The third annual All Write Now! Writers’ Conference was held on July 15 at the Southeast Missouri State University Campus in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Sponsored by the Heartland Writers Guild and the Southeast Missouri Writers’ Guild, the conference featured workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, panels, pitch sessions, one-on-one critiques with agents, editors, or publishers, as well as writing contests and book sales. Participating writers included poet, fiction, and nonfiction writer Robert Yehling; and fiction writers Deb Raney and Karen Sargent. Participating publishing professionals included agents Alice Speilburg Literary) and Justin Wells (Corvisiero Literary); and editors Donna J. Essner (Amphorae Publishing Group), Jennifer Geist (Pen & Publish, Inc.), and Brian Klems (Writer's Digest). The cost of the conference, which included workshops, snacks, pitch sessions, and a buffet lunch, was $85 before April 30 and $95 thereafter. Lodging was available at nearby motels for discounted rates of $75 to $115 per night; the deadline for discounted lodging was June 14. The general registration deadline was June 30. One-on-one critiques with agents, editors, or publishers were available for an additional $30; Writers e-mailed up to 10 pages of a poetry or prose manuscript along with a one-page summary of their projects by June 25. E-mail or visit the website for registration guidelines and more information.
All Write Now! Writers’ Conference, University Center, Southeast Missouri State University, One University Plaza, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701 (573) 450-5046. Donna J. Essner, Conference Chair.