VCAC20 Schedule of Sessions 

The NEW ERA of CONTENT CREATION in ALL ITS FORMS

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CAC 20 and the 2019 CIBA Ceremonies will be HELD VIRTUALLY September 8 -13, 2020 at VCAC 20

As many VCAC sessions as possible will be LIVE and INTERACTIVE.

Sessions will be recorded and available later viewing exclusively through VIMEO to all registered participants.

There are as many sessions as at the “in-person” conference, but they are spread out over 6 days instead of 3 days.

Only one session will be presented at a time so YOU select which ones you want to see LIVE and which ones you will want to view later via VIMEO or revisit the session.

IMPORTANT:  All times are for the Pacific Time Zone (PST)

One class at a time will be ZOOMed.  All classes will be recorded and accessible via VIMEO for those who registered for the conference or master classes (password protected)

Hindenburg Systems Workshops for Podcasting and Audiobook Creation  will be held on Wednesday, Sept 16, 2020 (9:30 – 4:30 ) included with VCAC fee. You may also register without attending VCAC. 

Master Writing Classes with Jessica Morrell scheduled for Thursday and Friday mornings,  September 17  & 18, 2020.

Master Writing Classes with Donald Maass scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. morning and afternoon sessions.

Hindenburg Workshops are included in the VCAC registration. Master Writing Classes have an additional fee and are available for registration without VCAC. 

Don’t delay! Register TODAY!

VCAC 20 will be held VIRTUALLY on ZOOM starting at 9:30 a.m.

The LIVE VIRTUAL CIBA Awards will take place daily SEPTEMBER 8 – 13, 2020  (Tuesday – Saturday) starting at 5 p.m.

Grand Prize Announcements will be on Sunday, September 13, 2020 starting at 5:30 p.m. PST

Have your favorite bubbly ready to cheer on your favorite authors! LIVE and INTERACTIVE! 

VCAC – Tuesday, September 8, 2020 —Day 1

Pacific Time Tuesday’s 9/8/20 VCAC Topics and Presenters
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Virtual Author Events: How To Pivot from LIVE to VIRTUAL for Book Launches, Book Clubs, and Book Events with Janet Oakley, Sean Dwyer, & Gail Noble Sanderson
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon Book to Film Panel Discussion with Scott Steindorff, Robert Dugoni, and J.D. Barker. Moderator is Chris Leibig
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Writing Craft – Captivating Co-Stars: Why Secondary Characters Need More Love Jessica Morrell
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Exploration of New and Revolutionary Ways of Storytelling including Delving into Immersive, Mixed Reality, and Digital Art Scott Steindorff 
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. How to Have 1,048 Readers Requesting Your Book in the 1st Day of a 100 Book Giveaway – Kaylin McFarren shares her Goodreads and Amazon Secrets to increasing book sales. 
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. The CIBAs – Recognizing the Finalists and Announcing the 1st Place Winners for the CYGNUS, OZMA, and PARANORMAL Book Awards – presenters are Elana Mugdan, Chris Leibig, J.I. Rogers 
After Hours  Virtual Happy Hour // Mini Author Events

VCAC – Wednesday, September 9, 2020 – Day 2

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Wednesday’s 9/9/20 VCAC Topics and Presenters

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Bookbub and Book Discovery Services for Readers with Pamela Beason
11  a.m. – 12 noon Writing Craft – Making the Unbelievable Believable – Panel: Joy Davis Ross,  J.D. Barker, Avanti Centrae, and Chris Leibig.
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Children’s Book Panel – Writing and Selling Children’s Books – Children’s Book Authors Share Their Tips & ToolsDenise Ditto Satterfield, Barbara Jean Hicks, M.J. Evans, and Peter Greene
2:00  – 3:00 p.m. 5 Reasons Why You Should Publish Your Epubs on  Bookchain – Simon-Pierre Marion
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Learn From the Best: Writing Craft Session with Robert Dugoni –  Plotting the Opening: One Chance to Make A First Impression 
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. The CIBAs – Recognizing the Finalists and Announcing the 1st Place Winners for the 2019 Little Peeps, Gertrude Warner, and Dante Rossetti CIBA Book Awards – presenters:  Denise Ditto Satterfield, Peter Greene,  Pamela Beason
After Hours  Virtual Happy Hour // Mini Author Events

