Winter Wheat is only two weeks away! Interested in the field of publication? Check out these panels on publishing at this year’s writing festival!


“Market Yourself as a Writer,” with Nicole L. Reber

Marketing starts long before your book is published. It should start before your book is even written. Springboarding from the FUSE conference’s theme of literary citizenship, this workshop will talk about how helping other authors, getting free books, and the very act of writing are just some of the many free ways to market yourself. Starting early also helps build a better platform, which leads to quality agent contracts and publishing deals. We’ll set aside some time to generate ideas for marketing yourself, then more time for a Q&A.

Nichole L. Reber’s nonfiction, prose poetry, and lit crit have been in Entropy, Fanzine, World Literature Today,PANK, and elsewhere. She writes monthly on nonfiction, Asian lit, and world indigenous lit for the Ploughsharesblog. She won LunchTicket’s Diana Woods Memorial Award in Creative Nonfiction this year.

(this workshop will be held on Friday, November 4th from 3:00-4:15pm. If you’re interested in attending this workshop, select A6 when you register!)


“Beginning Copyright for Writers,” with Scott Piepho

This workshop will offer an overview of basic copyright law concepts that writers need to know. Participants will learn about negotiating contract terms to protect their continued access to their work. The session will also cover the basics of fair use—when a writer can use a snippet of someone else’s work. A writing prompt will consist of song lyrics that participants must work into a piece of writing while staying within fair use.

To offset his law degree, Scott Piepho is studying creative nonfiction in the NEOMFA program. His award-winning biweekly column “Cases and Controversies” appears in a number of Ohio legal newspapers. His work has also appeared in the Akron Beacon Journal, The Devil Strip, and Catalyst Ohio.

(this workshop will be held on Friday, November 4th from 4:30-5:45pm. If you’re interested in attending this workshop, select B7 when you register!)


“Bookbinding Basics,” with Suzanna Anderson

Presenter Suzanna Anderson will demonstrate basic bookbinding techniques and forms, including the X-Book, Snake Book, and a Basic Sewn Signature. The session will include a writing period to write in the new books. Attendees will make three books to take home and write in. Writing exercises will approach writing from a new angle using unconventionally sized paper.

Suzanna Anderson studied creative writing at BGSU. She participates in National Novel Writing Month every year. Currently, she is the editor-in-chief of The Magnolia Review and the review editor at The Odd Ducks. She blogs about her graphic novel progress at Ashes: The Graphic Novel.

(this workshop will be held on Saturday, November 5th from 11:00-12:15pm. If you’re interested in attending this workshop, select D1 when you register!)


“Book Design & Typesetting Techniques for Small Presses,” with Nikkita Cohoon

This workshop will provide an overview of a typical typesetting workflow for InDesign, with tips for file placement, document setup, creating paragraph and character styles, selecting typefaces, and other design considerations. Best practices will be discussed, with recommendations for creating a house style guide, as well as suggestions for streamlining workflow and preparing a book for print.

Nikkita Cohoon is a graphic designer specializing in book and document design as well as web branding for creatives. She has done typesetting and design for Black Ocean, Tinderbox Editions, and Futurepoem. She also collaborates with writers and artists to design websites to complement and provide a platform for their writing. She holds an MFA in creative writing from BGSU.

(this workshop will be held on Saturday, November 5th from 1:30-2:45pm. If you’re interested in attending this workshop, select E4 when you register!)