Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Hurry to Get Early Bird Pricing for Pen In Hand Mini Conference

The Fall edition of Pen In Hand is scheduled for Saturday, October 8, 2011 at Midwest Writing Center. Early Bird Pricing ends on October 1st.

This Pen In Hand features several workshops addressing the business of writing. Ann Capion, accountant for the arts, will teach a workshop to help writers deal with the complicated world of taxes and write-offs from 8:30 to 10:15 a.m. From 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Dr. Ellen Tsagaris will discuss the Fair Use Doctrine and the world of intellectual property including patents, trademarks and copyrights as they apply to writers and artists in plain English. After "lunch on your own", Twila Belk will teach participants how to get the word out about their books at the workshop entitled, "Creating Buzz for You and Your Book!" from 1:15 to 3:00 p.m. Jodie Toohey will help attendees get started in creative writing basics at her workshop from 3:15 to 5:00 p.m.

In addition to those workshops focusing on getting started in and running a business of creative writing, two special workshops will be offered to younger students. From 1:15 to 3 p.m., Ryan Collins will be hosting a free workshop for students ages ten to fourteen on sonnets. Students will learn about classic and contemporary sonnets as well as try their hands at their own responses and interpretations. For a special price of $10, high school students are invited to attend a workshop with a member of the Augustana College Faculty to learn how to improve their written essays for college admissions applications.

Prior to October 1st, all workshops other than the free sonnet workshop for middle school students and ten dollar college essay writing workshops, cost to attend is $20 each workshop or $60 for all four. After October 1st, the price increases to $25 each workshop or $75 for all four. All workshops will be held at Midwest Writing Center on the third floor of Bucktown Center for the Arts at 225 E. 2nd Street in downtown Davenport. Visit the Pen In Hand page to register or call us at 563/324-1410.

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