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=>March 23, 24, 25 - 2023<=

LIVE!

21 Great Sessions over Three Days

plus: >>Limited time access to recorded sessions for the days you register<<

What people said about the Write Stuff Writers Conference:


A CHAMP OF A CONFERENCE!

I add my congratulations for a wonderful conference - great content and a mastery of the technology. Thank you so much.

-Martha Cichelli

Here here!  Giving super positive feedback! Grandest. Conference. Ever. Had so much fun!

-Kelly Bender

Yes, this was pioneering work, and all very well done. Congratulations!

-Al Tucher

Thanks for creating a great learning opportunity. I was up writing this morning. It was a gift. 

-Judy England-McCarthy

Having been at many conferences over my many years--writing conferences, nursing conferences, business conferences-- this one was the best----I'll repeat that: THE best.

-Mitzi Flyte

MAJOR kudos to the folks on The Write Stuff Comittee, who not only had to learn a whole new format in how to present a conference, but did so with no technical issues and the same great quality throughout.  

-Laurel Wenson


So join us March 23, 24, 25 for
The Write Stuff Writers Conference 2023!

Looking to enhance your writing skills?

You have come to the right place. The Write Stuff(tm) offers a sterling faculty of writing and publishing professionals offering 21 events to help get you where you want to be in your writing career.

Scroll down for faculty, detailed course descriptions and schedules.

**Registration includes limited time access to recorded sessions for the days you register.**


March 23, 24, 25, 2023

All Times East Coast USA

Cyber Week Special Rate (12/4-12/10)


Member and Students Non Member

Thursday:

$99

$109

Friday:

$99

$109

Saturday:

$119

$129

All 3 Days:

$299

$309

Dec 11, normal prices will apply:


Member and StudentsNon Member

Thursday:

$119

$129

Friday:

$119

$129

Saturday:

$139

$149

All 3 Days:

$349

$369

>Includes limited time access to recorded sessions for the days you register<


Special: Price Below for Recorded Sessions Only, Limited Time Access

  Member and Students Non Member

Thursday:

$30

$45

Friday:

$30

$45

Saturday:

$70

$90

All 3 Days:

$99

$135


Register Here

Registration closes Mar 5, 2023.

After Mar 5
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to register on space available basis.


Three Days Featuring:

Maria V. Snyder switched careers from being a meteorologist to novelist when she began writing the New York Times best-selling Study Series (Poison Study, Magic Study, Fire Study, Shadow Study, Night Study and Dawn Study) about a young woman who becomes a poison taster. Maria earned a Master of Arts degree in fiction writing from Seton Hill University. Unable to part company with Seton Hill and its wonderful writing program, Maria is currently a teacher and mentor for the MFA program. Her series include The Chronicles of Ixia, Poison Study, Healer , Glass , Soulfinders , Sentinels of the Galaxy, and Archives of the Invisible Sword. There is not enough space to list Maria’s numerous awards.
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21 Great Sessions over Three Days
>Limited time access to recorded sessions for the days you register<


Thursday, March 23

Two Half-Day Seminars


Morning - 8:00-12:00

Michelle Lazurek

The Ins and Outs of Self-Publishing

Purpose: To encourage and instruct new writers who want to self-publish a book but don’t know where to start.

Premise: You’ve come to a writers’ conference hoping to realize your dream of being a published author. But where do you start? In this workshop, Michelle takes you through the process of publishing a book from beginning to end. At the end of the workshop, each attendee will have the practical tips and resources they need to write, edit and publish a book of their own.

Audience: Anyone who want to realize their dream of self-publishing a book.


    12:00 - 12:50 Lunch Break
    Networking Opportunities

    Afternoon - 1:00-4:00 

    Maria Snyder

    Creating Believable Villains

    Fictional Villains like Professor Moriarty, Hannibal Lecter, and Darth Vader continue to stand the test of time. Their enduring legacy is due to their complexity as characters.

    This Workshop will focus on how to turn your one dimensional villain into a full blown bad ass that your readers will love to hate.

