Descriptions for all sessions are listed below where you will indicate which classes you plan to attend.

Conference Faculty

James L. Rubart

Friday Morning Keynote

Pre-Conference Session: Quantum Level Branding & Marketing

Bestselling author of 16 novels and the only speculative author ever inducted into the Christy Hall of Fame. Jim is also a branding expert, audio book narrator, and co-owner, with his son Taylor, of The Rubart Writing Academy.


Tosca Lee

Opening Keynote

Electives: Keep ‘Em Reading Past Midnight |

Overcoming Fear and Perfectionism/The Art of Audacity

Bestselling author of eleven novels including The Line Between, The Progeny, and Iscariot. Tosca has received many awards, including two Christy awards and the Realm Makers Book of the Year.


CJ Redwine

Closing Keynote

Elective: Escape the To-Do List (2-part class)

New York Times bestselling author of speculative fiction, a diehard lover of going to the movies, and a believer in fairytales. She keeps a six-foot tall Loki figure in her office and will argue the merits of Batman vs. Superman with anyone she meets.


Donald Maass

Continuing Session: The Emotional Craft of Fiction

Post-Conference Session: Beyond Arc—A Journey is More Than Change

Founder of the Donald Maass Literary Agency in New York and past president of the American Association of Literary Agents (AALA). Author of Writing the Breakout Novel, Writing 21st Century Fiction, and The Emotional Craft of Fiction.


Maurice Broaddus

Continuing Session : Dreaming of New Worlds

Resident Afrofuturist at the Kheprw Institute and an editor at Apex Magazine. Maurice has been published in Magazine of F&SF, Uncanny Magazine, & Black Panther: Tales from Wakanda. His books include Pimp My Airship, Buffalo Soldier, and The Usual Suspects.


Steve Laube

Continuing Session: From Idea to Print—The Entire Publishing Process

Literary agent and president of The Steve Laube Agency, publisher of Enclave Publishing, and president and owner of The Christian Writers Institute. Author of Book Proposal Tips and Tricks and the annual Christian Writers Market Guide.


Wayne Thomas Batson

Teen Track: Finding and Forging Hope Through Fiction

Best known for his bestselling Door Within Trilogy, Wayne Thomas Batson has published more than twenty novels in genres such as Young Adult, Epic Fantasy, and Supernatural Thriller. For 31 years he has taught English and Reading.


Carla Hoch

Electives: Picking a Fight With Your Character | FightWrite—Practical to Tactical

Author of Fight Write: How to Write Believable Fight Scenes and proprietor of the award-winning FightWrite™ blog, podcast and YouTube channel. Experienced in multiple fighting styles, Carla regularly teaches workshops on the craft of writing fight scenes.


Clint Redwine

Electives: Media Training 101—How to Effectively Promote Yourself and Your Book | Adobe Photoshop Basics

Media professional with 28 years of experience in radio and television, including a stint as co-host of the No. 1 morning radio show in Nashville. Member of the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association and former president of the Music City Film Critics’ Association.


Jill Williamson

Electives: How to Make the Most of Goodreads as an Author | Creating a Timeline (or Several) for Your Novel

Award-winning author of over 20 books, including the Safe Lands dystopian series and the Blood of Kings fantasy trilogy. Jill has written several books on the craft of writing and teaches at www.GoTeenWriters.com, one of Writer’s Digest’s “101 Best Websites for Writers.”


Descriptions for all sessions are listed below where you will indicate which classes you plan to attend.

For information about Hotel and Airport Shuttles, click "Lodging and Hotel" in the topline menu. 



  • Ages 18 and up.
    Join us at Harrah's in Atlantic City, NJ for a weekend of learning, fellowship, and celebration. Includes general sessions, continuing sessions, electives, two agent/editor appointments, two mentor appointments, beverage and break hospitality, awards banquet, livestream access, conference group in the RealmSphere, and conference replays through Dec. 31, 2022.

