WriterCon

2024 Conference Registration

WriterCon Conference
August 30th - September 2nd

Welcome to conference registration! Select your conference package below and then click through the tabs to see what else you’d like to add on to your experience. 

 

Hotel reservations are separate and must be made directly with the hotel:
Renaissance Waterford Hotel
6300 Waterford Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
(405) 848-4782

Let them know you’re with WriterCon to get the conference discount! 

Basic Package $399
  • Renaissance Waterford | Oklahoma City

Basic Package $399

Admission to all sessions on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Pitching and consultations to authors, agents, editors, and publishers
Registration Gift Package
Author Photo by Professional Photographer

Premium Package $499
  • Renaissance Waterford | Oklahoma City

Premium Package $499

Admission to all sessions on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Pitching and consultations to authors, agents, editors, and publishers.
Registration Gift Package
Author Photo by Professional Photographer
Unlimited Contest Entries
Private Consultation with Author of Your Choice

Superstar Package $599
  • Renaissance Waterford | Oklahoma City

Superstar Package $599

Admission to all sessions on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Pitching and consultations to authors, agents, editors, and publishers.
Registration Gift Package
Author Photo by Professional Photographer
Unlimited Contest Entries
Private Consultation with Author of Your Choice
Manuscript Review by Author of Your Choice
A one-year subscription to WriterCon Magazine

Private Consultations $99

Private Consultations $99

Ever wish you could spend thirty minutes picking the brain of a successful multi-published author, agent, or marketing expert? You can. You will make a selection from our speakers.

Manuscript Review $99
  • Renaissance Waterford | Oklahoma City

Manuscript Review $99

You will select one reviewer from a list of authors. During the conference, you will meet with your reviewer and receive face-to-face feedback on your work.

Post-Conference Audio Recordings $79
  • Renaissance Waterford | Oklahoma City

Post-Conference Audio Recordings $79

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday sessions will be recorded and made available within 30 days after the conference.

Author Expo $149
  • Renaissance Waterford | Oklahoma City

Author Expo $149

Do you have a book to sell? Would you like more exposure for your work? During all three days, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, authors will have a dedicated space to set up displays, chat with attendees, and sell their work to both readers and writers. Space is very limited, so don't delay.

Unlimited Contest Entries $29
  • Renaissance Waterford | Oklahoma City

Unlimited Contest Entries $29

You can enter some or all of the thirteen categories, as many times as you like. Contest winners will be announced at the Sunday closing ceremony.

Don't Mistake Plot for "Stuff Happens" (3 hrs) $99

Don't Mistake Plot for "Stuff Happens" (3 hrs) $99

Especially geared toward commercial fiction, this workshop will dig into what makes a book feel fast-paced and why it's only tenuously connected to the actual action in the scene. Find out why starting your book off with an explosion is often a mistake, how kicking the cat is as effective as saving the cat, and how you can plot out your book without losing the fun of exploration. We'll be analyzing some text in this class, but we'll mostly be discussing full story lines, and pre-writing. This is the story preparation you need to feel confident you're on the right track before you dive into the actual world (wilderness!) of words.

Begin with the Beginning: Analyzing the First Pages of the First Three Chapters (3 hrs) $99

Begin with the Beginning: Analyzing the First Pages of the First Three Chapters (3 hrs) $99

An agent or editor will give you three pages. But a reader will give you three chapters ... IF they're good chapters, and if they give the reader a promise to grasp onto. Writers sometimes get tunnel-vision on those first three pages, and sometimes those first three sentences, so in this workshop we'll zoom out and analyze the first pages of the first three chapters and look at how some of today's best storytellers build the foundations of their stories. Be prepared to read and workshop and please bring your opinions!

Scriptwriting (3 hrs) $99

Scriptwriting (3 hrs) $99

Writing for the screen is unlike any other writing discipline. It’s active, not passive writing. It’s happening as the reader reads it. You can’t show thoughts or intentions, only what the audience can see and hear. You have a prescribed maximum page count. An industry standard prescribed format that can’t be deviated from. Dialogue that must be realistic, using subtext. There is no blatant exposition in screenwriting. It’s so unlike narrative writing that it requires a change in thought process to do it correctly. Unlike novels where detail can be king, screenwriting is about telling your story in the most economical way you can.  Thought needs to taken about the budget of the film you’re trying to tell, depending on who you see producing it and where you intend it to show. All these things add up to new form of writing to most of you. a writing discipline that is difficult to master. But it can be done.  Basic format and rules, treatments, outlines, story concepts, screenplay story structure, set ups and pay offs, realistic dialogue, subtext, settings, cinematic transitions…. All these things and more will be covered when we talk about screenwriting.

