Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Wannabe's Journal for Feb 1011

The Wannabe's Journal

There were 10 people on Facebook this morning waiting to Chat. Must be a day with snow, sleet and freezing rain outside. A time to think about your next writing project and what are some of the upcoming educational events that you can take advantage of to get your project off the ground this year. In this entry we will review some of the upcoming local seminars and provide the links for you to get more information.

Antioch Writers Workshop


This week long seminar in July(from 9 through 15, 2011) for writers of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry and memoir. Whether you’re a beginning, intermediate, or advanced writer, They offer inspiration, instruction, and professional connections through morning lectures, afternoon workshops and "a la carte" enrollment.

The distinguished faculty includes Jim Daniels(poetry), Mark Goodman(Creative Non Fiction), Nancy Pickard(Keynote Speaker and Fiction) and our own Nancy Pinard. There many other authors of various genres to mention, as well as a well know agent and editor who you can pitch your project to.

Some of us have attended the AWW in the past. You will be happy to know that Joyce Dyer is returning this summer to host an afternoon session on Memoirs and Personal Essays.

Sign up early on the website.

LLI-Osher Spring Seminar March 14th through May 6th.

Many of the current Wannabe's participate in this program at the University of Dayton annually. As a matter of fact many of you have taught in this popular program in the past. The Wannabe's as a group was formed three years ago as a result of taking a Creative Writing Class from Ms. Pinard.

If you have not received the schedule for classes for the spring term, here is a link:


You will notice that I will be teaching one of the new seminars this spring: "Self Publishing".

I know that other Wannabe members have taught classes in the past. For me I am honored to be asked to share my experiences with everyone.

The six session class will discuss the various tools and techniques that can be used to publish. Whether you want to print a cookbook, a coffee table collection of your prize winning photo's or drawings, a hard back book of poems for your grandchildren or just your first prize winning novel there are a number alternatives that will allow you to accomplish your goal without breaking the bank.

Self-Publishing: Tools and Techniques

NEW! How many of you have thought of publishing your own book or novel? Do you have a short story and/or a poem that you want to share with others either digitally or in the form of a hardback book with a dust cover? You can choose from many tools and services to help you achieve your goal. We will explore what is required to self-publish digitally with devices like Nook and Kindle. Also, we will review the alternatives available to publish a full color paperback or bound book with a dust cover and the cost involved. We will explore the use of social networking tools like Twitter and Facebook. We will also discuss the role of blogs and websites.

6 Mondays, March 14 – April 18
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. in the McGinnis Center

The digital age is upon us. Not only has the way we read a book changed from buying a paper back to reading a Kindle, but also the way a publication can be produced. For instance their are now Apps for writing on smartphones(iPhone). If you have a project in mind and would like to explore where to begin...sign up for the class. Hope to see you there.

Mad Anthony Writers Conference: When: April 8-9. 2011

Where: Historic Hamilton, Ohio

Featuring: Editors, Publishers. & Agents

Keynote Speaker: Hallie Ephron

Why: The 2011 Mad Anthony Writer’s Conference is your opportunity to learn from the experts, network with a community of writers, have your manuscripts reviewed, & to give your dreams of being a published writer a chance to come true. Check out the list of presenters at this springs conference. The price is right...

Here is the Web site for more information: http://www.writelikemad.com/

Recent Articles of Interest.

Writers Digest Self Published Competition:

Kindle Direct Publishing Newsletter: An email newsletter for individuals in keep up today with the trends within this part of the industry.

Next Wannabe's Meeting March 18th at Panera on Brown Street

We all should have recovered from St. Patrick's Day by then.

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