Sunday Breakout Sessions:

“Where Self-Editing and Revision Collide—For Stronger Prose”—Teresa Crumpton

This fast-paced session is for all writers of fiction from beginner to multiply published professional. Together, we will work through a structured method, which blends general self-editing with deeper revision. Based on a series of strategic worksheets, in the first half of the session we’ll work through a Structure Analysis Worksheet and demonstrate its power. In the second half, we’ll use a basic Self-Edit Worksheet and note its benefits. Please bring a story or novel (yours or a published one) to work with. Handouts will be provided.

Teresa Crumpton holds a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Spalding University, with a specialty in writing for children. She has published over a hundred feature and news articles in The Detroit News, The Detroit Free Press, The Times Herald, and metroParent Magazine. She has written and edited more than a dozen technical books on network and element management and has published fiction in University of Michigan’s Qua Magazine.  She teaches college-level Technical and Professional Writing and Problem Solving.

“Leap into Blogging and Social Media! (Will There Be Time to Write?)”—Mary Bowman-Kruhm and Wendie Old

Award-winning, multi-published authors Wendie Old and Mary Bowman-Kruhm discuss two free blogging platforms (WordPress and Blogger) and strike a glancing blow at other social media.  Bring a laptop or pen and paper and you’ll leave the session with a start on your own blog and basic information about social media.

Mary Bowman-Kruhm enjoys blogging at and so much that she seldom updates her website  Besides writing, she teaches online for Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Technology in Education.  Her latest book is the The Leakeys: A Biography.

Wendie Old blogs at Wendie’s Wanderings:, is on Facebook and loves her iPhone, but doesn’t Twitter.  When she isn’t writing or blogging, she works as a children’s librarian.  Her award winning books include To Fly, the Story of the Wright Brothers.

Although Old and Bowman-Kruhm write separately, they have done two books together as C. W. Bowie — Busy Toes and Busy Fingers (Charlesbridge).

Finding Fiction in Our Own Backyards:  Creating Home-grown Characters and  Imaginary Settings Inspired by Real Life”—  Donny Bailey Seagraves

How do you take a real-life event and turn it into a  fictional story? A local family tragedy inspired me to  write the middle-grade novel that became my first  published book, Gone From These Woods. In this  hands-on workshop, we will walk through the real place that became my book’s fictional world and we’ll meet some of the people who morphed into the characters there. Can you make the journey from your real-life event to fictional story? Bring pen and paper and I’ll show you how.

Donny Bailey Seagraves is a native of Athens, Georgia and lives in the nearby small town of Winterville with her husband Phillip. She studied journalism at the University of Georgia and has been a freelance writer for many years with publications in numerous regional and national newspapers and magazines. Gone From These Woods, her debut middle grade novel, was published in 2009 by Delacorte Press. For more information, visit

“Taking Your Imagination to the Marketplace”—Karen Nelson

This session for illustrators will focus on the inner workings of a publishing company, art department and the role of the art director.  Learn about marketing tools, approaches that work, and case histories, leaving time for Q & A.

Karen Nelson worked for many years as Creative Director at Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., choosing and working with illustrators for adult and children’s books, including board books, picture books, crafts, and classic novels.  She is now a freelance art director and cover designer.

Tomorrow look for the full Conference brochure and registration information!

About ediehemingway

I am an author of children's middle grade novels and the Regional Advisor for the MD/DE/WV SCBWI chapter.
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