Agenda

The Okoboji Writers’ Retreat will be held at the Dickinson County Maser Monarch Lodge, 22785 Nature Center Road, Okoboji, IA. 51355

Monday, September 20, 2021

For your safety, speakers and participants are required to be vaccinated and wear masks indoors.

08:00 a.m. Registration: Pick up notebooks, neck wallet for name badge, and tote bag.

09:00 a.m. Welcome by Julie Gammack. Speaker Introductions

SPEAKERS WILL BE SEATED AT ONE OF THE ROUND-TOP TABLES. THEY WILL HAVE A SIGN INDICATING WHAT TOPIC IS TO BE COVERED DURING EACH SESSION.

10:30 a.m. Small group coaching session I: SESSIONS

Zoom Room schedule

Noon. Boxed lunch/Book Sales/Good conversations

12:30 p.m. Panel: Story Telling. Rekha Basu, moderator. With Ty Rushing, Kyle Munson, James O’Shea, Chuck Offenburger

02:00 p.m. Break/Book sales

SPEAKERS WILL BE SEATED AT ONE OF THE ROUND-TOP TABLES. THEY WILL HAVE A SIGN INDICATING WHAT TOPIC IS TO BE COVERED DURING EACH SESSION.

02:15 p.m. Small-group Coaching Session II: SESSIONS

Zoom Room schedule

LITERARY AGENT Jane Dystel in Zoom conference room. Mike Libbie moderator.

03:45 p.m. Break/Book sales

04:00 p.m. Art Cullen: How to Win a Pulitzer Prize

04:30 p.m. Art will be joined by Jerry Risius and Beth Levison, directors of STORM LAKE: How to write, produce, direct, fund, and create a documentary film.

5:00 p.m. BOOK SALES AND AUTOGRAPH OPPORTUNITIES

Zoom Room – Podcasting, Michael Libbie

Free time and dinner on your own

07:00 p.m. Private screening of the documentary STORM LAKE featuring the Cullens and their family-owned newspaper. Location: Pearson Art Center, 2201 US-71, Okoboji. This is free to Okoboji Writers’ Retreat participants. Seating is limited. Masks are required in the theater. We will be joined by guests who are supporters of the Western Iowa Journalism Foundation.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

7:30 a.m. SPEAKERS ONLY: Zoom Room (prior to Okoboji Writers’ Retreat general start time) Jane Dystel.

08:00 a.m. Book sales/meet the authors

08:30 a.m. Participants and speakers assemble to share best practices from sessions,

09:00 a.m. Panel – Commentary: Doug Burns, moderator with Rekha Basu, and John Dinges

10:00 a.m. Break/Book sales

SPEAKERS WILL BE SEATED AT ONE OF THE ROUND-TOP TABLES. THEY WILL HAVE A SIGN INDICATING WHAT TOPIC IS TO BE COVERED DURING EACH SESSION.

10:15 a.m. Coaching sessions III: SESSIONS

Zoom Room schedule

11:45 p.m. Boxed lunch provided/Book sales

01:00 p.m. Changing world of publishing panel (social media, columns, self-publishing): Ty Rushing, Leigh Michaels, Susan Patterson-Plank, and Rachelle Chase.

02:30 p.m. Break

SPEAKERS WILL BE SEATED AT ONE OF THE ROUND-TOP TABLES. THEY WILL HAVE A SIGN INDICATING WHAT TOPIC IS TO BE COVERED DURING EACH SESSION.

02:45 p.m. Coaching sessions IV SESSIONS

ZOOM ROOM Schedule

04:15 p.m. Key Takeaway sharing

05:00 p.m. Adjourn

06:00 p.m. Sunset cruise on barges, weather permitting. Meet at the Central Emporium, 144 Lake Shore Drive, Arnolds Park. Cash bar.

Lake cruise barge (weather permitting)

07:30 Dinner on your own. A lakeside restaurant will be open in the Emporium.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

08:30 Book sales, meet the authors

09:00 I Remember….A Memoir Panel: Deb Engel, Moderator; Beth Howard, Nancy O’Shea, and Arnold Garson

10:15. Break

10:30 Sessions V

Zoom Room schedule

noon Everyone holds hands and sings ‘Kumbaya’ —JUST KIDDING!

ADJOURN

There will be an opportunity to sign up for small, virtual, integration groups to be offered by some of our speakers. Move your inspiration to action.