An annual “Time Out for Writers Conference” for the general public is hosted by ANWA, the American Night Writers Association. It will be held this September 15-17 at the Doubletree by Hilton in Tempe.
“Although ANWA is a writing network for women members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints worldwide, the annual ANWA Writers Conference is also open to all writers, including men, high school students, and people of all faiths,” says Melinda Sanchez, President Elect of ANWA.
“The conference also offers professional development educator licensing for teachers,” adds Sanchez.
The ANWA Writers Conference is a two-and-a-half day professional conference for writers of all levels, from beginners to best-selling authors.
“Whether you write for fun, personal use or publication, this conference has something for everyone,” says Sanchez.
There will be world-class workshops and classes, intensives, an author panel, a keynote speaker, and a bookstore where any author attending the ANWA Writers Conference my sell their books. An evening gala will be held to celebrate ANWA’s 30th Anniversary.
Winners of ANWA’s BOB “Beginning of Book” Contest, open to all 2016 attendees, will be announced at the conference.
The keynote speaker is award-winning author J. Scott Savage. Savage wrote the Mysteries of Cove series published by Shadow Mountain as well as the HarperCollins Case File 13 Series, including Zombie Kid, which received a Starred Review from Kirkus and was named a Junior Library Guild Selection, an Amazon Book of the Month and a Barnes and Noble Select Book. Savage also authored the Farworld series, The Fourth Nephite, and Dark Memories, winner of a 2013 Whitney Award.
There are pitch opportunities at the ANWA Writers Conference. Agents in attendance will be Patricia Nelson from Marsal Lyon Literary, Heather Flaherty of the Bent Agency and Kathy Gordon of Covenant Communications.
According to the ANWA Conference website, the faculty will include New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike, author and “eccentric cat lady” Janette Rallison, and author and graphic artist James A. Owen. Other faculty members will consist of Dr. James Blasingame, Professor of Young Adult Literature at Arizona State University, author and “Middle Aged Mormon Man” Bradley McBride, and Heidi Taylor, editor at Shadow Mountain Publishing.
Other authors in attendance will include CJ Anaya, Katherine Cowley, Melanie Jacobson, Randy Lindsay, Annette Lyon, Jennifer Lunt Moore, Kelly Oram, Matt Peterson, Michelle Wilson and Anika Arrington.
The world-class workshops and writing classes by professionals in the industry are as follows: Scene Structure; Heart of Non-Fiction; Jumpstart Your Creative Juices; Writing (Un)Realistic Dialogue; Keep ’Em Reading; Escalating the Stakes; One Thing That Will Boost Your Productivity Overnight; Building a Loyal Community via Social Media; Optimizing Your Author Website for Google, Facebook and Pinterest; Fantasy, Steampunk and Science Fiction World Building; Four Part Pacing; Intensives; Self-Editing; Research: What’s the Point?; Elements of Swoon-worthy Romance; Copywriting: The Perfect “Day Job” for Writers; Authenticity in Young Adult Novels; Indie Publishing; Elevator Pitches; Query Letter Crafting; What’s Working in YA Now?; Rookie Submission Mistakes; Conquering the Devils in the Writers’ Mind; Launching Your Book to Bestseller Status; and Deep Point Of View: Narrative Voice.
Sponsorships are available for the conference. Registration is still open at anwa-lds.org/conference. For more info see anwa-lds.org/conference and #ANWAConf16 on Twitter.