Program/Schedule

Stories From the Heart
We are so proud to present the following preliminary scheduled workshops/lectures for Stories from the Heart IX on July 20-22, 2018 in Austin, TX. The presenters are strong, the tracks are relevant to the present times, and they cover crucial aspects of writing and sharing our stories, to shaping them into books, publication, and marketing. If unforeseen changes should occur, we will immediately make those changes here, where you can always find the most-up-to-date program schedule.

Friday, July 20
9am Registration opens [Highland Lakes Foyer]
9am Exhibitors Room opens (hours: 9am-4pm, 5:30-7:30pm) [Guadalupe/Barton Creek Rooms]
9-11:30am Heart-to-Heart: 15-minute coaching sessions with experts in writing, editing, marketing. Sign-ups required (May 15-July 13).
[Lake LBJ Room]
noon-1:45pm Optional Pre-Conference Workshop "How to Improve Your Writing and Get Published: Flash Fiction and Flash Memoir" with Len Leatherwood (not included in your registration; extra fee for this workshop)
[ELC Room]
2-3:45pm Optional Pre-Conference Workshop "Paths to Publishing" with Susan Wittig Albert (not included in your registration; extra fee for this workshop)
[ELC Room]
4-5pm Conference Welcome session
[Lake Travis Room]
5:30-7:30pm Dutch-treat dinner, Wyndham Hotel restaurant
7:30pm Sarton Award Presentations
Keynote Speech [Lake Travis Room] What is Your True Name? Break the Silence, Write Your Story, with Linda Joy Myers
(Dessert reception following; included in registration fee) [Lady Bird Lake Room]

Saturday, July 21
8:15am Registration opens [Highland Lakes Foyer]
8:15am Morning Continental Break
Pastries, fruit, juices [Highland Lakes Foyer]
8:30am Exhibitors Room opens (hours: 8:30am-12pm, 2-5:30pm) [Guadalupe/Barton Creek Rooms]
9-10am Session 1
10-10:30am ***Coffee/Tea Break*** [Highland Lakes Foyer]
10:30am-11:30am Session 2
11:30am-noon free time [Highland Lakes Foyer]
12:15-2pm Lunch (included in registration fee) [Lady Bird Lake room]
Entertainment: readings: Sarton Award winners' books
2:15-3:15pm Session 3
3:15-3:30pm ***Break*** [Highland Lakes Foyer]
3:30-4:30pm Session 4
4:45-5:30pm Presenters & Sarton Award Winners/Finalists Book Signing [Highland Lakes Foyer]
6-8pm Dutch-treat dinner, Wyndham Hotel restaurant and other nearby restaurants
We will have several "Special Interest" tables
8-10pm After-dinner Open Mike: Storytelling from the Heart [Lake Austin, Lake Travis, & Lake LBJ Rooms]

Sunday, July 22
8:15am Morning Continental Break
Pastries [Highland Lakes Foyer]
8:30am Exhibitors Room opens (hours: 8:30am-12pm) [Guadalupe/Barton Creek Rooms]
9-10am Session 5
10-10:30am ***Coffee/Tea Break*** [Highland Lakes Foyer]
10:30-11:30am Session 6
noon-2pm Lunch (included in registration fee) [Highland Lakes Ballroom]
Luncheon Speech Our Heroine's Journey: Using Our Diverse Voices to Empower the World, with Lorraine (Bird) Mejia


Preliminary Program
more details coming soon... *

Friday Afternoon Pre-Conference Workshops
noon-1:45pm; 2-3:45pm
(There's an extra fee for each of these workshops. Please pre-register.)

* How to Improve Your Writing and Get Published: Flash Fiction and Flash Memoir [ELC Room] noon-1:45pm
Len Leatherwood, Beverly Hills CA


* Paths to Publishing [ELC Room] 2-3:45pm
Susan Wittig Albert, Bertram TX


Saturday

Session 1: 9-10am

* Writing Advice from the Trenches: Insightful Tips Every Writer Needs (Leslie Tall Manning)
(The Writing Life)
[ELC Room]

* My Mother, My Muse: Writing About Your Mom Without Guilt (Andrea Simon)
(Craft Matters)
[Lake Austin Room]

* Writing Emotional Truth: Engaging Readers through the Power of Your Words (Mary Dingee Fillmore / Virginia Simpson)
(Craft Matters)
[Lake LBJ Room]

* Building Your Platform (panel) (Len Leatherwood)
(Breaking Into Publishing/Marketing)
[Lake Travis Room]


Session 2: 10:30-11:30am

* Using the Power of Personality to Enhance Your Writing (Cinda Brooks)
(Craft Matters)
[ELC Room]

* Let the Circle Be Unbroken (Sandra Shackelford)
(Take Home Workshops)
[Lake Austin Room]

