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Name: John Barefield
Date registered: November 2, 2017

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  1. Chanticleer Authors Conference and Book Fair — March 14, 2018
  2. James Sullivan — March 7, 2018
  3. Chanticleer Authors Conference 2017 and 3-day Book Fair — March 18, 2017
  4. Kalani TV Writing Retreat on the Big Island of Hawaii — March 12, 2017
  5. MidSouth Christian Writers Conference 2017: Changing the World with Words — March 1, 2017

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Mar 14

Chanticleer Authors Conference and Book Fair

Hotel Bellwether

What: Chanticleer Authors Conference and Book Fair
When: Mar 31 – Apr 2, 2017
Where: Hotel Bellwether, 1 Bellwether Way, Bellingham WA

 

Why: Get the tools you need to make yourself known, cultivate readership and increase sales. Get the marketing skills you need and sell more books.

Chanticleer Authors Conference Faculty:

Margie Lawson, Robert Dugoni, Shari Stauch, Chris Humphries, Eileen Cook, Kathy L. Murphy, Diane Isaacs, Kiffer Brown, Pamela Beason, Sara Stamey, and others.

Focus:

Organizers claim to focus on a wide variety of categories: Autobiography/Memoir, Children’s, Fiction, Humor, Marketing, Mystery, Non-fiction, Publishing, Romance, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Screenwriting, Travel and Young Adult.

Program:

Attend sessions on the topics below.

 

  •     Book Marketing Tips & Tools
  •     Engaging Readers and Building a Fan-base using Leadership Communication
  •     Understanding Distribution and Sales Channel
  •     Book Distribution and Trade Show Representation
  •     WattPad – Book Discovery and Building a Fan Base
  •     Publishing Avenues – the latest options
  •     How to Design a Cover that Sells Your Book
  •     Promotions Checklist and Promotional Strategies for Your Books
  •     How to Access Book Clubs and Reading Groups
  •     Secrets to Increasing Your Readership
  •     The Best Services for Selling Your E-Pubs
  •     Reviews – How to make yours work harder for you
  •     Libraries – an insider shares her tips
  •     Author Branding & Internet Identity
  •     Social Media Strategies & Savvy
  •     E-pub Avenues & Tactics
  •     Discoverability Tools & Strategic Planning for Heightened Visibility
  •     Audio Books – Perfect for Today’s Busy “Readers”
  •     The Business of Being a Writer
  •     Collaboration & Networking to Expand Web Presence
  •     Branding & Platform Building
  •     Pricing Strategies


www.chantireviews.com/chanticleer-conference/

Mar 07

James Sullivan

I am the assistant editor for Brain World Magazine. In addition, I am a screenwriter who has worked as a Story Consultant for Edward Bass Films, and on the writing and development team of the series INTO THE DARQ.  I have successfully sold a web pilot in the thriller genre​​, optioned a feature film, written a one-act play, published several short stories, and am an alumnus of Robert McKee’s Story Seminar. I have experience in writing film and literature reviews, manuscript review notes, technology articles, interviewing personalities, as well as writing press releases for people and business promotions.

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Mar 18

Chanticleer Authors Conference 2017 and 3-day Book Fair

What: Chanticleer Authors Conference and book fair
When: Mar 31 – Apr 2, 2017
Where: Hotel Bellwether, 1 Bellwether Way, Bellingham WA

Why: Get the tools you need to make yourself known, cultivate readership and increase sales. Get the marketing skills you need and sell more books.

Chanticleer Authors Conference Faculty:

Margie Lawson, Robert Dugoni, Shari Stauch, Chris Humphries, Eileen Cook, Kathy L. Murphy, Diane Isaacs, Kiffer Brown, Pamela Beason, Sara Stamey, and others.

Focus:

Organizers claim to focus on a wide variety of categories: Autobiography/Memoir, Children’s, Fiction, Humor, Marketing, Mystery, Non-fiction, Publishing, Romance, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Screenwriting, Travel and Young Adult.

Pretty Venue

Program:

Attend sessions on the topics below.

  • Book Marketing Tips & Tools
  • Engaging Readers and Building a Fan-base using Leadership Communication
  • Understanding Distribution and Sales Channel
  • Book Distribution and Trade Show Representation
  • WattPad – Book Discovery and Building a Fan Base
  • Publishing Avenues – the latest options
  • How to Design a Cover that Sells Your Book
  • Promotions Checklist and Promotional Strategies for Your Books
  • How to Access Book Clubs and Reading Groups
  • Secrets to Increasing Your Readership
  • The Best Services for Selling Your E-Pubs
  • Reviews – How to make yours work harder for you
  • Libraries – an insider shares her tips
  • Author Branding & Internet Identity
  • Social Media Strategies & Savvy
  • E-pub Avenues & Tactics
  • Discoverability Tools & Strategic Planning for Heightened Visibility
  • Audio Books – Perfect for Today’s Busy “Readers”
  • The Business of Being a Writer
  • Collaboration & Networking to Expand Web Presence
  • Branding & Platform Building
  • Pricing Strategies

