Page 2 News: A Smattering of Info

Here are some news bits that are cool but didn't necessitate their own post: Come to the Wyoming Writers' Conference! I'll be teaching and meeting with writers this weekend (June 5-7) at this conference, held in the scenic Mountain West. Literary agent Meredith Kaffel will be there taking pitches and the location seems like an amazing place to relax and recharge your writing batteries.
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Here are some news bits
that are cool but didn't
necessitate their own post:

Come to the Wyoming Writers' Conference!
I'll be teaching and meeting with writers this weekend (June 5–7) at this conference, held in the scenic Mountain West. Check this website to learn all the details. Literary agent Meredith Kaffel will be there taking pitches and the location seems like an amazing place to relax and recharge your writing batteries.

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I'm Teaching a Webinar on Writing for Magazines
Actually, I'm co-instructing it with Writer's Digest Editor Jessica Strawser. And together, we shall tackle the ins and outs of how to start your writing career in the freelance world. We're so far ahead of schedule telling you about this that there isn't even a link yet. But what you can do is check back periodically on the WD Webinars page here and see if it's listed yet. It will be on Thursday, July 9, and you can access our presentation from anywhere. You will be invited to submit a query letter and we will critique 15 of these at random during the live event. We will also take questions!

Pitch Fest
On June 13–14, the Great American Pitch Fest will be going down in Los Angeles. If you've got a TV or screenplay idea, this will be the Mecca of people who want to hear what you've got. Best of all, WD contributing blogger Chad Gervich will be there teaching. See his blog post here about the whole thing.

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The 2012 Writer's Digest Conference (Jan. 20–22, New York City) has more than 70 literary agents in attendance taking pitches from writers, not to mention three days of sessions on the craft and
business of writing. Learn more here.

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