  • Ages 18 and up. Join us in our custom online community, the RealmSphere, for learning, connecting, and excitement. Includes general sessions, continuing sessions, electives, two agent/editor appointments, two mentor appointments, awards livestream, conference group in the RealmSphere, and conference replays through Dec. 31, 2022.

  • This option is for small presses. Includes general sessions, beverage and break hospitality, awards banquet, livestream access, conference group in the RealmSphere, and conference replays through Dec. 31, 2022. This registration covers only one person. For each additional representative, at the bottom of this form use the "Add Another Attendee" button. Optional Vendor Hall table sold separately below. Only the first representative pays the table fee.

  • For service providers, product dealers, or authors not attending classes. Includes one 6-foot exhibit table, general sessions, beverage and break hospitality, awards banquet, livestream access, conference group in the RealmSphere, and conference replays through Dec. 31, 2022. This registration covers only one person. For each additional representative, at the bottom of this form use the "Add Another Attendee" button. If you need an additional table you can add that below. You will need to complete an application. All vendors are subject to committee approval.

  • For attending family members, companions, and teen chaperones. Includes general sessions, beverage and break hospitality, and awards banquet. NOTE: If your companion doesn't wish to attend anything then you don't have to register them.

  • Purchase only with a Teen In-Person Registration. Includes access to conference common areas and Vendor Hall ONLY. Banquet tickets may be purchased separately by choosing "Additional Banquet Ticket" below.

  • For those attending only the awards dinner Friday, July 22, 2022.

Additional Banquet Ticket

  • Friday Night Awards Dinner

    For registered attendees who need an extra ticket *for a guest* who is not attending the conference but wants to attend the Awards Banquet *only*. Click the "Add" button for as many guests as you need, then enter their names below.

    **Except for Non-Attending Teen Chaperones, registered attendees do not need to purchase a banquet ticket for yourselves. It is included in your registration.**

    $160.00 ea.

Exhibit Hall

  • Exhibitor Table

    This is for those who wish to display books or other merchandise in the Vendor Hall. Requests must be approved due to space limitations. If your request is not approved, the table fee will be refunded 100%. Priority is given to publishers, previous exhibitors, and official members at the Published, Professional, or Business level. May only be purchased with Adult In-person, Teen In-Person, Publisher, or Exhibitor registration. Up to two individuals can cooperate to share a table. A publisher is limited only by the # of authors they have directly published.

    $120.00 ea. [Sold Out]

Class Sessions

In-Person Attendees: Please choose one Continuing Session and one Elective per time slot. These choices are not binding; we use this information to assign classrooms. You may change your selection at any time, including on site.

Online Attendees: Please skip this section, as these choices are only used to assess live attendance and assign classrooms. You may, however, use this for planning your conference.

Both in-person and online attendees have access to replays of all sessions through Dec. 31, 2022. All schedules are subject to change.

Continuing Sessions: Friday, 10:15 a.m. and 2:45 p.m; Saturday, 10:45 a.m.

  • Maurice Broaddus: Dreaming of New Worlds

    Maurice Broaddus: Dreaming of New Worlds

    How do authors make fictional worlds feel real? Afrofuturist, teacher, and librarian Maurice Broaddus will discuss how to build a believable world for your characters to live in. Setting is an important part of any story. In Round One, you will discuss Afrofuturism and community work as an introduction to worldbuilding. And you will begin to build your own world.


  • Donald Maass: The Emotional Craft of Fiction

    Donald Maass: The Emotional Craft of Fiction

    The emotional effect of fiction on readers is a craft. Based on psychological research and study of what makes novels emotionally gripping, this intensive workshop takes participants beyond showing or telling to create an emotional journey for readers—one unseen but nevertheless deeply felt and ultimately unforgettable. This is a hands-on workshop for advanced fiction writers. Participants should bring a WIP and writing materials.


  • Steve Laube: From Idea to Print—The Entire Publishing Process

    Steve Laube: From Idea to Print—The Entire Publishing Process

    This multi-session presentation will walk you through the entire publishing process. From pitching to pub boards to contracts to editorial issues to production to sales/marketing to print. Everything you need to know!


