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

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