24th annual Writers’ Institute a great success
A special thanks to all who made this year’s event the best ever
The 2013 Writers’ Institute was all about place—where we write, where we come from, where good writing takes root and flourishes. Next year we’ll focus on another theme relevant to today’s writers in their craft and in their pursuit of accomplishing their goals. Please plan to join us next Apr 4-6 for the 25th annual Writers’ Institute. Meanwhile, enjoy the audio clips and attendee comments below.
—Laurie Scheer, Writers’ Institute Director
Thank you, thank you, thank you to all who made the 24th annual Writers’ Institute more than we could have hoped. That includes instructors, agents, publishers, and most of all the more than 300 writers who came to improve their craft, meet fellow writers, and pitch their works to people in the publishing business.
Save the date!
The 25th annual Writers’ Institute will take place Apr 4-6, 2014.
Audio clips from 2013 panels
Excerpted from panel discussion “The Traditional Publishing Process: The Author, Agent and Publisher of A Real Emotional Girl Take You from First Draft to Release Day and Beyond,” panelists Gordon Warnock, Tanya Chernov, and Julie Matysik.
|You’ve collected glowing rejections, now what?
An agent’s perspective
|How to get an editor’s attention and make her day.
An editor on her role
Excerpted from panel discussion “Moving Beyond Print: Selling Your Work Within Other Platforms,” panelists Marilyn Atlas, Gordon Warnock, Jeff Kurz, Ken Miyamoto, and Danielle Jackson.
|Script? Novel? How versatility can make it harder to fail
as a writer
|Write your best—and don’t throw anything away|
What participants say about the 2013 Writers’ Institute
“This was an exciting event, enthusiastically and competently conducted. It was especially important for me to meet and exchange ideas with other writers, as well as agents and publishers. Bravo!” —Karl Stewart
“I just loved so many things—especially the final panel about taking the book from beginning to end. Wow! That was fantastic.” —Marian Fredal
“Excellent institute! Thank you!” —Steve Rulseh
“What a wonderful smorgasbord of workshops and discussions. The passion of the presenters was uplifting and inspirational. And the opportunity to meet with so many creative people energized me.” —Greg Renz
“Thank you for your hard work on behalf of writers. There was so much friendliness and useful info at this conference. One thing I learned is that having a full-time day job is not an excuse for not writing and not trying to get published.” —Susannah Michaels
“Thank you guys again for taking such good care of us! I feel like the experience is so educational for someone who’s been writing all her life, majored in creative writing, but never learned about the unexplained area of the business end: publishing. Also, it is so valuable to get so many great opportunities to network and create relationships with either new business connections and/or with future writing colleagues. I am always looking for other writers to form a community with, so it’s great to be around so many like-minded people. I came to this conference last year not knowing what to expect and not knowing how to network. This year has virtually been an entirely different experience—in a great way!” —Pamela Hsieh
“Nice job! I love this conference!” —William Rurleson
“Thank you so much! This helped me enormously. It helped me think outside the box about my writing. I expect it to have a positive impact not only on what I produce, but on the breadth of my word.” —Susan Smetzer-Anderson, PhD
“Well done, well organized, relevant, good variety of seminars, speakers and panels, upbeat and hopeful tone.” —John Howard Prin
“This was my first conference and it was great. I got a lot of information, connections, and feedback. Great confidence boost.” —Lisa McDougal
“The networking opportunities are unparalleled—agents, editors & experts in the filed mingle with new, inexperienced writers with the joint goal of publication. A joyful, inspirational, and extraordinarily informative event with support that extends throughout the year.” —Kathleen D. Tresemer
“My writing gets better just being here. Thank you!” —Meredith Johnston
I was thrilled this week to make a 2-book deal with Kensington Publishing for first time author, Kerstin March. I think this happy ending can be instructive for debut novelists, especially those writing mainstream women’s fiction or genre fiction, so I thought I’d share a little bit about how this came to be.
Kerstin came to my attention through a writer’s conference (Madison Writers Institute) in Madison, Wisconsin, where I was presenting along with other agents, authors and publishers. This is a particularly well-organized and informative conference where this agency has discovered authors in the past, so I was very pleased to attend for the second time. So lesson #1 is that first time authors could do well to ask their writing friends about their experiences at writing conferences, as some are better than others. But the better ones bring in talent from the publishing world around the country, and sponsor interesting and educational programs and panels, as well as providing writers with an opportunity to meet one on one with publishing professionals. This is fantastic, of course, in giving new writers an overview of the industry, but also in connecting them with other writers who are serious about getting published.