NOTE TO READER ATTENDEES: This schedule has been designed to allow you to take advantage of Disneyland while you are here! Writing-related events and activities will be held during the day on Friday and Saturday, and reader activities will be held at night and all day on Sunday.
WELCOME SPEECH/CONFERENCE INTRODUCTION 9:00-9:15am
WORKSHOPS, SEMINARS, AND PANELS:
DYNAMIC STORY CREATION – HOW TO EMOTIONALLY SATISFY YOUR READER AND KEEP THEM COMING BACK FOR MORE (Ballroom A, 9:30am-12:30pm)
Do you struggle with tying theme and plot together? Get frustrated with sagging middles and wandering storylines? Join award-winning fantasy author Maxwell Alexander Drake in this comprehensive workshop on storytelling. Dynamic Story Creation takes an in-depth look at the physical and invisible layer behind stories—the stuff readers expect but don’t know they expect. You’ll learn about Theme, Motifs, Allegories, Reversals, the Cycle of a Protagonist, and how to fulfill a reader’s emotional needs. By the time you’re finished, you’ll walk away with everything you need to craft an enjoyable, addictive story that will keep readers coming back for more.
LITRPG panel (Ballroom B, 9:30-10:30am)
FAIRY TALES IN FICTION PANEL (Ballroom B, 10:45-11:45am)
LUNCH BREAK 12:30-2:00pm
HISTORICAL FANTASY PANEL (Ballroom A, 2:00-3:00pm)
LGBT+ FANTASY PANEL (Ballroom B, 2:00-3:00pm)
YOUNG ADULT FICTION PANEL (Ballroom A, 3:15-4:15pm)
FANTASY ROMANCE PANEL (Ballroom B, 3:15-4:15pm)
URBAN FANTASY PANEL (Ballroom A, 4:30-5:30pm)
EPIC FANTASY PANEL (Ballroom B, 4:30-5:30pm)
DINNER BREAK 5:30-7:00pm
D&D GAME NIGHT MIXER: 7:00-9:00pm
Join us for a fun-filled night of games, food, and booze with your favorite authors! We will have several dungeon masters running D&D games for both beginners and advanced players, as well as other group-oriented games like Mafia, Telephone, Charades, and more! Drinks and hors d’oeuvres included.
WORKSHOPS AND PANELS:
USING AMS ADS TO MAXIMIZE BOOK SALES: 9:30am-12:30pm (Ballroom A & B)
Is setting up and running ads a constant struggle for you? Do you want to get more eyes on your book on Amazon by the RIGHT readers? Join USA Today bestselling author Felicia Beasley as she teaches you how to run AMS ads in this workshop. Going beyond just sponsored keyword ads, we’ll explore all the various tools AMS gives advertisers to get their books seen by potential buyers, including tricks used by those outside of publishing that few authors know about. By the end of the workshop you will know:
- The eight types of AMS ads, plus when and how to use them together to reach your goals.
- The benefits of different placements on Amazon (and off) that your ads can appear and how to get them to show up there.
- How to create the best targeting lists for your books (this includes keyword, category, and product targeting.)
- The importance of product relevancy, bids, and conversions to making AMS ads profitable.
- Ways to increase the product relevancy between your books and your best targets.
- How to leverage AMS to gain organic visibility.
- Additional tricks and tips to increase profitability of ads on a scalable level
LUNCH BREAK 12:30-2:00pm
GETTING YOUR OPENING PAGES RIGHT, WITH KELLEY ARMSTRONG (Ballroom A, 2:00-3:00pm)
As the number of published books grows exponentially, it becomes increasingly important to hook readers fast. In this one-hour workshop, New York Times bestseller Kelley Armstrong will teach you how to find the best starting point for your story, then turn it into a killer first chapter that’ll leave readers—or agents and editors—eager for more.
HOW TO SELF-EDIT YOUR NOVEL, WITH KERRY ADRIENNE (Ballroom B, 2:00-3:00pm)
ANATOMY OF AN ACTION SCENE, WITH KAREN CHANCE (Ballroom A, 3:15-4:15pm)
Action scenes can be tense, funny, scary, and heart-poundingly exciting—or all of the above. The important thing is that they advance the plot and give your readers a thrill in the process. Join New York Times bestseller Karen Chance for this one hour seminar on what makes a good action sequence and how to craft one that people will remember.
SNAP, CRACKLE, POP: A BALANCED APPROACH TO SERIAL FICTION, WITH SEANAN MCGUIRE (Ballroom B, 3:15-4:15pm)
GENRE-HOPPING–HOW TO ADAPT YOUR VOICE TO DIFFERENT TYPES OF FICTION (Ballroom B, 4:30-5:30pm)
WRITING TO MARKET, WITH CHRIS FOX (Ballroom B, 4:30-5:30pm)
DINNER BREAK 5:30-7:00pm
STORIES AND S’MORES EVENT (featuring Luke Daniels and Nick Podehl): 7:00-9:00pm
Join Luke Daniels and Nick Podehl for a night of storytelling! These Audie Award winning narrators will be performing LIVE, enchanting you with excerpts from both classic fantasy novels and current works. They may even take requests! Grab a chair, eat some s’mores, and prepare to be swept away. Bonus points if you come in pajamas!
DOWNTOWN DISNEY SCAVENGER HUNT: 9:00am-12:00pm
FANTASY REN-FAIRE THEMED BOOK SIGNING AND COSPLAY CONTEST: 1:00pm-5:00pm
Come flex your cosplay muscles at our magical book signing and festival! In addition to the signing, we will have fantasy-themed vendors offering all sorts of magical delights, and performers to dazzle you on stage with daring feats and mind-boggling tricks. There will be a cosplay contest with prizes, and a crowning ceremony for the winner of the scavenger hunt!
PLEASE NOTE: This is an early iteration of the schedule and is subject to change. More specific descriptions for workshops, panels, and events will be added as we nail down the details. Thank you for your patience!