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Frequently Asked Questions

When is the next BTO conference?

The next BTO conference will take place on March 20, 2021.  Check-in will start  at 8:30 a.m. and the program kicks off at 9 a.m.  There will be five 1-hour sessions, with six options to choose from in each hour. The last session starts at 3: 30 p.m.  and concludes shortly before 5 p.m.

Where is the BTO conference held?

The 2021 BTO will be conducted entirely online via Zoom Video. After you register, you will receive an email with a link and instructions for signing into the conference about a week before the event.

In the past, the event has been held at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, Maryland, at the intersection of U.S. Route 50 and Maryland Route 213.  The address is 1000 College Circle in Wye Mills, MD 21678. 

When does registration open, and how can I find the form?

Registration goes live on January 15, 2020.  Visit our registration page for more information.   

Is there a deadline for registration?

Yes.  Registration must be done online; the deadline for BTO 2021 registration will be two days before the conference, March 18, at midnight.  There will be live registration on the day of the conference or the day before. 

What is the registration fee?   Here are prices for the 2021 BTO:

  • Early Bird ticket: $50 for ESWA members; $60 for non-members through Feb. 15, 2021.   EARLY BIRD RATE EXTENDED TO FEB. 22
  • Regular, full-price ticket:  Starting Feb. 23, tickets will be $60 for ESWA Members, and $70 for those who are not members of ESWA. TICKET SALES END AT MIDNIGHT on MARCH 18.

How can I pay for the conference?

When you register online, you'll be given a choice of paying online by entering your credit card number or signing into PayPal and using your PayPal account.   

Where do I register for the conference? 

Register online here.

What is the refund policy?

You must send a refund request to baytooceanconference@gmail.com by March 7 in order to obtain a full refund of your fee.  NO REFUNDS will be available after March 7.

What does the registration fee include?

It includes your choice of five sessions from among 30  different presentations offered (six different ones each hour.)  Additionally, there is a keynote address by poet Truth Thomas at 1:30 p.m.  

What is the program lineup, and how does it work?

Choices, choices, you'll have lots! In addition to the keynote, you may attend up to five sessions offered throughout the day.  Six different options are offered concurrently in each of five time slots, for a total of 30 different sessions, with short breaks between.  

Do I need to sign up in advance for the sessions I want to attend?


Will handouts be provided at all sessions?

Some but not all speakers provide handouts via email or posting a link to their website. 

Can I use the Zoom app to record sessions I attend at the conference?  

No, the Zoom recording function will be disabled for this conference.

Do I get course credit for attending BTO? 

No, no course credit is given for the conference.

How do I become a speaker at a future Bay to Ocean Writers Conference or volunteer to help with the conference?

We encourage you to contact the conference committee via email: easternshorewriters@gmail.com.

How do I join the Eastern Shore Writers Association, which sponsors the Conference?

You may fill out an online application here.  Or simply register for the BTO Conference; we will register your BTO membership automatically when we process your ticket.

I have other questions. How can I contact the organizers?

We regularly check our email at easternshorewriters@gmail.com. You may also contact the organizer or one of the committee members directly.




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