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BIO : MICHAEL HAUGE is a script consultant, story expert, author and lecturer who works with writers, filmmakers, marketers, business leaders, attorneys and public speakers, both in Hollywood and around the world. He has consulted on projects starring Morgan Freeman, Julia Roberts, Tom Cruise and Reese Witherspoon, and for Overbrook Entertainment, where he consulted on the scripts for (among many others) I AM LEGEND, HANCOCK, THE KARATE KID, SUICIDE SQUAD and BRIGHT, which is currently in production.

Michael is the best selling author of Selling Your Story in 60 Seconds: The Guaranteed Way to Get Your Screenplay or Novel Read, as well as the 20th Anniversary Edition of his classic book Writing Screenplays That Sell.

Michael has presented seminars, lectures and keynotes in person and online to more than 80,000 participants worldwide. According to Will Smith, “No one is better than Michael Hauge at finding what is most authentic in every moment of a story.”

PRESENTING : Pitch Perfect and Creating Powerful Scenes



BIO : Judy Kelly’s writing credentials include: a published novel, That Ever Died So Young, a finalist in the Somerset Literary and Contemporary Fiction Award 2014; “The Weekend,” a short story, published in an anthology; and ,“The Nun,” a short story, published in an anthology.
She presented at the Fiction Writers Institute in Hagerstown, Maryland, at Montgomery College, Germantown, Maryland, and at the Maryland Writers’ Association Montgomery County Chapter. She taught creative writing to high school teachers through the continuing education and certification program at George Mason University through AWP. She has attended several writing workshops and conferences. She is a member of The Maryland Writers’ Association, AWP, and the Bay to Ocean Writers’ Association.
She is an adjunct professor at Montgomery College, Germantown where she teaches speech, reading and English. She teaches the Fiction Writing Workshop at Frederick Community College She is an avid bicyclist, volunteers at area theatres, walks, and runs.
Her newest novel, Blessings and Curses, will be out in February, 2018.

PRESENTING : The Importance and Purpose of Dialogue


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BIO : Ally E. Machate is a bestselling book collaborator, award-winning editor, and expert publishing consultant who loves using her insider knowledge of the publishing industry and wealth of experience to lead serious authors toward publishing success. Leveraging a background in “Big Five” publishing, she and her team live to help make great books happen, whether that means showing a writer how to improve a manuscript, get an agent, or self-publish; ghostwriting a book to help an entrepreneur skyrocket her business platform to new levels; or coaching an author on growing her platform to sell more books. Since 1999, she has supported authors on their publishing journey and takes pride in serving as their books’ best ally. Grab Ally’s free gifts and learn more about her services at http://www.thewritersally.com and http://www.allymachate.com.

PRESENTING : 5 Steps to Self-Publishing Success



BIO : Millie Mack spent thirty years marketing products and services for several large corporations in the Baltimore/Washington area. She has now taken this marketing experience and developed a basic marketing program for authors. The course is designed to help authors develop their own plan for getting their books into the hands of readers.
Millie writes the Faraday Murder Series featuring amateur sleuths Carrie and Charles Faraday. She also just completed her first culinary mystery for her new Irish Bistro Murder Series.
In addition to her books, Millie writes a blog all about mysteries at https://darkandstormynights.com. The blog features mystery authors, detectives, and techniques.

PRESENTING : Basic Marketing for Authors



PRESENTING : The Retired Author

Barb Morrison


BIO : Barbara Morrison, who writes under the name B. Morrison, is the author of a memoir, Innocent: Confessions of a Welfare Mother, and two poetry collections, Terrarium and Here at Least. Her award-winning work has been published in anthologies and magazines. Barbara conducts writing workshops and provides editing services. She has maintained her Monday Morning Books blog since 2006 and tweets regularly about poetry @bmorrison9. For more information, visit her website and blog at http://www.bmorrison.com.

PRESENTING : Sharing Our Stories – half day workshop on Friday