Conference Spotlight: The 2014 Arizona Writing Conference (Nov. 21-22)

If you read my blog, you know I am constantly traveling to be part of awesome writers’ conferences across the country. On that note, I am very exciting to be a part of the 2014 Arizona Writing Conferences—two full-day “How to Get Published” conference events in Arizona coordinated by the SSA (Society of Southwestern Authors). On Friday, Nov. 21, there is an all-day event in Phoenix; and on Saturday, Nov. 22, there is a separate all-day event in Tucson. (The one-day schedules are both the same.)

These writing events are a chance to get intense instruction over the course of one day, pitch an agent or editor (optional), get your questions answered, and more. There is even a “Writers’ Got Talent” event in the middle where registrants bring their first pages and get them read aloud. Faculty (literary agents) give their thoughts on what was working or not working with the writing.


These are separate-yet-identical one-day “How to Get Published” writing workshops on Nov. 21 and Nov. 22, 2014, with Friday’s event in Phoenix and Saturday’s event in Tucson. In other words, either workshop is one day full of classes and advice designed to give you instruction concerning how to get your writing & books published. We’ll discuss your publishing opportunities today, how to write queries & pitches, how to market yourself and your books, what makes an agent/editor stop reading your manuscript, and more. No matter what you’re writing — fiction or nonfiction — the day’s classes will help point you in the right direction. Writers of all genres are welcome. The events are designed to squeeze as much into one day of learning as possible.

Literary agents in attendance include Adriann Ranta (Wolf Literary), Patricia Nelson (Marsal Lyon Literary), and Steve Laube (The Steve Laube Agency). Agents will be onsite at both events to give feedback and meet with writers for pitching, as well. You can ask any questions you like during the sessions, and get your specific concerns addressed.

(Please note that the workshops are separate and the class schedules are identical. Writers will likely want to attend one workshop or the other, not both.) Learn more and sign up at the official website here.


PHOENIX: Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at the downtown Phoenix library. TUCSON: Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, at the downtown Pima Community College campus.


Please learn more and sign up at the official website here.

There is limited space at both events. The Friday event in Phoenix can only hold 70 attendees. The Saturday event in Tucson can only hold 100 attendees.


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