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Writers' conference set for April in Pottsville

Published March 08. 2012 05:01PM

The Black Diamond Writers' Network will host its third annual Write it Right writers' conference from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 21 at the Schuylkill County Chamber of Commerce Building, 91 S. Progress Ave., Pottsville.

Keynote speaker Ann Boyle, author and former literary agent, will speak about Flourishing in a Changing Literary Landscape. She will join other professional writers and authors to share their expertise with those interested in learning more about the craft and business of writing.

Speakers include:

• Award-winning romance author Autumn Jordon will discuss ways to combine suspense and romance elements in Writing the Romantic Suspense Novel. She will share ways to emotionally connect readers and characters in Breathing Life into Your Novel with Emotion.

• Faith Reese Martin will discuss how to develop a story plot and will offer tips on Writing Historical Fiction for Children.

• Patricia C. Gallagher will discuss how to share your life story when in Writing from Real Life. She will also share creative, low-cost ways to promote writing in her Offbeat Marketing for Your Writing presentation.

• Terry Webb will present tips for those who wish to write fiction for middleschool-age children, in her workshop, Action, Angst & Accuracy.

• For those seeking publication and who need an agent, Boyle will share the nuts and bolts of the author-agent relationship in her workshop, The Agent-Writer Relationship: Where Do We Go From Here?

• Using the Internet represents a popular way for writers to get published. Phil Giunta will discuss Digital Publishing, how authors can independently publish their writing in eBook formats and through using podcasting audio books like Podiobooks. Giunta will also introduce attendees to Writing Paranormal Mystery.

• For those interested in writing for specialty magazines or trade publications, Sara Hodon will talk about ways to discover and become a regular contributor in Breaking into Niche Publications.

Registration, which includes lunch and an author book fair, remains open through March 31. There is a fee and seating is limited.

For more information about call Kathy Ruff at (570) 645-3059 or visit the Tamaqua Public Library website at or BDWN's blog at

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