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31st Annual Western Reserve Writers Conference and Workshop

Saturday, September 27, 2014   8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.     Registration, Coffee and Juice                          

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.   Welcome To Lakeland: Ann D’Agostino, Program Coordinator, Community Learning

Keynote Speaker: Author Mary Doria Russell  - Confessions of a Book Addict”
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*Workshop is a presentation that includes a writing exercise.

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

                                                                                            Workshop                      Workshop                

Setting & Meeting         Writing& Researching            Write for                      First Fiction:                

Writing Goals                    Crime Stories                       Magazines                    Where to Begin                  

Christine Kastner              James Renner                    Sunny Morton                Deanna Adams              

11::00 – 11:15 a.m.  – Editing Sessions with Judy Allen, Nancy Piazza, Diane Taylor 

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11:15 - 12:15 p.m.    

    Workshop                              Workshop                                                            

Leave a Trace:                      Writing Believable              From Page                 Branding and   

Write your Life Story             Dialogue                             To Stage!                  Marketing Your Book   

Claudia Taller                       Catherine McLean             Mary Faktor            Trudy Brandenburg              

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.  LUNCH – Included in fee if paid by September 19, 2014

                                     *Door Prizes, Book Sale & Author Signings*

1: 00 – 1:30 p.m.  - Editing Sessions with Judy Allen, Nancy Piazza, Diane Taylor    

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

*Q & A Panel: The Writing Life - A Lively Discussion on Writers and Their Work . . .  Hosted by the following Presenters:

Time Management for Writers        Lessons Learned from Anne Lamott          Brainstorming Ideas                    

Deanna Adams                                        Claudia Taller                                           Sunny Morton

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. - Editing Sessions with Nancy Piazza,  Diane Taylor, Judy Allen                                                              

2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

                                               Workshop                      Workshop        

Writing the Humor            Creating a                    Bloopers  &                      Indie Publishing:

 of Everyday Life               Sense of Place              Writing Blunders               What to Know                                                                                      

John C. Lorson                  Pat Averbach             Catherine McLean            Trudy Brandenburg                                   

3:45 – 4:00 p.m. - Networking Reception, Refreshments, Door Prizes, Book Sale/Author Signings

3:45 – 4:00 p.m. –Editing Sessions with Judy Allen, Nancy Piazza, Diane Taylor

Private Editing Consults! Register early! Spaces are limited. Questions? Contact Deanna Adams at DeeNCR@aol.com or visit her website, www.deannaadams.com.

*Earlybird Registration Fee: $105

*Conference with Prearranged Editing Session Fee: $120

*Registration Fee After Sept. 19 (and does not include lunch):  $125     

Easy and Fast! Online Registration www.lakelandcc.edu/continuingeducation

Or by Mail: Lakeland Community College, Continuing Education Registration, 7700 Clocktower Dr., Kirtland, OH 44094-5198

For more Information: 440-525-7116    440-525-7812    1-800-589-8520

 

Our Presenters:

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Mary Doria Russell has been called one of the most versatile writers in American literature and one of our greatest contemporary storytellers. Her novels are critically acclaimed commercial successes, studied in literature, theology and history courses in colleges and universities, and often chosen as book club and “community read” selections. Her guest lectures have proved popular from New Zealand to Germany as well as in the U.S. and Canada. She’ll speak of her love for books and how it helped her become an international author.

Deanna R. Adams is a writer, instructor, and author of both fiction and nonfiction books. She is also an event coordinator at Lakeland Community College, as well as director of several annual writers’ retreats. Deanna’s latest book, Scoundrels & Dreamers--the sequel to her debut novel, Peggy Sue Got Pregnant--is set for release this fall. Course Description: FIRST FICTION: WHERE TO BEGIN – Deanna helps you organize your book with tips from organizing chapters, to story structure, to hooking the reader from the first sentence on. Panel Description: TIME MANAGEMENT FOR WRITERS – You’ll never find the time to write – you must make the time! Deanna will provide tips to carve precious writing time into your busy schedule.

Patricia Averbach is the former director of the Chautauqua Writers’ Center in Chautauqua, New York. Her first novel, Painting Bridges, was released last spring by Bottom Dog Press, (2013.) Averbach was the 2013 winner of the London based Lumen/Camden Prize for Poetry, which included publication of her chapbook, Missing Persons by Ward Wood Publishing (2013.) Course description: CREATING A SENSE OF PLACE: MAKING YOUR SETTING A CHARACTER IN YOUR STORY - Places have histories, attitudes, and moods. They exert a powerful influence over the people who pass through them. Pat will help you mine your setting for its maximum potential.

Trudy Brandenburg is an avid kayaker and author of The Emma Haines Kayak Mystery Series. Her books have been featured on CoolCleveland.com and in Columbus’ (614) Magazine. Trudy has worked in marketing for twenty years. Her website is www.trudybrandenburg.com. Course Descriptions: BRANDING AND MARKETING YOUR BOOK - Create your ‘brand’ and learn how to market your book in five easy steps. INDIE PUBLISHING: WHAT TO KNOW - In this session, Learn about publishing with CreateSpace and Kindle, as well as other self-publishing companies.

 

Mary Faktor is a professional actor, speaker, business owner and writer. A member of the Global Speakers Federation, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television & Radio Artists, and others, Mary travels the country performing her original one-woman comedy show, The Six Ages of Woman, as well as her original poetry from her book, Inner Voices. Course Description: FROM PAGE TO STAGE - Mary demonstrates how to bring your words to life, when reading your work to live audiences. Learn to modulate your voices to fit your characters, minimize "stage fright," create dramatic moments, and learn comic timing.  

 

John C. Lorson is coordinator of The University of Akron Wayne College Holmes Campus in Millersburg, Ohio, and heads the Prior Learning Assessment Program. Lorson collaborates with his wife, Kristin Lorson, a freelance artist, on a weekly humor column (with accompanying cartoon). “Send Help,” runs in several Ohio newspapers, such as The Daily Record (Wooster) and Holmes County Shopper News. Course Description: WRITING THE HUMOR OF EVERYDAY LIFE - John will detail strategies for gleaning humor from the detritus of everyday life, and share tricks for repackaging that fun in a format that’ll keep readers engaged, entertained and laughing all the way! 

Christine Kastner is a writer and editor, who has worked as a correspondent for The Plain Dealer, The News-Herald and the Sun newspapers. Prior to that she was the publications editor for Kaiser-Permanente in Cleveland. Her books include Soldiering On—Finding My Homes, Memoir of an Army Brat, and Looking For the Hello Kitty Love Hotel. Course Description: SETTING AND MEETING YOUR WRITING GOALS - You may have the title, maybe even a book deal, but you still have to pull the words out of your head and get them down. The important thing is to write, finish, and if your goal is to publish, do it! Christine will share her experiences—pitfalls and all—of working with an independent publisher, as well as how you, too, can achieve your personal writing goals! 

Catherine E. McLean is an author, writing instructor, and workshop presenter. Writing as C. E. McLean, her short stories have appeared in hard-copy and online magazines and anthologies. Her novels include Karma and Mayhem (paranormal fantasy romance) and Jewels of the Sky (women's starscape fiction/futuristic-adventure). See her website, www.CatherineEmclean.com. Course Descriptions: WRITING BELIEVABLE DIALOGUE - Learn how to write dialogue (both spoken and internalizations) as well as telepathic conversations so they mimic real dialogue. BLOOPERS & BLUNDERS- Get your manuscript into better shape by avoiding common pitfalls. 

Sunny McClellan Morton is an award-winning writer and editor. She is contributing editor/columnist for Family Tree Magazine and the Genealogy Gems podcast, as well as editor of Ohio Genealogy News. Her first book, My Life & Times: A Guided Journal for Collecting Your Stories, will soon be followed by, How to Find Your Family History in Church Records. Course Descriptions: WRITE FOR MAGAZINES: FROM QUERY TO GALLEY - Sunny talks you through the process of developing, selling, writing and editing magazine articles. Learn tips for crafting successful article pitches, structuring your article, and finding experts to interview. Panel Description: LIVE BRAINSTORMING SESSION - Magazine writers are always looking for new topics—and new approaches to the same topic. Participate in this live brainstorming session to see how the same themes can be pitched in different ways for different audiences

James Renner spends his spare time hunting down serial killers and writing about his misadventures. His true crime stories have been published in the Best American Crime Reporting  and Best Creative Nonfiction anthologies. His debut crime novel, The Man from Primose Lane, has been opted for a movie, starring Bradley Cooper. Course Description: WRITING AND RESEARCHING CRIME STORIES – Renner will compare and discuss the techniques involved in writing both true crime, and the murder mystery. He will also answer attendees questions on the topic.  

 Claudia Taller writes for local and national magazines, and is author of Ohio's Lake Erie Wineries. Claudia started “Igniting Possibilities” events to help people become more engaged in life and creativity, and will publish 30 Perfect Days this year. Course Description: LEAVE A TRACE: WRITE YOUR STORY - How do you start to write about your life, whether in essay form or full-length book form? How do trigger memories? What research should you do? What should you leave out? Claudia will answer these questions and more to help you bring your life memories to the page. Panel Description: LESSONS TO LEARN FROM ANNE LAMOTT’S - What are the lessons to be learned from Anne Lamott's classic, Bird by Bird:?  Claudia will speak on the advice Anne gives to writers and how to use these lessons to keep writing.    

 

Our Editors:

 

Judy Allen enjoys helping writers achieve greater critical, commercial, and artistic appeal. She has edited
 manuscripts for suspense, coming-of-age, short stories, contemporary Christian, children’s, romance, 
sports, self-help and social commentary titles. 
Judy is a marketing consultant, and adjunct professor at Lakeland and Tri-C colleges. 
She is a book reviewer for the Plain Dealer, and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. 
See her work at www.excellencezone.com.

Award-winning, professional editor Nancy E. Piazza is a published writer with 25 years of editing experience, working for aspiring as well as published writers. Nancy’s editing is always well received, as she is down-to-earth and assists writers in a friendly, helpful manner toward achieving their goals of publication. Through her business, Writeperson Ltd.—Western Reserve Editing (www.writeperson.com), she edits novels, short stories, nonfiction books, articles, essays, and letters. Visit her Web site for an up-to-date list of edited books and recommendations.

Diane Campbell Taylor is a longtime writing coach and editor whose goal is to help others take their writing to the next level. Her editing credits include Mainstream, Young Adult and Women’s Fiction as well as personal essays and memoir. Diane attributes much of her writing success to being an active member of several local and national writers’ groups, including Romance Writers of America.

 

 

 


 

Spring Writers Conference 2014

 

23rd Annual Western Reserve Spring Writers’ Conference

Saturday, March 29, 2014   8:30 a.m. – 1: 30 p.m.  

Conference Coordinator:  Deanna R. Adams

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.  – Registration and Coffee

9:00 a.m. – Welcome To Lakeland: Ann D’Agostino, Program Coordinator, Community Learning

Overview of Conference – Deanna R. Adams

9:15 – 10:15 a.m.

Researching Facts           Making a Long              Creative Thinking                Do You Need

For Your Story                 Story Short                   For Creative Writers             an Agent?     

                  

John J. Fry                          Shelley Costa                Michael Wilson                    Deanna Adams                                        

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10:15 - 10:30 a.m. - Prearranged Editing Sessions with Elizabeth Irwin, Diane Taylor, Judy Allen_______________________________________________________________________________

 

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

 eBooks: Good News      Breathing Life into            Writing  Romance           Word Power and Challenges!               

 Your Characters  & Women’s Fiction         Powerful Sentences

 Sandra Gurvis                      Casey Daniels                      Debbie Alferio                  Keith Manos                          

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 11:30 - 11:45 a.m. - Prearranged Editing Sessions with Elizabeth Irwin, Diane Taylor, Judy Allen

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11:45 - 12:45 p.m.

 Plotting Your              Writing Historical             Developing Issues in               Dynamite Queries &

Mystery                         Fiction                             Today’s Publishing                  Book Proposals               

 

Shelley Costa                    Barbara Hacha                        Steve Grant                           Deanna Adams                           

 

 12:45 - 1:00 p.m  -*Bonus Session! Need a Writers Group? Now’s Your Chance! With Diane Taylor

12:45 - 1:00 p.m. - Prearranged Editing Sessions with Elizabeth Irwin, Diane Taylor, Judy Allen

1:00 – 1:30 p.m. - Social Reception and Refreshments, Book Sale and Author Signing

1:15 – 1:30 p.m. – Q & A Panel on Writing – All Your Questions Answered by Experts!

1:15 - 1:30 p.m. - Prearranged Editing Sessions with Elizabeth Irwin, Diane Taylor, Judy Allen

$69 – Conference Only Private Editing Consults! Register early! Spaces are limited. See times below. *Conference with Prearranged Editing Session Fee: $84

Call to register at: 440-525-7116  –  440-525-7812  –  1-800-589-8520

Or by Mail: Lakeland Community College, Continuing Education Registration, 7700 Clocktower Dr., Kirtland, OH 44094-5198

Questions? Contact Deanna at DeeNCR@aol.com

Sessions with Editor Elizabeth Irwin                       Sessions with Editor Diane Taylor

 (10:15-10:30 am)                                                             (10:15-10:30 am)

 (11:30-11:45 am)                                                             (11:30-11:45 am)

 (12:45-1:00 p.m.)                                                             (12:45-1:00 p.m.)

