SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2024
7:15-8:00 Intensive Badge Pickup / Breakfast (optional)
Intensive participants only: pick up your conference badge and your (optional) pre-purchased breakfast
8:00-9:30 Intensives, Part 1 Intensives must be purchased during online registration
What I Learned from Nancy Drew—Tools for Fast-Paced Plotting $100K is Doable! Analyzing and Writing Picture Books Building a Lovable and Believable Character Readers will Fall in Love with Advanced Law Session
9:00-10:00 Attendee Badge Pickup
Pick up your conference badge at the Welcome Table, then enjoy a hot drink and a morning snack while connecting with your people
10:00-10:15 Welcome: Susan Wroble and Stan Yan, Co-Regional Advisors of the Rocky Mountain Chapter
10:15-11:00 Opening Keynote:
Dow Phumiruk – Not an Impostor: It’s Time to Call Yourself an Artist and/or Writer
11:00-11:30 Transition
11:30-12:30 Breakout 1:
All About Series: Fiction or Nonfiction Buckle Up and Enjoy the Ride! Pacing Tips, Tools, and Techniques Showing up! Allyship as a Creative: Social Justice on the Page First Looks Publishing Law 101
12:30-1:45 Lunch
1:45-2:45 Breakout 2:
Oh, Is That You? Get to Know Your Characters Are You READY?: Looking at Your Work with a Critical Eye A Picture Book Writing Safari Getting Graphic: How To Choose Novel or Graphic Novel Structural Engineering…For Your Nonfiction
2:45-3:00 Transition
3:00-4:00 Breakout Xtra: Critique Connect, Portfolio Contest, and other social sessions TBA
4:00-4:15 Transition
4:15-5:15 Breakout 3:
A Little Thing Called Voice Marketing Books YOUR Way The Art (and Heart) of Humor Crafting Dynamic Narrative Nonfiction Make a Splash with Memorable Read-Aloud Events
5:15-5:30 Transition
5:30-6:30 Dessert First: Autographs, Portfolio Showcase, and more
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2024
7:15-8:00 Intensive Badge Pickup / Breakfast (optional)
Intensive participants only: pick up your conference badge and your (optional) pre-purchased breakfast
8:00-9:30 Intensives, Part 2 Intensives (both parts) must be added during registration
What I Learned from Nancy Drew—Tools for Fast-Paced Plotting $100K is Doable! Analyzing and Writing Picture Books Building a Lovable and Believable Character Readers will Fall in Love with Advanced Law Session
9:00-10:00 Sunday-only Attendees Badge Pickup: Pick up your conference badge at the Welcome Table.

Connect-Connect: Our connect leaders will be available for conversations and meet ups in Ballroom A. Everyone enjoy a hot drink and a morning snack while connecting with your people.

10:00-11:00 Breakout 4:
I Can’t Tell You Apart in the Dark: Create Unique Character Voice to Shed Light on Your Prose Go Ahead…Make a Scene!: The Intersection of Plot and Character Joyful Book Marketing Problem Solving in Picture Book Illustrating DIY Master Class
11:00-11:15 Transition
11:15-12:15 Breakout 5:
The Heart of YA Drawing A Blank: Tap Into Your Inspiration Breaking the Rules on Picture Books: New Approaches to an Old Form Building and Presenting a Portfolio that will Catch Publishers’ Eyes The Dreaded Query Package – Fear No More!
12:15-12:30 Lunch
1:30-2:30 Breakout 6:
Theme: the Soul of a Story Yakkity Yak: Animals in Picture Books Figuring Out Feedback Composition for Emotional Impact The Power of Virtual Book Tours for Children’s Book Creators
2:30-3:00 Transition
3:00-4:15 Announcements & Closing Keynote:
Darcy Pattison – Finding Courage
4:15-4:30 Closing