Writers’ Conferences

Lunacon 2014

GallegosLunyColor-224 Lunacon 2014 will start tomorrow, March 14, taking place at the Westchester Hilton, Rye Brook, NY.

It’s a fun three-day event centered around science, science fiction, fantasy, and related.

“Lunacon features author readings, writing workshops, crafting workshops, an art show and auction, a costume contest, a dealers’ room with genre-related merchandise, a tabletop gaming room, video presentations, movie trailers, fan meetups, fighting demos, and the best Con Suite in all of New York State!”

Program guide: 2014.lunacon.org/guide

Directions: http://2014.lunacon.org/index.cgi?title=Directions

See you there!


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Writing Conferences Fall 2013

Here are some of the upcoming writing conferences in the US, taking place in the fall of 2013. Which one will you attend?

Chicago Writers Conference

Website: Chicago Writers Conference
Location: 400 State Street, Chicago, IL
Period: September 27-29, 2013
Cost: $195 ($225 after September 13)
This is an open conference for writers of any level willing to learn or just improve their craft. Here’s an overview of what the conference covers:

  • Learn ways to get work published (traditional or digital; fiction or non-fiction)
  • How to query agents
  • Connecting with agents
  • Advice from Fiction and Non-Fiction Publishers
  • Strategies for promoting your work online
    • Website/blog creation
    • Social media tactics
    • Content marketing
  • Engaging with the writing community

The featured speakers include: Newspaperman Rick Kogan, Author Alex Shakar, Author Samantha Hoffman, Author Patricia Ann McNair, Agents Danielle Egan-Miller, Marcy Posner and Amanda Luedeke, Content Expert Andy Crestodina, Arts Attorney Heather Liberman, and many more.

Southern California Writers’ Conference

Website: Southern California Writers’ Conference
Location: Hyatt Regency Newport Beach at 1107 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Period: September 20-22, 2013
Cost: $395
Unlike conferences aimed to lure as many aspiring authors as possible with big-name superstars far removed from the realities of breaking into a now fickle publishing world, or with agents & editors who participate only on the condition that they MUST request a specified percentage of conferees’ submitted material — whether or not they’re genuinely interested — in order to be invited back, the SCWC is first and foremost about the writer. Where s/he is today. Where s/he wants to be tomorrow.

The SCWC will help you:

  • SOLVE problematic aspects of your manuscript through the troubleshooting efforts of accomplished authors, editors and agents
  • INTERACT with working professionals from the publishing, film, and transmedia industries in a uniquely accessible environment
  • EMPOWER yourself with the tools and tactics needed to succeed in today’s expanding transmedia marketplace
  • VALIDATE your writing accomplishments through the empirically qualified recognition of peers
  • STOP first-tier rejection (or rejection out-of-hand) by agents and acquisition editors with the tools of fine-tuned authorial enticement
  • ENGAGE others in the greater writing .COMmunity personally to forge lasting friendships and valuable contacts

Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers

Website: Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers
Location: Renaissance Denver Hotel, 3801 Quebec St, Denver, CO 80207
Period: September 20-22, 2013
Cost: $315

Every year, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers is pleased to present the Colorado Gold Conference, where hundreds of writers from all over the US and beyond gather for a full weekend of writerly camaraderie, exciting programming, and opportunities to pitch projects to the industry’s top agents and editors. Programming focuses on the following key areas:

  • Craft improvement
  • Genre knowledge
  • Career management
  • Industry savvy
  • Continuing education and professional development for published authors

Learn more about this year’s special guests and attending agents and editors.

Whether you’re new to the idea of becoming a writer or you’re a veteran published author, whether you hope to pursue a traditional publishing contract with a big New York publishing house or launch a self-publishing venture, you’re sure to find the skills, knowledge, inspiration, motivation, and support you need at Colorado Gold. Register now!

Authors of the Flathead

Website: Authors of the Flathead
Location: Flathead Valley Community College, 777 Grandview Dr, Kalispell MT
Period: September 28-29, 2013
Cost: $85 (one day), $150 (two days)
The 23rd annual conference will focus on writing skills – from the beginning of your story to completing the product for publication. Learn methods perfected by professional authors who write in many genres. Speakers this year are successful in both traditional and e-publishing. They will discuss how to complete professional products for submission. Agent presentations and manuscript critique opportunities are a highlight. The inexpensive conference follows the Authors of the Flathead motto: “Writers Helping Writers,” providing:

  • One day of presentations by agents and authors
  • One day of workshop topics by seven presenters
  • Opportunity for “First Impression” 1 page submissions
  • One-on-one manuscript critiques with two agents for the first 24 paid attendees. (A double-spaced 17 page submission including a 2 page synopsis must be submitted in Word electronically 4 weeks prior to the conference.)

