You can’t beat the Redwood Writers in Sonoma County CA when it comes to putting on a good writers’ conference or workshops! If you’re an author or wannabe, our next conference on April 26, 2014 is for you. Please save the date. It’s an all-day affair beginning at 8 a.m., with 16 breakout sessions, two terrific keynote speakers, and ending at about 4:30 p.m. Since April is National Poetry Month, we will dedicate the 90 minute lunchtime to the
poets among us. We will launch our first-ever Poetry Anthology and announce the awards for our Conference Poetry Contest. Not only that, but we are incredibly honored to have as our featured midday speaker, Dana Gioia, noted poet, critic, and former head of the National Endowment for the Arts. His 1991 volume Can Poetry Matter? is credited with helping to revive the role of poetry in American public culture. We have four tracks:
Craft, Genre, Publishing, and Marketing. Some of our offerings include: A How-to on YouTube & Book Trailers; Role of Critique Groups; Crafting Dialog; How to Write a Great Book Proposal; Navigating the Alphabet Soup of Legalese for Writers; Building Your Non-fiction Book; Judging a Book by its Cover; E-books–Smashwords v. CreateSpace; The Art of Playwriting;
Setting the Scenes; The Truth About Romance, and others. The sessions are a full one hour long, not a
shrink’s 50 minute “hour.” It’s a day for listening, note-taking, digesting, questioning, and networking. We’ve all learned that our fellow writers provide exceptionally good information simply by sharing their experiences, good and bad. A new feature at our conference will be the session entitled “First Page.” I won’t explain anything more about it except to say that we all know how significant the first page is in our short story, novel, memoir, or other non-fiction piece. A panel of agents
will star in First Page! Please put April 26, 2014 on your calendar. It’s a Redwood Writers conference (our fourth) that you will not want to miss. Registration will open on November 10, and you’ll have until March 15 to take advantage of the Early Bird tuition and to submit your prose and/or poetry pieces to the two contests. High school and junior college students are welcome, of course! Stay tuned in for details at www.redwoodwriters.org.