Sunday, June 14, 2015

Call for Stories for Anthology to Help Eradicate Child Labor in Asian Factories

PUT YOUR SHORT-STORY WRITING SKILLS TO USE FOR AN EXCELLENT CAUSE!

by Jodie Renner, editor, author, and publisher

Do you write short stories or other fiction, especially stories with a young protagonist (6-14 years old)?

Would you like to help reduce child slavery and child labor in Asia?

Could you write a compelling short story with a third-world child as protagonist if you were provided background information?

Would you be willing to donate your story to be included in an anthology for sale, the proceeds of which would go to help rescue kids enslaved as factory workers, working long hours in poor conditions, often without pay?

If so, join us!

I'm organizing a high-quality anthology of well-written short stories loosely based on actual stories of young children freed from forced labor in Asia. 100% of the royalties from this proposed anthology will go to Save the Children, a highly respected charitable organization dedicated to helping needy children around the world. Since I'm an editor and a publisher, this project is well within my area of expertise and my comfort zone.

Who is Jodie Renner and how is she qualified to edit and publish this book?

A former middle-school teacher and school librarian with a master's degree, I'm now a respected editor, publisher, and award-winning author, with two websites, a blog, and a strong social media presence, including over 4,500 Facebook friends. As such, I'm in an excellent position to organize and provide editorial guidance for an professional-looking, high-quality anthology of short stories based on the lives of these unfortunate children. I will of course promote it to all my contacts on social media, locally, and in my email newsletter.

I have edited a lot of short stories and judged short stories for many contests and anthologies, including Writer's Digest, so I will lead the editorial committee, who will make the final choice on which stories will be accepted.

Since I have published five books to date through my publishing company, Cobalt Books, the plan at this point is to hire a professional cover designer to create a high-quality cover, then edit, format, and publish this anthology through Cobalt Books.

For more on me, Jodie Renner, with links to my websites and social media, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

How long should the stories be, and who is the target audience?

At this point, I'm aiming for about 10 to 12 short stories total, average length 2,000 to 3,000 words each, so the anthology would be roughly 20,000 to 36,000 words long in total.

The target readership is young people to adults, aged 11 and up, North Americans, Brits, Australians, and other people in developed countries. School librarians will love it.

As I expect to receive many stories for possible inclusion in this anthology, some submissions may not be accepted, similar to the process for any other reputable short story anthology. Your story will need to be compelling, written in the point of view of a fictional Asian child.

Later, you will need to go over your story several times to make sure it's of a high quality, with no typos, spelling errors, or grammatical errors (except of course in dialogue!). If the story is strong but just needs minor suggestions or a final polish to clean it up, our editorial committee will do that, and send it back to the author with the changes visible in Track Changes, and comments and suggestions in the margin.

Deadline for entries:

Please submit your story by August 31, 2015. This gives you two and a half months to write and polish a story.

How will the anthology be sold, and how will it benefit the children working in arduous conditions in factories in Asia?
 
We will sell the anthology in both e-book and trade paperback form, initially through Amazon and expand from there. It is expected that all contributors will promote the anthology on social media and in their communities and also hand-sell some copies locally.

All the writers and I (and possibly other editors, if needed) will donate our time and skills for free, so after paying the cover designer, printer, and distributor, 100% of the book royalties will go to a respected charitable organization. Specific details to be shared when you contact me.

For accountability, I will regularly forward to all contributors the book sales stats and the receipts for our donations from book sales.

If you are interested in helping this worthy cause by putting your skills at writing fiction or creative nonfiction to good use, or have further questions or suggestions, please contact me at info@JodieRenner.com or at j.renner.editing(at)Hotmail(dot)com. Use "Anthology for Kids" in your subject line.

How will it work for the writers?

For those interested, please contact me with your idea before starting your story, as I need to coordinate all stories.

You will of course have your name included as author of your story and will also have an opportunity to submit a short bio with links and photo for our "About the Authors" page. This is a great way to get a story of yours in print to add to your bio.

And of course we will all have the satisfaction of making a difference for kids in dire, inhumane situations.

Thank you for considering helping with this very worthy cause. We're also looking for suggestions for a title and for names of good cover designers to approach who aren't too expensive.

If this project works, we can consider other similar projects to help underprivileged children or to help end human trafficking and slavery. Please contact me with any ideas you may have for other projects like this.

Please share this with writers you know. Also, please leave any comments, questions, or suggestions you may have in the comment boxes below. Thanks!

Guidelines for Authors Submitting a Short Story for Anthology, "Stories for Kids" 

(Title of anthology to be determined – suggestions welcome!)

_ Is your story realistic, rather than cartoon-like or with obviously make-believe characters and elements?

_ Is your story written from the point of view of an Asian child living in difficult circumstances?

_ Is your protagonist’s life handled in a sensitive manner, respecting the child’s resilience, strength, and determination?

_ Does your story have the potential to expand a North American child’s knowledge, vision, and understanding of conditions for children in underprivileged countries?

_ Will your story engage the interest and emotions of young readers and hopefully encourage them to try to do something to help others who are less fortunate?

_ Will your story interest and appeal to young people aged 11 and up, and maybe even to adults as well? 

_ Does it contain an opening “hook” to incite reader curiosity? 

_ Will it hold their attention to the end?

_ Does your story have enough tension and conflict to make readers worry about and care about the young people depicted?

_ Does your story end well for the young protagonist?

_ Do the narration and dialogue reflect the ages and situation of the children in the story?

_ Is your story between 1,500 and 5,000 words long?

_ Have you and others you know checked your story for:

- Overly long sentences

- Words young people may not be familiar with

- Unnecessary or meaningless words

- Spelling and grammatical errors

_ Submission requirements – formatting: Times New Roman font, 12-point, double-spaced, paragraphs indented, no extra space between paragraphs.

A former middle-school teacher and school librarian with a master’s degree, Jodie Renner is a freelance fiction editor and the award-winning author of three craft-of-writing guides in her series An Editor’s Guide to Writing Compelling Fiction: Captivate Your Readers, Fire up Your Fiction, and Writing a Killer Thriller. She has also published two clickable time-saving e-resources to date: Quick Clicks: Spelling List and Quick Clicks: Word Usage. Jodie is a well-known blogger and has been active on two group blogs: Crime Fiction Collective, and after several years, she just stepped down from the award-winning blog, The Kill Zone. You can find Jodie at www.JodieRenner.com, www.JodieRennerEditing.com, her blog, http://jodierennerediting.blogspot.com/, and on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Fated Paradox: Inkitt's Writing Contest for Mystery and Thriller Authors


Inkitt's latest free writing contest, FATED PARADOX, starts today, June 4, and runs until July 4. This one's for mystery and thriller writers!

