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Greater Lehigh Valley
Writers Group

 Due to PA Act 153 of 2014 and House bill 1276 of 2015 effective immediately all GLVWG 
events, activities and functions will only be open to persons 18 years of age or older.      

24th Annual


Featuring
Michael Hauge's full day Seminar
'Story Mastery'


You must be 18 years old or older to attend this event


 Hotel and Conference Center, 300 Gateway Drive,
Bethlehem, PA, 18017,  610-866-5800

Member, Non-member and Student Registration open

Registration Closes March 8


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The Write Stuff Writers Conference 
30 Great Events over Three Days
2017 CONFERENCE At-a-Glance
This section is an overview of the conference
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Thursday March 23 : 
$130  Includes "Lunch with the Experts," Writers Cafe
 8:00
12:00
 
Full day Michael Hauge seminar
“Story Mastery”

 12-12:45 Lunch with the Experts (included)
1:00
5:00 

Michael Hauge:
Continuation of

“Story Mastery”
seminar

7:00
9:00
 Writers Cafe: Informal Read and Critique (Included with ALL registrations)
 

Friday, March 24
Half-Day Seminars: 
$140 Includes "Lunch with the Experts," Four half-day workshops, 
Thursday Writers Cafe plus all Friday evening activities including
Page Cuts Critique,
Victoria Selvaggio workshop, and Reception.
Time

Craft Marketing/Indie Publishing
8:00
12:00

Two Michael Hauge Workshops

“Story Closeup” and
"Writing Powerful Scenes"



Down the Author Marketing
Rabbit Hole

Deborah Riley Magnus

12-12:45

 
Lunch with the Experts (included)

                                
1:00
5:00
Maximizing the Emotional Potential
of Your Novel


Kathryn Craft

Insider Self-Publishing: Tips that Separate the Amateurs from the Pros

Amy Deardon

6:30
8:30

Page Cuts Critique

3 sessions Anonymous read and critique
with industry pros.


(Page Cuts Included with Friday and/or Saturday Registration)

Limited to 36 participants

Sign up for Page Cuts when you register
7:00
8:00

Victoria Selvaggio

Agent 101: An Insiders View of Getting an Agent

(Included with Friday and/or Saturday
     Registration)  
8:30
10:00
Reception/Social Gathering

Guest presenter: "Samuel Clemens"
(Included with Friday and/or Saturday Registration)


Saturday, March 25:
$140: 20 workshopsAgent./Editor pitch sessions, plus lunch and Keynote address, 
Bookfair, Flash Literature writing contest, Door Prizes, Thursday Writers Cafe, 
all Friday evening activities including Page Cuts Critique
Victoria Selvaggio workshopand Reception..

Time

Nonfiction

Marketing/Special

Craft

Craft/Misc/Genre

7:30 - 8:40  Check-in and Continental  Breakfast

 8:50 - 9:40

Finding Story in True Events

Agent Panel

Moderator
Suzanne Mattaboni

Writing the Compelling Short Story

Phil Giunta

How to Turn Your Writing into a Money-Making Business

 9:50 - 10:40

Organizing Your Writing Business

10 Tools for Author Marketing Success


Spicing it Up: Romance as a Genre Fiction Tool

Anna Kashina

How to Turn Your Writing into a Money-Making Business (continued)

Jennifer Lader
 10:40-11
 Break   Break   Break   Break

11:00 - 11:50

Feature This: Writing Articles

What's the Right Type of Publishing for My Book?


Writing From the Inside Out


Writing the
Query Letter

 12:00
 1:30
 
Lunch and Keynote

 Michael Hauge  "Becoming the Hero of Your Own Story"  

 1:40 - 2:30

Let’s Get Personal:
Writing Essays


Care & Feeding of Your Marketing Muse


Engaging Backstory Techniques


World Building in Speculative Fiction

Anna Kashina


 2:40 - 3:30

Organizing Your Writing Content

Does My Book Have What it Takes?


