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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