 (1:15-1:30 pm)                                                                 (1:15-1:30 pm)

Sessions with Editor Judy Allen    

(10:15-10:30 am)                                                            

(11:30-11:45 am)

 (12:45-1:00 p.m.)                                                            

(1:15-1:30 pm)                                                                                   

Lakeland Registration, Lakeland Community College, 7700 Clocktower Dr., Kirtland OH 44094. For more information, CALL: 440-525-7116, 440-525-7812 or 1-800-589-8520. Online information, www.lakelandcc.edu/comeduc/

Our Presenters

Deanna R. Adams is an author, speaker, and event coordinator. Her nonfiction books include Rock ’n’ Roll and the Cleveland Connection (Kent State University Press, 2002), and Confessions of a Not-So-Good Catholic Girl (Infinity, 2008). Her debut novel is Peggy Sue Got Pregnant (Soul Mate, 2013), and she is currently working on that book’s sequel. See her website: www.deannaadams.com. Course Descriptions – DO YOU NEED AN AGENT?: Do you need an agent to sell your fiction? Do you need one for nonfiction? Find out what you should know about agents, and how to find the right one for you. DYNAMITE QUERIES & BOOK PROPOSALS: Whether you pitch to an agent or a book editor, you’ll need to know how to put together a query and proposal that grabs attention. Don’t know what a query is? Then you need this class! *While novels will be addressed somewhat, this session targets nonfiction works. 

 

Debbie Alferio is Ohio Representative for Authors Across America and has appeared on local television, radio, and in newspaper interviews. She is also a member of the International Writer’s Association, and others. Her first book, Forever Love (now part of a series) was inspired by an actual dream. Visit her at dkalferio@yahoo.com. Course Description - WRITING ROMANCE AND WOMEN’S FICTION: As an inspirational romance author, Debbie understands that women readers want more than just a love story. She will discuss the differences between romance and women’s fiction, and demonstrate how to develop plots and subplots that will capture a reader’s interest, and how to incorporate women’s issues to enhance your story. 

 

Shelley Costa  is a 2004 Edgar nominee for Best Short Story, and author of You Cannoli Die Once (Simon and Schuster, 2013). The second in the series, Basil Instinct, comes out this June. Her mystery stories have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Blood on Their Hands, and The World’s Finest Mystery and Crime Stories. Shelley teaches creative writing at the Cleveland Institute of Art. See www.shelleycosta.com. Course Description – MAKING A LONG STORY SHORT: Is a short story less than a novel in every way that matters? Or is it something different altogether? In this workshop, explore the powers, delights, and demands that are unique to short fiction. PLOTTING THE MYSTERY: Plot is what draws readers in and keeps them interested in the outcome of your story. Create a protagonist, add a dash of conflict, and watch changes—and plot—come to life! Join authors Shelley Costa and Casey Daniels as they walk you through creating a successful story arc.

Casey Daniels is a local mystery writer now celebrating the publication of her 50th novel! As Casey Daniels, she writes the Pepper Martin mysteries, the latest being, Supernatural Born Killers. As Kylie Logan, she writes the Button Box mysteries (the latest, Buttoned Up), the Chili Cook-Off mysteries (Chili Con Carnage) and the League of Literary Ladies mysteries. The newest, A Tale of Two Biddies is that 50th book. Course Description - WHAT A CHARACTER! BREATHING LIFE INTO YOUR FICTIONAL PEOPLE: Nothing draws a reader into a story as effectively as living, breathing characters. In this session, Casey will join forces with our other presenter, Shelley Costa, to teach you how to add pizzazz to the people who inhabit your stories so readers will care about them, and keep turning those pages.

 

 John J. Fry is chair of the History Department at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, IL (southwestern suburbs of Chicago), and teaches courses on American History, Western Civilization, and historical methods. He has written The Farm Press, Reform, and Rural Change: 1895-1920 (Routledge, 2005) and is the editor of Almost Pioneers: One Couple’s Homesteading Adventure in the West (Globe-Pequot Press, 2013) See: http://almostpioneers.wordpress.com).  Course Description - RESEARCHING FACTS FOR YOUR STORY: John will describe useful types of documents and other sources for historical background, and questions and frameworks for thinking about history as you write.

 Steve Grant is an intellectual property attorney at Standley law Group in Dublin, Ohio, as well as an adjunct professor at Capital University Law School. Steve is a popular, frequent speaker at this conference, and helps writers on issues of intellectual property law. Course Description – DEVELOPING ISSUE IN TODAY’S PUBLISHING: As the ability to publish becomes universal, what impact does this have on the author?  How does one deal contractually with the publishing industry? Come with questions for Steve.

Sandra Gurvis is the author of sixteen books and hundreds of magazine articles. Her newest titles are Ohio Curiosities (Globe Pequot, 2nd edition 2011), and Country Club Wives (Loconeal, 2012). Sandra is currently working on two nonfiction books due out this year. See www.sandragurvis.com. Course Description - EBOOKSGOOD NEWS AND CHALLENGES: This session will focus on making the most out of the ebook publishing opportunities—from cover design to editing/proofreading to formatting to understanding the potential audience to the biggest hurdles of all: getting publicity, readers, and sales.

 

Barbara Hacha writes both fiction and nonfiction and has been a freelance editor of books of many genres for more than 18 years. Her award-winning historical novel is Line by Line, published in 2011, and her nonfiction book is Mulligan Stew, released in November 2013.  Course Description: WRITING HISTORICAL FICTION—Barbara discusses the pleasures, pitfalls, and surprises of historical fiction. Learn how you can apply your research to create convincing fiction as you construct scenes, write dialogue, and develop characters.

 

Keith Manos is a published writer of eight books, and a veteran teacher who has the distinction of being named Ohio’s English Teacher of the Year. Course Description – WORD POWER = POWERFUL SENTENCES: Published writers know how to create sentences that have rhythm, symmetry, and weight. Learn the power of punctuation, the skills and strategies needed to create

great work that causes an editor to select your piece over others. Make your writing more meaningful

and compelling by constructing engaging sentences that are balanced, concise, and memorable.

 

Michael Wilson is the author of Flash Writing: How to Write, Revise and 
Publish Stories Less Than 1000 Words Long, 
and creator of the “JumpStart Jars.” Michael teaches creative writing for over a decade, has a BA 
from Ohio University, and has been a guest speaker at  
the Thurber House, the Maumee Valley and Columbus Writers Conferences.  
See: http://www.flashwriting.com, or email him at michael@flashwriting.com. 
Course Description - CREATIVE THINKING FOR CREATIVE WRITERS: 
This session focuses on adapting creative writing techniques to create imaginative, exciting writing. 
These hands-on activities will help you shatter writers block and keep you writing with energy, and an 
exciting new perspective.
 
Our Editors
 
Judy Allen enjoys helping writers’ work achieve greater critical, commercial, and artistic appeal. 
She has edited manuscripts for suspense, coming-of-age, short stories, contemporary Christian, children’s, 
romance, sports, self-help and social commentary titles. Judy is a marketing consultant, and adjunct professor 
at Lakeland and Tri-C colleges. She is a book reviewer for the Plain Dealer, and is a member of the 
National Book Critics Circle. 
See her work at www.excellencezone.com.
 

Elizabeth Irwin has worked in the field of communications, including print and broadcasting, media relations and marketing for more than 20 years. She is also a freelance editor, writer, and currently working with several authors to develop their stories (and helping a friend with her doctoral dissertation). Elizabeth is also a teacher, worship leader, and Biblical storyteller. She plans to begin a dual masters program in 2015.

 

Diane Campbell Taylor is a longtime writing coach and editor, whose goal is to help others take their writing to the next level. Diane attributes much of her writing successes to being an active member of several local and national writers’ groups. In her Bonus Session: Need a Writers Group?, Diane will show you how to find a writers’ group, or how to start your own. Discussions include how to maximize your group experience to foster the development of both your writing and critiquing skills.

 

 


30th Anniversary of The Western Reserve Writers Conference and Workshop

Saturday, September 28, 2013   8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.     Registration, Coffee and Juice                          

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.   Welcome To Lakeland: Ann D’Agostino, Program Coordinator, Community Learning

Morning Keynote: Author Deanna R. Adams, "We Are All Story Tellers" ___________________________________________________________________________________

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

                                               Workshop                     Workshop

Turn Writing Into             That’s Poetic:                Writing for                 Plotting: More Than                               

A Lifelong Vocation         Music and Magic            Children                       Boy Meets Girl

John Ettorre                          Ray McNiece                Sara Holbrook                   Les Roberts    

        

 11::00 – 11:15 a.m. – Editing Sessions with Nancy Piazza,  Diane Taylor, Elizabeth Irwin 

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11:15 - 12:15 p.m.  

                                                Workshop                   Workshop                                                            

Revealed: Secrets             Using Imagery              Your Story:                     Publishing Options: 

of the Writing Life             & Metaphors            Essays & Memoirs           What’s Best for You    

Erin O’Brien                      Michael Salinger           Marsha McGregor              Deanna R. Adams              

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.  LUNCH – Included in fee if paid by September 20, 2013

                       Door Prizes, Book Sale & Author Signings

1: 00 – 1:30 p.m.  - Editing Sessions with Nancy Piazza,  Diane Taylor, Elizabeth Irwin  

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

****After Lunch Special Guest Speaker****

 

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. - Editing Sessions with Nancy Piazza,  Diane Taylor, Elizabeth Irwin                                                              

2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

                                                      Workshop                       Workshop         

The Writing Community:      Mysteries: Red                 Create a Submission         Getting Your                                                                                                     

Your Key to Success               Herrings & Homicide       That Sparkles                   Books Into Stores

Steve FitzGerald                   Julie Anne  Lindsey          Deborah Gilbert           Suzanne DeGaetano                   

3:45 – 4:00 p.m. - Networking Reception, Refreshments, Door Prizes, Book Sale/Author Signings

Private Editing Consults! Register early! Spaces are limited. Questions? Contact Deanna Adams at DeeNCR@aol.com or visit her website, www.deannaadams.com.

*Earlybird Registration Fee: $105

*Conference with Prearranged Editing Session Fee: $120

*Registration Fee After Sept. 20 (and does not include lunch):  $125     

Easy and Fast! Online Registration https://cl.lakelandcc.edu/CourseStatus.awp?&course=14FPER900.01

Or by Mail: Lakeland Community College, Continuing Education Registration, 7700 Clocktower Dr., Kirtland, OH 44094-5198

For more Information: 440-525-7116    440-525-7812    1-800-589-8520

**Two Keynote Speakers!**

Morning Keynote by Deanna Adams: “We Are All Storytellers”

Deanna Adams is a writer, speaker, instructor, award-winning essayist and author of three nonfiction books. The first writers’ conference she ever attended was also the first Western Reserve Writers Conference—founded by the late Lea Leever Oldham, who ultimately became her mentor and friend. Deanna will kick start the morning by reminding us that we all have stories to tell, and of the importance of telling them.  

Afternoon Keynote by John Stark Bellamy II: “The Cleveland Historian Your Mother Warned You About”

John Stark Bellamy II grew up in a newspapering family where it was normal to discuss malice domestic and public woe at the dinner table. Some writers are born to write, some achieve it and some have it thrust upon them. It didn’t happen to John Stark Bellamy any of those ways, but twelve books and still counting later, he’ll tell the improbable story of how he became a prolific author, and how you can too.

Our Presenters:

Deanna Adams’s debut novel, Peggy Sue Got Pregnant: A Rock 'n' Roll Love Story, was released in June. Other books include Rock ’n’ Roll and the Cleveland Connection (Kent State University Press, 2002), Confessions of a Not-So-Good Catholic Girl (Infinity Publishing, 2008) and Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Roots (Arcadia Publishing, 2010). She has been coordinator of the Western Reserve Writers’ Conference since 2001. Her website is www.deannaadams.com.  Course Description: PUBLISHING OPTIONS - Should you pitch to an agent or small publisher, or self-publish, use a POD, or publish your work as an eBook? Deanna will provide information to help you make a decision that meets your needs, and your pocketbook. And most important, best represent your work.

 

Suzanne DeGaetano is a co-owner of Mac’s Backs-Books on Coventry and has managed the store for more than 30 years. Mac’s Backs hosts readings, booksignings, author events, book clubs, writing groups and provides a free community meeting space for groups and organizations. Course Description – GETTING YOUR BOOK INTO STORES - What strategies can you use to help promote yourself and your book? What is the best way to approach the bookstore? Booksellers can share valuable insights before you publish or self-publish that can save you time and money and help your project succeed. This session will show you how bookstores evaluate your book.

