Thank you for your interest in joining us! Below are descriptions of the many ways you can choose to participate in WriteOnCon 2020. If you have any questions about any of them, please don’t hesitate to email us at [email protected]!
Information for Conference Participants
BLOG/VLOG POSTS: We plan to have a broad selection of posts covering a diverse range of topics pertaining to writing craft, career, and the publication process. These will be pre-scheduled to post at half-hour intervals throughout the conference and can be prepared at your leisure between now and February 7. Blog posts should ideally be between 800-1500 words; vlogs no more than 15 minutes.
LIVE BLOG EVENTS: Similar to blog posts, except the event speaker commits to being available for the one-hour window after the post goes live in order to answer questions left in the comments section in realtime – like a live chat with attendees. Blog posts can be prepared at your leisure between now and February 7. Blog posts for live blog events should ideally be between 700-1000 words.
WRITER ROUNDTABLES: These are the blog post version of live panels. Speakers will sign up to share their thoughts on six pre-selected topics. If you are interested in taking part, we will provide you a list of questions for you to answer in December. We will then compile these into a single roundtable post to be scheduled for the conference. Answers may be prepared at your leisure and submitted by January 31.
PODCASTS: These 30-minute interviews are recorded with one of our team members at a time convenient to your schedule between now and January 31. We invite you to pick a topic you’d like to chat about; we’ll prepare some questions for prompts as necessary, but the chat will be very casual and conversational. These are audio-only (no video). You will need about 45 total minutes available for the recording session.
Only one live event will be scheduled per hour during the 3-day conference. This means we are limited to just 39 slots. If you would like to participate in a live event, please RSVP soon to ensure your spot. You must be available for at least 1.5 HOURS during the conference dates for a live event. All live events are overseen by a WriteOnCon moderator to assist you and help field questions from attendees.
We will be hosting up to 8 Showcase events in the weeks immediately prior to the conference. These are held just like live events, except at a time that works with your schedule. When the event ends, the recording is archived and is included among our free content (alongside our keynote events) available on conference weekend.
Live Events are run using StreamYard (no account necessary! we’ll send you instructions). If you feel strongly about being on video, we have the option to turn your camera off so the interview operates like a live radio program. All four types of live events are scheduled to be approximately 50 minutes long, with the option to continue beyond this at the speaker’s discretion.
LIVE Q&A: These sessions take questions from attendees using a text-based submission form. You have the option to designate a topic for your Q&A (recommended) or leave the session open. Focused topics often receive stronger attendee engagement.
LIVE PITCH SESSION: All pitch sessions will take submissions prior to the event this year. We will randomly select a certain number of pitches to forward to you. You can choose to read and comment on these pitches live or review them prior to your event and then present your thoughts live. These sessions may be either true pitch sessions or “first impression” feedback sessions. You may specify the length of the pitches you wish to receive and how many we should randomly select for you.
LIVE PANEL: We plan to hold 12 multi-person video panels this year. These will cover a variety of topics and will operate like the Live Q&A events, taking questions from attendees. We will do our best to select a time convenient to all participants. We only have room for 3 participants per panel, so please RSVP soon if you’d like to participate in a panel.
LIVE WORKSHOP: These craft-development sessions will allow attendees to work alongside an industry professional in a virtual classroom-like setting. The speaker will present via live video; attendees will participate through text/comment feeds. We have two approaches: 1) You present a tutorial for about 15-20 minutes at the start of the session, then take questions regarding the material presented, or 2) You present your material with two or three incorporated pauses to allow attendees to try applying what was just taught, followed by 10-15 minutes of open questions at the end. These sessions tend to run the full allotted hour due to the amount of material and activities to get through.
SHOWCASE EVENTS: These events can be any of the above four options; the only difference is they are run in the weeks immediately prior to the conference, instead of on conference weekend. If your schedule conflicts for the actual conference but you’d like to do a live event, sign up for one of these! The recording will be archived after your event is completed and included among our free content available during the conference.
A NOTE ABOUT TOPICS
Topics are available on a first come, first served basis. We will try not to have multiple events on the same topic unless the two events are discussing distinctly different aspects of that topic. Topics are listed on the RSVP form and will be indicated there when they have been selected.
If you have a particular topic in mind that you’d like to speak about, fill in the write-in spot at the top of the list. We can accommodate most suggested topics.