This Summer’s Writing Events

I’m getting geared up for some upcoming writing events (I’m sure I’ve mentioned  them before). I just booked my plane tickets for the Writer’s Digest BEA Conference in NY (May 27, 2009 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center). If you’re attending this conference here are my picks of stuff to check out (there’s great programming every hour covering a wide range of different topics, but here’s what I personally recommend):

  • Keynote address by bestselling thriller author Karin Slaughter
  • 9:30 AM–The Fire in Fiction with literary agent Donald Maass (I’ve personally attended one of Don’s workshops and it was really great instruction)
  • 10:30 AM–Write Like the Masters with William Cane (Learn how you can improve your own writing by studying the techniques of great authors throughout history)
  • 1:30 PM–The Closet Writer’s Workshop with award-wiinning novelist NM Kelby

Also, here’s the tentative lineup of programming for our June 20-21 Editor’s Intensive:

9 a.m. 10 Secrets for Succeeding as a Writer in a Transformational Time 

Jane Friedman, Publisher & Editorial Director, Writer’s Digest
No matter what type of a writer you are, there are certain secrets that can speed your path to publication and make doors open where they wouldn’t before.

10:30 a.m. How to Write Great Queries

Jane Friedman, Publisher & Editorial Director, Writer’s Digest
The principles of approaching and impressing the right people on paper, with step-by-step information on how to write strong queries and e-queries.

11:30 a.m. Open Q&A with Jane
1:00 p.m.  Social Networking Tools

Jane Friedman, Publisher & Editorial Director, Writer’s Digest
Alice Pope, Managing Editor, Writer’s Market series
Learn how to make effective use of sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn.

2:30 p.m. Website and Blog Tools and Techniques

Jane Friedman, Publisher & Editorial Director, Writer’s Digest
Alice Pope, Managing Editor, Writer’s Market series
How to develop strong sites/blogs that help you develop a readership, get known to a wider audience, and appeal to editors/agents.

3:30 p.m. Why I Stop Reading

A panel of WD’s manuscript critiquers comment on the qualities of the manuscripts they read for the event.

4:30 p.m. Open Q&A with editors

Jane Friedman, Publisher & Editorial Director, Writer’s Digest
Alice Pope, Managing Editor, Writer’s Market series
Scott Francis, Writer’s Digest Books editor
Melissa Hill, Writer’s Digest Books editor

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