Preparation and Amenities

Are you ready for When Words Collide?

We know you are excited about our upcoming event, but are you really prepared to take advantage of all we offer?

Here are a few tips, thoughts, and information that will help you get the most from our little get together.

Stuff to Prepare

Things to prepare before the festival:

  1. Advance Sign-up for Pitch Sessions and Blue Pencil Cafe

    Advance sign-up for Pitch Sessions & Blue Pencil Café will be available via email in June (a notice will be posted). For any unfilled session, a sign-up sheet will be available outside the Boardroom during program hours starting at 1 PM Friday.

  2. Autograph Session: On Saturday evening we are hosting an autograph session from 8-9 PM where 50+ authors, including our festival guests, will be available to sign books. This event is open to the public, so tell your friends and bring books to be signed. (A list of participating authors will be posted once finalized.)
  3. Book Sales: If you are an author, check with the appropriate publishers and book sellers to be sure they have your books available in the Merchants' Corner. If they don't carry your books, ask about the authors' cooperative table for unrepresented authors.
  4. Manuscripts: A few things you can do.
    1. Live Action Slush: Bring the first 1-2 pages of your novel or short story to be read anonymously out loud and get feedback from our panel of experts on what happens when your submission hits the slush pile. (No one will know it is your manuscript unless you tell them.)
    2. Blue Pencil Café: Bring 1-2 pages of your manuscript (typed, 12-point font, double-spaced) and get advice from an industry professional.*
    3. Pitch Session: Run your pitch by an acquisition editor or other industry professional for advice and perhaps a submission request.*
  5. Saturday evening banquet: Details here.
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  7. Evening socials: All festival attendees are invited to drop by and mingle at all of the hosted socials.

  8. And finally, Don't forget to bring your sense of excitement, awe, and wonder. We'll see you on August 12, 2016