Organized and sponsored by the nonprofit Eastern Shore Writers Association, BTO is dedicated to providing first-rate educational sessions and inspirational tips across a variety of writing genres. Choose a track to follow, or mix it up and select sessions that are just right for you!
This year’s keynote speaker is Mariah Burton Nelson and features six tracks with thirty sessions to help writers develop their craft, edit, publish, and market their writing. The sessions, all 50-minutes in length, were carefully designed to help attendees generate solid writing, hone their craft, and ask pointed questions from published and award-winning presenters about the process.
About Keynote Speaker: Mariah Burton Nelson
former Stanford and professional basketball player who has written
primarily about the empowerment of women through sports, Mariah Burton
Nelson has written creative nonfiction books for Random House, Harcourt
Brace, Harper San Francisco, and William Morrow — as well as stories for Bay to Ocean Journal 2021, The New York Times, Newsweek, Newsday, Working Woman, Ms., Glamour, USA Today, and other publications. She wrote columns for The Washington Post and the Washington Business Journal and has won numerous writing awards.
She has given public presentations in 49 states and has appeared on Today, Good Morning America, PrimeTime Live, Dateline, Nightline, Donahue, Larry King Live, Crossfire, CBS Evening News, Geraldo Rivera, National Public Radio's Diane Rehm Show, Terry Gross Show, and myriad other shows. She’s working on a graphic memoir about aging, death, motherlove, and ancient goddess figurines.
through December 31st
January 1st – March 2nd
ESWA members must be logged in to the website to receive the member discount.
Thirty 50-Minute Sessions to Choose from!
Understanding Unreliable Narrators in Fiction
Finding Empathy for Fiction Characters (Even When You Don't Like Them)
Writing Your Debut Novel in Two Simple Steps
Authentic Fiction: Write What You Know
Good to Be Bad: Crafting Great Villains and Antagonists
Linear Thinking–The Line, The Break, and the Craft of the Poem
Generating New Work via the Proustian Path to Conjuring Memories or What the Nose Knows
Swamp Monsters and Snotflowers: Poetry and the Non-Human
Titles Like Blackbirds: Exploring Different Ways
Beyond the Haiku: Writing Syllabic Poems
Generating Poems Through Research
Where to Begin? Openings, Stakes, Theme, and Deeper Meaning in Your Book
Assessing Your Intuition for Maximum Creativity
The Freedom of an Unreliable Narrator in Poetry
EDITING / PUBLISHING / MARKETING
Podcasting as Promotion
Buffing and Polishing: The Art of the Rewrite
How to Give a Book Away: Using Free Books as a Marketing Tool
Scrivener for Writers & Poets
Tidewater: Writing (and Drawing) Centered in Place; A Poetry and Short Prose Generative Workshop
Exploring the Unexpected: Writing with a Magical Twist
Writing Identity Through Art
Diversity in Writing
The Practice of Translation
How to Write Micro-Memoir
Keys to Successful Nonfiction Publishing: How I Did It and How You Can Too
Your Story Matters: The Art and Craft of Personal Essay and Memoir
Know 10 Times More Than You Tell: Research, Responsibility, Resources & Rabbit Holes
Listing Your Way to a (Lyric) Essay