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Kelly Boyer Sagert – Ohio Writer’s Conference -Saturday

I am a huge believer in writer’s conferences, as a way for writers to network, share knowledge and encouragement, recharge their creative batteries and learn more about their craft. Oh, and to have some fun, too! So, I’m really getting excited about the Ohio Writer’s Conference at TrueNorth to be held at French Creek Reservation on Saturday, October 8th from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a bonus program from 7 to 9 p.m. This conference is for aspiring writers as well as active writers and will be a welcoming haven for all.

Conferences can provide a significant boost to a writer’s development and success, whether you’re just beginning or whether you’re simply in a rut. Here’s how I know. In the early 1990s, when I was very lightly published, I really needed to kick-start my writing. So, I decided to attend the Midwest Writer’s Conference .

The editor of a magazine called Ohio Writer would be at this conference and I desperately wanted to write author interviews for the publication. So, I put together my measly writing resume and practiced what I would say to her. I thought my presentation was pretty polished and I was hoping to dazzle her with my professionalism. Maybe the presentation was okay . . . and maybe it wasn’t . . . but when I actually got to speak to her, I just started blubbering that

I really, really, REALLY wanted to write for her and so, please, please, PLEASE, couldn’t I? Couldn’t I?? Couldn’t I??? PLEASE?????

At this point, she put a hand on my shoulder and told me to stop talking. So, I did. She then told me to take a couple of deep breaths. So, I did. She then informed me that, a minute or two ago, she’d already told me “yes” but, unfortunately, I was babbling too much to listen. (How embarrassing.) She then told me to say the following,

“What do you want me to write, when do you need it and how much will you pay me?”

So, I did – and that led to my first regular writing gig. It also allowed me to meet many other writers in Ohio, some quite successful, who helped me along to the next step in my own publishing path.

At the Ohio Writer’s Conference at TrueNorth, you’ll meet plenty of helpful, encouraging professionals who are ready and willing to support you.

Presenters include:

Ray McNiece: as a two-time captain of National Poetry Slam Championship teams, Ray will share techniques for bringing your poetry to life.

Sarah Willis: the winner of a New York Times Notable Book of the Year award and a Pushcart Prize nominee, Sarah will offer up fiction writing tips that really work.

Kelly Boyer Sagert: I’ve been published thousands of times by now, including 11 books and two full-length commissioned plays (all kick-started at a writing conference, remember!) and I’ll share dozens of ways to publish your nonfiction – and talk about how published nonfiction credits can help you to accomplish other writing dreams.

Gary Gerrone: discover how to incorporate nature into your poetry, fiction and nonfiction, thanks to Gary’s presentation; he is an author, playwright and nature writer himself.

Kim Ceja: from playwriting to songwriting, and from acting to singing, you’ll learn plenty from Kim!

Call 440-949-5200 (TrueNorth) or 440-670-6624 (KBS)

October 4, 2011 at 11:35 am 2 comments



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