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Heart of the West
Romance Writers of America® Utah Chapter Presents
The 2010 Park City Writers Conference

Out, out damned plot. A conference in five acts

October 8 and 9, 2010
The Grand Summit Hotel
The Canyons Resort, Park City, Utah

Special Guest Author Christine Feehan
YA Authors Bree Despain, author of The Dark Divine
Jessica Day George, author of Princess of Glass
Special Editor Heather Osborn, TOR/MacMillan
Guest Agents Laurie McLean, Larsen-Pomada Literary Agency and Laurie's blog or query her at Query {at} agentsavant . com.
  Steven Axelrod, The Axelrod Agency
  Amy Moore-Benson, AMB Literary Management
Publisher Candace E. Salima, Valor Publishing Group
Keynote Speaker Sue Grimshaw, Borders
Conference Photographer Erin Summerill, Summerill Photography
Client Attraction Modern Marketing Duo Shahar and Nashlah Boyayan
Super Secret Surprise Guests for our YA Fae Soiree!!! (nope, not telling)

Friday, October 8th

Introduction: Welcome to the Globe Theatre

9:00-10:45 Registration
11:00-12:00 Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are...Fed
  Meet your fellow cast members over a delicious brunch in Suite 629

Act I: Your Career--A Comedy, Drama, or Tragedy?

12:15-1:30 Soliloquies of Editors and Agents
  The intrigue begins with a panel discussion with Sue Grimshaw, Borders; Heather Osborn, TOR/MacMillan; Laurie McLean, Larsen-Pomada Literary Agency; Candace E. Salima, Valor Publishing Group; Steven Axelrod, The Axelrod Agency
1:45 Split Cast into:
1:45-4:30 Auditions
  Editor and agent appointments in Suite 629
[Pitch appointments still available with Amy Moore-Benson]
  or remain seated for
1:45-3:00 Buzz Boosters/Modern Marketing
  Workshop for those with wares to peddle
3:00-4:30 Remove to Burnham Woods for Portraits
  Complimentary Marketing Head Shots in the Autumn leaves with Professional Photographer Erin Summerill

Act II: Food, Books, Chocolate and Tom-Foolery

5:00-6:30 The Feehan Feast/Vittles in Verona
  Sink your fangs into fine dining while Christine Feehan messes with your mind
7:00-9:00 Tavern Time with the Commoners
  Book Signing open to the public with a cash bar featuring traditional and non-alcoholic drinks
9:00-Midnight Ophelia's Anti-depressant Chocolate Pond Party
  Chocolate fondue and Seratonin refills on-tap for conference attendees until deep into the night, interrupted ever so slightly by:
10:00-10:20 The Not-So-Secret-Super-Secret-Deadly-Serious-But-Still-Hilarious Kiss It And Send It Ceremony
  Participation is optional, but recommended for anyone wanting to cash in on the creative energy of our gathering or just have a good laugh. Details and scripts will be found on the back cover of your programs. Hint: practice your barbaric Yawps!

Saturday, October 9th

Act III: Illumination

  Continental breakfast provided
9:00-10:00 Workshop
  A Publisher By Any Other editor's insight on Tor and Saint Martin's Press
  Presented by Heather Osborn, editor at TOR/MacMillan
10:15-11:15 Workshop
  Presented by Laurie McLean, agent with Larsen-Pomada Literary Agency
11:15 Grand Exodus
  while Puck and his shadows set up for the next event

Act IV: Climax

11:45-12:45 YA Fae Soiree
  Panel of Haute YA Authors and the pleasure of meeting our Super Secret Party Guests
1:15-2:45 The 18th Annual Heart of the West Awards Luncheon
  Keynote Speaker, Sue Grimshaw from Borders

ACT V: The Dénouement

3:00-3:30 "Ye Olde Fashioned Chemistry" A quick examination of the writer/agent relationship
  Presented by Christine Feehan, Steven Axelrod, Victoria Dahl, and Amy Moore-Benson
3:30-4:15 "Out, Damned Plot"--Writing Prolifically
  Presented by Christine Feehan
4:15-4:30 "Drawing Lots"--the raffles and the wrap up
4:30 The curtain falls...

Extras: Best First Line contest! Prizes! Raffles! Goody-Bags! Author Book Signing open to the public!

  Click here for Authors Participating in Booksigning
Registration Please see Registration and Fee Schedule to register.
Hotel & Travel Information For information regarding hotel reservations, click here. The nearest airport is the Salt Lake City International Airport.


last updated 9/25/2010