Pennwriters Presents is a great way to connect with industry professionals to have your questions answered, viewed from the comfort of your home or office. Each month (mostly) we have a guest, quite knowledgeable in their field, making themselves available to take your questions. The home for our Q&A sessions is on Facebook, specifically on the Pennwriters Presents page. This is a benefit of your paid membership in Pennwriters, providing convenient access to editors, publishers, agents, educators, and other writers. Additionally, all the previous sessions remain archived on the Facebook page so you can go back and review.
If you have not already joined the page, it’s simple to do so. Simply search for “Pennwriters Presents” while in Facebook. When the page comes up, click on “Ask to Join” and your request will be approved if you are a Pennwriter. Our guests are extremely accommodating and gracious with their time, and eager to help our members. They give insightful and thorough answers, sharing their expertise, and offering advice.
One past session featured Hippocampus Magazine publisher, Donna Talarico-Beeman, who gave us general advice on magazine submissions, what she looks for in a story, and information on writing creative nonfiction. (www.HippocamusMagazine.com)
Author Wende Dikec shared her experience with writing an extremely popular blog (check out Capone the Wonder Dog on Facebook), tips on promotion and marketing, and writing different genres. She also gave us this site she used in finding an agent: https://querytracker.net
Edith Maxwell, author of several series, gave tips on historical research, writing under pseudonyms, and shared her method of being highly productive. Kecia Bal talked with us about freelance writing, and her experience with winning the creative writing MastersClass contest and co-authoring a book with James Patterson.
Madhu Wangu gave us highlights of her Mindful Writing groups, how meditation helps the writing process, and about her fiction and nonfiction writing. She is accepting new members for her Online Mindful Writers Group. It’s a great way to motivate yourself in your writing life. Go to the following page and ask to join. (https://www.facebook.com/groups/706933849506291/?source=create_flow)
Author Kathie Shoop graciously shared her expertise on publishing, historical research, writing series, and the importance of setting in stories. Linda Schmitmeyer gave us important information on writing memoir, dealing with a family member’s mental illness, and freelance writing. Mystery author Joyce Tremel provided tips on writing and researching for mysteries and series.
Prolific author Nancy Springer gave us encouragement and writing advice and also discussed how electronic publishing has affected writers. MFA instructor and writer Lisa Romeo gave great information on MFA programs, and writing creative nonfiction, humor, and essays. Twitter expert Jenny Ruth gave tips and information on its use.
We had an intriguing session with Frank Ahearn, a privacy expert and NY Times bestselling author, giving us inside information on how to find someone, make people disappear, faking a death, and creating new identities. We had sessions with Conference Coordinators Heather Desuta, Melissa Close, and Leslie Smeltz, giving us tips on getting the most out of Pennwriters annual conferences.
Editor and writer Ramona Long expertly answered questions on types of editing, and writing both fiction and nonfiction. She offered this sage advice, “Enjoy your writing life. Always be open to learning, and trying, and failing. Sometimes the work is hard, but try to find pleasure in creating the type of story you enjoy, or a story that won’t let you go. You are writing for readers, but you are the person doing the work, so love the writing life as best you can.”
As you can see, there is much to gain from participating in Pennwriters Presents.
Our next session is on February 4, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon, and our guest is Elizabeth Pagel-Hogan, the new Regional Advisor for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators: PA West. Join us as Elizabeth takes your questions on writing for magazines, the educational market, and for children.
For any session, if you cannot access Facebook during the session hours, feel free to email Denise Weaver, Pennwriters Presents coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org ahead of time, and she will post your questions for you, allowing you to access the answers at your convenience.Share this: