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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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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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Writer’s Conference Coming Soon!

Mississippi River Writers is having another conference…Woot! Woot!

Their spring conference will be along the Mississippi River in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin at the AmericInn on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014. Prairie du Chien is located on the border of Wisconsin and Iowa.

Writer’s conferences are so much fun for everyone in attendance. They are a great place to network with other authors and learn not only from the presenters but the other attendees. Story development and memoirs will be the focus this spring. Award winning authors Kim Sigafus McIver, Anthony Wedgeworth, and Lyle Ernst will all be presenting throughout the day. I will be there to answer any eBook and editing questions that may come up and Lori Perkins will be there from Total Printing Systems to answer questions on self-publishing.

The conference cost is $50 and it includes lunch. The registration and writing contest deadline is April 25th so get your registration in now so you have time to write that short story. Registration details are on the Mississippi River Writers website.

Besides the conference there is a lot to do in the area: Pikes Peak State Park (McGregor, IA), The Villa Louis (Prairie du Chien, WI), Effigy Mounds (Harpers Ferry, IA), and a casino boat on the Mississippi River! Prairie du Chien is along the migration route for Bald Eagles and it’s a wintering area for them so there are several really good observation areas along the river.

I hope to see you there!
Come for the conference and stay for the weekend!

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Last Call

My ParkerAttending a writers conference is a great way to learn more about writing and publishing. As an added benefit attendees can network with other writers and learn from them also. Friendships and writing partners are born during these conferences. Mississippi River Writers has extended the registration deadline to May 6th for their writing conference in Dyersville, Iowa on May 11th. I will be traveling to Iowa for this event and you can register on Mississippi River Writers website if you would like to attend.

The topics covered will include:

  • Developing Characters
  • Pros and cons to submitting manuscripts to large vs. small publishing companies
  • Self-Publishing from start to finish
  • Group writing activities
  • Share your work with a group for critique

I hope to see you there!


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Don’t Miss Out!

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The Mississippi River Writers are hosting a spring writer’s conference in Dyersville, Iowa on Saturday, May 11th. During this all day conference attendees will learn how to develop characters that have depth, discuss what to consider when submitting work to large and small presses, and discover the steps involved in self-publishing. There will also be writing activities and time to share your work.

Why should you attend a writer’s conference? A writer’s conference gives you, the writer, the opportunity to learn about an aspect of writing giving you trouble, aren’t familiar with, or want to brush up on. Conference attendees learn not only from the presenters but other attendees. Most importantly, a writer’s conference gives attendees the opportunity to network with veteran and new writers, share what works and what doesn’t (those tidbits of gold about who people have used for editing, cover design, printing, etc), and spend the day doing what all writers like to do…write and talk about writing. Oh, and don’t forget to enter the writing contest. I wouldn’t want you to miss the chance to win a fabulous prize.

If you live near Iowa, and by near I mean within a day drive, come spend a Saturday learning and writing with a fun group of writers that enjoy what they do. To register click on the Mississippi River Writers link above and click on Conferences.


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