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LV Romance Writers conference

The Las Vegas Romance Writers announce their annual Conference-in-a-Day program.

Saturday, February 18
9am-4pm
Findlay Chevrolet Community Room
6800 S. Torrey Pines
LV, NV 89118

This year, the Las Vegas Romance Writer’s Conference in a Day will cover all aspects of your novel, from inspiration to publication!
We’ll cover such things as finding your inspiration, research, coming up with a killer opening, fixing the saggy middle, creating a memorable “black moment” and publishing options for your masterpiece once it’s finished.
This event is open to the public, so save the date and plan to be there! Everyone is welcome
The cost is $25 for LVRW members, and $30 for non-members. It’s an all day workshop and will include lunch as well as snacks, coffee and tea throughout the day.
For tickets: LVRW

Spooky Story Night

Don’t forget the 3rd Annual Spooky Story Night, Friday, October 28, 6:30pm. There will be food and fun. Costumes are optional, but encouraged. Plus, it’s the Spooky Story Flash Fiction contest with prizes!

Flash Fiction Rules
Contestants must attend Spooky Story Night event in order to be entered.

Entries cannot exceed 500 words.

Only one entry per person.

All entries must be e-mailed to info@HendersonWritersGroup.com, with SPOOKY STORY NIGHT as the subject heading, no later than Wednesday, October 26.

Entries limited to first 20 stories submitted. (first come, first serve)

But wait…there’s more. (Didn’t think we’d make it that easy, did you?) To be considered, each piece MUST contain the following ten words somewhere in the story.

Let’s see how creative you can be.

Autumn
Bat
Potion
Trick
Orange
Mist
Ghoulish
Nightmare
Disguise
Henderson Writers’ Group

Spooky Story Night attendees will vote on their favorite story. Winner’s (top 3 places) will receive a prize.

Tickets are $10 and Guests are Welcome and Encouraged!

Support your local lit magazine & Indie bookstore

VIVA VEGAS LIT: Saturday, October 22, 2016, 6:30pm – 8:00pm at The Writer’s Block

CO-HOSTED BY THE LITERARY REVIEW & HELEN: A LITERARY MAGAZINE

Join Heather Lang with The Literary Review and Jocelyn Paige Kelly with Helen: A Literary Magazine for a celebration of both publications’ Las Vegas contributors.

Featuring TLR contributors: Claudia Keelan, Donald Revell, Jocelyn Paige Kelly, and Angela M. Brommel; and Helen contributors: Jennifer Battisti, Arika Elizenberry, Caroline Horwitz, Michael Kroesche, Ingrid Taylor, and Sarah Vernetti.

The Literary Review is an international print journal of contemporary writing that has been published quarterly since 1957 by Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Helen: A Literary Magazine is a Vegas-based literary and arts magazine published biannually in innovative print and digital media.

Writers’ conference

The Central Coast Writing Conference will be held in San Luisbispo, CA, September 29 – October 1. The Central Coast Writer’s Conference is the one place where your writing profession is not solitary.  It is here you meet like-minded people that are willing and able to help you succeed.  It is the place to discover your writer’s joy and to get the tools that you can’t find anywhere else.  A key feature is the private critique sessions, available for an additional $30. A writer’s conference is a miracle of inspiration. You owe it to yourself to invest $225 in your writing future. Sign up today!

Learn more or to register: Cuesta College

Patricia Smith to speak

Nationally-renowned poet and author PATRICIA SMITH reads in Las Vegas Saturday, August 27, 2016, at two different venues.

First, Ms. Smith will lead a writers’ workshop at 2:00 p.m. at the Clark County Library, 1401 Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas. That same evening, Ms. Smith will read from her work at 7:00 p.m. at the Nevada State College Auditorium, 1081 Paradise Hills, Henderson, 89002. Both are open and free to the public.

