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Conference Confab (November/December)

Pamela Kim By Pamela Kim

We end the 2007 conference season with a sneak peek at what’s ahead for 2008. It’s a great time to make plans to attend a conference or two and take your writing career farther!

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) 9th annual winter conference: February 9-10, 2008 in New York, NY

Excellent networking opportunity for those already established in the children’s industry and for those just starting to enter the fantastic (yet demanding) world of children’s book writing and illustrating.

San Francisco Writers Conference
February 15-17, 2008 in San Francisco, CA
Over forty “how to” sessions, panels, and workshops taught by authors you know and love. Plus Speed Dating for Agents and Speed Dating for Editors give you a one-on-one opportunity to pitch your work directly to publishing professionals.

22nd Annual Southern California Writers’ Conference
February 15-18, 2008 in San Diego, CA

This intimate setting attended by bestselling authors, literary agents, publishers and editors provides the ideal forum for veteran and emerging writers who want comprehensive feedback on their work.

American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) Writers Conference
April 12-13, 2008 in New York, NY

Come to New York for great seminars and individual opportunities to work with editors, established writers, and other experts who can help you sharpen your writing, marketing and technological skills.

BookExpo America
May 29 – June 1, 2008 in Los Angeles, CA

This event brings together the largest selection of English language titles with industry and author events, creating a dynamic environment for network, sourcing and relationship-building.

Willamette Writers Conference
August 1-3, 2008 in Portland, OR

One of the biggest writers conferences, Willamette Writers is the place to meet and exchange ideas with hundreds of other writers, learn from the experts, sell your work and get your creative juices flowing.

Maui Writers Conference
August 31 – September 3, 2008 on Maui, HI

Labor Day weekend in Hawaii finds best-selling authors, award-winning journalists, top editors, agents, publishers as well as the best in screenwriting and film at the Maui Writers Conference.

And there are many, many more! Bookmark Shaw Guides Writers Conferences & Workshops to get up-to-the minute details about these events, as well as the many others offered across the country. Happy conferencing!

Writer mama Pamela Kim writes non-fiction articles about kids, single mommyhood and the joy of organizing the stuff of life. She leverages eighteen years of experience as a corporate communications consultant to connect readers with the information they need and want. When not traveling the conference circuit – each year finds Pam at writing, blogging and health conferences – she lives in Northern California with the fabulous Katie Kim who is six. Her home online is www.studiopk.wordpress.com.

Conference Confab (October)

Pamela KimLearn, Connect and Pitch with Industry Experts
By Pamela Kim

The conference circuit slows down towards the end of the year but there are still a couple of great opportunities for you in 2007.

Backspace Agent-Author Seminars
November 6-7, 2007 • Radisson Martinique Hotel • New York City
We first introduced you to the Backspace Organization last May with the annual writers conference. In November, the organization puts on a two-day agent-author event. The goal of this event is to help authors connect with agents––lots of agents––so you have the opportunity to ask questions specific to your interests and concerns.

The Two Minutes, Two Pages workshop, for example, is your forum for honest, objective feedback about your work. Two agents and approximately a dozen authors will be seated at a table; a reader will read the first two pages of their manuscript aloud. If the pages stop working, one or both of the agents will interrupt the reading to explain why they would have quit reading at that point if they had received the pages as a submission.

All in all, with only agents on the program, the Backspace Agent-Author Seminar is a terrific opportunity to network, ask questions, talk about your work, and listen and learn from the people who make their living selling books. Learn more at http://allagents.bksp.org/index.htm.

Travel Classics West 2007
November 1-4, 2007 • Westin Kierland Resort • Scottsdale, Arizona
It’s said that travel writing is among the most lucrative of magazine writing, not to mention the most adventuresome. If you want to get in on the action, Travel Classics may be the conference for you. There are presentations and workshops with assigning editors from magazines including AARP the Magazine, body + soul (the Martha Stewart publication), National Geographic Traveler, Art & Antiques, Golf for Women, Arizona Highways, Executive Traveler, Organic Spa and Sierra.

