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Greater Lehigh Valley
Writers Group

 Due to PA Act 153 of 2014 and House bill 1276 of 2015, any person under 18 years of age
must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at any GLVWG event.
    


24 Years of
Author Support


Three Full Days Featuring
Bob Mayer's
'One Day Novel Writing Seminar'




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

Registration Opens December 1


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The Write Stuff Writers Conference 
30 Great Events over Three Days
2018 CONFERENCE At-a-Glance
This section is an overview of the conference
Scroll down for full course descriptions

and Presenter Bios.


Registration Opens December 1

Be sure to read the REGISTRATION POLICIES page

Thursday March 22 Overview 
  Includes Lunch and Writers Cafe
9:00
12:00
 
Bob Mayer
“One Day Novel Writing Seminar”
    • The Original Idea: The Heart of Your Story and Key to Selling Your Book
    • Plot and Outline: The Events of Your Story
    • Introduction to Character Part 1
 12-12:45 Lunch  (included) Networking Opportunity
1:00
4:30 

Bob Mayer:
Continuation of

One Day Novel Writing Seminar
  • Character Part 2
  • Point of View, Setting, and Dialogue
  • The Creative Process for Writers
7:00
9:00
 
Writers Cafe:
Informal Read and Critique (Included with ALL registrations)

 

Friday, March 24 Overview
Half-Day Seminars: 
  Includes Lunch, two half-day workshops, 
Thursday's Writers Cafe plus all Friday evening activities including
Page Cuts Critique,
Pinterest Workshop, and Reception.
Time Craft
8:30
12:00


Bob Mayer
Workshop

“Write It Forward: From Writer to Successful Author”


For fiction and non-fiction authors, an over-view workshop
that educates writers how to be authors.

12-12:45
 Lunch  (included) Networking Opportunities
1:00
4:30

Jane Cleland

Mastering Suspense, Structure and Plot

Based on Jane’s Agatha-winning book by this name (Writer’s Digest Books) has been an Amazon bestseller in its category for more than a year.

6:30
8:30

Page Cuts Critique

3 sessions Anonymous read and critique
with industry pros.

LIMITED SEATING: optional with Friday, Saturday
or Full Conference Registration

7:00
8:00

Dan Krippene

Pinterest: What it is and How to Use it.


8:30
10:00

Reception/Social Gathering

Networking opportunity with snacks, soft drinks and cash bar.


Reflections on 24 years of GLVWG by Peggy Adamczyk
(a Founding Member and Former President)


Guest Presenter: "Samuel Clemens"



Saturday, March 24 Overview
20 workshopsAgent./Editor pitch sessions, marketing consults
plus lunch and Keynote address, Bookfair, Flash Literature writing contest

Door Prizes. Saturday Registration Includes Thursday Writers Cafe,

all Friday evening activities including Page Cuts Critique
Pinterest Workshopand Reception.

Time

Cedar Crest Rm

Muhlenberg Rm

Lafayette Rm

Moravian Rm

7:30 - 8:20 Check-in and
 Announcements 
in Lehigh Room

 8:30 - 9:30

Using Metaphors to Add Richness and Texture to your Work

Jane Cleland

Agent Panel

Moderator
Suzanne Mattaboni

Make History with your Writing

Matt Betts
E-Pub, POD and the Future of Publishing

Bob Mayer

 9:45 - 10:45

So you Want to be an Indie Author

Writer Beware
(Part 1)


Richard White

Steampunk

Matt Betts

Military for Writers

Bob Mayer


11:00 - 12:00

A Marathon, Not a Sprint: Long-Term Indie Marketing Strategies

Writer Beware
(Part 2)


Richard White
The Rhyming Dead

Weapons in Fiction
 12:00
 1:30
 
Lunch and Keynote

 Bob Mayer "I Will
Make It Work"
 

 1:30 - 2:30

Editing:
Soup to Nuts

Enter the Hobitt:
Writing Realistic Fight Scenes


Richard White

What is a Media Kit and Why do I Need One?

