The Steamboat Writers Conference Celebrates Silver Anniversary


Our twenty-fifth annual event will provide a sharp focus within a short time frame. Novices and professionals alike will enjoy experiencing the exciting program in the old train depot's relaxed and friendly atmosphere. This year's conference, centering around writing for publication, features outstanding presentations by essayist/author Kathryn Black and literary agent Jody Rein. Susan de Wardt, Emcee, will provide light hearted continuity for a day of writing exploration. All participants are invited to Friday evening's Ten Minutes of Fame led by author Cesare Rosati. Early conference registration is recommended.

Writing a Life: The Art and Craft of Memoir with Kathryn Black.
Many writers, both fiction and nonfiction, come to a time in their careers when they want to write from their own experiences. But how does the writer find a focal point and a narrative in the unwieldy tale that is every life? We'll examine what defines the memoir genre, as well as the obstacles and rewards of revealing your life and self in print.

Shaping, Sharpening and Testing Your Ideas for Nonfiction Books with Kathryn Black.
In this workshop we'll take a look at how writers get ideas for their books (memoir as well as other nonfiction), how to test the viability of your ideas, and the importance of coming up with good titles. We'll also do an idea writing exercise.

Do I need an agent?
... with Jody Rein.
What does an agent do? And why should you give up 15% of the pittance you'll be paid as a writer anyway, just to have someone interfering in the middle? Learn exactly what an agent does and doesn't do, how to find an agent if you want one, how to evaluate the qualifications of your agent, and what to expect from an author/agent relationship. Material to bring: questions.

How to Get Published
... with Jody Rein.
Provides an overview of the publishing process, with a focus on matters practical. Bone up on the hard facts of getting published. Learn how to evaluate your own ideas, to determine whether or not your work is marketable, to write a no-fail query letter to agents, and to hook editors with your first sentence. Would self-publishing be a better path? Determine honestly where you are in your career and how YOU can get where you want to go. Material to bring: Your query letter.

Tuition: $25 members of Steamboat Springs Arts Council / $35 after May 19
Cost: $35 non-members / $45 after May 19. Covers seminars and catered luncheon
For more information: (970) 879-9008


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