Elective Session 1: Friday, 1:30 p.m.

  • CJ Redwine: Escaping the To Do List (aka Avoiding Burnout)

    CJ Redwine: Escaping the To Do List (aka Avoiding Burnout)

    This isn't the usual time management class. Learn how to escape the grinding cycle of working harder and faster, giving up sleep and family time but still falling behind. Learn to recognize the signs of burnout, reverse the damage, and develop resilience to stress. You'll gain perspective, change your mindset, develop transformative action steps, and be filled with hope.


  • Clint Redwine: Media Training 101 – How to effectively promote yourself and your book

    Clint Redwine: Media Training 101 – How to effectively promote yourself and your book

    Learn how to write a professional pitch letter, what you need to do to get noticed, and how to build an all-star support team. You’ll also learn what common mistakes to avoid so your pitch rises to the top of the inbox. You will leave this course with the skill set to promote yourself and your book through TV, radio, and online media outlets.


  • Carla Hoch: Picking a Fight with Your Character

    Carla Hoch: Picking a Fight with Your Character

    Learn how to choose the best fighting style for your character.


  • Steve Smith: Audiobook Primer for Authors

    Steve Smith: Audiobook Primer for Authors

    Steve Smith, President of Oasis Family Media and publisher at Oasis Audio, will introduce authors to the audiobook industry, with valuable resources on recording and distributing audio independently as well as tips on finding a seasoned audiobook publisher.


Elective Session 2: Saturday, 9:30 a.m.

  • CJ Redwine: Escaping the To-Do List Part 2

    CJ Redwine: Escaping the To-Do List Part 2

    Learn to recognize the signs of burnout, reverse the damage, and develop resilience to stress. You'll gain perspective, change your mindset, develop transformative action steps, and be filled with hope.


  • Jill Williamson: How to Make the Most of Goodreads as an Author

    Jill Williamson: How to Make the Most of Goodreads as an Author

    Discuss the pros and cons of the Goodreads platform and learn how to join the Goodreads Author Program, how to consistently get your book to show up in the feeds of your friends, and how to use Goodreads to support cover reveals and book releases. We’ll also discuss whether or not Goodreads Giveaways are worth the investment.


  • Tosca Lee: Keep ’em Reading Past Midnight

    Tosca Lee: Keep ’em Reading Past Midnight

    In this pens-out workshop we’ll dig deep as Tosca shares her top ten tried-and-true methods to give your readers exactly what they want: a book they can’t put down.


  • Suzanne Kuhn: 6 Secrets to Creating Buzz without Social Media

    Suzanne Kuhn: 6 Secrets to Creating Buzz without Social Media

    In our technologically driven world, we’re losing the art of deep engagement and wide influence through proven outlets. Learn the six creative secrets to creating a buzz around your message without using social media—not all platforms should look the same.


Elective Session 3: Saturday, 1:45 p.m.

  • Panel: Habits and Hacks of Published Authors

    Panel: Habits and Hacks of Published Authors

    Discussion about How Books Get Written by Humans with Lives


  • Clint Redwine: Adobe Photoshop Basics

    Clint Redwine: Adobe Photoshop Basics

    This class is a beginners guide to working in Adobe Photoshop. Learn to create powerful images with your book cover for promotion on social media and elsewhere.


  • Tosca Lee:  The Art of Audacity

    Tosca Lee: The Art of Audacity

    Overcoming fear and perfectionism.


  • Alice Fugate: Agenting 101—Fairy Godmother or Wicked Stepmother

    Alice Fugate: Agenting 101—Fairy Godmother or Wicked Stepmother

    Literary Agent Alice Fugate gives an overview about what literary agents do, focusing on how to find an agent. Learn how to craft a query letter that sings and where to look to find your perfect match. Includes Q&A time.


Elective Session 4: Saturday, 3 p.m.