Visit Chanticleer Authors Conference

Mar 12

Kalani TV Writing Retreat on the Big Island of Hawaii

What: TV Writing Retreat
When: Apr 1 – 8, 2017
Where:  Kalani Retreat Center, 12-6860 Kalapana-Kapoho Beach Road, Pahoa HI

Why: Join Geoff Harris, former VP of Story & Writer Development at NBC, on this TV writing retreat to create a new TV pilot. Enjoy writers room sessions, story workshops, private consultations, cultural immersion and fresh meals.

 

  • Pitch and begin to write a new TV pilot
  • Build confidence under the guidance of a top TV writing mentor
  • Examine the stories you tell yourself & dissect your own process of story making
  • Identify your source of inspiration
  • Feel supported in a healthy, healing atmosphere
  • Enjoy Hawaii

Group Size:

8-10

Program Focus:

Nature, Screenwriting, Travel

Faculty and Facilitators:

Geoff Harris

Geoff Harris was Vice President of Story & Writer Development at NBC. Geoff has taught TV writing workshops sponsored by ABC and NBC. He judges for several writing contests, including the Warner Bros. Writers Program and the ABC Writing Program.

Stewart Blackburn, Hawaiian Shamanic teacher and practitioner, has studied shamanism for over twenty years, most recently with Serge Kahili King for the last ten years. In 2006, he was ordained as an Alaka’i in Dr. King’s Aloha International, making him a minister and teacher of Huna, the remarkable Hawaiian healing philosophy based on Aloha. He teaches classes and courses in self-empowerment, the Hawaiian Shamanism of Huna and various other classes in self-Love, Healing the Stories We Tell Ourselves, and Psychic Skills. He also counsels and mentors people looking to increase the level of joy and pleasure in their lives from the perspective of self-empowerment and personal responsibility.

Diana Osberg is the owner and founder of Mia Terra Retreats. She produces extraordinary retreats to inspire writers, artists and creative souls. Diana is a screenwriter and has worked in the entertainment industry for over 30 years in production, creative development and administration. Traveler and adventurer.

www.miaterraretreats.com/kalani-tv-writing-retreat/

Mar 01

MidSouth Christian Writers Conference 2017: Changing the World with Words

MidSouth Christian Writers Conference keynote speaker James Watkins

What: Christian Writers Conference
When: Mar 18, 2017
Where: Collierville First Baptist Church, 830 New Byhalia Rd, Collierville TN

Develop your writing skills with other Christians at the MidSouth Christian Writers Conference. Both advanced and beginner participants are welcome at the MidSouth Christian Writers Conference. Reap the rewards of one-on-one appointments with industry professionals and receive practical advice.

Program Focus:

Fiction, Humor, Marketing, Mystery, Non-fiction, Publishing, Religion, Romance

Take part in the following activities:

  • Keynote Session  – James Watkins
  • Three Workshop Session 1
  • Bookstore
  • Networking with other Christians inspired to write
  • Panel Discussions
  • Evaluations

Christian Writers Conference workshops:

  • John Burgette – Organizing Research Notes: Keep It Simple
  • Ramona Richards – Shoot the Deputy: How Secondary Characters Can Make or Break a Novel
  • Nancy Kay Grace – Toes in the Water: Getting Your Feet Wet in Blogging
  • Deborah MaloneMystery Writing 101
  • Andrew Breeden – Writing Devotionals for The Upper Room Magazine
  • Hallee Bridgeman – Seven Steps to Successful Self-Publishing
  • Johnnie Alexander & Patricia Bradley – Telling the Story: I Wrote It My Way
  • Jim Watkins – Writing with Banana Peels
  • Sandra Robbins – How to Combine Riveting Suspense with Heartwarming Romance

Keynote speaker: James Watkins

www.midsouthchristianwriters.com/

Feb 08

22nd Annual South Coast Writers Conference

Keynote Speaker Jamie Duclos-Yourdon

What: Writers Conference
When: Feb 17 – 18, 2017
Where: Gold Beach Center, Southwestern Oregon Community College, Gold Beach, Oregon

Why:

Meet from top writers of the Northwest and learn about a variety of genres:

  • Children’s
  • Fiction
  • Humor
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Mystery
  • Nature
  • Non-fiction
  • Poetry
  • Publishing
  • Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Screenwriting
  • Young Adult

Organizers of the South Coast Writers Conference recommend the program for both novice and published authors. They promise inspiration, renewal, new insights and new skills. Connect with  fellow writers and resources.

