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2017 Chicago Writing Workshop

Chicago Writing Workshop

Per the Chicago Writing Workshop website, this writing event (June 24, 2017) is a wonderful opportunity to get intense instruction over the course of one day, pitch a literary agent or editor (optional), get your questions answered, and more. Note that there are limited seats at the event (200 total). They will inform everyone directly on the website when seats are closed.

Here are a few of this years faculty that will be in attendance:

Since the seats are limited, don’t delay in registering. I’m signed up to go to this one, so if your attending, I’ll see you there!!!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.



Who Can You Trust…A Charles Cumming Contest

St. Martin’s Press is giving 5 lucky winners the opportunity to be published in A DIVIDED SPY by New York Times Bestselling author Charles Cumming. Each winner will also receive $250.

A Divided Spy

The theme of trust looms large in A Divided Spy. Throughout the book, new and old confidants surround ex-spy Thomas Kell, providing him with sensitive information, and he (and the reader) don’t know whom he can trust until the very end of the book.

  • How has trusting a family member, friend, or stranger affected your life? To enter Who Can You Trust, write up to 1,000 words on how trust (or distrust) has changed your outlook.
  • Entries will be judged on originality, creativity, style, and integrity.
  • The deadline is January 17, 2017 at 11:59 ET.

Be sure to check the official rules in the small box at the bottom of the contest page! As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

San Francisco Writers Conference

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The 2017 San Francisco Writers Conference will be held on February 16-19 at the historical Mark Hopkins Hotel. Meet keynoters:  

But the SFWC presenters list also includes many more bestselling authors, literary agents, editors, and publishers from major publishing houses.  There are experts on self-publishing, book promotion, platform building, social media, and author websites.

Jon Agee, children’s book author/illustrator
Nina Amir
, author, speaker, journalist, nonfiction editor/coach/consultant
Kathleen Antrim,
author, Co-President, of International Thriller Writers
Jim Azevedo
, Smashwords Marketing Director
Aya de Leon
, author and poet
Frances Caballo
, SFWC social media director
Zoe FitzGerald Carter
, author of Imperfect Endings: A Daughter’s Story of Love, Loss, and Letting Go
Stephanie Chandler
, author, speaker and CEO
Mark Coker
, Smashwords Founder
Rana DiOrio
, Chief Executive Officer of Little Pickle Press
Julia Drake
, co-founder of Wildbound PR
Selden Edwards
, author of The Lost Prince
Kate Farrell
, author, librarian, storyteller
Steaphen Fick
, founder of the Davenriche Martial Artes School
Elizabeth Fishel
, author of Getting To 30:  A Parent’s Guide to the 20-Something Years (coauthored with Jeffrey Arnett)
Diane Frank
, poet and author of six books of poems
Joel Friedlander
, award-winning book designer and blogger
Tanya Egan Gibson
, author, freelance editor and consultant
Cali Gilbert
, author
Jewelle Gomez
, author, poet, critic and playwright
Constance Hale
, journalist and author
Melissa Hart
, author and contributing editor at The Writer Magazine
K.J. Howe
, author and Executive Director of ThrillerFest
Stuart Horwitz
, founder and principal of Book Architecture
Carla King
, adventure travel author, Founder of Self-Pub Boot Camp and Author Friendly
Michael Larsen
, author, co-founder/co-director of the SFWC
Linda Lee
, web site designer and WordPress expert 
Donna Levin
, author/writing teacher
Richard Loranger
, writer, performer, visual artist
Mary Mackey
, novelist, poet, screenwriter
Susie Meserve
, memoirist, essayist, and poet
Tim McCanna
, author of Bitty Bot and Watersong
Jennie Nash
, author, teacher and CCO of AuthorAccelerator
Louise Nayer, co-authored How To Bury A Goldfish: 113 Rituals for Everyday Life.
Kathryn Otoshi, children’s book author
Douglas Rees
, children’s book author and librarian
Olivia Rivers, children’s book author
Jordan E. Rosenfeld, author, editor and writing coach
Orna Ross, Irish indie author. She writes and publishes novels, poetry and the Go Creative!
Naheed Senzai, children’s book author
Lida Sideris, author of Murder and Other Unnatural Disasters
Justin Sloan
, video game writer, novelist and screenwriter
Steven Spatz
, writer,marketer and President of BookBaby
Elizabeth Stark
, author,mentor and podcaster
Penny Warner, author and Agatha Award winner
Dylan Yates
, author, writer and vocal coach

