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June 25 – 28, 2015 Guests, Hosts, And Participants


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June 25 – 28, 2015



Guests, Hosts, And Participants
Claire Eddy, Senior Editor, Tor/Forge Books

Stephen Saffel, Senior Acquisitions Editor, Titan Books

Roseanne Wells, Associate Agent, Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency

Liz Coley, Author Guest of Honor



Activities And Events Schedule
Thursday, June 25

12:00 – 1:00 pm Registration, Maura 131


1:10 – 1:30 pm Opening/Meet and Greet, Reeves Theatre

- Welcome and opening

- Overview of schedule and events
All Afternoon NaNoWriDay, Maura 331

Bring current project to designated writing cave. Bond with other writers or just imbibe the creative vibe.


1:30 – 2:20 pm Maria V. Snyder, Reeves Theatre

Creating Believable Villains
Anna La Voie, Maura 333 (C/P)

Critiquing: How to Ask Better Questions
2:30 – 3:20 pm Querus Abuttu, Reeves Theatre (C/P)

What’s Blood Got to Do With It?
Anne Harris, Maura 333

LGBTQ Romance
3:30 – 4:20 pm Jennifer Della’Zanna, Reeves Theatre

The Anatomy and Physiology of Emotion
Cathy Greco, Maura 333 (P/Copier)

Setting the State: Developing Characters Through Theatrical Conventions
4:30 – 5:20 pm J. L. Gribble, Deanna Sjolander, and Chris Stout, Reeves Theatre (C/P)

We Are Here to Help: Pick an Editor’s Brain
Symantha Reagor, Maura 333

Painting with Words: How to Improve Description in Your Writing

5:30 – 6:30 pm Dinner and Genre Discussions

Meet in the cafeteria to discuss the various trends in popular fiction. Each table will feature must read selections from the previous year, or selections that have redefined the genre.
8:00 pm Campus Ghost Tour

Meet at 1st Floor Administration Building Reception Desk


Friday, June 26
8:30 am – 2:00 pm Registration, Maura 131
7:00 – 9:00 am Coffee Bar at Registration
9:00 – 9:50 am Pitch Practice with Deanna Sjolander, Reeves Theatre
Shelley Adina, Maura 333

Self-Publishing for Beginners
 10:00 – 10:50 am Tim Waggoner, Reeves Theatre (C/P)

The Ultimate Guide to Writing Horror
Jen Brooks, Maura 333 (C/I)

Publicity Ideas from the Field of Young Adult Literature
11:00 – 11:50 am Lawrence C. Connolly, Reeves Theatre

Flash Fiction
Fred Adams, Maura 333

Hills and Dales, Cliffs and Ravines: Reader Emotions and Plot in Fiction
12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch on your own, Lowe Dining Hall
1:00 – 5:00 pm Individual Pitch Sessions

- 12-minute sessions for each pitch



Claire Eddy, Admin Parlor 202
Steve Saffel, Admin Parlor 211
Roseanne Wells, Admin Parlor 210
1:00 – 3:00 pm Individual Critique Sessions

Liz Coley, Maura 332
1:00 – 1:50 pm Blake Hausladen, Reeves Theatre

The Economics of Self-Publication
Marge Burke, Maura 333

Oops! Write or Wrong?
2:00 – 2:50 pm Ann Kopchik, Reeves Theatre

Romancing the Tropes
Liz Martinez, Maura 333

Collaboration: The Sum is Greater Than its Parts, or How to Boost Your Writing Career with Anthologies
3:00 – 3:50 pm Deanna Sjolander, Carrie Miller, Aaron Bennett, Reeves Theatres

Fashion Frosting
Gina Anderson, Maura 333

Diversity in Your Writing
4:00 pm Queries due to registration desk for Red Pen Query class
4:00 – 4:50 pm Donna Munro and Deanna Sjolander, Maura 333

Why Writers Should Go to Conventions
5:00 – 8:00 pm WPF Thesis Readings

A list of topics is available at registration.
5:30 – 6:30 pm Dinner on your own, Lowe Dining Hall
7:00 – 10:00 pm Book Signing with Readings, McKenna Salvitti Gymnasium

More than 40 different authors available for book signings and personal questions about their craft.


Saturday, June 27

8:00 – 3:00 pm Registration, Maura 131


7:00 – 9:00 am Coffee Bar at Registration
9:00 – 10:15 am Claire Eddy, Reeves Theatre

Let Me Tell You a Story
Steve Saffel, Maura 332

The Author’s Platform
10:30 – 11:45 am Roseanne Wells, Reeves Theatre

Building Blocks: How World-Building Improves Your Fantasy

12:00 – 1:00 pm Guest Author Lunch—Liz Coley, Maura 332—On Retreat

Lunch on your own, Lowe Dining Hall
1:00 – 2:15 pm Claire Eddy, Reeves Theatre

The Current State of the Industry…and Our Corner of the World
Steve Saffel, Maura 332

Pacing in Original Fiction
2:30 – 3:45 pm Liz Coley, Reeves Theatre

Hybrid Vigor
Roseanne Wells, Maura 332

Red Pen Query Critique
4:00 – 5:15 Special Guest Panel with Moderator, Reeves Theatre

Claire Eddy, Steve Saffel, Roseanne Wells, Liz Coley

Bring your questions about the publishing world. Our fantastic agents, editors, and guest author will be ready to give you answers!


5:30 – 6:30 pm Dinner on your own (available in Lowe Dining Hall)
5:30 – 6:45 pm Readings and Critiques, Meet in Lowe Dining Hall

Participants should bring up to 5 pages of a current project to be read aloud and critiqued while you enjoy dinner.


7:00 pm Public Forum

Cecilian Hall
9:00 pm – Midnight Costume Ball

Theme: COMICS



McKenna Center Lobby
Sunday, June 28
8:00 – 9:00 am Coffee Bar, Maura 131
Diana Botsford, Maura 332

Screenwriting Critique Workshop (Pt. 1)

Please bring 3–4 copies of 10 pages of your work.
9:00 – 9:50 am Diana Botsford, Maura 332

Screenwriting Critique Workshop (Pt. 2)

10:00 – 10:50 am Blake Hausladen, Maura 333



Hand Sales—How, Where, and Why?
11:00 – 11:50 am Timons Esaias, Maura 332

Why You Won’t Have Galleons Without Gunpowder
12:00 – 1:00 pm Luncheon to celebrate the June WPF graduates. All retreat registrants are invited

Greensburg Room

1:00 – 2:30 pm Alumni Business Meeting

3:00 pm WPF Commencement






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