Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Washington Writer's Conference, Saturday, June 11

This is happening this Saturday at The Writer's Center. To register for the event, go to American Independent Writers' Web site, or see the bottom of the post.

Registration: 8:00-9:10

Session I: 9:15-10:00

Literary Agents Roundtable
Successful agents discuss trends and offer an insider’s perspective on both the nonfiction and fiction markets

Jason Allen Ashlock— agent and founder, Movable Type Literary Group
Shannon O’Neill—agent and director of domestic rights, Sagalyn Literary Agency
Agent TBD—

Session II: 10:10 – 11:00

Marketing Your Work
How-to lessons from leading publicists

Gene Taft--former NY publishing veteran (Viking/Penquin, Free Press), book/author PR
Wendy Coakley-Thompson--BookSquad co-host, Publishing Insider blogger, novelist
Bethanne Patrick—Founder of AOL Books Channel, The Book Maven, & The Book Studio on WETA

Session III: 11:10 — 12:00

Mysteries and Thrillers
Writing and publishing tips from well-published professionals

James Grady – author of Six Days of the Condor, Mad Dogs, and many other novels
Clyde Linsley—author of several historical mysteries, including Death of a Mill Girl
Charles Salzberg—author of Swann’s Last Song, as well as more than 20 other books

Luncheon, with Plenary Speaker : 12:15 – 1:30

Address by John Ross, Executive Editor of American Heritage Magazine, former senior editor of Smithsonian, and bestselling non-fiction author of War on the Run.

Afternoon Sessions
Session IV: 1:40 – 2:30
Writing for Movies and TV
Crafting and selling a screenplay

John Gilstrap—New York Times bestselling author, has adapted four novels for movies
Adam Meyer—screenwriter for shows on Fox, CBS, The Discovery Channel, and more
Khris Baxter—screenwriter with five optioned screenplays
Moderator: Beata Plonka—screenwriter and fiction author

Break: 2:30 – 2:50

Session V: 2:50 – 3:40
Connecting with a live audience
How to be a great live reader of your own work

Presenter: Buzz Mauro— Co-Director of Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts, actor in Shakespeare Theater and Signature Theater productions, Helen Hayes Award nominee.

(Presentation will include demonstration with an audience volunteer.)

Session VI: 3:50 – 4:40.
Historical Narrative
Seasoned writers show to bring the past alive

Barbara Esstman—author of The Other Anna and Night Ride Home
C M Mayo—author of The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire and Sky Over El Nido
Natalie Wexler—author of A More Obedient Wife: A Novel of the Early Supreme Court
Moderator: David Taylor—author of Soul of a People: The WPA Writer’s Project Uncovers Depression of America

4:45 – 6:15: Networking wine reception – meet, chat, and drink with other writers

First 50 attendees to register for conference may sign up for a ten-minute meeting with a literary agent.

Pricing – It’s a great deal!

--$99 for AIW or TWC members in advance
--$129 for AIW or TWC members at the door
--$129 for non-members in advance
--$149 for non-members at the door

For advance payment, please mail a check to:
American Independent Writers
Annual Writer’s Conference
1001 Connecticut Ave NW
Suite 701
Washington, DC 20036

To pay in advance by credit card, call Donald Graul at 703-660-9336.
Questions? Please email Mark at

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