$25 – $95
Women Who Write 2022  Virtual Conference

Women Who Write 2022 Virtual Conference

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For writers of fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry and children’s books

About this event

Welcome to Women Who Write’s Annual Conference. Registration for this conference begins on March 15, 2022. In order to register at member’s rates, your 2022 dues must be paid by the start of the conference. Early payment of dues are discounted on this site during the month of April.

We will have a total of 11 speakers, a number of whom will have pre-recorded their presentations. The good news this year, is that you may view ALL presentations instead of only selecting a few. The pre-recorded presentations will be available to all attendees for a full month following the conference. On May 21, Saturday, we will have live Zoom presentations by author, Michelle Cameron;Don George, at large editor of National Geographic Travel; Podcaster, Nicole Smith; Poet, Nancy Lubarsky, and Internet Specialist, Andy Skurna.

SCHEDULE FOR MAY 21

8:45 - 8:55 Log in

9:00 - 9:10 Opening Remarks by Dana Punzo, President of Women Who Write

9:10 - 10:00 Keynote Speaker, Michelle Cameron ON BEING A HYBRID AUTHOR

10:05 - 10:55 Nicole Smith, A PENCHANT FOR PUBLICITY: Carry Casual Conversation Designed to Promote Your Book

11:00 - 11:50 Nancy Lubarsky, POETIC MEMOIR

11:50-12:30 LUNCH BREAK

12:30-1:20 Michelle Cameron, PLANNING AND RESEARCHING YOUR NOVEL

1:25 - 2:15 Don George , THE ART OF THE STORY: Elements of Great Storytelling

2:20 - 3:10 Andy Skurna, CYBER SECURITY AND ONLINE PRIVACY

3:20 - 3:30 Closing Remarks, Raffle of Books, Pre-Recorded Presentation Information

PRE-RECORDED PRESENTATIONS

Jessica Brody, author of Save the Cat! Writes a Novel, and her agent, Jim McCarthy of Dystel, Goderich & Bourret: BEHIND THE SCENES: The Ins and Outs of the Agent/Client Working Relationship

Ashley Lopez, literary agent, Waxman Literary Agency: AN INTERVIEW WITH A FOCUS ON QUERYING FROM A PLACE OF POWER: WHAT WRITERS NEED TO KNOW BEFORE THEY SEND

Poet Nancy Lubarsky presents two programs: WRITING TRAVEL POETRY and WRITING POETIC MEMOIRS

Laura Blake Peterson, vice president at Curtis Brown, Ltd. literary agency: THE CARE AND FEEDING OF YOUR AGENT: Your Guide to a Healthy Author/Agent Relationship

Podcaster, Nicole Smith: A PENCHANT FOR PUBLICITY

Book Editor, Emma Dryden: THE ART AND CRAFT OF PICTURE BOOKS

Lauren Wise, associate publisher at She Writes Press and SparkPress, will give Critiques and First Pages

TITLES OF PRESENTATIONS

Keynote Speaker Author Michelle Cameron will give two presentations: ON BEING A HYBRID AUTHOR and PLANNING AND RESEARCHING YOUR NOVEL

Book Editor Emma Dryden: THE ART AND CRAFT OF PICTURE BOOKS

Editor and Author Don George: The ART OF THE STORY - ELEMENTS OF GREAT STORYTELLING

Author Jessica Brody (Save the Cat! Writes a Novel) along with Agent (Dystel, Goderich & Bourret) Jim McCarthy: BEHIND THE SCENES: The Ins and Outs of the Agent/Client Working Relationship

Agent Ashley Lopez (Waxman Literary Agency): QUERY FROM A PLACE OF POWER: WHAT WRITERS NEED TO KNOW BEFORE THEY HIT SEND? (An Interview)

Poet Nancy Lubarsky will give two presentations: WRITING TRAVEL POETRY and POETIC MEMOIRS

Podcaster Nicole Smith: A PENCHANT FOR PUBLICITY - CARRY CASUAL CONVERSATION DESIGNED TO PROMOTE YOUR BOOK

Agent (Curtis Brown) Laura Blake Peterson (Curtis Brown Literaty Agency): THE CARE AND FEEDING OF YOUR AGENT

Ending Keynote Speaker, Internet Specialist Andy Skurna: CYBER SECURITY AND ONLINE PRIVACY

Lauren Wise, associate publisher at She Writes Press and SparkPress: CRITIQUES AND FIRST PAGES

FACULTY BIOS

Jessica Brody is the author of the #1 bestselling novel-writing guide, Save the Cat! Writes a Novel and the founder of the online writing school, Writing Mastery Academy. She has also written over 20 novels for teen, tweens, and adults including, The Geography of Lost Things, The Chaos of Standing Still, A Week of Mondays, 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, Better You Than Me, the Unremembered trilogy, and the System Divine series, which is a sci-fi reimagining of Victor Hugo's Les Misérables, co-written with Joanne Rendell. Her books have been translated and published in over 23 countries, and several have been optioned for film and television. She lives with her husband and three dogs near Portland, OR.