Faculty:

  • C. Lill Ahrens
  • Jennifer Burns Bright
  • Bill Cameron
  • Jamie Duclos-Yourdon
  • Nina Kiriki Hoffman
  • Rita Hosking
  • Janet Sumner Johnson
  • Vinnie Kinsella
  • Michael Lamanna
  • Bruce Holland Rogers.

Workshop size limit:

30

Since:

1997

Other local opportunities:

The South Coast Writers Conference takes place on Presidents Day weekend, so you have the opportunity to explore if you decide to stay for an additional day.  Local sites of interest:

  • Wild Rivers Coast
  • Miles of spectacular beaches
  • Many hiking trails
  • Sports on the Rogue River.

Phone: 541.247.2741.
www.socc.edu/scwriters

Feb 06

Ann Wylie Master Classes: Master the Art of the Storyteller

Ann Wylie works with communicators who want to reach more readers and with organizations that want to get the word out.

What: Writing workshop
When: Feb 23 – 24, 2017
Where: The Great Room, 100 N. Sepulveda Blvd, El Segundo CA

Why:

Find tips for getting people to pay attention to your messages, understand them faster and remember them longer. Learn to each readers online, write copy that moves people to act, master the art of the corporate storyteller and make your writing easier to read and understand.

Faculty:

Ann Wylie, owner Wylie Communications, is the author of over a dozen learning tools. Previously Ann was editor of Hallmark Cards’ employee magazine, CROWN. She has won more than 60 communication awards, including a WIC Clarion and two IABC Gold Quills.

 

Visit Ann Wylie Master Classes

Feb 05 2017

2017 San Francisco Writers Conference & Classes

What: Well-established conference
When: February 16-19, 2017
Where: Mark Hopkins Hotel, San Fransisco

Why:

Meet over one hundred literary agents, editors, publishers and bestselling authors. Explore the best ways to publish and promote your work. Hear about new trends in the industry. Boost your social media reach. Build your writing career.

Selected presenters:

  • Heather Graham, Flawless
  • John Perkins, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
  • William Bernhardt, The Game Master
  • Jon Agee, Terrific
  • Rusty Shelton
  • Steven Spatz, president of BookBaby

Activities:

  • “A-Pro session”
  • consult with an editor
  • pitch & open mic sessions
  • one-on-one networking with presenters
  • talk to representatives of both self-publishing and traditional publishing
  • Speed Dating with Agents (extra)

Topics covered:               

  • Autobiography/Memoir
  • Business/Technical
  • Children’s
  • Fiction
  • Humor
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Mystery
  • Nature
  • Non-fiction
  • Poetry
  • Publishing
  • Religion
  • Romance
  • Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Screenwriting
  • Travel
  • Young Adult

SFWC also offers Pre and Post Event classes on February 16th and 20th open to all writers. You will also find free sessions during the conference. See the website for details.

sfwriters.org

Feb 02

Clearwater Writers Weekend Retreat

What: Writers weekend retreat with experienced writer instructor
When: Mar 9 – 12, 2017
Where:  Reflections Inn, 6873 Highway 12, Kooskia ID

Why:

Gain inspiration in beautiful natural surroundings at the Clearwater River. Join a small group to share the insights of an experienced university writing teacher. The Clearwater Writers Weekend serves writers from a wide variety of writing genres.

Faculty:

Paula Coomer holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the Univ. of Idaho. She has authored 7 books of poetry and prose, including Summer of Government Cheese, Nurses Who Love English, and two well-received novelsDove Creek and Jagged Edge of the Sky.

Visit their website

Feb 02

The Asheville Christian Writers Conference – Writers Bootcamp

What: 3-day retreat / conference
When: Feb 17 – 19, 2017
Where: The Cove – The Billy Graham Training Center, 1 Porters Cove Rd, Asheville NC

Why: Take part in classes and small discussion groups about editors, agents and publishers. Also explore workshops led by award-winning authors.

Faculty:

  • Best selling and award winning authors Vonda Skelton and Michelle Medlock Adams
  • Author and writing coach – Larry Leech
  • Award winning authors Yvonne Lehman, Cindy Sproles and Edie Melson
  • Christian Communicator and Editor Lin Johnson
  • Linda Gilden, author
  • Denise Loock, author and editor
  • Eddie Jones, Publisher Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, Christian
  • Communicator, Magazine publishers and Radio Host
  • Scott McCausey and worship leader, LaTan Murphy

From the organizers:

The Asheville Christian Writers Conference offers attendees the experience of a large writers conference but on a more personal and intimate level. Consider this your “Writers Bootcamp” and an intense weekend of fun and work.

cindy@christiandevotions.us
ashevillechristianwritersconference.com

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