Sunday, June 19, 2011

So You Want to be an Author with Steve Semken at the 2011 David R. Collins Writers' Conference

Steve Semken hopes to pass his knowledge of writing and publishing onto his students at the 2011 David R. Collins Writers' Conference through his course, "So You Want to be an Author?" This three-day course will be taught from 1:30-3:30 in the afternoon June 23rd through 25th at New Hall on the St. Ambrose Campus. Students are encouraged to bring their writing ideas to class as Semken walks them through writing styles and techniques, editing practices, writing queries, making submissions, finding readers, picking a publisher, book tours, publicity, and marketing ideas. Perfect for the amateur or more experienced writer, this class will take you from conception to publication in three days.

Steve Semken started Ice Cube Books, a traditional press in North Liberty Iowa, in 1993. Dedicated to publishing books that emphasize the importance of place -- especially midwestern places -- the independent press plans to publish roughly ten books in 2011. On his blog, Semken highlights the importance of actually doing that thing you said you were going to do so long ago. This philosophy of perseverance has led to his becoming a publisher, author, editor, entrepreneur, speaker, and small businessman. His press has been praised by a number of newspapers, including Radish Magazine and The Iowa Source.  

Space is limited, so sign up today by visiting the Midwest Writing Center website.

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