Indie Author Seminars in Camarillo, CA

Indie Author Seminars launches a new series beginning February 19 in Camarillo, CA for writers considering self-publishing. The first seminar, Budgeting for the Entire Process—editing, book production, marketing, and timeline – costs for every part of the process will include a spreadsheet for you to fill in projected costs and give a range of pricing available from trusted resources. Learn more at

Pacific Institute for Professional Writing Conference

805 WC facebook squarePacific Institute for Professional Writing (PIPW) announces two keynote speakers for the upcoming conference, Saturday and Sunday, October 31 and November 1, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ventura, California. The conference theme, “The Craft and Business of Writing,” presents the focus for both keynotes, one by a book publisher and the other from a famed Hollywood writer/director/producer.

Conference website is and presents full-session descriptions and speakers. Other regional writing groups are welcome to co-sponsor the event and should contact Kathleen Kaiser at 805-607-6717 for more details.

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“How to Craft a Persuasive Book Proposal for Any Genre or Topic” with Patricia Fry

Join Patricia Fry, former executive director of SPAWN, in a webinar with Brian Jud October 8 at 3 p.m., PST (6 p.m. Eastern).

Title: “How to Craft a Persuasive Book Proposal for Any Genre or Topic”

The webinar will be based on the content of Patricia’s latest book, Propose Your Book, How to Craft a Persuasive Proposal for Nonfiction, Fiction, and Children’s Books.


Learn more about Patricia Fry and her career here:

Writers’ Police Academy + Special Request

The annual Writers’ Police Academy is set to kick off again August 20-23 in Appleton, Wisconsin. This unique, one-of-a-kind, hands-on experience is designed for writers of all genres and levels of experience—published or non-published. The event is perfect for anyone who’d like the opportunity to train like and with police, fire, forensics, and EMS professionals.

Real police-academy instructors and other law-enforcement professionals and experts will instruct academy recruits using real police, fire, and rescue equipment.

Profits go to the Writers’ Police Academy Scholarship Fund to assist college students enrolled in criminal-justice-degree programs and those enrolled in police, fire, and EMS certification programs. To date they’ve given over $60,000.

Part of the fund-raising effort is to auction baskets filled with valuable goodies. They’ve also auctioned items such as oil paintings, Kindles, guitars signed by Nashville superstars, TV and film scripts, sports memorabilia, homemade quilts, candy, statues, artwork, and more.

They are asking for donations of signed books and anything else cool that you’d care to send their way. Last year the raffle baskets and silent-auction items brought over $5,000. Many of the experts participating in the instruction sessions are the men and women who take their own valuable time to answer questions for writers.

If you can help out, please contact Lee Lofland.

It’s a great way to advertise you and your work, because every sponsor is listed on the WPA website sponsor page.

Printer’s Row Lit Fest

As part of its ongoing commitment to the written word and its support of literacy and literary endeavor, the Chicago Tribune purchased the Printers Row Book Fair in 2002 from the Near South Planning Board. Recently renamed the Printer’s Row Lit Fest, it is considered the largest free outdoor literary event in the Midwest, drawing more than 150,000 book lovers to the two-day showcase.

This year, the Lit Fest is June 6-7.

Magazine Article Writing Class with Carol Tice & Linda Formichelli

Article writing is so important for writers these days, as you see the traditional reported article format in not just print magazine articles, but also in long-form blog posts, online articles, case studies, ghostwritten articles, advertorials, and more.

Carol Tice of Make a Living Writing and Linda Formichelli got together to create a ten-week class that takes you through every element of successful magazine feature-style article writing. Here’s where you can check it out: Continue reading