  • Panel: Writing Outside Your Own Culture and Color

    Panel: Writing Outside Your Own Culture and Color


  • Jill Williamson: Creating a Timeline (or Several) for Your Novel

    Jill Williamson: Creating a Timeline (or Several) for Your Novel

    A timeline is an important tool to keep track of what’s going on in your story. Learn about the different kinds of timelines you can create, how to start one, what to add, and what to leave out. We'll also talk about how to use a timeline for multiple points of view, how timelines can help you see plot holes in your story, how they can help you find places to add twists, and how they can help you build a history for your world.


  • Carla Hoch: FightWrite—Practical to Tactical

    Carla Hoch: FightWrite—Practical to Tactical

    Learn the basics of fighting through live demonstration.


  • Lisa Mangum: Everybody Dies! Killing Your Heroes, Your Villains, and Your Darlings

    Lisa Mangum: Everybody Dies! Killing Your Heroes, Your Villains, and Your Darlings

    Death can happen nearly anywhere in your plot, but some places are better suited to drop a body: the inciting incident, the “death of the mentor,” the climactic finale. Death can be a powerful motivator (no fridging!) and can provide a strong emotional payoff (earn that emotion!). Learn ways to effectively incorporate death into your story, the benefits of killing different kinds of characters, and how to set up a character to be a martyr or a murderer.


Add-On Sessions

  • Pre-Conference Workshop: Thursday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

    Pre-Conference Workshop: Thursday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

    Quantum Level Branding & Marketing with James L. Rubart

    Do you understand branding and what your personal brand is? How about the theme of your life? The right branding can make you and the wrong branding can break you. In this course, Christy Hall of Fame author and marketing expert James L. Rubart will teach you how to discover your brand and use it to stand out to editors, agents, and readers, as well as how to apply it to your website and every other aspect of your marketing and career.

    Price $75.00

  • Post-Conference Workshop: Sunday, 9:00 a.m.–11:20 am

    Post-Conference Workshop: Sunday, 9:00 a.m.–11:20 am

    Beyond Arc: A Journey is More Than Change with Donald Maass

    "Arc" describes the way in which a protagonist will personally change over the course of a novel. However, arc is only one dimension of a larger landscape of changes, both for the protagonist and the greater world of the story. Agent Donald Maass will teach how to discover and use the greater scope and meaning of your story in this hands-on workshop.

    Price $50.00

Appointments

Appointment scheduling will take place after May 15, 2022. We will contact you via the email address on this registration, so be sure it is an address you check often. Appointments are scheduled based on availability in order of registration date. Realm Makers cannot guarantee that attendees who register late will be able to make pitch appointments, as these appointments are our most popular and fill up quickly.

Opportunities to Help

Except for Online Appointments helpers, all volunteer positions require in-person attendance.

Meals

Optional catered meals with faculty will not be offered this year. Instead, attendees can enjoy the hotel's dining options. You will find complete dining options at https://www.caesars.com/harrahs-ac/restaurants

Free continental breakfast will be provided Friday and Saturday mornings in the exhibit hall. Come down early to peruse the exhibitors!

A hospitality suite will be available to all attendees with beverages, snacks, and light fare in the morning, afternoon, and after hours.

Realm Makers Merch

In-Person attendees: Order your sweet conference merch below and pick your items up at the conference!

Products

  • Ladies' T-Shirt

    Ladies' T-Shirt

    A 100% cotton like a shirt that's an old friend, with a little extra length and a curved cut specifically for ladies.


  • Unisex T-Shirt

    Unisex T-Shirt

    A 100% cotton like a shirt that's an old friend, but it also has a little extra length tacked on for a more fashion-forward look.


  • Tall T-Shirt

    Tall T-Shirt

    A 100% cotton like a shirt that's an old friend, but longer for you large wingspan folks.


  • Realm Makers Travel Mug

    Realm Makers Travel Mug

    Stainless Steel exterior, black ceramic interior
    18 oz., 7" Tall

    $19.99 ea. [Sold Out]


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