IDEAS WITH HEART™
All Talks take place in Maxwell’s on the ground floor of the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel.
THE STRUGGLE IS REAL: HOW I OVERCAME CHRONIC DEPRESSION IN 7 DAYS
Thursday June 23, 2016 10:30am
USA Today best-selling author, Chelsea Fine, went from riding high on book sales, to chronic depression brought on by the success that came fast, the deadlines that came even faster, and the slow death of her creativity.
In her UTOPiA Idea Xchange talk, you’ll hear how years of doing anything and everything to get help and get better didn’t work…until she did this…
In only 7 days, Chelsea was able to transform her brain, her heart, and her art. You’ll hear her story.
TEDxYouth Speaker Chelsea Fine is a women’s activist, and the author of the bestselling NA romance Finding Fate series, as well as the author of the YA Archers of Avalon series.
IMPOSTER SYNDROME: CONQUER THE FEAR BY SPEAKING OUT AND REACHING OUT
Thursday June 23, 2016 11:30am
Imposter Syndrome is the name given to the feeling that one is a fraud–the internal feeling that success is not deserved or is the result of luck, and if others realized how XX (incompetent, foolish, untalented, etc.) she is, they would realize she doesn’t deserve whatever success is achieved. It is particularly common among women. However, from personal experience, I know that it can be overcome. This talk will show others the biggest tool to conquer this debilitating mindset, and where to find it.
Kate Corcino is a reformed shy girl, a people-pleasing good girl gone bad who has found her voice (and uses it…a lot). She believes in the transformative power of screwing up and second chances. Cheers to both!
She is currently gearing up for publication of Spark Rising, the first in the Progenitor Saga, a post-apocalyptic/dystopian romantic series featuring dark protagonists with no guarantee of a happily-ever-after for either of them. She’s also working on Spirit Twin, the first book in the New Adult urban fantasy series Ascendant Spirits, about the magic created by friendship and self-acceptance.
FROM THE WRITING CAVE TO THE SPOTLIGHT: THE REALITY OF WRITERS IN HOLLYWOOD
Thursday June 23, 2016 12:30pm
There are reality TV shows about everything under the sun: fashionistas, athletes, fixer-uppers, housewives, duck hunters, even Donald Trump, but not one about writers. Why?
THE AUDACITY OF SELF-LOVE
Friday, June 24, 2016 10:30am
EXERCISING YOUR DEMONS
Friday, June 24, 2016 11:30am
I went from writing about vampires and demons to wrestling with my own. But I was able to go from feeling lost and defeated to living my best life in less than a year — raising a son who is the light of my life, and helping others conquer years of struggle to feel more confident and healthy. In my talk, I’ll share how you can banish demons in your own life, and how to attract and harness positive people and epic results within days not years.
Angeline Kace is a lifestyle coach and a fitness rep for Beachbody. Author of the paranormal YA Vampire Born Trilogy and the NA romance Wicked Thing.
SCREW THE SELF-PUBLISHING STIGMA: YES, YOU ARE GOOD ENOUGH!
Friday, June 24, 2016 12:30pm
If you’re indie, you know the looks. The ones where people get super excited to hear you’re a writer, then when they ask who published you, and you say, “I’m self-published,” you get “the look.” You know the one. “Oh,” they say, their shoulders deflating with disappointment. “I thought you were like, famous or something.” You don’t need to be a traditionally published author to understand what goes into your books. There are editors to check spelling and grammar, brilliant cover designers to catch readers’ attention, and marketing teams so that you’re going it alone and completely overwhelmed.
So how does an indie author celebrate the fact that you’re taking charge of your life by going after your dreams? That there are just as many indies out there who will and do succeed? This talk focuses on how to define, measure and manage not only your own success, but your confidence as well.
Liz Long is a proud graduate of Longwood University with a BA in English. Her fabulous day job as a Social Media & PR Strategist includes writing for a magazine publisher in Roanoke, VA. She is also the editor of a wedding magazine, runs her own social media business, Blue Fire Consulting, and is the PR Coordinator for UTOPiAcon. Liz has self-published six books, including the Donovan Circus Series. To learn more about Liz (including more information on her books, plus writing, marketing, and social media tips), visit her website: http://lizclong.com.