Session: Riding The Wave
The way we deliver and consume media — everything from movies to news to the individual stories we love to tell — feels like it’s changing all the time, because it is. Yesterday it was blogging, today it’s podcasts, who knows what tomorrow will bring. In her 25 years as a writer, editor and teacher in Phoenix, Amy Silverman has had the chance to try out many of these forms, and will tell tales about writing everything from Tweets to a book.
Amy Silverman is managing editor at Phoenix New Times and a commentator for KJZZ, the National Public Radio affiliate in Phoenix. Her work also has appeared on the radio show This American Life and in The New York Times. Amy holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. She lives in Arizona with her husband Ray and daughters Annabelle and Sophie. Learn more about myheartcantevenbelieveit.com
An Agatha Award Winner, and three-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize, Deborah L. Ledford is a screenwriter and award-winning author of the Inola Walela and Steven Hawk suspense series. She is president of the independent media company IOF Productions, Ltd. and producer of CAUSING CHAOS and CRESCENDO, the 2016 and 2014 Anthony Award Nominees for Best Audiobook narrated by television and film actress Christina Cox. Deborah is also an Adjunct Professor for Arizona State University’s Piper Writer Center for Creative Writing.
Session: Blog: A Writer’s Best Friend – How to blog and earn money in a Google world, Blogging vs. Reporting Best Practices: Similarities and Differences
Nearly 90% of people now turn to search engines prior to making a purchase decision. This is why organizations are churning out content on their company websites. As writers make the transition from long-form content to short-form articles and blog posts, learn how to write for the web, for the search engines (like Google), and also for the audience.
As director of content marketing education, Drew Eastmead leads the Content Coaching program at Vertical Measures, an award-winning digital agency in Phoenix. He has 12 years of digital experience, including 10 in New York City, where he worked at Nielsen, Avon, and Incisive Media. His expertise includes digital strategy, content marketing, website management, SEO, user experience, and social media. In addition to his passion for playing and watching sports, Drew and his wife have 2 cats and 2 rescue dogs.
Session: READY, SET, WRITE!
Is it hard to bring your settings to life? Are one-dimensional characters populating your plots? Are your plots on a road to nowhere? Here’s one way to plan just enough, but still allow your story to grow organically. You’ll be able to paint a picture of the settings for your readers, to create 3-dimensional characters, and write a compelling plot.
Deena spends her time playing in the Garden of Good and Evil as she writes fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. She’s been known to have downed a few beers with her angels, and even put Satan in his place a time or two. She’s fascinated with the concept of immortality and all its implications. When she’s not writing, she’s teaching kids how to, and has been an educator for more than twenty-six years. Gilbert, Arizona, near her beloved Superstition Mountains, is where she and her family call home.
Bios/Session info coming soon for: Laura Truman, Jesse Caufield, Terry Greene Sterling, Valerie Bandura and Judith Coopey
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