            

Deborah Gilbert graduated from Nazareth College, magna cum laude, with a B.S. in English and an M.S. in Reading. She taught high school English for sixteen years and joined RWA in 1998. In 2011, she became founder and senior editor of Soul Mate Publishing and is currently seeking submissions in all areas. See www.SoulMatePublishing.com. Course Description: CREATE A SUBMISSION THAT SPARKLES - Soul Mate Publishing’s Editor-in-Chief will provide information to help authors fine-tune their submissions. This workshop will cover proper submission guidelines, common spelling/grammar mistakes, how to recognize and improve weak verbs, and how to create a beginning that will catch an editor’s eye.

John Ettorre is an Emmy-award-winning writer, editor and writing coach whose work has appeared in more than 100 publications, including the New York Times and Christian Science Monitor. His commercial writing practice has catered to the print and online communication needs of more than a dozen Fortune 500 organizations. This is his 30th year as a professional writer. Course Description: TURNING WRITING INTO A LIFELONG VOCATION - For many of us, the writing life begins as a dream. We fall in love with reading and dream of writing ourselves. Learn how you can convert that dream into a lifelong vocation.

Steve FitzGerald is a writing coach, award-winning ghostwriter and Nonprofit Newswire executive editor. He leads the Island Writers Club (islandwritersclub.com) to “help members escape the rat race and focus on their writing.” He was Cleveland president of the Society of Professional Journalists and founded the Friday the 13th Poets. Course Description: THE WRITING COMMUNITY – Unique and independent as every writer is, there are several worthwhile benefits to being part of a group. Steve will review the Northeast Ohio options and provide pointers to help you find the groups that best fit your writing goals.

 

Sara Holbrook is a poet, educator, and author of fifteen poetry books for children, teens and adults.  She is also the author of four books for teachers, Outspoken, How to Improve Writing and Speaking Skills through Poetry Performance (co-author Michael Salinger, Heinemann, 2006), Practical Poetry (Heinemann, 2005), High Definition: Unforgettable Vocabulary Instruction (co-author Michael Salinger, Heinemann, 2010), High Impact Writing Clinics (co-author Michael Salinger, Corwin, Fall 2013). See www.saraholbrook.com. Course Description: WRITING FOR CHILDREN - Children’s literature is a specialty and not one genre, but really a variety of sub-genres.  Sara will break these down in order to help participants understand the categories and write for specific audiences. 

Julie Anne Lindsey has welcomed five new releases this year alone, including her newest title, Deceived, a YA suspense from Merit Press, two sweet romances for Honey Creek books, her debut YA mystery, Reinventing Chloe, and her first cozy mystery, Murder by the Seaside, from Carina Press (a digital imprint of Harlequin). Julie is also a member of “Sisters in Crime.” Course Description –WRITING A COZY MYSTERY: RED HERRINGS, HUMOR AND HOMICIDE: Cozy mysteries are beloved by readers for many things, but murder doesn’t top the list. Learn why spunky heroines steal hearts, how antics add flair to frustrating situations, and why mischief makes the perfect side dish to murder.

Marsha McGregor's essays and commentaries have appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Plain Dealer, Kenyon Review Online, Fourth Genre, Literary Mama, Ascent, and the recently released YOU: An Anthology of Essays Devoted to the Second Person. She is a frequent contributor of first-person essays to Cleveland Magazine. See www.marshamcgregor.com. Course Description: WRITING YOUR STORY: PERSONAL ESSAYS AND MEMOIR - The best essays and memoirs tell stories that matter deeply to the writer. When told with heart and emotional honesty, they matter to the reader, too. This hands-on workshop will help you mine your life experiences for story material, then show you how to begin to shape it on the page.

Ray McNiece is a 2012 creative workforce fellow and the author of five poetry books and two books of monologues from his stage shows. He has won two Telly awards for his Sports Time Ohio poems. He has toured throughout the world performing, most notably with Yevtushenko in Russia and Ferlinghetti in Italy. Course Description:  THAT’S POETIC: MUSIC AND MAGIC - This workshop will help writers use poetic techniques to create those magical/musical passages that will accentuate and heighten your prose.  

Erin O'Brien’s eclectic features and essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Plain Dealer and Cleveland Scene. The Irish Hungarian Guide to the Domestic Arts (Red Giant Books, 2012) is her book of humorous nonfiction and food memoir. O'Brien is a regular contributor to Fresh Water Cleveland and Ohio City Argus. See erinobrien.us. Course Description - REVEALED: SECRETS OF THE WRITING LIFE:  The fundamental components of the writing life are often its best-kept secrets. In this fast-paced high-energy session, seasoned writer Erin O'Brien will spill the 411 on what she’s discovered between the lines, and give you working tips to overcome challenges and achieve success.

Les Roberts' twenty-eighth book and #17 in the long-running Cleveland-based Milan Jacovich series Win, Place or Die, set in the harness racing industry. He’s also just finished a sequel to his “stand-alone”—The Strange Death of Father Candy.  Les has earned many awards and honors for his murder mysteries, and always willing to share his knowledge. Course Description: PLOTTING: MORE THAN BOY MEETS GIRL - No matter how beautifully your book is written, how brilliant the characters may be, if you don’t have a great plot, you don’t have much of a book.  Learn how to freshen your plot to make it feel as if no one has ever heard it before.

 

Michael Salinger is a poet, educator and in-demand presenter who travels the world promoting the use of poetry as a literacy tool in classrooms. His website is www.michaelsalinger.com. Course Description: USING IMAGERY & METAPHORS - All language is based on metaphor. The ability to take an image from our mind and plant it in our reader or listeners head and to have that image carry more meaning than initially meets the eye is one of the attributes of a good writer.  Participants will practice mining and refining detailed images leading to meaningful metaphor.

Our Editors:

Elizabeth Irwin’s professional writing and editing career spans more than 20 years. After working in Toledo-area print and broadcast journalism, she worked as a copywriter and creative consultant for a marketing agency, and served as a media coordinator for a local college. In 2007, she became a full-time freelance editor of articles and manuscripts, and has happily seen several of them become published authors. Elizabeth is also a writer of prayers and meditations, and short stories and essays.

 

 Award-winning, professional editor Nancy E. Piazza is a published writer with 24 years of editing experience, working for aspiring as well as published writers. Nancy’s editing is always well received, as she is down-to-earth and assists writers in a friendly, helpful manner toward achieving their goals of publication. Through her business, Writeperson Ltd.—Western Reserve Editing (www.writeperson.com), she edits novels, short stories, nonfiction books, articles, essays, and letters. Visit her Web site for an up-to-date list of edited books and recommendations.

 

Editor and writing coach, Diane Campbell Taylor’s personal essays have appeared in print in Grit magazine and the Plain Dealer. A life-long storyteller, Diane is currently shopping for an agent for her historical romance series set in Regency England. She assists writers with fine-tuning their novels, non-fiction works, and personal essays. Her goal is to help you take your writing to the next level, and make it the best it can be.

 

 


 

 

 


22nd Annual Western Reserve Spring Writers’ Conference

Saturday, March 23, 2013 8:30 a.m. – 1: 30 p.m.

Conference Coordinator: Deanna R. Adams

 

9:15 – 10:15 a.m.
Writing Picture           Living the Online Life       Editing Your Work         Show AND Tell            
Books for Children       Social Media & You          For Publication                Your Story                   
Carole Calladine                Erin O'Brien            Janice Williams             Deanna Adams                                        
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10:15 - 10:30 a.m. - Prearranged Editing Sessions with Elizabeth Irwin, Diane Taylor, Judy Allen ____________________________________________________________________________________
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Be Your Own               Writing Your                  Creating Credible                 Romance . . .  
Publicist!                        Life Story                          Characters                          and Beyond
Nora White                    Carol J. Byler                        Les Roberts                         Holly Jacobs
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 11:30 - 11:45 a.m. - Prearranged Editing Sessions with Elizabeth Irwin, Diane Taylor, Judy Allen
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11:45 - 12:45 p.m.
Create, Publish &            Writing Your                Structuring Your         Writing Crime:                
Market your eBook         First Screenplay       Novel: A Checklist      Truth vs. Fiction                             
Janice Williams                  Michael Ferrari              Deanna Adams       James Renner    

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12:45 - 1:00 p.m. - Prearranged Editing Sessions with Elizabeth Irwin, Diane Taylor, Judy Allen

1:00 – 1:30 p.m. - Social Reception and Refreshments, Book Sale and Author Signing

1:15 – 1:30 p.m. – Q & A Panel on Writing – All Your Questions Answered by Experts!

1:15 - 1:30 p.m. - Prearranged Editing Sessions with Elizabeth Irwin, Diane Taylor, Judy Allen

$69 – Conference Only

Private Editing Consults! Register early! Spaces are limited. See times below. *Conference with Prearranged Editing Session Fee: $84

Course Information/Status

Or call to register at: 440-525-7116 – 440-525-7812 – 1-800-589-8520

Or by Mail: Lakeland Community College, Continuing Education Registration, 7700 Clocktower Dr., Kirtland, OH 44094-5198

Questions? Contact Deannaat DeeNCR@aol.com

Sessions with Editor Elizabeth Irwin Sessions with Editor Diane Taylor

(10:15-10:30 am) (10:15-10:30 am)

(11:30-11:45 am) (11:30-11:45 am)

(12:45-1:00 p.m.) (12:45-1:00 p.m.)

(1:15-1:30 pm) (1:15-1:30 pm)

Sessions with Editor Judy Allen

(10:15-10:30 am)

(11:30-11:45 am)

(12:45-1:00 p.m.)

(1:15-1:30 pm)

Lakeland Registration, Lakeland Community College, 7700 Clocktower Dr., Kirtland OH 44094. For more information, CALL: 440-525-7116, 440-525-7812 or 1-800-589-8520. Online information, www.lakelandcc.edu/comeduc/

Our Presenters

Deanna Adams is a freelance writer, author and award-winning essayist. Her books include Rock ’n’ Roll and the Cleveland Connection (KSU Press, 2002), Confessions of a Not-So-Good Catholic Girl(Infinity, 2008) and Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Roots (Arcadia, 2010). Her debut novel will be published this fall. Deanna is coordinator of the Western Reserve Writers Conference, founder of the Women Writers’ Winter Retreat, and instructor at Lakeland Community College. Her web site is www.deannaadams.com. Course description: SHOW ANDTELL YOUR STORY – The old writers’ adage, “Show Don’t Tell” is good advice, but there are times you need to do both. Deanna will show you how. Course Description: STRUCTURING YOUR NOVEL: A CHECKLIST – Beginning a novel can be overwhelming. Organization leads to a well-structured story. Get started today!

Carol J. Byleris author of her personal story and true crime case, Secret Witness: The Steele Murder Case. For over 30 years, she has appeared on radio and TV sharing her story of victory, and works with the Cleveland Municipal Courts with the Project Hope Program. Course description: WRITING YOUR LIFE STORY - Carol will talk about how she wrote her life story by keeping a daily journal, and will share her experience as an author of memoir, and answer questions.

Carole Calladine is the author of two parenting books, Raising Brothers and Sisters without Raising the Roof and One Terrific Year. Her latest book is a memoir, Second Story Woman. Carole is well familiar with the picture book format and serves as Board Member and Photography Coordinator for the Northern Ohio Society of Children’s Books Writers & Illustrators. Course Description: WRITING PICTURE BOOKS FOR CHILDREN – Learn about characters, story arcs, and that satisfying last page of a picture book. Carole will also help you make a picture book dummy with your best-selling story inside!

Feel like your blogging or Facebook experience is falling flat? Award winning blogger and humorist Erin O'Brien will share the secrets of making your alter online ego shine like a diamond. Course Description - LIVING THE ONLINE LIFE: With tips on content, commenting, photos and more, O'Brien will show you how to push your blog posts, status updates and tweets to the next level to enhance your profile.

Michael Ferrarigraduated from UCLA’s Professional Program in Screenwriting and teaches screenwriting at Cleveland State University. He’s written scripts for Xavier Koller (Academy Award-winning director of Journey of Hope) and Joel Zwick (director of My Big Fat Greek Wedding). His first novel, Born To Fly (Random House, 2011) won the Delacorte Yearling Prize. Course Description: WRITING YOUR FIRST SCREENPLAY: Learn the building blocks of a movie script, how to develop plot and characters, and techniques to dramatize your idea and compress it into a compelling pitch.

Holly Jacobs is an award-winning author who writes for Harlequin and for Amazon’s Montlake Romance. Two-and-a-half million copies of her books have sold around the world and she has won numerous awards. Course description: ROMANCE . . . AND BEYOND - Holly talks about the growing romance genre, and different branches of this field. She’ll discuss the craft of writing a good romance novel, as well as the changes in the expanding romance market.

James Renner spends his spare time hunting serial killers and writing about his misadventures. His true crime stories have been published in the Best American Crime Reporting and Best Creative Nonfiction anthologies. Last year his debut crime novel, The Man from Primrose Lane (Sarah Crichton Books, 2012) was released. Course Description: WRITING CRIME: TRUTH vs FICTION - What's easier? Writing true crime, or the next best-selling murder mystery? The techniques involved are surprisingly similar. James will explain and answer questions.

