conferences

5 Insights from Bestselling Authors

April 8, 2014 Writing Stuff
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The Desert Dreams Writing Conference always exceeds my expectations. However, not all of us are so lucky to have easy access to quality writing conferences, so I wanted to share my top takeaways from the conference.

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Websites, Beat Sheets, and Lost Pants—Oh My!

March 11, 2014 News
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I’ve been there, struggling in the same way we all do. My life is a constant balancing act between family and all my (many) various work projects. Between that common understanding and my epic, mini-ebook-length workshop handouts, my workshops are popular.

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Taking Risks: You Have to Play the Game to Win

February 13, 2014 Random Musings
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Last night, WANA International‘s online writing conference hosted Gabriela Pereira of DIY MFA for a free workshop offered as part of the run up to next weekend’s WANACon (February 21 and 22, 2014). Gabriela presented at last fall’s WANACon, and her popular sessions earned her a return invitation with two new workshops at WANACon 3.0 […]

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WANACon: New Workshops and a Giveaway

January 28, 2014 Writing Stuff
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It’s time for another WANACon! Yay! This WANACon is scheduled for February 21 and 22, 2014 at a computer near you. In addition to the usual Craft, Social Media, and Business workshops, Kristen Lamb and her WANA International organization have decided this WANACon will pay special attention to the Romance genre in celebration of Valentine’s […]

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The Ultimate Gift Guide for Writers

December 5, 2013 Writing Stuff
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Did everyone survive the big shopping days of Black Friday and/or Cyber Monday? Me? I’m a lazy bum and did most of my shopping online. No crowds for me. Obviously, I’m not a shopaholic, so I usually need help knowing what gifts to buy for people. That means it’s time to start thinking about what we […]

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Being a Writer: Commitment vs. Self-Doubt

October 1, 2013 Writing Stuff
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I thought about titling this post “How Committed Are You?” But with writers, that phrase could be taken many ways. Some of us wonder if we should be committed. *smile* We writers balance on many thin lines. We have to be willing to listen to criticism if we want to improve, but we also have to […]

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WANACon: A Conference for All Writers

September 10, 2013 Writing Stuff
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Forgive me for not having a post packed with writing advice today. Instead, I’m sharing writing-related information of a different sort. Last February, I posted about the fantastic experience I had with WANACon, an interactive online writing conference. So you better believe I’m excited to announce that WANACon is happening again in just a few […]

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How Should We Deal with Conflicting Advice?

February 26, 2013 Writing Stuff
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Did you hear? History was made this past weekend. And no, I’m not speaking in hyperbole. *smile* Imagine a writers’ conference with high-quality speakers, matching those found at national conferences. Imagine being able to attend for a fraction of the cost of other national writers’ conferences and with no travel costs. Imagine being able to […]

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Where’s the Line between Spamming and Sharing?

February 14, 2013 Writing Stuff
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Anyone reading this post probably doesn’t intend to be a spammer, but it’s possible to cross the line and not realize it. If we’re lucky, a friend will let us know. However, how we react to that observation is yet another minefield in the impression we leave behind in social media. A strange thing happens sometimes when […]

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Author vs. Characters: Can Our Morals Be Different?

January 31, 2013 Writing Stuff
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The recent talk of watching what we say on the internet and being aware of our brand has brought up several ways people come to odd conclusions about us as writers. Despite all our work to ensure that our behavior supports who we are and what our brand is, people will always form their own impressions. […]

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