If there is a book inside you bursting to get out, the ninth Puerto Vallarta Writers’ Conference will be the place to release it.
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The joint venture of Puerto Writers Group and Biblioteca Los Mangos on March 6-8 weekend at the library will concentrate on helping writers get their ideas from their brain to the printed page. This year’s theme is memoir writing with an agenda spanning memoirs, social media, song writing, dialogue and consciousness in writing. Special workshops will address Twitter and dialogue writing.
“The goal this year,” say conference organizers, “is to inspire the release of the creative muse lurking inside all aspiring writers. The theme of the conference – Leaving Our Mark … Awakening More than Memoir – will carry participants from manuscript to published word with a little bit of social media marketing thrown in just for fun.”
Texas writer Caleb Pirtle, author of more than 55 books, promises to motivate as keynote speaker. Maurice Monette, author of Confessions of a Gay Married Priest, will also be speaking. Other presenters — Sarah Cortez, James Callan, Donna Dahl, Melissa Frost and Thomas Pulley – will offer an inspiring mix of seminars, workshops and interaction. Evelyn Byrne of White Bird Publishing and literary agent Elise Capron, representing the Sandra Dijikstra Literary Agency, will be on hand to consider manuscripts.
However, the weekend will provide much more than just instructions. More significant is the opportunity to brainstorm and network with other writers. As well, the conference is not just for writers. Readers interested in learning more about the writing process or in meeting authors are welcome too.
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“We emphasize the international flavour of the writers’ conference,” says co-ordinator Jane Alabaster. “We are a virtual group and any writers from anywhere in the world are encouraged to attend.”
Registration is $125 U.S. Registration forms and information are available by email at [email protected]. Payment can be made via Paypal.