Daily Schedule

The educational portion of the Summit will run from 9-5 Friday and Saturday (Feb 23-24). There will be a single track of programming, with 2 “everybody” sessions each morning followed by a small group breakout session. After lunch (catered in the Jupiter’s Atrium Ballroom), we’ll come back together for 3 more sessions.

Of course, the mixers and networking events are the real heart of what we’re doing here — so please plan to attend those as well! Also, depending on interest and who’s in town, we plan to organize field trips for people who want to explore Portland’s bookstores, breweries, and other landmarks. Stay tuned….

Day 1 (Thursday)

Welcome, orientation, and networking. Pick up your welcome packet, meet your fellow attendees, and join us for a happy hour mixer in the Jupiter’s Flex Lounge.

Day 2 (Friday)

  • 7-9am – catered breakfast in the Atrium Ballroom and packet pickup
  • 9-12:30pm – morning programming and breakout session
  • 12:30-2pm – catered lunch and networking
  • 2-5pm afternoon programming
  • Evening: genre meetups and other networking opportunities.

Day 3 (Saturday)

  • 7-9am – catered breakfast in the Atrium Ballroom
  • 9-12:30pm – morning programming and breakout session
  • 12:30-2pm – catered lunch and networking
  • 2-5pm afternoon programming
  • Evening: karaoke party!

Day 4 (Sunday; optional)

Wrap-up and goodbyes; optional Portland field trips! Visit Powell’s City of Books, the Peculiarium, and other Portland literary landmarks.


What will we be learning during the morning and afternoon sessions? Three of those slots will be taken by our keynote speakers: Susan DeFreitas, Charlie Gilkey, and Claire Taylor. The other seven sessions will be panels featuring our fabulous presenters!

(And, of course, if you want to go deeper on any one topic be sure to sign up for a breakout session with the panelist of your choice.)

Building Ongoing Reader Relationships

How can you transform casual readers into superfans? Learn how to connect with readers on a personal level, and build fulfilling ongoing relationships with readers.

Creating Community

Writing may be a solitary activity, but you don’t have to go it alone on your author journey. Learn the ways to build community: with your readers, with your fellow authors, and with your team.

Connecting with Readers Everywhere

We’ll talk about how to reach the different places your readers are hanging out (including direct sales, in-person events, etc), as well as how to reach readers who have accessibility concerns, who are in different countries, etc.

Revenue Beyond Books: Kickstarter, Patreon, Courses, and more

Having multiple revenue streams is the lifeblood of any sustainable author career. Learn how to reach your audience through alternative revenue sources like Kickstarter, Patreon, Ream, Substack, Teachable, speaking engagements, and more.

Befriending the Robots

AI is here to stay. As authors, how can we ethically and responsibly use it to free up our time and creativity to do what we love: write amazing books?

Get the Word Out!

How can you help your book stand out from the noise, so it finds readers who will love it? We’ll talk publicity, marketing, social media, newsletters, and other strategies for both introverts and extroverts.

Branding and Author Persona

Many readers are interested as much in the author as they are in the words. How can you present an authentic, sustainable author persona that supports you and draws in readers?


Questions? Email info [at] authoralchemysummit.com or schedule a time to chat.