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October 2016 – Scribes

Monthly Archive: October 2016

Shape up with online writing classes from Absolute Write

What: Absolute online writing classes and workshops
Year round

Where: Online, based in Seattle, Washington

Why: Attend online writing classes year round to improve your craft. Teaching methods vary from instructor to instructor, but include online writing courses with assignments, one-on-one instruction, and tutorials.

Focus on Business/Technical, Children’s, Fiction, Marketing, Non-fiction, Poetry, Publishing or Screenwriting.

Selected faculty:

  • Andrea Campbell
  • Sheila Bender
  • Amy Brozio-Andrews
  • Deborah Bouziden
  • Mike Sedge
  • George Sheldon
  • Elsie Walker
  • Bill Van Nostran


Amy Brozio-Andrews
Managing ed.
Absolute Write
8911 Vernon Road M#165
Lake Stevens, WA 98258
United States
(518) 331-7994

Attend New England’s top Crime Writer’s Conference

William Kent Krueger

What: Crime Writer’s Conference
When: November 11-13, 2016
Where: Hilton Boston/Dedham, 25 Allied Drive, Dedham, MA 02026

Why:  Network with agents, editors, and authors at the premier crime writer’s conference in New England, the New England Crime Bake.

Guest of honor:

William Kent Krueger, multiple award-winning author of fifteen books in the Cork O’Connor mystery series set in rural Minnesota, where the lives and cultures of the local residents and Ojibwe people intertwine.


  • “Practice Your Manuscript” Pitch Seminar
  • Agents and Editors Roundtables
  • One-on-One Pitch Sessions


New York Pitch Conference and Novel Writing Workshop

New York Pitch Conference What: New York Pitch Conference and Novel Writing Workshop
When: Mar 16 – 19, 2017

Where: Ripley Grier Studios, 580 8th Avenue, New York NY

Why: Hone your pitch, and in so doing, gain insight in to the marketability of your work. The New York Pitch Conference bills itself as “The Premier Career Launcher for Commercial Authors.” They claim to focus on almost everything: Autobiography/Memoir, Children’s, Fiction, Humor, Mystery, Non-fiction, Poetry, Publishing, Romance, Science Fiction/Fantasy or Young Adult.

Learn with authors, agents and editors, including Brendan Deneen, Robert Olen Butler, Kimberley Cameron, Lyssa Keusch, Robert Bausch, Michael Neff, Tina Wexler, Jackie Cantor, Susan Breen, Caitlin Alexander, Michael Braff, and Paula Munier.

Tagline: “An Intensive Novel Workshop and Retreat”

Algonkian – the sponsor – bills itself as one of “the most successful and pragmatic events for writers and authors who desire to break into major commercial markets.” Learn how pitch a professional and get your work taken seriously industry professionals. All advice is provided by professionals, not peer critique.

Visit New York Pitch Conference

The Vancouver Writers Fest

What: Writer’s Festival
When: October 17 – 23, 2016
Where: Vancouver, Canada

Why: Authors connect with readers as they share thoughts, explore ideas, and take part in  brilliant conversations. Selected events and a short video below.

  • City Dwellers: First Nations and the Urban Experience
    Lisa Charleyboy
  • Between the Pages
  • Illustrated Imaginations
    Faith Erin Hicks
    Frank Viva
    Studio 1398
  • Creatures, Kids and Community
    Alice Kuipers
    Vikki VanSickle
    Roy Henry Vickers
  • Nowhere to Grow But Up
    Ann Y.K. Choi
    Ivan Coyote
    Ashley Little
    Lisa Moore
    Paving the Way
    Monica Kulling
    Margriet Ruurs
  • Worlds Upside Down
    Ellen Schwartz
    Roy Henry Vickers
  • An Intimate Evening with Emma Donoghue
  • Searching for the Source
    Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
    Ashley Little
    Francesca Melandri
  • The Poetry Bash
    Roberto Ascalon
    Liz Howard
    Christopher Merrill
    Sharon Olds
    Soraya Peerbaye
    Billy Ramsell
  • Grand Openings
    Andre Alexis
    Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
    Ann Y.K. Choi
    Emma Donoghue
    Francesca Melandri
    Peter Robinson
  • Dystopian Dreams
    Michael Helm
    M.G. Vassanji
    Charlotte Wood
  • Lit Up
    David Denby
  • Word!
    Roberto Ascalon
    Emilee Nimetz
    Aaron Simm
  • Dispatches from the Danger Zone
    Sarah Glidden
    Kevin Patterson
  • Wit Craft
    Marni Jackson
    Amy Jones
    Lisa Moore
    Maria Semple
  • The Best of Writers & Company
    Eleanor Wachtel
  • Resistance is Fertile
    Anna Smaill
    Madeleine Thien
    Xue Yiwei
  • Modern Day Bards
    Deanna Rodger and special guests
  • This Really Happened
  • Live and Learn
    Gordon Korman
    Frank Viva
  • Mythical Modern Worlds
    Erin Bow
    C.C. Humphreys
  • Setting the Hook for Suspense
    Eileen Cook
    Alice Kuipers
  • Into the Future with Erin Bow
  • Read It Again, Please!
    Monica Kulling
    Olive Senior
    Vikki VanSickle
  • New Face of Fiction
    Gail Anderson-Dargatz
    Lynne Kutsukake
    Yann Martel
  • A Good Way to Get Yourself Killed
    Michael Koryta
    Peter Robinson
    Sam Wiebe
  • Chimes of Freedom
    Yaa Gyasi
    Colson Whitehead