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writing conference

Short note to let you know about a very affordable writing conference I’m speaking at in a few weeks. The conference is open to the public and registration is still open–walk-ins welcome! (Although it helps the organizers to know a head count in advance to have an adequate number of meals for lunch. Yes, lunch is provided!)

The North Carolina Writers’ Network West and the Jackson County Public Library present A Day for Writers, a one-day writing conference for writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children’s literature, and anyone who wants to publish their writing. The conference is held from 9AM-4:30PM on Saturday, May 6th in Sylva, North Carolina, just a short drive west of Asheville.

Saturday, May 6th offers a full day of sessions, plus a panel. Read about the speakers and their sessions as well as the timeline of events. Speakers include myself, Terry Kay, Kathryn Stripling Byer, Catherine Carter, Deanna Klengel, Gary Carden, and more.

I will present ‘Why Authors Need Bylines in Magazines, and How to Make That Happen.’ Authors are responsible for their own marketing, and part of that is building credibility. Authors who focus entirely on writing books miss out ways to reach new audiences for their books. Freelance journalism is a writing opportunity authors already have the skills for. This session focuses on how an author’s bylines in magazines and newspapers can help attract literary agents, grow their writer platform, aid in book marketing, craft a perfect query letter, build authority, and produce income. Writers need not have prior freelance journalism experience to benefit from this session. At the end of the day I’ll speak on a publishing and marketing panel.

TO OFFICIALLY REGISTER – complete the conference application and pay your fee directly to the conference. Fees range depending on student, NCWN membership, etc. (Approximately $49+)