Les Roberts came to mystery writing after 25 years as a TV writer-producer in Hollywood before relocating to Northeast Ohio in 1990. Sixteen of his 27 books are set in Greater Cleveland. His newest is Whiskey Island, and a “stand-alone” (i.e. non-series) novel, The Strange Death Of Father Candy. Course Description: CREATING CREDIBLE CHARACTERS – Les Roberts’s books are all driven by interesting, memorable characters. So it’s only fitting that he speak on how to create characters that captivate readers and keeps them hooked—not just from page to page, but book to book.

Janice Phelps Williams is an illustrator of three picture books, author of Open Your Heart with Pets, and former book publisher. She has designed and/or edited 250+ books for indie authors and as publisher, launched many books for writers. She is currently writing a middle grade novel. Her web site is www.janicephelps.com. Course Description: EDITING YOUR WORK FOR PUBLICATION –Find out the common problems in manuscripts that many writers overlook, what publishers look for, and how to find and work with an editor. Course Description: CREATING, PUBLISHING & MARKETING YOUR EBOOK – Learn about the various eBook formats, how to prepare your files, the process of publishing, and how to market your ebook through online venues, social media, trade websites, and blogs.

Nora White, is a Biblical counselor, teacher, motivational speaker and owner of Healing Heart Ministries. She is author of Armed or Unarmed with the Power of God (First Book Library, 2000), and the revised version (Tate Publishing, 2008). If Only I Could Go Back which will soon be released. Her website is www.healingheartministries.com Course description: HOW TO BE YOUR OWN PUBLICIST: In today’s market you need all the help you can get to compete with the thousands of books published every month! Nora will share details on how to get media exposure by knowing your market, as well as how to have a successful book signing.

Our Editors

Elizabeth Irwin has more than 20 years’ experience in writing, editing, marketing and voiceover work. A freelance editor and consultant since 2007, she’s worked with writers of many genres to fine-tune their manuscripts before seeking publication or representation, as well as assisted with book jacket copy and query letters. Elizabeth also teaches writing-related classes at Owens Community College, including “Blogging Basics” and “Writing Family History.”

Judy Allen enjoys helping writers’ achieve greater critical, commercial, and artistic appeal. She has edited manuscripts for suspense, coming-of-age, short stories, contemporary Christian, children’s, romance, sports, self-help and social commentary titles. Judy is a marketing consultant, and adjunct professor at Lakeland and Tri-C colleges. She is a book reviewer for the Plain Dealer, and member of the National Book Critics Circle. Examples of her editing guidelines and book reviews are atwww.excellencezone.com.

Editor and writing coach, Diane Campbell Taylor's personal essays have appeared in print in Gritmagazine and the Plain Dealer. A life-long storyteller, Diane is currently shopping for an agent for her historical romance series set in Regency England. She assists other writers to fine-tune their novels, works of non-fiction, and personal essays. Her goal is to help you take your writing to the next level, making it the best it can be.

 

 


 

The 29th Annual Western Reserve Writers Conference and Workshop

Saturday, September 29, 2012 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Registration, Coffee and Juice

9:00 – 9:45 a.m. Welcome To Lakeland: Ann D’Agostino, Program Coordinator, Community Learning

Conference Overview: Deanna Adams

Keynote Address: Rick Porrello, author of Kill an Irishman, and Superthief

*Note: Workshops include writing exercise

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Workshop Workshop

Opportunities for ABC’s of Writing Perfecting Your Writing in

Writers in Theater Picture Books First Pages a FLASH!

Bob Abelman Tricia Springstubb Deanna Adams Michael Wilson

 

11::00 – 11:15 a.m. – Editing Sessions with Nancy Piazza, Diane Taylor, Elizabeth Irwin

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11:15 - 12:15 p.m.

 

Workshop Workshop

Write it The Scoop on Agents Writing Young Understanding the

Right! Do You Need One? Adult Fantasy Changes in Publishing

Keith Manos Casey Daniels Regina Geither Steve Grant

 

12:30 – 1:15 p.m. LUNCH– Included in fee if paid by September 14, 2012

Door Prizes, Book Sale & Author Signings

1: 00 – 1:30 p.m. - Editing Sessions with Nancy Piazza, Diane Taylor, Elizabeth Irwin

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Q & A Panel: The Writing Life - A Lively Discussion on Writers and Their Work . . .

Hosted by the following Presenters:

*Creative Thinking *Poems and Prose *Build Your Platform with Pinterest

Michael Wilson Ray McNiece Alanna Klapp

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2:30 – 2:45 p.m. - Editing Sessions with Nancy Piazza, Diane Taylor, Elizabeth Irwin

2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

Workshop Workshop

Finish Your Book 12 Ways to Make Critique Your Writing Your Story:

And Publish! Money - Nonfiction Book Queries Mastering the Memoir

Iris Angle/Chris Kastner Kelly Sagert Deanna Adams Michelle O’Neil

 

3:45 – 4:00 p.m. - Networking Reception, Refreshments, Door Prizes, Book Sale/Author Signings

Private Editing Consults!Register early! Spaces are limited. Interested participants should contact Deanna Adams at DeeNCR@aol.com for details and scheduling. Also, visit her website, www.deannaadams.com.

*Earlybird Registration Fee: $95

*Conference with Prearranged Editing Session Fee: $110

*Registration Fee After Sept. 14: $115

Easy and Fast! Online Registration https://cl.lakelandcc.edu/CourseStatus.awp?&course=13FPER900.01

Or by Mail: Lakeland Community College, Continuing Education Registration, 7700 Clocktower Dr., Kirtland, OH 44094-5198

For more Information: 440-525-7116 – 440-525-7812 – 1-800-589-8520

 

 

Our Presenters

 

Keynote Speaker: Rick Porrello is Cleveland-area police chief, an accomplished jazz musician, and author of The Rise and Fall of the Cleveland Mafia (Barricade Books, 1995), To Kill The Irishman: The War that Crippled the Mafia (Next Hat Press, 1998) and Superthief - A Master Burglar, the Mafia and the Biggest Bank Heist in U.S. History (Next Hat Press, 2005). The latter two were adapted for film and became major motion pictures. Rick is credited as Executive Producer on the film, Kill the Irishman and has served as a consulting producer for two documentaries. He is host of AmericanMafia.com, the internet’s biggest mob history site. He will speak on how he gathered information for his books and how his work was turned into film.

 

Journalist/educator/author Bob Abelman, Ph.D., is theater critic for the The News-Herald, the weeklyChagrin Valley Times and its sister publications. He is also Distinguished Professor of Communication at Cleveland State University, a produced playwright, and a professional actor with Broadway credits. His critical writing has earned first place honors in the 2011 and 2010 Ohio Professional Writers, Inc. and National Federation of Press Women Communications competitions. His most recent book is Refereeing the Muses: An Arts Journalism Primer (Peter Lang Publishing, 2011). Course Description - OPPORTUNITIES FOR WRITERS IN THEATER: Bob will describe the changing face and function of theater criticism and discuss the ample opportunities for fledgling arts journalists in the local marketplace and in cyberspace.

 

Deanna R. Adamsis a freelance writer, author, instructor, award-winning essayist, and conference coordinator. Her books include Rock ’n’ Roll and the Cleveland Connection (Kent State University Press, 2002), Confessions of a Not-So-Good Catholic Girl (Infinity Publishing, 2008) and Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Roots (Arcadia Publishing, 2010). Her web site is www.deannaadams.com. Course Description – PERFECTING YOUR FIRST PAGES: When it comes to getting an agent’s, editor’s, or readers’ attention, the first few pages are paramount if you want to keep them reading. Bring two double-spaced pages of your story to this session and Deanna will help you make them better! Course Description – CRITIQUE YOUR BOOK QUERY: In this session, learn how to write this all-important book pitch. Bring a copy of your query letter and Deanna will help you get it ready to submit.

 

Iris Llewellyn Angle is the author of Tell Your Story Walking: One Mother’s Legacy (Infinity Publishing, 2012) and Christine Kriha Kastner is the author of Soldiering On—Finding My Homes, Memoir of an Army Brat (Authorhouse, 2011). Course Description - FINISH YOUR BOOK AND PUBLISH!: There comes a time when you should wrap up your writing and publish! These past conference attendees will share their recent experiences with two different, independent publishers, and show how you, too, can get your book ready for that final step. Tips include how to find the right publisher for you, and the importance of good editing.

 

Casey Daniels’s latest in her popular Pepper Martin Mystery series is Supernatural Born Killers (Berkley Books). In addition, she writes the Button Box mystery series as author Kylie Logan. The second in that series, Hot Button (Berkley Books) was a June release. Next year, two new mystery series will be published. Course Description – THE SCOOP ON AGENTS: DO YOU NEED ONE?: An agent can be a writer’s best friend . . . or worst nightmare. In these days of changing markets and emerging technologies, do you really need one and if so, how can you find one? Casey Daniels is currently working with her sixth agent and will discuss the ups and the downs, the good and the bad, and help you decide if an agent is the key to your publishing future.

Regina M. Geither was raised on stories of legends, curses, and mystical lands. Today, she is a teacher, writer, and published author of the middle grade short story, Swamp Stallion, part of McGraw-Hill’s Imagine It! reading series. Her recent publication is the young adult paranormal fantasy novel, Island of Tory(Loconeal Publishing, LLC, 2012), a tale of Celtic myth and Irish curses. Regina also teaches adult novel writing at Polaris Career Center. Course Description - WRITING YOUNG ADULT FANTASY: The YA genre is a hot market these days. Learn the tricks to writing for teens and creating realistic young adult characters. Regina will share tips and secrets to writing stories that appeal to not only the young, but the young at heart.

Steve Grant is an intellectual property attorney with the Standley Law Group in Dublin, OH, and is an adjunct professor at Capital University Law School. He has taught copyright and other intellectual property topics at numerous conferences. Course Description - UNDERSTANDING THE CHANGES IN PUBLISHING: Major publishers have been caught between possibly-outdated copyright laws, and a clearly antiquated business model. What can a writer do? While Steve Grant will give you some answers, please bring your questions on legal issues involving writing and publishing.

Alanna Klapp is a freelance writer and regular contributor for Hope for Women Magazine. She’s also written articles for Profiles in Diversity Journal, The Suburbanite, and the Cuyahoga Falls Patch. She blogs at The Chipper Writer and contributes to the Cleveland Browns blog Bitter Orange & Brown. Panel Discussion: BUILD YOUR PLATFORM WITH PINTEREST: Alanna will discuss how fiction and nonfiction writers can use Pinterest to promote their writing. She will provide a brief crash course on the basics of Pinterest, and will share resources to get you started.

Keith Manos is a published writer of eight books, and veteran teacher who was named Ohio’s English Teacher of the Year in 2000. Course description – WRITE IT RIGHT!: Great writers know how to create sentences that have rhythm, symmetry, and weight. This seminar from a will provide participants with the skills and strategies they need to create the kind of sentences that can have a big influence on an editor selecting your piece over others. Interested? If so, you will leave this seminar knowing how to construct and punctuate engaging sentences that are balanced, concise, and memorable.

 

Ray McNiece is a working poet, actor, singer and educator. He has written six books of poems and monologues, two music CDs and four solo theater shows. He has won two Telly Awards for his sports poems seen on Sports Time Ohio. Panel Discussion: POEMS AND PROSE: Ray will discuss how to use poetic techniques in your prose for brevity and clarity.

Michelle O’Neil has written for Literary Mama, The Imperfect Parent, Age of Autism, Cool Cleveland ,Hopeful Parents and The Bark! She has contributed to two published anthologies and a professional journal on the subject of special-needs parenting. She is author of the memoir, Daughter of the Drunk at the Bar(Full Soul Publishing, 2011). In her blog, Fullsoulahead.com, she writes about autism, family, marriage, special needs and spirituality. Course Description – WRITING YOUR STORY: MASTERING THE MEMOIR: For the love of writing. In this session we will explore why we write. What's in it for the writer? Where does inspiration come from? How much is too much information to share? Specific focus on personal essay and memoir.

 

Kelly Boyer Sagert is a freelance writer with eleven nonfiction books and well over 1,000 shorter nonfiction pieces to her credit. She has also been commissioned to write multiple historically-based performance pieces. She has taught writing online for Writer’s Digest’s Writer’s Online Workshops since 2000, and is the organizer of the Ohio Writer’s Conference at TrueNorth Cultural Arts. Course Description – 12 WAYS TO MAKE MONEY WITH NONFICTION: Kelly will share tips and strategies for publishing success as a prolific nonfiction writer.

 

Tricia Springstubb has published over a dozen books for children. Her two most recent are middle grade novels: Mo Wren, Lost and Found, and What Happened on Fox Street (2011, 2010, both HarperCollins).Fox Street was named to numerous best of the year lists, including Kirkus and the Washington Post, and won the Ohioana Award for children's literature. She has two books forthcoming from Candlewick: the picture book Phoebe and Digger, (2012) and the chapter book, Not Even Cody (2013). Visit her at www.triciaspringstubb.com. Course Description - ABCs OF WRITING PICTURE BOOKS: Tricia will discuss the essentials of great writing for children, and how to pitch it. Bring questions!