What is Inkitt? 

Inkitt is a free writing platform that helps authors reach their full potential. Users collaborate with fellow writers and readers to give each other feedback and improve their work. Inkitt's vision is to help writers get the exposure they deserve and the publishing deals they covet, without having to jump through the fiery hoops of traditional publishing or wade in the shark-infested waters of self-publishing. Today, June 4, is the start of their latest writing contest. 

Mystery and Thriller - Fated Paradox 

The theme for the contest is “Fated Paradox: Tales of gripping suspense.” They want you to keep them on the edge of their seats with your best mystery and thriller stories. Submit accounts of murders and red herrings, or have them biting their nails over stories full of adrenaline and espionage. Leave them breathless with your tales of unmatched suspense. 

What are the guidelines? 

They accept original fiction stories of any length. Entries must be posted on the Inkitt contest page to be considered eligible. The contest opens on June 4th and closes on July 4th. The contest is completely free to enter, and authors will retain all rights to any and all works submitted in the contest. The top 10% based on reader votes get the chance to be picked by the Inkitt staff for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize. 

What are the prizes? 



1st Prize: $50 cash, 5 printed copies of the winning story with custom Typography (created by Inkitt’s designer).

2nd Prize: $40 cash

3rd Prize: $20 cash 

All entrants will have the chance to show their work to a rapidly growing community of authors and readers hungry for high-quality fiction. 

 
Twitter Handle: @Inkitt

Hashtag: #FatedParadox
 
Good luck with this!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Enter for a Chance to Win an Autographed Copy of Captivate Your Readers!

I'm pleased to announce that I'm running a Goodreads Giveaway of my new book, Captivate Your Readers - An Editor's Guide to Writing Compelling Fiction, until March 30. Three winners will receive a signed copy of this book in the mail (trade paperback). Click on the link below to enter.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Captivate Your Readers by Jodie Renner

Captivate Your Readers

by Jodie Renner

Giveaway ends March 30, 2015.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

CAPTIVATE YOUR READERS - AN EDITOR'S GUIDE TO WRITING COMPELLING FICTION
This third guide to writing compelling fiction by respected editor and award-winning author Jodie Renner provides concrete advice for captivating readers and immersing them in your story world. It’s all about engaging readers through techniques such as deep point of view, showing instead of telling, avoiding author intrusions, writing riveting dialogue, and basically stepping back and letting the characters tell the story.
Today’s readers want to lose themselves in an absorbing story. Renner shows you how to provide the immediacy and emotional involvement readers crave in fiction, the direct, close connection to the characters and their world. And she does it in her usual highly accessible, reader-friendly style, with plenty of subheadings, concrete tips and examples.
This book is available in both e-book form and print through all Amazon websites, and also in print at many independent bookstores and libraries.

Praise for Captivate Your Readers: 
“Jodie’s books are packed with practical writing and editing advice. Get ready to improve your manuscript today.”
– Steven James, author of Story Trumps Structure: How to Write Unforgettable Fiction by Breaking the Rules
“Want to write solid, marketable fiction? Read this book. Regardless of your experience level, CAPTIVATE YOUR READERS gives you clear and concise tools that will help you create a believable story world and spin a good yarn.” 
– DP Lyle, award-winning author of the Dub Walker and Samantha Cody thriller series
“Jodie Renner nails it! Captivate Your Readers should be at the top of every new and experienced writer’s arsenal, as well as a preferred resource for every teacher of writing. Her no-nonsense, easy-to-understand approach is perfect. Bravo, Jodie Renner!”
– Lynn Sholes, bestselling author of the Cotten Stone series and The Shield 

Chapters include:
· Introduction to Point of View in Fiction    

· Draw Readers in with Deep Point of View

· How to Avoid Head-Hopping

 · Create a Complex, Charismatic Main Character

· Character Descriptions – Learn From the Pros

· Your First Pages Are Critical

· Let the Characters Tell the Story

· How to Avoid Annoying Author Intrusions

· Keep Your Dialogue Real and Riveting 

· Show Important Scenes, Tell Transitional Ones

· Avoid Overwriting – Subtle is More Sophisticated

· Show Character Reactions to Bring Them to Life

 · A Strong Fictive Voice Needs Attitude 

· Adding Tension, Suspense, & Intrigue

 · 33 Must-Do’s for a Winning Short Story 

About the Author:

Jodie Renner is an award-winning author, sought-after independent editor, well-known blogger (The Kill Zone blog), and presenter at writers’ conferences and to writing groups across North America. Jodie is also the author of the writing guides Fire up Your Fiction and Writing a Killer Thriller, as well as time-saving, clickable e-resources such as Quick Clicks: Word Usage and Quick Clicks: Spelling List.
Books by Jodie Renner:
~ Fire up Your Fiction – An Editor’s Guide to Writing Compelling Stories   Amazon.com   Amazon.ca   Amazon.co.uk
~ Writing a Killer Thriller – An Editor’s Guide to Writing Compelling Fiction  Amazon.com    Amazon.ca    Amazon.co.uk
~ Captivate Your Readers – An Editor’s Guide to Writing Compelling Fiction  Amazon.com  Amazon.ca  Amazon.co.uk
~ Quick Clicks: Word Usage – Precise Word Choices at Your Fingertips Amazon.com , Amazon.ca , Amazon.co.uk
~ Quick Clicks: Spelling List – Commonly Misspelled Words at Your Fingertips  Amazon.com ,  Amazon.ca ,  Amazon.co.uk
~ Quick Clicks: Grammar Tips (out soon)
~ A Newbie’s Guide to Writing Fiction (out soon) 

Monday, March 9, 2015

Links to Recent Articles of Jodie's on Other Blogs

Since the release on February 28 of my latest writing guide, Captivate Your Readers, I've been busy with a blog book tour, posting articles with tips on writing and promoting your fiction.

Here's a list of some of my recent articles on other blogs, plus an interview of me and a review of my new book. Please click on the title to go to the post.

Tuesday, March 10: Review of Captivate Your Readers on U Self-Publish website.

