Write On, Door County has launched a new two-day conference for aspiring writers who want to learn more about how to get their work into print. The “Writing on the Door: Paths to Publication Conference” takes place April 12-13, 2019 in Egg Harbor (Door County, WI). Award-winning authors, editors, publishers and agents are among the many presenters.
“Writing is hard, but getting published is even harder,” said Write On, Door County Executive Director Jerod Santek. “Most of the questions I am asked by aspiring writers is how they can get their work out into the world. These two days will focus on the options, from freelance writing to self-publishing, to finding an agent to going with a traditional publisher, plus marketing and more.”
Friday’s schedule offers a variety of workshops designed to give writers of all genres insight into the business of writing. There are workshops on organizing a poetry manuscript by Door County Poets Laureate Sharon Auberle and Ralph Murre; breaking into the children’s market with middle-grade novelist Lora Hyler; the writer’s journey with award-winning mystery writer Patricia Skalka, and nonfiction story-telling by editor Jason Smith.
Saturday offers a range of presentations on how to find an agent, insight into the publishing world, and panel discussions with editors and authors.
“I am excited by the diverse line-up of presenters and topics we have for this conference,” says Write On Executive Director Jerod Santek. “Two of the finest literary presses in the country are sending editors and publishers. There is a literary agent from Minneapolis presenting. We have award-winning authors from here in Door County as well as from throughout Wisconsin and the upper Midwest who are going to share their own paths to publication.”
Chris Fischbach, publisher at Coffee House Press, and Katie Dublinski, Associate Publisher at Graywolf Press, are among the presenters. Together, the nonprofit literary publishers have produced the work of authors who have won American Book Awards, Pulitzer Prizes, National Book Awards, and the Nobel Prize for Literature. Both presses publish poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and translations.
“Whatever genre you write in, whatever stage you are at, in terms of your development as a writer, this conference has something to inform and inspire,” says Santek. Though intended primarily for adults, the conference is appropriate for teens who are considering a career as a writer.
Registration for the full conference is $140. One-day only registrations for either Friday or Saturday are available for $80. A limited number of scholarships are available to Door County high school students and Door County educators. Call 920-868-1457 to inquire about scholarships.
For more information about the program and to register for the conference, please visit www.writeondoorcounty.org or call 920-868-1457.
To discover more about Write On, Door County, watch the organization’s new YouTube video, featuring an interview with U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith:https://youtu.be/2fsPUc7vYn0
Write On, Door County is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Write On conducts programs to inspire people to write and share their stories at various venues throughout Door County.