Plus, you can consult one-on-one with guest editors. You can register and get more details online.

Writer mama Pamela Kim writes non-fiction articles about kids, single mommyhood and the joy of organizing the stuff of life. She leverages eighteen years of experience as a corporate communications consultant to connect readers with the information they need and want. When not traveling the conference circuit – each year finds Pam at writing, blogging and health conferences – she lives in Northern California with the fabulous Katie Kim who is six. Her home online is www.studiopk.wordpress.com.

Conference Confab (September)

Pamela KimLearn, Connect and Pitch with Industry Experts
By Pamela Kim

Write on the Sound
October 5-7, 2007

Pack your notebook, pens and laptop for two days of literary inspiration on the beautiful shores of Puget Sound in Washington. Attracting regional, national and international participants, Write on the Sound features over 30 presenters, a literary contest, manuscript critiques, reception and book signing, onsite bookstore, and a variety of evening activities. This event is structured for writers of all levels and genres, and includes workshops such as The Art of the Ending, Publicity for Pennies and Finding and Refining Voice. Timothy Egan, 2006 National Book Award-winner, is the keynote speaker.

From Concept to Execution: Make Your Novel Sing
October 12-14, 2007

From the people who bring us the annual Santa Barbara Writers Conference comes a series of focused events such as From Concept to Execution: Make Your Novel Sing. During a weekend of lectures and guided read and critique sessions, the essential elements of the novel are explored to help participants avoid common pitfalls in order to successfully take ideas from viable concept to publishable manuscript. The October event is geared to writers of mainstream romance, sci-fi, military, mystery, action-adventure, erotica, chick lit, or any other genre of fiction. Participants submit a novel synopsis for review by the workshop leader one month in advance of the weekend intensive.

Writer mama Pamela Kim writes non-fiction articles about kids, single mommyhood and the joy of organizing the stuff of life. She leverages eighteen years of experience as a corporate communications consultant to connect readers with the information they need and want. When not traveling the conference circuit – each year finds Pam at writing, blogging and health conferences – she lives in Northern California with the fabulous Katie Kim who is six. Her home online is www.studiopk.wordpress.com.

Conference Confab (July/August)

Pamela KimLearn, Connect and Pitch with Industry Experts
By Pamela Kim

NYC Pitch and Shop Conference
September 13-16, 2007

Here’s a novel idea: bring together faculty, connections and expertise to create an exclusive forum for writers with completed novel manuscripts, narrative non-fiction and works-in-progress. That’s just what the New York Writers Workshop and Algonkian Writer Conferences have done. The conference is limited to 60 writers, so you have ample time to workshop your novel with professional fiction editors and pitch top acquisition editors from major publishers — Scribners, Penguin, Random House, Holt, St. Martins. According to the organizers, one in three projects pitched at the conference are requested for a close read by publishers.

The conference offers three intensive “pitch workshops” designed to teach the art of the pitch plus opportunities to get a reality check on your novel and learn more about publishing. Submission of bio, goals, synopsis and write sample is required.

The same folks also host the Seven Mountains Writers Conference on October 19-24, 2007.

Writer mama Pamela Kim writes non-fiction articles about kids, single mommyhood and the joy of organizing the stuff of life. She leverages eighteen years of experience as a corporate communications consultant to connect readers with the information they need and want. When not traveling the conference circuit – each year finds Pam at writing, blogging and health conferences – she lives in Northern California with the fabulous Katie Kim who is six. Her home online is www.studiopk.wordpress.com.

The Conference Confab (June)

Pamela KimLearn, Connect and Pitch with Industry Experts
By Pamela Kim

Willamette Writers Conference
August 3-5, 2007

Have to choose just one writing conference to attend this year? Make it Willamette Writers. It’s the place to meet and exchange ideas with hundreds of other writers, find expert advice, sell your work and get your creative juices flowing.

Attendees with a unique pitch have been known to walk away with a book deal — that’s just what happened to WOTR editor Christina Katz in 2005 when she pitched her idea for Writer Mama! This year, over 50 literary agents and editors, plus Hollywood film managers, agents and producers will be on hand to hear your ideas.

Plus, choose from over 80 workshops taught by seasoned pros like WOTR’s own Christina Katz, Sage Cohen, Mary Andonian and Gregory Kompes. Whatever your focus—fiction, non-fiction, screenwriting, manuscript editing, publishing, pitching, online platform building—you’ll get the answers and inspiration you need at Willamette Writers Conference.

The Yosemite Writers Conference
August 23-26, 2007

Come to Yosemite for an inside look into the publishing world from top book and magazine editors including:

  • Tor Books
  • HarperCollins
  • Bon Appetit
  • VIA
  • Red Hen Press
  • DreamTime Publishing
  • Chronicle Books

New York literary agent June Clark is giving a two-hour workshop entitled, Navigating Your Writing Career. Other topics of discussion will be young adult, women’s fiction, thrillers, memoir, food, literary, travel, poetry and non-fiction. Held at the Tenaya Lodge, this weekend event is a great opportunity to hone your craft and learn how to sell your ideas.

Maui Writers Conference
August 31 – September 3, 2007

Writing + inspiration + Maui. Is there a better combination? Maui Writers Conference brings together best-selling authors, award-winning journalists, top editors, agents, publishers, as well as the best in screenwriting and film:

Michael Ardnt, 2006 Academy Award Winner ~ Little Miss Sunshine
Scott Turow ~ writer & attorney ~ Presumed Innocent
John Lescroart ~ NY Times bestselling author, The Suspect
W.S. Merwin ~ Pulitzer prize winner & former Poet Laureate of the United States
Buzz Bissinger ~ NY Times bestselling author of Friday Night Lights
Lisa Nichols ~ featured contributor to the NY Times bestseller, The Secret

This Labor Day weekend, why not meet and learn from the people who can make a difference in your writing career? And if you want even more time to focus on the art and craft of writing, sign up for the six-day intensive writing retreat that precedes the conference.

Writer mama Pamela Kim writes non-fiction articles about kids, single mommyhood and the joy of organizing the stuff of life. She leverages eighteen years of experience as a corporate communications consultant to connect readers with the information they need and want. When not traveling the conference circuit – each year finds Pam at writing, blogging and health conferences – she lives in Northern California with the fabulous Katie Kim who is six. Her home online is www.studiopk.wordpress.com.

The Conference Confab (May)

Pamela KimLearn, Connect and Pitch with Industry Experts
By Pamela Kim

Summer will be sizzling with writer events across the country and around the world. A few of our favorites:

Paris Writers’ Workshop
July 1 – 6, 2007

Meet your muse in Paris for this annual weeklong event that’s more writer retreat than industry meet and greet. Each participant chooses one workshop section — Literary, Non-fiction, Novel, Poetry or Short Fiction — which meets for a total of 15 classroom hours. Taught by an author specializing in the topic, each section is limited to 12 writers for plenty of one-on-one guidance. Afternoons are devoted to lectures, walking tours, readings and other literary events. Organized for the English-speaking community, this conference selects attendees based on manuscript submission. If you’d like to be considered, visit www.wice-paris.org/courses/creative/pww/pww.html.

Pacific Northwest Writers Association (PNWA)
July 26 – 29, 2007

More than the charms of the Pacific Northwest await you in Seattle this July when authors, editors, agents and writers flock to the 52nd annual PNWA conference. Learn from non-fiction and fiction workshops including The Power of Point of View, The Fire in Fiction, Writing the Personal into Non-fiction and Crafting the Non-fiction Book Proposal. Manuscript critiques, faculty consultations and writing sessions will boost the inspiration factor.

