MONDAY, OCTOBER 20TH
Austin Community College Eastview Campus
Literary Arts Presentation: Traditional Publishing and Independent/ Self Publishing: How Do You Know Which Path Is Best For You? Featuring Scott Hoffman and Deanna Roy.
Scott Hoffman is one of the founding partners of Folio Literary Management LLC, a New York City-basedliterary management company that has sold hundreds of titles to major publishers in the United States and around the world since 2006. Mr. Hoffman personally represents #1 New York Times bestselling author of THE CHARGE and THE MILLIONAIRE MESSENGER Brendon Burchard; New York Times bestselling authors of THE PASSION TEST Chris and Janet Bray Attwood; Philip K. Dick award-winning novelist Chris Moriarty; award winning journalist Greg Farrell, author of CRASH OF THE TITANS; and many others.
Scott has served as Vice-chairman of the Board of Directors of SEARAC (the only nationwide advocacy agency for Southeast Asian-Americans), a Board Member of Fill Their Shelves, Inc. (a charitable foundation that provides books to children in sub-Saharan Africa) and a member of the Metropolitan Opera’s Young Associates Steering Committee. Mr. Hoffman holds a BA from the College of William and Mary, and an MBA in finance from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business.
Deanna Roy is the owner of Casey Shay Press and the author of 28 titles under five pen names. After selling modestly for several years, Deanna decided in late 2013 to focus solely on her writing career. Since then, she has hit the USA Today bestseller list three times under two pen names, and has sold 150,000 copies of her books and serials.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21ST
Austin Community College Eastview Campus
Room 8111 (Please note room change!)
Film Panel moderated by Dr. Nancy Schiesari, Professor, Department of Radio Television Film, The University of Texas at Austin, featuring PBS documentary producer Karen Bernstein, Austin-based documentary filmmakers Hector Galan and Monique Walton, Alan Berg, head of Arts and Labor in Austin, and Cannes Film Festival first place winner Annie Silverstein (SKUNK).
Emmy and Grammy award-winning Karen Bernstein has spent over 25 years producing, researching and editing with some of the most prestigious producer/ directors in the documentary field, including Susan Lacy (PBS American Masters), Charlotte Zwerin (PBS American Masters), Helen Whitney (PBS American Masters and Frontline), Henry Hampton (Blackside, Inc.), Ellen Spiro and Phil Donahue (Body of War).
She has recently produced both the television and theatric versions of Fixing The Future: NOW on PBS with David Brancaccio as host (Jumpstart Productions). Troop 1500 toured film festivals and other venues throughout the country and received an audience award at SXSW in Texas, and a Gracie Award in 2007. PBS’ Independent Lens broadcast the documentary in March of 2006. Body of War won the award for Best Documentary from the National Board of Review in 2007 and was “short-listed” for an Academy Award. For her complete bio and current projects go to http://www.bernsteindocumentary.com/.
As one of the most prolific and impassioned independent filmmakers working today, Hector Galan, a Tejano from San Angelo, Texas, has contributed over forty hours of programming to the national PBS television schedule including eleven episodes for the provocative series, Frontline, two programs for the PBS series The American Experience, and the landmark four-part PBS series, Chicano! History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement.
His work has garnered numerous awards and recognitions including two Imagen awards, the Cine Golden Eagle Award, the Telly Award, SXSW Best Documentary, the Golden Apple, and the Blue Ribbon Award as well as numerous festival awards. The critically-acclaimed Galan has won these numerous national and international awards and recognitions for exploring such diverse topics as migrant farm workers, (New Harvest, Old Shame, 1990)the dynamics of race relations in the military, (The Color of Your Skin, 1991) college athletics, (Chasing the Basketball Dream, 1984) and issues surrounding foster care, (Who Cares About Children?, 1992) for the Frontline Series. For his complete bio click here.
An award-winning documentary filmmaker and native Texan, Alan Berg co-founded Arts+Labor in 2004. His films have screened at Cannes, SXSW, and The Los Angeles Film Festival, and he’s had two documentaries nationally distributed by PBS. He has won more than twenty state and national awards for his reporting and worked on the PBS Best Practices in Journalism project. Alan has also taught reporting and long-form narrative storytelling at the University of Texas.
Annie Silverstein is an award winning filmmaker and media educator based in Austin, Texas. Her films have screened at international festivals including Cannes, SXSW, Silverdocs and on PBS Independent Lens. Her latest film, SKUNK, won first prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival–Cinéfondation.
Monique Walton is an Austin-based filmmaker hailing from Long Island, NY. Monique produced content at Nickelodeon for four years before pursuing an MFA at the University of Texas-Austin. She has produced and directed short narratives and documentaries that have screened at international festivals and educational conferences across the country. Monique has received support from the Texas Filmmaker Production Fund and the Dina Sherzer Documentary Fund.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22ND
Austin Community College Eastview Campus
Literary Arts Panel: Making a Living as a Writer Outside of Books: Freelancing, Editing, Blogging, and More. Featuring Chris Davis, Blythe E. Jewell, Stephanie Land and Kristin Shaw.
Chris Davis is a founding partner at the Swizzle Collective, a full-service advertising and marketing firm located in Austin, Texas. But it wasn’t always this way, of course. In the late 1980’s, for instance, Chris was teenaged military brat living in Germany. Then in the 90’s, he was a college student studying advertising at the University of Texas. Then, from the mid 90’s to the mid 2000’s, he was an adverting professional doing whatever he could to scrape together a career on the mean streets of Madison Avenue, learning his craft from such legendary copywriters as Jerry Della Femina, Mal MacDougall and Diane Rothschild (all of whom are members of the Advertising Hall of Fame, which is a thing apparently).
