Thursday, July 2, 2015

All Write Now! Conference Offers Writing Advice, Inspiration, and Publication Opportunities

I'm excited to be speaking at the Second Annual All Write Now! Conference next weekend, Saturday, July, 11, on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University in the historic Mississippi River city of Cape Girardeau, Missouri.!schedule/cl2i
Courtesy of All Write Now!
Registration kicks off at 8 a.m. July 11 on the fourth floor of the University Center (pictured at left).

The welcome address and introduction of the faculty begins at 8:30.

At 8:45,  Dr. Susan Swartwout, Professor at Southeast Missouri State University and Editor/Publisher of the SEMO University Press, will give the opening keynote address.

The opening group session starts at 9:15 with Janet L. Cannon, Technology Instructor, who will address the topic of  "Building Your Writer's Platform"

The luncheon keynote speaker will be New York Times best-selling author, Angie Fox.

Throughout the day, breakout sessions will cover a wide range of topics, such as: fiction, poetry, prose, personal essays, newspaper writing, children and YA, romance, networking, book cover design, and much more.

Breakout speakers include:
Eileen Dryer, New York Times best-selling romance author.
Dr. Allison Joseph, Associate Professor and Director of SIU-C Creative Writing Program
Bob Miller, Editor of Southeastern Missouri News
Margo Dill, Children and YA author and editor
Ellie Searl, Publishta and book designer
Catherine Rankovich, author, editor and teacher
Donna Volkenannt, writer, editor, and teacher

Afternoon pitch sessions feature the following publishers:

Amphorae Publishing Group, (which includes Blank Slate Press, Walrus Publishing, and Treehouse Publishing Group), with Kristina Blank Makansi, Lisa Miller, and Donna Essner

Brick Mantle Books/Open Books Press, Pen & Publish with Jennifer Geist

Deadly Publishing, LLC, with Sharon Woods Hopkins and Bill Hopkins

Rocking Horse Publishing, with Robin Tidwell

Conference co-chairs Mary Rechenberg and Donna Essner have done an excellent job planning and organizing this special event, along with Marcie Upchurch, who interviewed speakers for the blog; Laura Luttrell, who served as contest coordinator; and Janet L. Cannon, who designed their spectacular website. These women and everyone else involved with this conference are definitely first-class professionals!

The All Write Now! conference also features door prizes, contest announcements, and a mystery grand prize.

For complete details, visit the All Write Now! Conference website.


  1. I'm sorry I have a board meeting (dog rescue) that I can't get out of. You will have a great time, and all the participants will as well. Enjoy--and please post afterwards for those of us who could not attend.

    1. Thanks, Sioux. I will post after the conference. Hope you enjoy your day. I admire your dedication to rescuing dogs.

  2. Sounds like you will have a great weekend. I recognize some of the names you will be working with...a great day!

  3. I'll be there, along with my son. Looking forward to it!

  4. As usual, I'm too far south! It sounds like a fun and informative event.

  5. Sounds like quite a lineup. You just made me even sorrier I'm not going to be able to make it. Had never heard the term, "Publishta" before, but it makes me smile. Enjoy!

  6. Wish I could go. Hope you have a great time!

    Critter Alley

  7. I would have loved to be able to attend this, especially with the wonderful line-up. Hope you had a great time, and that you'll post notes afterward. Thanks so much, Donna, for everything you do!

  8. Hi Claudia,
    It was fun!

    Hi Val,
    It was good to see you and your son there. And congrats on both of you winning in the contests.

  9. Hi Lisa, Pat, Tammy, and Terri,
    It was a great event. Wish you all could have made it. I posted some of my notes about it.

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