Writing Inside a Franchise

 2:45 - 3:45

A Crash Course on Time Management for Indies

World Building 101

Richard White

The Art of Distraction:
Using Red Herrings to Create Suspense

Jane Cleland

Using WATTPAD to Build a Writing Career

Discount for Full Conference!
Members and Students:
Full Conference  $289
($38 Savings)
Thursday $99
Friday $109
Saturday $119


Non-Members:
Full Conference $329
($28 Savings)
Thursday $109
Friday $119
Saturday $129


Registration Opens December 1

 Prices Increase February 13, 2018
Registration Closes Sunday, March 4, 2018

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.
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.
Depending on day(s) chosen, there may be other options, such as Friday evening
Page Cuts Critique or Saturday Agent/Editor pitch session and Marketing Consults.



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Agents and Editors
and Marketing Consultants
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Registration Opens December 1
2018 Full Course Descriptions
The Write Stuff
Writers Conference(TM)
Registration Opens December 1
 
 Times  Thursday Morning, March 23 
7:00 a.m. Check-In table opens

Pick up registration materials at the check-in table
 9:00 - 12:00 a.m.
 
Bob Mayer

“One Day Novel Writing Seminar”

The Original Idea: The Heart of Your Story and Key to Selling Your Book

Can you say what your book is about in 25 words or less? This is essential to writing a tight book and then selling it.  We’ll discuss ways to find and state your original idea so that you stay on course while writing the book and an approach with which you can excite those you tell your idea to when trying to sell it. Conflict drives your story.  Not only must conflict escalate throughout the entire novel, every single scene must have conflict in it. The Conflict Box is an effective technique for focusing your story on the protagonist, antagonist, their goals and finding out if you have the necessary conflict lock.

Plot and Outline: The Events of Your Story Part 1

Narrative structure is a baseline craft for a writer to understand. The creative process before the actual start of the book will be covered.  Then the elements of narrative structure will be discussed and shown in film clips. From the exciting opening that grabs the reader through the escalating conflict to the climactic scene and ending with the resolution—the entire structure of the novel will be covered with emphasis on hooks, the remote-control effect, building suspense, and having satisfying endings.

Plot and Outline:  The Events of Your Story Part 2 and Introduction to Character Part 1:

The most critical component of a novel is character.  How do you go from flat two-dimensional characters to vibrant three-dimensional ones? Templates to develop characters and the concept of character arc and change will be discussed. These include profiling, psychological frameworks, and the to show character arc and change.


 12:00 12:45 Lunch  (included) Networking Opportunity
 1:00 - 5:00

Bob Mayer

“One Day Novel Writing Seminar” (cont)

Character Part 2

Continued from previous session.

Point of View, Setting, and Dialogue

This goes beyond just first person, third person and omniscient voices. The point of view you write in is your voice as a writer and often the issue lies deeper than simply a mechanical device. For example, voice dictates what you can say about your characters and what you can’t. It also sets you apart from others and makes you distinct. Setting is not just where, but also when, and can help set your story apart from others.

The Creative Process for Writers

Why do we write? How do we write? How do we create something out of just our minds? The longer I’ve been writing for a living, the more I’ve been focusing on process. It’s unique for every writer, but the most important aspect of what we do. We have to understand how our minds work, how we create, how we process idea, story and put them into our writing. A topic rarely covered, but I’ve found it’s the most fundamental thing a writer needs to understand.

Selling and Marketing Your Book

Should you go traditional or self-publish? Which is better for you? What should you do to succeed on either path? In the quickly changing world of publishing it’s often confusing to know what to do. The benefits of various paths will be discussed as well as ways to market books, regardless of path chosen.



  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
 9:00 - 12:00 a.m.

Write It Forward: From Writer To Successful Author

 Bob Mayer

For fiction and non-fiction authors, an over-view workshop that educates writers how to be authors. Based on over a quarter century of experience in traditional, hybrid and indie publishing. Write It Forward is a holistic approach encompassing goals, intent, environment, personality, change, courage, communication and leadership that gives the writer a road map to become a successful author. Many writers become focused on either the writing or the business end; Write It Forward integrates the two, especially in the rapidly changing world of digital publishing.


 12:00 - 12:45
Lunch, with Schmoozing
(included with full conference and Friday registrations)
 1 - 4:30 p.m.

Mastering Suspense, Structure & Plot

Jane Cleland

Based on Jane’s Agatha-winning book by this name (Writer’s Digest Books) has been an Amazon bestseller in its category for more than a year.

