CAPA-U Schedule

Below is the Schedule for the 12th Annual CAPA-U

8:30 – 9:00
Registration and Breakfast. This is when you get settled in, get your free parking pass, submit your Writer Idol page to be judged by agents, enjoy a lovely breakfast, and then find your seat for the talks to begin.

Welcome Address. This is when you will be welcomed to our 12th. Annual CAPA-U, all the necessary technical explanations will be covered (such as location of the restrooms), and the schedule and room locations are explained.

Keynote Address.  Anthony, Agatha, Macavity & Mary Higgins Clark Award Winner for her best selling books and short stories and winner of 32 Emmys for Investigative Journalism at Channel 7, Boston, author HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN tells attendees how to become a best selling author.

Panel Discussion with All Agents. The attending agents will participate in a free question session with all the attendees. It is a perfect time to find out what agents are looking for, what is most popular, how to approach publishers, and everything else you’d like to know.

Workshop Sessions #1.
(choose one)
Writing Young Adult Books That SellKATIE DAVIS

Writing Picture Books that Sing and Zing - JANET LAWLER

Creating a Stronger Outline for a Stronger Story - GABRIELA   PEREIRA & BESS WETHERBY


How to get your books into libraries, bookstores, and specialty stores – SHARON CASTLEN

12:00 – 12:45
Luncheon. A catered luncheon will be served. This is an excellent time to speak to your fellow attendees and to meet the speakers and get books autographed.

Writer Idol.
Samples are judged by our panel of agents.

In this freewheeling session, professional book narrator, Nick Hahn (, will perform the first page of your unpublished manuscript for the audience and a panel of “judges.” Our judges are agents with years of experience reading unsolicited submissions. When one judge hears a line that would make her stop reading, she will raise her hand. The actor will keep reading until a second and third judges raise their hands. The judges will then discuss WHY they would stop reading and offer concrete, if subjective, suggestions to the anonymous author. If no agent raises a hand, the judges will discuss what made the excerpt work. Though all excerpts will be evaluated anonymously, this session is not for the faint hearted or thin skinned! While judges will be respectful of the work, laughter and even scorn from the audience is to be expected. To participate in this session, bring THE FIRST 250 WORDS of your manuscript (fiction or nonfiction only, please) to the session. It must be double spaced, titled and clearly marked at the top with its genre. Participants will leave submissions in a box at the check-in desk. Manuscripts will be chosen randomly by the narrator. (Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee all submissions will be read aloud, but we will get through as many as time allows).

Workshop Sessions #2
(choose one)
Characterization and Subtext in Speculative FictionELIZABETH BEAR

Writing the Mystery Series – LUCY BURDETTE aka ROBERTA ISLEIB

Life Support for Writers…Money, Money, Money – NIKOO & JIM McGOLDRICK

How to Sell More of Your Fiction Books - BRIAN JUD

Social Media Strategies That Kick Butt and Boost Sales – CLAUDINE WOLK

3:15 – 4:15
Workshop Sessions #3
(choose one)
  Memoir and Backwards ResearchSONYA HUBER

The First Five Pages – CHUCK MICELI

Writing Your Way with Scrivener – GWEN HERNANDEZ

Publishing Your Book: the Different Options – RICHARD LAPORTA

Reach Thousands of Readers Across the Globe: Simple Strategies for Developing an Online Speaking Platform - DVORAH LANSKY

4:15 – 5:00
Networking & RaffleThe day winds up with the Networking Session where you are able to buy autographed books, talk to speakers and agents, and participate in the various raffles at the end of the day.


CAPA-U Writers, Publishers, Marketers Conference