for WriteHive 2020!

The following list of events is currently scheduled for WriteHive 2020!

Please keep in mind that these events are subject to change.



Agents Panel

April 18th 

1pm EST
10am PST

Listen to a panel of professional agents from real literary agencies as they discuss all things AGENTS! Learn how to find an agent, how to work with agents, and  how to maintain a healthy working relationship with your agent. Discover what agents do and how they do it directly from the pros! Hosted by Laurie McLean, founding partner of Fuse Literary and Director of the San Francisco Writing Conference!

Book Discoverability


How do you stand out in today's market? What can you do to pull in the kind of readers that will love your book? You're lucky to have discovered this panel, because we're going to break down the things you can do to raise the visibility of your work!

Book Reviewing (from a Reviewer's Perspective)


This panel-chat by book reviewers will give you an inside look at what book reviewing is like, how it works, and how authors/writers can best work with book reviewers.

Fan-Fic Forever!


A lot of writers get their start writing fan-fiction, and yet the practice is still overlooked by the mainstream. This panel gives fan-fic the respect it rightfully deserves.

Fantasy as Social Commentary


Since its earliest days, genre fiction has been a means to talk about our world... by talking about another world. Fantasy, of course, has its roots in reality. Check out this awesome panel, featuring renowned fantasy author Andy Peloquin (author of The Silent Champions and Hero of Darkness series, among others), talking about how we can use fantasy to speak on big issues facing our real world.

Finding Yourself Through Writing


Writing can reveal a lot about who we are. What we like and what we don't. What our subconscious is concerned about. What traumas we might still be processing through. Check out this panel to see how we can use writing to learn more about ourselves and, maybe, find a little comfort as well.

Heroic Villains and Villainous Heroes


The times are changing! These days, readers and viewers are interested in seeing more than just the typical "good guy/bad guy" dynamic. Morally gray characters, antiheroes, and team-switching are becoming more popular in fiction. Check out this panel, featuring fantasy author Andy Peloquin and others, to learn about this characters, how to write them, and why they matter.

The Importance of Diversity in Art

April 19th

5:30pm EST

2:30pm PST

This right here is what WriteHive is all about! Experiencing diverse voices is key to building a more inclusive, fair, and fundamentally better world. Check out this panel, featuring a cast of people from all sorts of diverse backgrounds, as they discuss the importance of diversity in art overall and how it affects our societies and our world.

Getting NSFW


NSFW = Not Safe for Work! Not all stories can be told in public. Sometimes, writing involves some explicit content. Sexual themes, illicit drug use, and excessive violence are just some of the things that can make your work NSFW. But just being NSFW doesn't make your story less legitimate. In fact, it might make it more fun! Check out this panel to learn how to write quality NSFW material!



Whether you believe in them or not, ghostwriters exist. In fact, a lot of them use ghostwriting as an excellent way to pay the bills, practice their skills, and learn the industry. So if you've ever been curious about ghostwriting and what goes into it, check out this panel! Maybe we can make you a believer!

It's Science! (In Science-Fiction)


One of the hardest things about writing science fiction is, well... the science! Check out this amazing panel from real scientists as they discuss how to write convincing science in fiction.

Judging a Book by Its Cover


Everyone says you shouldn't, but the truth is: readers judge books by their covers. Cover design is a huge business and it pays to know about it. Check out this panel for insider tips on what makes a good cover, how to find the right artist/designer/illustrator, and how not to break the bank doing so.

LBGTQ+ Representation in Fiction


Representation can be tricky. There are a lot of facets to representing marginalized or underrepresented groups in our works of fiction. How do we navigate this terrain to ensure that what we're doing is adding value to the overall discussion instead of causing harm? Learn more from writers and members of the LGBTQ+ community on this panel!

Listening to Your Characters


Writing great, memorable characters means that... well, sometimes they want to run the show. Very often, that can be a good thing! Tune in to this panel to get tips on how to listen to your characters and help them tell their story. 

Making the Most of Critique Groups


Critique groups are an absolutely invaluable resource for authors and writers looking to enhance their skill. But navigating them can be tricky. Check out this panel for a discussion on how to get the most out of your critique group, including etiquette tips.

