September 9, 2017 Schedule of Workshops

TAZ Writer’s Conference

Saturday, September 9, 2017

8:00am – 4:30pm

CCAC – Allegheny Campus


8:00am – 9:00am     Registration/Continental breakfast

9:00am – 9:15am       Introduction – Anna Marie Gire/Ann Howley/Rachel Sweet-Boring


9:15am – 10:10am           Panel discussion #1: How to Make a Living Writing= Panelists: Diana Fletcher Katherine Heart, Tiffany Huff

  • Magazine writing, blog writing, grant writing


10:15am – 11:10am       Breakout Session #1 –  Michael Monyok (legal considerations

Breakout Session #2 –  Denise LaRosa (children’s books)

Breakout Session #3 – Ellen Roth (fantasy/science fiction)


11:15am – 12:10pm         Panel discussion #2: Self vs Traditional vs Hybrid Publishing- Panelists: Gina Mazza, Joyce Faulkner, Sandra Gould Ford

What do editors and publishers really want?

  • Current trends in publishing
  • Book proposal or query?

12:15pm – 1:15pm           Lunch

  • Boxed lunches available (vegetarian choices )
  • Browse vendors and sponsors

1:20pm – 2:15pm

Breakout Session #4 – Paula Reed Ward (forensics)

Breakout Session #5 – Wendy Duchene (memoir)


Breakout Session #6 – Joyce Faulkner (research)

Breakout Session #7 – Dalel Kahlil (diversity)

3:15pm – 3:30pm             Break – snack provided

3:30pm – 4:20pm             Panel discussion #3: Marketing Your Book

 Panelists: Donna Baxter, Dede Rittman, Deb Riley Magnus

4:30pm      Adjourn

Breakout workshop topics:

  1. Research Joyce Faulkner
  2. Mom Said It Was All in my Head (writing fantasy and science fiction), Ellen Roth
  3. Get Your Crime Right (forensic science) Paula Reed Ward
  4. How to Write and Not Get in Trouble (legal considerations) Michael Monyok
  5. Making it Real (importance of diversity in writing) Dalel Kahlil
  6. Mapping Your Memories (memoir) Wendy Duchene

  7. Children’s books Denise LaRosa



Talk to the Editor Gina Mazza, Joyce Faulkner