It’s also a great opportunity to pick up books from your favorite authors, including Writers on the Rise’s own Christina Katz who will be signing copies of her new book, Writer Mama! Plus, you’ll get two agent appointments if you’re among the first 150 attendees to register. www.pnwa.org.

Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI)
August 3-6

Have a great children’s book idea? Want to expand your writing repertoire and potential markets? Then Los Angeles is the place to be in early August. The annual summer SCBWI conference brings together top professionals in the children’s book industry to share their knowledge and expertise with you. Featured topics include Writing Young Adult Novels, Translating Children’s Literature into Film and TV, How to Collaborate and Stay Friends, and Illustrating for Multimedia and Games. The three-day event also offers plenty of networking opportunities — ideal for both veterans and those just entering the world of children’s book writing and illustrating. Complete summer conference details will be online at www.scbwi.org in mid-May.

Writer mama Pamela Kim writes non-fiction articles about kids, single mommyhood and the joy of organizing the stuff of life. She leverages eighteen years of experience as a corporate communications consultant to connect readers with the information they need and want. When not traveling the conference circuit – each year finds Pam at writing, blogging and health conferences – she lives in Northern California with the fabulous Katie Kim who is six. Her home online is www.studiopk.wordpress.com.

The Conference Confab (April)

Pamela KimLearn, Connect and Pitch with Industry Experts
By Pamela Kim

Santa Barbara Writers Conference
June 22-29, 2007

Rub elbows with the literati in Santa Barbara this June. The line-up for the Santa Barbara Writers Conference (SBWC) includes Ray Bradbury, Gregory Maguire (Wicked and Son of a Witch), Carolyn See (There Will Never Be Another You), Gail Tsukiyama (Women of the Silk), Jewell Parker Rhodes, and National Poet Laureate Ted Kooser. And that’s not all. There are 30 different instructional workshops each day; a day devoted to agents and editors (for an additional fee, you can sign up to pitch a project); and three late-night, in-depth critiquing workshops. All this plus beautiful Santa Barbara weather and the luxurious DoubleTree Resort will provide endless inspiration to get your creative juices flowing.
http://www.sbwritersconference.com

Jackson Hole Writers Conference
June 28-July 1, 2007

Nestled against the Grand Teton Mountains in northwestern Wyoming, Jackson Hole was once a rendezvous site for fur-traders. On June 28, it becomes the gathering place for writers, authors, agents and editors at the 15th annual Jackson Hole Writers Conference. The conference features workshops led by novelists, non-fiction writers, agents, editors, and publishers––all of who are focused on helping writers get published. Three manuscript critiques are included in your registration, plus you can take advantage of special tracks on young adult fiction, travel and outdoor writing, and teaching writing. Best-selling author of Winter’s Bone, Daniel Woodrell will share his unique perspective on writing. Whatever your emphasis, you will learn the nuts and bolts of the writing profession, from cultivating ideas to making the sale. http://www.jacksonholewritersconference.com

There’s Still Time – BookExpo America

Looking for something to do in early June? Head to New York for BookExpo America. This event was featured in our last issue but, since we know you won’t want to miss out, we’re providing the key details again. Find out about the May 30 Writers Conference and get the full BookExpo scoop at www.bookexpoamerica.com.

Pair your vacation with a conference!
August will bring several great conference choices that also make ideal vacation destinations. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s coming up, so you can plan ahead:

August 3-5, 2007: Willamette Writers, Portland, OR
http://www.willamettewriters.com/

August 23-26, 2007: Yosemite Writers Conference, Yosemite, CA http://www.yosemitewriters.com/

August 26-September 3, 2007: Maui Writers Retreat (8/26-8/31) and Conference (8/31-9/3), Maui, HI
http://www.mauiwriters.com/

Writer mama Pamela Kim writes non-fiction articles about kids, single mommyhood and the joy of organizing the stuff of life. She leverages eighteen years of experience as a corporate communications consultant to connect readers with the information they need and want. When not traveling the conference circuit – each year finds Pam at writing, blogging and health conferences – she lives in Northern California with the fabulous Katie Kim who is six. Her home online is www.studiopk.wordpress.com.

