Roland Merullo - The Demons of the Blank Page
This talk focused on the non-craft obstacles to writing success: Writer’s Block, Procrastination, Perfectionism, Time Management, Choosing Readers, Dealing with Advice and Criticism. "Writing success—however the writer defines that—is not merely a question of mastering the craft," Roland Merullo says, "it's also intimately linked to our own state of mind, conquering the “demons” that get in the way when we sit down to work.” For more information on Roland visit RolandMerullo.com
Charles Coe - Writing About Those Close to You: The Joys and Terrors
Writing about complicate relationships with the people in your life can be a challenge. What do you have the right to share with the world about someone else? How can you tell stories that are honest but fair?
Penny Guisinger - You Should Get a Grant for That! Applying for Funding to Support Your Writing – A Nuts and Bolts Approach
Who gets these grants anyway, and how do you really apply for them? There is money out there for writers and other artists, and while it’s not always easy to find, there are things you can do to narrow your searches, write better proposals, and make your application stand out in the slush pile. For more information on Penny Guisinger, visit: http://pennyguisinger.com/
Bruce DeSilva - Writing the Crime Novel, or Five Ways to Grab Attention
Bruce DeSilva turned to fiction after working as a journalist for 40 years. He briefly sketched how he became disillusioned with his original craft, how fiction gave him a fresh avenue for addressing serious issues that continue to concern him, and how an unusual combination of circumstances and luck contributed to his success as a fiction author. With practical and inspirational words of advice about how to go about completing a novel, even if you are working a full-time job.
For more on Bruce DeSilva, visit: http://www.brucedesilva.com/
Cait Johnson – Utilizing the Child Voice
This presentation will introduce compelling examples of a child’s voice in writing and include an exercise to help attendees see through a child’s eyes and express what we see in an honest way.
For more information visit: http://www.caitjohnson.com/
G. Michael Dobbs – Interviewing 101:
The presentation discussed topics including interviewing techniques, how to prepare, ways to break the ice, and the need for preliminary research. For more information click the link below.
For more information visit: https://www.thereminder.com/opinion/mikedobbscolumn/
Dave Patterson – Advice from a Reluctant (but Successful) Blogger: Patterson discussed the importance of blogs and how you can make your blog work for your web presence. For more information visit: http://davidrpatterson.me/
Judy Polan - The Joys and Quandaries of Freelance Writing
Judy Polan, a writer who switched careers from a successful singer-songwriter to that of a busy design and travel writer offered ways to find your voice a freelancer, create pieces that might fit into more than one publication, locate the proper home for your work, and navigate the editing process. For more information visit: http://www.judypolan.com/p/home-page.html
Ellen Meeropol - Hearing Voices and Seeing Scenes: Building Blocks of Writing Fiction
Attendees used exercises and discussion to create a grounded sense of place in which characters flourish. They also explored the art of balancing summary and scene. For more information visit: http://www.ellenmeeropol.com/
Suzanna Strempek Shea - My Hometown
Attendees examined strong examples of fiction that use home turf to great advantage and discussed pitfalls. Some information will also be pertinent to nonfiction writers. For more information visit: http://www.suzannestrempekshea.com/
Dana Sawyer - Wrangling the Lengthy Writing Project
Learn how Sawyer kept his lengthy and involved projects on track and stayed energized. Sorting through stacks of research and choosing a structure are just some of the challenges facing writers of longer and researched works. For more information visit: http://www.dana-sawyer.com/
Kate Forest - Self Care Yoga® and Creative Connection for Writers
This session taught simple yoga sequences to release tension in the back, neck, shoulders, hands, and mind in just a few moments. And the session included reflective writing. For more information visit: http://www.kateforest.com/
Elizabeth Peavey - The Best Truth: How Honest Are You Willing to Be?
Talks about memoir writing. Click here for more information on Elizabeth.
Frances Susanne Brown - Mining History: A Story Seed Goldmine
In this session participants explored some roles history can play, enabling writers to create and publish unique pieces.