Monday, March 9: "Create a Fascinating, Believable Antagonist" on The Kill Zone blog


Sunday, March 8: "How to Write a Prize-Worthy Short Story" on Anne R. Allen's award-winning blog


Friday., March 6: "Learn How to Captivate Your Readers with Jodie Renner" on Read, Write, Muse blog


Thurs., March 5 - "Book Giveaway Promos Compared: Goodreads, Rafflecopter, and the New Amazon Giveaway" on Janice Hardy's Fiction University blog


Monday, Mar. 2, 2015 - "Use Attitude When Introducing Characters" on Elizabeth Spann Craig's blog


Feb. 23: "Make Sure Your Characters Act in Character" on The Kill Zone blog.


Feb. 17: "Avoid Overwriting - Subtle is More Sophisticated" on Janice Hardy's Fiction University


Feb. 9: Indie BookContests 2015 on The Kill Zone blog


Feb. 5: "How to Slash Your Word Count by 20-40% - and tighten your story without losing any of the good stuff" on Janice Hardy's Fiction University


 And finally, the very popular list of Writers' Conferences & Book Festivals in 2015

Do you have any craft-of-writing or publishing or marketing topics you'd like me to write about? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks!

Besides blogging at The Kill Zone Blog and elsewhere, Jodie Renner is a freelance fiction editor and the award-winning author of three craft-of-writing guides in her series An Editor’s Guide to Writing Compelling Fiction: Fire up Your Fiction, Writing a Killer Thriller, and Captivate Your Readers. She has also published two clickable time-saving e-resources to date: Quick Clicks: Spelling List – Commonly Misspelled Words at Your Fingertips and Quick Clicks: Word Usage – Style and Usage Tips for Busy Writers and Editors. You can find Jodie at www.JodieRenner.com, www.JodieRennerEditing.com, and on Facebook and Twitter.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Using the New Amazon Giveaway to Promote Your Books

Jodie Renner, editor & author

Just as I was considering running a Goodreads Giveaway on my new craft-of-writing guide, Captivate Your Readers (which is #1 on Amazon's "Hot New Releases" list in "Authorship"), I found out about a new initiative from Amazon.com, released on February 10, called Amazon Giveaway, which you might want to consider taking advantage of to promote a print book of yours. (My personal experience and conclusions at the end.)

For now at least, it doesn’t include digital prizes like e-books, and entrants (prizewinners) have to be in the U.S. But the good news is, Amazon sends off the books for you, unlike Goodreads giveaways, where you have to package and mail the prizes yourself. Two disadvantages are that you have to pay full price for your own book (hopefully that will change) and you can’t personalize your prize in any way – you won’t be able to autograph the book or insert a personal note.
Basic info on Amazon Giveaways:
The product must already be on sale on Amazon. You can give away any product Amazon sells, as long as it’s on their list of eligible products. Digital items like e-books, songs, gift cards, etc. are not eligible, and for now at least, you can’t give away Kindles. To find out if a product is eligible, go to the page for that product, then scroll down to below the reviews of that item and look for an “Amazon Giveaway” box.
To run an Amazon Giveaway, you need an Amazon account with a valid credit card.
You may only enter one item at a time as a prize, and you can give away up to 50 of that item, to a maximum value of $5,000.
You pay for the prizes and postage upfront.
You can run two kinds of promotions. Either:
- Entrants win on a first-come, first-serve basis; for example, the first 5 or 10 or 20 people to join the giveaway receive a print copy of your book. This is probably not the best choice, as entrants need to be at the right place at the right time, and could spread the word quickly among their friends, so anybody else entering after that will be disappointed.
Or:
- Entrants win by luck or chance, like a Rafflecopter giveaway. You could specify that for every 10 or 25 or 50 or 100 entries you’ll give away a print copy of your book.
For now at least, entrants’ eligibility is U.S. only, age 18+.
All giveaways last one week or until prizes run out, whichever comes first.
Amazon ships the book for you, but as the host, you pay the shipping costs (lowest available, and of course only in the U.S.).
If you want to check out current giveaways and see how it works, search Twitter for the hashtag #AmazonGiveaway.
How to become a giveaway host:
Anyone who wants to host a giveaway can get started at amazon.com/giveaway or simply visit Amazon to find the eligible item they would like as a prize and click “Set up a giveaway” near the bottom of the product detail page. From there, the host determines the giveaway details, enters custom content, and decides whether prizes will go to many entrants or to the first few entrants. Hosts receive a unique link that they can share with their audiences how, when, and where they choose.
How people enter to win your book or other prize:
Each entry to an Amazon Giveaway is simple and predictable. They follow the admin on Twitter, give Amazon authorization to connect their app to the entrant’s Twitter account, confirm they’ve got a US address, and they’re entered.
Click to read the FAQs for this giveaway.
Pros:
You can choose the odds of winning - one book awarded per how many entries.

You receive a link and can advertise your giveaway anywhere, including on social media, by email or newsletter, and on your blog or website.
It’s free of charge. You don’t pay anything to set up and run this promo giveaway.
Amazon takes care of all the terms and conditions and does the shipping and handling for you, which saves you time and trouble. Hosts (you) pay the lowest shipping cost, determined by the winner’s address.
Cons:
It’s for print books only, not e-books.
You have to pay full retail price for your own books.
Since it ships directly from Amazon, you can’t customize or personalize your gift in any way, so you won’t be able to autograph your book.
You can’t edit the giveaway after it starts. Just make sure the giveaway you’ve setup is what you want before you start promoting it. Once you’ve bought the prizes and pushed the giveaway live and promoted the URL, there’s no turning back.
Many products, including digital ones, are not eligible. To find out if a product is eligible for a giveaway, you need to go to its product page and scroll down to find the “Amazon Giveaway” box.
You can’t give away more than one prize at a time, so no grand prizes or runner-up prizes. You can offer one item only for each giveaway, but of course you control how many of that item you’ll give away.
Although you can advertise your Amazon Giveaway anywhere and integrate it with your Twitter account, you can’t design a giveaway widget or embed this giveaway into your own blog or website, so it won’t drive traffic to your site or help with newsletter sign-ups, etc. Running an Amazon Giveaway will only allow you to send traffic to a site hosted by Amazon.

For entrants in the U.S. only. Citizens of Canada, the U.K., Australia, and other countries are not eligible to win your book or other prize.

