Thursday, June 2, 2011

Don't Miss David R. Collins Writers' Conference Early Bird Pricing!

<---------Scene from the 2010 Conference This year's David R. Collins Writers' Conference will be upon us before we know it. The 2011 conference has some favorites and some new features. Like in past years, attendees will be able to network with aspiring, published and award-winning authors; learn about a wide variety of topics appropriate for beginning through experienced writers and enjoy great lunches and everything else the Quad Cities area has to offer. New to this year's conference is the Thursday through Saturday schedule from June 23rd through 25th, including four Saturday-only workshops on June 25th. Manuscript Critiquing is back this year along with pitch sessions to two publishers (one traditional, one electronic). Critiquing sessions are $35 for a 30 minute session or you can elect to receive a written critique in lieu of the oral session for the same price. To participate, register for the conference and submit ten pages of your manuscript by Monday, June 12th. Your session will be scheduled at a time that works for you and the faculty member after the conference starts. Pitch sessions are ten minutes long and cost $25; times will also be scheduled after the conference begins. Three-day workshop topics include various facets of novel writing, poetry, publishing and creative non-fiction writing. Saturday only workshops address play writing, young adult writing, blogging and e-publishing. Conference attendees and the general public are invited to two free events in the evenings; a panel discussion on publishing Thursday, June 23rd and a faculty reading on Friday, June 24th. On Friday, attendees and the public are also invited to attend the conference luncheon for $15 featuring keynote speaker, Kimberly Ostrom, author of historical and contemporary romances. Faculty members include former literary agents, current publishers and published authors, some award winning. The three-day and Saturday only workshops will be at New Hall at St. Ambrose University in Davenport and evening events will be at the Midwest Writing Center at the Bucktown Center for the Arts in downtown Davenport. Save up to $25 by registering by June 16th with special early bird pricing! Go to the Midwest Writing Center's website for more information or to sign up today.

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