    >Limited time access to recorded sessions for the days you register<


    Thursday Evening, March 23
    7:00pm - 9:00pm

    The Writers Cafe

    An informal discussion and
    read-and-critique session

    All Write Stuff attendees are invited


    Friday, March 24

    Two Half-Day Seminars

     Morning - 8:00-12:00

    Kathryn Craft

    Say That and More – Writing Effective Dialogue

    In this workshop, you will participate in a series of exercises that will challenge you to improve your own dialogue writing. Prepare to leave with a whole new respect for this multi-tasking tool—and perhaps the germ of a new story idea, as well.

    12:00 - 12:50 Lunch Break
    Networking Opportunities

    Afternoon - 1:00-4:00

    Maria Snyder

    Can You Hear Me Now? Audio books 101

    As life's pace increases daily, more and more readers are listening to audio books as they commute to work, do household chores, exercise, and during long drives. This workshop will focus on all things audio books, from deciding if you should give your publisher audio rights or do it yourself. And how to go about producing an audio book.


    >Limited time access to recorded sessions for the days you register<


    Friday Evening, March 24

    6:30-8:30  Page Cuts Critique 

    LIMITED SEATING: Additional $10 

    Rare opportunity for
    Anonymous read and critique with industry pros.

    >>Live Only<<


     Evening- 7:00-8:00

    Dianna Sinovic

    Mini-Blueprint for a Book

    Do you have an idea for a novel but don’t know where to start? Or do you have a WIP that’s not jelling and need help with next steps? This workshop will walk you through the blueprint method of developing or revising a novel. Answering key questions about your work will give you the tools you need to move forward.


    All Times East Coast USA

    Saturday, March 25

    Fourteen Fifty-Minute Sessions


    >Limited time access to recorded sessions for the days you register<


     

    Cedar Crest Room

    Muhlenberg Room

    7:30

    Check In and announcements

    8:00
     8:50

    Jon Gibbs
    The Three Cs of Conflict
    Part One

    Michael Ventrella
    How the Law Really Works

    9:00
     9:50

    Jon Gibbs
    The Three Cs of Conflict
    Part Two

    Curtis Smith
    Writing Flash Fiction

    10:00
     10:50

    Maria Snyder
    Behind the Curtain
    (of an indie bookstore)

    Michael Ventrella
    How To Impress an Editor for a Themed Anthology

     11:00
     11:50

    Michelle Lazurek
    Writing for Children

    Curtis Smith
    Process and Understanding How
    One's Brain Works

     12:00
      1:20

    Keynote Lunch:
    Maria V. Snyder

    1:30
    2:20

    Michelle Lazurek
    The Agent/Writer
    Relationship

    Michael Ventrella
    The Biggest Mistakes Made by New Authors

     2:30
     3:20

    Maria Snyder
    Serial Writing

    Curtis Smith
    Elements of a
    Short Story

    3:30
    4:20

    Jon Gibbs
    The Funny Pages

    Michelle Lazurek
    Voracious Self-editing

     

    Register Here

    Registration closes Mar 5, 2022.


    After Mar 5
    to contact
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    glvwg.vebmeister@gmail.com

    to register on space available basis.


    Go to the Registration Page and choose Member, Non-Member or Student registration.
    Then choose Full Conference Registration or which day(s) you would like to register.

    To submit an entry to our Flash Lit contest: Write Stuff Flash Contest

    Read the Registration Policies page for refund information.


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    Expanded Course Saturday Descriptions:

    Maria Snyder

    Behind the Curtains:

    The workshop will take a “behind-the-scenes” dive into the operation of an independent bookstore. You’ll learn how they order books, set up events, and hand-sell titles. Also included is how authors can approach and work well with indie stores and how to avoid various faux pas like giving away an Amazon gift card during your signing.

     Serial Writing:

    Maria is the author of New York Times best-selling Study Series. Her other series include The Chronicles of Ixia, Poison Study, Healer, Glass, Soulfinders, Sentinels of the Galaxy, and Archives of the Invisible Sword.