Mental Health and Writing

April 18th

9:30pm EST

6:30pm PST

Writing can be a really emotional experience. I can be draining, uplifting, used as therapy... it might even be harmful. Navigating the emotional impact writing has can be difficult when you're so close to your work. Check out this panel to learn techniques for recognizing and managing that impact in yourself.

MG vs YA: What's the Difference?


Middle Grade, New Adult, Young Adult, Teenage Fiction... there are a lot of genres marketing to people in the tween-to-teenage range. Some of those terms overlap, some have distinctions all their own, and some might be downright offensive! Check out this panel to learn how to distinguish these genres from one another, which will help you market (and write!) more effectively!


April 18th

6am EST

3am PST

Motivation is key if you want to be a successful writer. No matter what your skillset or experience level, you need drive to reach your goals. But we writers can be pretty wishy-washy with working, and sometimes we might rely on the muse a little too much. Check out this panel to learn from big voices how to keep up your motivation so you can keep pumping out that work!

Plotters vs. Pantsers


Somebody ring the bell! In this panel discussion, writers from across the plotting/pantsing spectrum will discuss their writing process. This is a great panel for writers looking to learn more about their own process!

Romance, HEA, and Reader Expectations


Romance is--and always has been--the biggest market in the literary community. And for a lot of good reasons! But for an old genre, romance sure has pushed the envelope over the years! Check out this panel to learn about setting and managing reader expectations to ensure the right readership is loving your book.

Screenwriting Secrets


All our favorite movies have one thing in common: they had great screenwriters. Writing for the screen is an art in and of itself, and this panel is a chance to learn not only more about it, but how to be a great screenwriter. Fade in.

Self-Publishing Tips & Tricks


These days, publishing a book is simple. Doing it right? Well, that's a whole different story. (Pun intended.) Check out this panel to grab tips from self-published authors on how to find success in self-publishing.



Worldbuilding is everyone's favorite thing, but it's not everyone's best skill. Check out this panel from some amazing worldbuilders on tips, tricks, and techniques they use to make their worlds come to life!

Writing Mechanics 101

April 18th

6pm EST

3pm PST

Sometimes you've got to drill down on the basics. We can take the fundamentals for granted, but practicing them is crucial if we want to keep improving! This panel is for those with lots of experience and those just getting started. Learn from the best on how to really nail those foundational writing mechanics.

YA Fantasy: Magic & Wonder


The Young Adult market is HUGE, and it's growing by the day. YA Fantasy has taken off as one of the breakout genres of our time. When working with such a voracious and imaginative readership, how do authors in this genre keep things interesting? Fly into his panel and explore the wisdom found in it!



Agent Secrets


Cue the secret agent theme music! Check out this amazing presentation by Laurie McLean, founding partner of Fuse Literary and Director of San Francisco Writing Conference! Laurie is going to give you some of the juiciest secrets about agents (and maybe the double lives they live). You don't want to miss this one!

Art of Querying


Querying agents, editors, and publishers can be a daunting process. Especially when it seems like there's no one way to do it right! Check out this presentation on how to nail your queries so you're getting the most out of your time and energy!

Author Interview: Taylor Vogt


Join author, #amwriting superhero, and host of Taylor Vogt for an exclusive interview! Taylor is hilarious and this is guaranteed to be an absolute blast!

Bite-Size Your Novel


Writing a novel can be a major undertaking! But don't worry! Award-winning author and amazing writing teacher Stephanie King is here to help you out! Check out this presentation to learn from Stephanie how to break your novel into more manageable chunks, thereby improving both the speed and quality of your writing!



Bookblogger Kriti Khare, owner of, wants to teach you about bookblogging! Kriti will show you the insides and outs of this industry, which perhaps doesn't get nearly enough credit as it should. This presentation will be useful for people interested in being bookbloggers AND authors who might stand to learn a little more about this underappreciated arm of the writing world.

CraftQuest Presents: Querying


The lovely people over at CraftQuest want to teach you about querying! And when the lesson is coming from professionals like this... why would you pass it up? Check out this presentation to really step up your querying game and, hopefully, find more success in an area that can be so frustrating for writers.