Crafting Your Author Brand: A Story Beyond Books (3 hrs ) $99
  • Zealot Branding

Crafting Your Author Brand: A Story Beyond Books (3 hrs ) $99

Join the team from Zealot Branding and you will learn the importance of a compelling author brand and how it can significantly impact your career. This class will guide authors through the process of identifying their unique brand elements, themes, and values, and teach them how to communicate these effectively to their audience. Through an interactive workshop and real-world examples, participants will develop a personalized branding strategy that resonates with their target readers and sets them apart in the literary world.

Breaking Into the Inspirational Market (3 hrs) $99
  • Lynette Eason

Breaking Into the Inspirational Market (3 hrs) $99

The masterclass will cover how to break into the inspirational market and write for it. It will cover the basics of the market, the different types of content that editors are looking for, and the boundaries when writing for this market. We will also delve into some craft topics that will help you enrich your writing.

Stepping into the Spotlight: Public Speaking for Writers (3 hrs) $99
  • Betsey Kulakowski & JB Caine

Stepping into the Spotlight: Public Speaking for Writers (3 hrs) $99

The very title of this session might fill you with an abject, mind-numbing fear. After all, public speaking is the #1 fear of American adults, even more frightening than death! But if you want to make a name for yourself and get your books into the hands of readers, the ability to speak in a variety of contexts is a MUST. Whether it’s working a booth at a book fair or speaking to 1000 people at a writing conference, with more than 50 years of combined public speaking experience, Betsey and JB will give you all the need-to-know to deal with everything from research to stagefright. You may not love public speaking (though they do!), but you’ll be able to do it effectively using these strategies.

Starting From Scratch: Building Your Author Podcast From the Ground Up (3 hrs) $99
  • Emily Brooks and Jon Meyers of Write Better Together

Starting From Scratch: Building Your Author Podcast From the Ground Up (3 hrs) $99

This three-hour interactive workshop will talk you through the considerations and concerns you'll need to address from developing your initial idea to getting your first episode on the air. We will use our real-life experiences to teach you some practical applications and strategies on the best way to communicate YOUR message. We will cater this session in real time to cover the specific concerns of the attendees in the room. Bring your questions. We will help you focus on finding your niche. There are several hundred writing and author podcasts, but there is only ONE that YOU can do.

You will leave our session with
* an ideal premise for a podcast that only YOU can host
* a detailed plan covering the decisions you will have to make, including but not limited to:
hosting option, platform listings, equipment to fit your budget, structuring your episodes advice on attracting guests, and why you want them, a strategy on attracting the audience you want, the pros/cons of consider a narrative fiction podcast as a companion to your author podcast

Emily Brooks and Jon Meyers have spent the last eight months building their Write Better Together podcast from the same starting point where you are at today. They will teach you the secrets they've discovered on their way to get to where they are now, hosting a podcast attracting listeners and guests from all over the globe.

Friday
Friday Lunch with the Agents $99

Friday Lunch with the Agents $99

In this Friday small-group (ten or fewer) lunch, you’ll have a chance to interact with literary agents.

Saturday
Saturday Lunch with the Agents $99

Saturday Lunch with the Agents $99

In this Saturday small-group (ten or fewer) lunch, you’ll have a chance to interact with literary agents.

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× Monday Masterclass | Stepping into the Spotlight: Public Speaking for Writers w/ Betsey Kulakowski & JB Caine $99.00
$99.00

Totals

Subtotal $99.00
Total $99.00
SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE 

The Bernhardt Center for Arts & Literature is offering a full Superstar package registration to an aspiring writer age 21 or younger. To apply, send a one-page (double-spaced, Times New Roman 12, one-inch margins on all sides) essay explaining why you want the scholarship to: william@writercon.com. Make the Subject line: Bernhardt Scholarship.

Deadline is July 31, 2024

 

Mary Coley is offering a full Superstar package registration to an aspiring writer age 50 or older. To apply, send a one-page (double-spaced, Times New Roman 12, one-inch margins on all sides) essay explaining why you want the scholarship to: william@writercon.com. Make the Subject line: Coley Scholarship.

Deadline is July 31, 2024

 

Registration fees will not be refunded after August 15, 2024.