AGENTS 

Agent Overview - Cathleen O'Connor - June 17 - 5 pm Zoom

Agent Meetings - July 23 

GGENTS AGENTS  MIC

OPEN MIC 

Join us at our bi-monthly All Voices Open Mic. You can sign up for a 3- minute reading of your choice or listen in to support! Limited to 20 readers. Unlimited listeners.

Sundays: June 7, July 12, August 9 - 7 pm Zoom

Thursdays: June 25, July 30, August 27 - 2 pm Zoom

BUSINESS 

Once you find the inspiration to put your poems, stories and memories in writing, you step into two worlds – one free-flowing and creative and the other, the practical pragmatic realm of business. Not all writers write for publication but if you do, then today, more than ever, you need to understand the processes of choosing a publishing option, of building your online presence (your platform), of the legal terms or issues you may come across, and much more. Our Writing as Business Series covers key elements every writer will encounter on the way to publication, whether traditionally published or not, plus some extras to help you navigate the often-daunting world of book promotion.

The Path to Publication  Caridad Pineiro - Monday, June 15th 7:00 - 8:00 pm Zoom

Review the various publishing options (traditional path for fiction and non-fiction, hybrid presses pros and cons, decision to self-publish), and how to decide what approach is best for you.

Querying and Pitching - Paula Scardamalia - Monday, June 22nd 7:00 - 8:00 pm Zoom

A pitch and a query are publishing sales tools for convincing an agent or editor to read pages of your manuscript and consider representing or publishing your book. Learn about submission guidelines, techniques for standing out and how to develop a relationship from the start, plus a few tips for feeling confident when pitching or querying.

What Editors Want - Lynne Barrett - Monday, June 29th 7:00 - 8:00 pm Zoom

Learn about the process of submitting short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry to magazines (print and online), including how to find and assess journals, record-keeping, understanding rejections, persistence, and making the most of publication when it happens.

Contract Issues for Writers - Caridad Pineiro - Monday, July 13th 7:00 - 8:00 pm Zoom

Learn about the different kinds of terms writers may encounter in traditional publishing contracts as well as terms of service and contracts for self-publishing venues

Designing the Perfect Book Cover - Sharla Wailes  – Monday, July 20th 7:00-8:00 pm Zoom

Building Your Platform While Writing Your Book - Paula Scardamalia – Monday, July 27th 7:00-8:00 pm Zoom

Whether you are self-publishing or publishing with a traditional house, you are the one responsible for creating your brand and building a platform. You need to decide who you are to your audience, who your readers are, and how to reach and engage them as you write your book. Learn about the various tools to help you build that platform and which ones might be the best fit for you. 

Steps to a Book Launch - Cathleen O’Connor  – Monday, August 3rd 7:00-8:00 pm Zoom

Learn how to plan for and run a successful book launch whether you have an online presence or not, whether you are traditionally published or self-published. Timelines and planning goals will be reviewed.

Protecting Your Work - Caridad Pineiro - Monday, August 10th 7:00 - 8:00 pm Zoom

Learn how to protect your work from infringement and how to avoid third-party claims that you are infringing their materials.

Your Story is Your Brand - Leah Komaiko – Monday, August 17th 7:00-8:00 pm Zoom

Promoting Your Book - Cathleen O’Connor – Promoting Your Book – Monday, August 24th 7:00-8:00 pm Zoom

Learn how to use Social Media to promote your book including the demographics of the different social media sites (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.) and how to target your audience. Includes suggestions for resources like social media influencers to expand your reach

WORKSHOPS  

Writing Our Tomorrows – Judy Huge - Tuesdays, June 9-30, 12:30-1:30 pm Zoom 

Reading as a Writer to Improve Your Craft Arielle Silver - Thursdays, June 18, July 16, August 20 - 2 pm Zoom 

Soul Collage – Judith Prest - Wednesdays, July 1, 15 & 29, 3-4:15 pm Zoom
Working with images can take us deep. Images can get to “the words below the words” and can help us bridge the gap when there are experiences for which we don’t yet have the words. Working with SoulCollageĀ® is like awake dream work. You will find that working with images can be refreshing and can recharge your creative batteries. No previous “artist experience or skill” needed. Come with “beginners mind”, ready to engage in deep play and discovery! In this workshop, you will learn about the process of SoulCollageĀ®. 

Women Bearing Witness June Gould - Wednesday, July 8, 7-8:30 pm Zoom

Writing Biography Charlotte Gordon - Wednesday, July 22, 7-8 pm Zoom

Kidlit 101 Jen Malone - Wednesday, August 12, 7-8 pm Zoom
If you’re interested in expanding your writing repertoire or simply curious about the children’s book market, this intro to “kidlit” session is for you! Over the course of the week we’ll do a deep dive into the category (from board book to young adult)
examining trends in the marketplace, hallmarks of books for each age group, and do's and don'ts of content to include or omit. We’ll discuss how to research for young readers, ways to market to them, and where to seek homes for your stories. Most importantly, we’ll devote time to developing or enhancing an authentic kid voice to grab readers and hook them in, with time dedicated to writing prompts and peer critique.

The Writer's Roadmap Leigh Shulman - Wednesday, August 26, 7-8 pm Zoom
A mixed media and book art workshop for all levels. Make a small book with just enough words in it to instigate your daily writing after you leave the conference. Experiment with art techniques to create a master sheet of deliciously decorated paper that will then be cut and folded into a small book form. Once the books are formed, the pages will be handwritten or stamped with questions, dares, and provocations. Expect this workshop to begin with a centering ritual, to be filled with inspiring art supplies, and to include daily sharing at the close of each session. There will be a modest daily materials fee. Open to all levels. Techniques accumulate each day; book will be complete on day five. Bring an apron.

FRIDAY FREE WRITES  

Enjoy weekly Friday Free Writes with Guild Instructors from across the globe. - Fridays, 1 pm Zoom

June 12 - Yun Wei

June 19 - Linda Leedy Schneider

June 26 - Dorothy Randall Gray

July 10 - Jan Gary

July 17 - Juanita Kirton

July 24 - Leslie Neustadt

August 7 - Linda Bergman




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