I am usually at Willamette Writers but I won't be there this year. In my absence, here's are my recommendations for Friday of what workshops you don't want to miss! [With apologies to the film side of the conference. I'm sure someone else is better informed about what film session you don't want to miss.]
Mary Andonian and April Eberhardt
Conference Success Basics
Join Mary Andonian and her agent, April Eberhardt, as they talk about the many ways to maximize your experience at the Willamette Writers conference. Topics include: who's who at the conference, networking strategies, preparing your dossier, pitch etiquette/technique, and post-conference checklists. Questions encouraged. Pitch practice, if time permits.
Sell Your Work - Not Your Soul
Level: Beginning / Intermediate
Format: Presentation Q&A/ Exercises
Freelance writing can be a tough business. But you don't have to make a deal with the devil to succeed. Instead, make a commitment to yourself to learn the ropes – i.e., the business side of freelancing. This class will get you going. Learn how a business plan can help you succeed, and the basics of developing one. Then learn how to find and open new markets you didn’t know existed, by marketing your skills as a writer and as a subject matter expert to paying customers.
How to Give a Good Reading
Level: All Format: Presentation Q&A/Exercises
It's time to come out from behind the desk and meet the audience. In this lively, hands-on workshop, writers learn 10 tips for giving an outstanding reading, whether to a small gathering or an auditorium of listeners. Discover how to read work aloud with confidence, enjoy the limelight and connect with an audience. Come prepared to practice with a supportive coach who provides practical advice for taking your writing into the world through stellar public readings. If possible, bring up to five pages of writing to read. No experience necessary.
Craig English & James Rapson
Coauthoring: The Art of Collaboration
Format: Presentation Q&A
Co-authors can create a team that is incredibly effective and self-sustaining. They must agree about core ideas, be able to engage in creative conflict, and learn to leave their egos at the door. This workshop weighs the advantages/disadvantages, discusses various methods, and explores the intricacies of the co-author relationship. For the last five years, psychotherapist James Rapson and writer Craig English have been collaborating on a nonfiction book as well as related articles and classes. Join them as they delve into the difficult and exhilarating world of co-authorship.
Julie Fast Write & Publish a Bestselling Electronic Book
Electronic books are revolutionizing the publishing world. What started as a small group of writers making money with download books on the Internet has now turned into a million dollar phenomenon with the release of the Amazon Kindle Ebook Reader. Come join Julie and learn how you can tap into this new publishing opportunity. Electronic books are a great way to get started in the industry as you can now publish directly to the Kindle as well as sell your eBooks off a Web site. Publishing has finally caught up with what many authors have known for years, eBooks are a viable, quick and lucrative way to get your book on the market. An eBook is very easy and inexpensive to create and sell and often makes double the profit of a traditionally published book, or more!
Format: Presentation Q&A/Exercises
Drawing from her new book on craft, Laura Whitcomb will share techniques for speed and depth in fiction writing, including: Finding the core emotion of your book and using the "crosshairs" of your story to shape your plot, stealing tricks from your favorite authors, tips for what to do when your writing stinks, and tricks for getting across that finish line faster.
The Great Multiplier
Selling excerpts of your upcoming book or related articles can bring in extra cash and gain great exposure for your work. Learn how to identify magazine, newspaper, and on-line outlets, how and when to query (including rules about querying you'll have to break), and the legal issues surrounding serial rights.
Have a great time and please pick up copies of my books while you are there!