Keynote: William Haywood Henderson: Author and Writing Coach
Paige Wheeler Agent: Fiction-Commercial, women’s, romance, mystery, thrillers, inspirational, suspense. Nonfiction-broad topics
Liz Kracht Agent: Literary, commercial, women’s, thrillers, mysteries, YA. Nonfiction: memoir, pet stories
Becky Lomax, Travel/Outdoor writer
Jim Satterfield, Multi-genre, award-winning author
Kathy Dunnehoff, Best selling author, educator
Gwen Hernandez, Scrivener expert, author

Best of luck,

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Weekend for Writers Workshop

Writing From Your Soul (Denver) – A Weekend for Writers with Wayne Dyer, Reid Tracy and Nancy Levin.

A series of lectures and events to help writers by learning from best-selling authors.

You’ll get the inside information about publishing your book that you’ve always wanted to know.

You’ll learn to:
• Organize your thoughts into a book
• Rewrite and refine your work
• Writing exercises
• Write a book proposal
• Find an agent
• Get a publisher’s attention
• Handle rejections from publishers
• Manifest determination to publish your book
• Traditional publishing vs. self publishing

Date: April 27-28, 2013, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sponsored by: Hay House
Format: Lectures & Events
Location: Brown Palace Hotel ~ Ballroom, Denver, CO
Directions: Click Here

More information here: Writing From Your Soul ~ Denver

Lot’s of prizes, so: Good Luck!


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Lunacon 2013

Lunacon 2013 is just around the corner. The 56th Annual Convention of the New York Science Fiction Society will take place on March 15 – 17, 2013, at the Westchester Hilton, Rye Brook, NY. It is the oldest science fiction and fantasy convention and it always comes packed with interesting guests, panels, and information.

You will enjoy author readings, writing workshops, art shows, costume masquerade, products, music, and a lot of after-hours social events.

– Adults: $50 up to February 22nd, $60 afterwards
– Children $25 up to February 22nd, $30 afterwards

The hotel is very nice and it has a pool and many other amenities, so you will surely have a good time. Here’s the the map:

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Perhaps I’ll see you there. If you stop by, drop a comment below!



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Writing Conferences Fall 2012

Writing conferences help authors improve their skill, network with their peers, and generally take a pulse of the industry. As a writer, you have the chance to meet editors, other authors, publishers and teachers face to face and gain valuable insights into the writing business. I think all writers should attend at least one conference per year, and here are a few suggestions for the fall of 2012.

1) Authors of the Flathead

A nationally acclaimed event giving members and guests the opportunity to learn from and mingle with published authors, agents, editors and publishers from all over the country.

Where: Flathead Valley Community College, Kalispell, Montana
When: October 6-7, 2012
More information: http://www.authorsoftheflathead.org/conference.asp

2) Magna cum Murder Crime Writing Festival

For the past 18 years, right around Halloween, an amazing crowd of crime writers, readers, and booksellers meet in Muncie, Indiana, for Ball State University’s Magna cum Murder Crime Writing Festival. The festival is open to anyone interested in the genre. Attend panels that will give you an insight into the writing and publishing world, and you’ll have an opportunity to interact and ask questions with more than 30 published authors.

Where: 401 S High Street P.O. Box 842, Muncie, IN 47305
When: October 26-28, 2012
More information: Conference Registration

3) Nimrod Conference for Readers and Writers 2012

Offers readings, panel discussions, one-on-one editing sessions and critique, as well as advanced classes in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and fantasy writing.

Where: The University of Tulsa, 800 South Tucker Drive, Tulsa, OK 74104
When: October 26-27, 2012
More information: http://www.utulsa.edu/nimrod/conference.html

4) North Carolina Writers’ Network Fall Conference

“Annual conference held in November in different NC venues. Average attendance: 250. This organization hosts two conferences: one in the spring and one in the fall. Each conference is a weekend full of workshops, panels, book signings, and readings (including open mic). There will be a keynote speaker, along with sessions on a variety of genres, including fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, journalism, children’s book writing, screenwriting, and playwriting. We also offer craft, editing, and marketing classes. We hold the event at a conference center with hotel rooms available. Speakers have included Donald Maass, Noah Lukeman, Joe Regal, Jeff Kleinman, and Evan Marshall. Some agents will teach classes and some are available for meetings with attendees.”

Where: 201 Harrison Oaks Blvd., Cary, NC 27513
When: November 2-4, 2012
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Writer’s Digest Conference 2012

The Writer’s Digest is an essential resource for all writers and the Writer’s Digest Conference is full of great opportunities from meeting agents, writers and publishers to workshops and pitch sessions. This year’s conference will be held on the West Coast. Here is the official pitch for the conference:

“For the first time ever, Writer’s Digest Conference brings its real-world publishing knowledge, writing inspiration and networking opportunities to a West Coast audience in 2012. Join us in Hollywood to find out how publishing and tech developments affect writers, how you can make your work and your pitch irresistible, and what you can do to get going, get discovered, and get published.”

To read more and sign-up go to: Writer’s Digest Conference West



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