Writer’s Conferences in NYC and Surrey BC

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Happy Summer to you all.

Many writer friends are in New York at the RWA National Convention, and those of us left behind are rooting for the best conference ever for them. They are keeping in touch with smart phones and the internet, sharing as they sight see and await the opening.  RWA has over 10,000 members in the US and world wide, and the national conference hums with the best teachers, prestigious contest winners to be announced, awards, editors and agents, signed books to buy, but most of all, over 2000 author/writer attendees.

In October, I look forward to the Surrey International Writer’s Conference held in Surrey BC, near Vancouver.  This conference caters to all writers, and all genres, including poetry and children’s writing.  Did I overdo it by  signing up for three of the nine 3 hour long master classes offered on Thursday?  I may have to give one away to my daughter who will be joining me from Texas.  (Now that’s a heart thump!)

Donald Maass: Mastering the three levels of story to construct a gripping novel
Robert Dugoni:  Playing God – Creating Memorable Characters
Kathleen Ortiz: Sell Your Book: Online Marketing and Promotion

In addition to those great offerings, the selection of workshops makes choice a challenge, but I also look forward to an agent appointment, and having an established author read and comment on the first three pages of my manuscript.

Now back to writing …

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. amyshojai
    Jul 05, 2011 @ 15:20:57

    Hi Marion, I’m taking Bob’s online class with you and just clicked your blog link–nice site! I’ve not attended the SIWC conference but have heard both Donald Maass and Bob Dugoni speak (at Thrillerfest and elsewhere) and both are WONDERFUL! I’m not familiar with Kathleen Ortiz but her topic is certainly hot.

    I look forward to getting to know you better in the class.



  2. mspicher
    Jun 29, 2011 @ 12:45:10

    Great to hear from you! I sent and email regarding an online class for writer’s blogs from a teacher that I trust. For others who stop by and are interested, here is the URL: http://whodareswinspublishing.com/WIF_Workshops.html.

    I’ll hope to see you at SIWC if you make it. The great thing about SIWC is that we can pick and choose days, meals, etc. if the entire package proves to be beyond our budget. Take care. Keep in touch!



  3. mE
    Jun 29, 2011 @ 10:26:10

    Morning…If things go well and Dd finally gets a job, I am hoping to go to SIWC; I’ve been once before and enjoyed it . I’ve been wall bashing for quite awhile, but (and in spite of being an “elder”) I want to “getter-done” if only to prove to myself I’m capable of accomplishing a lifelong intention. Also intend to achieve a “more often” challenge with my blog (which I’m seriouely thinking of revising). Want to thank you too for your “welcome”, back when.



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