Creative Writing Energy


The folks at Creative Writing Energy are masters of unlocking the higher creative mind and tapping into a space of useful, powerful, creative energy. During this presentation, they share techniques to help you do just that so you can finally break out of that rut you've been, overcome those difficult writing problems, or just write a little more. Check it out!

Mania Podcast, LIVE


What a special (and spooky) treat! Harlequin Grim will be doing a special, live episode of their amazing Mania Podcast during WriteHive! If you like history, horror, and podcasts, you absolutely will not want to miss this. Check out Grim's website to learn more about the podcast!

Nuclear Holocaust! Doing It Right


We all love a good post-apocalypse story! Modern stories in this genre are using nuclear tragedies as a jumping-off point. But are we writing these scenarios correctly? Join our resident HAZMAT expert as she talks nuclear winter, the science of radiation, and much more!

Planning Your Novel


Not everyone likes to plan. But planning can be really useful! Check out this amazing presentation from one of our resident writing teachers to learn how you can take that GIANT novel and break it down into manageable, easier pieces! This is a great one for learning  how to be more productive!

The Art of Querying


Querying can be one of the biggest hurdles to success in the traditional publishing world. A lot of people struggle with it. Good news, though: YA fantasy author and 2019 Pitch Wars Mentor Ayana Gray is here to help you out! Settle in for this informative presentation on querying and how to make the most of your queries! This one is sure to help you succeed!

Which POV Should I Use?


Point-of-view can be a pretty tricky thing. It can be difficult to decide which one we use to tell our stories. Luckily, we've got a presentation on determining what, how, and why to use certain POVs for your story! Check this one out to learn how to tell your story the best way you can!



Building a Writing Business Plan


Being an author -- indie, self-published, traditionally published, or otherwise -- is half a creative endeavor and half a business. Work directly with science fiction author and blogger Holly Ash to create a business plan that will help you reach the highest levels of success... whatever that might mean for you! You don't want to miss this!

Editing Workshop


Woah, woah! Before you snap that red pen in half and get ink all over your precious manuscript, you should check out this workshop! Editing might be hard, but writer and blogger Ariana Townsend wants to give you some tips and tools to make you a better editor! You'll come out wiser for it, and your favorite red pen might just remain intact!

Perfect Pitch Workshop


Pitches can be really hard to get right, but a great pitch can make the difference between selling your novel and not. Join this workshop to hammer out the kinks in your pitch (or design one if you don't have a pitch yet!). By the time you're done with this workshop, you'll be pitch-perfect.

Serials: Building an Online Audience One Chapter at a Time


There's more than one way to release stories. It doesn't have to be all at once! In fact, a lot of authors are finding success building their audiences by releasing one chapter at a time! Check out this workshop to learn from some of those successful authors and get some tips on how to do this yourself!

Showing vs. Telling  with Body Language!


"Show don't tell!" is one of the oldest writing maxims in The Book. That advice can take on a lot of different meanings. In this workshop, see how body language can play a major factor in conveying information without the need for lots of words!

Query Letters Workshop


This workshop is designed to help you perfect your query letters. Writers don't usually like to write these, but getting them right is essential if you want to find a traditional deal. So, jump into this workshop and make your query everything you wanted it to be! (You can thank us when you're signing that contract!)

Writing Combat Workshop


Combat! It's crucial to a good action story. And if you get it wrong, you might lose readers. Don't worry. We brought in an expert. Jump into this workshop, featuring author of The Lightning Rod and military veteran C.S. Ratliff, as he helps you write combat scenes that jump right off the page and punch you in the face.



#HivePitch: Twitter Pitch Contest


We've got lots of agents participating in and attending this con. Not only will some of them be dishing out their wisdom throughout the event, but some of them know to look out for the #HivePitch. If you've got a COMPLETED manuscript, post a pitch about it in one Tweet and add #HivePitch. You might just find the agent you've been dreaming of!

Cosplay Contest


Dress up as your favorite fictional character and join in the Cosplay Contest! Post your best pics on Twitter or Instagram and make sure to use the hashtag #WriteHiveCosplay!

Open Mic Night: Poetry Reading


Have some poetry you're interested in reading? Hop into this Open Mic Night, share your best work, and listen to other amazingly talented poets! Any style is welcome! Please make sure you've got a microphone!

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