Writing on the Dark Side

The Artful Poem


$30 discount Full Conference
3 day Registration $380

Thursday $130
Friday $140
Saturday $140


Registration Closes March 8, 2017


How To Register:

Look over the Conference Overview
(above)
and the Detailed Conference Schedule (below) to determine which
sessions/activities you would like to attend.

Read the Registration Policies page for refund information, etc.
 
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Then choose Full Conference Registration or which day(s) you would like to register for.
Depending on day(s) chosen, there may be other options, such as Friday evening
Page Cuts Critique or Saturday Agent/Editor pitch session.


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Registration Closes March 8
2017 Full Course Descriptions
The Write Stuff
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Registration Open REGISTER HERE
 
 Times  Thursday Morning, March 23 
7:00 a.m. Check-In table opens

Pick up registration materials at the check-in table
 8 - 12:00 a.m.  

“Story Mastery

Michael Hauge


During this special, full-day seminar, Michael will present his unique approach to creating compelling stories for film and fiction.

Drawing on his decades as a Hollywood script consultant, author and lecturer, he will show the most powerful methods for eliciting emotion in your readers and audiences through story concept, plot structure, character development and theme.

Michael will then reveal his proven method for getting the people
in power to read your manuscript or screenplay.

  • The primary goal of all story
  • Turning plot structure from a complicated concept into a
    simple, powerful tool you can easily apply to every storyThe power of desire, need, longing and destiny
  • The essential conflict all characters must face
  • Novel structure vs. movie structure
  • The single key to creating character arc and theme
  • The secret to creating unique, believable and fulfilling love
    stories
  • The most effective process for adapting novels into film
  • The single biggest mistake writers while pitching their work
  • The key components of a powerful pitch

If you want to elevate your screenplays and novels to the highest possible level, this event is a must.

12:00 - 12:45  Lunch With The Experts (included)
 1 - 5 p.m  

“Story Mastery

Michael Hauge


Part 2 - Continued from morning session.

  Dinner break  (dinner not included)
 7 - 9 p.m  

The Writers’ Cafe  Facilitated by Bart Palamaro

Get ready for Friday Night Page Cuts or Saturday Agent/Editor pitches by bringing your pitch or opening page and we will give you instant feedback!  Or just bring the first page of your manuscript for a critique. 

ALL registered Conference attendees are welcome to attend this Conference version of GLVWGs monthly read and critique meeting. 

It's a fun time!

   
   Friday, March 24
7:00 a.m. Check-In table opens
Pick up registration materials at the
check-in table
 8 - 12:00 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions
“Story Closup” and "Writing Powerful Scenes"- Michael Hauge

Michael will take a single film and use clips to show how it illustrates all the core principles of great storytelling for all forms of fiction. This is his most popular 2-hour lecture, and a great follow up to the full day seminar - though this one can stand alone for those who aren’t there Thursday.

Good scenes are like great movies in miniature: they draw the reader into a unique reality; create empathy and identification with the characters; reveal compelling desires and insurmountable conflicts; contribute to character growth and theme; and elicit bigger-than-life emotions. Using examples from a variety of recent successful novels and films, this seminar will reveal the essential tools for writing scenes that will insure a positive response to your novel or screenplay.

 8 - 12:00 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions

Down the Author Marketing Rabbit Hole -
Deborah Riley-Magnus


Take an adventurous magical tour through your own abilities to sell more books! At the bottom of the rabbit hole, you’ll learn the difference between selling and allowing people to buy. Uncover your book’s true
potential with both obvious audiences and potent secondary target audiences. Understand the power of Cross Marketing to broaden your fan base. Perfect the identification and location of YOUR book’s true target audiences with the SuperGenre
© technique. Learn how
to tighten your message for impact and response. And develop your personalized Author Marketing Flow Chart.

 12:00 - 12:45
Lunch With The Experts
(included with full conference and Friday registrations)
 1 -  5 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

Maximizing the Emotional Potential of Your Novel
Kathryn Craft

A novel is, above all else, an emotional experience. From the safety of their armchairs, readers want the protagonist to take them along on a journey that will help them benefit from the process we humans fear
most: change. The last thing you want is for your reader to slide your manuscript back across the desk and say, “Hmm. I remained curiously unmoved.” Part story structure, part narrative arcs, and part sentence-level examination, this three-hour class will explore craft that will help you create—within any genre—the kind of heart-thumping tension, heart-breaking consequence, and heart-warming resolution readers crave.


