Writers Conference In Mount Pleasant


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The Northeast Texas Writers Organization is holding its 25th annual Writers Round-Up Conference April 24-25 at the Texas Civic Center in Mount Pleasant.

Aspiring writers are welcome to attend the conference with this year’s theme, “Sowing Seeds of Success,” to learn more about increasing writing skills and getting published.

Speakers span the range of the writing world including authors, small press publishers, and agents. Presenters include:

Author and editor Susan Malone – Malone owns an editing business where she works with authors who sell their books to traditional publishers. She speaks Friday on “Creating Masterful Scenes” and on Saturday on “Viewpoint – The Hub.” She offers one-on-one meetings with limited authors during the conference. 

Author Jayna Morrow – A fiction writer as well as author of “Book Writing For The Rest Of Us, The Layering Process,” Morrow speaks Friday on “Forget the Fluff, Mastering the ‘Fab Five’” about plotting books to get novels outlined and drafted in 30 days, and Saturday about “Layering Process, Learn” to use a comprehensive list of “layers” to flesh out a manuscript. Attendees can schedule a one-on-one appointment with her.  

Blogging coach Renee Groskreutz – She is a blogging whiz and teaches others how to blog for their success. Groskreutz speaks Friday only on “Intro to Blogging for Business and Why it Matters.” Prior to the conference, she can review blogs, and meet with authors one-on-one to discuss how to improve and be more successful. Because numbers are limited, those interested should register to have this first-come, first-serve opportunity.

Cherry Weiner of Cherry Weiner Literary Agency – For those who have ever wanted to ask a literary agent a question face-to-face or have them read the opening pages of a manuscript, that chance arrives with Cherry Weiner answering conference attendees’ questions on Friday. A limited number of individual appointments with Weiner are available for those who register early.

Lee Thomas – Thomas talks about “Writing Villains” on Saturday. Those who need tips and techniques about how to build a dubious character can learn from a professional. Thomas can speak with attendees on a first-come, first-serve basis to discuss characterization development.

Author and book sales guru Harry Hall – Hall speaks Saturday and teaches attendees “Conducting Good Book Signings,” including tips on venues, publicity and marketing. He also meets with attendees who want to discuss techniques individually. 

Evelyn M. Kusch of White Bird Press – This publisher’s expertise comes from not only being a multiple-time best-selling author, she is a publisher. On Saturday, she speaks about the advantages of small press publishing. Prior to the conference, she has agreed to receive a limited number of samples of attendees opening chapter pages on a first-come, first-serve basis, and meet face-to-face with those submitting to discuss manuscripts.

Lunch on Saturday includes the Jory Sherman Fiction Contest Winner presentation. The contest is open to any short-story writer and although the winner is announced at the conference they need not be present to win. Entries must be post marked by April 5.

The April 24 program begins at noon and ends with a meet-and-greet from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The April 25 session is from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. with a roundtable wrap-up. 

For more information call 903.843.2914 or visit the organizations website at netwo.org/.

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