Writers Conference Coming Soon

Vintage Typewriter by Witthaya Phonsawat ID-100238218I’m traveling to Illinois for the Mississippi River Writers conference on October 4th. It is sure to be an informative day filled with networking and making new friends. Below is the press release for the conference. I’d love to see all of you there. I’ve given reasons why writers should attend conferences herehere, and here.

The Freeport Public Library is the venue for the Mississippi River Writers Conference on Saturday, October 4th. The writing conference will be held from 10-4 p.m., and will bring together presenters from all over the Midwest to work with new and established writers in the area.

Topics to be presented include How to Edit Your Work Properly. Lyle Ernst from Davenport, Iowa will be discussing editing techniques that can help your work stand out to publishers and readers. Ernst is a professional freelance editor and award-winning author who has been writing and editing professionally for 15 years. He is both traditionally and self-published, and his work includes non-fiction, memoirs, and fiction.

Anthony Wedgeworth from Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin will be doing a presentation on how to keep your readers hooked in your story. Many books tend to sag in the middle or get boring. Wedgeworth will give writers tips on how to avoid this writing pitfall. He is the award-winning author of the Altered Creatures fantasy series, and has been writing professionally for over 10 years.

Freeport’s own Kim Sigafus will be doing a marketing presentation. As the industry now stands, both traditionally published and self-publishers need to market their work. Sigafus will share unique marketing tips and what has worked for her. She is an award-winning author of Native American fiction, children’s, and non-fiction books, and the Commissioning Editor of McIver Publishing based in Freeport.

Conference Speaker Fred Waiss from Wisconsin will be giving a presentation on how to break into magazine writing. Waiss has published stories, poetry, and articles about writing in the on-line magazine Page and Spine, and a story in The Storyteller magazine.  He has stories in anthologies such as Dark Light 3 and Dandelions of Mars.  A fantasy novel is scheduled to be published next summer by Double Dragon Publishing.

E-Book extraordinaire Jill Austin from Barefoot Editing in Minnesota will be in attendance to talk with authors about e-Booking their work.  Well-versed in e-Book formatting, Kindle, SmashWords and almost everything e-Book, she is a wealth of information on the subject. Austin has an English degree and has been a professional editor for several years.

A panel of all presenters including Ms. Austin will be answering questions from conference participants. It is the goal of the conference organizers that no one should leave without having questions answered or contacts made for further help.

The annual writing contest is currently underway for registered conference participants. A great prize will be given for the best short story based on a prompt.

Lunch is included in the conference fee of $50. On the menu is a meal of traditional Ojibwa flair; Wild Rice and Turkey Soup and homemade bread.

For more information on the conference or to register, please check out MississippiRiverWriters.com or call (815) 297-2293. The deadline to register is Friday, September 26th.

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