What you'll get out of attending this talk:
We'll learn about the book publishing industry - specifically what agents and editors look for - and tips for improving your writing.
Description of The San Francisco Writers Conference:
The San Francisco Writers Conference was a four-day event involving keynote speakers, breakout sessions, Q&A sessions with publishing professionals, and consultations with agents and editors. It was an opportunity to gain insight into the craft, from dialogue-writing strategies to the neuroscience of storytelling, as well as a look into the real world of the publishing industry.
Sessions Shannon attended and can talk about:
Fiction Agents Q&A
Writing with Page-Turning Tension
Four Fatal Flaws of Fiction Writing
How to Write Stunning Sentences
The Neuroscience of Making Readers Laugh and Cry
What Really Happens in NY Publishing (Q&A with a NY Acquisitions Editor)
The Romance Factor
How to Craft Distilled, Dynamic Dialogue
Setting is More Than a Place
“Ask a Pro” with poet, author, and editor Diane Frank
“Speed dating”: three-minute pitch sessions with as many agents as you can talk to in 51 minutes
Jose Antonio Vargas
I'm currently writing a novel about a tourist train in Alaska and while at the conference I began pitching agents. I've also written YA fantasy, short-form memoir, and plenty of nonfiction articles, blog posts, and instructional materials. I've been a member of The People's Ink for about 4 years and am a member of the board of directors and an editor of the annual anthology.