 1 - 5 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions
 Insider Self-Publishing: Tips that Separate
the Amateurs from the Pros 
Amy Deardon

Hands-on workshop that walks you through the self-publishing process! Keep all rights and profits while you design and market your stunning new book… and keep your costs low. We’ll look at the publishing process and pieces involved: setting up your new business, finding your niche, writing, interior formatting, where to find a cover designer, why POD printing is best, understanding ISBNs, and how to list your e-book and print book on Amazon. Since selling is the idea, we’ll also review tips for marketing including SEO optimization, platform, and connections. You can do it!

 5 - 7 p.m.
 Friday Dinner buffet (not included)
6:00 p.m. Check-In table opens
Pick up registration materials at the
check-in table
 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Page Cuts Critique Sessions
Advance registration necessary: sessions fill quickly. 

Page Cuts critique sessions are optional and included in the FRIDAY, SATURDAY or FULL CONFERENCE price. Participants will be assigned to a room headed by a team of publishing professionals who have been asked to provide off-the-cuff feedback. Your work will be read aloud by a room moderator and commented upon by our panelists. No names will be used, all works are COMPLETELY ANONYMOUS. Opinions of workshop panelists are theirs alone and do not represent the opinions of GLVWG.

Limited to 36 readings. Participants who have been informed of their successful enrollment should bring to their session four copies of the first page of a longer work (fiction, creative nonfiction, or memoir) along with four copies of a 100-word overview of the entire work.

Copies must be formatted. Double-spaced, 12 pt. “Times” font, 1-inch margins, Title & Genre at top of page. No names please. Print to start at the top of the page.

 7 - 8 p.m.
Victoria Selvaggio

Agent 101: An Insiders View of Getting an Agent

As an Associate Agent and Author, Victoria Selvaggio knows firsthand that finding representation can be as hard as or even harder than becoming published. But…having a good understanding of the agent’s role, as well as your own, as the author, is just as important as advocating further, for the right agent-author relationship.

Attendees will get a behind-the-desk look at what being an agent means for Victoria—from query letters to rejections to revision to requests to finally, representation and beyond—which will provide helpful tips on how to review your manuscript as if you were also an agent.
 8:30 - 10:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception (Open Seating)

 

Join us for hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, and the chance to network with agents, editors, presenters, and other conferees. Dress is business casual.

Guest presenter: 'Samuel Clemens'
   
 

Saturday March 25, 8 am - 5 p.m.
7:30 a.m. Check-In table opens
Pick up registration materials at the
check-in table

7:30 - 8:40
    Continental Breakfast (Ballroom)
 8:50 - 9:40 a.m. 

 

Concurrent agent/editor appointments and marketing consults during this time.

 Kathryn Craft
Finding The Story in True Events: Creative Non-Fiction

In fiction, writers seek the truth in imagined story; in creative  nonfiction, writers seek the story in true events. In this session we  take a fresh look at story elements that can make your nonfiction read  like a novel, and how popular works of creative nonfiction hook the  reader with the same kind of entertaining, important­seeming, and  heart­warming material that makes all stories linger in the mind long  after the book is closed.


Agent Panel

Moderated by Suzanne Mattaboni


Agents will share insights, guidelines, and ideas for writers. These agents will also meet with participants to hear pre-scheduled pitches throughout the day.


Phil Giunta
Writing the Compelling Short Story

In their submission requirements, publishers often impose a word limit for short stories. As such, writers must make every word count. In this session, Phil will present actual (and anonymous) excerpts from three or four short stories in order to illustrate common pitfalls with opening scenes, story structure, dialogue, POV characters, and more. For each example, the audience will be engaged to provide suggestions for improving the story.


The Fine Line: How to Turn Your Writing into a
Money-Making Business
- Part 1 of 2

You’ll come away with specific actions that you can take to launch or invigorate your freelance career.

GOAL: Get into the mindset that you can make money as a freelancer.