By integrating these 13 thinking, writing, and revising tips into their writing processes, participants will write tighter, more polished first drafts. They’ll improve their story’s pace, while ratcheting up suspense. These tips serve both as a checklist and a mandate. The tips relate to tightening a story’s structure, adding complexity to the plot, integrating backstory, enhancing character motivation, choosing words for sensual specificity, balancing narrative with action and dialogue, and improving both productivity and professionalism.


 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.

Pinterest: What it is and How to Use it.

Dan Krippene

Conceived as a virtual bulletin board, Pinterest has grown beyond its visual thematic platform of recipes, fashion, and kid's crafts, and unlike other social media posts that quickly disappear in a blink, Pinterest postings have a longevity through re-pins that can go on for months.

For writers and authors, Pinterest is a great place for writer inspiration, and a way to connect to readers and other writers. It's all about connecting with good pictures and a well thought out blurb. It's also highly addictive. 

 The seminar will cover the basics of setup, creating a great writer profile, themed boards, keywords, search functionality, group boards, and tips from a few industry experts in how to utilize this fun platform to enhance your writer brand.
 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.


Reflections on 24 years of GLVWG with Peggy Adamczyk, Founding Member and former President.


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

8:00 - 8:20
   Announcements in Lehigh Room
 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. 

 

Concurrent marketing consults during this time.


Using Metaphors to Add Richness
and Texture to Your Work

Jane Cleland


Metaphors are, according to Aristotle, a sign of genius. Certainly, they are more efficient and economical than ordinary language; they give maximum meaning with a minimum of words. In addition, metaphors are generous to readers by encouraging interpretation. In this workshop, we’ll put four approaches to creating metaphors to work—whether you write fiction, non-fiction, memoir, or poetry, you’ll develop rhetorically sound images that communicate emotion on a multi-layered level.

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.


Make History with Your Writing!
Matt Betts
Learn about the exciting genre of alternate history and find out what it takes to change the world in your novel. Discover the importance of research, the consequences of toying with time, and how to foster believability. Then take those ideas to a practical level when we spin the “Wheel of History” during the session and ask attendees to reimagine the outcome of actual events.


E-Pub, POD and the Future of Publishing
for the Writer

Bob Mayer
Publishing is changing exponentially, not linearly, and today's writer must be aware of these changes to succeed. This workshop is designed to help authors navigate through the latest information on various forms of publishing options and the state of the industry. Traditional, ePublishing, Print on Demand, self-pub, vanity, and more. We will cover the advantages and disadvantages of these venues to help you, the writer, decide what's the best choice for you and your work. This is not a nuts and bolts tech class, but a strategic concept of the future of publishing and what it means to writers. We will discuss numbers, royalties, formats, and lessons learned in all areas.


 9:45 - 10:45 a.m.

 

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

 
So You Want to be an Indie Author
Tabitha Jorgensen

Independent publishing is no longer a path of last resort. For many authors, it’s a business decision, and an exciting one at that. As an independent author, you will be responsible for your story content, your brand and platform, and your marketing and sales. What makes a successful indie? For whom is this a viable choice? Let’s talk about the pros and cons of this path to publishing, and consider what your first year as an indie author might look like.


Writer Beware Part 1
Richard White

Publishing has never been so easy and so dangerous at the same time. This presentation will help writers identify what makes a publisher or an agent desirable or undesirable and help them identify the red flags that identify undesirable outcomes in the publishing industry. Part 1 will focus on traditional publishing.


Steampunk: Eveything Old is New Again
Matt Betts

Have you heard the word “Steampunk” thrown around for years, but never knew what it was? Now is your chance to get a quick and painless tutorial on gears, goggles, and giant airships. Find out how to use the genre to create your own unique worlds and enhance the excitement of your next story.


The Military for Writers
Bob Mayer

An introduction to the military from conventional warfare, through Special Operations, the War on Terror, weapons of mass destruction and insight into the men and women who make up our armed forces—all tailored for the writer who might need research in this area.

 11:00 - 12:00 a.m.

 

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

 
A Marathon, Not a Sprint:
Long-Term Marketing Strategies
for Indies
Tabitha Jorgensen

Indie authors have to think beyond their book’s release in order to implement an effective marketing and sales strategy. From platform-building to pre-orders, from back-lists to book tours, let’s talk best practices and creative strategy for getting your book into readers’ hands.


