2012 cofw conference

Central Ohio Fiction Writers
Presents their Annual
Writers and Readers Conference

September 28-29, 2012 * Holiday Inn, Worthington, OH

Conference Fees:

COFW Members: $125 - Early Registration for COFW member opens May 1, 2012
Non-Members: $140 - Registration for non COFW members opens May 15, 2012

Late Registration Fees (After September 1, 2012)

COFW Members: $135
Non-members: $150

Registration Open: May 1st for COFW Members, May 15th to the Public


Featured Speakers:
Keynote Speaker: Simone Elkeles

Simone Elkeles

Simone Elkeles is the NY Times & USA Today bestselling author of over seven teen romance novels. She has won various awards and recognition for her books, including the coveted RITA award from the Romance Writers of America for her book Perfect Chemistry and being named Author of the Year by the Illinois Association of Teachers of English. She was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago.

Her funny way of looking at life and the world around her has an effect on the people she hangs out with.

If you hear people laughing, you'll probably find Simone not far away. Simone writes about teens because she was a teen in the 80's (when spiked hair and blue eye shadow were "rad") and she loves writing about those exciting teen relationships and romances. For more information on Simone and her books.

Awards Lucheon Speaker: Kristan Higgins

Kristan Higgins

Kristan is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of Contemporary Romance Novels and two-time winner of RWA's Rita award. She started writing romance novels when her kids were little. She'd always been a writer of some type-public relations, advertising, research-but wanted to stay home with her bunnies.

She'd been reading romance novels ever since she swiped Shanna by Kathleen Woodiwiss from her grandmother's night table. So, she sat down every afternoon when her kids were napping, took her lifelong love of romance novels and tried to make a career out of it. They've been living happily ever after since.

Kristan lives in a small town in Connecticut-a pretty place where there's a beautiful library and a wicked good ice cream stand.

Featured Craft Speaker: Joanna Bourne

Joanna Bourne

Joanna Bourne: It All Depends on Your Point of View and Plotting for Pantsers

As our Featured Craft Speaker, Joanna tackles the use, importance and execution of point of view while crafting fiction in this in-depth workshop on Friday evening. On Saturday, Joanna will be doing a break-out workshop on Plotting for Pantsers, helping writers who like to follow an organic method, letting the muse dictate their stories as they write (sometimes known as "pantsers" for writing by the seat of their pants) to embrace the concept of plotting in advance.

Joanna is a nationally bestselling author and double Rita winner. She lives in the foothills of the Blue Ridge with her family, a medium-sized mutt and a faux Himalayan cat. She writes Historical Romances set in England and France during the Napoleonic Wars. She's fascinated by that time and place - such passionate conviction and burning idealism...and really sexy clothes.

Industry Guests:
Kristin Nelson, Nelson Literary Agency, LLC

Kristin Nelson

Being an avid reader practically since birth, Kristin is equally happy reading a Pulitzer prize-winning literary novel for her book club or a sexy romance novel.

She established Nelson Literary Agency, LLC in 2002 after the literary agent she was working for expressed dismay that Kristin wanted to represent-gasp!-genre fiction as well as literary novels. Forming NLA was absolutely the right thing to do.

She currently specializes in representing commercial fiction (mainstream, women's fiction, romance, science fiction, fantasy, young adult & middle grade) and literary fiction with a mdedical device clients working on content and issues, with disability equipement providers focus on mobile and self prpelled devises to the disabled and sick kids.

In general, she does not handle nonfiction projects with the exception of an occasional memoir. Clients include best selling authors Jamie Ford, Ally Carter, Marie Lu, Gail Carriger, Simone Elkeles, Courtney Milan, and RITA-award winners Sherry Thomas and Linnea Sinclair. When she is not busy selling books, Kristin loves playing Ultimate Frisbee (where she tends to be the oldest person on the team) and taking hikes with her husband and their dog Chutney. Member: AAR, RWA, SFWA, SCBWI.

Kristin will be doing an interactive workshop at the conference entitled, An Agent Reads the Slush Pile.