    Learn the ins and outs serial writing, how it works, and where it can take you.

     

    Michael Ventrella

    How the Law Really Works:

    If you're going to have someone arrested for murder, you should at least know how the system works! Criminal defense attorney Michael A. Ventrella explains the process by which people may be charged and how a trial really works. Bring questions!

     The Biggest Mistakes Made by New Authors:

    Author and editor Michael A. Ventrella goes quickly through a number of mistakes new authors make, and he knows because he made some of them himself. Some of this you may already know, but there's bound to be some advice in there that may hit you, because it's not all obvious.

     What Themed Anthology Editors Look For:

    There are many themed anthologies these days looking for great stories. How can you impress the editor and make your story stick out? Michael A. Ventrella gives some advice and examples from his own experience as both an editor and writer.

     

    Jon Gibbs

    Double Session: The Three Cs of Conflict

    When it comes to fiction, the right type of conflict makes the difference between a great read and a dull one, but what is the right type of conflict? How do you create it? When (and where) should you apply it? And can you ever have too much?

    Join New Jersey author, Jon Gibbs, for a fun, interactive, workshop on how to create all the story conflict you need to keep those readers turning the pages.

    Also, there may be candy.

    Please note: This is a hands-on session. Attendees should bring a notepad.

    The Funny Pages

    No matter the genre, a little humor in a story goes a long way. But where do you apply it? What’s the best way? And how do you make something funny anyway?   

    Join New Jersey author, Jon Gibbs, for a fun, interactive, workshop on using humor to do more than just making your reader smile.

    Also, there may be candy.

     

    Michelle Lazurek

    The Agent/Client Relationship: What You Need to Know

    Premise: Every author dreams of being published. That's why working with an agent is so vital to your career. What do you need to know before working with one? 

    Content: In this workshop, we will discuss:

    Three things agents are (and three they are not)

    Five common misconceptions about the agent/client relationship

    What you need to before contacting an agent

    Bonus: Five things you need to create a stellar proposal that catches an agent's attention

    Writing for Children

    Purpose: To help writers who want to reach the next generation create compelling and engaging content while staying true to God’s Word

    Premise: Many people want to write for children. But how do you write engaging content that not only tells a story but also keeps a young audience engaged despite the instant gratification world in which we live? In this workshop, Michelle will address the following aspects of children’s writing:

    Audience: Beginning or intermediate writers who want to wriye for children studies but don’t know how to start; intermediate writers who write for children but find their material is not resonating with their audiences

    Content:

    • Why is writing children’s book so important?
    • Five tips to help you if you have a desire to write but don’t know where to start
    • Four ways to keep children engaged in the story
    • How to structure your book

    How to Be a Voracious Self-Editor

    So, you’ve written that stellar masterpiece (or so you think). Before you research potential places to submit your work, it is important to polish your work so it can shine brightly among the other submissions in your genre.

    In this workshop, you will learn:

    1. Why the red pen is your friend in the editing stage
    2. Why self-editing is essential for any writer
    3. Who are editors you should hire to review your work (and who you shouldn't)


    We will edit a piece of work in class. Feel free to bring your project for possible review.

     

    Curtis Smith

    Writing Flash Fiction

    Is flash fiction (and nonfiction) defined by just a word count? What does flash owe to poetry—and what does it owe to prose? What are the forms it utilizes? And amid all the possibilities of the genre, are there any solid connectors that exemplary pieces have in common? In this workshop, we look at what makes flash fiction work through examination, discussion, and writing.

     Process and Understanding How One's Brain Works

    How can we use our natural rhythms and inclinations as an asset to our creative work? How can we harness our unique lenses and use them to draw a deeper focus upon our stories? In this session we’ll examine how to discover your individual creative process and work with your natural currents and inclinations.

    We will also look into submitting to lit journals and small presses as part two this presentation. (That’s the Process part.)

     Elements of a Short Story.

