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Mississippi River Writers Conference Host Award-Winning Authors

The AmericInn Lodge and Suites in Prairie du Chien, WI will be the destination for Mississippi River Writers Conference on May 3, 2014.

Kim Sigafus

The conference will be held from 9-4 p.m. and is an opportunity for both published and unpublished writers to network and gather information about their craft. The keynote speaker is award-winning fiction/non-fiction author, Kim Sigafus. She will be speaking on how writers can take back the power of the printing press and why they should.

Conference topics include:

  • Memoirs
  • Critical formula for successful storytelling in books and movies
  • eBook publishing

Anthony Wedgeworth

Anthony Wedgeworth will be teaching each step of the critical formula, which will include a breakdown of key elements which are utilized in blockbusters on the screen and on the shelves. This exciting and interactive presentation includes the entire process of story planning & outlining, character development & back story, emotional pacing & teasers, and plot & subplot threads.

Lyle Ernst

Lyle Ernst will present the many different reasons and ways to write your memoir. He will include samples and suggestions and ask everyone to join in the fun of writing a six-word memoir.




I will be presenting on eBook publishing and will be available throughout the conference to answer questions.

Lori Perkins of Total Printing Systems of IL will be in attendance to answer any questions writers may have on self-printing costs.

McIver Publishing will also be there to answer any questions on team self-publishing versus traditional publishing.

A writing contest for registered participants is being held for a great prize which will be awarded at the conference. A catered lunch is included in the conference fee.

Registration deadline is April 25th. For more information and to register visit the Mississippi River Writers website or call (815) 297-2293.

If you aren’t sure attending a conference is right for you. Let me give you a few more reasons. Follow this link to an earlier post from yours truly. The energy I feel leaving a conference is amazing. Don’t miss your opportunity to join us for a day.


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NaNoWriMo – My Epic Fail

2013-Participant-Square-ButtonWe are seven days into National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and I have not written one stinking word! I have the perfect first sentence to start my novel and I know where I want it to go and yet, I can’t seem to find the time to write anything down. When I do have time to write I’m tired and want to go to bed. I know that is an excuse but that’s how my first six days have gone. I think about what I want to write all the time, I just haven’t put my pen to the paper in my pretty pink notebook that I have carried everywhere.

The object of NaNoWriMo is to write a 50,000 word novel from November 1st to November 30th.

 This translates to:

  • 50,000 words in 30 days
  • 1,667 words per day for 30 days.
  • 12,500 words for the next four Saturdays
  • 6,250 words every Saturday and Sunday in November
  • 2,000 words per day for the next 23 days

It really doesn’t matter how you break it down, it’s 50,000 words in the end! The novel doesn’t have to be perfect by any means but you must have 50,000 words by November 30th.

This means I’m currently 11,669 words behind!
Epic Fail!

I know I can catch up if I slow down and take time to write. My goal for this weekend is to finish packing my house and catch up on my 50,000 words.

Ok, Ready, Set, Go!!!

If you are participating in NaNoWriMo, how do you stay motivated to get those words on the page?

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Keep Believing!

“This is for writers yet to be published who think the uphill climb will never end. Keep believing. This is also for published writers grown jaded by the process. Remember how lucky you are.”

– Terry Brooks


Snowman (Photo credit: andreasmarx)

Minnesota is getting rain and snow again…yes it’s May. I think nature forgot it’s supposed to be warm here. Even though I am tired of Winter and think it won’t ever end I need to keep believing Summer will come. I remind myself daily how lucky I am to be where I am today no matter what the weather is doing to drag me down. This quote from Terry Brooks is fitting not only for writers, but everyone. Happy writing everyone. Keep believing!

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May 1, 2013 · 9:20 AM