Saturday, March 19, 2011 11:00 AM-1:00 PM, Luau Garden Chinese Buffet at 1890 Arden Way in Sacramento. DETAILS
Every March, the Sacramento Branch presents the popular Group Genre Workshop, with something for everyone. Work with panelists to learn how to garner publishing credits and build that important platform. Attendees will break into groups based on genre or interest. Handouts will be available.
The theme of the fiction workgroup is “Cashing in With Successful Short Stories.” Writing short stories can pay off, build publication credits and be the key to getting your novel noticed.
Panel members have written award-winning short stories and will discuss tips and techniques for writing them, sharing their expertise and successes. Attendees will learn about short story markets in magazines and contests–stressing word count, genre specific outlets, fee-based contests, and literary versus popular fiction.
- Marsha Porter co-authored an annual movie guide for over twenty years. She has published numerous articles and won many short story contests. She credits the 500-word essay, punishment du jour, at her Catholic grade school, for developing her writing skills.
- Robert Schladale is a woodworker and writer who lives in Sacramento. In 2009, his story Turtles in Paradise won first place in the Southwest Writers’ Short Fiction Contest. Several of his other short stories have been contest finalists. More recently, his work has appeared in The Smoking Poet, Everyday Fiction and Word Riot.
The theme of the nonfiction workgroup is “Publish Articles to Build, Bolster and Burnish Your Writing Identity.” The publishing landscape has changed, but doors are still open to writers with a slate of article credits. Published articles will establish your credibility, round out your signature and bio lines, promote your book and fortify your platform.
The nonfiction panelists represent a total of 70-plus years of experience. They will speak from personal knowledge and relate examples of how they approach an editor, develop an appropriate slant and succeed in getting their work in print.
- Kimberly A. Edwards has sold articles to New York markets as well as trade magazines and newspapers. Currently she is building cross-cultural, travel, meeting and event planning credits.
- For four decades, Steve Liddick has been a print and broadcast journalist in California and Pennsylvania. His credits include business journals, the Los Angeles Times and various trade publications.
- Marsha Robinson has written company brochures. As she prepared to enter the writing world as a prepared practitioner, her first article gained entry into a national sports magazine.