 

 

Michael Wilson is author of Flash Writing: How to Write, Revise and Publish Stories Less Than 1000 Words Long, and has been teaching creative writing for more than a decade. He has been a popular presenter at this conference for many years. Visit his web site at www.flashwriting.com. Course description - WRITING IN A FLASH!: Flash Writing is a writing technique to help writers break through blocks, and get that writing project started. Originally developed for fiction, Flash Writing is versatile and can be used for any genre. Panel Discussion - CREATIVE THINKING: Michael will discuss how to adapt creative writing techniques to produce imaginative, exciting writing. Get ready for a writing exercise that will help you write with energy and a new perspective that will last long after the conference is over.

 

Our Editors:

With more than 20 years of editing, writing, marketing, and media relations experience, Elizabeth Irwin became a full-time freelance editor in 2006. She’s assisted authors in several genres including memoir, mystery, dark urban fantasy, and romance. Elizabeth teaches through Owens Community College in Toledo, including Writing Family History, Blogging Basics, and Self-Promotion for Writers. She also coordinates the Write Brain Workshop in Toledo.

Award-winning, professional editor Nancy E. Piazza is a published writer with 23 years of editing experience, working for aspiring as well as published writers. As our longtime conference editor, Nancy assists writers in a friendly, helpful manner toward achieving their goals of publication. Through her business, Writeperson Ltd.—Western Reserve Editing (www.writeperson.com), she edits novels, short stories, nonfiction books, articles, essays, and letters. Nancy is a member of several organizations, including Publishing and Editing Professionals along with the Authors and Publishers Association. Visit her Web site for an up-to-date list of edited books.

Diane Campbell Taylor's personal essays have appeared in Grit magazine and the Plain Dealer. She is currently working on a historical novel set in Cleveland. Diane is frequently called upon to use her editing expertise to assist writers to fine-tune their novels, works of nonfiction, and personal essays. Her goal is to help you take your writing to the next level, making it the best it can be.

 


 

21st Annual Western Reserve Spring Writers’ Conference

Saturday, March 31, 2012 8:30 a.m. – 1: 30 p.m.

Conference Coordinator: Deanna R. Adams


8:30 – 9:00 a.m. – Registration and Coffee

9:00 a.m. – Welcome To Lakeland: Ann D’Agostino, Program Coordinator, Community Learning

Overview of Conference – Deanna R. Adams

9:15 – 10:15 a.m.

Writing for Trade/ All about Writers’ Beginnings, Middles Unleashing the Power

Specialty Publications Critique Groups & Endings of Google Docs

Gail Bellamy Diane Campbell Taylor Liana Laverentz Erin O’Brien

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10:15 - 10:30 a.m. - Prearranged Editing Sessions with Nancy Piazza and Elizabeth Irwin

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10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Writing for the Living the Self-Publishing Options: Writing about

Chronologically Superior Writing Life What’s Best for You? Real People

Barbara Kussow Claudia Taller Peter Grondin Deanna R. Adams

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11:30 - 11:45 a.m. - Prearranged Editing Sessions with Nancy Piazza and Elizabeth Irwin

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11:45 - 12:45 p.m.

Ideas to Boost Get the Facts, Make a Writing Food The Yellow Brick

Your Creativity Plan, Get Published Memoir Road To Storytelling

Liana Laverentz Julie Anne Lindsey Erin O’Brien Carole Calladine

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12:45 - 1:00 p.m. - Prearranged Editing Sessions with Nancy Piazza and Elizabeth Irwin

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1:00 – 1:30 p.m. - Social Reception and Refreshments, Book Sale and Author Signing

1:15 – 1:30 p.m. – Q & A Panel on Writing – All Your Questions Answered by Experts!

1:15 - 1:30 p.m. - Prearranged Editing Sessions with Nancy Piazza and Elizabeth Irwin

$69 – Conference course #

$10 – Prearranged Editing Consult (See Below)

 

Sessions with Editor Nancy Piazza Sessions with Editor Elizabeth Irwin

(10:15-10:30 am) (10:15-10:30 am)

(11:30-11:45 am) (11:30-11:45 am)

(12:45-1:00 p.m.) (12:45-1:00 p.m.)

(1:15-1:30 pm) (1:15-1:30 pm)

Editing session details will be e-mailed from Deanna Adams upon registration.

Lakeland Registration, Lakeland Community College, 7700 Clocktower Dr., Kirtland OH 44094. For more information, CALL: 440-525-7116, 440-525-7812 or 1-800-589-8520. Online information, www.lakelandcc.edu/comeduc/

Presenters & Editors

Deanna R. Adamsis a freelance writer, author, instructor, and award-winning essayist. Her books include Rock ’n’ Roll and the Cleveland Connection (Kent State University Press, 2002), Confessions of a Not-So-Good Catholic Girl (Infinity Publishing, 2008) and Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Roots (Arcadia Publishing, 2010). She has recently completed her first novel. Deanna is also an instructor and coordinator of the Western Reserve Writers’ Conference and founder of the Women Writers’ Winter Retreat. Course Description – WRITING ABOUT REAL PEOPLE: Writing about real people isn’t as easy as it sounds. Yes, they certainly are “characters” but these ones you can’t make up! Deanna will talk, and demonstrate, how to make even the dull people you’re writing about interesting—even unforgettable.

Poet/journalist/author Gail Bellamy, Ph.D., is executive food editor of a national monthly magazine for the restaurant industry and has had freelance work published in approximately 100 literary, trade and consumer publications. Her books include Cleveland Food Memories (Gray & Co., 2003), Design Spirits (PBC International, 1995; St. Martin’s Press, 1996), Victual Reality and Traveler’s Salad (Pudding House, 2000 & 2009); she also co-authored The Vegetable Storybook (Keiki O Ka Aina Press, 2010). Gail received a CPAC 2010 Creative Workforce Fellowship in Literature, funded by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, and served as 2009 and 2010 City of Cleveland Heights Poet Laureate. Course Description—WRITING FOR TRADE AND SPECIALTY PUBLICATIONS: Gail will define this market, discuss the opportunities it offers, and provide tips on how to break into these publications.

Carole Calladine is a freelance writer with articles appearing in Parents’, Family Circle, and numerous Sunday Magazines. Her books include: Second Story Woman, One Terrific Year, and Raising Brothers and Sisters Without Raising the Roof. Besides offering writing classes, Carole facilitates workshops on Soul Collage®, journaling, and time management. Course Description—THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD TO STORYTELLING: If you’re like Dorothy, you need some trusty companions to write your way to a satisfactory ending. This workshop will discuss opening lines, need for conflict, and the narrative arc of the main character’s journey. So come and learn how to find your magical, ruby writing slippers.

Pete PJ Grondin is author of four McKinney Brothers Murder Mystery/Suspense novels. The series includes A Lifetime of Vengeance (Second Edition, PD House Holdings, LLC, 2006), A Lifetime of Deception (PD House Holdings, LLC, 2007), A Lifetime of Exposure, PD House Holdings, LLC, 2009) and A Lifetime of Terror (PD House Holdings, LLC, 2011). Course Description – SELF PUBLISHING OPTIONS: WHAT'S THE BEST PATH FOR ME?: Based on his bad experience with a not-so-reputable publisher and his success in self publishing, Pete provides valuable information on the pitfalls and rewards of self publishing in an easy-to-follow, entertaining presentation.

Elizabeth Irwin is a freelance editor and writer with 20 years' experience. Recently published clients include Karen C.L. Anderson (After the Before and After, BookLocker, 2010) and Adrienne Wilder (City of Dragons: Blood Bonds, Liquid Silver, 2009). In addition to editing everything from memoir to dark urban fantasy, Elizabeth coordinates the Write Brain Workshop each fall in Perrysburg, Ohio; and teaches "Writing Family History" and "Writing Short" at Owens Community College; and serves as a Biblical storyteller. She also maintains a blog about faith, hope, gratitude and the creative life called "I Face the Sun."

Barbara Kussow is editor of Still Crazy, a literary magazine that publishes poetry, fiction, and essays written by and about people over fifty. The magazine looks for fresh perspectives and material that challenges patronizing, sentimental, and stereotyping attitudes toward aging. Course Description – WRITING FOR THE CHRONOLOGICALLY SUPERIOR: Writing for the “chronologically superior” is not exactly a genre like Chick Lit, YA Lit, or Kid Lit, but its practitioners are talented with a rich diversity of ideas and experiences.Barbara seeks and offer perspectives that challenge patronizing, sentimental or stereotyping attitudes. Using examples of poems, short stories, and essays from Still Crazy, she will discuss the themes and characteristics that offer a glimpse into a relatively untapped area of writing.

Liana Laverentz is the award-winning author of three contemporary romances with The Wild Rose Press. Her motivational articles and essays published in Faith Magazine and Zen Moments. She’s been writing and editing for nearly 25 years and has a freelance editorial business as well. Her blog, Living on a Prayer, Living with PMDD, prompted her upcoming non-fiction book on women’s health and wellness. Her website is www.lianalaverentz.com. Course Descriptions: TEN GREAT IDEAS TO BOOST YOUR CREATIVITY - Liana will share ways to jump start your brain when you think you’re stuck or feel like you have writer’s block. BEGINNINGS, MIDDLES AND ENDINGS - Liana will provide tips on howto write an opening that gets an editor’s attention, keep your story’s middle from sagging, and write an ending that leaves your reader wanting more.

Julie Anne Lindsey’s romance novella, Bloom, launched a new imprint, Honey Creek books, with the Turquoise Morning Press and also begins her Seeds of Love series. Her debut women’s fiction novel, Death by Chocolate, kicks off her Killer Confections Saga with kNight Romance Publishing. She is a member of the Canton Writer’s Guild, and maintains a daily blog, Musings from the Slush Pile, where she shares thoughts, tips and tricks to stay out of the slush.Course Description –GET THE FACTS, MAKE A PLAN, GET PUBLISHED: If you’re determined to break into the publishing industry, you need to set goals. Then create a detailed plan to reach them, and obtain the facts to make it happen. Get ready to reach your writing goals. Julie will show you how.

Erin O'Brien's eclectic features have appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Plain Dealer and others. Her book of humorous nonfiction and food memoir, The Irish Hungarian Guide to the Domestic Arts was recently published by Red Giant Books. Course Descriptions – WRITING FOOD MEMOIR: In this fast-paced session, see how to turn everyday kitchen triumphs and mishaps into charming food essays and memoir. Discover how unlocking the key to your reader’s heart is as simple as guiding them through your kitchen. Come prepared to jump into the discussion and complete a "tasty" exercise. UNLEASHING THE POWER OF GOOGLE DOCS: Google Docs is one of the most powerful tools for writers, allowing you to turn any document into a live webpage. Learn the basics and get the tips you need to unleash this simple, formidable and FREE resource.

Award-winning, professional editor Nancy E. Piazza is a published writer with 23 years of editing experience, working for aspiring as well as published writers. Nancy’s editing is always well received, as she is down-to-earth and assists writers in a friendly, helpful manner toward achieving their goals of publication. Through her business, Writeperson Ltd.—Western Reserve Editing (www.writeperson.com), she edits novels, short stories, nonfiction books, articles, essays, and letters. Nancy is profiled in theNational Directory of Editors and Writers, (M. Evans and Company, 2005) and is a member of several organizations, including Publishing and Editing Professionals along with Authors, Writers, Publishers, Editors, and other Professionals. Visit her web site for an up-to-date list of edited books and recommendations.

Claudia Taller is the corporate columnist for Paralegal Today, a regular contributor to Cool Cleveland, and has written for Northern Ohio Live, West Shore Live Well, Muse, Long Weekends, Yahoo!, and The Plain Dealer Sunday Magazine. Her book Ohio’s Lake Erie Winerieswas released in June 2011. She helps people ignite possibilities through Word Lovers retreats. Course Description - THE WRITING LIFE: Many people want to write, but self-doubt and lifestyle constraints hold us back. If we give ourselves permission, call ourselves writers, and just start writing, we find our own voices and the topics we are passionate about. Success requires us to read like a writer, find our spiritual connection, and focus on writing goals. Claudia will help you truly live the Writing Life.

Diane Campbell Taylor is a personal writing coach and editor. Currently working on a Cleveland-based historical novel, Diane's essays have appeared in The Plain Dealer and Grit magazine. ALL ABOUT WRITERS' CRITIQUE GROUPS: Learn how to take your writing to the next level by forming or joining a critique group. Diane will provide tips on effectively giving and receiving feedback and discuss how to decide whether an in-person or an online group is right for you.