Writer Beware Part 2
Richard White

Publishing has never been so easy and so dangerous at the same time. Part 2 will focus on self-publishing and the cottage industry that has sprung up to separate the self-publisher from their cash. Remember, writing is an art - publishing is a business, so get to know both sides of the coin before launching your latest work into the world.


The Rhyming Dead: Horror Poetry
Matt Betts

Wait. Horror poetry is actually a thing? Yep. So is science fiction and fantasy poetry. Come get a brief history of speculative poetry, hear a few examples, and check out the markets that might even bite on your vampire, alien and zombie poems. Learn it all from an instructor who somehow made it into The New York Times with his zombie poetry.

Weapons in Fiction
Ben Sobieck

Firearms, knives and other weapons play an outsized role in fiction. Critical plot points often hinge on the way characters use them. Unfortunately, much of what’s depicted in pop culture is misleading at best and flat out wrong at worst. Here are the shortcuts to getting these important story elements correct, the myths to avoid and top tips from the author of “The Writer’s Guide to Weapons: A Practical Reference for Using Firearms and Knives in Fiction.

12:00 - 12:45
    Banquet (included with Saturday or Full Conference)
12:50 - 1:30 
   Dessert - Keynote Speaker - Bob Mayer                                                                                  
"I Will Make It Work"
Being an author requires a unique mindset; what other people label madness. I'm still standing after three decades and still quite mad and will share some techniques on how to sustain a writing career.

 

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Concurrent agent/editor appointments and marketing consults during this time.
 
Editing: Soup to Nuts
Tabitha Jorgensen

For many authors, the editing process is a daunting one. But a well edited manuscript can mean the difference between a book that’s ready for the world and a document that sits in a drawer collecting dust. Let’s talk about the different parts of the editing process, and how to successfully find and work with an editor. We’ll then spend some time discussing the goals of a developmental edit, and share techniques that will help make the editing process efficient, effective, and satisfying.



Enter The Hobbit: Writing Realistic Fight Scenes
Richard White

This presentation is designed to help writers design realistic fight scenes for inclusion in their stories. While there's no substitute for the real thing, writers do not have to have multiple black belts to be able to make their audiences believe they know what they're talking about. As with anything, a little experience, a knowledge of where to do your research, and a whole lot of imagination can take an author a long way. This workshop will provide authors of multiple genres ideas and resources to help add that little touch of reality into their fiction.


What is a Media Kit?
Why do I Need One?

Matt Betts

You want to create a buzz about your books, but the morning TV shows aren’t calling? Your publicity plan may be missing a crucial element. Explore the components of a media or press kit, find out how to put one together, and find out how to use it effectively.



Writing Inside a Franchise
Ben Sobieck

In the era of digital publishing, collaboration is key. Writers can piggyback off of each other to provide the kind of synergy that once was reserved only for publishers and the well-connected. Franchising a series is a practical way to leverage self-publishing success so that one plus one equals three. Here’s how to do it.


 

2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

 

Concurrent agent/editor appointments and marketing consults during this time.
 
Balancing the Busy:
A Crash Course on Time management

Tabitha Jorgensen

As Indies, we’re responsible for all aspects of our project, from the first word on the page to a marketing and sales plan, and everything in between. Some of us are balancing family life and a day job as well! How do we stay productive, healthy, and inspired amidst all the business? How can we maximize our time and make sure we’re attending to our priorities first? Let’s talk about time management in a guilt-free, supportive environment!.


World Building 101
Richard White

This presentation is designed to help writers design and create realistic worlds and help them avoid common mistakes. Working from the premise of outside in, the participants in this presentation will help create a small island continent step by step.  Along the way, we'll show how your initial drawings will shape terrain, governments, militaries, and the economy of your world. Presented by the author of Terra Incognito - A Guide to Building the Worlds of Your Imagination, World Building 101 should help fantasy, science fiction, alt-history, and even historical fiction authors create worlds people will believe could (or could have) existed.


The Art of Distraction:
Using Red Herrings to Create Suspense
Jane Cleland

A red herring is a “false clue,” used by writers the way magicians use sleight of hand—the goal is to distract readers from what’s really going on. When done well, red herrings add complexity to plots and intrigue to stories. Red herrings fall into three broad categories: Human Nature (including the halo and devil effects); Details (including the ones readers miss); and Expertise (including trusting those characters with specialized knowledge). You’ll learn how to weave red herrings into your narratives, allowing you to increase suspense as you create engaging and ingenious puzzles.


