Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania Writers…

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Yes, writers in Cleveland, Akron, Canton, Dayton, Toledo, Cincinnati, Ann Arbor, Temperance, Lima, Westerville, Youngstown, Marietta, Athens, Bowling Green, Eastlake, Erie, Pittsburgh, and all points betwixt and between…this is for you!

What are you doing Saturday, March 31st?

Your spring cleaning can wait a week. Don’t even try to plant your flowers – you know we can still get freezing rain or several inches of snow well into April.

So there’s still time to indulge your creative side before you really have to even think about mowing the lawn or painting the porch, right?

I’ve got the perfect idea. Come to the Western Reserve Spring Writers Conference at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland. It’s a half-day conference – 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Choose from twelve different informative presentations, network with fellow writers, and ask questions of the experts at a Q&A panel at the end of the day. You can even sign up to meet one-on-one with professional editors (including me!) to discuss samples of your work.

I’ve participated in the last five Western Reserve Writers Conferences and enjoyed every moment. I leave the fall and spring conferences with new insights and more motivation every time. And as a consulting editor along with Nancy Piazza, I have the honor of reading the stories of others and steering them closer to publication. It’s my favorite part of the conference – meeting other writers and seeing what lights their creative fires.

The Western Reserve Spring Writers Conference is friendly and casual, and an affordable way to stoke your creative fires. Registration is just $69 or $79 if you include an editing consultation.

You do need to register in advance for the editing sessions, by the way, and there are only eight slots available, so grab ’em while they’re available!

Speakers include:

  • conference coordinator Deanna R. Adams, author of Confessions of a Not-So-Good Catholic Girl and Rock and Roll and the Cleveland Connection (she’ll talk about “Writing About Real People”)
  • blogger, author, and columnist Erin O’Brien (I participated in a memoir writing session she led a few years ago and it changed the way I look at writing) who offers two sessions: “Unleashing the Power of Google Docs” (I’m there!) and “Writing Food Memoirs”
  • My terrific friend Barbara Kussow, crime and mystery author and editor of Still Crazy literary magazine, will discuss “Writing for the Chronologically Superior”
  • Carole Calladine and I met at Deanna’s Women Writers Retreat and Carole then spoke at the 2009 Write Brain Workshop I coordinated. She has a gift for distilling the elements of story building and conjuring “ah-ha” moments in writing. She’ll present “The Yellow Brick Road to Storytelling”.
  • I am looking forward to Liana Laverentz’s sessions on “Writing Beginnings, Middles, and Ends” (each has their own unique challenges) and “Ideas to Boost your Creativity”.
  • poet, food writer, and radio and podcast host Gail Bellamy will talk about writing for trade publications; Diane Campbell Taylor will present the do’s and don’ts of critique groups; columnist and author Claudia Taller will help you connect with your writing life and focus your goals; murder mystery author Peter Grondin provides insights into self-publishing; and romance writer Julie Anne Lindsey helps you “Get the Facts, Make a Plan, and Get Published”.

And, of course, two editors are at your disposal to provide one-on-one critiques and helpful feedback. We don’t bite, I swear! We want you to succeed!

The March 31st Western Reserve Spring Writers Conference is fun and informative, and Lakeland is in beautiful, historic Kirtland. It doesn’t get much better than that. Register at www.lakelandcc.edu through the Continuing Education page (the deadline is coming quickly). I look forward to hearing about your project – and maybe even reading it!

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