* Life Happens: Write Through It Using the Celtic Calendar as Guide (Mary-Elizabeth Briscoe)
(Getting Personal)
[Lake LBJ Room]

* Sarton Award Winners/Finalists Talk About Writing and Publishing (1) (Susan Wittig Albert)
(Breaking Into Publishing/Marketing)
[Lake Travis Room]


Session 3: 2:15-3:15pm

* Prune & Bloom: How to create space for what matters most (Jen Halligan)
(The Writing Life)
[ELC Room]

* Wild Woman at My Door: Reconnecting to Authentic Self (Bird Mejia)
(Getting Personal)
[Lake Austin Room]

* How to Write a Memorable Memoir or Family History (Brenda Black)
(Getting Personal)
[Lake LBJ Room]

* Sarton Award Winners/Finalists Talk About Writing and Publishing (2) (Susan Wittig Albert)
(Breaking Into Publishing/Marketing)
[Lake Travis Room]


Session 4: 3:30-4:30pm

* Write Your Travels - Inside and Out (Mary Dingee Fillmore)
(The Writing Life)
[ELC Room]

* Facilitating Stories from Amazing Lives (Joyce Boatright)
(Take Home Workshops)
[Lake Austin Room]

* Polishing your Stories (B. Lynn Goodwin)
(Craft Matters)
[Lake LBJ Room]

* Don't Cut Off Your Nose to Spite Your Face: The ReStory Guide to Writing (Jeanne Guy)
(Getting Personal)
[Lake Travis Room]


Sunday

Session 5: 9-10am

* The How-To's to Successful Blogging (Len Leatherwood)
(Breaking Into Publishing/Marketing)
[ELC Room]

* Self Healing Yoga Class (Bird Mejia)
(Other)
[Lake LBJ Room]

* Getting Unstuck (B. Lynn Goodwin)
(The Writing Life)
[Lake Austin Room]

* Gathering Women's Writing: How to Create an Anthology (Panel) (Susan Wittig Albert)
(Take Home Workshops)
[Lake Travis Room]


Session 6: 10:30-11:30am

* The Story Within You (Teresa Lynn)
(Breaking Into Publishing/Marketing)
[ELC Room]

* Give a Hoot for Your Community OWLs (Older Women's Legacies) (Mary Jo Doig)
(Take Home Workshops)
[Lake Travis Room]

* Getting Started: Shaping Your Writing Voice (Sandra Shackelford)
(Craft Matters)
[Lake LBJ Room]

* Breaking Silence: Revealing Truth, Releasing Secrets, and Finding Your True Voice (Linda Joy Myers)
(Getting Personal)
[Lake Austin Room]


Story-Telling From the Heart: Open Mike

Saturday Night, Live,
in Austin Texas

Stories From the Heart

It's Saturday night in Austin TX—what would you like to do after you've enjoyed a fine dinner at one of Austin's many great restaurants? Well, you might take in a film, or visit Austin's disco district (the River City is widely known as the Live Music Capital of the World).

Or we could all hang out together and swap stories.

Swap stories?

Hey, what a great idea! After all, isn't that what Story Circle is all about? And who has more stories to swap than women—women who have loved and laughed and cried and succeeded and failed and survived and, yes, triumphed! Creative, canny, crafty, clever, courageous women. Women who have lived ordinary, extraordinary, and sometimes downright outrageous lives!

So for Saturday night's entertainment, we offer you—ta da! (a flourish of trumpets and rattle of drums, please)—an open mike!

And all you have to bring is you, and your story. Maybe it's a piece you've already shared with your Story Circle, or a poem or two that you've just finished, or a short autobiographical fiction piece. Maybe it's a story to be sung, or danced (if you need music, let us know ahead of time). Or perhaps you'd like to bring a piece of art that you've made—pottery, painting, textile, whatever—and tell us how and why it is part of your story. The sky's the limit, gals, and the only thing we have to fear (as some famous man said once) is fear itself. So let's see how many different stories, and how many different ways to tell a story, we can all come up with.

To give each story-teller a chance to participate we will be dividing into three separate meeting rooms and will ask reader to limit her turn at the mike to five minutes including opening remarks. (Please note that it takes ONE minute to read ONE double-spaced page or to read ½ single spaced page and plan accordingly.) There are a limited number of spaces available, so sign up will begin Saturday after dinner and will end when all places have been reserved and Open Mike begins at 8pm. Whether you come to read, listen, share or all of the above, we look forward to seeing you there! And please plan to email your piece to us for sharing with the attendees!

Remember that wonderful '60s song that began "When you come to San Francisco, be sure and wear flowers in your hair"?

When you come to Austin, Texas, be sure to bring a story from your heart. We're eager to hear it, y'all!


*Session topics are still tentative.