VCAC – Thursday, September 10, 2020 – Day 3

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Thursday’s 9/10/20 VCAC Topics and Presenters

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Why Amazon Alexa Should Be Telling Your Story – Chatables Tier 1 of 3 – Amy Stapleton and Wayne Richard
11  a.m. – 12 noon
 Writing Craft – How to Create a Sustainable and Compelling Series – Panel : Peter Greene, Wendy Delaney, J.D. Barker with Pamela Beason moderating. 
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Hi ALEXA! Voice Driven Technology and the Future of Publishing – Paul Cutsinger – Head of Amazon’s Alexa Project
2:00  – 3:00 p.m. It Takes a Village to Make a Film – Authors, Actors, Screenwriters, Producers, & Directors  a Discussion with film producer Scott Steindorff, author & actress Tina Sloan, author Chris Humphreys, and Bellingham’s own Talking to Crows film production company with Cassidy and Stacy Moderating the Panel
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.  a Deeper Dive into Voice Driven Technology and Publishing – Be Ready for the New ERA of CONTENT CREATION – with Paul Cutsinger, Head of Amazon’s Alexa Project.
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. The CIBAs – Recognizing the Finalists and Announcing the 1st Place Winners for the 2019 Laramie, Chaucer, Goethe, and Nellie Bly Book Awards – presenters are Michelle Cox, Kaylin McFarren,  Jacquie Rogers, Sean Dwyer
After Hours  Virtual Happy Hour // Mini Author Events

VCAC – Friday, September 11, 2020 – Day 4

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Friday’s  9/11/20 VCAC Topics and Presenters

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. A New Money Making Platform for Authors – Chatables – Tier 2 of 3 – Amy Stapleton and Wayne Richard
11  a.m. – 12 noon Wordcraft – Words Matter, Names Matter, Titles Matter – Kaffeeklatch  with Word Nerds Jessica Morrell and Kiffer Brown – and a discussion about The Great Gatsby. 
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Your Story World: Beyond Eye Color and the Weather – Diane Garland
2:00  – 3:00 p.m. Don’t be Left OUT and OFF the Airwaves – Intro to Podcasting with Hindenburg Systems’ expert Anita Michalski
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. The Critical Role Authors Play in Fostering a Better Society – Janice S. Ellis, Ph.D. 
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. The CIBAs – Recognizing the Finalists and Announcing the 1st Place Winners for the 2019 Mystery & Mayhem, Clue, and Global Thriller Book Awards presenters are Wendy Delaney, Sara Stamey, Janet Oakley
After Hours  Virtual Happy Hour // Mini Author Events

VCAC – Saturday, September 12, 2020 – Day 5

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Saturday’s  9/12/20 VCAC Topics and Presenters

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. How and Why We Publish Your Story to Amazon Alexa – A Round Table Discussion with Chatables – Tier 3 of 3 – Amy Stapleton and Wayne Richard with authors Janet Shawgo, PJ Devlin, Kelly Abell
11  a.m. – 12 noon How to Create Awesome Audiobooks on a Budget C.C. Humphreys and Elana Mugdan along with Hindenburg Systems’ expert Jonathan Hurley
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Writers: Improve Your Productivity and Your Health by  Correcting Posture – Part 1 – Healthy Optimal Posture Education workshop – Tana Hope
2:00  – 3:00 p.m. Writing Craft – Chris Humphreys – Historical Fiction–Chris will examine how to both fictionalize real characters and realize fictional ones. 
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. A Kaffeeklatch about the Entertainment Biz & Hollywood — Getting Your Work Noticed — with Chris Humphreys, Elana Mugdan, Michelle Cox, Kaylin McFarren, Tina Sloan 
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. The CIBAs – Recognizing the Finalists and Announcing the 1st Place Winners for the 2019 CIBA Divisions: Chatelaine, Somerset, Journey, and Instruction and Insight Book Awards – presenters are Janet Shawgo, Sean Dwyer, Michelle Rene,  Janice Ellis, Gail Halverson
After Hours  Virtual Happy Hour // Mini Author Events

