Whidbey Island Writers Conference

WHIDBEY ISLAND WRITERS CONFERENCE CHALLENGE – GO AHEAD! CRASH OUR COMPUTERS, TOO

At the Whidbey Island Writers Conference set for April 1-3, 2011 in Coupeville, WA, there will be copy of The Best of Bombeck on display. For those of you too young to remember, Erma Bombeck was one of America’s foremost family humorists. Millions mourned her death in 1996; but her memory is alive and well and celebrated each year at the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop where computers crash on the first day of registration as hundreds vie for the limited number of slots.

Early-bird registration for the Whidbey Island Writers Conference is underway. Go ahead, do a “Bombeck.” Crash our computers and register now for a three-day event that will rock your writing world.

Friday, April 1, Puget Sound Energy is sponsoring 14 intensive, instructional, collaborative and intimate workshops offered by the following writing professionals: Bob Mayer, Matt Gano, Susan Rich, Jeff Kleinman, Q. Lindsey Barrett, Jennifer Basye Sander, Sheila Bender, Jennie Shortridge, Priscilla Long, Mary Buckham, Pat Brunjes and Helen Sears, Andrea Hurst and Carolyn Tamler. Friday evening, conference participants will be treated to an evening of interactive poetry presented by poets Lana Hechman Ayers, Matt Gano, Tara Hardy, and Peter Ludwin. Friday night, conference goers can mingle with their peers to play word games, try some interactive poetry, attend a live performance or share their works at an open mic event.

Friday and Saturday attendees can pitch an agent/editor or review their previously submitted manuscript with an author, agent or editor. Agents and editors looking for fresh works include Andrea Brown, April Eberhardt, Mandy Hubbard, Andrea Hurst, Jeff Kleinman, Laurie McLean, Bree Ogden, Andrea Walker and Gordon Warnock. Agents’ and editors’ preferred genres plus criteria for agent-editor consults and manuscript critiques can be found at http://www.writeonwhidbey.org.

Saturday, April 2, at 9:00 a.m., Keynote Speaker Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain, solicits the audience’s promise to hold sacred the trust between writer and reader. Then, the remainder of the day is filled with the Whidbey Island Writers Conference’s distinguishing event, its Fireside Chat Houses, where participants are invited into the living rooms of some of Coupeville’s most beautiful homes and quaint B&B’s for an opportunity to meet personally with the conference presenters. In addition to the workshop presenters already mentioned, Fireside Chat Houses will be conducted by Anjali Banerjee, Antoinette Grove, Bharti Kirchner, Candace Dempsey, Carolyne Wright, David Williams, Deb Lund, Garth Stein, Janna Cawrse Esarey, Jo Dereske, Mandy Hubbard, Delle Jacobs, Michele Torrey, and Sarahlee Lawrence. Then, following a Book Signing Reception, participants may choose to attend the $50 per person Dinner with the Authors, Agents and Editors.

Sunday, April 3, from 9:00 a.m. to 10: 00 a.m., Amazon Publishing’s Jon Fine, Greg Spils and Jason Kuykendall, along with agent Jeff Kleinman, online marketing expert and author Tom Masters, and authors Terry Persun and Bob Mayer, will provide a broad look at current publishing opportunities and pitfalls. They will share their knowledge about the state of publishing today, from traditional forms to using the cloud. Following this lively and informative panel, there will be several workshops to choose from dealing with marketing and publishing. The workshops, which run from 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will conclude the conference.

The Conference is priced by the day with costs averaging about $100 per day. Agent-editor consults ($15), manuscript critiques ($75) and Dinner with the Authors, Agents and Editors ($50) are extra. Participants can choose to attend only one day or all three. (Costs quoted here are based on Whidbey Island Writers Association member discounts. Participants are encouraged to join the Association to enjoy the discounts and be part of a dynamic group of writers helping writers.) To join the Whidbey Island Writers Association or to register for the Conference, visit http://www.writeonwhidbey.com or call 360.331.0307.

Whidbey Island is located in the Puget Sound region of Washington, approximately 40 miles north of Seattle. More information about getting to Whidbey Island is available on the Central Whidbey Chamber of Commerce web site at centralwhidbeychamber.com or by calling 360.678.5434.

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