Helen Peppe - From “The Diving Board”– Characters Who Are Alive and Kicking
Her presentation discussed the emotional and legal implications of writing about real people when family, class, race, and sex enter the story. Click here for more information on Helen.
Suzette Martinez Standring - The Art of the Column
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Jan Freeman - The Publisher's World
Talked about founding Paris Press, her publishing background, and the skills needed to run a nonprofit publishing company.
Gail Donovan - Writing for Young Readers: Creating the Books that Made You Fall in Love with Reading
T. Susan Chang - Finding Flavor in Food Writing: or Escape from "Delicious!"
We spend most of our lives describing food as “delicious!” or “mmm!” or merely grunting. We never talk and eat at the same time. So how do we mine our language for a vocabulary to talk about food?
Allan Hunter - Writing Your Memoir: Practical Guidelines to Help you Bring your Project to Completion (and enlist some powerful skills in the process)
Talks about strategies for writing a memoir. Click here for more information on Allan.
Janice Beetle - How to Connect with the Media
Presentation with Judith Kelliher on connecting the world of writing with media. For more information on Janice, click here.
Judith Kelliher- How to Connect with the Media
Presentation with Janice Beetle on connecting the world of writing with media. For more information on Judith, click here.
Nuala Ni Chonchuir - Writing Winning Short Stories
Author of books including the newly published short story collection Mother America, talks about what makes a great short story. Click here, for more information on Nuala.
Jim Brosnan - Remembering: An Exercise in the Personal Essay
This talk included an overview of the elements that create an interesting personal essay including setting, sensory details, character development and internal and external dialogue, and possible links with historical moments. Click here, for more information on Jim.
Lise Haines - The Journey of the Novel
Talked about a novels path from start to finish and added in her own experience as a writer. Click here for more information on Lise.
Steve Strimer - The Benefits of Small Press
Taught the advantages to having a small press. Click here to learn more about Steve Strimer
Suzanne Strempek-Shea - The Nonfiction Book Proposal 101
Focused on the components that can make or bread a non-fiction book proposal. Click here to learn more about Suzanne Strempek-Shea
Susan Stinson - Researching the Novel
Discussed strategies behind doing research that will light up your book. Click here to learn more about Susan Stinson.
Aine Greaney - Fitting a Writing Practice Into Even the Busiest Schedule
Author of Writer With a Day Job, described how to continue to fit writing into even the busiest schedule. For more information on Aine Greaney click here.
Anthony D'Aries - Turning Essays into Book Chapters
Author of The Language of Men: A Memoir, on essays and how to turn them into a book. For more information on Anthony D'Aries, click here.
Jacqueline Sheehan - Using Psychology to Create Memorable Fictional Characters
Author of the novel Picture This, taught us how to use psychology to create memorable fictional characters. For more information on Jacqueline Sheehan, click here.
Kate Whouley - When Your Characters Are Real
Author of Remembering the Music, Forgetting the Words, on writing nonfiction. For more information click here.
Peter Sarno, Publishing an E-Book
Founder of PFP Publishing, Sarno discusses the process of publishing E-Books. Click here to learn more.
Shonna Humphrey - Self-Editing
Author of Show Me Good Land, shows how a hands-on approach is designed to reduce editing to its most basic forms. For more information on Shonna Humphrey, click here.
Morgan Rogers - A First Novelist's Journey
Author of Ruby Red Heart in a Cold Blue Sea, Morgan Rodgers took participants through the journey of her first novel. For more information on Margan Rogers, click here.
Elizabeth Searle - Writing Fiction
Elizabeth Searle helped participants fill there writer’s toolkit with information and inspiration for living your version of the writer’s life. For more information on Elizabeth Searle, click here.
Adam Braver - Fiction with Historical Facts
Adam Braver spins his novels from historical incidents or persons, as he did with November 22, 1963, which fictionalizes the day on which President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, and with others in which Abraham Lincoln was illuminated via 13 different perspectives, and in which Sarah Bernhardt made her farewell tour of America. Participants received inspiration about and information on how to write their own fact-based fiction. For more information on Adam Braver, click here.
