GET STARTED WRITING 10:50 – 11:10
Learn tips on how and where to start your body of writing and how you can push through the challenges of staring at a blank page.
Shari Wilson is a teacher, writer and reader who dedicates her time to teaching and supporting aspiring writers of all ages. She writes short fiction, essays and poetry and seeks to imbue her writing with her experiences in the hope that it speaks to others about the universal human experience.
OUTLINING YOUR NOVEL 11:15 – 11:35
Shari takes you through each step needed to develop a tangible outline for your story, and shows how using an outline will move you from chapter 1 to typing the end.
WRITING POETRY 11:40 – 12:00
Fiona Pimentel has published 2 poetry books, “Letters to the Rock” and “Life on the Rock” under the pseudonym of Leonie Phoenix.
She writes poems on Allpoetry.com, and has recently written a play called “Bringing back Enrique.”
Fiona shares how to get started writing poetry, discusses what is needed and what is not necessary.
She looks at several types of poetry: Eg. Acrostic, Ballade, Free verse, Ghazal, Haiku, Limericks, Quatrain, Sonnets, Tanka. Talks about the various resources available to those interested in reading and writing their own poetry.
Discover poetry by reading poems from well known poets with different styles. Participants will write and share (optional) their own short poems.
SELF-PUBLISHING 101 12:35 – 1:35
Ideal for writers who are new to the world of self-publishing or need help getting their books to print.
Learn how to design, copyright, price and prepare your book, choose a printer and get a free Self-publishing 101 manual download with registration.
Judith Falloon Reid is an author, poet, inspirational speaker and the writer, director and Executive Producer of the award-winning Faith-based movies: Just Another Friday, and The Gift Everlasting.
Her career in writing includes everything from news to travel stories for international publications as well as poetry and blogs.
Judith is the host of two television programs, Gospel Rhythms and Shelf Life. Her passions lie in family, faith, and the creative arts.
BLOGGING 101 1:40 – 2:00
A presentation on the Do’s and Don’t of writing of a blog, plus some tips on how to use your blog to make money.
Virginia Czarnocki is an attorney turned executive performance coach who created the food blog Moozlers.
She also co-authors a lifestyle blog called Barbell Momma and regularly contributes recipes to Barbell Shrugged, a number 1 Amazon rated health and fitness podcast
In her legal days, Virginia wrote the Cayman Islands chapter of Neate’s text book on Bank Confidentiality.
Virginia is also a mother of three children and the owner of 2 horses, 3 dogs, 1 fish and a load of stray cats.
If she’s not coaching people, writing, looking after kids and animals, or cooking, she’s in the gym weightlifting or teaching high intensity interval training.
SOCIAL MEDIA FOR YOUR BOOK 2:05 – 2:25
Take the scary out of promoting your book on social media. Elke shares quick and easy tips for getting starting.
Founder of CayWriters and the Cayman Islands Book Fair, Elke Feuer is a traditional and self-published author who’s passionate about helping writers in Cayman fulfill their writing dreams.
GUEST SPEAKER 2:30 – 2:40
Sara Collins is a lawyer turned writer. She is a graduate of the London School of Economics, where she was awarded the University of London prize in company law in 1993.
She was a trusts lawyer for 17 years, described by Chamber and Partners as “one of the pre-eminent trusts litigators” in the Cayman Islands and “in a class of her own”.
She is one of the co-editors of International Trust Disputes, published by Oxford University Press.
Sara is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Creative Writing at Cambridge University, where she was the recipient of the Michael Holroyd prize for Re-Creative writing.
This year, Sara was also shortlisted for the prestigious Bath Short Story Award in the UK and her work will appear in the forthcoming prize anthology, as well as in The Caribbean Writer, one of the leading literary journals in the Caribbean.
She is working on her first novel.
PANEL PRESENTATION/Q&A 2:45 – 3:50
- Traditional & Self-Publishing
- Local authors share their publishing experiences and challenges and will answer your questions about traditional publishing and self-publishing.
- Badir Awe and others share their experiences, resources, challenges, and answer your questions about screenwriting.
AUTHOR READINGS/STORYTELLERS 4:00 – 5:00
- Local writers share clips from their stories and books and Cayman storytellers take the stage.