Personal experience and final thoughts: 

I entered my new writing guide, Captivate Your Readers in an Amazon Giveaway on March 2, and I opted to give away 5 copies of my new book. I decided on one win per 40 entries. Over 200 people entered within about 10 hours, including overnight, so the 5 books were won and the contest closed. I opted for the requirement that each entrant follow me on Twitter, so I gained 200 Twitter followers in a few hours. But since the contest was over so quickly, next time I would say one win per 100 or even 150 entries. It was expensive, as I had to pay retail price for my own books, plus the postage, but it did raise awareness for my new title and cause a spike in sales of my books, both print and e-books.

Amazon’s press release on this new feature reads: “Amazon Giveaway is an intuitive tool that allows anyone to create and host their own giveaway, to generate awareness and reward their audiences. ‘The idea of running giveaway promotions is easy. They are a really effective way to attract attention and build engagement, but giveaways often come with hidden costs and complexities which makes the reality of running one hard,’ said Steve Shure, Vice President Consumer Marketing. ‘Amazon Giveaway is the first self-service tool that takes care of all the hard work of a giveaway, from setting up all of the rules to shipping prizes directly to winners.’”
A giveaway promotion as an easy and effective way to attract attention to your book and build engagement with you as the author. And I like that Amazon does almost all the work for you on this one. The biggest downside as I see it is that it won’t bring potential readers directly to my website or blog or help with newsletter sign-ups. Also, I can’t sign my book or write a little note inside politely suggesting that a review would be much appreciated!
Have you tried Goodreads Giveaways or this new one, Amazon Giveaways? How about Rafflecopter or other giveaways? Have you noticed a corresponding increase in sales? Give us your opinion in the comments below. Thanks!

Jodie Renner is a freelance fiction editor and the award-winning author of three craft-of-writing guides in her series An Editor’s Guide to Writing Compelling Fiction: Fire up Your Fiction, Writing a Killer Thriller, and Captivate Your Readers. She has also published two clickable time-saving e-resources to date: Quick Clicks: Spelling List and Quick Clicks: Word Usage. You can find Jodie at www.JodieRenner.com, www.JodieRennerEditing.com, at The Kill Zone blog alternate Mondays, on Fiction University blog the first Thursday of the month, and on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

CAPTIVATE YOUR READERS is out!


Great news! My third editor's guide to writing compelling fiction, CAPTIVATE YOUR READERS, is finally out!

You can find it in trade paperback and e-book form at all Amazon sites, including these:



It will soon be available in print at many independent bookstores and libraries.

Here's a bit about the book:

Captivate Your Readers - An Editor's Guide to Writing Compelling Fiction, by Jodie Renner

This third guide to writing compelling fiction by respected editor and award-winning author Jodie Renner provides concrete advice for captivating readers and immersing them in your story world. It’s all about engaging readers through techniques such as using deep point of view, showing instead of telling, avoiding author intrusions, writing riveting dialogue, and basically stepping back and letting the characters tell the story.

Today’s readers want to lose themselves in an absorbing story. Renner shows you how to provide the immediacy and emotional involvement readers crave in fiction, the direct, close connection to the characters and their world. And she does it in her usual highly accessible, reader-friendly style, with plenty of subheadings, concrete tips and examples.

This book is available in both e-book form and print, through all Amazon websites, and also in print through Red Tuque Books in Penticton, BC. Available soon in print at many independent bookstores and libraries. 

“Jodie’s books are packed with practical writing and editing advice. Get ready to improve your manuscript today.”
– Steven James, author of Story Trumps Structure: How to Write Unforgettable Fiction by Breaking the Rules

“Want to write solid, marketable fiction? Read this book. Regardless of your experience level, CAPTIVATE YOUR READERS gives you clear and concise tools that will help you create a believable story world and spin a good yarn.” 
– DP Lyle, award-winning author of the Dub Walker and Samantha Cody thriller series

“Jodie Renner nails it! Captivate Your Readers should be at the top of every new and experienced writer’s arsenal, as well as a preferred resource for every teacher of writing. Her no-nonsense, easy-to-understand approach is perfect. Bravo, Jodie Renner!”
– Lynn Sholes, bestselling author of the Cotten Stone series and The Shield


Jodie Renner is a freelance fiction editor and the award-winning author of three craft-of-writing guides in her series An Editor’s Guide to Writing Compelling Fiction: Fire up Your Fiction, Writing a Killer Thriller, and Captivate Your Readers. She has also published two clickable time-saving e-resources to date: Quick Clicks: Spelling List and Quick Clicks: Word Usage. You can find Jodie at www.JodieRenner.com, www.JodieRennerEditing.com, at The Kill Zone blog alternate Mondays, and on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Friday, February 13, 2015

GIVEAWAY OF 15 GREAT GUIDES TO WRITING & MARKETING YOUR BOOK

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 15 WINNERS!

They're listed below, in the Rafflecopter form, and they've all been notified. Winners, if you didn't receive an email, please check your Junk folder.

THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED!

- Jodie & gang.

Great news for writers and aspiring authors! Here's your chance to win one of 15 excellent e-books on various aspects of writing and marketing your novel or short fiction.

To mark the release of my third book, CAPTIVATE YOUR READERS - An Editor's Guide to Writing Compelling Fiction on February 28, I've invited nine talented craft-of-writing authors to take part in a giveaway February 14-28 of their e-books on writing, publishing, and marketing.

Also, I'll be sending out advanced reading copies of my Captivate Your Readers next week in exchange for an honest review of the book on Amazon (& Goodreads) by March 30. Contact me at Info(at)Jodie Renner(dot)com for your free review copy.

Here are the 15 titles offered by ten top fiction-writing and marketing advisors, with their links below for more info:


Captivate Your Readers by Jodie Renner - plus 10 more books for reviews

~ Fiction Attack! by James Scott Bell

~ Outlining Your Novel, by K.M. Weiland

~ How to Market Your Book, by Joanna Penn

~The Emotion Thesaurus, by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi

~ Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure, by Janice Hardy

~ Grammar for Fiction Writers, by Marcy Kennedy and Chris Saylor

~ Fire up Your Fiction, by Jodie Renner

~ Public Speaking for Authors, Creatives, and Other Introverts, by Joanna Penn

The 12 Key Pillars of Novel Construction, by C.S. Lakin

~ Writing a Killer Thriller, by Jodie Renner

The Positive Trait Thesaurus, by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi

~ Dialogue: A Busy Writer's Guide, by Marcy Kennedy

~ 1,000 Creative Writing Prompts by Bryan Cohen

The Negative Trait Thesaurus, by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi.

