Official Poster

13240094_1734500110130004_3986379604616817697_nThe official poster of the Third Annual Southwest Washington Writers Conference is now available. The conference is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 17th, in the Walton Science Center at Centralia College.

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We’re excited about the terrific line-up of speakers. We hope to see you there. The $65 registration fee includes lunch, but the cost jumps to $85 after July 15th. To register, click here.

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Registration is Easy

SignupRegistration for the Third Annual Southwest Washington Writers Conference on Sept. 17 is open. You can register online or by mail. See all the details, including presenters, and workshops on the conference page of this website (shown here). Click on your preferred method of registration, either by mail or online, and complete the form.

This year all proceeds from the conference will benefit the Centralia Fox Theatre.

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DIY Publishing: Riches or Money Pit

That’s the title of the workshop that author Maggie Lynch will present at the Southwest Washington Writers Conference on September 17th.

Author Maggie Lynch

Author Maggie Lynch

Entering the indie publishing arena is darn scary–especially if you have spent your writing life dreaming of that big New York sale. Stories abound of those authors who are making hundreds of thousands of dollars. But when you talk to your friend who self-published her book, she tells you she is lucky to make $100 in a year. What is the truth? How hard is it really to do it yourself? What are the upfront costs if you can’t do it yourself? How long does it take to really make money? This workshop will give you some real numbers on sales and costs—in both time and money.

 
You will learn how to determine what indie services to pay for and why. Along the way, Maggie will share tidbits about the changing state of publishing, the importance and use of metadata for both print and ebook sales, and the decision-making processes any writer must undertake in determining what amount of time and effort to expend in the preparation and distribution of the work versus spending more time writing the next book.

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Marketing Your Book

Veronika Noize

Veronika Noize

You’ve written a book, but now what? Learn how to market your work and yourself through two workshops presented by marketing guru Veronika Noize: Social Media Strategies & Hacks for Writers and Marketing Your Work (& Yourself).

Social Media Strategies & Hacks for Writers: Are you ready to leverage the incredible power of social media—but not willing to deal with a steep learning curve, spend a ton of time, or risk making beginner mistakes? In this class, you will learn how to get a little more famous, increase your website traffic, and possibly even sell more books by using these quick and easy social media strategies—with no special software, skill or graphic design experience required.

This fast-paced class will share:

  • How to show up “everywhere” on social media without spending much time or effort;
    • Quick and easy posting tips for massive traffic (even if you don’t actually blog or tweet);
    • An exclusive cheat sheet of powerful and free online resources for images, content and design for your social media presence;
    • The one social media strategy that creates instant engagement–guaranteed!
    • And more.
  1. B) Marketing Your Work (& Yourself)—Veronika Noize
    Writers have several distinct advantages when it comes to marketing in today’s hyper-connected world, but those advantages may not be what you’d expect. In this eye-opening presentation, you will learn at least three things about marketing for writers that will surprise you, including:
    The most accurate, functional and helpful definition of marketing you’ve ever heard
    • The three secret keys to marketing your work successfully
    • The top five marketing strategies for writers

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The Writing Adventure

Author Jill Williamson

Author Jill Williamson

We’re excited to have award winning author Jill Williamson teach two workshops at the 2016 Southwest Washington Writers Conference Sept. 17 at Centralia College–Writing Great Villains and Punctuation 101.

Jill Williamson is a chocolate-loving, daydreaming creator of kingdoms. Growing up in Alaska led to a love of books, and in 2010 her first novel, By Darkness Hid, won the Christy Award. Jill writes fantasy and science fiction for teens and adults.

She loves working with teenagers, giving writing workshops, and blogging for teen writers at www.GoTeenWriters.com.

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Writing Historical Fiction

Author Melanie Dobson

Author Melanie Dobson

Award winning author Melanie Dobson will be returning to the Southwest Washington Writers Conference this year with her popular workshop called “Writing Historical Fiction for Contemporary Readers.”
How do you engage today’s readers in a historical novel? This workshop will equip fiction writers to develop a moral premise, research a specific time period, create believable characters, write dialogue, and weave together a compelling story for contemporary readers.

Writing historical fiction is really just an excuse for Melanie Dobson to explore ghost towns, interview fascinating people, and spend hours reading old books and journals.

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Bestselling author teaches two workshops

Author Mary Daheim

Author Mary Daheim

Seattle native Mary Daheim, a New York Times and USA Today bestseller of more than 60 novels, will teach two workshops at the Southwest Washington Writers Conference on September 17th.

Mary realized at an early age that getting published in books with real covers might elude her for years, she worked on daily newspapers and in public relations to help avoid her creditors. She lives in her hometown in a century-old house not unlike Hillside Manor, except for the body count. Daheim, the mother of three daughters, is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller of more than sixty novels. Since 1983, she has published seven historical romances, three anthologies, the thirty-book Bed & Breakfast series and the twenty-six-book Alpine series.

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Publish Consistently

Author Jennifer Messing

Author Jennifer Messing

Is your life jam-packed and full, but you long to write for publication? In her workshop Publish Consistently in Magazines Amid a Busy Life, Jennifer Anne Messing will teach how to organize your scattered ideas, thoughts, notes, and journal entries and turn them into salable magazine articles. Jennifer Anne will talk about how to market your articles, stories, and poems in print and online publications. She will discuss the importance of a writer’s social media presence and publicity, and also offer suggestions on time management to help you create time to write amidst your busy life.

Jennifer Anne F. Messing is an award-winning author, poet, columnist, speaker, and worship vocalist, as well as a wife and mother of three young adult children. A past president of the Oregon Christian Writers, she has a bachelor’s degree in Christian education and journalism.

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Amazon vs. The World

Have you considered publishing your book independently instead of going through traditional publishers? Learn how to do so from Carolyn McCray and Kyle Pratt as they teach a workshop at the Sept. 17th Southwest Washington Writers Conference called “Indie Publishing: Amazon KDP Select vs. Everyone Else.”

Kyle Pratt & Carolyn McCray

Authors Kyle Pratt & Carolyn McCray

After having more stories rejected than printed, you decide to leave the traditional publishing treadmill behind and indie publish. One of the first questions you need answered is how to get your books into the hands of readers. Successful indie publishers must be good writers, but they also need to be a good marketers and business people. This workshop examines the issue of going exclusive with Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing Select program or turning down the perks of exclusivity and using a variety of book distributors. This might be the single most important decision of an indie author’s career.
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New Logo

Courtesy of Colleen Stewart we have a fantastic new logo.

Since we started the Southwest Washington Writers Conference in 2013, we’ve been blessed with terrific community support from sponsors such as Gorham Printing, The Chronicle, and South Bay Press. Now we have a new logo, courtesy of Colleen Stewart, a graphic designer and print specialist for more than forty years. She offered to help, and we never turn down assistance.

SWW LOGO_HI“I love volunteering my graphic design skills with non-profits and small organizations,” she said. “I’ve found that their members join together because of their cause, their love of what they are doing but it is often hard to find the time and energy to do promotion or create a branding for the organization. In many cases the branding helps bring success and identity to the cause.”

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