The 28th Annual Western Reserve Writers Conference and Workshop

Saturday, September 24, 2011 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Conference Coordinator: Deanna R. Adams

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.: Registration, Continental Breakfast, Coffee ______________________________________________________________________________

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.: Welcome Overview: Ann D’Agostino and Deanna Adams

Keynote Address:Author, David Giffels: “The Discomfort of Memoir”_______________________________________________________________

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Workshop Workshop Workshop

Writing For The Elements Writing Creative Publicizing Your Work

Young Adults of Mystery Nonfiction Through Social Media

Lisa & Laura Roecker Amanda Flower Deanna Adams Lori Weber

 

11:00 – 11:15 a.m. – Prearranged Editing Sessions with Nancy Piazza, Elizabeth Irwin, Diane DiPiero _____________________________________________________________________________

11:15 - 12:15 p.m.

Workshop

Do You Need Before and After Developing Issues The Power of

An Agent ? the Writing is Done in Today’s Publishing Point of View

Deanna Adams James Barnes Steve Grant Marsha McGregor

12:30 – 1:15 p.m. LUNCH – Included in fee, if paid by September 16, 2011 - Door Prizes, Book Sale & Author Signings

1:15 – 1:30 p.m. – Prearranged Editing Sessions with Nancy Piazza, Elizabeth Irwin, Diane DiPiero _____________________________________________________________________________

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. - Q & A Panel: The Writing Life - A Lively Discussion on Writers and Their Work . . . Hosted by the Following Presenters:

*The Road to Publication *E-Books Are Here To Stay *New Opportunities for Writers

Lisa and Laura Roecker Susanne Alexander Kristen Hampshire

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. – Prearranged Editing Sessions with Nancy Piazza, Elizabeth Irwin

2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

Workshop Workshop

Writing Romance Editing Your Writing Nonfiction Creating Great

& Women’s Fiction Manuscript Books and Articles Characters

Debbie Alferio Diane DiPiero Mike Olszewski Les Roberts

 

3:45 – 4:00 p.m. - Networking Reception, Refreshments, Door Prizes, Book Sale/Author Signing s

3:45 – 4:00 p.m. – Prearranged Editing Sessions with Nancy Piazza, Elizabeth Irwin

*Private Editing Consults! Fee: $10. Register early! Spaces are limited. Interested participants should contact Deanna Adams at DeeNCR@aol.com for details and scheduling. Also, visit her website, www.deannaadams.com.

*Workshops Noted Above Include Writing Prompts

*Conference Fee: $99 *Conference Fee with Prearranged Editing Session: $109

*Easy and Fast! Online Registration https://cl.lakelandcc.edu/CourseStatus.awp?&course=12FPER900.01

Or by Mail: Lakeland Community College, Continuing Education Registration, 7700 Clocktower Dr., Kirtland, OH 44094-5198

For More Information: 440-525-7116 – 440-525-7812 – 1-800-589-8520

*Editing Sessions details will be e-mailed upon registration from Deanna Adams, DeeNCR@aol.com

 

 

*Conference Presenters

Keynote Speaker:

David Giffels is the author of the acclaimed, award-winning memoir, All the Way Home: Building a Family in a Falling-Down House, and coauthor of the nonfiction books, Are We Not Men? We Are Devo! and Wheels of Fortune: The Story of Rubber in Akron. A former columnist for theAkron Beacon Journal, he also was a writer for MTV’s Beavis and Butt-Head. Now an assistant professor of English at University of Akron, he teaches creative nonfiction in the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts Program. Keynote Address: “I Hope Everyone Buys It But No One Reads It: The Discomfort of Memoir.” David reveals the tension and difficulty of writing honestly about personal events and emotions, while offering advice on adapting true life to personal nonfiction.

 

Deanna Adams is a freelance writer, award-winning essayist, author of three books, and an instructor at Lakeland Community College. She’s the longtime coordinator of the Western Reserve Writers Conference, and founder/director of the Women Writers’ Winter Retreat. She has just completed her first novel, and at press time, is shopping agents. Her web site is www.deannaadams.com. Course Descriptions: WRITING CREATIVE NONFICTION - Learn how to tell a true story in a way that hooks readers in the first paragraph and takes them on an intriguing journey. This session will spark ideas, and inform you on the markets available. DO YOU NEED AN AGENT? - What can an agent do for you? This session will cover what you need to know about agents and help you decide if you do, in fact, need one. Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, Deanna will show how to find, and interest, the right agent for your needs.

Susanne M. Alexander, a relationship & marriage coach, has written and published many books on the topic. Both her latest, All-in-One Marriage Prep (a 2011 finalist in The Eric Hoffer Award), and Marriage Can Be Forever—Preparation Counts! are available as PDF eBooks. Susanne is now branching out to include MOBI, LIT, and ePub formats, as well as producing some books only as eBooks. Her web sites are www.marriagetransformation.com, and (www.allinonemarriageprep.com). Or email her at: susanne@marriagetransformation.com.Panelist Discussion: eBOOKS ARE HERE TO STAY - Susanne will share her experiences and lessons learned, as well as answer questions about creating, publishing, and marketing eBooks.

Debbie Alferio is an award-winning author and speaker whose Forever Love series was inspired by an actual dream. Debbie is the Ohio Representative for Authors Across America, and member of the International Writer’s Association, Ohio Professional Writers, Writer’s Ink, and the Sauna Friends Writer’s Group. Her web sites are www.freewebs.com/debsbooks, www.debbiealferio.blogspot.com. Course Description: WRITING ROMANCE AND WOMEN’S FICTION - Debbie will discuss the differences between romance and women’s fiction, and demonstrate how to develop plots and subplots that will capture and keep the reader’s interest from start to finish. Learn how to incorporate “women’s issues” to enhance your story, how to organize chapters to keep the pages turning, and how to create memorable characters that will leave readers wanting more.

James O. Barnes has been teaching and telling stories most of his life. James holds a Masters in Ancient and Classical History and is an author, and publisher for Loconeal Publishing, as well as a father and homeschooling dad. James is currently working on his second Book of Orenck titled, Imposter. Course Description: BEFORE AND AFTER THE WRITING IS DONE - Discover how to become “known” before your manuscript is complete through both traditional and modern technology sources. Learn what steps should be taken and what assets to benefit from. Websites, blogs, freelancing, blog tours, conferences, the enhanced submission process— this and more will be covered in this presentation.

Diane DiPiero began her editorial career about 20 years ago at Ladies’ Home Journal in New York City. After serving as associate editor of Colonial Homes Magazine, she moved to Cleveland to pursue a career as a freelance writer. Her work has appeared in numerous print and online publications. Her blogs are: www.asiwaswriting.blogspot.com and www.dianedipiero.com. Course Description: EDITING YOUR WORK - Spell Check is wonderful, but when it comes to creating near-perfect copy, you have to rely on your own editing abilities. Learn how to check your writing for clarity, flow and value, as well as for spelling and grammatical errors. This session is valuable for independent writers, bloggers, and anyone planning to publish or self-publish a book or e-Book.

Amanda Flower is an Agatha-nominated mystery author. Her debut novel, Maid of Murder, is an Agatha Award Nominee for Best First Novel, and the first in a series, featuring amateur sleuth India Hayes. Like her main character, Amanda is an academic librarian for a small college near Cleveland. Her next mystery, Murder in a Basket, will be released in January 2012. Her website is: www.amandaflower.com. Course Description: THE ELEMENTS OF MYSTERY - Are you wondering what it takes to write a breakout mystery novel? This session will reveal the ins and outs of mystery writing and will include a comparison of mystery’s subgenres that will help you pick the right subgenre for your writing style.

Steve Grant is an intellectual property attorney in Columbus, where he is also an adjunct professor at Capital University Law School. Course Description: DEVELOPING ISSUES IN TODAY’S LITERARY PUBLISHING - Traditional business models in the book publishing industry are floundering. Libraries are making a strong push-back against a model that has been adopted for e-Books. Learn how these changes and others will affect existing and future contracts with authors. Is the traditional publishing house extinct?

Kristen Hampshire is an award-winning freelance journalist and author of 12 nonfiction books in the home and garden, pet lifestyle, arts and medical genres. Her work has appeared in national publications including Ladies’ Home Journal, Fortune, Cooking Light, Consumers Digest and online at HGTV.com and FrontDoor.com. Panel Discussion: NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR WRITERS - Clients need your writing! Take your talents to outlets other than traditional magazine and newspaper. Think beyond the written page and tap into other opportunities, from copywriting to marketing and online opportunities. Kristen Hampshire will lead a discussion about where you can sell your writing tomorrow.

Elizabeth Irwin is a freelance editor, writer and voiceover professional with 20 years’ experience. In addition to participating in the Western Reserve Writers’ Conference, she coordinates the Write Brain Workshop in Perrysburg, Ohio, and teaches writing classes through Owens Community College. Elizabeth is working on a memoir and two novels. She also maintains the blog, “I Face the Sun” at Wordpress. And sometimes, she even gets to sleep a little.

Marsha McGregor writes essays, op ed articles and features that have appeared in a variety of regional and national venues. Her essays frequently appear in Cleveland Magazine. Her poetry has earned regional awards and her middle-grade novel manuscript was a finalist for the Katherine Paterson Prize for YA and Children’s Writing. One of her essays will be included in the upcoming collection YOU. An Anthology of Essays in the Second Person (Welcome Table Press). Course Description: THE POWER OF POINT OF VIEW - Whether you’re writing fiction or nonfiction, few elements of story carry as much weight as the narrator’s voice. This session will illustrate how an authentic voice creates believable characters in fiction, and engages readers in nonfiction. Participants will examine examples from published works, as well as experiment with tools and techniques of voice.

Mike Olszewski is a veteran radio/TV journalist and author of several books on media history, including Radio Daze: Stories from the Front in Cleveland's FM Air Wars and the newly published WIXY 1260: Pixies, Six-Packs and Supermen (Kent State University Press). Mike is also a documentary filmmaker, winning a 2009 Emmy for the program based on his Radio Daze book. he is also an instructor of media and popular culture at KSU, Notre Dame and the University of Akron. Mike and his wife, Janice, have yet another book on media history due out in 2013. Course Description: WRITING NONFICTION BOOKS OR ARTICLES - You can be creative with everything but the facts. Getting those facts can sometimes be difficult, thanks to faulty memories and “personal mythologies.” This session explores the many hurdles to getting the story right the first time.

Award-winning editor Nancy E. Piazza is a published writer with 22 years of editing experience. Through her business, Writeperson Ltd.—Western Reserve Editing (www.writeperson.com), Nancy edits novels, short stories, nonfiction books, articles, essays, blogs, and letters for aspiring as well as published writers. She is profiled in the National Directory of Editors and Writers, (M. Evans and Company, 2005). In February 2011, Nancy’s client, Phyllis Levine, a former English teacher, published her fourth novel, What’s Up, Matilda? (Wasteland Press). Nancy’s editing is always well received, as she assists writers in a friendly, helpful manner toward achieving their goals of publication.

Les Roberts came to mystery writing after 25 years as a TV writer-producer in Hollywood before relocating to Northeast Ohio in 1990. Fifteen of his 25 books are set in Greater Cleveland. His newest is The Cleveland Creep and a “stand-alone” (i.e. non-series) novel is due in November. Course Description: CREATING GREAT CHARACTERS– Les Roberts’s books are all character-driven. So it’s only fitting that he speak on how to create characters that captivate readers and keeps them hooked—not just from page to page, but book to book.

Lisa and Laura Roecker are sisters-turned-writing-partners with a love of all things “Young Adult.” Some call it arrested development, but the Cleveland-based sisters claim it keeps them young. Their first novel, The Liar Society, was released in March 2011 (Sourcebooks). Course Description - WRITING FOR YOUNG ADULTS: Capturing the elusive teen voice can be tricky. Lisa and Laura will discuss together what will help your YA writing stand apart from the rest (aside from watching copious amounts of MTV, which may or may not be a prerequisite). This includes pacing, believable dialogue, three-dimensional characters and more!

Lori Weber’s writing career started when she accepted the crime beat reporter position at the Las Cruces Sun News in New Mexico in 1990. Since then, she has written articles, annual reports, blog posts and tweets on everything from alpacas to food to tires to knitting. Her work has appeared in Women’s World Magazine, Cleveland Magazine and other publications. Course Description – PUBLICIZING YOUR WORK THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA: Lori entered the world of Social Media (SoMe) kicking and screaming, believing its primary purpose was to fritter time away that would be better spent writing. What she didn’t expect was that the SoMe medium would turn into an amazing professional vehicle. Learn how to use SoMe to showcase your work as well as network with other professionals and writers.

 

 

 

 


 

Read about us in the January issue of Writers' Digest!

 

The 20th Annual Western Reserve Spring Writers’ Conference

Saturday, March 26, 2011 8:30 a.m. – 1: 30 p.m.

 

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. – Registration and Coffee ______________________________________________________________________________________

 

9:00 a.m. – Welcome To Lakeland: Ann D’Agostino, Program Coordinator, Community Learning

Overview of Conference – Deanna R. Adams

 

9:15 – 10:15 a.m.