Patricia Smith is a four-time National Poetry Slam Champion, the most successful ever. She has been featured in the film Slamnation and on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam. She also made the transition to become an academic award-winning poet. Her book awards include a National Poetry Series selection, an Academy of American Poets Lenore Marshall Prize, a Library of Congress Bobbitt National Prize, and selection as a National Book Award finalist. In addition, she won a Guggenheim Fellowship and other awards. Her non-fiction book Africans in America was published by Harcourt Brace as a companion book to the PBS television series.

For further information you may contact:

Bruce Isaacson, CC Poet Laureate 702-205-7100 or bruce.isaacson@cox.net,

Angela Brommel, Director, Arts & Culture, NSC) Angela.Brommel@nsc.edu,

Patrick Gaffey at Clark County Parks and Rec, gaffeypj@clarkcountynv.gov

Lee Mallory (CC Poet Laureate Representative) at leewmallory3@gmail.com

 

Film Festival, Conference, and Panel Discussion

The Nevada Film Office announces a panel discussion about the latest trends in Film, TV, Web Series and Animation, and a chance to pitch your project!

MICHAEL WIESE PRODUCTIONS (Filmmaking Books) and
NEVADA WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL
PROUDLY PRESENT
THE FUTURE OF STORY — LAS VEGAS
MONDAY, AUGUST 1, 2016, 8:00 PM TO 9:30 PM
LOCATION: Green Valley Resort, Estancia Ballroom F & G
REGISTRATION FEE: Free to Registered UFVA 2016 Conference attendees & volunteers
Public: $30
http://m.bpt.me/event/2555036

8:00 PM TO 8:15 PM — Introduction
8:15 PM TO 8:45 PM — Panel discussion about the latest updates in Film, TV, Web Series, and Animation
8:45 PM TO 9:30 PM — Your opportunity to pitch. All participants can pitch their projects to team members for instant feedback. The group will be randomly broken into four separate mini groups, each one composed of panelists from all genres, to ensure everyone who wants to participate has an opportunity to do so.

PARTICIPANTS:
KEN LEE, Vice President of Michael Wiese Productions, the number-one publisher of books for indie filmmakers in the world
KATHIE FONG YONEDA, Author of The Script-Selling Game, 2nd edition
CAROLE KIRSCHNER, Author of Hollywood Game Plan
JOHN BUCHER and JEREMY CASPER, Authors of Masters of the Cinematic Universe
STEVE KAPLAN, Author of The Hidden Tools of Comedy
WILL AKERS, Author of Your Screenplay Sucks!
RONA EDWARDS and MONIKA SKERBELIS, Authors of The Complete Film-maker’s Guide to Film Festivals
JENNIFER DORNBUSH, Author of Forensic Speak
SIMONE BARGTESAGHI, Author of The Director’s Six Senses
ELLEN BESEN, Author of Animation Unleashed
ADAM COPLAN, Author of Being Professional: A Master’s Guide to the Do’s and Don’ts of Screenwriting
DEB PATZ, Author of Film Production Management 101
ROSS BROWN, Author of Create Your Own TV Series for the Internet
TROY DEVOLLD, Author of Reality TV
JENNIFER VAN SIJLL, Author of Cinematic Storytelling

BONUS ITEMS:
MWP BOOKS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR 40% OFF TO ALL PARTICIPANTS.
LIMITED NUMBER OF SPECIAL PRIZES TO PARTICIPANTS:

1. An evaluation of your short film script (20 pages max) and a detailed two-page analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the narrative. In addition, a detailed list of suggestions for improvements that will strengthen the story and its connection with your potential audience.
This service is valued at $500.
Provided by: JOHN BUCHER and JEREMY CASPER, Authors of Masters of the Cinematic Universe: The Secret Code to Writing in the New World of Media

2. A focused 45-minute coaching session for film and TV professionals will help you determine where you are in your career, where you want to go and the right game plan to get you there.
Value: $300
Provided by: CAROLE KIRSCHNER, Author of Hollywood Game Plan

3. A mini-critique reading of both the first 15 pages of your script and a two-page synopsis of your the script. Includes a 30-minute phone meeting to discuss the evaluation.
Value: $400
Provided by: KATHIE FONG YONEDA, Author of The Script-Selling Game, 2nd edition

