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Summer Writing Events: Meet Me & Get Advice on Your Career

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This summer I'm speaking to writers in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and California. I hope to meet you at one of these events.

For a full schedule of where I'm speaking through 2011—and to request me to speak for your group—click here.


Tomorrow! Evansville, Indiana (June 19)
, FREE!
I'll be at the Red Bank library in Evansville, Indiana. I'm speaking about emerging tools for getting published (like Amazon DTP), as well as offering a social media primer.

Capitol City Young Writers' Conference (July 17)
This event near San Francisco is focused on young writers, but adults can attend too if they sponsor a young writer. Click here for more info.

Midwest Writers Workshop (July 29-31), Muncie, Ind.
I've been speaking at MWW since 2003! It's one of the most supportive and warm conference environments you'll ever experience!

Michigan Idea Lab(August 14-15)
This event is a little different than what's described on the site, even the dates are different—but it IS on August 14-15. Worth looking into!

Last but not least:

Writer's Digest Editors' Intensive in September (our last one in 2010!). This is limited to just 50 writers. Everyone who attends gets a 30-minute appointment with one of our editors to discuss the first 50 pages of a manuscript. Request me as your editor if you like!

Click here for more places where I'm speaking.

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