 

Self-Publishing & The Art of Writing How to Write Articles Increasing Suspense

The POD Method Women’s Fiction That Sell! in Your Novel

Paul Mathews Diane Campbell Taylor David Budin Malcolm Wood

 

10:15 - 10:30 a.m. - Prearranged Editing Sessions with Nancy Piazza and Elizabeth Irwin ______________________________________________________________________________________

 

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

 

 

Flash Writing: Stories Plotting Sci-Fi & Writing—and Selling-- How to Win Over

1, 000 Words or Less Fantasy Stories Your Children’s Book an Agent or Publisher

Michael Wilson S. Andrew Swann Vicki Stracensky Deanna R. Adams

 

 

11:30 - 11:45 a.m. - Prearranged Editing Sessions with Nancy Piazza and Elizabeth Irwin

____________________________________________________________________________________

 

11:45 - 12:45 p.m.

 

Researching Your Poetry for Amp it Up!: Book It! The Latest on

Memoir Prose Writers Adding Drama to Stories Publicity & Promotion

Vicki Vigil Ray McNiece Casey Daniels Jane Lassar & John Gorman

 

12:45 - 1:00 p.m. - Prearranged Editing Sessions with Nancy Piazza and Elizabeth Irwin

 

____________________________________________________________________________________

 

1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Networking Reception and Refreshments, Book Sale and Author Signing

1:15 – 1:30 p.m. –Q & A Panel on Writing – All Your Questions Answered by Experts!

 

1:15 - 1:30 p.m. - Prearranged Editing Sessions with Nancy Piazza and Elizabeth Irwin

 

$65 – Conference course #

$10 – Prearranged Editing Consult (See Below)

 

Sessions with Editor Nancy Piazza Sessions with Editor Elizabeth Irwin

(10:15-10:30 am) (10:15-10:30 am)

(11:30-11:45 am) (11:30-11:45 am)

(12:45-1:00 p.m.) (12:45-1:00 p.m.)

(1:15-1:30 pm) (1:15-1:30 pm)

*You must register for the conference first before booking an Editing Session.

 

Lakeland Registration: Lakeland Community College, 7700 Clocktower Dr., Kirtland OH 44094. For more information, CALL: 440-525-7116, 440-525-7812 or 1-800-589-8520.

Online Information and Registration:www.lakelandcc.edu/comeduc/

 

Conference Presenters

 

Deanna Adams is a freelance writer, award-winning essayist, author of three books, and has just completed her first novel. Her books include Rock ’n’ Roll and the Cleveland Connection (Kent State University Press, 2002), Confessions of a Not-So-Good CatholicGirl (Infinity Publishing, 2008) andCleveland’s Rock and Roll Roots (Arcadia Publishing, 2010). Deanna is the coordinator of the Western Reserve Writers Conference, and an instructor at Lakeland Community College. Her web site is http://www.deannaadams.com.Course description -HOW TO WIN OVER AN AGENT OR PUBLISHER: If you want to get your book published, you need to know the ins and out of the business. In this session, Deanna will discuss how to write a standout, professional query for both fiction and nonfiction works. She’ll show how to find the right agent or publisher for your book and get their attention.

 

David Budin is a longtime free-lancer for many national and regional magazines, and former editor of Cleveland Magazine and Northern Ohio Live publications. Course Description - HOW TO WRITE ARTICLES THAT SELL!: Discover useful tricks of the trade, along with essential nuts-and-bolts information to sell your articles. But first, it begins with story ideas and how to pitch them to editors, then write them in a way that’s compelling to readers. This veteran writer will show you how.

 

Casey Daniels once applied for a job as a cemetery tour guide. She didn’t get the job, but she did get the idea for the heroine in her popular Pepper Martin mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime. The seventh book in the series, A Hard Day's Fright, will be on shelves April 5th. In addition to mysteries, Casey has written romance, young adult novels, and a book for children. She has published more than 40 books in her career. Course Description - AMP IT UP!: ADDING DRAMA TO YOUR STORIES: Learn how to add both tension and drama to your books, short stories and/or nonfiction articles. Every element of writing works together to make your stories dramatic: Characters, Dialogue, Pacing, Plot. Casey will let you in on three simple things that can make a huge difference and get your writing noticed.

 

Vicki Stracensky is a multiple Emmy award-winning director at Fox8in Cleveland, Ohio. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communication from Florida Atlantic University. Wise On Weather!, illustrated by chief meteorologist, Dick Goddard, is Vicki's first book. Part of the book’s proceeds go to Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. Her website is WWW.WISEONWEATHER.COM.Course Description –WRITING—AND SELLING—YOUR CHILDREN’S BOOK: Vicki will share with you her journey of how she got her idea from head to heart to hand. She will help you brainstorm creative book ideas, find avenues for sales, and interesting collaborations that can get your children’s book published. She will discuss how to develop your story and where to market it to attract both the obvious and the unique audiences.

 

Jane Lassar is publicist for Gray & Company, Publishers. For over 30 years, she has worked in the public relations field getting prime-time coverage for authors and clients and lining up radio and TV interviews. John Gorman is a media consultant and author of The Buzzard: Inside the Glory Days of WMMS and Cleveland Rock Radio. Course Description - BOOK IT! THE LATEST ON PUBLICITY AND PROMOTION FOR WRITERS AND AUTHORS: This session offers two for one! Learn hot tricks of the trade from a working publicist and an author who built his brand using social media tools. Whether doing your own publicity or working with a professional publicist, get an insider’s view of the media: what editors, reviewers, and producers are looking for and how they work. Also, a look at the ever-changing role of social media and how one author gained thousands of new readers through blogging and Facebook.

 

Paul Mathews is an engineer and scientist with 30 years of experience at GE Lighting, Lakeland Community College, and as an independent consultant. He’s written two textbooks to support his training and consulting business. His first book was published by a large publishing house. He decided to self-publish his second book using the print-on-demand (POD) method. After experiences with both options, Paul has decided to self-publish his third book. Course Description - SELF-PUBLISHING AND THE POD METHOD: With few exceptions, publishers, not authors, make the money. After you’ve invested thousands of hours in writing your book, shouldn’t you invest some time deciding how to publish it? Learn the steps in establishing yourself as a publisher and the process of printing your book using Print-on-Demand services.

 

Ray McNiece is a poet, actor, singer, educator, and the author of six books of poetry and monologues, most recently Our Way of Life from Bottom Dog Press. He co-edited the anthology of Contemporary Buddhist Poetry,America Zen. He has captained two National Poetry Slam Championship teams in Boston and Cleveland, and won the Arkansas Grand Slam. He is the poetry editor for political e-zine Nov3rdClub, and for the Lit Center’s arts-lit magazine, Muse.Course description – POETRY FOR PROSE WRITERS: Mark Twain said “the difference between the almost right word and the right word is the difference between the lightening bug and lightening.” In this workshop, Ray will explore how to find the right word using poetic techniques.

 

S. Andrew Swann has published over 20 novels, across several genres, including SF, Fantasy and Horror. His latest book isMessiah (DAW Books, Feb. 2011) which concludes the epic three-volume space opera,Apotheosis. His Wolfbreed (Spectra, 2009) and Wolf's Cross (Spectra, 2010) books are about werewolves and the Teutonic Knights in medieval Eastern Europe. His web site is www.sandrewswann.com.Course Description - PLOTTING SCI-FI AND FANTASY: Plotting is the engine that makes a story go. You can populate your story with the most interesting characters in the world, have a gorgeous prose style, and present the most intricate world-building imaginable, but if the story has a weak or absent plot, it’ll just sit there inert, failing to engage the reader. S. Andrew Swann will present the questions you’ll need to ask in a SF/F story—and in fiction in general—in order to rev up that idling plot engine.

 

Diane Campbell Taylor’s personal essays have appeared in Grit magazine and the Plain Dealer. She is currently working on the second novel in her historical romance series. Course Description - THE ART OF WRITING WOMEN'S FICTION: What do women want to read? In this interactive session, learn how to keep your work of women’s fiction out of the slush pile. Diane will give vital tips on characterization, story structure, and other elements of great fiction. Come prepared to join in on a fun writing exercise.

 

An unusual epitaph in the local newspaper got Vicki Blum Vigil interested in area cemeteries. That led to her first book, Cleveland Cemeteries Stones, Symbols and Stories, and then two more, Finding Your Family History in Northeast Ohio and Cemeteries of Northeast Ohio. Vicki has visited numerous historical societies, archives, and genealogy groups while gaining knowledge that is essential when researching your family memoir. She is President of the Ohio Cemetery Alliance, Chairperson of the Cemetery Committee for the Ohio Genealogical Society and project chair of East Cuyahoga County Genealogical Society. Course Description – RESEARCHING YOUR MEMOIR: Vicki will introduce a variety of formats and styles for memoir, offer ways to generate ideas for your project, and offer tips about publishing the final product.

Michael Wilson is the author of Flash Writing: How to Write, Revise and Publish Stories Less Than 1000 Words Long (http://www.flashwriting.com) and has been teaching creative writing classes for more than a decade. He’s been a featured guest speaker at the Thurber House, the Columbus Writers Conference, and on The Writing Show podcast. He also publishes a blog:Grist for the Muse: http://gristforthemuse.blogspot.com. Course Description – FLASH WRITING: HOW TO WRITE STORIES 1,000 WORDS OR LESS: What is Flash Fiction? How do you write it? Improve your writing skills by learning how to compress the elements of fiction into one compact story. Join Michael Wilson to learn the basics of how to write stories for this hot literary trend.

Malcolm Wood is the West Side Writers Workshop fiction moderator and a popular presenter at writing conferences. He keeps up on current trends as an attendee and/or panelist at numerous conferences. He has participated in the Cleveland Science Fiction Workshop, written seven novels, and is currently seeking an agent. Course Description – INCREASING SUSPENSE IN YOUR NOVEL: Mysteries, action/adventure, and detective stories all require components that build, add, and/or continue the suspense—but so do other fictional genres. Authors need to keep readers’ attention, keep them turning the page, and give them something to worry about. Malcolm will share tips, tricks and methods to increase suspense in your novel.

 

Conference Editors

 

Elizabeth Irwin is a full-time freelance editor, writer, and voiceover professional with 20 years’ experience. She has taught classes on editing and writing family history for Owens Community College in Toledo. Her clients have written and published in a variety of genres, from memoir to dark urban fantasy. In September 2010, her client, Adrienne Wilder, published her first novel,City of Dragons: Blood Bond (Liquid Silver Press). Elizabeth is our newest addition to professional editors for this conference. Her web site is www.irwinfreelance.com.

 

Award-winning editorNancy E. Piazza is a published writer with 22 years of editing experience. Through her business, Writeperson Ltd.—Western Reserve Editing, Nancy edits novels, short stories, nonfiction books, articles, essays, blogs, and letters for aspiring as well as published writers. She is profiled in the National Directory of Editors and Writers, (M. Evans and Company, 2005). Nancy’s editing is always well received, as she assists writers in a friendly, helpful manner toward achieving their goals of publication. Her e-mail is editor@writeperson.com or visit www.writeperson.com.

Comments on the 27th annual Western Reserve Conference, September 2010

 

"This was my first conference and it was wonderful! Very encouraging."

 

"Excellent day! Well worth the reasonable fee."

 

"I learned a lot - I'll be back next year!"

 

"Terrific, so glad I came."

 

"Superior. A lot of fun!"

 

 

The 27th Annual Western Reserve Writers Conference and Workshop

Saturday, September 25, 2010 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Conference Coordinator: Deanna R. Adams

 

 

*Registration info and Presenters Bios at bottom...

 

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Coffee and Juice

9:00 – 9:45 a.m. Welcome To Lakeland: Ann D’Agostino, Program Coordinator, Community Learning

Overview of Conference – Deanna Adams

Keynote Address: Author Don Brun: “Writing the Stuff Dreams Are Made Of”

 

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Workshop Workshop

Social Networking? Crafting the Novel Mastering the Polish Your

There’s a Better Way from the Inside Out Memoir Poetry

John Ettorre Scott Lax Erin O’Brien Michael Salinger

 

11::00 – 11:15 a.m. – Editing Sessions with Nancy Piazza, Beth Irwin, Jo Gibson

 

 

11:15 - 12:15 p.m.

Workshop Workshop Workshop

Teens Rule: Today’s Write Now! About Book Proposals Elements of a Great

Hot Y/A Market And Later! & the Novel Synopsis Personal Essay

Judith Kuns Barbara Snow Deanna Adams Stephanie Wass

 

12:30 – 1:15 p.m. LUNCH– Included in fee if paid by *September 10, 2010

Door Prizes, Book Sale & Author Signings

 

1: 00 – 1:30 p.m. - Editing Sessions with Nancy Piazza, Beth Irwin, Jo Gibson

 

 

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. : Q & A Panel: The Writing Life - A Lively Discussion on Writers and Their Work . . . Hosted by the following Presenters:

 

*Jumpstart Your Writing Life *Public Speaking for Writers *Editing Your Own Work

Alanna Klapp Michael Salinger Susanne Alexander

 

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. - Editing Sessions with Nancy Piazza, Beth Irwin

 

2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

 

Workshop Workshop Workshop Workshop

Oh the Drama of It All! How to Write a Write it Pitching Your Book

Storytelling in Prose Sci-Fi/Fantasy Story Right! to an Editor or Agent

Jo Gibson Ph.D Mary Turzillo Keith Manos Sandra Gurvis

 

3:45 – 4:00 p.m. - Networking Reception, Refreshments, Door Prizes, Book Sale/Author Signings

3:45 – 4:00 p.m. –Editing Sessions with Nancy Piazza, Beth Irwin

 

*Workshops Include Writing Prompts

 

Private Editing Consults! Fee: $10. Register early! Spaces are limited. Interested participants should contact Deanna Adams atDeeNCR@aol.com for details and scheduling. Also, visit her website, www.deannaadams.com.