Using WATTPAD to Build a Writing Career
Ben Sobieck

Reading is no longer an insulating experience. Social reading apps, such as Wattpad, are changing the way readers consume content. They’re also expanding opportunities for writers. This presentation will review how social reading works and the ways it can accelerate your writing career.
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.16  

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 4, 2018


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


REGISTRATION Opens Dec 1





 
 2018 Write Stuff Presenters


    Keynote Speaker Bob Mayer
     Bob Mayer & Cool Gus

Born in the Bronx, Bob Mayer attended West Point and earned a BA in Psychology with Honors. He went on to serve as an Infantry platoon leader, scout platoon leader and a brigade recon platoon leader in the 1st Cavalry Division. He joined Special Forces and commanded a Green Beret A-Team. He taught at the Special Forces Qualification Course of the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg. `Bob has a Black Belt in Martial Arts and a Masters Degree in Education. 

He has close to 60 books published and has hit all the bestseller lists including the NY Times, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and USA Today. He has had three different titles hit #1 on Kindle’s Science Fiction list. He hit #2 nationally on Barnes & Noble.com with The Jefferson Allegiance. His unique background gives the reader a sense of authenticity. 

Mayer is a master at blending elements of truth and fact into all of his books, leaving the reader questioning what is real and what isn't. His writing is often described as ‘factual fiction’ as much of what he writes stems from history and reality. 

He is the CEO of Cool Gus, an agile publishing company that went from zero to seven figures in eighteen months. It is a company that focuses on serving a handful of authors on the cutting edge of the digital revolution. He also writes for 47North, Amazon’s science fiction imprint as part of being a ‘hybrid’ author, a term he invented in June 2011 and now is part of the lexicon.   For more information see http://bobmayer.org and http://coolgus.comde.




Matt Betts was born and raised in Lima, Ohio and went to college in Toledo. He currently lives in Columbus with his wife Mackenzie, and their two wonderful boys. Growing up, Matt consumed vast amounts of pop culture. He read comics, watched cartoons, listened to various popular music, regularly viewed the old monster movies on weekend television and read everything he could find.

Matt went to college to study communications, specializing in broadcasting. He signed on with the campus radio station as a news anchor and reporter not long after he arrived at college – before he took his first communications class, in fact. After graduation, he worked for a number of radio stations as a DJ, a reporter and anchor. More than any other format, Matt worked at Oldies stations, which fed his love of Elvis, the Beatles and other great early rock icons.

Further feeding his love affair with pop culture, Matt also worked as a waiter in a Toledo comedy club while attending college. This allowed him to see how famous comics built and fine-tuned their acts. For comedians, like authors, the ending of a story is just as important as the beginning and vice versa. If a comic couldn’t sell the setup, the audience most likely wouldn’t stay with them for punch line. Over the course of a week, it was possible to see a comedian transform a decent joke into a better one through slightly different wording or different delivery.

Matt’s work appears in Arkham Tales, Ethereal Tales, the Triangulation: Taking Flight anthology, Bizarro Fiction! The Journal of Experimental Fiction 37, A Thousand Faces and Cinema Spec: Tales of Hollywood and Fantasy.

Matt’s poetry has been published in numerous venues, and his poem “Godzilla’s Better Half” was nominated for a Rhysling Award, the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s highest honor. His poetry has appeared in Star*Line, Escape Clause, The Book of Tentacles, Illumen, the 2010 Rhysling Anthology, Kaleidotrope and others. One of his pieces was also mentioned in a New York Times article on zombie poetry.

His two poetry collections are See No Evil, Say No Evil and Underwater Fistfight. Matt’s novels include Odd Men Out, Indelible Ink, The Boogeyman’s Intern and The Shadow Beneath the Waves.




Jane Cleland writes the multiple award-winning and IMBA bestselling Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery series, including eleven novels published by St. Martin’s Minotaur, and two short stories and a novella published by Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. The twelfth novel in the series, Antique Blues, will be out in April 2018. 

