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Friday, April 3
 

3:30pm EDT

4F: The Oversight Draft: From Manuscript to Publishable Draft
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What keeps a finished manuscript from being accepted for publication, or from catching a judge's eye or attention, or from being read all the way to the end? How do you know when your manuscript is truly done? From flat plots to false dialogue. thin and under researched scenes, we will discuss the most common mistakes that keep a finished manuscript from being ready for publication and then offer suggestions about how to address these issues in an "oversight" draft.

Speakers
avatar for Amina Gautier

Amina Gautier

Author, THE LOSS OF ALL LOST THINGS
Amina Gautier, Ph.D., is the author of three award-winning short story collections: At-Risk, Now We Will Be Happy and The Loss of All Lost Things. At-Risk was awarded the Flannery O’Connor Award, The First Horizon Award, and the Eric Hoffer Legacy Fiction Award. Now We Will Be... Read More →


Friday April 3, 2020 3:30pm - 4:45pm EDT
Beacon Hill Room - 4th Floor

3:30pm EDT

4J: Show Me the Money: The (Surprisingly Lucrative) World of Freelance Writing
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"Writing?" your relatives ask you, a look of pity in their eyes. "Can you really make enough money to get by?"

You can do a whole lot more than that.

While much of the current discussion around freelance writing centers on stagnant word-rates and shrinking editorial budgets at major magazines, the happy truth is that a talented and hard-working writer can earn an income well into the six figures. The trick is to look beyond the newsstand and search out lucrative, unadvertised opportunities in high-demand sectors like technology, business, healthcare, and even the nonprofit world. Organizations in these fields often have an insatiable demand for new content, along with the sorts of budgets that -- for a disciplined writer -- can result in thousands of dollars of work per week.

This session will cover how to identify, seek out, and create new opportunities, as well as how to quickly build up expertise in areas of high demand.

Speakers
avatar for Calvin Hennick

Calvin Hennick

Author, ONCE MORE TO THE RODEO
Calvin Hennick's debut memoir, Once More to the Rodeo received the Pushcart Press Editors' Book Award. His essays, fiction, and journalism have appeared in dozens of publications, including Yahoo Parenting, Parent & Child, Esquire, Runner's World, Bellevue Literary Review, and The... Read More →


Friday April 3, 2020 3:30pm - 4:45pm EDT
Cambridge Room - 4th Floor

3:30pm EDT

4L: When Small Presses Take You Big Places: Maximizing the Impact of Small Press Book
Limited Capacity seats available

Big publishing houses want big stories – stories that reaffirm what people already believe, stories that they “know” will sell well. Small presses, on the other hand, can-- and want to-- take bigger risks, challenging readers with unexpected stories. They often value quality and originality over marketability and "platform,” and give authors more personalized attention than a large press. This session features authors who had original, unexpected stories to tell, and who each eventually decided that a small press would give them greater freedom to tell these stories truthfully. Is your story "difficult?" Does it challenge dominant beliefs? Is your form creative or nontraditional? Then maybe a small press is right for you, too. This session will discuss how these authors made their choices, and suggest how you might make your own.

Speakers
avatar for Nina McConigley

Nina McConigley

Author, COWBOYS AND EAST INDIANS
Nina McConigley is the author of the story collection Cowboys and East Indians, which won the 2014 PEN Open Book Award and a High Plains Book Award. She was born in Singapore and grew up in Wyoming. She holds an MFA from the University of Houston and an MA from the University of Wyoming... Read More →
avatar for Ron MacLean

Ron MacLean

Author, WE MIGHT AS WELL LIGHT SOMETHING ON FIRE
Ron MacLean teaches writing at GrubStreet. His short fiction has been anthologized, and has appeared widely in magazines including GQ, Narrative, Fiction International, Night Train, Other Voices, Drunken Boat, Best Online Fiction 2010, and elsewhere. He is author most recently of... Read More →
avatar for Nathan Rostron

Nathan Rostron

Editor, Restless Books
Nathan Rostron is the Editor and Marketing Director at Restless Books, an independent, nonprofit publisher of international literature, based in Brooklyn. Restless is devoted to championing essential voices from around the world, whose stories speak to us across linguistic and cultural... Read More →


Friday April 3, 2020 3:30pm - 4:45pm EDT
Stuart Room - 4th Floor