Virtual Networking and Mastermind Groups for Attendees

Author Brainstorm Exchange Mastermind

Actual Author Brainstorm Exchange event held with Nonfiction Authors Association members in 2021

We are excited to welcome attendees from around the globe to the 2022 Nonfiction Writers Conference. This year we are hosting a special virtual networking event where attendees can join by video (or phone) and participate in small group discussions in private virtual breakout rooms on Zoom.

How it Works

Attendees will be randomly assigned to virtual breakout rooms with up to six writers. Each person gets up to two minutes to introduce yourself and answer these questions:

  1. Where are you located?
  2. What do you write about? Or, if you’re not a writer, what services do you offer?
  3. Where are you in the publishing process? Are you writing your first manuscript? Have you published one book or many?
  4. What book titles do you have available, if any?
  5. Who is your target audience?

Following introductions, each participant gets up to 8 minutes to present a question, challenge, or issue and allow the others to assist with brainstorming. Here are some sample questions you might ask:

  • I’m working on marketing my book about X. What strategies have worked for you?
  • I need suggestions for editors/designers/publishers/marketing services/web designers/assistants. Who do you recommend?
  • I’m struggling to define a target audience for my book about X. Any ideas for me?
  • I’d like to find speaking opportunities for my book about X. Any suggestions for me?

These brainstorm sessions are fun and helpful. You might be surprised by how much you learn from the questions and challenges of fellow attendees! Keep in mind it’s important to use your time wisely. Time passes quickly so plan ahead with a question you’d like to ask and leave enough time for participants to respond. And when offering advice to others, please be mindful of time and avoid dominating the meeting. Every participant should get a fair chance to contribute.


This extended conference session is modeled after the Author Brainstorm Exchange, virtual mastermind groups held monthly for Authority and VIP members of the Nonfiction Authors Association. These groups are wildly popular with members so we expect NFWC participants will find them to be valuable and fun.

All experience levels are welcome! Whether you’re writing your first manuscript or have many books to your credit, you have something to contribute. And though you aren’t required to be on camera, it is recommended for an optimum experience. You can even join by phone. Note that this is the ONLY session at NFWC where all participants can be on camera. For all other sessions, attendees are off-screen and only the speakers are featured on camera. We look forward to sharing this experience with you!

Event Date and Time

This extended session will be the last NFWC event of the day on Thursday May 5, 2022, beginning at 2pm PT / 5pm ET and lasting up to 75 minutes.

You must be a registered attendee of the 2022 Nonfiction Writers Conference to participate.

Not registered yet? Reserve your virtual seat at the Nonfiction Writers Conference.