2020 Annual Conference Schedule


Workshops listed at the same time are concurrent.

All times are Eastern Daylight Time.

Schedule is subject to change.


PM THURSDAY, April 2, 2020

5:00   Early Registration

6:00   Kickoff reception (heavy hors d’oeuvres): Sponsor

          Recognition & Introductions, Presenter Previews

8:30   Hospitality Suite opens

10:00 Good Night


AM FRIDAY, April 3, 2020

8:30   Welcome

9:00   Poetry (Joseph Bathanti)

          Editing: 13 Practical Tools (Cathy Kodra)

10:15  Break

10:30  Fiction (Karen McElmurray)

           Children’s Literature (Tracy Barrett)


11:45  Lunch (on your own)


1:00   Nonfiction (Kim Trevathan)

          Self-Publishing (Steven Womack)

2:15   Break

2:30   Journaling: Saying the Unsayable (Stellasue Lee)

3:45   Break

4:00   Open Readings

5:15   Workshop leaders’ book signings in Writers Block

6:00   Dinner (on your own)

8:00   Readings: Workshop Leaders

9:00   Hospitality Suite

10:00  Good Night


AM SATURDAY, April  4, 2020

8:00   Annual Business Meeting (open to all)

8:20   Break

8:30   Writing for Young People (Tracy Barrett)

          Nonfiction (Kim Trevathan)

9:45   Break

10:00  Fiction (Karen McElmurray)

           Inspirational Writing (Jennie Ivey)

11:15  Lunch (on your own)



12:30  Poetry (Joseph Bathanti)

           Character Development (Rita Reali)

1:45   Break

2:00   General Session (Karen McElmurray)

3:15   Writing Prompt Session – All Genres

6:00   Reception

6:30   Banquet (Speaker: Joseph Bathanti)

9:00   Hospitality Suite

10:00  Good Night


All meals except for the banquet are on your own. Coffee, tea, and lemonade will be available in the bookstore. Water is available in all sessions.


The Writers Block bookstore is open all day on Friday and until noon on Saturday. Books by our presenters and other TMW members are available in the bookstore. Please consider donating gently used books for sale in our used books section. Proceeds go to the Don Scalf Memorial Scholarship Fund.