Michelle Cameron is the award-winning author of works of historical fiction and poetry: Beyond the Ghetto Gates (She Writes Press, 2020), The Fruit of Her Hands: The Story of Shira of Ashkenaz (Pocket, 2009), and In the Shadow of the Globe (Lit Pot Press, 2003). Beyond the Ghetto Gates took Silver in the Independent Publisher Book Awards‘ Historical Fiction Category, won First Place, Best of Category for the Chanticleer Goethe Awards and was a finalist in the 2020 Foreword Indies. Michelle is a director of The Writers Circle, an NJ-based organization that offers creative writing workshops and events to children, teens, and adults. She lives in Chatham, NJ, with her husband and has two grown sons of whom she is inordinately proud. Visit her website for more information: https://michelle-cameron.com

Emma D Dryden was born and raised in New York City and established her premier children’s editorial and publishing consultancy firm, drydenbks, after two decades as a highly regarded children’s book editor and publisher with Simon & Schuster as VP, Publisher of Atheneum and Margaret K. McElderry Books. Over the course of her thirty-five year career, Emma has edited more than 1,000 books for children and young readers, many of which have received numerous awards and medals, including but not limited to the National Book Award Honor, Newbery Honor, and Caldecott Honor, and which have hit bestseller lists in USA Today, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, as well as other national publications. Emma is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators’ Advisory Council, she teaches numerous writing and craft workshops around the world, and can be found online at: Twitter: @drydenbks Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/drydenbksWebsite: https://drydenbks.com/

Don George is author of the award winning anthologogy, The Way of the Wanderlust: The Best Travel Writing of Don George, and of How to Be a Travel Writer, the best-selling travel writing guide in the world. His most recent book is an ebook entitled Wanderlust in the Time of Coronavirus: Dispatches from a Year of Traveling Close to Home. He is also the editor of 10 acclaimed literary anthologies, including A Moveable Feast, The Kindness of Strangers, and An Innocent Abroad. Don is currently Editor at Large for National Geographic Travel, and has been Travel Editor at the San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle, Salon, and Lonely Planet. He has visited more than 90 countries and has written more than a thousand articles for print and online publications. He has been honored 18 times in the Society of American Travel Writers’ annual Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism competition. In addition to his writing and editing, Don has taught travel writing at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and the San Jose State University MFA Program in Creative Writing, and has spoken about his writings and travels at corporations around the world, including the New York Times and Google. Don is the co-founder and chairman of the acclaimed annual Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference, and currently teaches travel writing workshops online and at Book Passage. He has been interviewed as a travel expert on NBS, CBS, ABC, and NPR, as well as dozens of podcasts, and he leads tours around the world for National Geographic and for Geographic Expeditions.

Ashley Lopez joined the Waxman Literary Agency in 2015. She received her MFA in Fiction from Sarah Lawrence College and is a founder and the managing editor of Pigeon Pages Literary Journal. Her personal writing has appeared in The Rumpus, Split Lip Magazine, Cosmonauts Avenue, and elsewhere. Ashley is looking for literary, upmarket, and young adult fiction, narrative nonfiction, memoir, and cultural criticism. Most importantly she seeks authors with a strong point of view and an eye for language.

Nancy Lubarsky has been an educator for over 35 years in various roles as teacher, curriculum supervisor, principal, adjunct professor, and superintendent in Mountainside, New Jersey, from where she is retired. She holds a Doctorate in English Education from Rutgers. Nancy has published articles in several academic journals, frequently on the subject of teaching poetry. In 2006, the English Journal called Nancy’s 2002 article, Poetry as a Lens: Alternate Ways of Seeing the Novel, one of 10 watershed articles written by practicing teachers (1912-2005) that “deserve to be reread and restudied in the present."