You can read these books on your Kindle or other e-reader or on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Just enter the draw by clicking on the form below to win one of the following e-books. And if you sign up for my occasional (3-6 times per year) newsletter HERE, then let me know in the comments below, I'll add your name to the "hat" 3 more times. (New subscribers only.) For this option, make sure you've already entered your name in the form below so I'll have your email address. Thanks!

Winners' names will be drawn on March 1, and you will receive your free e-book during the first week of March.


a Rafflecopter giveaway
And here's a little about my upcoming book CAPTIVATE YOUR READERS:


Are you looking for concrete, effective ways to bring your fiction to life for the readers, so they feel they’re right there with the characters? And they stay up until the wee hours of the night eagerly turning the pages? Then this book is for you.

This third editor’s guide to writing compelling fiction by multi-award-winning author Jodie Renner provides specific advice, with examples, for captivating readers and immersing them in your story world. 

Today’s readers want to put aside their cares and chores and lose themselves in an absorbing story. This book shows you how to provide the emotional involvement and immediacy readers crave in fiction.

It’s all about engaging readers through techniques such as writing in deep point of view, showing instead of telling, avoiding author intrusions, creating dialogue that’s real and riveting, and basically stepping back as the author and letting the characters tell the story. 

And like my other popular writing guides, the format of this one is reader-friendly, designed for busy writers, with text broken up by subheadings, examples, and lists, and plenty of concrete tips. It also has plenty of internal links in the e-version so you can click around quickly.


Besides blogging at The Kill Zone Blog and elsewhere, Jodie Renner is a freelance fiction editor and the award-winning author of three craft-of-writing guides in her series An Editor’s Guide to Writing Compelling Fiction: Fire up Your Fiction, Writing a Killer Thriller, and Captivate Your Readers. She has also published two clickable time-saving e-resources to date: Quick Clicks: Spelling List – Commonly Misspelled Words at Your Fingertips and Quick Clicks: Word Usage – Style and Usage Tips for Busy Writers and Editors. You can find Jodie at www.JodieRenner.com, www.JodieRennerEditing.com, and on Facebook and Twitter.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Writers' Conferences & Book Festivals, 2015 & 2016

by Jodie Renner, editor, author, speaker @JodieRennerEd

As I do a few times a year, I've compiled a list of writers' conferences and book festivals in North America. This one, of over 130 conferences and festivals, runs from January through December 2015 and into May 2016.

Please tell us about any conferences or book festivals I’ve missed by posting the info in the comments below, or email me at Info (at) JodieRenner (dot) com, and I’ll add them to the list. Please supply the date(s), the name of the conference,  the location, and the website URL. Thanks a lot!

And by the way, if you're looking for writing contests for your short story, poetry, or book, here are two great lists: 

- Indie Book Contests 2015

- 27 Free Writing Contests: Legitimate Competitions With Cash Prizes

And here's an interesting-looking ongoing online writers' conference:

The NEVER-ENDING Online Backspace Writers Conference. http://www.backspacewritersconference.com/

JANUARY 2015:

Jan. 16-19, 2015 - 22nd Annual Winter Poetry and Prose Getaway, Seaview Resort, New Jersey Shore. www.wintergetaway.com

Jan. 17, 2015 - Troubleshooting Your Novel, Nashville, TN. Faculty: Steven James, Jodie Renner, and Eric Wilson. http://www.troubleshootingyournovel.com/

Jan. 17-25, 2015: Writers in Paradise conference, St. Petersburg, Florida. http://writersinparadise.eckerd.edu/

Jan. 23-25, 2015 – San Diego State University Writers’ Conference, San Diego Marriott, Mission Valley. http://www.ces.sdsu.edu/wc

January 26-31, 2015 - 2015 Todos Santos Writers Workshop, Todos Santos, Baja Mexico. www.todossantoswritersworkshop.com

FEBRUARY 2015:

Feb. 5-9, 2015 – Florida Romance Writers Cruise with Your Muse Fun in the Sun conference. http://www.frwriters.org/fun-in-the-sun-conference/ 

Feb. 6-8, 2015 - Love Is Murder Mystery Conference, Chicago, IL. http://www.loveismurder.net/

Feb. 14, 2015 - MWA-U 2.0, Mystery Writers of America, Boston, Mass. http://mysterywriters.org/mwauboston/

Feb. 11-15, 2015 - San Miguel Writers' Conference & Literary Festival, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. www.sanmiguelwritersconference.org.

Feb. 12-15, 2015 - San Francisco Writers Conference, San Francisco. www.SFWriters.org

Feb. 12-15, 2015 – Savannah Book Festival, Savannah, GA. Free and open to the public. http://www.savannahbookfestival.org/

Feb. 20-22, 2015 – Digital Authors 2.0 and Self-Publishing Conference, sponsored by West Coast Writers Conferences. Los Angeles Valley College, Van Nuys, California. www.wcwriters.com/da

Feb. 20-22, 2015 - The Big Story Writers Conference, Los Angeles, Ca. www.wcwriters.com/bigstory

Feb. 26 - Mar. 1, 2015 - Sleuthfest - an annual conference for mystery, suspense, and thriller writers, Deerfield Beach, Florida. http://sleuthfest.com/

Feb. 27, 2015 - Write On! Authors Conference and Book Fair, South Florida State College, Avon Park, FL. Email lauren.redick@southflorida.edu

Feb. 28, 2015 – Book ‘Em North Carolina (book festival), Lumberton, NC. http://www.bookemnc.org/

MARCH 2015:

March 7, 2015 – The Augusta Literary Festival, Augusta, GA. http://www.augustaliteraryfestival.org/

March 12-15, 2015 - Left Coast Crime's annual mystery convention. This year it’s called "Crimelandia" and is in Portland, Oregon. http://www.leftcoastcrime.org

March 14, 2015 - Unicorn Writer's Conference, Purchase, NY. www.unicornwritersconference.com 

March 14-15, 2015 – The Tucson Festival of Books, University of Arizona campus, Tucson, AZ. Free and excellent! http://tucsonfestivalofbooks.org/

March 18-22, 2015 – Virginia Festival of the Book, Charlottesville, Virginia, http://www.vabook.org/index.html/

March 20-22, 2015 – Wordcrafters in Eugene Writers’ Conference, Eugene, Oregon. “The focus is on fiction.” http://wordcraftersineugene.org/conference/

March 22-24, 2015 - The 2015 PubSense Summit, in Charleston, South Carolina. www.PubSenseSummit.com

March 25-29, 2015 - The Algonkian Novel Retreat, Sterling, Virginia, NW of Washington, D.C.