    This session will cover the basics of writing the literary short story—openings, setting, structure, characterization, and dialogue. By the of this session, Curtis will have you ready to tackle your next story.

     


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    Presenter Bios:

    Kathryn Craft

    Kathryn Craft is the award-winning author of two novels, The Art of Falling and The Far End of Happy, and the author of chapters in Author in Progress and The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing from Writers Digest Books. Her fifteen years as a freelance developmental editor at Writing-Partner.com follows a nineteen-year career as a dance critic. After decades of leadership positions with the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group and the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference, she was honored to serve as the 2020 Guiding Scribe for the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. Kathryn leads writing workshops and retreats, mentors novelists through her Your Novel Year program, has taught for Drexel University’s MFA program, and is a regular contributor to top writing blog WriterUnboxed.


    Jon Gibbs

    Born in England, Jon Gibbs now lives in New Jersey, where he was Author-in-Residence. at Georgian Court University from 2012 - 2017. Jon is the founder of The New Jersey Authors’ Network (www.njauthorsnetwork.com), NJ Writing Groups.com (www.njwritinggroups.com), and The "I are a writer!" (and more) Store (www.iareawriter.net). His middle grade fantasy, Fur-Face, was nominated for a Crystal Kite Award. Originally published by Echelon Press in 2010, the second edition came out in November 2022. The sequel, Barnum’s Revenge, was published by Echelon Press in 2013. The second edition is due out in 2023 along with Jon's latest book, Abraham Lincoln Stole my Homework. When he's not chasing around after his children, Jon can usually be found hunched over the computer in his basement office. One day he hopes to figure out how to switch it on. Contact: admin@jongibbs.org


    Michelle Lazurek

    Michelle S. Lazurek is an Associate Literary Agent at WordWise Media Services. She holds a Master of Arts in Counseling and Human Relations from Liberty University. As the author of nine books and a frequent speaker for writers’ conferences, Michelle has long enjoyed a passion for the written word. When not occupied with literary pursuits, you can find her sipping a hot latte at Starbucks, reading a good book, or collecting records from the 1980s and 90s. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two children and a crazy dog.


    Curtis Smith

    Curtis Smith has published over one hundred stories and essays. His work has been cited by or included in The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Mystery Stories, The Best American Spiritual Writing, The Best Small Fictions, and in the Norton anthology New Microfictions. His three full-length story collections, The Species Crown, Bad Monkey, and Beasts and Men, have all been published by Press 53. He is also the author of two chapbooks of flash fiction, two essay collections, four novels, and a book of creative nonfiction.


    Michael Ventrella

    Michael A. Ventrella’s most recent novel is BIG STICK, a Teddy Roosevelt-steampunk adventure. This follows his previous novel BLOODSUCKERS: A VAMPIRE RUNS FOR PRESIDENT, and his young adult fantasy series TERIN OSTLER AND THE ARCH ENEMIES, TERIN OSTLER AND THE WAR OF THE WORDS, TERIN OSTLER AND THE AXES OF EVIL, and TERIN OSTLER AND THE ZOMBIE KING. With New York Times Bestselling Author Jonathan Maberry, he edited the BAKER STREET IRREGULARS anthologies. With Randee Dawn, he edited the anthology ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, and by himself, he has edited RELEASE THE VIRGINS!, THREE TIME TRAVELERS WALK INTO…, five anthologies in the “Tales of Fortannis” series, and the Fortannis novel IT’S A WONDERFUL DEATH by Derek Beebe, which features characters from Michael’s fantasy novels. His short stories have appeared in a number of other anthologies, including DREAMERS IN HELL, THE MINISTRY OF PECULIAR OCCURRENCES ARCHIVES, and RUM AND RUNESTONES



    >Limited time access to recorded sessions for the days you register<
    March 23, 24, 25, 2023

    Register Here

    Registration closes Mar 5, 2023

    After Mar 5
    contact glvwg.vebmeister@gmail.com
    to register on space available basis.

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