 

Fee: $95

Easy and Fast! Online Registration

Or by Mail: Lakeland Community College, Continuing Education Registration, 7700 Clocktower Dr., Kirtland, OH 44094-5198

For more Information: 440-525-7116 – 440-525-7812 – 1-800-589-8520

 

*Conference Presenters:

 

Coordinator Deanna Adams is an award-winning writer whose articles and essays have been published in a variety of newspapers and magazines. She currently is Examiner.com’s “Cleveland’s Places & Faces” contributor. Her books includeRock ‘n’ Roll and the ClevelandConnection (Kent State University Press, 2002), Confessions of a Not-So-Good Catholic Girl (Infinity Publishing, 2008) and Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Roots (Arcadia Publishing, 2010). Deanna is also an instructor at Lakeland Community College, and director/founder of the Women Writers’ Winter Retreat. Course Description – ABOUT BOOK PROPOSALS AND THE NOVEL SYNOPSIS: If you’re writing a nonfiction book and want to get it published by a traditional publisher, you need to know how to put together a standard book proposal. If you have a completed novel, get ready to write that all-important novel synopsis. Deanna will show you exactly how to do it.

 

Keynote Speaker, Don Bruns, has been a comedian, advertising executive, singer, songwriter, painter, cook, short story writer, editor and novelist with 9 novels to his credit. His two series—an edgy Caribbean thriller series, and a humorous series featuring grown up Hardy Boys adventurers—have received rave reviews. He’s also receivedstarred reviews fromBooklist and Publisher's Weekly. His next book, Don't Sweat The Small Stuff, features clueless protagonists, a midget, a petting zoo, a carnival, and a large furry dog. In his keynote presentation, WRITING THE STUFF DREAMS ARE MADE OF, Don will discuss the importance of getting out from behind that keyboard and meeting other writers. He’ll include tips on networking while increasing your confidence and status. But first, he’ll kick start the morning with a musical tribute to writers!

 

Susanne Alexander has been editing for 40 years, both her own and other writers’ articles and books. Her latest editing project was All-in-One Marriage Prep: 75 Experts Share Tips and Wisdom to Help You Get Ready Now, which included a dozen of her own submissions. Her websites are www.marriagetransformation.com and www.smalexander.com.Panel Discussion: EDITING YOUR OWN WORK: How far can you take your own editing before you can no longer see your writing clearly anymore? Susanne will give needed tips for editing your own work, in addition to discussing what to know when working with an editor.

 

Jo Gibson, Ph.Dis an instructor in Cleveland State University’s Department of English. A writer and editor, Jo Gibson also has 20 years’ corporate-world experience as a technical editor and writer. Her interest in the uses of storytelling has informed her work, including the ethnographic research conducted for her dissertation and the articles that have appeared in a number of newspapers, magazines, and journals. In all these endeavors, her work is illuminated by these beliefs: That all writing is creative, and that “Let me tell you a story” is often a writer’s most powerful tool. Course Description – OH, THE DRAMA OF IT ALL!: STORYTELLING IN PROSE: Even though it’s 2010 and we’re in a technological era, we are still hard-wired to want to tell our stories. This workshop will help spark your writing and offer a set of exercises to show how your stories, your life, and your writing might profitably interconnect.

 

Sandra Gurvis is the author of 15 books including Careers for Nonconformists (a selection of the Quality Paperback Book Club), Where Have All the Flower Children Gone? and the novel, The Pipe Dreamers. She has just finished her second novel, Country Club Wives and working on a postsecondary biography on Paris Hilton for Greenwood Publishing. Her web site is www.sgurvis.com. Course Description – PITCHING YOUR BOOK TO AN EDITOR OR AGENT: Pitching your book to an editor or agent can be a scary, intimidating process. But it can also reap big rewards, if done in the right way and with the right person. Learn about pitching etiquette, pre-pitch research, and different ways to pitch by phone, email, or face-to-face. Practice makes perfect, so the class will role-play by pitching each other with article and book ideas.

 

John Ettorre is an Emmy-Award-winning writer and writing coach, whose work has appeared in nearly 100 newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times and the Christian Science Monitor. His seven-year-old blog, Working With Words, draws readers from around the world and has been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists as the best blog in Ohio. Course Description - SOCIAL NETWORKING? THERE’S A BETTER WAY: Using social media to cultivate a grassroots following of your work? There are other ways to turn your work into a real writing practice. Treat it like a business and start building your relationships, along with your reputation as a writer. John will show you how.

 

Alanna Klapp is a writer and guest host for The Writing Show, a podcast that provides information and inspiration for writers (www.writingshow.com). She placed second in the Lea Leever Oldham essay contest in 2005 and second in the Procrastinating Writers Blog essay contest in February of 2010. She blogs at www.alannaklapp.blogspot.com and contributes to the Cleveland Browns blog, www.bitterorangeandbrown.blogspot.com.Panel Discussion: JUMPSTART YOUR WRITING LIFE: Alanna will discuss how to avoid pitfalls and procrastination, how to organize and make the most of your writing time. Alanna will also provide resources for more information to explore.

 

Judith Irvin Kuns is a graduate of the MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her stories have been published Jack and Jill, Children's Digest, Humpty Dumpty and Once Upon a Time magazines. Her middle grade novel, While You Were Out (Dutton Children's Books) was a Junior Library Guild selection and winner of the 2005 Paterson Prize for Books for Young Readers. Course Description - TEENS RULE: TODAY’S HOT Y/A MARKET: As a student at Vermont College, Judith had the privilege of working with a number of award-winning authors who have helped with her own work. In this session, she will share her most valuable lessons she gleaned from those experiences, as well as important advice for enduring the life of a writer, whatever the genre.

 

Scott Lax is a novelist, short story writer, nonfiction writer , playwright and teacher. The Denver Post called his first novel, The Year That Trembled, “powerful” and one of 1998’s “milestones in fiction.” He’s won numerous awards from the Ohio Professional Writers (nonfiction), Cleveland Press Club (nonfiction), the MUSE Literary Competition (fiction), and a 2002 Midwest Filmmaker of the Year award. His second novel is forthcoming, and he’s currently finishing a book of short stories.Scott’s web site is www.scottlax.com. Course Description - CRAFTING THE NOVEL FROM THE INSIDE OUT: How does a novel go from an idea to a finished work to publication? What are the elements of fiction? How can you craft a novel that will interest agents and publishers? Scott will answer all those questions as he engages you in a lively, interactive session about novel writing, getting an agent, and getting it published.

 

Keith Manos, a teacher for 32 years, was named the 2000 Ohio English Teacher of the Year by the Ohio Council of Teachers of English/Language Arts, and honored as a National Honor Roll of Outstanding American Teachers in 2006. Keith is on the Greenwood Publications and Momentum Media Sports Publications editorial boards. His articles have appeared in many national publications, and he is author of 8 published books. Course Description -WRITE IT RIGHT!: Knowing how to create rhythmic sentences with punctuation marks can have a big influence on an editor selecting your piece over others. Interested? If you want your writing to be coherent, concise, and complete, you should be. Participants will learn the key rules for using selected punctuation marks and strategies for composing rhythmic sentences.

 

Erin O'Brien’skeynote address at last year’s conference won her lasting fans. During her ten-year writing career, her eclectic features and essays have appeared in the Cleveland Scene,the Plain Dealer, Los Angeles Times, Muse, Northern Ohio Live and other publications. Her work explores everything from cell phones to gas wells to human sexuality. Her rollicking blog, “The Erin O'Brien Owner's Manual for Human Beings,” was designated a “Blog of Note” by Google staffers last year. Her web site is www.erinobrien.us. Course Description – MASTERING THE MEMOIR: In this fast-paced session, you’ll see that it’s not life’s large accomplishments that sparkle on the page of your memoir, but the everyday sighs and tears that tell our stories poignantly. Come prepared to join a frenetic discussion and take part in a fun exercise.

 

Michael Salinger is an author/educator/performer who has presented his work and lessons across the globe. As a frequent presenter at this conference since its inception, Michael is a real fan favorite. His web site is www.michaelsalinger.com. Course Description – POLISH YOUR POETRY: Michael will lead a hands-on workshop designed to sharpen your metaphors along with step-by-step tips for revision. Like good poetry—concise and precise—this session will be direct, yet surprisingly deeper upon reflection. Panel Discussion:PUBLIC SPEAKING FOR WRITERS: The number one fear of mankind is public speaking. Yet writers, who are often asked to give talks, need to know to overcome it. Michael will teach you how to look and sound cool and collected in front of your audience by following five easy steps.

 

Barbara Snow started her writing career by procrastinating, feeling frustrated, and listening to her internal censor. After a few “bumps in the road,” she can now say she’s written for thePlain Dealer, News Herald, Northern Ohio Live, Examiner.com, and the Associated Press. Course description – WRITE NOW AND LATER: Come prepared to write and have fun! Barbara will lead you through a series of writing activities to help work past the little voice in your head that says you can’t write. Encouraging and fun, this high energy class will help get your thoughts and words onto paper. Learn the secrets of finally hushing the internal censor and start moving ahead in your writing future.

 

Mary Turzillo’s work has appeared in Asimov's, Weird Tales,Cat Tales, Space and Time, F&SF, Weird Tales, among other publications. Her Nebula winner, "Mars Is No Place for Children," and her novel An Old-Fashioned Martian Girl (Analog) have been selected as recreational reading on the International Space Station. Her Nebula finalist, "Pride," appears in Tails of Wonder and Mystery. Course Description – HOW TO WRITE A FANTASY/SCIENCE FICTION STORY: Mary will take you from the seed of an idea to an outline for a finished story, with character and conflict providing the genesis of your story. Along with some hints on where to send your stories out, this session will provide a method for writing not just one story, but many.

 

Stefanie Wassis a freelance writer and essayist. Her essays have been published in many national publications including The Los Angeles Times, Seattle Times, Christian Science Monitor, The Writer Magazine, Cup of Comfort for Mothers, and eight Chicken Soup for the Soulanthologies. Stefanie is a member of the Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators and is a writing instructor at several local community education departments. Her web site is www.stefaniewass.com. Course Description: THE ELEMENTS OF A GREAT PERSONAL ESSAY: Do you marvel at ordinary miracles – a child’s smile, the change of seasons, time spent with family? In this workshop, learn the elements of personal essay writing and how to craft your story for publication. Drafting, revision, and editing, and paying essay markets will all be discussed.

 

 

 

*OUR EDITORS:

 

Requirements for Editing Sessions:

Conference attendees must firstregister for the writers’ conference before booking a consult with an editor. Once your session is confirmed with the editor of your choice (if available), you will send the editor a two-page, double-spaced sample of your work by September 1st. (After deadline, your session will be cancelled and moved to a person on the waiting list). On conference day, writers will meet with their editor at the scheduled time to discuss their work in a private one-on-one consultation. Aspects covered will include grammar, punctuation, word usage and content. Editors will also answer any questions of concern.

 

As an editor and instructor in Cleveland State University’s Department of English, Jo Gibson will guide her editing consults the way she successfully guides her students every day. See her bio above. Jo will be editing non-fiction and general fiction manuscripts.

 

Professional editor Elizabeth Irwin is also a full-time freelance writer who previously spent nearly 20 years as a broadcaster, copywriter, editor and media relations specialist. Her recent published client is Toledo Blade op-ed columnist S. Amjad Hussain, whose nonfiction anthologyTreading a Fine Line was published in 2009. She is coordinator of the Northwest Ohio Writers Forum (nwowf.org) and the Write Brain Workshop. She will edit works ranging from nonfiction to epic sci-fi and dark urban fantasy. Elizabeth enjoys building relationships with her clients and taking them closer to their publishing goal. Her web site is www.irwinfreelance.com.

 

Award-winning editor Nancy E. Piazza is a published writer with 21 years of editing experience. Through her business, Writeperson Ltd.—Western Reserve Editing, she edits novels, short stories, nonfiction books, articles, essays, memoirs, blogs, and letters for aspiring as well as published writers. Among many books, Nancy edited The Dead of Winter by Bill Warnock (Penguin Group, 2005) and Machine Shop Poet by Bill Wonders (AuthorHouse, 2009). She is profiled in the National Directory of Editors and Writers, (M. Evans and Company, 2005). Nancy’s editing is always well received, as she assists writers in a friendly, helpful manner toward achieving their goals of publication. Her e-mail is editor@writeperson.com or visit www.writeperson.com.

 

 
 

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