The 22nd annual Bay to Ocean Writers Conference featured an exciting lineup of 30 different workshops and classes from accomplished authors, poets, film writers and other instructors.
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Thank you to all of our presenters, attendees and volunteers who helped make the 2019 BTO conference a great success. Please check back here later this spring for details about the 2020 BTO.
The 2019 conference took place on Saturday, March 9, 2019, at Chesapeake College on Maryland's Eastern Shore in Wye Mills, Md.
Sponsored by the nonprofit Eastern Shore Writers Association, BTO is dedicated to helping writers improve their craft by providing first-rate educational sessions and inspirational tips across a variety of writing genres.
Below you will find the schedule for 2019. Registration, now closed, was on the event page.
To read detailed descriptions of sessions and speaker bios, click on each of the Sessions Titles below -- or browse the session summaries by using the list of tracks in the sidebar to the right.
The full 2019 program brochure is online: download it here.
TRAVEL & HOTELS
Chesapeake College is located in at the intersection of U.S. Route 50 and Md. Rt. 213 in Queen Anne's County, 15 miles east of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Directions.
Its central location in Delmarva makes the college about an hour's drive from Washington's Capital Beltway, the Baltimore Beltway or Dover, Delaware. It's only slightly farther to Salisbury, Md. (75 minutes) or Rehoboth Beach, De. (90 minutes.)
Attendees looking for overnight accommodations should consider the Holiday Inn Express Easton about 13 miles east of the college on US Rt. 50 in Easton, Md. It has reserved a block of rooms for BTO attendees at the nightly rate of $125. Reservations must be made by February 8, 2019 by calling 410-819-6500 and mentioning the conference name.
Attendees from the Western Shore might consider hotels closer to the Bay Bridge on or near Kent Island, including the Holiday Inn Express Annapolis East-Kent Island; the Best Western Kent Narrows Inn; or the Hilton Garden Inn Kent Island.
Below is an outline of the program. Click any green session button to read bios of the speakers and details for workshops in that track.
2019 BTO Program
WRITERLY RUTS: Step Out of Your Comfort Zone to Improve Your Writing
CHRISTINE STEWART and ANN TATRO –Grants / Fellowships
THE EDITORS' PANEL - What Are We Looking For?
Moderated by Gregg Wilhem: with
CHRISTINE STEWART, CHRIS SALERNO, KIM ROBERTS,
and GERRY LAFEMINA
SCOTT McCORMICK – Audio Books
with Graphic Audio Director
LORIANN OBERLIN & ROBERT BIDINOTTO–
The Do Nots & Definitely Do Steps for Writers
LAURA SHOVAN – Novels in Verse
AUSTIN CAMACHO - Writing Winning Dialogue
AMY SCHISLER – Using Dialogue to Advance a Plot
JOHN DEDAKIS – How to Write a Novel
KRIS FAATZ – Creating Layered Fiction
JOSHUA ISARD – Autobiographical Inspiration:
Finding Effective Ways to Keep Yourself in Your Fiction
TARA CAMPBELL – The World in a Flash
CHARACTER PANEL DISCUSSION –Moderated by
WITH SUSAN REISS AND LYNN AULD SCHWARTZ;
CHRIS SALERNO – Writing the Contemporary Lyric Poem
NANCY MITCHELL – Make it Sound True:
A Guide to Hijacking Your Reader's Heart
KIM ROBERTS – The Insectanuum:
Small Life Forms in Poetry
CHRISTOPHER T. GEORGE – Resilience, Trauma
& Autobiographical Poetry
GERRY LAFEMINA – The Chapbook
BHODI TIMS – Mining the World of Science
for Ideas & Language to Expand Your Poetry
SOPHIE MOSS – Secrets to a Successful Writing Career
ARIELE SIELING – Your Book, Your Way:
DIANNE L. PEARCE – Don't Die with Your Secret:
Completing Your Work for Publication
ALLY MACHATE – Perfecting Your Author Platform
PAT VALDATA & KIM ROBERTS–
Residencies & Fellowships
KENTON KILGORE – Hand-selling Books,
Making Money & Winning Fans
MARY McCARTHY – Meditative JournalingDAVID OATES –
The Art & Seriousness of Humor Writing
LAURA J. OLIVER – Micro Creative Nonfiction
CHRIS GRABENSTEIN (via Skype) – Everything You
Want to Know About Everything You Want to Know
MATTHEW SWANSON & ROBBI BEHR –
The Secrets of CollaborationTHE PICTURE BOOK PANEL DISCUSSION:
(Moderated by Behr & Swanson)
JAMES BURD BREWSTER; CAROL FRANKS-RANDALL;