Conference registration deadline is Sept. 15.
Registration for Children's track is still open but registration for Prose and Poetry tracks are now closed as they are full, but prose writers are welcome to sign up for children's track since the lectures could be applicable to them.
Critique submissions are still open for poetry. Attendees can sign up for children's track and if desired, are able to also register for poetry critiques (2 poems, each no longer than 1 page).
First Page Session will be offered in Children's track. At this session, attendees are invited to anonymously submit the first double-spaced page of a manuscript in progress,(bring 4 copies with you) with only the title and genre listed on the top of the page. Several first pages will be chosen randomly and anonymously for a discussion on whether an editor or agent would turn that first page. A conference volunteer will read the page aloud, and the publishing professionals will immediately give their feedback on the writing.
Women Who Write's Second Annual Writers Conference will be held on Saturday, September 22nd, at the Madison Community House, 25 Cook Avenue in Madison NJ. starting at 9:00 AM. and is offered to both female and male attendees.The Conference will offer three simultaneous tracks: prose, poetry and writing for children. Critiques (a 15-minute, one-on-one session) for all three tracks will be available during the day. Pre-registration is required.
Prose writers, Dr. Susan Osborne with The Writers House, who is an award winner, teacher and author of the critically acclaimed novel, Surviving the Wreck, will offer a workshop to prose writers in the morning, “Love Thy Villains as Thy Self: Developing Believable Characters” and Dr. Rene Steinke, a Novelist and Editor whose novel Holy Skirts was a finalist for the 2005 National Book Award will offer a workshop in the afternoon, “She said what?--Creating a Distinctive Narrator’s Voice”.
Poets will hear a presentation, “Memory and Meaning” by Adele Kenny who is a poet and author of 23 books (poetry and nonfiction) in the morning and in the afternoon will hear “Literal, Figurative, and Everything In Between” by Jean LeBlanc, whose poetry has been published in numerous journals and collections
Children’s writers will hear, “Revisions, Revisions: 5 Steps to Tearing Your Novel Apart, Putting It Back Together, and Emerging Victorious” being presented by Kendra Levin (Editor, Viking Children’s Books) and Becca Stumpf (Literary Agent, Prospect Agency) and in the afternoon will hear “Hooks and Openings: Grabbing an Editor's Attention from the Start" presented by Emma Ledbetter: (Editorial Assistant, Simon & Schuster).
In addition, all attendees will be able to hear, “Publishing a Book in 2012 and Beyond: The Three Main Publishing Paths” by Jenny Milchman: Novelist and teacher of writing and publishing for New York Writers Workshop and The Writers Circle.
Conference registration forms can be accessed by contacting Pat Weissner, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.womenwhowrite.org and click on events.
High School Students are also welcome to come to the Conference. The cost for attending the Conference is $45 for members and $55 for non-members.