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Conference Prep

If you’re attending the Las Vegas Writers’ Conference (you are, aren’t you?) you’ll want to attend the first three Monday evening meeting at Community Lutheran Church, 6:30pm. We’ll be refreshing everyone’s memory about Log Lines, Elevator Pitches, and Synopsis, and then helping members with those items. Then, we’ll have practice pitch sessions.

These meetings are extremely helpful in preparing for pitching to the agents and acquisition editors at the conference. Practice builds confidence. Practice helps you present your best effort. Practice helps you look and sound like the professional writer those agents and editors are searching for.

And, HWG members will be voting on Board positions on Monday, April 3.

AZ Writers conference

Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University at Tempe announces the upcoming Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference for Feb 16 – 18, 2017.

In addition to this year’s keynote speaker—ASU Regents Professor Simon Ortiz—faculty include Benjamin Percy, Sanderia Faye, Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Sally Ball, Adrienne Celt, Paolo Bacigalupi, Dominic Smith, Malinda Lo, Kate Bernheimer, Bill Konigsberg, Alissa Nutting, Goldie Goldbloom, Matthew Olzmann, and many more. Individuals who are interested in learning more about the conference can visit the registration page, rsvp to the facebook event, or download a flier, postcard, or press release



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!

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

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.

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


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

The dreaded query

Oh, that dreaded query! We all hate doing them. We fret, we sweat, we swear – well, I do. But, if we want representation, if we want to be traditionally published, pitching that query the right way improves our chances of avoiding the Slush Pile or, worse, the Round File.

Putting together a good query letter, with all the proper components, is the hardest writing any of us will ever do. But, there’s help; an App for that, as we say.

Head on over to Get Published Now for Agent Shark Tank, Molli Nichols’ wonderful new YouTube series. You can watch and learn. you can even get your own query package evaluated.

Here’s how it works: Use the submission form on the Agent Shark Tank Page, and submit your query, following her exact instructions. If your query is scheduled for on-camera evaluation, she’ll contact you for permission before placing it on the schedule.

With the upcoming LV Writer’s Conference, this is an excellent resource for preparing for those pitches with the agents and acquisition editors on this year’s faculty.

Hannah Smith talks about the 2014 LVWC

Heart and Soul

My name is Hannah Smith, New Adult High Fantasy author of “Heart and Soul of Srielrian”, first in it’s series. A little bit more about me is I’m a full time author and I have done a few local book signings and a book read. Been writing for seven years. In 2012 I graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh with an Associate’s Degree in graphic design.

When I first came to the conference I didn’t know quite what to expect apart from what the website said, to my surprise it blew me away. I met a lot of great people and made a few friends. The sessions that I took were great and I learned a lot from every single one of them. My favorite out of them all was about using a screenplay formula while writing, it was inspiring, informative and perceptive. This conference was so fun and inspiring to me I plan to come back again next year.

Book Name : Heart and Soul of Srielrian
Her life torn asunder, highborn shield-maiden Farina Anlryn fights to reclaim the Srielrian throne and find the elusive Heart and Soul of Srielrian before the Demon Sorcerer does…or all might be lost.


ACES 2014


ACES 2014

The American Copy Editors Society

18th National Conference, Planet Hollywood

by Leslie E. Hoffman

 Thank you, Gregory Kompes and the entire membership of Henderson Writers’ Group, for gifting me with a one-day pass to the ACES 2014 Conference, with honorable mention to Loraine Erickson who won the first draw. The adrenalin rush lingers.

The ACES conference is for copy editors, but since most authors function as their own editor when writing initial drafts, the following topics are pertinent to all HWG members. Also, when you do hire a copy editor, it’s wise to have an idea of what to expect for your hard-earned money.

Following are brief descriptions of the sessions I attended on Friday, March 21:

Jimmy’s World

Bill Connolly, retired from The New York Times, discussed how the greenest intern could have prevented one of journalism’s great disasters: the fabricated story that led to the revocation of a Pulitzer. (Janet Cooke, The Washington Post, September 28, 1980)

Competing With Integrity in a Buzzfeed World

Mignon Fogarty, Grammar Girl, and Craig Silverman, The Poynter Institute, discussed whether or not editors have a role in ensuring the accuracy of what appears online?

Why Style Guides Matter and How to Create Them

Shana McNally, Costco Wholesale. Holly Ashworth, Redbox, and David Brindley, National Geographic: “A style guide or style manual is a set of standards for the writing and design of documents, either for general use or for a specific publication, organization, or field. The implementation of a style guide provides uniformity in style and formatting within a document and across multiple documents.” (Journalists use The Associated Press Stylebook; novelists use The Chicago Manual of Style.)

Developing Your Eagle Eye

Eric Althoff, Amnet Systems, discussed “how to train your mind to spot pesky miner (like that one!) errors that might fly by on first pass. Learn to trust yourself when something just…doesn’t…look…right.”

Libel-Proofing for Copy Editors

Charles DeLafuente, Libel Consultant, discussed the most common traps writers fall into: lack of attribution, implication, and peripheral libel.

Along with the excellent learning opportunities, a major highlight of my day was [literally] running into The Baltimore Sun’s John McIntyre when turning around to exit Grammar Girl’s session. I am such a nerd.




Las Vegas Writers’ Conference

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The Henderson Writers’ Group


The 2014
Las Vegas Writer’s Conference

Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall
Las Vegas, Nevada


April 24 – 26, 2014

Keynote Speaker: Robyn Carr

After first being published in 1978, it took Robyn Carr 30 years to become an ‘overnight’ success. In the years between the publication of Chelynne, which was recently released in e-format, and the 2007 release of Virgin River, Robyn wrote a number of contemporary, historical and women’s fiction novels, including the RITA award winning By Right of Arms.