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Push to Publish 2011: Strategies and Techniques to Get Your Work in Print and Online

10/15/2011 9:00 am
10/15/2011 5:00 pm

Where: Rosemont College, 1400 Montgomery Ave., Rosemont, PA 19010. Click HERE for directions and HERE for campus map.

Whether you are an established writer or just getting started, this one-day workshop will provide valuable resources you can use to get your work in print and online. Highlights include:

* Speed date with the editors: Meet real editors who will review and offer feedback on your work (bring up to 5 pages of fiction, poetry, or nonfiction to review and dicuss).
* Learn how to increase your chances of getting published.
* Discuss the new writing trends with professionals in the community
* Get great marketing and networking tips to break into the competitive world of publishing.



Steve AlmondSteve AlmondCONFERENCE SCHEDULE
(Click HERE for bios of participating editors, agents, and authors.)

Keynote speaker
: Steve Almond is a New York Times best-selling author of eight books, including the story collections My Life in Heavy Metal and The Evil B.B. Chow. In fall of 2011, Lookout Press will publish a new story collection, God Bless America.

SCHEDULE
9:00     Registration and Breakfast: Main Building (Building #13 on campus map)

10:00   Keynote Speaker: Steve Almond: McShain Auditorium, Brown Hall (Building #2 on campus map)

11:15   Speed Dating with Editors: Alumnae Hall (Building #1 on campus map)
Click HERE for a list of participating publishers, editors, and other writing experts.

12:30     Lunch & Networking: Alumnae Hall

1:15 Breakout Session I - McShain/Dorothy McKenna Brown Science Center (Building #2 on campus map)

A: WRITING & SELLING GENRE FICTION (Room S-101)
Panelists: Gregory Frost, Jon McGoran, Dennis Tafoya, Merry Jones, Robin Slick

B.  CREATIVE NONFICTION: IS YOUR STORY WORTH TELLING?
 (McShain Auditorium)
Panelists: Julia Chang, Curtis Smith, Kathye Fetsko Petrie, Lise Funderburg

C: THE NEW SELF-PUBLISHING
 (Room 212
)
Panelists: Marie Lamba, Jim Breslin, Andrea Vinci, Patti Kerr, Frances Grote 

2:30 Breakout Session II - McShain/Dorothy McKenna Brown Science Center
A: MARKETING: SELLING YOURSELF (McShain Auditorium)
Panelists: Kelly Simmons, Lynn Rosen, Don Lafferty, Elise Brown, Suzanne Palmieri

B: WRITING FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS 
(Room S-101)
Panelists: Catherine Stine, Marie Lamba, Lisa Jahn-Clough

C: THE JOYS OF SMALL PRESSES 
 (Room 212
)
Panelists: Marc Schuster, Debra Leigh Scott, Curtis Smith, Randall Brown

3:45 Breakout Session III - McShain/Dorothy McKenna Brown Science Center

A: MEET THE AGENTS & EDITORS (McShain Auditorium)
Panel discussion with editors and agents; will include time for Q&A.
Panelists: Christine Weiser, Anne Bohner, Sheree Bykofsky, Margaret Preston, Liana Katz

B: HOW TO SUCCEED IN SUBMISSIONS
 (Room S-101)
Tips from magazine editors to increase your chance of getting published in mulitple genres.
Panelists: Carla Spataro, Courtney Bambrick, Randall Brown, Fran Metzmann, Alison Hicks

REGISTRATION

Fee: $75 (Students, Seniors $65) includes Breakfast, Lunch, and one Speed-date Pass. Additional Speed-date passes can be purchased for $5 each. (No more than 3 total recommended.) [50% off for Rosemont students, faculty, and alumni -- must provide valid proof of affiliation at registration]

CLICK the links below for a printable registration forms for Push to Publish and the two Friday workshops. Mail to: Philadelphia Stories, 93 Old York Road, Ste 1/#1-753, Jenkintown, PA 19046

Any questions, please email christine@philadelphiastories.org

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY! Walk-ins welcome the day of the event.

Push to Publish is sponsored by Philadelphia Stories magazine, the nonprofit literary magazine that publishes literary fiction, poetry, essays, and art from the tri-state area and provides it to the general public free of charge. All proceeds from the workshop will go directly toward keeping the magazine in print, in color, and free.

 


PRE-CONFERENCE EVENTS

New this year: Master class with Steve Almond
Funny Is the New Deep: Contrary to popular belief, writing funny doesn’t mean sacrificing depth. In this informal session, Steve Almond, the New York Times bestselling author of Candyfreak, Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life, will survey the history of comic writers as social commentators, from Aristophanes to Jon Stewart, and we'll look at the work of fiction writers such as Simon Rich, Lorrie Moore, George Saunders, in an effort to understand why the path to our grief is so often paved with jokes. We'll also do some in-class exercises, as well. The class is intended for any writer -- of fiction, non-fiction, or poetry -- who wants to allow their sense of humor into their work. Cost: $75 (includes lunch). Space is limited! To be considered, email christine@philadelphiastories.org (registration form can be downloaded; see below).

Back by popular demand: Spend a Day with a Literary Agent Workshop, Friday, October 14, 11-4. Learn how to effectively pitch agents in this workshop. Cost: $75 (includes lunch). Space is limited, so reserve your ticket now. Click HERE for details.



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