Jim McCarthy is a VP and literary agent at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret where he has spent the entirety of his career for more than two decades. He represents over 50 clients including several NYT bestselling and award-winning authors. His primary focus is on fiction for readers of all ages.

Laura Blake Peterson is Vice President at Curtis Brown, Ltd., one of the oldest and most established literary agencies in the world. She began her career in publishing at Curtis Brown as a summer intern. She is a graduate of Vassar College and has been with Curtis Brown since 1987, representing a wide range of fiction, non-fiction and books for children. Her client list reflects a wide range of interests – including memoir and biography, natural history, literary fiction, mystery, suspense, women’s fiction, health and fitness, children’s books, faith issues and popular culture.

Andy Skurna: “After high school, you’ll be unemployable if you don’t know computers.” That was the ominous warning Andy heard from a friend in the late 1970’s, when windows were things you opened to throw breadcrumbs to the birds in the backyard. It was rare for a small business to own a computer, and very few homes contained computers more sophisticated than a Commodore 64. For 40 years Andy has worked directly with computers, either in “computer businesses” or in businesses that have used computers. From manager of a computer store, to computer operator for the Department of Medicine at one of NJ’s largest hospitals, to selling advertising space to programmers for Microsoft, to launching his own brand of computers, it’s been a rewarding silicon-rich ride on the cyber superhighway. Andy became the webmaster for Women Who Write in 2013, and has since helped launch a new website, “corporate” email, email broadcast system, Facebook group, Square online store, Vimeo account, YouTube channel, and has helped us better collaborate using Dropbox. He has also helped with desktop publishing services for our member directory and Goldfinch.

Nicole Smith is a podcaster and promoter of her favorite people, places and products. Nicole is the host of Happy to Help, a show produced by Hunterdon Chamber Radio focused on the value of helping others. Nicole interviews Executive Directors, founders, fundraisers, volunteers and authors about the work they do, who they help, and the why behind it. She is the New Jersey Chapter Leader for the global nonprofit roomtoread.org, a member of Somerset Hills AAUW and a creative nonfiction writing student.

Lauren Wise is the associate publisher at She Writes Press and SparkPress, and the editorial director at SheReads. She’s worked as a book and magazine editor, and in 2009 founded Midnight Publishing, an editorial company that helps authors develop their stories. It is through serendipity and a drive to deliver thought-provoking and inspirational literature that brought Lauren to SparkPoint Studios in 2015. She works with dozens of award-winning children's, YA, and adult fiction and nonfiction authors each year, and in 2020 helped spearhead the SparkPress Children's Publishing Package. In 2021 she was elected to IBPA’s Advocacy Committee, and in her spare time, as an award-winning columnist, is a journalism mentor to at-risk youth. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.

CRITIQUE GUIDELINES (Critiques may be purchased at an additional cost)

Members may sign up for two critiques.

Prose and Children: Send first 15 pages to Treasurer@womenwhowrite.org. Attach a Word Doc and in the subject line put CRITIQUE PLUS NAME OF AGENT YOU SIGNED UP WITH. For Picture Books, send complete manuscript. If you would like to send a summary of your work, it must be one of the 15 pages. Place your summary at the end.

Poetry: Send complete poem with POETRY in subject line to Treasurer@womenwhowrite.org

Critiques are due no later than April 17.

FORMAT: DOUBLE SPACED, FONT Times New Roman, 12 pt., MARGINS 1” on all sides. HEADING should include last name, e-mail address, title, genre (adult memoir, PB, MG, YA, kids bio, adult bio, adult fiction, etc.), and word count.

You will receive a date and time to meet for your critique either via Zoom or on the telephone. Either option will be a 15 minute critique. We will also be asking our critiquers to e-mail some written comments of your work.

FIRST PAGE CRITIQUE GUIDELINES

First Page Critiques are free to attendees. First Page Sessions (Adukt and Chikdren’s) will be pre-recorded and available to attendees from May 22 - June 21.

Attendees may submit a first page of their Children's manuscript to Megha (megha@72603.com) and a first page of their adult manuscript to Lisa (4amwriter@gmail.com).

First Pages are due by April 17.

FORMAT: Format your first page correctly to be eligible for critique. DOUBLE SPACED, FONT Times New Roman, 12 pt., MARGINS 1” on all sides. HEADING should include title, genre (adult memoir, PB, MG, YA, kids bio, adult bio, adult fiction, etc.), and word count. DO NOT INCLUDE your name. Start at top of page.

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