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Marketing workshop in Henderson

The Henderson Libraries are offering a Marketing & Publishing program in the Conference Room of  the Paseo Verde branch on May 20., from 2:00PM – 4:00PM.

Titled Advice & Insight for Writing & Publishing Success From Start to Finish, it will feature authors Roger DeBlanck and Jonathan Sturak as they share inspirational strategies and techniques to guide you through the writing process and the preparation of your manuscript.

They will also share their experiences about what to consider when choosing a publishing option for your book and what approaches have worked best to gain an audience and reach success as a writer.

Hit their website to register: Advice and Insight

Mentors Needed

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is searching for Mentors for their annual program.

The application time period is open until June 15. NV SCBWI is an all volunteer organization of writers and illustrators helping each other to create an arts community for children’s literature.

Ellen Hopkins and Suzanne Morgan Williams founded the program and we have kept it going.

They have hired 9 authors and one children’s book art director from Chronicle Books to become mentors for a six month time period where they will have writers revised their manuscripts in hopes of having it be ready for literary agent representation.

Each mentor will take up to 3 mentees.

All of the information is on their website: SCBWI

The mentors are paid but not their usual rate since they are doing this to help other writers. NV SCBWI tries best to break even, although in the past they’ve lost money and have events all year long to try to make up the difference.

Here is a list of the authors participating thus far: SCBWI Mentors

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.

LV Romance Writers conference

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

Saturday, February 18
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

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

Nationally hailed Beat Poet Michael McClure

The Poetry and Thought of Michael McClure

As part of the Poets of National Stature reading series organized by Clark County Poet Laureate Bruce Isaacson the following is offered with famed poet, playwright and songwriter, Michael McClure:

When: Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 7:00 PM
Where:Winchester Cultural Center,
3130 S. McLeod Drive, Las Vegas, NV
What: Michael McClure will read from his poetry

When: Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 2 p.m.
Where: Clark County Library,
1401 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV
What: McClure will present a poetry workshop

Michael McClure was a founding member of the Beat Generation and the San Francisco Poetry Renaissance, having given his first reading at the famed Six Gallery in 1955, along with Allen Ginsberg, who gave his first reading of his famous poem, “Howl,” and four other poets. On that occasion, McClure read his “For the Death of 100 Whales,” signaling his pioneering concern for and interest in the marine animals.

In the 1960s, McClure’s play The Beard became a huge cause when it was repeatedly censored in San Francisco and Los Angeles, then moved to New York, where McClure won an Obie Award. Noted playwright Sam Shepard cited that play as an important precursor to his work, which radically transformed the theater in the 1970s and 1980s.

In the early 1970s, McClure’s writing began to popularize the movement to Save the Whales, and his poems and activism have been important to ecology movements ever since. A noted American Buddhist, McClure has written some of the most beautiful and profound poems in that genre. His relation with elders who inspired the San Francisco poetry renaissance, such as Robert Duncan and Charles Olson, has made him a key progenitor of modern writing.

McClure’s research into evolutionary biology, biophysics, neurology and other sciences has done as much as any living writer to draw the link between art and science in profound ways, which are of interest to both artists and scientists. McClure’s work has been cited by a variety of leading scientific thinkers, such as Francis Crick, who received a Nobel Prize for his discovery of DNA.

McClure has also been prominent in the world of rock music. He authored the lyrics to the song “Mercedes Benz,” popularized in the classic performance by Janis Joplin. He worked closely with members of The Doors, including encouraging Jim Morrison to publish his poems and performing extensively with Ray Manzarek, the band’s keyboardist. McClure has also worked with other notable musicians, including jazz bassist Christian McBride and new music composer Terry Riley.

McClure’s books have been produced by the most important publishers of the era including: “Huge Dreams: San Francisco and Beat Poems” (Penguin), “Scratching the Beat Surface” (Penguin), “The Beard” (Grove Press & Evergreen), “Mysteriosos” (New Directions), “Rain Mirror” (New Directions), “Touching the Edge” (Shambhala), “Rebel Lions” (New Directions), “Of Indigo & Saffron” (U.C. Press), and “Ghost Tantras” (City Lights).

Janelle Evans to speak

Janelle Evans will be the next 5th Wednesday speaker; Skinny Dugan’s, March 30.

London2015_bookTourJanelle M. Evans graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in English and creative writing. She has since published multiple erotic thrillers under pen name, and one young adult novel, HeartShadows, with its sequel, HeartStuck, to be published shortly. In addition to writing novels, Miss Evans is an award-winning screenplay writer, and short story author. She is currently a teaching graduate assistant at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) while pursuing her Master of Fine Arts degree.

She will be discussing the hidden market of commissioned writing: the various fields in which one can write, how to tap into those markets, and how to fit this side business into your current creative schedule.

Big Sur Writing Workshops

Here’s some interesting news.



Another *amazing* Big Sur Writing Workshops (for children to young adults) in the books! Click for photos! March ’14 registration is open!

Phew – yet another *amazing* Big Sur Writing Workshops (for children to young adults) in the books! Thanks to all! Check out Andrea Brown Literary Agency, Inc. agent Laura Rennert’sreport:

Just back from our agency’s Big Sur Writing Workshop — one of my favorite weekends of the whole year! Still buoyed by the passionate writers, fabulous faculty, and the magic that always happens in Big Sur.

Check amazing comments here and photos below.

Meanwhile, registration is open for our March 7-9, 2014 workshop in Seaside, CA (next to Monterey.)  It WILL sell out and it will sell out QUICKLY.  Click here and be part of the best children’s writing workshop in the multiverse!