Jane also writes about the craft of writing, including articles for Writer’s Digest Magazine and the bestselling and Agatha Award-nominated how-to book, Mastering Suspense, Structure & Plot, published by Writer’s Digest Books.  Her next how-to book, also for Writer’s Digest Books, is called Mastering Plot Twists. Other nonfiction titles include Business Writing for Results (McGraw Hill) and Putting First What Matters Most, (NAL/Penguin Putnam). In addition, she has scripted and presented two training videos on business communication topics.

 Jane is the host of the Writer’s Room, a series of interviews with today’s bestselling crime fiction authors that appear on cable television and online, and she speaks frequently at writing conferences, association meetings, and universities.

Jane has both an MFA (in professional and creative writing) and an MBA (in marketing and management). She is a member of the fulltime faculty at Lehman College, part of the City University of New York, where she is also the director of the Program for Professional Communications. She also mentors MFA students in Western Connecticut State University’s MFA in Creative & Professional Writing program.




Tabitha Jorgensen

I currently live in Rhode Island, a few towns away from where I grew up. In addition to my husband and four kids, I also have two spoiled cats and a lovable black lab. My degree is in Classics from College of the Holy Cross. Before becoming a full-time author, I was the middle school Latin teacher and Admissions Director at the Meadowbrook Waldorf School where I now serve on the Board of Trustees. I'm a true New Englander, therefore an avid Red Sox fan, and I very much appreciate the versatile word “wicked.” 

My first book, HORIZON, was released in December 2015. It was awarded the Writer's Digest Grand Prize for Self-Published Fiction in 2016, and has also been named a Finalist in the Next Generation Indie Awards and the National Indie Excellence Awards. The sequel, INFINITY, was released in June 2017. My short fiction appears in anthologies published by World Weaver Press, Kristel Ink, and Sci Fi Saturday Night. I am also a senior writer for www.BookClubBabble.com, where I host guest authors, post interviews, and review fiction and non-fiction books.

You can visit me online at www.tabithalordauthor.com and find links to my social media there.




A native of Wisconsin and Connecticut, D.T. Krippene deserted aspirations of being a biologist to live the corporate dream and raise a family. After six homes, a ten-year stint in Singapore and Taiwan, and an imagination that never slept, his muse refused to be hobbled as a mere dream. Social media chair for GLVWG, contributor to the 2016 Anthology, Write Here – Write Now, he was recently a featured author with the Bethlehem Writer's Roundtable with his dystopian short story, Snow Belt Sanctuary.

His current project is about a futuristic Earth Matriarchy, and a gene-altered young woman exiled to an orbiting guild of men to face judgment from the benevolent alien race that saved humanity from extinction.

You can find D.T. on his website and his social media links, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.



Benjamin Sobieck is a thriller writer with several non-fiction and fiction works to his name. He is the author of “The Writer’s Guide to Weapons” (Writers Digest Books) and maintains a blog about weapons in fiction at CrimeFictionBook.com. He is also the editor of “The Writer’s Guide to Wattpad,” forthcoming from Writer’s Digest Books. On the fiction side, he is a Wattpad Star, with more than 1 million reads on Wattpad on titles such as “When the Black-Eyed Children Knock.” In 2016, he won the world’s largest online fiction contest, the Wattys, for “Black Eye: Confessions of a Fake Psychic Detective #2.” He’s also collaborated with TV and movie studios through Wattpad, and is the creator of The Writer’s GloveĀ® (thewritersglove.com).



Richard C. White is a science fiction/fantasy author, but he has also been known to do dark fantasy, new pulp, historical adventure, fantasy noir, and non-fiction. His latest release was a dark fantasy short story collection, For a Few Gold Pieces More.

Other recent releases were Terra Incognito, a collection of articles on world building, and “Crossed Swords in the Moonlight,” a short story that appeared in All for One: Tales of the Musketeers.  He is also the author of The Dark Leopard: Mouse Trap, Full Moon Affair, and "Notes in the Fog" in the Charles Boeckman Presents: Johnny Nickle duology.

As a media tie-in writer, he’s written for Star Trek, Doctor Who, and The Incredible Hulk. His novel, Gauntlet Dark Legacy: Paths of Evil, was the best-selling tie-in for his publisher that year. His latest tie-in work was No Rest for the Wicked, a Battletech short story for Catalyst.

Richard is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers. Additionally, Richard serves on the SFWA Writer Beware committee.

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