The morning began with a continental breakfast and the Keynote Speech by best-selling author Andrew Gross. Mr. Gross spoke of how he started out in women's apparel, quit after many years, and decided to write a book. The rest they say is history. Then the workshops began. Unicorn has always been outstanding simply from the amount of workshops they offer. Here is a breakdown:
- Six hour-long sessions starting at 10:15 a.m., an hour break for lunch at 12: 45 p.m., then back to workshops until 6:45 p.m.
- Each sixty minute session offered writers 4 different choices ranging from: writing mystery, short fiction, fantasy, crafting villains, film scripts, children/YA, non-fiction, for TV, memoir and romance.
- Other workshops were given on: The First Page, the Process of Writing, social media, creating a platform, self publishing, writing a non-fiction book proposal and learning from linguists.
- There were 4 panels: one Editor panel and three different Agent panels featuring a variety of agents during each session. There was also a workshop from an agent's point-of-view with two extremely successful agents and an agent shared an entire hour about the agent-author relationship.
- There were two workshops on writing query letters.
All three meals were included in the conference cost of $285. There was a nice sit-down lunch (menu previously chosen when we sent in our registration materials) and dinner was a buffet. I thought the best tasting meal was dinner and I was happy to see so much fruit offered. Coffee, tea, sodas, water and baked treats (brownies and assorted cookies) were available throughout the afternoon. There was also a 'bookstore' set-up featuring books written by speakers and a table for self-published authors as well. A cluster of sponsors offering various services geared for helping writers manned tables by the art gallery.
Each conference attendee received a Unicorn Writers' Conference tote. There were various goodies inside, including a book on Self-Publishing Today, a calendar, a full-size notebook, eyeglass cloth and chocolates. Since purple is my favorite color, I love having all of these gifts in this preferred color. Isn't the Unicorn logo unique and lovely?
|Jacob Appel leads his workshop |
on Marketing Short Fiction.
|Gigi New gave an excellent workshop on Film Scripts. |
She really knows her subject matter and made
the session fun and interactive.
|Editor Esi Sogah shares her list of |
The Do's and Don'ts of Romance.
|Agent Sarah Younger gave a workshop on |
The Agent-Author Relationship. Every author who wants
to work with an agent needs this information.
One aspect of attending conferences I have really learned to embrace is meeting people. It was wonderful to speak to published writers, agents, editors and others throughout the day. So many were approachable and easy to talk to. Writing can be a solitary craft so when we can meet others in our fields, it is imperative that we come out of our shells and speak to others.
|The courtyard has a lovely water fountain.|
|This turret located in the courtyard features|
a very cool gargoyle on its side.
|One of the statues located on the grounds |
of St. Clement's Castle. This is such a beautiful
place for a writers' conference.