CAC17 Schedule of Sessions

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We will publish this schedule to the Guidebook app in March 2017, so when you arrive at CAC17 remember to download it!

Regular Conference Sessions Begin Friday, March 31, 2017

Bellwether Map CAC BigLocation: Hotel Bellwether
1 Bellwether Way, Bellingham, WA 98225

Rooms (See map on Right):
Board Room
Compass Room
Admiral’s Room
Ballroom (across form main hotel)

Session Descriptions
Session Schedule

**Sessions are subject to change**

Registration opens at 8:30am Friday morning in the Bellwether Ballroom and continues throughout the weekend. When you arrive, please check in with registration to receive your conference badge and information packet. You will be able to check your books into the book room when the book room staff arrives.

We can’t wait to see you!

Scheduling in Progress, last updated May 12, 2016. SUBJECT TO CHANGE. As with any conference, all scheduled sessions are firm…until they are not.


TimeSpecial Masterclass Sessions (limit 15 attendees)
**Location: TBA**

**Regular Conference Sessions (Fri-Sun sessions) are held at the Hotel Bellwether**


TimeBoard RoomCompass RoomAdmirals RoomBallroom
10:05-11:00aVendor Fair and Book Room Open
11:10-12:10pLunch setup
12:30-1:30pKeynote Speaker – TBA   > Lunch in the Ballroom
5:30-6:00p Casual Networking in the Ballroom – Book Room Closes at 6!
6:00-7:00p Cocktail hour in the Ballroom
7:00-9:00p Dinner on your own


TimeBoard RoomCompass RoomAdmirals RoomBallroom
11:10-12:10pLunch Setup
12:30-1:30pKeynote Speaker – TBA  > Lunch in the Ballroom
5:30-6:00p Casual Networking in the Ballroom
6:00-7:00p Cocktail hour in the Ballroom – Extended Bookroom hours for Gala
7:00-9:00p Dinner & Chanticleer Awards Gala in the Ballroom


TimeBoard RoomCompass RoomAdmirals RoomBallroom
11:30-12:30pCasual Brunch in the Ballroom
 3:15-4:15pNetworking, Autographs, Last Chance to buy Books! Saying goodbye in the Ballroom.

Session Descriptions:

Our sessions and events for the weekend fall within 8 key tracks. This list will grow, one or two changes may happen (Murphy’s Law applies), these sessions will populate the schedule above once we get closer to the conference. Please keep checking back for updates.

  • Special Masterclasses (MC): Limited to 15 attendees, intensive hands on workshops before regular conference sessions begin.
  • Storycraft, Editing, Development (SED): Tools, tips, advice for improving your craft and making your words shine.
  • Marketing, Publicity, Platform (MPP): From social media savvy to author websites and brands.
  • Sales Tools & Strategies (STS): Clever promotion, timing, strategies, tools and techniques for optimal sales.
  • Publishing, Production, Distribution (PPD): Form and design. Pitches. Book blurbs. Covers. Book Design. Current publishing trends. New digital media.
  • Organization, Motivation & Self Help (OMS): Get your mind on the right page.
  • A Touch of Hollywood (ToH): It wouldn’t be the west coast without it.
  • Networking & Fun (NetFun): Special events and networking opportunities.
  • Kaffee Klatsches (KK): Informal gatherings led by some of our terrific speakers and guests in the ballroom.
  • Author Panels (AP)

Thursday March 30 Special Masterclass Sessions – Limit 15 attendees

Location: Bellingham Yacht Club
2625 S Harbor Loop Dr, Bellingham, WA 98225

Get a jump on everybody by taking these exciting master classes with two very knowledgeable authors! Master classes are not included in regular conference passes.

$160 day pass for Thursday master classes includes casual lunch.