2019 Writers Conference

On Friday, March 29, 2019, Writing Day Workshops is hosting a one-day conference in downtown St. Louis, in conjunction with Saturday Writers, a chapter of the Missouri Writers Guild. It’s a full day of workshops and optional add-on opportunities to get critiques on your work, pitch to an agent, and network. For anyone interested in testing the waters for a larger conference, like Gateway Con, this is a great way to get your feet wet and see how helpful a conference can be to growing your career and skills as a writer.

Having volunteered at a couple of writing conferences myself over the years, let me tell you, it is becoming increasingly common for agents to do remote pitching over the costs of travel to cons in person, which is what makes the one-on-one opportunity here to be a shame to miss. Some of the workshops are even being taught by agents — it’d be a shame to miss this!

The conference is featuring the following agents and representatives:

  • Eric Smith, of P.S. Literary Agency
  • Eliza Rothstein, of Inkwell Literary
  • Victoria Selvaggio, of Storm Literary
  • Patty Carothers, of Metamorphosis Literary
  • Kortney Price, of Corvisiero Literary

Additionally, I will also be attending the conference to hear pitches, working officially as a “literary agent assistant” for Metamorphosis Literary. What that means is that I’m not a literary agent yet, so, I can’t take pitches on behalf of myself, but what I can do, is listen to pitches on behalf of the agents at Metamorphosis Literary who won’t be attending, and hopefully find some great new work that they may be interested in learning more about in the future.

As of the time of this post, there are still some tickets available but if you’re interested in attending, I definitely wouldn’t wait until the day-of. You can learn more about the conference and reserve your tickets at StLouisWritersConference.com. I hope to see you there!

A Literary Internship!

Happy Fourth of July! This year, I’ve got a lot to celebrate. The nice folks over at Metamorphosis Literary Agency have welcomed me on board as a literary intern to learn more about the publishing industry. Metamorphosis represents a variety of commercial fiction, and I’m especially excited about the fantasy and sci-fi genres, as seen from some of their past work featured on their Facebook page. An enormous thank you to Stephanie Hansen (owner) for taking me on, Patty Carothers (agent) who has already been an absolute delight to work with, and Meghan Pinson (editor, My Two Cents Editing) who referred me to Metamorphosis in the first place.

I even got a nifty bio added on their website! (see below:)

Metamorphosis Literary Agency-about-page

Don’t worry — I’ll still be occasionally blogging here but expect a lot of my free time over the next several months to be spent working on this internship. I’m always astounded by the twists and turns God brings to our journey. Here’s to discovering what lies beyond the next bend in the road. Keep reaching higher!

Blurb Featured on Anna Loan-Wilsey’s Website

Last autumn I reviewed “Anything But Civil” by Anna Loan-Wilsey (review here) for the Historical Novel Society. This week, I discovered that a blurb from my review was featured as press for the book on the author’s website. How fantastic!

I thought you would enjoy a peek and Ms. Loan-Wilsey was gracious enough to allow me to reprint a portion of her website for my readers:

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Learn more about Anna Loan-Wilsey and her Hattie Davish mysteries at her website, http://www.annaloanwilsey.com/.

Debut Speaking Engagement

microphone by renjith krishnanHey guys,

I’m really excited about this opportunity I’ve been given by the St. Louis Writers Guild to talk about one of my passions, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).  For those of you who have known me for a while, you know that I am passionate about writing and I’m absolutely thrilled about this opportunity.

If you’re in the area on Saturday, I hope you’ll stop by and say hello. Both topics should be very interesting and there’ll be something for fiction and non-fiction writers alike.

Keep reading to learn more and I hope you all have a great day!

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Workshops for Writers: Jumpstart your Novel or Memoir

with Linda O’Connell, Donna Volkenannt, Jennifer Shew, and Lauren Miller

Saturday, November 2, 2013
10am to Noon
Kirkwood Community Center
111 S. Geyer Rd
Kirkwood, MO 63122
Free for Members, $5 for Non-Members

Whether the story you have to tell is a novel or a memoir, November is a great month to start writing it. Get inspired by life writers Linda O’Connell and Donna Volkenannt and novelists Jennifer Shew and Lauren Miller. They will show you how to jumpstart your book.

National Life Writing Month: Linda O’Connell & Donna Volkenannt
Learn about the many different kinds of “life writing”
Find how an essay can be expanded to a memoir
Get the skinny on how an expose` may or may not lead to publication
Discover how to unlock the power of stories to inspire, uplift, and heal

National Novel Writing Month: Jennifer Shew & Lauren Miller
Learn how to get started with the 50,000 words of NaNo
Get up to speed on writing socially
Hear one author’s experiences with the local NaNo group
Find out about tools such as Scrivener

Donna Volkenannt believes words have the power to inspire, uplift, and heal. Her personal essays, short stories, articles, and poems have won almost 100 awards, including honorable mention in the national Steinbeck short story competition and nominations for a Pushcart Prize and a Spur award. First place winner of the 2012 Erma Bombeck Global Humor Award, she lives in St. Peters, where she blogs about writing and the sweet mysteries of life. http://donnasbookpub.blogspot.com

Linda O’Connell is a multi-genre writer whose niche is writing personal essays. Her stories have been published in 20 Chicken Soup for the Soul books, and more than one hundred national publications. She is developing an anthology for Publishing Syndicate and is the author of a book, Queen of the Last Frontier, the biography of Emily Keaster. http://lindaoconnell.blogspot.com

Jennifer Shew has always liked to write and read stories, mainly fantasy, because they let her imagination take over. That’s why she was so happy to hear about NaNoWriMo ten years ago–it was like a license to write whatever she wanted. She has been a Municipal Liaison (ML) for the growing St. Louis NaNoWriMo region for seven years. She helps people get started with the 50,000 words of NaNo and host write-ins for folks to write socially. She’s excited to write her 500,000th word this year!

Lauren Miller reviews books for the Historical Novel Society and writes for the St. Louis Writers Guild’s literary magazine, The Scribe. Her work has also appeared in publications such as The Poet’s Art and a MMORPG (that’s a massive multiplayer online role-playing game). After five years trying, the historical and spec fiction writer declared her first win last year by completing a 50,000-word novel during National Novel Writing Month. http://www.pocketfulofprose.com

Press release provided courtesy of St. Louis Writers Guild.

Publication in “The Poet’s Art”

This is a short announcement but one I’m very excited to pass along.

This June 2011, two of my poems, “On Autumn” and “On Spring” have been published in the June 2011 issue (#42) of The Poet’s Art, a zine based out of Islandia, NY.  David Ira Fox accepted publication of these two poems back in July 2009 and I am pleased to announce their appearance in this month’s issue.

Original printings of these poems were featured on my personal blog and Writing.com account.

Thank you!