The Conference Confab (March)

 

Pamela KimLearn, Connect and Pitch with Industry Experts
By Pamela Kim

 

Writer’s Digest/BookExpo America Writer’s Conference

May 30-June 3, 2007

Be sure to pack your walking shoes for Book Expo America, which features over 2,000 exhibits, 500 authors and 60 conference sessions. Held at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City, this event combines the largest selection of English language titles with special industry and author events plus educational content to create a dynamic environment for networking, sourcing and relationship building. The day-long BEA Writer’s Digest Books Writer’s Conference on May 30 offers sessions on travel writing, young adult, query letter makeovers, pitching tips and more, along with opportunities to talk with agents and editors. The exhibition halls are open June 1-3. You’ll see Writers on the Rise own Christina Katz – author of Writer Mama – at the Writer’s Digest Books booth on Friday, June 1st. Stop by and say hello!

BookExpo America & the BEA Writers’s Digest Books Writer’s Conference.

Backspace Writer’s Conference
May 31-June 1, 2007

The Algonquin Hotel in Manhattan provides an intimate setting for meeting and learning from best-selling authors, top literary agents and editors. The two-day event features two tracks of working sessions on topics such as “ER for Writers,” “The New Media: What Works, What Doesn’t” and “Creating Memorable Characters.” Attendees can move between the two tracks, as they like. While formal pitch sessions are not available, agent panels abound and audience questions are encouraged. Multiple “Two Minutes, Two Pages” breakout sessions provide another opportunity to strut your stuff before agents. Backspace Writers Conference

Colgate Writers Conference
June 17-23, 2007

How are your 2007 writing goals coming along? If you’re craving more time to write, consider attending this weeklong workshop retreat at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. Formerly known as the Chenango Valley Writers’ Conference, the event offers consultations, workshops, craft talks, panel discussions and readings for veteran and novice writers alike. To attend the workshops, you must submit a manuscript with your application. Your manuscript–a short story, sheaf of 4-6 poems, article or essay, or book chapter–will be the focus of the workshop sessions where you’ll benefit from analysis by senior instructors and guidance on taking your work to the next level. Or you can choose the Room and Board option, attending all the readings and craft talks while writing at your leisure.

Colgate Writers’ Conference

 

 

 

 

Writer mama Pamela Kim writes non-fiction articles about kids, single mommyhood and the joy of organizing the stuff of life. She leverages eighteen years of experience as a corporate communications consultant to connect readers with the information they need and want. When not traveling the conference circuit – each year finds Pam at writing, blogging and health conferences – she lives in Northern California with the fabulous Katie Kim who is six. Her home online is www.studiopk.wordpress.com.

Conference Confab (February)

 

 

Pamela KimLearn, Connect and Pitch with Industry Experts

By Pamela Kim
American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) Writers Conference
April 20-22, 2007

The nation’s leading organization of independent non-fiction writers hosts its annual conference at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York this spring. Whether you’re new to freelancing or a long-time pro, the ASJA conference provides inspiration, ideas and information that will help you take your non-fiction writing to the next level. You’ll learn from the experts about “Making a Best Seller,” “Shelter Magazines,” “Earn 6-figures freelancing” and more. And get insider insight on how to crack new and better-paying markets. Members’ day is April 20; the event opens to all interested writers April 21-22. http://www.asja.org/wc/wc.php
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Pikes Peak Writers Conference

April 20-22, 2007

Celebrating its 15th anniversary, the 2007 Pikes Peak Writers Conference promises to be a jam-packed expedition into the world of commercial fiction writing. Over 40 workshops, pitch appointments, agent roundtables, manuscript evaluations, and editor read and critique sessions are included in the line-up of writer-focused events. You can find out how to “Market Your Way to the Top,” “Craft a Powerful Book Proposal,” and get the inside scoop about “Interactive Crime Scene Investigation,” – plus learn what publishers are looking for now. Hosted by the Wyndham Hotel in scenic Colorado Sprints, conference faculty and speakers include authors, agents and editors. http://www.ppwc.net.