OBJECTIVES:

1. Find out the number one way that you can easily promote your services, enable others to envision how you can help them, and melt away your competition (lesson 1);

2. Learn how to think like a business person (lessons 2-7); and

3. Make plans now to stake your claim in three easy steps (lessons 8-10).

 9:50 - 10:40 a.m.

 

Concurrent agent/editor appointments and marketing consults during this time.

 Colleen Warmingham
Organize Your Writing Business

You're in business... do you know where your receipts are? Learn to manage your back office like the self-employed pro you are. We'll cover organizing your income and expense receipts, locating your marketing plans and materials, and some basic business planning. You'll learn the tools to understand your business's financial position and save time and money at tax time.

Spicing it up: Romance as a Genre Fiction Tool

Romance is by far the most popular genre in fiction, but what is it that makes it so attractive to the readers? And, can other genres effectively use romance elements to develop the characters and plot? And, how much romance can be used without overwhelming the rest of the story? I this workshop, we will talk about romance as a tool in genre fiction and its effective use for character development, as well as introducing the extra dimensions into the setting and story.

Therese Halschied
Writing From the Inside Out

Using poems as a springboard for discussion, this workshop shares what happens within us when we write. We will discuss and practice ways to ignite the potent language of the interior self so that writing becomes a felt experience.



The Fine Line: How to Turn Your Writing into a Money-Making Business -  Part 2 of 2

 

10:40 - 11:00   Break
 11:00 - 11:50 a.m.

 

Concurrent agent/editor appointments and marketing consults during this time.

 

Pattie Giordani
Feature This: Writing Articles

A feature article can be a short list, such as 10 Things to Do Before You Buy a House, or it can be a long piece on the latest type of architecture complete with research and multiple interviews with experts and those living and working in such structures. We will discuss how to develop ideas, find markets and pitch your ideas, article types and formats, how to conduct research and interview experts and others and how to put it all together in an interesting way.


Amy Deardon
What's the Right Type of Publishing for My Book?

Congratulations on finishing your book! But as you start out, navigating the publishing field can be overwhelming. Should you get an agent? Should you publish yourself? Learn the pros and cons of different publishing methods and common pitfalls waiting for the uninformed so you can make the choices that will keep you a happy (published!) author.



Deborah Riley-Magnus
10 Tools for Author Marketing Success

Today’s authors, no matter how they’re published, are bombarded with baffling responsibilities for their own success. Everything from understanding social media to building powerful platforms and creating effective marketing strategies is now on their shoulders. It only takes 10 little tools to help you focus, stand apart from the noisy crowd of shouting authors, and become successful. This session helps structure your marketing activities so that you will be effective…AND have time to write, too. 


Victoria Selvaggio
Composing The Query Letter

Presentation Blurb: As an Associate Agent, receiving hundreds of queries a week, not to mention the many authors and potential authors she encounters, Victoria A.Selvaggio has learned that the mention of writing a query letter is something that brings forth many different reactions.  Some love it…some dread it…some don’t understand it or its purpose.

While mastering the art of writing that well-polished manuscript takes time and skill, so does composing the query letter.

Join Victoria as she covers the essentials of a query, in which she’ll include a few do’s and don’ts..
12:00 - 12:45
    Banquet (included)
12:50 - 1:30 
   Dessert - Keynote Speaker - Michael Hauge                                                                                  
"BECOMING THE HERO OF YOUR OWN STORY"


Stories that touch us deeply aren’t just entertainment – they reveal the ways we can face our own fears, accomplish our goals and find our destinies.  By revealing the ways movie heroes consistently find the courage to pursue whatever they long for, Michael will give you a new way to approach your personal and professional goals. Not just for writers and filmmakers, this fun and enlightening seminar will use examples from Hollywood’s most popular films to help you, or your clients, achieve success and fulfillment in any area of life.

 

1:40 - 2:30 p.m.

Concurrent agent/editor appointments and marketing consults during this time.
 