March 26-28, 2015 - The Write Stuff, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. www.glvwg.org

Mar. 27-28, 2015 - Northern Colorado Writers Conference, Fort Collins, CO. http://www.northerncoloradowriters.com/ 


March 28-29, 2015 - The Dahlonega Book Festival, Dahlonega, Georgia 
http://dahlonegaliteraryfestival.wordpress.com/

March 27-31, 2015 - The Mount Hermon Christian Writer's Conference, http://www.mounthermon.org/event/212

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APRIL 2015:

April 8-11, 2015: AWP Writers’ Conference & Bookfair, Minneapolis, Minn., Assoc. of Writers and Writing Programs. http://awpwriter.org/conference/

April 10-11, 2015 – IBPA Publishing University, Austin, Texas. http://ibpapublishinguniversity.com/index.html 

April 10-11, 2015 - Faith and Culture Writers Conference, Portland, Oregon. www.faithandculturewriters.com

April 11, 2015 – Alabama Book Festival, Montgomery. Free. http://www.alabamabookfestival.org/

April 11, 2015 - North Texas Book Festival, Denton, Texas. www.ntbf.org

April 11-12, 2015 - Word of South Festival of Literature and Music, Tallahassee, Florida. http://www.wordofsouthfestival.com/about/

April 16-18, 2015 - Indie ReCon, online conference for independent authors & publishers. http://www.indierecon.org/

April 17-18, 2015 – Southern Kentucky Writers’ Conference and Bookfest http://www.sokybookfest.org/ 

April 17-19, 2015 - Writing by Writers Workshop at Boulder, Boulder, Colorado. www.writingxwriters.org.

April 23-25, 2015 - Las Vegas Writers Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada. www.lasvegaswritersconference.com

April 24-25, 2015 – NETWO (North East Texas Writers' Organization) writers conference, Sowing Seeds of Success, in Mt. Pleasant, Texas. http://www.netwo.org/

April 24-26, 2015, Tallahassee Writers Conference, Tallahassee, Florida. http://twaonline.org/

April 24-26, 2015 - WisRWA (Wisconsin Romance Writers of America) Write Touch Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  http://www.wisrwa.org/conference.html

April 24-26, 2015 – Pikes Peak Writers Conference, Colorado Springs, Colorado. http://www.pikespeakwriters.com/ppwc/


April 24-25, 2015 - Ontario Writers Conference, Ajax, Ontario, Canada.
http://thewritersconference.com/

April 23-26, 2015 - Arkansas Literary Festival. Little Rock, AR     http://www.arkansasliteraryfestival.org/

April 30 - May 2, 2015 - ASJA's 44th Annual Writers Conference: Connect for Success (Am. Society of Journalists & Authors). www.asjaconferences.org.

April 30 - May 2, 2015 - OWFI Writing Conference, Oklahoma City, OK. www.owfi.org

MAY 2015:

May 1-3, 2015 - Malice Domestic, annual traditional mystery fan convention, in Bethesda, MD. www.malicedomestic.org

May 1-3, 2015 – Grub Street’s “Muse and the Marketplace” Conference, Boston, MA. https://www.grubstreet.org/muse/

May 1 -3, 2015, Kauai Writers Conference, Kapaa, Hawaii. www.kauaiwritersconference.com.

May 6-8, 2015 - Nonfiction Writers Conference, virtual. http://nonfictionwritersconference.com/2015-nonfiction-writers-conference/

May 8-9, 2015, Lakefly Writers Conference, Oshkosh, Wisconsin. www.lakeflylit.org

May 9, 2015 - 12th Annual Connecticut Authors and Publishers Assoc. University - Conference on Writing, Publishing & Marketing - Hartford, Connecticut http://aboutcapa.com/capa-u/

May 13-17, 2015 – Romantic Times Book Lovers’ Convention, Dallas, Texas http://www.rtconvention.com

May 15-16, 2015 - LDStorymakers Writers Conference, Utah Valley Convention Center, Provo, Utah. http://ldstorymakers.com/conferences/2015-conference/

May 15-17, 2015 - Word on the Lake Writers Festival, Salmon Arm, BC, Canada. http://shuswapassociationofwriters.ca/word-on-the-lake-writers-festival/

May 15-17, 2015 – Pennwriters, Pittsburgh, PA. http://www.pennwriters.org

May 15-17, 2015 - SC Book Festival, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in Columbia, South Carolina. http://www.scbookfestival.org/

May 28 - June 1, 2015 - Bear River Writers' Conference, Walloon Lake, Michigan. www.lsa.umich.edu/bearriver

JUNE 2015:

June 5-7, 2015 - New Orleans Genre Writer's Conference
http://darkoakwritercon.com/

June 6-7, 2015 – California Crime Writers Conference, Culver City, Cal. http://www.ccwconference.org/ 

June 8-12, 2015 - West Texas Writers' Academy, West Texas A&M University, Canyon, Texas. www.wtamu.edu/wtwa

June10-16, 2015 -  TheWriter's Hotel Master Class in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry, New York City. www.newguardreview.com/

June 12-14, 2015 - Philadelphia Writers' Conference, Philadelphia, PA. http://pwcwriters.org/about-us/, http://www.cvent.com/events/2015-philadelphia-writers-conference/

June 12-16, 2015 – Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference, Lands End Resort, Homer, Alaska. http://writersconference.homer.alaska.edu/

June 19-23, 2015 - Southeastern Writers Workshop, St. Simons Island, Georgia.
http://southeasternwriters.org/Writers_Workshop.html    

June 23-27, 2015 - Western Writers of America convention, Sacramento, Calif.   http://www.westernwriters.org/

June 25-28, 2015 - Jackson Hole Writers Conference, Jackson Hole, Wyoming. www.JacksonHoleWritersConference.com

June 24-28, 2015 – Romance Novel Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada. http://romancenovelconvention.com/

June-July 2015 - Iowa Summer Writing Festival, Iowa City, IA.

