9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. at Embassy Suites by Hilton Nashville South Cool Springs (Block 5: 4–5 p.m.)
This class covers the basic structure and tools of self-editing, from developmental editing to proofreading. Attendees will gain insight into methods for developing their story’s structure, characters, plot, and prose style. The class also covers common high-level and low-level issues. Writers will leave with a blueprint for designing their personal editing process and an understanding of key elements to look for at each stage of editing.
10 a.m.–12 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church on 3rd Ave
This workshop helps attendees simplify the querying process and avoid common mistakes. The presentation covers methods for writing a query letter that gets agents’ attention, including strategies for crafting an effective hook, mini-synopsis, and bio. Writers also learn about resources and tools for researching literary agents and prepare to navigate the submission process in a professional way.