The lists for attending agents and editors looks topnotch! Some of the agents will even be accepting pitches during the Speed Dating For Agents. You can see a list of those participating here. Their are also editors doing eight minute consultations. More information on the consults is here. But for an idea of the many agents and editors that will be in attendance, here is a list:

Lisa Abellera, Kimberley Cameron and Associates (CA)
Peter Beren
, Peter Beren Literary Agency (CA)
Jennifer Chen Tran, Fuse Literary (CA)
Amy Cloughley
, Kimberley Cameron & Assoc. (CA)
Sorche Elizabeth Fairbank
, Fairbank Literary Representation (NY)
Mark Gottlieb
, Trident Media Group, LLC (NYC)
Sarah Levitt, Aevitas Creative Management (NY)
Laurie McLean, Fuse Literary (CA)
Mary C. Moore, Kimberley Cameron & Associates (CA)
Dana Newman, Dana Newman Literary (CA)
Kim Perel, Irene Goodman Literary Agency (NY)
Jody Rein, Jody Rein Books (CO)
Andy Ross, Andy Ross Agency (CA)
Rayhané Sanders, Lippincott Massie McQuilkin (NY)
Ken Sherman, Ken Sherman & Associates (CA)
Jennifer March Soloway, Associate Agent at Andrea Brown Literary Agency (CA)
Gordon Warnock, Fuse Literary (CA)
Carlie Webber, CK Webber Associates (CA)
Ted Weinstein, Ted Weinstein Literary (CA)
Anna Worrall, The Gernert Company (NY)
Adriann Ranta Zurhellen, Foundry Literary + Media (NY)

Chuck Adams
, Executive editor at Algonquin Books
Brenda Copeland
, St. Martins Press
Jason Gardner
, New World Library
Mary Knippel, Independent Editor
Heather Lazare, Editor & Publishing Consultant
Tyler Moss, Managing Editor at Writers Digest
Taylor Norman, Chronicle Books
Jane Ormerod, Founding editor at great weather for MEDIA
Mary Rakow
, Independent Editor
Leila Sales
, author and Associate Publishing Manager at Viking Children’s Books
Lauren Spiegel
, Senior Editor at Touchstone (S&S)
Liz Stein
, Editor at Park Row Books, a division of Harlequin/HarperCollins
Annie Tucker
, independent writing coach, developmental editor, and copy editor 
Monica Wesolowska
, Editor and teacher of fiction and creative non-fiction
Lisa Westmoreland
, Executive Editor at 10 Speed Press

For those attending, this sounds like a great four days of learning and marketing yourself!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

The 2016 Tennessee Writing Workshop

Tennessee Workshop

The Tennessee Writing Workshop  will take place July 23, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee and is a wonderful opportunity to get intense instruction over the course the event, pitch a literary agent or editor (optional), get your questions answered, and more. Note that there are limited seats at the event (130 total). Some of the agents participating are:

  • literary agent Cate Hart (Corvisiero Literary)
  • literary agent Julie Gwinn (The Seymour Agency)
  • literary agent Tricia Skinner (Fuse Literary)
  • acquiring editor Laura Apperson (St. Martin’s)
  • literary agent Eric Smith (P.S. Literary)
  • literary agent Marisa Corvisiero (Corvisiero Literary)
  • literary agent Victoria Lea (Aponte Literary)
  • and more to come.

So hurry if you want to attend, especially if you want to pitch to an agent!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction

Pikes Peak Writers Conference

Pikes Peak Writers Conference

Pikes Peak Writers Conference is an opportunity to get literary advise from a professional in the business or get invaluable feedback on your manuscript. The conference will be held April 15-17, 2016 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Keynote speakers will be Kevin J. Anderson, Rachel Caine, Joe R. Lansdale, Jeff Lindsay, and Wendy Corsi Staub. Acquiring agents and editors will be Annie Berger (Harper Collins), Caitlin Dareff (St. Martin’s Press), Melissa L. Edwards (The Aaron M. Priest Literary Agency), Linda Epstein (The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency), Angie Hodapp (Nelson Literary Agency), Jennifer Letwack (Thomas Dunne Books), Renee Nyen (KT Literary Agency), Steve Saffel (Titan Books), Alec Shane (Writers House), Elaine Spencer (The Knight Agency),  Suzie Townsend (New Leaf Literary).

As always, don’t wait to register because seats fill up fast!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.