand. 

Noon - 1:00    Lunch own your own

1:30 - 4:30     Workshop:  Making Your Settings Sing with Teri Wilson

The setting of your story should be more than just a backdrop. In this workshop, we'll explore tips to make it a character in itself and amplify the theme of your manuscript. A special appearance by Teri Wilson, USA TODAY Bestselling Author and Hallmark Channel movie writer!

6:30 - 9:30   Movie Night with Sasha Summers and Jolene Navarro

Saturday, June 18

9:00 - Noon   Facilitated Writing Retreat with Jolene Navarro and Sasha Summers

Spend a full day with story plotting masters (or dynamic plotting duo) Sasha Summers and Jolene Navarro. The one-day writing retreat is an opportunity to exercise your creative muscle and use the group's creative energy to focus on your writing.  Start the day with tips and skills to push past a blank page. There will be an orchestrated plan with writing sprints sandwiched with encouragement. Be ready to let the words flow.

Noon - 1:30   Catered Lunch

1:30 - 4:30    Continued Facilitated Writing Retreat with Jolene Navarro and Sasha Summers

Free Evening

Sunday, June 19

8:00 - 10:00 a.m.   Check-out