Conference Spotlight: The Reno Writers Conference at TMCC (April 9, 2011)

Coming up soon is a great one-day intensive writers conference in Reno, NV. It’s called The Reno Writers Conference at Truckee Meadows Community College, and it happens on April 9, 2011. Keep reading to learn more about this great event.

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The writing conference is a one-day event, jam-packed with stuff. It all goes down on Saturday, April 9, 2011, at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, NV.


I will be there giving a few speeches on getting your book published. Also, there will be three great literary agents in attendance taking pitches from writers:


Attending agents from left to right:
1. Gordon Warnock of Andrea Hurst & Associates. Read a Gordon Warnock interview here.
2. Verna Dreisbach of Dreisbach Literary. Read a Verna Dreisbach interview here.
3. Lindsey Clemons of Larsen-Pomada Literary Agents (Updated: As of fall 2012, Lindsey is no longer agenting.)

To find out more about which subjects and categories each agent represents, check out the conference website.


  • Doresa Banning, editor
  • Pam Dulgar, screenwriter
  • Sean Patrick O’Mordha, fiction author
  • Susan Palwick, science fiction writer
  • David Stipech, broadcaster and writer
  • David Sundstrand, mystery writer

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One thought on “Conference Spotlight: The Reno Writers Conference at TMCC (April 9, 2011)

  1. Janet Bettag

    On Friday, Saturday and Sunday I will be attending my first writer’s conference…at the tender age of 59.5 years. I’ve always known I am a writer, but parent’s aspirations sometimes differ from their childrens’ dreams; marriage and children can feel like a career in and of itself; one’s "real" job has to take priority; and then there is the fear of failure – or fear of success. (I’m not sure which is stronger.) Although writing has been an integral part of almost every job I’ve ever held and my work has been published under various bosses’ and news reporters’ names, I had not been published under my own byline since some of my work was included in my high school literary magazine.

    In 2010 I made a resolution to make that the year that I spent some time focusing on my writing with a goal of being published by the end of the year. Thanks to fate, synchronicity, and probably dumb luck I became involved in planning my high school class’s 40th reunion and reconnected with a fellow who just happened to publish a local magazine. In mid-August (the day after the reunion, in fact) he called and asked me to start writing for his publication. My work first appeared in his October 2010 issue.

    Buoyed by the success of last year’s resolution, I vowed in 2011 to continue writing for the magazine while finishing the first draft of my first book (my personal story of surviving and recovering from a ruptured cerebral aneurysm). I set several short-term goals, one of which was to enter a writing contest (check); another was to attend a conference and pitch my still-unfinished book.

    I honestly didn’t know quite what to expect from the conference and was feeling pretty nervous and insecure about attending until I found your blog. Thanks to you I will be approaching this weekend from a totally different perspective. I had worried about what to wear for my pitch sessions, but hey, if it’s like a college bar if I look cute, well-groomed, and appproachable (without looking slutty), I’ll be fine.


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