Carlie Webber
Agent at The Jane Rotenrosen Agency

Carlie Webber - Agent

Carlie Webber refused to major in English in college because no one would let her read Stephen King or R.L. Stine for class. She took her love of young adult and genre fiction to the University of Pittsburgh, where she obtained a Master of Library and Information Science, and worked as a YA librarian and reviewer for publications including Kirkus Reviews. Wishing to explore her interest in the business side of books, she decided to switch from librarianship to publishing and enrolled in the Columbia Publishing Course. Now she is building her agenting career on her favorite genres: young adult, middle grade, romance, horror, mystery, suspense, thrillers, literary fiction, contemporary fantasy and women's fiction. Her ongoing submissions wishlist includes but is not limited to high-concept YA, literary suspense, grunge era nostalgia and things that go bump in the night.

Whitney Ross of TOR/Forge Publishing

Whitney Ross TOR

Whitney Ross is an Assistant Editor at Tor. She edits YA, Sci fi, urban fantasy, fantasy, romance and historicals. She likes books that are "not entirely dark" with hopeful endings.

Heather Osborn/Samhain Publishing

Heather Osborn, Editorial Director, Samhain Publishing. A longtime lover of the written word, Heather has spent her entire adult life figuring out ways to surround herself with books. A former bookseller, Heather made the transition to editing 8 years ago, starting out with digital publishing, then making the move to traditional publishing by running the romance line at Tor Books, and now returning back to her digital roots by becoming the Editorial Director at Samhain Publishing.


More Industry Professionals TBA


Craft/Industry Workshops:

Simone Elkeles: Workshop TBA

Joanna Bourne: It All Depends on Your Point of View
Joanna tackles the use, importance and execution of point of view in crafting fiction.

Kristan Higgins: Chapter One, I am Born
Kristan explores the essential elements that should be in chapter one of your book.

Duffy Brown: How to Plot the Cozy Mystery
Duffy Brown loves anything with a mystery. While others girls dreamed of dating Brad Pitt, Duffy longed to take Sherlock Holmes to the prom. She now conjures up who-done-it stories of her very own for Berkley Prime Crime. Duffy writes romance as Dianne Castell and is a USAToday bestselling author.

Donna MacMeans: Putting Sizzle In Your Sex Scene
She's analyzing again! Award winning author Donna MacMeans looks at what works and what doesn't in sex scenes of various genres with an eye to improving craft in writing memorable sex scenes.

Liz Bemis: The Wizarding World of Web Promotion
Learn the ins and outs of web promotion from this seventeen-year veteran in the field of web design, Liz Bemis of Bemis Promotions.

New York vs. New World
A panel of authors, including Becky Barker and Lisa Cooke, tells us their experience as they transition from publishing houses to the new world of Indie-publishing. How difficult is it to walk away from NY to stand on your own? What are the risks and what are the rewards? (More Authors TBA)

More Workshops TBA


Other Conference Features:

A Panel of Booksellers and Librarians discuss how to create and cultivate a relationship with bookstores and libraries

A Panel of Editors and Agents discuss the current market, and Q&A

Consultations Appointments with Web Designer/Promotion Expert, Liz Bemis

Pitch Appointments with Attending Editors and Agents


Book Sale / Author Signing on Saturday, September 29th - Public Welcome!


Cancellation Policy

While we understand certain unavoidable circumstances arise which create the need for guests to alter their plans to attend events, as a non-profit organization, our ability to refund event ticket pricing is highly dependent on the amount of notice received. Our current refund policy is:

100% of paid admission refunded for cancellations received 30 days or more days prior to an event

75% of paid admission refunded for cancellations received 20-29 days prior to an event

50% of paid admission refunded for cancellations received 11-19 days prior to an event

Unfortunately, we cannot offer any refund to cancellations received within ten days of an event including cancellations or no-shows on the day of the event. As we plan for food, beverages, and room space well in advance of any event, refunds are regrettably not a sound budgetary option for our chapter. In the rare event of a true, unscheduled medical or family emergency, a special request may be submitted to the current COFW Board for consideration.

Home | About | Conference | Contest