Plot Duckies Write. Learn. Play. Schedule

Albuquerque, NM

January 6 & 7, 2018



Day 1: Saturday, January 6, 2018 – Creativity

9:00 AM

Check In, Networking, and Coffee

9:00 – 9:30 AM Saturday

9:30 AM

Welcome and Introduction to Creativity

  • The research behind creativity
  • How we can relearn creativity
  • How to take the ideas with you

9:30 – 10:00 AM Saturday

10:00 AM

Let’s talk about your notebook

  • How to fill it up with ideas
  • Organizing it
  • What it means for writers

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Saturday

10:30 AM

Expand our Creativity Activity

  •  Head to our next destination on foot
  • Work on our observation and roaming creativity
  • Creativity activity
  • Writing in our notebooks

10:30 – 12:00 PM Saturday

12:00 PM


12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Saturday

1:00 PM

Challenge Ourselves as Writers

  • Head to our next destination on foot
  • Why challenge ourselves
  • How that looks creatively/Your assignment
  • Other ways to challenge ourselves

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Saturday

2:30 PM

Work on Your Assignment

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM Saturday

3:00 PM

The Problems You Face as a Writer

  • Head to our next destination on foot
  • Group Discussion – what problems we face and what we can do to fix them

3:00 PM – 3:45 PM Saturday

3:45 PM

How to Schedule Your Writing Goals

  • Goals list
  • Fitting it into your daily life
  • Work on your schedule

3:45 PM – 4:45 PM Saturday

4:45 PM


  • Head back to FatPipe ABQ
  • Wrap-up discussions
  • Head home!

4:45 PM – 5:00 PM Saturday

Day 2: Sunday, January 7, 2018 – Publishing

8:30 AM

Check In, Networking, and Coffee

8:30 – 9:00 AM Sunday

Presentation and Q&A with Maggie Hall

Maggie Hall is the author of the Conspiracy of Us trilogy from Penguin Random House, which includes The Conspiracy of Us, Map of Fatesand The Ends of the World. She indulges her obsession with distant lands and far-flung adventures as often as she can. She’s played with baby tigers in Thailand, learned to make homemade pasta in Italy, and taken trains through thousands of miles of India’s vibrant countryside. In her past life, she was a bookstore events coordinator and marketing manager, and when she’s not on the other side of the world, she lives with her husband and their cats in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she watches USC football and dabbles in graphic design.

9:00 – 10:00 AM Sunday


Presentation and Q&A with Jonathon E. Seyfried

Jonathan E. Seyfried is the author of the Time Riven trilogy.  He is a high school history teacher at the Academy for Technology & the Classics, a public charter school in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  He gets much of his inspiration from his students.  In past awards assemblies, they have given him awards such as “Most Gruesome Final Projects” and “Smarter Than a Dolphin.”
Born in Chicago, Jonathan spent his childhood immersed in novels, especially spy thrillers and time travel stories.  An avid traveler, his journeys have taken him around the world.  He loves exploring the dusty used book stores of each city he visits.  His favorites are those with a cat in residence. 
Find out more about the Time Riven trilogy at


10:00 – 11:00 AM Sunday


Presentation and Q&A with Olive Balla

Olive Balla is author of a suspense thriller An Arm And A Leg, published by The Wild Rose Press and a self-published short story entitled Dead Ringer – both available on Kindle and from Amazon.

Often referring to herself as a late bloomer, Ms. Balla composed the four-part vocal and orchestra scores for and conducted the performance of a Christmas cantata entitled “There Was Born a King”; made a CD of instrumental music she composed and performed; designed and built a wood trestle dining table and smaller wooden objects.

When she isn’t writing music or mysteries, she’s designing and painting leather and wood jewelry or cutting out and painting framed, 3-D wooden art.

Olive makes her home near Albuquerque with her husband Victor.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Sunday


1:00 PM


1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Sunday


Presentation and Q&A with Sonja Dewing

Sonja Dewing has been published in a variety of magazines, newspapers, and online publications. Her articles have appeared in Albuquerque the Magazine, Aviation History Magazine,, New Mexico Entertainment Magazine, and more. She’s also an award-winning creative writer and is mid-editing on the novel Toy of the Gods.

She works as a Freelance Writer and runs two businesses that create helpful events.

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Sunday


Presentation and Q&A with Dallas Alexander

Dallas Alexander found her first publishing opportunity in a literary journal. (More here soon)

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Sunday


Presentation and Q&A with April Mellinger


April Mellinger – more here soon!

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Sunday


5:00 PM


  • Discussion
  • Your goals for your publishing

5:00 PM – 5:30 PM Sunday