Pattie Giordani
Lets Get Personal: Writing Essays

Do you have something to say you feel will resonate with other people? But how will you write it, and who will publish it? Learn the basics of writing personal essays, including what differentiates an essay from an article. We will discuss markets, how to refine your ideas, your written voice, format and length, topics, markets, and how to ensure your essay is reader-friendly.


Deborah Riley-Magnus

Care and Feeding of Your Marketing Muse

We listen faithfully to our writing muse, but often ignore our marketing muse because most authors are unaware that marketing is a creative process. Just as your muse leads you through ideas and concepts for your writing, she whispers fantastic directions for your marketing. Learn new and exciting paths for your marketing efforts. Take your marketing to new venues with flare, and to those tired overused venues with a brand new punch. Learn the tricks for creating and keeping your marketing momentum alive. Trusting your marketing muse is the first step to finding true book sales success!

 

Kathryn Craft
Engaging Backstory Techniques

Backstory can be an important ally to a storyteller—or an obstacle that  tries a reader's patience. We'll talk about

  • When should you use backstory?
  • What should you include - and not?
  • Various ways to handle backstory.
  • Problems that can arise with backstory.


Anna Kashina
World Building in Speculative Fiction

Speculative fiction is “special” when it comes to worldbuilding: it deals with a world readers are not familiar with. But how do we create a whole new world, complete with history geography, culture, ethnicity, and all the details that come with it – and then effectively convey this to the readers?
Learn how to create an immersive experience for the readers with a truly different world that comes completely from your imagination, yet feels hauntingly real on a page. We will discuss all the details you need to build a world – as well as the process of choosing what to put on the page to keep from overwhelming the reader.

 

2:40 - 3:30 p.m.

 

Concurrent agent/editor appointments and marketing consults during this time.
 

Colleen Warmingham

Organize Your Writing Content

 Ideas, proposals, research, drafts... how do you keep track of it all? This session will focus on organizing the materials that support the product you sell, your writing. Learn techniques to prevent saying the dreaded "I know I have it here somewhere" while on the phone with your editor, and face the IRS with confidence.

 

Amy Deardon

Does My Book Have What it Takes?

We’ll talk about the three ingredients that determine whether your book will even be picked up and read. This will be a hand-on workshop—bring your title, logline (15-25 word description) and back cover copy (100-150 word summary) for critiquing and group opinion. You’ll learn first-hand what people pay attention to and how you can persuade potential readers that your book is exactly what they’ve been looking for.


Victoria Selvaggio

Writing on the Dark Side:
What I look for in an Edgy, Dark Novel

When writing on the Dark Side, having the ability to question and cross boundaries of acceptable behavior, while balancing/containing inappropriate con-tent, is  just as important as crafting all those elements of a plot.

 As an agent, I look for originality, characterization, reality, mystery, and so much more. An Edgy, Dark Novel should be just that—Edgy…Dark…compelling the reader to reflect further, long after the reading is done.


Therese Halschied

The Artful Poem

In this poetry workshop, participants will explore elements of artful poems. They will practice ways to enhance imagery. They will learn the difference between the daily eye and the writer’s eye and from that perspective call attention to life’s details turning the ordinary into something extraordinaire.

3:30 - 5:00 p.m.  

Social

  • Refreshments

  • Book Fair**

  • Contest Winners

  • Door Prizes

  • Conference closes

**All published GLVWG members are eligible to participate in the book fair. Please contact book fair coordinator Jerry Waxler   to reserve a space by March 6, 2017


Detailed instructions for selling your book(s) at the Book Fair are HERE


REGISTRATION Now Open





 
 2017 Write Stuff Presenters


    Keynote Speaker Michael Hauge
Michael Hauge

Michael has coached screenwriters, producers, stars and directors on projects for every major studio and network, most recently I AM LEGEND, HANCOCK and THE KARATE KID for Will Smith and Overbrook Entertainment; MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE for Columbia Pictures; BAKUGAN for Universal Pictures, and MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES, and LOVE, ROSIE for SONY Pictures and Constantin Film.