VCAC – Sunday, September 13, 2020 – Day 6

Please note that there is an hour break (4:30 – 5:30 p.m. PST) between the last session and the Grand Prize Announcements so that we may prepare for this stellar event!

Pacific Time

Sunday’s 9/13/20 VCAC Topics and Presenters

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Sunday Morning – Enjoy! 
11  a.m. – 12 noon Just Call Out My Name – Collaborating with Other Authors – Janet Shawgo & Sean Dwyer
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Remedies and Correcting Posture for Writers: Improve Your Productivity and Your Health – Part 2 Healthy Optimal Posture Education workshop – Tana Hope
2:00  – 3:00 p.m. A Multi-prong Approach to Book Marketing with Sean Dwyer – Non-Fiction, Michelle Cox – Historical Fiction, J.I. Rogers – Science Fiction, and Kiffer Brown 
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Writing Craft with Donald Maass – presenter’s choice
4:30 – 5:30 p.m. A one-hour break to prepare for the ZOOM GALA 2019 CIBA Grand Prize Announcements Ceremony! LIVE from the Hotel Bellwether!
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. The CIBAs – Recognizing the Finalists and Announcing the Grand Prize Winners for the 2019 CIBA Divisions and the 2019  Overall Grand Prize Winner for Best Book:  presenters are Janet Shawgo, Sean Dwyer, Michelle Rene, Janet Oakley,  Peter Greene, Elana Mugdan,  J.I. Rogers, Denise Ditto Satterfield, Pamela Beason, Jacquie Rogers, Wendy Delaney, Sara Stamey, Michelle Cox, Janice Ellis, & Gail Halverson
6:30 p.m.   Virtual Happy Hour Celebration 

Hindenburg Workshops on Audiobook Creation and Podcast Editing & Broadcasting- September 16, 2020

Please note that there will be a one hour break in between workshops. Each Workshop will have a Q & A sessions.

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Wednesday, Sept 16, 2020 –  VCAC Technical Workshops with Hindenburg Systems

Learn from the Best!

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 Audiobook Creation with Jonathan Hurley, Hindenburg Systems
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Podcast Editing, Broadcasting, Distribution with Anita Michalski, Hindenburg Systems

Master Writing Classes with Jessica Morrell – Thursday and Friday Mornings: Sept 17 & 18, 2020.

There will be two short breaks in each morning master class along with Q & A.

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Thursday and Friday, Sept 17 & 18, 2020 –  Master Writing Classes with Jessica Morrell

Learn from the Best!

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 Thursday Between the Lines: Master the Subtle Techniques of Fiction with Jessica Morrell
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 Friday Subplots: The Stories within Stories with Jessica Morrell

Master Writing Classes with Donald Maass – Sunday: Sept 20, 2020.

There will be two short breaks in each master class along with Q & A.

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SUNDAY, Sept 20, 2020 –  Master Writing Classes with Donald Maass  — 2 Sessions that will cover different material.

Learn from the Best!

9:30 a.m. – 12:30  The Breakout Novel 2.0  with Donald Maass   Part 1 
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. The Breakout Novel 2.0 with Donald Maass   Part 2 (You do not have to take Part 1 to register for Part 2) 

This is the VCAC Schedule as of August 21, 2020.

Master Classes and Workshops will be held Sept 16 – 20, 2020.

Please check back as we update and tweak the schedule! Looking forward to seeing you soon!

And as reminder, things can definitely change during these unprecedented times, so check back often! ~Kiffer