 

Las Vegas Writer’s Conference

April 19-22, 2007

 

Spend four days in Las Vegas with writing professionals, agents, industry experts and colleagues. More than 65 workshops and seminars will take you through writing in many genres including fiction, creative non-fiction, screenwriting, poetry, journalism and business and technical writing. Q&A panels give you the opportunity to ask the experts all your questions. Registration is limited to 100 attendees to give everyone plenty of one-on-one time with the faculty (during formal pitch sessions as well as casual discussions throughout the conference). http://www.lasvegaswritersconference.com.
Writer mama Pamela Kim writes non-fiction articles about kids, single mommyhood and the joy of organizing the stuff of life. She leverages eighteen years of experience as a corporate communications consultant to connect readers with the information they need and want. When not traveling the conference circuit – each year finds Pam at writing, blogging and health conferences – she lives in Northern California with the fabulous Katie Kim who is six. Her home online is www.studiopk.wordpress.com.

Conference Confab (January)

Pamela KimLearn, Connect and Pitch with Industry Experts
By Pamela Kim

San Francisco Writers Conference, February 16-18, 2007
Billed as a writer’s best value, the San Francisco Writers Conference brings together over 100 literary agents, publishers and editors from the West Coast and New York. Over the three-day event, you’ll have access to how-to sessions, panels, and workshops taught by best-selling authors. You’ll discover the latest information on publishing and have an opportunity to network with other writers. Plus, you can take advantage of Speed Dating for Agents and Speed Dating for Editors – unique one-on-one opportunities to pitch your work directly and search for the perfect literary agent. The conference covers a wide range of genres including non-fiction, fiction, romance, thrillers, memoir, books-to-film, and more. Registration for this event – a sell out for the past three years – is open at http://www.sfwriters.org.

21st Annual Southern California Writers’ Conference (SCWC), February 16-19, 2007
Sunny San Diego is another option for your President’s Day Weekend. Boasting $3 million in facilitated deals for first-time authors and screenwriters, the SCWC delivers an intimate setting where attendees can rub elbows with bestselling authors, literary agents, publishers and editors. Dozens of read and critique opportunities are available as are interactive problem-solving and assignment-oriented workshops on topics such as “Sustaining Narrative Tension,” “Query Letters that Stick,” and “Landing an Agent/Getting the Deal.” If you like, you can submit a manuscript in advance of the conference for an extended one-on-one evaluation while you’re there. SCWC is a great event for veteran and emerging writers who want comprehensive feedback on their work. http://www.WritersConference.com.

Whidbey Island Writers Conference, March 2-4, 2007
Inspiration and motivation await you on idyllic Whidbey Island in Washington where you can hone your craft, stimulate your ideas, and network with peers and professionals. During the Author Fireside Chats, for example, you’ll mingle with authors, agents and editors in your genre as you enjoy coffee and cookies in the privacy of stunning island homes. You can pitch your story idea and learn what’s strong, what sounds right on track for market interests, and where to refine your approach or your writing. Hands-on workshops, master classes and open mic night add to the in-depth interaction and encouragement. Get all the details at http://www.writeonwhidbey.org.

Writer mama Pamela Kim writes non-fiction articles about kids, single mommyhood and the joy of organizing the stuff of life. She leverages eighteen years of experience as a corporate communications consultant to connect readers with the information they need and want. When not traveling the conference circuit – each year finds Pam at writing, blogging and health conferences – she lives in Northern California with the fabulous Katie Kim who is six. Her home online is www.studiopk.wordpress.com.


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