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Published March 18. 2013 05:05PM

The deadline to register for the annual Black Diamond Writers' Network Write It Right writers' conference is March 31.

The conference itself will be held from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20 at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center, 125 Pine St., Tamaqua.

"The Write It Right conference is the perfect opportunity for both beginning and experienced writers to learn new skills to help them reach their personal or professional goals," says Kathy Ruff, BDWN board member. "We offer something for everyone, no matter what the genre."

Tracey L. Higley, author of nine novels, will give the keynote speech on Finding Your Voice in a Noisy World.

The conference also includes 11 workshops on writing-related topics such as Have Blog, Want Readers; The ABCs of Public Speaking; and Poem Fusion. Workshop, Writing For and About the YA Guy and Secrets of Dramatic Tension: Creating a Page Turner. The conference will close with an author book fair.

There is a registration fee. Pre-registration closes on March 31, but walk-ins will be accepted the day of the event for those with cash or a money order. No checks will be accepted.

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

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