JULY 2015:

July 7-11, 2015 – Master Craftfest, Craftfest, and THRILLERFEST – International Thriller Writers annual conference, New York, NY. http://www.thrillerfest.com/

July 8-19, 2015 – Southampton Writers Conference, Southampton, NY. www.stonybrook.edu/mfa/summer

July 16-19, 2015 - West Virginia Writers' Workshop, West Virginia. http://english.wvu.edu/centers-projects/west-virginia-writers-workshop/s

July 22-25, 2015 – Romance Writers of America Annual Conference, New York City. http://www.rwa.org/conference

July 23-26, 2015 – Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference, Corte Madera, CA. http://bookpassage.com/mystery-writers-conference

July 24-26, 2015 - Dallas - Fort WorthWriters Conference, Hurst Conference Center, DFW Metroplex, Texas. http://www.dfwcon.org. Twitter: @dfwcon. 

July 31-Aug. 2, 2015 - Writer's Digest Annual Conference, NYC. www.writersdigestconference.com/

July 31-Aug. 2, 2015 - Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Summer Conference, Los Angeles. http://www.scbwi.org/2015-summer-conference-in-los-angeles/

AUGUST 2015:

Aug. 6-9, 2015: Cape Cod Writers Center Conference, Hyannis, Mass. Cost varies depending on number of courses you register for. www.capecodwriterscenter.org

Aug. 7-8, 2015 - FAPA (Florida Authors and Publishers Assoc.) Annual Conference, Orlando Florida. www.myfapa.org

Aug. 7-9, 2015, Willamette Writers Conference, Portland, Oregon. http://willamettewriters.com/wwcon/

Aug. 7-9, 2015 - HippoCamp: A Conference for Creative Nonfiction Writers, Lancaster, PA.   http://conference.hippocampusmagazine.com

Aug. 7-9, 2015 - Mid-Atlantic Fiction Writers Institute (MAFWI), formerly The Nora Roberts Writing Institute, Maryland. www.mafwi.org
 
Aug. 14-16, 2015 – When Words Collide, A Festival for Readers and Writers, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. http://www.whenwordscollide.org/

Aug. 15, 2015 - Unicorn Writers' Conference, Purchase, NY. www.unicornwritersconference.com

August 20-23, 2015 – Writers’ Police Academy, Appleton, Wisconsin (new location). http://www.writerspoliceacademy.com/

SEPTEMBER 2015:

Sept. 4-6, 2015 – Decatur Book Festival, Decatur (Atlanta), Georgia. http://www.decaturbookfestival.com

Sept. 11-13, 2015 – Imaginarinum Writing & Film Festival, Louisville, KY http://www.entertheimaginarium.com/

Sept. 11-15, 2015 – Colorado Gold Writers Conference, hosted by Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. http://www.rmfw.org/conference/

Sept. 12, 2015 - Michigan Writing Workshop, Detroit, MI. http://michiganwritingworkshop.com/

Sept. 17-20, 2015 - InD'Scribe Author & Reader Conference, Palm Springs, CA. www.indscribe.com  

Sept. 17-20, 2015 – The American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) annual conference, Dallas, TX. http://www.acfw.com/conference

Sept 19-20, 2015 – Alaska Writer’s Guild Conference, Anchorage Alaska. http://www.alaskawritersguild.com/

Sept. 23-26, 2015 – WORD Vancouver: Inspiring Words, Vancouver, BC, Canada. www.wordvancouver.ca

Sept. 24-26, 2015 – Florida Heritage Book Festival and Writers’ Conference, St. Augustine, Florida. www.fhbookfest.com

Sept. 24-27, 2015  - South Dakota Festival of Books, Deadwood, SD http://www.sdbookfestival.com/

Sept. 25-27, 2015 – Southern California Writers’ Conference, A Weekend for Words, Newport Beach, Calif. http://www.writersconference.com/la

Sept. 25-27, 2015 - Chicago Writers Conference, Chicago. http://www.chicagowritersconference.org/

Sept. 25-27, 2015 - SF: SE 2015, a Speculative Fiction Convention.  http://sfse2015.com

Sat., Sept. 26, 2015 - Chattahoochee Valley Writers Conference, Columbus, GA. http://www.chattwriters.org/ email: chattwriter@gmail.com

Sept. 26-29, 2015 - Chanticleer Authors Conference, Bellingham, Washington. www.chantireviews.com

Sept. 30 - Oct. 4, 2015 - NINC Conference (Novelists, Inc.), St. Pete, FL. http://ninc.com/conferences

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OCTOBER 2015:

Oct. 1-4, 2015 - Moonlight and Magnolias romance writers’ conference in Norcross, Georgia; http://www.georgiaromancewriters.org/mm-conference/

Oct. 2-4, 2015 - Sidney and Peninsula Literary Festival in beautiful seaside Sidney, located on the Saanich Peninsula just 40 km (24 miles) north of Victoria, BC on Vancouver Island. www.sidneyliteraryfestival.ca

Oct. 2-4, 2015 – Write on the Sound Writers’ Conference, Edmonds, Washington. www.writeonthesound.com.

Oct. 2-4, 2015 - Write Your Memoir Retreat, Westbrook, Conn. www.writeyourmemoirretreat.com

Oct. 8-11, 2015 – Bouchercon Crime Fiction Convention, Raleigh, NC. http://www.bouchercon2015.org/

October 8-11, 2015 – Women Writing the West conference, Eagle Truest Resort, Redmond, OR. www.womenwritingthewest.org.

Oct. 9, 2015 - San Diego Writers' Conference, San Diego, CA http://sandiegowritingworkshop.com/

October 9-11, 2015 - The Southern Festival of Books, Nashville TN. http://www.humanitiestennessee.org/programs/southern-festival-books-celebration-written-word

Oct. 10, 2015 - Great Lakes Book Bash, Kalamazoo, Michigan.    http://greatlakesbookbash.weebly.com/

Oct. 10, 2015 - The Writing Conference of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA http://writingconferenceoflosangeles.com/

October 15-18, 2015 – Florida Writers Annual Conference, Altamonte Springs, FL https://floridawriters.net/conferences/florida-writers-conference/

Oct. 16-17, 2015 – Put Your Heart in a Book, New Jersey Romance Writers Conference, Iselin, N.J. http://www.njromancewriters.org/conference.html

Oct. 17, 2015 - Books by the Banks Book Festival, Cincinnati, OH http://booksbythebanks.org/
Oct. 16-18, 2015 – Emerald City Writers’ Conference (Romance Writers of America), Bellevue, Washington. http://www.gsrwa.org/conference.php