Michael Hauge is the best selling author of Selling Your Story in 60 Seconds: The Guaranteed Way to Get Your Screenplay or Novel Read, as well as the new 20th Anniversary Edition of his classic book Writing Screenplays That Sell. A number of Michael’s seminars, including The Hero’s 2 Journeys with Christopher Vogler, are available on DVD, CD and streaming video through this website, and through booksellers throughout the world.

Michael has a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Georgia. He has worked in Hollywood for the past 35 years, and has presented seminars, lectures and keynotes in person and online to more than 70,000 participants worldwide.




Kathryn Craft writes stories that seek beauty and meaning at the edge of darkness. Rich with material for further thought or discussion, her novels make a great choice for book clubs.

Long a leader in the southeastern Pennsylvania writing scene, Kathryn served for more than a decade in a variety of positions on the boards of the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group and the Philadelphia Writers' Conference, and volunteers as time allows with the Women's Fiction Writers Association. Kathryn also hosts writing retreats for women and speaks often about writing. She writes a monthly series, "Turning Whine into Gold," at the Writers in the Storm blog, and freelances as a developmental editor at Writing-Partner.com. She is a proud member of the Tall Poppies Writers, a marketing cooperative of women's fiction writers.




Amy Deardon is an award-winning author, publisher, and budding online entrepreneur. She is eager to help writers take their words to the next level through story or nonfiction coaching/editing and guiding them through the self-publishing minefield.

In her life B.C. (before children) she was a Ph.D. scientist under a different name who did bench research. Now married, she lives with her husband and two children near Washington D.C. Visit her website at www.amydeardon.com and her Indie publishing company website at www.ebooklistingservices.com.



Pattie Giordani is a freelance writer and editor, a contributing writer for Lehigh Valley Style and Bethlehem Press and a copy editor on two GLVWG anthologies. Her former day jobs include associate editor at a national nonprofit association and assistant features editor at The Express-Times newspaper. She speaks at writers meetings and conferences on various topics and taught nonfiction article writing and grammar courses at Northampton Community College. Her website, www.pattiegiordani.com, is currently in revisions. She and editor/published author Tina Gallagher own Libra Editorial Services (www.libraeditorialservices.com), offering services for writers who want their work to be polished and professional.



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Phil Giunta’s first novel, a paranormal mystery called Testing the Prisoner, was published in 2010 by Firebringer Press. His second novel in the same genre, By Your Side, was released in 2013. Phil also narrated the audio versions of both novels, available for free listening at Podiobooks.com.

Phil's short stories appear in such anthologies as ReDeus: Divine Tales and ReDeus: Beyond Borders from Crazy 8 Press. In addition to contributing several stories, Phil served as editor on the speculative fiction anthologies Somewhere in the Middle of Eternity and Elsewhere in the Middle of Eternity for Firebringer Press. His paranormal mystery novella, Like Mother, Like Daughters, is slated for release in 2017.

In August 2016, Phil’s short story, “Tower Sixteen,” was a second place winner in the Rehoboth Beach Reads short story contest and was published in November in the anthology Beach Nights by Cat and Mouse Press.

Visit Phil’s website: http://www.philgiunta.com




Therése Halscheid’s previous poetry collections include Powertalk, Without Home, Uncommon Geography, which won a finalist award for the Paterson Poetry Book Prize; and Greatest Hits, a chapbook award from Pudding House Publications. Her poetry, essays and short stories have appeared in magazines such as The Gettysburg Review, Tampa Review, Sou'wester, Tiferet, among others. She has received Fellowships from The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and NJ State Council on the Arts.

For the past two decades, she has been an itinerant writer by way of house-sitting, caring for others’ homes and animals (see Services). This mobility, along with simple living, has helped her to sustain her writing life. Her photography chronicles her journey, and has been in several juried shows

Therése received her MA from Rowan University and MFA from Rutgers University, and currently teaches for Atlantic Cape Community College, NJ. Through cultural exchange programs she has traveled widely, and taught in England and Russia. Through the Alaskan Arts Council, she had the privilege of working with an Inupiaq Eskimo tribe on White Mountain, as well as a residency in Homer. She frequently visits schools to engage students in the creative writing process, and offers professional development workshops to teachers, grades K-12




Anna S. Kashina, Ph.D. is a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, as well as a writer. Originally from Moscow, Russia, Kashina moved to the United States in 1994 and has been living there ever since.

