The 2017 Word Nerds Writer's Conference

October 20th – 21st

Friday, October 20, 2017

6:30 pm – 7:00 pm: Registration
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Preglow: This includes write-in, group critiques, and pitch polish.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

7:30 am – 8:30 am: Registration
7:30 am – 9:00 am: Continental Breakfast Served
8:30 am – 9:00 am: Keynote Address and Conference Kick Off

Ms. Beverly Jenkins
Acclaimed Author
Recipient of the 2017 RWA Nora Roberts Lifetime achievement award

9:00 am – 12:00 pm: Presentation: GMC - Goal Motivation Conflict

Ms. Deb Dixon

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch Served
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm:

Session A: Deb Dixon: Integrating GMC with the Hero’s Journey
Session B: Agent/Editor panel

3:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Author Network & Mixer

3:30 pm – 5:30 pm (optional and requires sign-up)

Pitch Sessions:
Deb Dixon – BelleBooks
Tera Cuskaden – Editor at Entangled Publishing
Stephanie Doig - Editor at Carina Press
Janna Bonikowski – Agent at The Knight Agency
Tara Gelsomino – Editor at Crimson Romance


Keynote – Beverly Jenkins – Author and 2017 RWA Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient.

2017 RWA Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient, Beverly Jenkins, is a USA Today best-selling author and a prestigious writer of African-American historical romance fiction. She specializes in 19th century African American life and has over thirty published novels to date. She has received numerous awards, including: five Waldenbooks/Borders Group Best Sellers Awards; two Career Achievement Awards and a Pioneer Award from Romantic Times Magazine; a Golden Pen Award from the Black Writer’s Guild, and in 1999 was named one of the Top Fifty Favorite African-American writers of the 20th Century by AABLC, the nation’s largest on-line African-American book club.

She has also been featured in many national publications, including the Wall Street Journal and People Magazine. She has lectured and given talks at such prestigious universities as Oberlin University, the University of Illinois, and Princeton. She speaks widely on both romance and 19th century African-American history and was the 2014 featured speaker for the W.W. Law Lecture Series sponsored by the Savannah Black Heritage Festival.


Presenter - Debra Dixon – Author of GMC: Goal, Motivation, and Conflict

Debra Dixon has published with major publishers, written ten books, contributed to twelve anthologies, and served as Vice President of RWA, and her popular GMC:Goal, Motivation, and Conflict workshop spawned a book that has become a how-to bible for writers.

These days, she’s better known as Publisher for BelleBooks and its imprint Bell Bridge Books, which tackles a broad spectrum of genres in both print and ebook formats. A 2011 company highlight was holding the # 1 spot on the full Paid Kindle list for more than two weeks. Their titles have been picked up in translation and by major New York publishers in subrights deals for mass market paperback, book club, audio and large print. The company has published work from NYT’s bestselling authors: Anne Bishop, Susan Addison Allen, Deborah Smith, Sharon Sala, Sabrina Jeffries, Sandra Hill, Jill Marie Landis, and Jill Barnett. As well as USA Today bestseller Kalayna Price.

Debra lives in the South with her husband and son. When she's not working in publishing or Corporate America, she moonlights as an award-winning quilter. The current home-remodeling-project-that-will-not-end began because Debra thought it would be nice to have a quilt studio for her art.



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