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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.


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