4. A one-hour Skype consultation on a short script or the first act of a full-length script.
Value: $485
Provided by: STEVE KAPLAN, Author of The Hidden Tools of Comedy

5. A 45-minute critique via Skype on a script for a feature or short film.
Value: $300
Provided by: ELLEN BESEN, Author of Animation Unleashed

6. A free Maneuvering Film Festivals four-week online class from ESE Film Workshops Online, with mentoring by Rona Edwards and Monika Skerbelis throughout the duration of the class.
Value: $300
Provided by: RONA EDWARDS and MONIKA SKERBELIS, Authors of The Complete Filmmaker’s Guide to Film Festivals

7. A one-hour Skype consult on preparing your reality TV concept for market.
Value: $250
Provided by: TROY DEVOLLD, Author of Reality TV: An Insider’s Guide to TV’s Hottest Market. Let reality TV producer Troy DeVolld give you advice on how to ready your reality television concept for market with a one-hour Skype consult and a signed copy of his book on reality’s storytelling process. Troy has worked on dozens of shows like Dancing with the Stars and Basketball Wives. He will show you what it takes to make it in “unscripted” TV.

8. Three copies of Final Draft software.

Attn: YA authors

Leviosa is a 4-day non-profit Harry Potter, Young Adult Lit & Writing conference at Green Valley Ranch in Henderson, NV, July 7 – 10. They thought some of you might be interested in the Writing Track, and the literary agent
one-on-one pitching sessions available for an additional fee of $25 beyond day pass/registration costs (prices $60-$450: vary from one day pass to VIP level).

They also have over a dozen YA Lit authors coming for lectures & signings.

Registration deadline has been extended: http://leviosa.org/register/

Kauai Conference

The 2016 Kauai Writers Conference event will take place this coming November, just when the weather starts to turn, and will feature a great line-up of presenters including bestselling authors
(partial list):

Christina Baker Kline (The Orphan Train)
Luis Urrea (Pulitzer finalist)
Jonathan Maberry (Bram Stoker awardee five times)
Larry Barber (scriptwriter for the X-Files, Francis Ford Coppola)
Priya Parmar (Vanessa and Her Sister)
Nicholas Delbanco (former National Book Award Committee chair),
Literary agents Andy Ross, Stephanie Cabot (Gernert Company), Jeff
Kleinman (Folio Literary Agency), Susan Golumb (Writers House), Laurie
Fox (Linda Chester Agency), and Amazon expert Terry Persun.

These faculty members have all been chosen for both their accomplishments as writers and their exceptional ability to help other writers improve their craft. Because we keep the conference small (150 attendees) and the master classes intimate (15 attendees each),
there’s plenty of opportunity to network with authors, agents, and peers. The master classes are filling up fast (particularly fiction) so if you’re interested, reserve your spot soon.

The event will take place in a very nice and quite affordable hotel on a beautiful beach. For the four days preceding the conference, there will be intensive workshops by masters of four genres: fiction, memoir, screenwriting, and thriller. The location of these workshops
is perhaps even more beautiful than that of the conference itself, a lovely secluded and elegant facility in a private botanical garden.

For more information, see www.kauaiwritersconference.com or call our organizer, Dave Rosenberg, at 808-639-4517. Just remember that Hawaii is six hours behind the East Coast so you don’t call at 3 a.m. Or, you can email me at davidkatzwriter@gmail.com.

Hope to see you in November!

David Katz
Conference Organizing Team

Following The Still Small Voice Within

Austin Gary will be the speaker at our February 22 meeting at Community Lutheran Church. Gary’s new novel, A Delicate Dance, was published in December 2015 and received a 5-Star Clarion Review from Foreword Reviews, and was a finalist in the (novel-in-progress) for the 2014 Faulkner Wisdom competition, his fourth novel to receive this distinction. He’s also a two-time finalist for the IndieFab Award. His novels, Miss Madeira and Genius have both been adapted into plays.

Austin