Writers Rendezvous June update – Part 2

Here’s the rest of this month’s information, including Connecticut write-ins, a couple of conferences and some free help for writers.

The Fairfield County Writers’ Group runs regular in-person write-ins for writers at various locations around Fairfield County. The meetings provide a great opportunity to sit with other writers and write. There’s time to network afterward, if you like. They have decided to increase the meeting frequency, and the next two sessions are on Saturday, June 24 from 1-4 PM at the Bethel Library and Saturday, July 8 from 1-4 PM at the Wilton Library. The first hour of this session will be devoted to an overview of the seven different story types presented by Dave D’Alessio, one of the group leaders.

Three masters of storytelling will be appearing in New York City on October 20-21 at Story Expo. Two days of advanced story theory and practical, professional techniques, featuring the legendary Robert McKee (author of Story) John Truby, (The Anatomy of Story) and the massively influential author of The Writer’s Journey, Christopher Vogler. McKee, Truby & Vogler have developed new talks specially for Story Expo: The Masters of Story, each teaching their own high-level, advanced story theories and techniques. More information and registration here.

The sixth edition of StoryFest, The Westport Library’s annual celebration of reading, writing, ideas, and community, will be held October 20-22. Neil Gaiman, the prolific and admired author whose work includes American Gods, Coraline, and the graphic novel series The Sandman, will be this year’s keynote speaker and although tickets for that event sold out within the hour, a livestream will be available as well as a limited number of Neil Gaiman-signed books available during StoryFest. The festival will also include panel discussions and additional events on Saturday, October 21, and Sunday, October 22, with scheduled authors in many genres, including Angie Kim (Happiness Falls), Gabino Iglesias (The Devil Takes You Home), Stephen Graham Jones (Night of the Mannequins), Caroline Kepnes (For You and Only You), Eric LaRocca (Things Have Gotten Worse Since we Last Spoke), Josh Malerman (Malorie), and many more. I’m checking to see whether there will be an opportunity for Connecticut authors to sell their books, and I’ll let you know.               

Authors Publish has provided its usual excellent lists of places to submit your work. This month they include a list of 52 traditional children’s book publishers. Some just publish picture books, some publish only middle-grade fiction, and some publish a wide variety of genres aimed at adults as well. Some are looking for educational work, others are open to anything. A number of these publishers are large and established. Others are small and just starting out. The majority are currently open to submissions, but not all of them are.

Also from Authors Publish, a free ebook How to Write a Dynamic Act One is your guide to writing the first part of a story – so you can win over readers and set them up for a satisfying conclusion, all while meeting the needs of publishers.

Reedsy is another helpful site for writers, providing both services and workshops on all aspects of writing, from editors, to book designers, ghostwriters, translators, web designers, and book marketers. Started in 2014, it now has over one million authors and 2,500 freelancers to choose from. Each professional offers guidelines as to price, experience and references, so you can decide your best fit. IN addition, they are now offering free educational content. You’ll find free ten-day courses like the upcoming How to Write a novel (in three months), How to Spark Creativity with Verse, How to Write Mind-blowing Fantasy Fiction, How to Turn Up The Heat in Your Romance, and more. Check here for more information on how to write a book. It’s free to join. You can even submit your book for an editorial review for $50.

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