G. Michael Dobbs, Freelancing 101
As managing editor of Reminder Publications’ five publications, and as a writer whose work has been featured in publications as diverse as The Valley Advocate, Video Watchdog, USA Today and Rod Serling Twilight Zone Magazine, G. Michael Dobbs enlightened and informed participants about the world of freelance writing as seen from both sides of the editor’s desk.
Richard Hoffman- Making a Life (Not a Living!) of Poetry, or How Do I know What I Think Till I see What I Say?
Acclaimed poet, memoirist and current chair of PEN New England discussed the ways of reading and writing of poems and how they shape reality. Click here, for more information on Richard Hoffman.
Richard Michelson - Writing for Children
Richard Michelson’s 15 books for children have received honors including Amazon.com’s 12 best Children’s Books of the Decade, for his 2008 Martin Luther King And Abraham Joshua Heschel's Amazing March Toward Freedom and have brought him international acclaim and awards. The joys and challenges of writing in a very popular genre were featured in this veteran author’s talk. Click here, for more information on Richard Michelson.
Jeff Herman - Insider Secrets to Getting Your Book Publishes
Participants enjoyed a rare opportunity to glean insider insight from a veteran agent whose Jeff Herman Agency has represented 500 authors and whose legendary Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors and Literary Agents is in its 21st edition, having sold more than 400,000 copies. Click here, for more information on Jeff Herman.
Deborah Levine Herman - Spiritual Writing: From Inspiration to Publication
The title of this talk is also that of a book by a Herman, who uses her gifts to help writers discover their authentic selves, often through the process of writing about the spiritual. Learn about writing in this popular sub-genre and how to go about getting spiritually related pieces to editors and publishers. Click here, to learn more.
Jonathan Green - Immersion Journalism
The Art of Immersion Journalism by Jonathan Green, the recipient of the Amnesty International Media Award for Excellence in Human Rights Journalism. Click here for more information on Jonathan Green.
John Talbot - Publishing
A primer on the publishing process and finding and working with an agent. For more information on John Talbot, click here.
Lewis Robinson - Starting a Work of Fiction
Starting a Work of Fiction by Lewis Robinson, author of the short story collection Officer Friendly and Other Stories and the novel Water. For more information on Lewis Robinson, click here.
Judy Polan - Songwriting
A Printer on songwriting by singer/songwriter, poet and writer...known through-out New England as "The Gold Glitter Queen." Click here, for more information on July Polan.
Kim Dana Kupperman - Writing an Essay
The art of writing an essay by managing eidtor of The Gettysburg Review and critically acclaimed essayist. Click here for more information on Kim Dana Kupperman
Barbara Roche - Blogging
Blogging by B. J. Roche, former Boston Globe writer and founder of the blog Fiftyshift.com. Click here for more information on B.J. Roche.
Thomas Shea - Interviewing
The art of interviewing by longtime Springfield Republican columnist and reporter.
James Kelly - Fantasy Writing
Writing fantasy by Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author. Click here for more information on James Kelly.
Diane Lake - Screenwriting
Introduction to screenwriting by Diane Lake, principal screenwriter of the Oscar-nominated film, Frida. Click here for more information on Diane Lake.
John Sheirer - Self -Publishing
A primer on self-publishing by veteran self publisher. Click here for more information on John Sheirer.
John Sheirer - Self-Publishing
A Primer in Self-Publishing, an author of traditionally published and self-published books. Click here for more information on John Sheirer.
Mel Allen - Freelance Writing
A fifth editor of Yankee Magazine, Allen discusses his successes in free lancing writing.
Leigh Montville - Art of Writing Biographies
The Art of Writing Biographies led by New York Times bestselling author and former Sports Illustrated reporter.
Jane Yolen - Writing for Children
Writing for children presented by children's book legend. Click here for more information on Jane Yolen.
Roland Merullo - Fiction
Starting a fiction book by fiction and non-fiction author. Click here for more information on Roland Merullo.
M. P. Parker - Research Writing
An award-winning historical novelist shared her tips with participants. Click here for more information on M.P. Parker.