Through it all, Chris has always tried to maintain a sense of curiosity, a fascination with people, and an endless pursuit of new ideas. And when you combine these things together with some brands that will let you, a career in advertising can be had. Which is good for Chris, because advertising is how he keeps the lights on at home and in the office.
Swizzle is now in it’s 6th year, and boasts a variety of brands under management, both local and national, including Threadgill’s, Velocity Credit Union, Waterloo Capital Management, and a natural supplement called Withdrawal Ease. He lives with his wife Stefani Zellmer (a cofounder of Swizzle, who now runs an agency called Zellmer McConnell), his kids Rocky and Zuzu, and his dog named Henry.
Blythe E. Jewell has nearly 15 years of experience crafting words to sell, cajole, persuade, rant, rave, question, inform, and entertain. In her professional life she’s written countless blog posts, columns, reviews, and articles; designed and written corporate newsletters, e-blasts, and web pages; edited full-length and short story manuscripts; generated training materials, technical manuals, and online help; and created/published marketing collateral of all shapes and sizes. Her work has been featured on popular web sites like iVillage, BlogHer, and Funny Not Slutty, local sites like Austin.com and CultureMap:Austin, and as part of the national Listen To Your Mother event. She continues to provide freelance creative services to clients both large and small. For more about her professional work, visit her web site at www.bejewell.me.
Her book of humorous, potty-mouthed poetry, Something Smells Like Pee (and Other Classy Observations), was published in February 2014 and can be found online at Amazon.com, or on the shelves of BookPeople and other local retailers.
She lives with her husband and son in her hometown of Austin, Texas, where she spends what little spare time she has complaining about how little spare time she has.
Over the course of her sixteen years in book publishing, Stephanie Land has collaborated with many renowned thought leaders and professionals, including an American Book Award winner, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and multiple psychologists, activists, marketers, entrepreneurs, and television personalities.
Prior to going freelance, she was an editor for the two largest publishing houses in the country. At Random House she worked with an array of nonfiction, self-help, and business authors, such as Jon Krakauer, Naomi Wolf, Spencer Johnson, Herb Boyd, J. Edward Russo and Paul Schoemaker, and Gary Klein. Later, she helped launch Penguin’s business imprint, Portfolio, editing bestselling authors such as marketing guru Seth Godin, personal finance expert Jean Chatzky, and New York Times journalist David Cay Johnston.
Since going freelance, she has edited or ghostwritten books about everything from whale songs to restaurateuring to marriage therapy. She ghostwrote all three of Gary Vaynerchuk’s bestsellers–Crush It!, The Thank You Economy, and Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook. She served as editorial consultant to Shark Tank star Lori Greiner for her book Invent It, Sell It, Bank It!, and collaborated with The Second City on its upcoming book Yes, And.
Kristin Shaw is a freelance writer, 2014 BlogHer Voice of the Year, and co-producer of the Listen to Your Mother show in Austin, where she is the mother of a mini Texan. She is a blogger at TwoCannoli.com, and a featured writer at The Huffington Post; her work has also appeared on the Erma Bombeck humor site and Brain, Child magazine. Shaw is a regular writer for Airport Improvement magazine, and is also the director of social media for the same publication. One of her essays is published in My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friendships, and will be published in Bannerwing Books Precipice this fall. Her children’s book is scheduled for publication later this year along with Kelly and Rick Dale, the stars of the History Channel’s American Restoration.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23RD
Austin Community College Eastview Campus
Entrepreneurship featuring Darden Smith, Founder and Creative Director of SongwritingWith:Soldiers.
Darden Smith is a singer-songwriter, educator, and the founder of the SongwritingWith program. His 28-year career has led to fourteen critically acclaimed albums. Among his diverse projects, he has composed a symphony, scored three full-evening dance theater productions, produced a documentary for BBC2 Radio, led creativity workshops for schools and corporate clients. He was the Artist-in-Residence at the Oklahoma State University’s Riata School of Entrepreneurship from 2011 – 2013. Smith is the founder and creative director of SongwritingWith:Soldiers, a project that pairs professional songwriters with wounded soldiers, to create songs based on the soldiers’ stories of combat and returning home.
Smith’s latest album is Love Calling, released July 30, 2013 on Compass Records.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24tH
Humanities Institute at The University of Texas at Austin
Student Activities Center – Legislative Assembly Room (SAC 2.302)
2201 Speedway, Austin, TX 78712
This event is open to the public.
VAP Panel on making the transition into creative arts featuring professional veteran artists Jenn Hassin and Jeff Moe, moderated by BR McDonald, Founder and President of the Veteran Artist Program.
Jenn Hassin was born in Texas in 1986 and currently resides in Austin, Texas. In 2005, Hassin joined the United States Air Force and spent the majority of her service as a Dental Technician stationed at RAF Lakenheath, just outside of Cambridge, England. Directly upon exiting her military service in 2009, she became a mother to her only son, Jackson. As a veteran, she attended St. Edward’s University on the GI Bill and graduated with a degree in Studio Art in 2012. She currently works out of her studio at Canopy, creating conceptual installations with every intention of making a difference through her art. http://jennhassin.com