She published her first fantasy novel, The Princess of Dhagabad, which is the first of “The Spirits of the Ancient Sands” trilogy, in 2002. The book is about a romance between an Arabian princess and her djinn who in turn becomes her slave, teacher and steadfast companion. Kashina has published two other books in Russia, one under the pen name Ann Porridge. The Princess of Dhagabad was her first English-language publication.

 Her more recent works are her Majat Code Series, which include:

 Book One: BLADES OF THE OLD EMPIRE (February 25, 2014) Angry Robot, UK

 Book Two: THE GUILD OF ASSASSINS (July 2014) Angry Robot, UK

 Book Three: ASSASSIN QUEEN (June 2016) Angry Robot, UK

 Majat Testing (a short story of the Majat Code)

 Majat Assignment (a short story of the Majat Code)




Jennifer Lader has developed a proprietary process for helping small businesses and sole proprietorships identify and share what they can do for others. After many years as a freelance writer and three years as the editor of what became an award-winning newspaper under her tenure, Jennifer brought her writing and business skills together to build up a successful enterprise as a contractor. Today, she helps individuals and small businesses develop powerful and easy-to-share profiles, then get the word out.

Along with a bachelor's degree in anthropology from Grinnell College, Jennifer has her master’s in public administration. She is the senior writer for the Center for Advanced Emotional Intelligence, marketer for Business & Community Financing Solutions, and managing editor for Architects Marketing. She knows how to pitch stories to the media and has landed her clients in highly positive feature articles. Besides GLVWG, she is a member of the Nonfiction Authors Association and of the Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild. Her work has been recognized with a 1st Place Keystone Press Award for niche publication and a 1st Place Simon Rockower Award for her article on the cultural impact of the television show "Bewitched." More at jenniferlader.com.




Deborah Riley-Magnus is an author and an Author Success Coach. She has a twenty-seven year professional background in marketing, advertising and public relations as a writer for print, television and radio. She writes fiction and non-fiction.

Since 2010, she had two novels released. In 2013 her nonfiction, Finding Author Success (Second Edition), and Cross Marketing Magic for Authors were released. A third nonfiction entitled Write Brain/Left Brain was released in 2015 and focused on bridging the gap between the creative writer, and the creative marketing tools that make marketing fun and easy.

Deborah produces several pieces monthly for various websites and online publications. She writes an author industry blog and teaches online and live workshops as The Author Success Coach. She belongs to several writing and professional organizations.

She’s lived on both the east and west coast of the United States and has traveled the country widely. She is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and recently returned after living in Los Angeles, California for several years.




Victoria Selvaggio Associate Agent, The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency

Business owner turned Associate Agent, Victoria A. Selvaggio comes to The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency as a prior Regional Advisor for SCBWI: Northern Ohio, with over 9 years of actively working on the executive board.  Drawn to the publishing scene first as an author, with her most recent publication in the 2015 Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market, Vicki’s passion for honing the craft carried over into reading manuscripts for the agency. Currently, she is excited to read compelling manuscripts that will resonate with her long after she’s done.




Colleen Warmingham is the owner of Minimologist, LLC. She works one-on one with her clients, creating a safe place for them to work through life’s transitions. Whether joyful or painful, intentional or unplanned, all transitions bring challenges. When she's done, her clients have an efficient home or office and a comfortable life.

In addition to client sessions, Colleen conducts workshops focusing on finding practical ways to overcome common obstacles to getting organized. Attendees leave her workshops energized and confident in working with their unique talents. She is also a contributor to the Valley Ledger (www.TheValleyLedger.com). Each article addresses a different aspect of simple living in the Lehigh Valley.

Colleen graduated from Moravian College with a B.A. in History. She finds that studying history was the perfect foundation for organizing. After all, history teaches us to understand cause and effect in our lives; a critical step in understanding how we relate to our space and how our space affects how we live and work. After college, Colleen worked as a consultant, instructor, project manager, and even tour guide before launching her organizing business.

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