want to be a writer? bto 2020 can help

If  you’ve always wanted to write, or if you’re already a writer, the Bay To Ocean Writers Conference will help you develop and improve your skills, no matter your genre.

bto2020 logoRegistration has opened for the next BTO conference, on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, MD.   Sponsored by the Eastern Shore Writers Association (of which, I’m the current president), and voted in 2019 as the best writing conference in Maryland by readers of Writer Magazine, BTO has 25 workshops packed into a single day.  You’ll be able to choose speakers and topics that suit your needs, whether they be in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, marketing, or publishing.

One of the exciting things about BTO this year is that we have an entire track–5 one-hour sessions–dedicated to new writers.

I’m lucky enough to present one of those seminars, on my 5 rules and 10 “do’s and don’t’s,” which I’ve previously discussed with high school kids.  I’m really looking forward to sharing this knowledge with a bunch of new writers, so that I can help make their work the best it can be.

(BTW, our keynote speaker this year is Eastern Shore historian and novelist Brent Lewis, a fantastic storyteller and a good friend of mine.  I’ve done some readings and speaking engagements with Brent, and he always knocks it out of the park)

Click this link now to reserve your spot, because BTO always sells out.  Don’t miss it!

During my presentation, I’ll be referencing parts of my latest novel, This Wasted Land.  If you haven’t read it, you can find it for Kindle and softcover on Amazon.


If you have read it, you probably know that the chapters are named after various hard rock songs from the ’70’s, ’80’s, and ’90’s.  You can find out the story behind each of those by checking out the TWL Playlist.


Kenton Kilgore writes killer SF/F for young adults and adults who are still young.  In his latest novel, This Wasted Land, high-school senior Alyx Williams learns that witches are real when one attacks her and her boyfriend Sam, dragging him off to a nightmare world where Alyx must go to get him back.  

Kenton is the author of Lost Dogs, the story of the end of the world as seen, heard–and smelled–by a dog.  He also wrote Dragontamer’s Daughters, like Little House on the Prairie…with dragons!  With Patrick Eibel, he created Our Wild Place, a children’s book about the joy to be found in exploring Nature.  Kenton also published Hand-Selling Books to help authors better their sales.   

Follow Kenton on Facebook for frequent posts on sci-fi, fantasy, and other speculative fiction.  You can also catch him on Instagram.

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