I’m sitting here in Greensburg, Indiana at the “2012 Writer’s Conference” sponsored by Pen It! Magazine. This is the first writer’s conference I’ve ever attended. I chose this one for three primary reasons –
1) It was cheap.
2) It was close.
3) It offered a 30-minute (1-on-1) critique by a published author.
This morning I will attend Character Development: Creating Memorable, Believable and Intriguing Characters led by Suzanne Purewal. Purewal is a poet and novelist who grew up in Webster, N.Y. (not far from my family home) and now lives in Noblesville, Indiana. Her work has appeared in The Polk Street Review and An Evening with the Writing Muse. She has also been featured as the Author of the Month in the September/October 2011 issue of Pen It! Magazine. She has also published a poetry anthology, From 14 to 41 and a romance novel, Embracing Destiny. A sequel, Challenging Destiny will be released soon.
My critique session is with Ron Collins. Ron has been publishing stories in the science fiction and fantasy genres for nearly twenty years. His work includes Picasso’s Cat & Other Stories as well as See the PEBA on $25 a Day. His upcoming publications will be “Operation Hercules” in the Canadian magazine OnSpec and “Teammates” in Galaxy’s Edge edited by Mike Resnick. Ron has read and will be reviewing with me “Liberty” – the second story in my upcoming trilogy Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
My afternoon session is Beyond the First Draft – A Top Ten List for Getting Published with Dan Logan. Dan has published short stories in various anthologies, journals, and periodicals such as The Route 66 Magazine. He has two novels out – The First Migration and The Last Portal and is currently working on a third – The Author’s Staircase.