Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Write Stuff 2013 - March 22-23

by Donna Brennan
Welcome to the 2013 Write Stuff Conference Blog! This is the place to get the latest information on our upcoming conference and to read interviews with presenters, agents, and editors.
The 2013 Write Stuff Conference is packed full of exciting and informative sessions taught by a very talented list of presenters. Visit our conference website to read the names and bios of our presenters, agents, and editors, and to view the conference schedule and read descriptions of all the sessions.

We also offer four pre-conference workshops designed to help you attain the next level in your writing.


Jane Friedman will deliver a keynote speech on "The Future of Authorship." Jane is the web editor for the national-award winning Virginia Quarterly Review (VQR), where she oversees online content strategy and marketing. Before joining VQR, Jane was a full-time assistant professor of e-media at the University of Cincinnati and the former publisher of Writer's Digest.

Jane is a frequent speaker at publishing industry and writing conferences, and has appeared at more than 200 events since 2001. Her expertise has been featured widely, by sources such as NPR's Morning Edition, Publishers Weekly, and Nieman Journalism Lab, and she has served with a range of nonprofits and businesses, ranging from the National Endowment for the Arts to Digital Book World.

maintains a blog at JaneFriedman.com, which enjoys 40,000+ unique visitors every month, and her presence on Twitter (170,000+ followers) is often cited as a model for those seeking to use social media effectively.

Pre-Conference Workshops - March 21-22

On Thursday, March 21, Juilene Osborne McKnight will lead a full-day "Character Intensive" workshop. Juilene is an accomplished folklorist, skillful storyteller, and the author of four critically acclaimed novels. She'll teach us how to flesh out our characters bones, how to think in archetype and how to let action and dialogue reveal our characters to our readers.

On Friday, March 22, Jane Friedman will present two separate workshops. 

Jane's morning workshop will cover "The Traditional Publishing Path." Come learn about the publishing indusry from an industry insider. Topics discussed will include: understanding the industry; researching resources to help you get published; queries, pitches, and proposals; and working with an agent or editor.

Jane's afternoon workshop will cover "The Basics of Independent E-Book Publishing." Attendees will get an unbiased, in-depth, insider look at the latest options for e-book publishing and distribution.

On Friday afternoon, Ramona DeFelice-Long will lead a hands-on workshop on "Mastering the Art of Self Editing." Bring a chapter or ten pages of a work in progress and learn revision skills and strategies to strengthen craft, style, and technique.


Registration has been open to the general public since January 20 (January 15 for GLVWG members) and ends March 9 or when we reach maximum capacity--whichever happens first.

Separate registration forms for the conference and pre-conference workshops are available online or in our brochures. Brochures were mailed out to GLVWG members and those who attended the 2011 and 2012 conference.
You can also register online using PayPal.

If you have any questions you can contact me, Donna Brennan, conference chair, at writestuffchair@glvwg.org.
Hope to see you there.