Oct. 16-18, 2015 – Whistler Readers and Writers Festival, Whistler, BC. http://www.whistler.com/whistler_readers_writers_festival/

Oct. 23-25, 2015 – Genre-LA writers’ conference, Los Angeles Valley College, Van Nuys, CA. http://www.wcwriters.com/genrela/index.html

Oct. 23-24, 2015 – Boston Book Festival. http://www.bostonbookfest.org/

Oct. 24, 2015 - Indiana Writers' Conference, Indianapolis, IN http://indianawritingworkshop.com/

Oct. 20-25, 2015 – The Vancouver Writers Fest, Vancouver, BC, Canada. http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/

Oct. 22-25, 2015 – The Midwestern Book Lovers Unite Convention for Readers and Authors, Minneapolis, MN. http://midwesternbookloversunite.wordpress.com/
October 24 - 26, 2014 - 13th Annual Florida Writers Conference, Lake Mary, FL. http://floridawriters.net/2014_FWA_Conferences.html 
Oct. 23-25, 2015 – Surrey International Writers Conference, Surrey, BC, Canada. http://www.siwc.ca/

Oct. 24-26, 2014 - South Carolina Writers Workshop annual conference, Myrtle Beach, SC http://myscww.org/conference/
Oct. 29 - Nov. 1, 2015 - Killer Nashville, Nashville, TN. http://www.killernashville.com/conference/
Oct. 30 - Nov. 1, 2015, Magna cum Murder in association with Crimefest, Indianapolis IN http://cms.bsu.edu/Academics/CentersandInstitutes/EBBall/MagnaCumMurder.aspx

Oct. 31, 2015 - Louisiana Book Festival, Baton Rouge, LA http://www.louisianabookfestival.org/

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NOVEMBER 2015:

Nov. 5-7, 2015 – Tony Hillerman Writers Conference, Santa Fe, NM. www.wordharvest.com/

Nov. 5-8, 2015 – Sanibel Island Writers Conference, Sanibel Island, Florida. http://www.fgcu.edu/siwc/

Nov. 6-8, 2015 – The La Jolla Writers Conference, Paradise Point Resort and Spa, San Diego, CA http://www.lajollawritersconference.com/

Nov. 7, 2015 - LERA Enchanting The Page conference, Albuquerque, NM.
http://www.leranm.com/2015-enchanting-the-conference-schedule/

Nov. 6-8, 2015 – The New England Crime Bake Conference, Dedham, Mass. http://www.crimebake.org/ 

Nov. 13, 2015 - Connecticut Writing Conference, Hartford, CT  http://connecticutwritingworkshop.com/

Nov. 13-14, 2015 - Charleston YA Book Festival – YallFest: http://yallfest.org/

Nov. 14, 2015 - Boston Writing Conference, Boston, MA  https://thebostonwritingworkshop.wordpress.com/

Nov. 14, 2015 - Baltimore Writers' Conference, Towson, Md. www.baltimorewritersconference.org.

Nov. 15-22, 2015 - Miami Book Fair International, Miami, Florida. http://www.miamibookfair.com/ 

DECEMBER 2015:

(Not usually any conferences in December)   

2016:

JANUARY 2016:


Jan. 15-18, 2016 - 22nd Annual Winter Poetry and Prose Getaway, Seaview Resort, New Jersey Shore (near Atlantic City). www.wintergetaway.com

Jan. 16-23, 2016: Writers in Paradise conference, St. Petersburg, Florida. http://writersinparadise.eckerd.edu/

Jan. 22-24, 2016 – San Diego State University Writers’ Conference, San Diego Marriott, Mission Valley. http://www.ces.sdsu.edu/wc

FEBRUARY 2016:

Feb. 10-14, 2016 – San Miguel Writers' Conference and Literary Festival, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. www.sanmiguelwritersconference.org.

Feb. 11-15, 2016 - San Francisco Writers Conference, San Francisco. www.SFWriters.org

Feb. 11-14, 2016 – Savannah Book Festival, Savannah, GA. Free and open to the public. http://www.savannahbookfestival.org/

Feb. 19, 2016 - Alabama Writing Workshop, Birmingham, AL  http://alabamawritingworkshop.com/

Feb. 20, 2016 - Atlanta Writing Workshop, Birmingham, AL  http://atlantawritingworkshop.com/

Feb. 25-28, 2016 - Left Coast Crime's annual mystery convention. This year it’s called "The Great Cactus Caper" and is in Phoenix, Arizona. http://www.leftcoastcrime2016.com/

Feb. 25-28, 2016 - Sleuthfest, an annual conference for mystery, suspense, and thriller writers, Deerfield Beach, Florida. http://sleuthfest.com/

MARCH 2016:

March 11-13, 2016 - Love is Murder Conference, mainly for mystery and romance writers, Chicago, Ill. http://www.loveismurder.net/

March 12-16, 2016 – The Tucson Festival of Books, University of Arizona campus, Tucson, AZ. Free and excellent! http://tucsonfestivalofbooks.org/

March 25, 2016 - Tampa Writers Conference, Tampa, FL  http://floridawritingworkshops.com/

March 26, 2016 - Fort Lauderdale Conference for Writers, Ft. Lauderdale, FL http://floridawritingworkshops.com/

APRIL 2016:

April 8-10 - Okanagan Valley Writers' Festival, Penticton, BC, Canada. http://okanaganvalleywritersfestival.com/

April 15-17, 2016 - Pikes Peak Writers' Conference, Colorado Springs, Colorado. http://www.pikespeakwriters.com/ppwc/

April 15-17, 2016 - Story Circle Network Women's Writing Conference, Austin, TX. http://www.storycircle.org/Conference/

April 28-30, 2016 - Las Vegas Writers Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada. www.lasvegaswritersconference.com

April 29–May, 2016 - Malice Domestic, annual traditional mystery fan convention, in Bethesda, MD. www.malicedomestic.org
 
MAY 2016:

May 20-22, 2016 - Word on the Lake Writers' Festival, Salmon Arm, BC, Canada. http://wordonthelakewritersfestival.com/

May 22-28, 2016 - Salt Cay Writers’ Retreat, Salt Cay, Bahamas. www.saltcaywritersretreat.com

JUNE 2016:

June 19-20, 2016 - "Create Something Magical" - Liberty States Fiction Writers Conference, Iselin, NJ. http://www.libertystatesfictionwriters.com/conference/


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